This week, the White House asked federally funded labs studying infectious agents to take “immediate steps” to inventory samples and review safety and security procedures in light of several well-publicized incidents, exposures and disturbing discoveries occurring in high-profile, high-containment government laboratories. In response, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has called for a month-long review of policies and procedures, inventory of infectious agents and toxins, and training of all relevant staff. Although federal facilities/laboratories and associated agencies are the primary targets of the “Safety Stand-Down,” institutions receiving funding from federal agencies (e.g. NIH, as does UT) are strongly encouraged to participate in a similar way.
For more information, please visit the Biosafety Program website.
The Office of Research & Engagement will host a video conference with Wendy Leonard, Open Campus program manager for the Army Research Laboratory, Thursday, October 2nd to discuss ARL’s Open Campus initiative with interested faculty.
The Office of Research & Engagement’s Faculty Development Team is offering several training opportunities during the fall semester. These workshops range from finding funding to successful collaborations and proposal development basics. Participants develop the skills and knowledge they need to seek funding, craft proposals and advance their careers.
Like other living creatures, bacteria guarantee their future by passing down DNA to their children. Escherichia coli (E. coli, for short) are tremendously gifted at this, typically splitting down the middle into two daughter cells and providing each with a full set of chromosomes in favorable conditions as fast as every 20 minutes. Research has shown that exclusion plays a big role in this division process by limiting where necessary division proteins can gather in the parent cell. Assistant Professor Jaan Mannik, graduate student Matthew Bailey and their colleagues have identified a new positioning system for cell division proteins in E. coli: one that attracts these proteins rather than excluding them. Their findings were published August 7 in the journal PLOS Genetics.
Read more about their research on the Department of Physics and Astronomy website.
As of Monday, August 11, researchers at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville can now submit their protocols electronically to the IRB office for review.
On September 1, 2014, the UTK campus will complete its transition from paper to digital submissions for IRB protocols. Prior to that date, researchers may either choose to submit paper forms to the IRB office or they may log into the iMedRIS system and submit electronically.
After September 1st, new paper submissions will no longer be accepted.
Many grant funding agencies require researchers to plan ahead for data preservation and sharing as part of their research projects. To aid with these requirements, the University Libraries subscribes to an online tool that makes the process a little easier – the DMPTool. Since Fall 2013, researchers at UT have had access to the DMPTool, which walks researchers step-by-step through the process of writing a data management plan (DMP) for their grant proposal. The DMPTool incorporates data management planning requirements from a range of funding agencies.