HBC November-December 2018 News Bulletin

Tuesday, December 4, 2018


HBC Welcomes Grant Officer

Matt StevensA new team member, Matt Stevens, joined the HBC’s team on November 5, 2018 as a Post-Award Grant Officer.  He previously worked in Pre-Award services at the KU Office of Research.   In his new position at the HBC, he will assist with grants management and post award support for our PIs, including research and resolution of complex grant management issues.  We are pleased to welcome him as the newest member of the HBC.


The National Science Foundation (NSF) Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) 2018

The NSF has issued a new Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that will be effective for all proposals submitted or due on or after January 28, 2019.  All significant changes to the PAPPG are listed in the first three pages of the pdf document.  For proposals submitted or due before January 28, 2019, please still refer to the 2018 PAPPG.


Great Plains Regional Annual Symposium on Protein and Biomolecular NMR(GRASP NMR)

More than 50 people from six states attended the GRASP NMR 2018 symposium held October 12-13, 2018 at The University of Kansas in Lawrence.  Participants came from Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Colorado, Iowa and Ohio to discuss macromolecular NMR applications and techniques.  The event, formally known as the Great Plains Regional Annual Symposium on Protein and Biomolecular NMR, was the eleventh organized in this series.   The symposium series began in 2006 under the leadership of then COBRE-PSF research investigator Jennifer Laurence, who, at the time, was a KU assistant professor of pharmaceutical chemistry and chemical and petroleum engineering.  Faculty attending GRASP events invariably find the symposium helpful to them and their students.  Associate Professor of Chemistry Gary Meints from Missouri State University said, “I really enjoyed returning to it, and hope that it will return again the future.”

Organizing committee member Roberto De Guzman, KU professor of molecular biosciences, said the committee is grateful for the support the event has received from its sponsors, both industrial and academic research.  Industrial sponsors this year were Bruker BioSpin Corporation, Inc.; Cambridge Isotope Laboratories, Inc. (CIL); ISOTEC Stable Isotopes, a division of Millipore Sigma, and Silantes: Stable Isotope Labeled Biomolecules.  Academic research sponsors were the KU Higuchi Biosciences Center (HBC) and the KU NIH COBRE Center in Protein Structure and Function (COBRE-PSF).

However, this will be the last year the COBRE-PSF will serve as a sponsor.The COBRE Center currently is funded through the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health. The Center’s 15-year program will end in 2019. COBRE-PSF program director Bob Hanzlik said, “It has been very gratifying to see this Symposium activity gain such a following that it has sustained itself, year after year, with only modest input of institutional support.That proves its value to the community and to the vendors who serve that community and support the meeting.The GRASP meeting casts KU in a fine light regionally, and in the eyes of the internationally distinguished guest speakers it brings to the KU campus.While COBRE-PSF will come to its natural end next June, I doubt that will have any major impact on the continued success of the GRASP meeting.”


Holiday Closures

The HBC will be closed for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.  Also, for the period of December 26 to December 28, the HBC Complex buildings’ exterior doors will be unlocked only from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.   If you need to meet with someone outside of this time period, please make sure the individual with whom you are meeting knows you are coming so that he/she may let you in the building.   Also, please note that although the HBC will be open during the days preceding the closure dates, some of the staff will be taking vacation time to visit with their families.  If you need to meet with a staff member or have proposals to submit mid-December or mid-January, please make sure to contact us ahead of time and submit your proposal files early enough to avoid a rush situation. 


Happy Holidays!!

This is the last HBC News Bulletin to be published this calendar year.  Therefore, HBC staff would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a safe and Happy Holiday Season!!!

Grant Submission Deadlines

October 2, 2020
NIH deadline for the Maximizing Investigators' Research Award (R35) for Early Stage Investigators.

October 5, 2020
NIH standard deadline for Research Grants and Cooperative Agreements (R01 and U01)– new submissions.

October 12, 2020
NIH standard deadline for Research Career Development (K series) – new submissions.

October 16, 2020
NIH standard deadline for Other Research Grants and Cooperative Agreements (R03, R21, R33, R21/R33, R34, R36, UH2, UH3, UH2/UH3) – new submissions.

Recent Awards

Meredith Hartley, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, was awarded $50,000 by the American Thyroid Association for her project entitled “Thyroid hormone signaling during remyelination.”

Jennifer Robinson, Assistant Professor, Department Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, was awarded $50,000 by the KU Medical Center Research Institute for her project entitled: “Deciphering Sex Differences in Adolescent Knee Meniscal Injury and Regeneration” and  $50,000 by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute for her project entitled: “Promoting Temporomandibular Joint Fibrochondrogenesis through the use of an Estrogen Receptor Alpha Selective Agonist to Treat Osteoarthritis.”

Jingxin Wang, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, was awarded $50,000 by Bionexus KC for his project entitled “Small Molecule *Oligonucleotide Conjugate for the Treatment of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) with Improved Specificity.”

Liang Xu, Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, was awarded $50,000 by the University of Utah Health for his project entitled: “Novel therapeutic strategy for renal fibrosis by targeting RNA-binding protein HuR targeting.”

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