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THE CURIOUS CORNER

"Give me The Robot, not the venipucture."   
   

A Rutgers-led team has created a blood-sampling robot that performed better than people, according to the first human clinical trial of such blood drawing and device, with an overall success rate of 87% for the 31 participants whose blood was drawn.

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60 Second Challenge: Why Should I Care About Cancer in the Developing World?
60-Second Challenge: Why Should I Care About Cancer in the Developing World?

February is National Cancer  Prevention Month and the  Rutgers' collaboration with Botswana  keeps strengthening a knowledge hub and training programs, including advancing a continuum of cancer care and prevention. 


"When we create with Botswana a successful cancer care program nationally there, we'll create a ripple effect to show the rest of Africa and the rest of the world that it's possible to do this, to treat cancer in Africa," said  Marlink. 
ANNOUNCEMENTS 
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The National Institutes of Health issued a notice (NOT-OD-20-065on February 5 restricting the amount of direct salary to Executive Level II of the Federal Executive pay scale, effective January 5, 2020. Since 1990, Congress has legislatively mandated a limitation on direct salary for individuals under NIH grant and cooperative agreement awards.
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recently offered webinar by the Na tional Science Foundation to review the significant changes and c larifications to the revised  NSF Proposal & Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG)  is now available online for on-demand viewing. The revised PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted or due, and awards made, on or after June 1, 2020. 
RESOURCES FOR RESEARCHERS 

Introduction to Research Computing and OARC Systems
This fast-paced, three-hour short course offers a brief introduction to using a Linux cluster. The goal is to help users make those first few steps toward productively using a Linux cluster for research. Topics covered will include: OARC overview, Amarel, and Caliburn; OARC's support and outreach resources; high-level overview of research computing; computing in parallel; advanced networking and storage systems; accessing the cluster and basic organization (login node, compute nodes, storage spaces, network connectivity); remote access (VPN); using software modules; job scheduling with SLURM; overview of running jobs (serial, parallel, batch, interactive); writing a job script; submitting jobs; monitoring job status; running some example jobs; capturing and viewing job output/results and more. 
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Computational Genomics Multi-Day Workshop: RNA-Seq Part I
This workshop is intended to provide an advanced introduction to RNA-sequencing, an overview of issues to consider, and hands-on practice using current research tools available in the cloud or on OARC systems. Topics covered will include: experimental design (i.e. read length, depth, replicates); basic statistics for RNA-seq; quality control (QC) and raw read QC; FastQC reports and interpretation; quality-based trimming with Trimmomatic; read mapping and read counts; aligners (i.e. TopHat, Bowtie, BWA, STAR, HISAT2); HTSeq counting; STAR quantMode and geneCounts; post-mapping QC; visualization with IGV; all of this via lab exercises.
 
Computational Genomics Multi-Day Workshop: RNA-Seq Part II
This workshop is intended to extend the advanced introduction to RNA-sequencing from Part I with the following topics: data processing and filtering; introduction to R and Bioconductor; normalization; quantification and differential expression; expression quantification; relevant statistical models; multiple test correction; analysis (sample) QC; clustering; principal component analysis (PCA); heatmaps; volcano plots; functional analysis; Gene Ontology (GO) term annotation and enrichment; Gene Set Enrichment Analysis (GSEA); an overview of pathway analysis; an overview of coexpression and network analysis; feature name, term, and identifier mapping and conversion (i.e. g:Profiler, Ensembl Biomart, Synergizer); data preparation; differential expression analysis.
FUNDING SPOTLIGHT

The W. M. Keck Foundation was founded with the goal of generating far-reaching benefits for humanity. The Foundation strives to fund endeavors that are distinctive and novel in their approach. It encourages projects that are high-risk with the potential for transformative impact. "High-risk" comprises a number of factors, including questions that push the edge of the field, present unconventional approaches to intractable problems, or challenge the prevailing paradigm. The Research Program seeks to benefit humanity by supporting projects in two specific areas: (1) medical research and (2) science and engineering. Proposals are limited to two applicants for all of Rutgers, one in each project area. Pre-proposals must be submitted through the Rutgers  Limited Submission process . The internal application deadline is March 6.  
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HFSP Research Grants support innovative basic research into fundamental biological problems with emphasis placed on novel and interdisciplinary approaches that involve scientific exchanges across national and disciplinary boundaries. Participation of scientists from disciplines outside the traditional life sciences is recommended because their contributions have made biological research increasingly quantitative and because such collaborations have opened up new approaches for understanding. Research grants are provided for teams of scientists from different countries who wish to combine their expertise in innovative approaches to questions that could not be answered by individual laboratories. Letters of Intent are due March 19
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The Department of Transportation's Exploratory Advanced Research Program (EAR) has made $4 million available for a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) supporting fundamental transportation research. The BAA will support cooperative agreements and contracts in three distinct research topics: (1) Blockchain technology for highway transportation; (2) Artificial intelligence for highway transportation; (3) Compatibilization of waste plastic to enhance mechanical properties of asphalt cement.  Notably, the BAA is targeted at research focusing on transitioning technologies from Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 2 or 3 to TRL 5 or 6. Applications are due March 20
AWARDS ANNOUNEMENTS 
Congratulations... 
to the following researchers for their recently-awarded grants: 

Mitchael GatzaRobert Wood Johnson Medical School
Mary WhelanSchool of Environmental and Biological Sciences
Umer Hassan  School of Engineering
Mark Lipke
Schools of Arts and Sciences
Dominic DelreNew Jersey Medical School 
Patrick ShaftoSchools of Arts and Sciences

Learn about their research under Grant Announcements .
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