UCR Research and Economic Development Newsletter:  October 26, 2012

Michael Pazzani

Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development

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         UCR Research and Economic Development Update

         Webinars:  Federal Funding  10/29, 10/30, 10/31, 11/1, 11/2

         Reminders:  Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program  (10/29) and NSF 11/2

         Stupid Faculty Tricks

         Loggerhead Shrike

 


Research and Economic Development Update

 

Iím happy to announce that Rebeccah Goldware has joined the Research and Economic Development Office  as Director of Industry and Research Relations.  Rebeccahís role is to help the university develop partnerships with corporations.  At many universities, there is a divide between the Office of Development which develops philanthropic relations and the research office which develops contracts for sponsored research.  Rebeccah reports to both and her role is to market the capabilities and aspirations of the university to corporations and to develop either type of partnership depending on the corporationís interest in the university.   If you have ideas for collaborating with a corporation, contract her at goldware@ucr.edu or 951.827.6411

 


Webinars:  Federal Funding  10/29, 10/30, 10/31, 11/1, 11/2

 

UCR has enrolled in a webinar on Federal Research Funding that will be broadcast for several hours every day next week.  While I donít anticipate that anyone would have time to attend all sessions, there are sessions on the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Naval Research, Department of Education, Department of Energy, NSF, NIH, and more.  The webinar will be broadcast in University Office Building, suite #210.  Refreshments will be served.  To register for individual sessions, go to http://or.ucr.edu/event/about.aspx?ec=FEDRSRCH12 .  (You donít really need to register, it will just help us make sure there are enough refreshments).

 

 

Monday, October 29, 2012 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

8:00 a.m.             Kei Koizumi, Assistant Director for Federal R&D, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, on the Presidentís priorities and budget requests for research

9:30 a.m.             Shai Akabas, Senior Policy Analyst with the Bipartisan Policy Center, on anticipated effects of budget sequestration

11:00 a.m.           John Frazier Glenn, Principal Assistant for Research and Technology HQ, Army Medical Research & Materiel Command, on research and budget priorities

12:30 p.m.           Eric Rohlfing, Director, Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences Division, Department of Energy Office of Science, on DOE budget priorities for research

 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

8:00 a.m.             Sally Rockey, Deputy Director for Extramural Research at the National Institutes of Health, on NIH research and budget priorities

9:30 a.m.             Emily Linde and Scott Cooper, NIH, on updates of NIH grants policies and procedures

11:00 a.m.           David Han, Deputy Director of Research in the Office of Naval Research, on ONR research and budget priorities

12:30 p.m.           Jeremy Leffler, Outreach Specialist in the Policy Office within the Office of Budget, Finance, and Award Management, on updates of NSF grants policies and procedures

 

Wednesday, October 31, 2012, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

8:00 a.m.             Elizabeth Albro, Associate Commissioner for Teaching and Learning, National Center for Education Research, Department of Education, on ED budget priorities for research

9:30 a.m.             Elizabeth Albro, Associate Commissioner for Teaching and Learning, National Center for Education Research, Department of Education, on updates of ED grants policies and procedures

11:00 a.m.           Mark Poth, Director, Bioenergy Division in the Institute of Bioenergy, Climate, and Environment within the National Institute of Food and Agriculture at the USDA, on NIFA budget priorities for research as well as updates on grants policies and procedures

12:30 p.m.           Michael Sieverts, Director, National Science Foundation Budget Division, on NSF research and budget priorities

 

Thursday, November 1, 2012, 8 a.m. - 11 p.m. Central Time

8:00 a.m.             Michael Nelson, Associate Administrator, Office of Federal Assistance Management, Health Resources and Services Administration, on HRSA research and budget priorities

9:30 a.m.             Thomas Russell, Director, Air Force Office of Scientific Research

 

Friday, November 2, 2012, 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Central Time

8:00 a.m.             Nadina Gardner, Director, Division of Preservation and Access, National Endowment for the Humanities, on NEH budget priorities and updates to grants policies and procedures

9:30 a.m.             Carolyn Clancy, Director, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, on AHRQ research and budget priorities

11:00 a.m.           David Shillcut, Public Health Analyst, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, on SAMHSA research and budget priorities

 


Reminders:  Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program  (10/29) and NSF 11/2

 

Kamlesh Asotra will discuss the Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program in Science Library, Room 240.  October 29 , 2012 (11:00 am Ė 12:15 pm).  Details at http://or.ucr.edu/OrApps/VCR/Talks/20121029-Tobacco.aspx

 

Jane Silverthorne, NSF, will discuss Grand Challenges in Organismal Biology Friday, November 2nd, 2012, 10:10 am in the Genomics Auditorium, RM 1102A.  Details at http://or.ucr.edu/OrApps/VCR/Talks/20121102-NSF.aspx 

 


Stupid Faculty Tricks

 

Perhaps because funding is competitive, a few faculty are taking shortcuts in their research and proposal writing.  The NSF Office of Inspector General publishes a report of investigations of misconduct  in research or proposals (http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2012/oig12002/index.jsp).  It seems to me that the number of incidents has increased since I joined NSF in 2002 or that NSF has become better at finding misconduct.  Below are two excerpts from the most recent report.

 

University Terminates Two Faculty Members for Plagiarism

Our office concluded that a PI and co-PI at a Georgia university committed research misconduct when they plagiarized into two NSF proposals. Their universityís investigation found that the PI and co-PI intentionally plagiarized. They were recommended for termination, but both chose to retire instead.

 

We concurred with the universityís assessment and recommended that NSF, for three years: require both the PI and co-PI to: provide certifications stating all documents submitted to NSF are free from plagiarism, falsification, and fabrication; require both to obtain assurances from an appropriate official that documents they submit to NSF are free from plagiarism, falsification, and fabrication; and bar both from serving as a reviewer, advisor, or consultant on an NSF proposal.

 

Texas University Returns Over $477,160 to NSF

ÖA PI at a Texas university improperly subcontracted work on his NSF grant to a company in which he had 25 percent ownership, in violation of conflict of interests restrictions. The university cancelled the subcontract

and credited the $30,000 that had been charged to the grant, and the PI agreed to resign from the university. After the PI submitted a progress report that reflected no work attributable to the funded project, the university reviewed the PIís work on the grant and concluded that it did not justify the funds that had been expended. The university decided it should return the full grant amount totaling $386,200 to NSF, as well as $90,960 remaining on the PIís other NSF grant.

 

 


Loggerhead Shrike

Hereís a photo of a loggerhead shrike from the Salton Sea.  This one is from 2009 because Iíve been too busy in Riverside to head out there this month.

 

Loggerhead Shrike by Mike's Birdshttp://l.yimg.com/g/images/spaceout.gif

(click to enlarge)

 

Michael Pazzani

Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development 

Professor,  Computer Science & Engineering

University of California, Riverside

200 University Office Building

Riverside, CA 92521

pazzani@ucr.edu

 

Assistant:  Gloria Gallego

gloriag@ucr.edu

951-827-4800