December 17, 2013
Message from the Vice President
The new year is just weeks away so I want to take this time to thank our faculty and research staff for an exemplary FY13 which set a record in external sponsor funding and also recognize that the first five months of FY14 continued to produce sound outcomes.
This success is a result of using Georgia State's established strengths and interdisciplinary collaborations to help us move closer to a goal set forth in the university's strategic plan<http://strategic.gsu.edu/> to "become a leading public research university addressing the most challenging issues of the 21st century." This goal is becoming a reality as the university's research continues to experience unprecedented growth.
Consider the new Center for Nano-Optics<http://news.gsu.edu/2013/12/12/center-nano-optics-becomes-top-level-georgia-state-university-research-center/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=center-nano-optics-becomes-top-level-georgia-state-university-research-center>, our newest university-level research center. The center is led by Physics Professor Mark Stockman and brings together physics faculty who will develop tools and instruments that could lead to major breakthroughs in technology and biomedicine.
Additionally, the Institute for Biomedical Sciences is scheduled to launch January 2014. President Becker noted in his 2013 State of the University<http://president.gsu.edu/2013/10/02/state-of-the-university-2013/> address, "This institute evolves from that part of the strategic plan that recommended enhanced contributions to the sciences, health and medical education."
Our science park complex is expanding with construction of a second building slated to begin summer 2014. This addition will address compression issues and expand wet lab space.
We will also continue to enhance university research services resources that started this year with the development of the Office of Sponsored Proposals and Awards (OSPA), introduction of Cayuse424 and the recent introduction of the Research Portal. OSPA will continue adopting best practices with the goal of creating a campus-wide research administration that operates seamlessly with our researchers.
I look forward to sharing more success stories and strategic initiative updates with you in 2014.
Best wishes to you and your family for a happy and safe holiday season.
James A. Weyhenmeyer, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research and Economic Development
IS&T to host Cyberinfrastructure Day
Georgia State faculty are invited to attend Cyberinfrastructure Day hosted by Information Systems and Technology (IS&T) on Friday, Jan. 24 in the 100 Auburn Avenue Auditorium. Faculty will learn about innovative and emerging computing technologies that aid in research enabling discovery in a range of disciplines.
Georgia State's Vice President for Research and Economic Development James A. Weyhenmeyer, Ph.D., will discuss the current state of research initiatives at the university. Featured guest speaker, Clemson University Vice Provost and Chief Information Officer for Computing and Information Technology Jim Bottum will discuss research technologies.
Faculty will also have an opportunity to hear from Georgia State's new Research Interest Group which provides support and technical assistance for faculty using high-performance computing resources. Additionally, faculty will learn more about CURVE (Collaborative University Research & Visualization Environment), the ambitious and innovative project to create a technology-rich discovery space in the Georgia State University Library.
A host of other speakers including Apple and Dell representatives will also provide information on systems and applications for research and teaching.
More details available on the Cyberinfrastructure Day<http://technology.gsu.edu/about/calendar/cyber-infrastructure-day/> page.
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2013 Holiday Break Schedules
As the holiday break approaches, we understand many will continue to work on research during this time. Below is a list of schedules we hope you will find useful:
Office of Sponsored Proposals and Awards (OSPA)
Jill Borland<mailto:[log in to unmask]>, OPSA Associate Director, will be available to provide assistance related to proposals and awards Dec. 30-31, 2013. Natasha Stark<mailto:[log in to unmask]>, Sponsored Programs Officer, will be available Jan. 2-3, 2014. Jill and Natasha will be working remotely with access to email and voicemail.
Natural Science Center Central Receiving
Dec. 23: Open (9 a.m. - 1 p.m.)
Dec. 24-26: Closed
Dec. 27, 30: Open (9 a.m. - 1 p.m.)
Dec. 31 - Jan. 1: Closed
Jan. 2-3: Open (9 a.m. - 1 p.m.)
Petit Science Center Central Receiving
Dec. 23: Open (9 a.m. - 1 p.m.)
Dec. 24-25: Closed
Dec. 26-27, 30: Open (9 a.m. - 1 p.m.)
Dec. 31 - Jan. 1: Closed
Jan. 2-3: Open (9 a.m. - 1 p.m.)
Georgia State Parking
Researchers may use any Georgia State University parking facility for parking from Dec. 23, 2013 to Jan. 5, 2014. All parking facilities may be accessed through entrances and exits that are not controlled by security roll-down gates. You must have a Georgia State University parking permit or budget card to access the parking facilities. There will not be a charge for parking during the break. The parking facilities will not be staffed during the break.
Georgia State police officers will continue to patrol campus during the break. You can request a police escort by calling 404-413-2100.
The Facilities maintenance team will perform preventative maintenance work for all laboratories in the Petit Science Center from Dec. 30, 2013 to Jan. 4, 2014. They will access fume hood exhaust ducts to clean the air flow sensors. They will also use step ladders to access and calibrate control devices located above laboratory ceilings. It is important the team can safely move inside the laboratory space to perform the work.
Browse the new Research Portal
The first phase of Georgia State University's Research Portal went online Friday, Dec. 13. The portal streamlines many research administrative processes and resources into a one-stop shop for all your Georgia State research needs. Click here<http://ursa.research.gsu.edu/2013/12/first-phase-research-portal-go-live-dec-13/> to read additional details about this first phase and also phase two, which is scheduled to roll out Jan. 27, 2014.
Direct access to the portal is available at http://research.gsuapps.com<http://research.gsuapps.com/>. Users may login using their campus email address and password.
Internal grant applications due Monday, Jan. 13
All Research Initiation and Scholarly Support internal grant applications are due no later than 5 p.m., Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. More information on these grants can be found on URSA's Internal Grant Program<http://ursa.research.gsu.edu/ursa/funding/funding-opportunities/internal-grant-program/> page.
Internal grant application submission available via the Research Portal
URSA is excited to announce internal grant applications may now be completed and submitted through the Research Portal<http://internalgrants.gsuapps.com/>. Although submission of applications through the portal is not mandatory, we are piloting the process at this time and welcome anyone who would like to try this easy online submission process. The online process provides a fillable cover sheet form and easy uploading of full applications as a PDF or Word file. Researchers will be notified confirming their submission. Questions regarding internal grants may be sent to Kelly Stout<mailto:[log in to unmask]>.
URSA congratulates the FY14 Dissertation Grant Award and Suttles Fellowship recipients
Congratulations to the 16 doctoral graduate students who recently received Dissertation Grant awards. This year's applications reflect the increasing quality of students in Georgia State's graduate programs. Two of the grant awardees, Stephen Heidt (Communication) and Jiafeng Geng (Chemistry) were also awarded the Suttles Fellowships for their outstanding work as graduate students and for the quality of their applications. To see the list of all awardees, click the "Previously Funded Internal Grants" tab on URSA's Internal Grant Program<http://ursa.research.gsu.edu/ursa/funding/funding-opportunities/internal-grant-program/> page.
F&A Space Survey is complete
URSA sends special thanks to everyone who participated in and contributed to the completion of the Facilities & Administrative (F&A) Space Survey. This can be a very time consuming and demanding task. The F&A Space Survey is the most critical part of the F&A or indirect cost proposal. The results of the survey determine how most of the facilities' costs (depreciation, interest, and operations and maintenance expenses) in the F&A proposal will be allocated to university functions such as organized research, public service and instruction. Your assistance to ensure the university has an accurate space survey and therefore F&A proposal is vital and greatly appreciated.
F&A proposal due date
Georgia State's F&A proposal due date has been approved by the Department of Health & Human Services, Division of Cost Allocation as March 31, 2014.
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