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Research Resources Reporter – February 6, 2018

Data Science Initiative applications due March 15, 2018
OVCRGE initiative to support two-year grants for data sciences research UW-Madison researchers are invited to submit proposals that can cover multiple aspects of data science. Applicants can be single or collaborative investigators. New avenues of research are encouraged. Examples of projects in each area include, but are not limited to:

  • The development or application of new methods for analyzing highly complex data
  • The development or application of new analysis techniques using machine learning and data mining to problems that involve large data sets
  • The development or application of new approaches using algorithms and visualization techniques for extracting information from large data sets
  • The development or application of data management and storage systems
  • A collaboration between faculty engaged in curating and making large datasets useful and available to the broader research community for further analysis
  • A collaboration where expertise in computer software or hardware is made available to researchers needing that expertise
S10 program applications due to NIH by May 31, 2018
SIG and HEI (not limited) Notice of Intent applications due April 2.
SIFAR (limited) Internal Review applications due March 19.
NIH released the calls for the following S10 programs:

  • Shared Instrumentation (SIG) Grant Program
  • High-End Instrumentation (HEI) Grant Program
  • Shared Instrumentation for Animal Research (SIFAR) Grant Program

Although the notices were released about a month later than typical, the submission deadline to NIH ORIP remains the same – May 31, 2018. See OVCRGE Research Funding for for more information about current competitions.

UWBC Next Gen Sequencing Workshops (Feb – May, 2018)
Series of NGS data analysis workshops for students, researchers and facultyThe Bioinformatics Resource Center (BRC) at the UW Biotechnology Center is offering a series of workshops for students, researchers, scientists, faculty and PIs who are interested in learning Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) data analysis skills with open-source software on a Linux platform.
Workshops are heavily hands-on and carried on a large BRC Linux computer.

Seating is limited: maximum of 8-10 participants; minimum of 2-3 depending on workshop. Register.  Note there is a fee associated with each workshop.

Facilities Days Open House Event on April 12 & 13, 2018
hosted by the College of Engineering and MRSEC> Day 1 Tutorial Presentations – Thursday, April 12, Union South
> Day 2 Hands-on Demonstrations – Friday, April 13 (various locations)

Join the fourth annual Facilities Days Open House on Thursday, April 12 and Friday, April 13 at Union South. This year the meeting will feature tutorials for common microscopy and microanalysis techniques available in several UW-Madison shared facilities. These tutorials and introductions will be an excellent learning opportunity for everyone, from faculty and graduate students to industrial users and will illustrate how best to apply these techniques to your problems!
Registration is at no cost but space is limited.

ABRF Annual Meeting in Myrtle Beach April 22 – 25, 2018
Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities early registration ends Feb 28The Premier Conference for Core Services will bring together international leaders in our core disciplines … Core facilities are uniquely positioned to lead efforts to develop and optimize workflows for the generation of reproducible data, as well as to implement and disseminate these methods among laboratories. Meeting attendees will have the opportunity to be inspired by recent scientific advances, as well as to gain practical knowledge on implementing methodologies today in order to support future discoveries. – ABRF Annual Meeting website

The meeting features three main scientific tracks (mass spectrometry & proteomics, genomics, light microscopy/imaging) and an administrative track (management, professional development and compliance/regulatory issues). We are including an additional track devoted to special sessions that focus on bioinformatics, flow cytometry, monoclonal antibodies and other technologies available through core facilities. Early Bird registration through Feb 28.  Advance registration through April 21.

Core Business Basics Flash Talks PPT deck
Slide deck and software list from event on Jan 12, 2018 Six core managers delivered 5-min flash talks on basic business operations (PPT deck here), including methods to track expenses, set rates, and develop budgets.  One recommendation from attendees was to share a list of software solutions currently in use across campus: software titles used for the business operations (reservations, tracking usage, invoicing, etc) are posted and will be developed further.

Please send suggestions of additional software options that may be of value in supporting cores and shared facilities.

Facilities Planning and Management (FP&M) NOTES     
Summary of discussion from Jan 17, 2018 meeting with core managers– The two main themes of the meeting were the Service Excellence initiative within FP&M and improving communications between FP&M and the Research Cores. Service Excellence includes the APR report completed in 2016 and is focusing on after-hours service, renovation services, and implementation of CMMS software. Current and future communication improvements include FP&M information in the Research newsletter, more open discussions during the design process for renovations, sharing key information like what number to call, developing facility managers as a communications link, and the creation of primers on various topics for customers.
Jenn Hekman, Executive Assistant, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Facilities Planning and Management

Detailed minutes are posted.  Additional questions, concerns or suggestions are invited and can be directed to Isabelle Girard or Jenn Hekman.

Education Resources for Core and Shared Resource Managers
Articles and online courses to support business operationsFASEB Maximizing Shared Research Resources Report and Webinar
Through a survey of users and providers of shared research resources, FASEB documented their many benefits and identified four key areas for improvement. This report details survey findings and offers recommendations on how the research community can leverage shared research resources to bolster biomedical research capacity. On January 19, FASEB hosted a webinar highlighting the recently released report, which presents findings and recommendations based on a survey of users and providers of shared research resources.

CYTO University offers many free online courses and webinars through ISAC (International Society for Advancement of Cytometry).  Webinar content covers many broad topics that apply across cores and shared facilities, not just those in cytometry or life sciences.  A webinar on Equipment Maintenance is scheduled for Tues, Feb 20 at 11:00 am Central Time.  Registration is free.

Finance 101 is a CYTO University series including Budgeting, Rate Setting, and Equipment Maintenance.  To access recorded webinars, sign in with a registered account (free), then select Education > CYTO U Webinars > Topics & Pricing > Add to Basket.  The webinar will be made available via streaming or download at no charge.