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February 10, 2014

Monday, February 10, 2014

KU’s Research Caliberstrengthen skills and retain top performers

  • A21 and A110 workshop scheduled for February.  Approximately 55 enrolled.
  • SSC training for BSR SSC the week of February 10, 2014.
  • New hires in Post-Award Services begins on 2/10 and 3/2 – one external to KU, one internal, 3rd new hire announcement forthcoming.
  • A January 30th presentation on NSF Interdisciplinary Research, highlighting best practices in applying for interdisciplinary projects and upcoming opportunities to apply these practices, was open to all researchers on campus. This event provided a venue for both new and experienced researchers to learn about innovative/cross-cutting NSF programs and to network with a diverse group of researchers from other disciplines to facilitate development of new interdisciplinary research collaborations.

Pursue System Improvements:  implement tools that increase faculty and administrative efficiency; collaborate with KUMC where feasible

  • Meeting with KUMCRI staff for policy review.
  • Click Systems (ecompliance)
    • Elise Waldron continues to manage open tickets with the vendor and implement patches and hotfixes addressing needs for both KUL and KUMC, particularly in the IRB module.  The most recent patch occurred Friday, February 7.
    • Richard Walker is overseeing a project whereby IRB training done in CITI will be automatically integrated into Click. We will use InCommon authentication so that employees can login to the training using their KU online IDs.  Target date for deployment is July 1.

KUCR Efficiencystrengthen operations, processes, and overall effectiveness

  • Aggressively pursuing use of ImageNow for budget summary distribution, PI checklist,  close letters, effort report tracking, other workflow such as cost transfers and budget adjustment requests.
  • AR/BI implementation scheduled Spring 2014 – grants April 07, 2014 followed by distributive in early June.
  • 3G form continue in pilot stages for LAS and BSR SSC
  • Core service sites continue to be created and updated by KUCR’s web manager, Mary Ann Roesner.  This effort supports the Core Lab Portal site, which was launched last August.
  • Mary Ann is also in the discovery phase for building a designated research center portal site.  Its purpose will be much like the Core Lab site in providing a central location for internal and external audiences.  Project go-live date is Fall 2014.


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