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Images of research

This simulation of a star formation clump, by Adam Frank, professor of physics and astronomy, is part of his research to model how outflows from young stars in star forming regions provide feedback into their parent clump or cloud. The simulation uses AstroBEAR -- a computational code developed by Frank and other members of the UR Theoretical Astrophysics Group -- that permits adaptive mesh refinement techniques of numerical analysis to be applied specifically to simulation of astrophysical fluid multi-physics problems. Read more about AstroBEAR at Frank's NPR blog and see a video as well. This photo is included in a gallery of research images at the Center for Integrated Research Computing home page. Read more on CIRC's services to the UR research community below.

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Funding opportunities

The University of Rochester Technology Development Fund supports UR researchers who want to translate their scientific and engineering research into commercial opportunities. Awards range from $40,000 to $100,000 to support projects of approximately one year in duration. Faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and employees of the University who have submitted (or who intend to submit) an invention disclosure to the Office of Technology Transfer are encouraged to apply. The deadline for submitting pre-proposal applications is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1. The fund manager is Michael Rusnak.

The Research Development Fund (RDF) is an annual competitive fund exclusive to partner institutions in the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN), of which the University of Rochester is a member. The RDF aims to bring together researchers to undertake innovative, high quality, sustainable research that addresses global challenges. Proposals are due internally at UR by Sept. 23, 2013. Read more.

Changing of the guard at CTSI

At a joint presentation on the state of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute on Tuesday, outgoing director Tom Pearson reflected on CTSI's progress over the past decade, and new director Karl Kieburtz discussed the center's future directions. Pearson noted that the number of PIs working with CTSI has increased during the last 10 years from 519 to 556, sponsored projects have remained fairly stable (1,199 in '03; 1,165 in '13); and funding has increased from $172.2 million to $229.2 million -- even accounting for the two- to three-year "bubble" experienced during ARRA federal stimulus funding. Many of the key strategic goals identified in 2003 have been met, including additional space (Saunders Research Building). Though CTSI will continue to face lean times due to uncertainties over federal funding support, "We are well positioned. The infrastructure is in place."

Kieburtz noted that transitions in leadership can cause a lot of "commotion," but added, "a lot of things that seem to cause a lot of commotion don't need a lot of action. For right now, CTSI doesn't need a lot of action," Kieburtz said. Thanks to Pearson's work, solid leadership and programs are in place. "I don't intend to change a lot of that with any immediacy. .. There are no fires to put out." Kieburtz said he will work with Nancy Bennett, Harriet Kitzman and a handful of other researchers to examine CTSI's future role within the overall university community, the surrounding region and within emerging mandates for all 60 CTSA institutes nationwide to work more closely together. Organizing principles will be discovery, therapy, training, community, practice and policy, and rare diseases. CTSI must clearly identify who benefits from its programs, and document that, Kieburtz stressed. "In the long run we cannot be focused only on NIH funding" because of sequestration and other uncertainties. "That is not the basis for building a strong quality program."

Here to help you ...

The University of Rochester gets a lot of attention for its computing prowess, especially with its Blue Gene/Q supercomputer. But having a supercomputer is one thing; making effective use of it is another. That's where the Center for Integrated Research Computing (CIRC) comes in. It provides more than 600 researchers from 35 Med Center and River Campus departments with the hardware, software, training, and support they need to apply computational science and computing technology to research in a wide range of disciplines, including medicine, engineering, and the biological and physical sciences. Click here to read more about how CIRC can help you.

CIRC holds monthly symposia where faculty, staff, and students showcase their research to the user community, learn about computing technologies, and participate in collaborative computing sessions. The CIRC Symposium provides a venue for researchers to learn about and discover new directions in using computational and data-intensive tools for research in a variety of fields across all departments and centers. CIRC Symposia are always held on the 3rd Friday of the month, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in locations in the Medical Center and River Campus. The next CIRC Symposium will feature talks from Jiebo Liu from the Department of Computer Science and Dalia Ghoneim for the Center for Neural Development and Disease.

Introducing a new faculty member

Is it possible to interact with computers and robots the way we interact with each other? That's the fundamental question underlying the research of M. Ehsan Hoque, who joins the Department of Computer Science as assistant professor after earning a PhD from the MIT Media Lab this spring. Hoque led the research that resulted in the MACH, or "My Automated Conversation coacH" program to help those who suffer from social difficulties, such as Asperger Syndrome.

Points of pride

Since 1996, 53 companies have been created using University of Rochester licensed technologies, of which 38 are still active and 25 are located in New York state.

Researcher in the news

What have Newsday,, US News & World Report, The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, NPR, Fox News,, the Irish Times, La Stampa, and the Baltimore Sun -- to name just a few -- been writing about of late? A study that identifies copper as a culprit in the onset of Alzheimer's disease. The lead author is Rashid Deane, a research professor in the Department of Neurosurgery and a member of the Center for Translational Neuromedicine.

Mark your calendar

Sept. 12: SCORE workshop, "Learning the Consent Process: How to Swim, Not Sink" by Kelly Unsworth, Human Subject Protection Specialist in the Office for Human Subject Protection, 12-1:30 in Saunders Research Building (SRB 1.416). Feel free to bring your lunch.

Sept. 13: Annual Neuroscience Retreat, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Memorial Art Gallery. Keynote speaker will be Martin Chalfie, winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Free and open to the University community but advance registration is required.

Sept. 16: Graduate Student Grantsmanship Forum. Hawkins-Carlson Room 9 a.m. to noon. RSVP to Janice Van Opdorp or contact either Wendi Heinzelman or Debra Haring if you have any questions.

Sept. 19: NSF Graduate Research Fellowships Program Workshop in Dewey 101 from 5-8:15 pm. To give senior undergrads and first-year graduate students in all disciplines supported by NSF an understanding of the program, its requirements and best practices on how to craft a competitive application. RSVP to Janice Van Opdorp or contact either Wendi Heinzelman or Debra Haring if you have any questions.

Sept. 23: Proposals due for Research Development Fund (RDF), an annual competitive fund exclusive to partner institutions in the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN), of which the University of Rochester is a member. The RDF aims to bring together researchers to undertake innovative, high quality, sustainable research that addresses global challenges. Read more.

Sept. 27: Letters of intent are due for the KL2 Mentored Career Development Program, for slots that begin July 1, 2014. The program supports the career development of new faculty who wish to pursue research careers in multidisciplinary clinical and translational science. The RFA is available here.

Make a reservation

Registration is now open for the University of Rochester Big Data Forum 2013, which will bring together renowned researchers in data science for a day of interdiscplinary talks and discussions starting at 8:30 a.m., Oct. 18, in the Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library. Limited seating. Topics include machine learning, network science, cognitive science, and applications in the health, social, and physical sciences. Reception to follow at Staybridge Suites.

Please send suggestions and comments to Bob Marcotte..

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