HBC June - July 2018 News Bulletin

Friday, July 27, 2018

 

Upcoming Fall Symposia

This is a reminder that three HBC sponsored symposia are scheduled for this coming fall.  The Heartland Center for Mitochondria Medicine (HCMM) Symposium will be hosted at the University of Kansas Medical Center, School of Nursing Auditorium, on September 28, 2018.  Registration deadline for the HCCM symposium is September 1st.
 

GRASP logoThe 2018 Great Plains Regional Annual Symposium on Protein and Biomolecular NMR (GRASP NMR) will be held at the KU School of Pharmacy Building on October 12 -13, 2018.  Registration is currently open and early-bird registration fees will be available until August 31st.
 

GPID logoThe 17th Annual Great Plains Infectious Disease (GPID) Meeting is scheduled for November 9-10, 2018 and will be located at the SpringHill Suites Lawrence and the School of Pharmacy Building.  Registration will open mid-August and more details about the meeting will be available on the GPID website at that time.

 

J.R. & Inez Jay Fund Research Awards

Congratulations to Josephine Chandler and Kristy Neufeld whose proposals were selected by the J.R. and Inez Jay Fund Research Award committee to each receive a $30,000 grant for 2018.  More information on the projects can be found in the HBC June news release.  New applications will be accepted again in March of 2019.

 

Thomas Prisinzano Wins Inaugural Innovator Award

Thomas PrisinzanoDr. Thomas Prisinzano, faculty of the Medicinal Chemistry Department, was recently awarded the inaugural 2018 Innovator Award by The College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD).  The CPDD is the longest standing group in the United States addressing problems of drug dependence and abuse. The Innovator Award, as stated by the CPPD, “recognizes individuals who have developed innovative approaches in basic science, clinical research, or treatment and prevention science that reflect ground-breaking strides with potential for significant impact in the field of drug dependence”, and is not a lifetime achievement award but a recognition of a recent innovation and its potential impact.  We congratulate him on his achievement.

 

Sue Lunte to Receive 2018 ANACHEM Award

Susan LunteSusan Lunte, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical  Chemistry, is to receive the ANACHEM Award at the  2018 Great Scientific Exchange Conference held October 21-26, by the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies (FACSS). This award is presented annually by the Association of Analytical Chemists (ANACHEM) “to an outstanding analytical chemist based on activities in teaching, research administration or other activity which has advanced the art and science of the field”.  Congratulations to Sue for this award.

 

Human Resources (HR) Enhance Transparency of Hiring Process

To enhance the transparency of the hiring process, HR began issuing notices to supervisors on July 2, 2018, when:   

  • A candidate accepts an offer of employment with KU.
  • A candidate’s information has been entered in the HR/Pay system.

These notifications are currently limited to supervisors, but Human Resources is looking into expanding the notification range in the near future.   If supervisors do not want to see these notifications, they will need to set up an Outlook rule to send them to a folder other than their Inbox folder.

 

HBC Complex Building Hours

Now that the new construction to the HBC Complex is nearing completion, we would like to remind everyone that the complex buildings are unlocked weekdays at 8:00 am and are locked again at about 4:45pm.  New to the Simons Research Laboratories building East and West entrances are keycard access locks that unlock and lock automatically every weekday at 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, respectively.  If you have a visitor coming to the complex during secure times, please make plans to meet them at one of the entrances.  The HBC complex remains locked during weekends and holidays.



Grant Submission Deadlines

February 5, 2019
NIH standard deadline for Research Grants and Cooperative Agreements (R01 and U01) – new submissions.

February 12, 2019
NIH standard deadline for Research Career Development Awards (K series) – new submissions.

February 16, 2019
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

Brandon DeKosky, Assistant Professor, Departments of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Chemical & Petroleum Engineering, was awarded, by the National Institutes of Health, $434,800 for his project entitled: “Comprehensive molecular and functional analyses of anti-HIV-1 antibody repertoires.” and $416,625 for his project entitled: “Probing antigen specificity and response of autoimmune B cells in Neuromyelitis Optica.”

Anthony Fehr, Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, was awarded $270,000 by the National Institutes of Health for his project entitled: “Investigating How ADP-ribosylation Impacts Innate Immunity During Coronavirus Infection.”

Laird Forrest, Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, was awarded $50,000 by the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute for his project entitled: “Development of cancer vaccines using dogs as a translational model.”

Christopher Gamblin, Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Molecular Biosciences, was awarded $15,000 by KU-Research-GO for his project entitled: “Development of Fungal Natural Products as Potential Therapeutics for Alzheimer’s Disease.”

Jennifer Robinson, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, was awarded $15,000 by KU-Research-GO for her project entitled: “Imaging and Assessment of Emulsion Electrospun Fiber Diameter and Porosity for the Programmable Delivery of Estrogen Receptor Agonists.”

Michael Wang, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, was awarded $2,143,346 by the National Institutes of Health for his project entitled: “Identification of CYP5122A1 inhibitors as chemical probes for Leishmania biology.”

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