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Keeping you informed of upcoming opportunities and events
~ From the team at Alaska INBRE ~

August 19, 2019

Travel and Exceptional Request mechanisms are now open!
Please follow the link to fill out the google form.  You can also find the application links at
Alaska INBRE
September 21-22, 2019
Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge

Registration deadline is Friday, August 30 at 5 PM.

Posters are due by September 9 at 5 PM
New this year and borrowed from SC INBRE:  3-Minute Madness.
10 students who want to be included will be chosen at random to podium present their research in three minutes or less, using only one slide. You will be notified on September 13, 2019, if your name was drawn. There will be a $500 lab supply award for the best presentation. When you submit your poster information, indicate if you would like to be considered for 3-Minute Madness.  
Saturday, Sept 7 - 9am-3:30pm
401 IARC @ UAF or via distance
This training is required for all Alaska INBRE Pilot Awardees! 

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training
The Office of Research Integrity is announcing the fall 2019 Responsible Conduct of Research course. It will be held Saturday, September 7, 9:00am-3:30pm in 401 IARC.  (If you need to participate via distance or are unavailable on this date please let me know.)
The Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training covers core norms, principles, regulations, and rules governing the practice of research. This particular workshop fulfills the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) requirements for formal RCR instruction. This is the only formal RCR training at UAF this semester.  RCR is a highly recommended “best practices” course for those wanting to deepen their knowledge of ethical research and responsible conduct. It is also an excellent professional opportunity for anyone interested in furthering a career in research.
To register, please visit:  or see attached announcement for more information. Please contact Bridget Watson at or 474-7832 with questions.
Let me know if you have questions or you see errors or omissions.
Thank you,

Aug. 30
2019 Alaska INBRE Retreat registration deadline

Sept. 13
2019 Alaska INBRE Retreat poster submission deadline  

Sept. 27
2019 NIH IDeA Western Regional conference
registration deadline.  

Oct. 8
Diversity Program Consortium
Award opportunity DPC DaTA (U01)

Oct. 11
NIH Regional Seminar
Registration Deadline
Research Brown Bag
When:  Wed August 21, 2019, 12- 1 pm
Where:  ANTHC COB 4 or online via AdobeConnect

Title:  Rainwater catchments - water quality and quantity in rural Alaska
Presenters: Kaitlin Mattos, M.S., E.I., a graduate student researcher at the University of Colorado Boulder and ANTHC; Elizabeth King, M.P.H., Director, Behavioral Health with ASHNHA

Connecting by computer:   
Connecting by telephone: 1-800-832-0736, conference room number 1863744    


Dear AI/AN CTRP Colleagues:
Early Fall 2019 the AI/AN CTRP will release a Request for Proposals for Pilot, Development, and Diversity awards. To receive the RFP by e-mail as soon as it is released, potential investigators can sign up here.  
Due to limited funds, the AI/AN CTRP will not re-issue Request for Proposals for the Small Grants for Community Health & Research Capacity or the Early Stage Investigator Career Awards.
Please feel free to share this information with others.
Thank you.
AI/AN CTRP Leadership
Stacy Rasmus, Ph.D., AK-Director AI/AN CTRP; Director, Center for Alaska Native Health Research (CANHR), University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Jovanka Voyich, Ph.D., MT-Director AI/AN CTRP; Professor of Bacterial Pathogenesis, Microbiology and Immunology Montana State University, Bozeman
Judith Salmon Kaur, M.D., Co-Director AI/AN CTRP; Professor of Oncology,
Director of Native American Programs,Mayo Clinic, Florida

Thoughts on How Institutions Can Promote a Culture of Research Integrity
NIH Extramural Nexus
Posted on August 15 by Mike Lauer

On May 22, I had the privilege of participating in a terrific national conference that focused on what institutions can do to foster a culture of research integrity (see the agenda here).  The DHHS Office of Research Integrity (ORI), Northwestern University, and the Council of Graduate Schools hosted the conference, “The Role of Research Integrity in Promoting Excellence: Tools for Colleges and University Leaders.”  The conference organizers’ goal was “to engage university and college leaders in lively discussions about strategies, resources, and tools for promoting research integrity for current and future scientists, and scholars at institutions nationwide.”  That  goal was met and then some.  A number of institutional leaders described a number of concrete, practical, and intriguing efforts to promote integrity and excellence.

I was also given the opportunity to present my thoughts on promoting research integrity, something I have written about before. My May 22 talk dealt with approaches institutions may take to foster a culture of research integrity, and I wanted to share it here as a resource for others. By  watching the video below, you will hear me discuss:

  • How the vocabulary describing research misconduct is evolving:  Over many decades we have been shocked by many stories of egregious fabrications, falsifications, and plagiarisms.  Our focus has been on the inappropriate activities of individual  scientists.  Now there is increasing focus on how the research climate may contribute
    to misbehavior.
  • The NIH vocabulary as described in  the Grants Policy Statement:  As we’ve discussed before, NIH issues grants to institutions, not individual scientists.  The Grants Policy Statement articulates the agency’s expectations regarding institutional
    steps to assure integrity.
  • Thoughts and recommendations of academic thought leaders: Some have identified correlates and possible causes of misconduct
    along with the need for institutions to gather data and engage in targeted educational efforts.  Others have focused on developing “Good Institutional Practice (GIP),” even going so far as to argue that funders should insist on GIP before issuing an award.
  • The overarching importance of communication and information sharing: Enterprise-wide efforts involve appropriately framed and at times discrete approaches to gathering and sharing information.  Thus, while we reminded the community of the need to share information with NIH about ongoing misconduct concerns, we are also cognizant of the need to do so within confidential channels.
  • Institutional and government policies that might enhance integrity and excellence: Among a variety of possibilities, I talk about the promising roles of electronic laboratory notebooks and of policies to promote data sharing.

We hope you enjoy the talk, available here:

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