HBC Research Professor Appointments
One of the key functions of the HBC as a University-designated research center has been to provide flexibility in appointing Research Professors, that is, research scientists who may or may not be directly affiliated with a given department within the University. Multidisciplinary research centers, such as the HBC, recognize that some scientists are motivated to pursue careers in science within the research and scholarship domain rather than the teaching domain. Thus, following completion of their Ph.D. degree and some years of post-doctoral training, these well-trained and productive scientists can apply for appointment as Assistant or Associate Research Professor in the Center and be provided an opportunity to devote all their efforts to research and scholarship through appointments in the Research Professor track.
The candidates for such an appointment are normally nominated by participating HBC Investigators (tenure track faculty) who are able to provide laboratory space, and if needed, funding for an initial period of appointment. If approved, following review first by the HBC Internal Advisory Board and then by the KOR Vice Chancellor for Research, the nominated individual can get principal investigator status and pursue funding on an independent basis as Research Professor of the HBC and KU. The goal of the HBC is to assist Research Professors in becoming independent scientists with their own grant support. Over the years, a number of such individuals have become integral to the success of certain research groups over the long term. Assistant or Associate Research Professors are reviewed annually and are considered for possible promotion to a higher rank. Some of the Research Professors who were promoted from the Assistant to the Associate Research Professor rank have competed successfully for tenure-track faculty positions at KU or other universities and, in all situations, have been appointed to the same or higher ranks in tenure track positions.
In recent years, the HBC has also provided the opportunity for participating HBC retired faculty to obtain an HBC Research Professor status. This allows them to continue to pursue research after retirement from teaching. All HBC research professors are listed on the HBC website.
State Employee Health Plan (SEHP) information sessions - registrations coming soon
From late September through the month of October, the State of Kansas will hold webinars and informational sessions that will provide information about the State Employee Health Plans (SEHP) for 2019. Registration for these sessions will start mid-September and links to register for any of them will be available on the SEHP 2019 website. During the week of September 24, open enrollment materials will be posted on the website as well.
Remember that for 2018 the HRA/HSA Contribution Earning Period for plans C, J, N and Q ends November 19, 2018 while points for the 2019 Premium Incentive Discount can be earned until December 31, 2018.
2018 NIH Regional Seminar in San Francisco, CA
The 2018 NIH Regional Seminar will be held in San Francisco, CA, October 17-19, 2018. During the two full days, three tracks of concurrent sessions will be offered for research administrators, investigators, and all interests. Participants can choose one track or customize their experience by moving between tracks based on their interests. Several pre-seminar workshops (electronic Research Administration, human subject protections, intellectual property, and a boot camp for administrators) are available on October 17. For more information and to register, please visit the NIH Regional Seminar website.
20th Annual HHS SBIR/STTR CONFERENCE
PI's with small businesses or considering starting a small business should plan to attend the 20th Annual Health and Human Services (HHS) SBIR/STTR Conference scheduled for October 30 to November 1, 2018, in Dallas, TX. This conference will provide attendees with information about HHS funding and how to apply for these research dollars, and it addresses university researchers interested in partnering with small businesses on collaborative research and development projects, or interested in starting their own companies. Early Bird registration is currently available and ends August 30th. For more information, please refer to the HHS SBIR/STTR Conference website.