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Export Control Training Reminder
Thursday - September 27, 2018
It is the policy of USA to fully comply with U.S. export control laws. Therefore, to best facilitate basic understanding and knowledge regarding the subject matter, USA now offers an online Export Control training module through CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative). Completion of training is required for specified users including research faculty in the professions of science and engineering; research administration; human resources; purchasing; and international programs. Additionally, a module designed for students is also available and may be added to any course syllabus as required training. Training modules have been tailored to best fit each designated target audience. Please create an account or login into CITI to complete the training at: http://www.citiprogram.org 
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Revised Seed Grant in Support of the Arts & Humanities Launching in October
Revised Seed Grant in Support of the Arts & Humanities Launching in October
Thursday - September 27, 2018
Your faculty may have asked you about the release of guidelines for the FY2019 Seed Grant in Support of the Arts & Humanities, which are usually published at the beginning of September. A newly revised competition will launch October 1, 2018, introducing changes which should prove beneficial to faculty applicants. Of note: Continuous submissions are accepted throughout the funding year until the annual allocation ($25,000) has been expended. The maximum individual award remains $1500. There are no deadlines. This should enable faculty to apply for support at the time it is needed, rather than speculating on the date of completion of a project. Submissions will be reviewed during the academic year on a monthly basis (excepting December) by a standing review committee. The committee will meet once in the summer months if needed. The maximum project description length has been increased to three pages maximum. Submissions may be funded or declined with suggestions for revision and resubmission. One resubmission is permitted. The award term has been extended to 18 months. No-cost extensions will no longer be granted. Awarded faculty are eligible to reapply when their 18 month award term concludes. Check the Research Communications, Development, and Learning Internal Funding Opportunities page after October 1 for a link to the new guidelines. Contact Angela Jordan with any questions at ajordan@southalabama.edu.
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NSF Important Notice 144: UPDATE
NSF Important Notice 144: UPDATE
Thursday - September 27, 2018
The NSF issued an Important Notice No. 144 which articulates the Foundation's policy that it will not tolerate sexual harassment, or any kind of harassment within the agency, at grantee organizations, field sites, or anywhere NSF-funded science is conducted. On September 21st, the Federal Register published the final new award terms and conditions. This requires awardees to notify NSF of any findings/determinations regarding an NSF funded PI or Co-PI relating to sexual or other form of harassment, as well if the PI or Co-PI is placed on administrative leave related to a harassment finding or investigation. Effective October 21, 2018 the new terms and conditions will apply to new funded awards and amendments on existing awards.
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Dr. Kevin Jones, Head of Cyber Security for Airbus, Visits South
Dr. Kevin Jones, Head of Cyber Security for Airbus, Visits South
Thursday - September 27, 2018
On September 10, 2018, the Office of Research Innovation and the School of Computing co-hosted the visit of Dr. Kevin Jones, Head of Cyber Security Architecture, Innovation and Scouting at Airbus. Jones gave a public lecture, followed by Q&A, at Shelby Hall. Dr. Jones is well known as an innovator, thought leader, and is responsible for multiple cyber security demonstrator platforms and laboratories. He is a recognized expert in Critical National Infrastructure security, SCADA security, and the protection of critical systems. Jones represents Airbus on matters of cyber security across multiple domains and platforms and works closely with government agencies on cyber security topics. Additionally, he is a frequent public speaker on cyber security and the protection of critical national infrastructure, as well as serving as an adviser for numerous cyber security research programs and events. He is an advocate and champion for cyber security in academia, and of interdisciplinary research.
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InfoReady to Visit USA October 4-5 for QuickStart Training
InfoReady to Visit USA October 4-5 for QuickStart Training
Thursday - September 27, 2018
As part of an upgrade to the InfoReady Gold Package, which brings more administrative users and additional functionality to the web-based competition management platform, InfoReady will visit USA to deliver a two day QuickStart Training. The training will include both general instruction in how to use the system, and customized training with each unit to assess needs, identify uses, and provide guidance on data management and workflow.
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Human Subjects Protection Training Module
Human Subjects Protection Training Module
Thursday - September 27, 2018
The USA IRB requires human subjects protection training for all persons involved in the conduct of human subjects research. The USA IRB has utilized the NIH Office of Extramural Research training course to fulfill this requirement; however, the government released a notice on August 28th announcing they will no longer offer the online training module. The IRB is transitioning to the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) platform for completion of the required human subjects training. Two basic courses will be offered, as applicable to scientific disciplines (biomedical vs. non-biomedical). The Office of Research Compliance website, Human Subjects - Training tab, will be updated to reflect these changes.
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Research Education and Learning Portal
Research Education and Learning Portal
Friday - July 27, 2018
The Office of Research and Economic Development introduced the Research Education and Learning Portal in 2017 to centralize research-related educational opportunities at South. Share this resource with your faculty, staff, and students. Any USA employee involved in research can check the Research Education and Learning Matrix to identify what required training they need. The Resources section provides more detailed information, and the Calendar provides a list of active events and registration links. To add your research-related educational event to our Calendar, use the submission form. The Portal also includes opportunities for research administrators, and education for faculty who have questions about innovation and entrepreneurship. If your unit provides a research-related educational opportunity that is not among our resources, contact us at resdevlearn@southalabama.edu to find out how to get it added. We're looking for suggestions on how to make this portal most useful to USA researchers so please provide your input!
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