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Connecting the Rutgers Research Community                                                        November 12, 2019
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THE CURIOUS CORNER


Where could electrons go  in the absence of oxygen?  That is just one of the  tough questions  our researchers ask.  

Biophysics doctoral candidate Douglas Pike, along with postdocs Josh Mancini and Saroj Poudel, are replicating proteins from billions of years ago in an oxygen-free chamber that mimics the conditions of ancient Earth, moving one step closer to proving the origins of life.  Read More 

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RUBIC Expanding and Evolving into Regional Center
Dr. Stephen J. Hanson, Director of RUBIC

The Rutgers University Brain Imaging Center (RUBIC) will expand its facilities by almost double in 2020 with the addition of a  SIEMENS PRISMA (15 Tons, 3 Tesla) scanner  thanks to a highly competitive National Science Foundation major instrumentation grant in the amount of $1.48 million.

Based in the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience at Rutgers-Newark, RUBIC currently operates  a  3T Siemens TRIO for scanning both humans and animals. It has a spacious control room that can accommodate more than 10 researchers and students, with multiple displays. 

Under Dr. Stephen J. Hanson's  leadership,  RUBIC has run 15 to 20 independent projects from Newark, New Brunswick, RBHS, other institutions in the region and the business world to conduct a wide variety of studies.  RUBIC has scanned more than 15,000 brains since May 2011 when the  state-of-the-art MRI facility opened.  Learn more


RUBIC has performed more than 15,000 brain imaging scans since 2011.
ANNOUNCEMENTS 
 
Following an extensive national search, José Miguel Román has been appointed vice president for research administration at Rutgers' Office of Research and Economic Development to advance the research mission of the university. Román joins Rutgers from New York University, where he has served as Assistant Vice President, Sponsored Programs Administration, since 2010. He will officially begin at Rutgers on January 6, 2020.
 
"With a wealth of experience at some of America's leading research universities, José brings a deep understanding of the research life cycle to Rutgers along with an intensely collaborative approach to success," said S. David Kimball, senior vice president for research and economic development. "He is a passionate and seasoned leader who shares in our vision to elevate research at Rutgers to new heights, and I am pleased to have him as a partner on my team."
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The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) submission policy indicates that full proposals, including draft science, are due five days prior to sponsor deadlines. Final proposals approved for submission are due two business days prior to sponsor deadlines. 

If your proposal is not submitted to ORSP by the two business day deadline, an exception request must be sent to the proposal_exception@rutgers.edu (cc your ORSP Grants Specialist) with the date and time the proposal is due to the sponsor and a justification as to why the proposal could not meet the established internal deadline(s).  Please factor in your Department/School review and approval policy when submitting proposals. ORSP cannot guarantee a thorough review of proposals if not received within the stated guidelines.  The 5/2 day policy applies to ALL activity submitted to ORSP for review, including proposals, progress reports, letters of intent, subawards, etc.
RESOURCES FOR RESEARCHERS 

The Office of Advance Research Computing (OARC) is leading the Eastern Regional Network ( ERN) initiative to help support and enable research collaborations that span multiple universities through a partnership of educational institutions, researc h facilities, regional network providers, and Internet2.  Dr. Barr von Oehsen , associate vice president of OARC , will present an overview of ERN, including the proof of concept, current strategies, the importance of the partnership to the region, and how it all fits in with a national strategy at the 2019 Internet2 Techn ology Exchange on  December 10  in New Orleans, Louisiana.
FUNDING SPOTLIGHT
Research Grants on Reducing Inequality & Improving the Use of Research Evidence

The William T. Grant Foundation's mission is to support  research to improve the lives of young people ages 5-25. Its  Research Grants on Reducing Inequality (RGRI) and Research Grants on Improving the Use of Research Evidence (RGIURE) offer funds ranging  from $100,000 to $1,000,000 for  studies to build, test and increase understanding of responses to inequality in youth and how to improve the use of research evidence in ways that benefit youth. Deadlines for Letters of Inquiry:  January 9, 2020
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The purpose of the National Science Foundation's (NSF) "Understanding the Rules of Life:  Epigenetics" (URoL:Epigenetics) program is to  enable innovative research and to promote multidisciplinary education and workforce training in the broad area of epigenetics. It is a wide collaboration across Directorates/Offices within the NSF with a focus on understanding the relationship between epigenetic mechanisms associated with environmental change, organismal phenotype, and resultant robustness and adaptability of organisms and populations.  Successful projects are expected to use complementary, interdisciplinary approaches to investigate how epigenetic phenomena lead to emergent properties that explain the fundamental behavior of living systems. Awards are up to $5 million per year. Deadline for Letter of Intent:  December 20, 2019
GRANTS & AWARDS 
Congratulations... 
to the following researchers for their recently-awarded grants: 

Pamela McElwee School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
Shubhangi Saraf - School of Arts and Sciences 
Itzhak Yanovitzky  -  School of Communication & Information
Christopher Vinnard - International Center for Public Health
Maria Laura Gennaro Public Health Research Institute, New Jersey Medical School

Learn about their research under Grant Announcements .
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