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    Research News

    June 2004 Issue

    Table of Contents:

    Editor’s Desk

    Compliance Corner: Forms Are Ready and Waiting

    Proposal Writing Workshop Held June 11th

    Countdown to CAREER

    IIT Day on Capitol Hill: Strong Science for a Safer America

    Research Scholars Announced

    IIT Equipment Corner Needs You!

    CRA Means What, Exactly?

    Spotlighted Funding Opportunity: NSF Innovation and Organizational Change

    Recent IIT Awards

    Interim ERIF Report: Drs. Xiaofan Li and Ganesh Raman

    Proposals Submitted By The Numbers

    Acknowledgements

    Past Issues of Research News

    From the Editor’s Desk

    Dear Readers,

    Summer is upon us! Here’s hoping that those of you who find yourself with a reduced summer schedule will contact Research Support Services for help getting started with fund seeking and proposal writing.

    There is a cartoon that shows two faculty members having coffee. One says to the other, “What you need is a grant to give you some free time to write a REALLY first-rate grant proposal!” Of course, the point is that no such grants exist; faculty must somehow find time to put forth high quality, first-rate proposals despite other responsibilities. Whether you have a reduced summer schedule or not, we hope you will get in touch so we can start working with you on a proposal.

    In this issue: CAREER countdown, IIT goes to Washington, an interim ERIF report, Compliance Corner and more. All best wishes for success in your research,

    - Glenn Krell MPA, CRA
    Editor, Research News
    Director, Research Proposal Development

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    Compliance Corner

    By Domenica G. Pappas, CRA
    Associate Director, Office of Sponsored Research and Programs

    This month, we remind you of the Web sites available to help you get familiar with necessary forms and policies for human and animal research. It’s good to become familiar with these things well in advance of your actual research.

    For animal research, IIT has an “IACUC,” or Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. You can get familiar with the necessary forms and policies at: http://www.grad.iit.edu/research/OSRP/iacuc.html

    For research involving humans, IIT has an “IRB,” or Institutional Review Board. You can get familiar with the necessary forms and policies at: http://www.grad.iit.edu/research/OSRP/irbhome.html

    Both of the above sites have links to additional helpful resources.
    The Executive Officer can help you with your human and animal research requirements. Please contact Domenica G. Pappas, CRA at 312-567-3035 or at pappas@iit.edu.

    Editor’s Note: Domenica Pappas is Executive Officer of IIT’s Institutional Review Board and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.

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    Proposal Writing Workshop Held June 11th

    At a free workshop on proposal writing held on June 11th, IIT faculty and staff learned ways to craft strong research proposals in order to compete for funding for their research programs. Workshop participants were given an electronic kit with links to various proposal preparation resources. The workshop covered the basic elements of a proposal; the “above average” qualities of a superior proposal; and the various resources available at Galvin Library that a proposal writer can use to show their work is of “cutting edge” quality (A special thanks to Galvin Librarian Charles Uth for presenting at the workshop!). Participants have all been invited to personally follow up to get help with their proposal writing endeavors.

    If you missed the proposal writing workshop, it will be repeated this fall. Watch Research News for the date and time of the next workshop. Note to busy faculty: If you find that once again, you have missed out on either the proposal writing or fund searching workshop, and are starting to get the feeling that you will never, ever make it to one, take heart! You may request individual assistance from the Office of Proposal Development. All the information you missed at the workshop will be covered just for you, on an appointment basis. Contact Glenn Krell at krell@iit.edu for help.

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    Countdown to CAREER

    A luncheon for IIT faculty planning to submit for the NSF CAREER competition was held on June 10th 2004, sponsored by the Graduate College. Linda Spentzouris, Herek Clack, and Alex Flueck—all successful CAREER recipients—presented information on what makes a competitive CAREER proposal. The Graduate College thanks them for their participation and support. Information on the CAREER competition can be found at:
    http://www.grad.iit.edu/research/OPD/FundOpps/featuredfundopp.html

    REMINDER: Please note the special campus deadlines for this competition on that page!

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    IIT Day on Capitol Hill: Strong Science for a Safer America

    “Strong Science for a Safer America” was IIT’s first major outreach effort in Washington D.C. to showcase our cutting-edge research. The event, held May 19, 2004, was a success, with over 80 attendees including political leaders and IIT alumni. Senator Richard Durbin, Congressman Bobby Rush, congressional staff, and key decision makers from various agencies all visited with the IIT contingent. IIT was represented by David Baker, Ali Cinar, Harold Krent, Allan Myerson, and Jose Padilla, among many others. Faculty were on hand representing more than a dozen IIT research projects. Congratulations to all involved in this effort, for their work in making this event a success for IIT’s research enterprise!

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    Research Scholars Announced

    The Dean of the Graduate College, Ali Cinar, has renewed the IIT Research Scholarship program to enhance further the quality and number of graduate students in science and engineering research programs (AM, BCPS, BME, CAE, CHEE, CS, ECE, MMAE). U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status is required. Four merit-based scholarships have been provided to students who are starting
    their graduate studies at IIT in the Fall 2004 semester. This nonrenewable scholarship includes 9 credits of tuition for each of two semesters (in one academic year) and a $16,000 annual stipend. Our congratulations to the following recipients:

    Matthew Pearson (MMAE)
    Amy Kephart (CAE)
    Megan Francis (BME)
    Carrie Thomas (BCPS)

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    IIT Equipment Sharing Corner Needs You!

    You’re invited to visit the IIT Equipment Sharing Corner, a valuable resource for all in the IIT research community. To work well, it needs your participation! Please visit the “Corner” at http://www.grad.iit.edu/research/OPD/equipment.html and send your advertisements to krell@iit.edu.

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    CRA Means What, Exactly?

    You may have noticed the letters “CRA” next to the names of several of the staff in Research Support Services. CRA stands for Certified Research Administrator. It means that an individual has met the requirements of the Research Administrator’s Certification Council; this includes a tough examination covering a body of knowledge in four broad areas, each with subtopics: Project Development and Administration; Legal Requirements and Sponsor Interface; Financial Management; and General Management. You can get more information on the CRA program at:
    http://www.cra-cert.org/Default.htm

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    Spotlighted Funding Opportunity:
    NSF Innovation and Organizational Change

    NSF has announced Program Solicitation NSF 04-581, Innovation and Organizational Change. Funding: $2,200,000 is anticipated to fund 10 to 30 awards. Cost sharing is not required.

    Synopsis: The Innovation and Organizational Change (IOC) program seeks to create and apply fundamental new knowledge with the aim of improving the effectiveness of the design, administration, and management of organizations, including industrial, educational, service, government, nonprofit and voluntary organizations. Additionally, the program seeks a better understanding of how teamwork, coordination, and institutional arrangements contribute to innovation. The program encourages dissemination of knowledge gained from research to organizations and institutions that can implement reforms based on what has been learned.

    The solicitation is being announced by NSF's Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences; Division of Social and Economic Sciences; Directorate for Engineering; Directorate for Education and Human Resources; and the Division of Human Resource Development.

    Full Proposal Target Dates: August 15 and February 1, annually.

    Full Details at:
    http://www.nsf.gov/pubsys/ods/getpub.cfm?nsf04581

    If you are interested in submitting a proposal in response to NSF 04-581, please notify us at osrp@iit.edu. For other funding opportunities, please visit our site at:
    http://www.grad.iit.edu/research/OPD/FundOpps/fundopp.html.

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    Recent IIT Awards

    Awards received during April 2004 at IIT

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    Interim ERIF Report: Drs. Xiaofan Li and Ganesh Raman

    The following report is excerpted from an interim report submitted by the researchers above. If you would like the complete report, please contact Glenn Krell at krell@iit.edu.

    “The funded ERIF project, titled “Modeling and Large-scale Simulation for Acoustic Seal Technology,” has as its long-term objective the development of revolutionary seal technology based on principles of nonlinear acoustics. The idea is to exploit high-amplitude pressure and large peak-to-peak pressure ratios in an oscillating resonator to develop a non-contact acoustic seal.

    “Goals as planned over the past six months have been achieved. These include Derived Governing Equations; Designed Grid Transformations; and Implementation of Numerical Schemes.”

    Again, the above is extracted from an interim report submitted by the researchers. If you would like the complete interim report, please contact Glenn Krell at krell@iit.edu.

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    Proposals Submitted By The Numbers

    This graph shows how IIT is doing compared to last year, in regard to number of proposals submitted:

    Last Fiscal Year: Total Proposals through March 2003: 320
    Current Fiscal Year: Total Proposals through March 2004: 357

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    Acknowledgements

    Editor: Glenn Krell, MPA, CRA

    Production Coordinator: Melissa Zabel

    Ali Cinar, PhD
    Dean of the Graduate College and
    Vice Provost for Research
    312.567.3637
    cinar@iit.edu

    Alexander J. Flueck, PhD
    Associate Dean for Research
    312.567.3625
    flueck@iit.edu

    Mary T. Spina, CRA
    Assistant Dean for Research
    Executive Director, Research Support Services
    312.567.3035
    spina@iit.edu

    The Staff of Research Support Services:

    Toni R. Allen
    Assistant Director
    Office of Sponsored Research & Programs
    312.567.3035
    allen@iit.edu

    Pamela Andrews
    Research Coordinator
    Office of Sponsored Research & Programs
    312.567.3022
    andrewsp@iit.edu

    Janice D. Haney
    Administrative Assistant
    Office of Sponsored Research & Programs
    312.567.3035
    haney@iit.edu

    Glenn Krell, MPA, CRA
    Director
    Office of Research Proposal Development
    312.567.7141
    krell@iit.edu

    Robert Lapointe, MBA
    Research Projects Coordinator
    Graduate College
    312.567.7135
    lapointe@iit.edu

    Domenica G. Pappas, CRA
    Associate Director
    Office of Sponsored Research & Programs
    312.567.3035
    pappas@iit.edu

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