Monthly Update From the Vice Provost for Research and Innovation

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Research Over Easy

The Vice Provost for Research and Innovation would like to invite university faculty to have breakfast with members of VPRI leadership team. Research Over Easy gives you an opportunity to discuss various topics related to the research enterprise at the University of Arkansas. The Vice Provost and VPRI leadership team in attendance can provide specific information related to their areas. These breakfast sessions are limited to 25 faculty members. Due to limited seating, we encourage you to provide opportunity to the new participants if you have previously attended a session.

Export Control Training

U.S. Export Controls are a framework of laws that can impact various university activities. Restrictions may apply to international collaborations, travel, transactions, shipments and even the sharing of technical information with foreign nationals. The one hour workshop will benefit all staff and faculty interested in learning how U.S. Export Controls relate to university activities.

RazorGrant: IRB Submission Training

The Office of Research and Innovation has rolled out a new RazorGrant module. This module changes the Institutional Review Board (IRB) protocol submission process by utilizing the online RazorGrant system. The IRB is the body that ensures researchers use safe, ethical practices when engaging in research involving human subjects. Bring your laptop to the training.

IACUC Protocol 

The IACUC is charged with monitoring adherence the university's Policy on Animal Care and Use and federal and state statutes and regulations. All research or teaching using live vertebrate animals must have prior, written approval of a Vertebrate Animals Protocol (download Word document).

The IACUC meets on the first Friday of each month. Investigators are not expected to attend the meeting unless specifically requested to do so. Protocols must be received at least seven working days prior to the meeting. See the Research Website for more information on IACUC.

    Vice Provost for Research and Innovation Search

    The University of Arkansas invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice Provost for Research and Innovation, who will serve as the chief research officer on all matters related to the institution's research mission. The university seeks a dynamic and progressive leader who will provide leadership, give strategic vision and foster innovation and excellence to advance the research enterprise. Proposal Submission Changes phased out the Legacy Application Package effective January 1, 2018. This means that applicants will no longer be able to apply using the older, single PDF package of forms. Applicants will apply for grants using the new, web-based platform called Workspace. For more information on Workspace and a list of resources, see the Research Website.

    Budget Workbook Template Updates

    The RSSP Budget Template Workbook has been updated. You can find the most recent version in the Investigator’s Toolbox section of the RSSP website, under “Proposal Preparation/Pre-Award.” Several items on the template have been updated to reflect changes that will go into effect in July 2018, including changes to F&A, fringe benefits and tuition, so be sure you are using the current version of the template.

    Share or Embargo? Considerations for Graduate Students

    Should your graduate students place their theses or dissertations under embargo? While recognizing differences across disciplines, the U of A Graduate School requires students to submit their theses and dissertations to ProQuest and the University Libraries, then makes them available in the digital repository ScholarWorks@UARK, where they are directly accessible to anyone, anywhere with an internet connection, unless they are under embargo. (For an explanation of the ProQuest publishing settings and how they translate into levels of accessibility in ScholarWorks@UARK, see these guidelines.)

    Making a thesis or dissertation openly accessible in this way benefits the student, the faculty mentor, and the U of A. The student can share the link with family and friends, or highlight it on job and postgraduate fellowship applications. The thesis or dissertation demonstrates your talent as an advisor, and when your best students make their work accessible, you can refer your next cohort of advisees to these models for inspiration. At the same time, the impressive display of theses and dissertations in ScholarWorks@UARK assists in attracting the most promising prospective students to the U of A.

    In some cases, however, an embargo is necessary to safeguard research which should not yet become public. The following list of questions, addressed to students, can help them determine if they should apply an embargo and, if so, how long should it last.

    • Patents: Do you, your advisor, or any other member of your research team intend to apply for a patent based on your research? If you answer "yes," ask your advisor if releasing your thesis or dissertation in ProQuest or in ScholarWorks@UARK would count as public disclosure, which would impede the patent application.
    • Research Funding: Has your research been funded, either directly or indirectly, by a government agency, a funding organization, or a corporation? If you answer "yes," consult your advisor and check the terms of the grant for restrictions or obligations regarding research outputs (e.g., public access requirements, nondisclosure agreements, proprietary data).
    • Future Publications: When you sign the ProQuest agreement, make sure that you retain copyright as well as the right to use your thesis or dissertation for professional purposes and in future publications. That is, you should grant ProQuest nonexclusive permission to publish your work.
    • Journal articles: Will journals in your discipline publish an article based on a publicly available graduate thesis or dissertation? If so, an embargo may not be necessary. But be prepared to do a great deal of effort to transform your work into a viable article. Also, in a footnote or in the acknowledgments section, you will need to mention that the article originated from your thesis or dissertation. If journals will not accept an article based on a publicly available graduate thesis or dissertation, you should consider an embargo.
    • Books: Will reputable presses in your discipline accept a manuscript based on a publicly available graduate thesis or dissertation? If so, an embargo may not be necessary. But you should expect to expand and revise the manuscript quite extensively as you convert it into a book. In the acknowledgments section, you should mention that the book originated from your thesis or dissertation. If your top-choice presses will not accept a manuscript based on a publicly available graduate thesis or dissertation, you should consider an embargo.
    • Your Discipline: If you're in the arts, you may not want to make your drawings, stories, architectural designs, musical compositions, documentary videos, or dramatic scripts openly available until you've had an opportunity to capitalize on them yourself. Also, the humanities, social sciences, and sciences have differing expectations regarding a graduate thesis/dissertation as a source of publications. Consult your advisor and talk with junior faculty at both the U of A and other institutions about the options for publishing your work and the desirability of an embargo.
    Melody Herr, PhD
    Head, Office of Scholarly Communications
    29 March 2018

    Research Award Highlights

    $715,996 from the National Institute of Justice to Brent Smith, director of the Terrorism Research Center, for study on innovative methodologies for assessing radicalization risk.

    $510,000 from the Arkansas Natural & Cultural Resources Council to Mike Johnson, associate vice chancellor, for repair and restoration of a historic Arkansas sandstone wall.

    $410,630 from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences to Jamie Baum, assistant professor of nutrition, for study on breakfast, energy metabolism, protein turnover and skeletal muscle health in obese children.

    $187,444 from Ozark Integrated Circuits, Inc., to Simon Ang, electrical engineering professor, for study on LTCC as the assembly solution for reliable, low-cost, high-temperature electronic controls.

    $115,454 from the Institute of International Education to Michael Miller, Dean of Education, for an Egypt junior faculty development program.

    See all awards for February is the home of research news at the University of Arkansas. Recent topics include:

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