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Research Updates

  1. Teaching with the Flipped Classroom
  2. SciVal Experts
  3. Mentoring Topic of the Month
  4. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities
  5. Grant Writing Crash Course
  6. Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)
  7. Research News & Publicizing Research

1. Teaching with the Flipped Classroom

Cynthia Furse, professor of electrical and computer engineering, veteran ‘flipper’, and associate VP for Research at the University of Utah is piloting an online (and flipped!) class called “Teaching with the Flipped Classroom.” It will run from Nov. 24, – April 27, 2014. The goal is to teach faculty how to effectively flip their own classes and incorporate active learning.

Donna Ziegenfuss, associate librarian, Marriott Library, and Stacy Bamberg, associate professor of mechanical engineering will also instruct and coordinate class discussions.

Check out the Canvas site, module topics and schedule here.

There is no cost associated with the class. We will be piloting 12 online modules covering the basics of the flipped class, active learning strategies, flipped course design, video lecture design/capture/upload, helping your students learn flipped, and assessment. Each module will include video and written instructional material, an ‘assignment’ to try out in your class, and a chance to interact with other faculty through the online Canvas site. By the time you have completed all 12 modules, you should have the skills to successfully flip your class. This is a PILOT test, our first time through these modules. We will request your feedback as we go through each module.

To register for the pilot class, please email: melissa.johanson@utah.edu

Teaching with the Flipped Classroom is designed for faculty with teaching experience. It does not cover introductory pedagogy. It is not recommended for new faculty or those teaching a class for the first time.

This project is generously funded by the National Science Foundation (DUE-1245904).
Additional support provided by the University of Utah and Salt Lake Community College.

2. SciVal Experts

SciVal Experts Now Live at the U!

In order to help our researchers form partnerships, demonstrate our expertise to the global research community, and increase research activities at the University of Utah, the Office of the Vice President for Research has implemented SciVal Experts, an expertise profiling and research networking tool. SciVal Experts will make it easier for our researchers and administrators to find expertise and enable collaboration within the university and across other participating institutions by automatically creating individual profiles for faculty included in the system. Profiles are pre-populated with publication histories from the Scopus abstract and citation databases. SciVal Experts then produces a visual semantic index, or Fingerprint, of relevant concepts that instantly reveals each of our researcher’s distinctive expertise, and uses this information to expose valuable potential connections between faculty members. 800 of the most active university researchers from all areas of campus are included in the system, which is now accessible at http://www.experts.scival.com/utah.

The Office of Sponsored Projects has set up a webpage to provide more information, training, and user guides, located at http://osp.utah.edu/grant-life-cycle/find-funding/scival-experts.php.

Please contact Brent Brown at 801-581-3003 or brent.brown@osp.utah.edu if you have any questions or feedback.

3. Mentoring Topic of the Month

Finding Collaborators

One of the most fun, interesting, challenging and creative aspects of research is collaboration. ‘Team research‘ is likely to be cited more often, funded more often, and lead to additional creative ideas. Getting started in a research collaboration may be as serendipitous as meeting someone at the gym, or it may require a detailed search for the right research team.

Here are a few questions often asked about finding a collaborator and getting started in team research:

What ideas do I have that would benefit from collaboration?
How could I get involved in a collaborative group where we could generate ideas together?
What ideas do you have that would benefit from someone helping you? Where might your skills help someone else?
How can I find a collaborator? Or be found by one?
What should I look for in a good collaborator?
How do you organize and run a collaborative team? What goes well, and what might not?

Here are a some resources at the U to help you find collaborators:
OSP Collaboration Page
Find a Researcher
MBM Researcher Database

Also talk with the research dean in your college for ideas on finding and enhancing collaborations. (For a complete list of research deans, contact the Office of the Vice President for Research).

And a couple of good national resources:
Thriving in an Era of Team Science
Collaboration and Team Science: A Field Guide

Finding out about research projects that are going on in your college, university and elsewhere can help spark new creative applications and ideas for your research. Check out your college newsletters, the UofU research news, and research updates from federal funding agencies such as NSF, NIH, AFOSR, and others.

To Do:
Talk with your mentor/mentee about research ideas that might benefit from collaborations, and what types of collaborators would be good.
Find out more about different research projects going on in your college, the university, and outside of the university. (See links above) Sign up for any that you find particularly interesting, or mark your calendar to check them out on a regular basis.
Remind yourself to be curious and creative. Schedule time to think. Check out the resources on the OSP ‘Generate your idea’ page.
Check out the resources above, and bookmark the ones you find most useful.
Invite a colleague to lunch! Go have lunch with someone you don’t know too well, whose research interests you. Find out more.

4. Upcoming Research Grant Opportunities

Limited Submissions Opportunities
NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards (DP5)
Internal Deadline: December 13, 2013

External Funding Opportunities
Dana Foundation: Clinical Neuroscience Research
Dana Foundation accepts applications on a rolling basis.

6. Grant Writing Crash Course

October 10-12, 2014

The Lodges at Deer Valley Resort

Park City, Utah

Open to all Faculty members and Postdoctoral Scholars!

Using a unique and proven method to learn how to write a fundable proposal, the Grant Writing Crash Course provides one-on-one mentoring by successful University of Utah faculty grant writers. Participants complete a series of short exercises prior to the Grant Writing Crash Course, drafting text that will be refined and assembled under the guidance of faculty mentors into critical sections of their proposal. Several essential topics are covered in focused brief lectures and discussions, including the strategies and mechanics of effective proposal writing, how to sell your project (and yourself as Principal Investigator) to a sponsoring agency, the criteria that reviewers use to evaluate your proposal, pitfalls to avoid in grant writing, how to develop aims and justifications, the ins and outs of major funding agencies, and the political, social, and psychological aspects of “grantsmanship.” Focused, intensive work sessions provide participants with ample uninterrupted time to craft and recraft their thinking, writing and presentation based on real-time constructive feedback from faculty mentors, enhancing their proposals and increasing the likelihood of their success.

Attendance is highly limited. Registration fees for the October program include two nights lodging at the Deer Valley Resort, use of recreational facilities and most meals. A spouse or partner and up to two children are welcome to accompany the participant (additional charge if more than two children attend). If you do not have seed or personal funding available for the registration fee, we encourage you to discuss other options with your Department Chair or Research Dean.

To register for the October 2014 program, or for more information, please contact Tony Onofrietti, Director, Research Education, at 801-585-3492 or at tony.onofrietti@hsc.utah.edu.



The Grant Writing Crash Course program is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and are led by Dr. Gary C. Schoenwolf, Distinguished Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy.

7. Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)

For questions concerning RATS, please contact Tony Onofrietti (801-585-3492) or visit the RATS website

Patent and Trademark Searching
Tuesday, November 26 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Unrelated Business Income and Sales Tax

Tuesday, December 3 10:00-11:30 a.m.
HSEB, Rm. 3515A

Case Studies in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

Tuesday, December 3 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1750

Laboratory Leadership and Staffing

Wednesday, December 4 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1730

Mandatory Effort Reporting (PAR) Training

Thursday, December 5 2:00-4:00 p.m.
HSEB, Rm. 1750

8. Research News & Publicizing Research

Interested in the cool research going on at the U? For the latest news on research, go to news. If you are interested in publicizing your research, guidelines and information on how to, along with contact information, may be found at: Publicizing Research and Working with the Media.

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