- KU Annual Conflict of Interest (COI) Certification: If you have not done so yet, take the time to complete and submit online your KU Annual COI Certification for fiscal year 2019 by using the link in the e-mail you should have received from firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to submit this form is SEPTEMBER 30, 2018. More information is available on the Office of Research website.
- State Employee Health Plan (SEHP): SEHP information sessions are currently being offered until October 23, 2018. You can register online to attend a webinar session or attend an in-person presentation on October 8, at 10 am or at 1 pm at the KU Union, Alderson Room. SEHP open enrollment is from October 1 to 31, 2018.
- Talent Development: Take the time to review your goals in the Talent Development System and complete any KU required training in preparation for end of year evaluations.
- HR Note to Supervisors and Staff: Just as a reminder, the university requires that students and temporary staff clock out for at least 30 minutes if they work more than 6 hours per day.
Announcing New HBC Assistant Research Professor
We would like to congratulate Dr. Fang Du for his recent appointment as Assistant Research Professor at the HBC. Dr. Du (M.D., Ph.D.) received his doctorate in neuroscience and neurodegenerative diseases from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He completed his first postdoctoral training in neurodevelopmental disorders at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. In 2013, he joined Dr. Shi Du Yan’s research group in the Smissman Research Laboratories at the University of Kansas as a postdoctoral researcher and remained in that position until his promotion.
The main goal of Dr. Du’s research is to understand the pathogenesis and explore new therapeutic strategies for treatment of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease (AD) and Parkinson’s disease (PD). His research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by foundation grants. In 2018, he was awarded the Alzheimer’s Association International Research Grant (AARG). He has published articles in many peer-review journals, and his studies have been highlighted in “Nature Reviews Neuroscience” and reported by several news outlets. Moreover, some of his publications have been selected as Editor's Choice articles of “BRAIN” and “Journal of Alzheimer’s disease”. For more information about his research go to the HBC website.
Grant Proposal Preparation Reminder
When considering submitting a proposal, PIs should take the time to review Section V of the NIH solicitation as it lists the review criteria that will be considered for that announcement. Remember that the PI is responsible for providing the following information if it is applicable to his/her proposal:
- Authentication of Key Biological and/or Chemical Resources if those resources are needed to complete the proposed project.
- Resource Sharing Plans where the generation of data is anticipated and
- ➢ the direct cost of the proposed project is $500,000 or more in any year of the proposed research.
- ➢ the proposed research is a sub award.
- Select Agent Information if they are needed to complete the proposed project.
Your pre-award coordinator will request this information at the beginning stage of the proposal preparation, but it will be deemed not applicable to the project if the PI does not provide it.
KU Office of Research New Achievement Awards
The Office of Research (KUOR) has set up two new awards to recognize individuals who have significantly impacted their research laboratories or projects. They are the KU Research Staff Annual Achievement Award, which is directed to all Unclassified Professional Staff with staff titles in the research job family, and the KU Research Postdoctoral Annual Achievement Award, which is limited to Postdoctoral Researchers. The awardees will receive a plaque and $5,000 that can be applied toward approved research or professional development activities. More information about the eligibility requirements and the nomination process can be found at the Office of Research website. Nomination deadline is January 15, 2019.