Researcher of the month: Alissa Hurwitz Swota, associate professor of Philosphy and Religious Studies
Alissa Hurwitz Swota is an associate professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at UNF who teaches courses such as Ethical Issues in Death and Dying, Contemporary Ethical Issues and Bioethics. In addition to her faculty appointment, she has partnered with Wolfson Children’s Hospital for nearly seven years as a part-time bioethicist. At Wolfson’s, she educates staff, provides consultations and contributes to policy development, revision, and research. Her guidance helps families, physicians and staff resolve difficult issues that arise when deciding on appropriate medical interventions.
Swota’s entrepreneurial spirit is evident in other initiatives. In addition to Wolfson’s, she has also teamed up with fellow philosophy professor Mitch Haney to co-direct the Florida Blue Center for Ethics. The Ethics Center, as it’s commonly known, helps policy makers, researchers and professional practitioners apply solid moral reasoning to thorny ethical dilemmas. The Center contributes to the public discourse through research, education and community outreach.
Swota has also, in collaboration with the Florida Blue Center for Ethics, helped to organize the Pediatric Bioethics Conference for the past four years. This conference, sponsored by Wolfson Children's hospital and other area healthcare institutions, seeks to identify and calibrate best practices in pediatric bioethics. Sessions such as Suspending Judgment While Providing Care: Working With Parents Who May Have Hurt Their Children, Ethical Issues in Pediatric Mental Health and The Chaplain’s Role in End of Life Care for Children can help health care professionals exercise strong judgment when confronted with challenging situations. The 5th Annual Pediatric Bioethics Conference was held earlier this month.
To fill this clinical role, Swota used the time buyout option available to faculty. This helped free up time for her to focus on her research. This, in turn, has greatly informed her academic work and led to new insights, which have been shared with local and national audiences at speaking engagements on clinical ethics.
Swota is paving the way for a deeper ethical understanding through her continued collaboration and research efforts with the academic and clinical community. Her journal contributions, speaking engagements and partnerships, in addition to her outstanding service as a faculty member, are testament to a flourishing and multifaceted career. “Wolfson wanted me to be their ethicist, and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs was able to find a way for me to do that,” she said. Her initiative and vision are leading to a more thoughtful and contemplative ethos both within the university community and beyond. ORSP is proud to support her work.
New National Science Foundation Guide to Grant Proposals
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has released a new Guide to Grant Proposals (GPG). The new GPG will apply to all grant proposals submitted on or after Jan.14, 2013.
There are many important changes in the new GPG, including new guidelines for the project summary and project description sections of grant proposals. Faculty and staff who plan to submit NSF proposals in the upcoming semesters are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with the new GPG proposal requirements. A summary of major changes between the prior and new versions of the GPG may be found here.
National Science Foundation Merit Review Criteria – Revisions and New Resources Announced
Effective January 14, 2013, the National Science Foundation will implement revised merit review criteria based on the National Science Board (NSB) report, National Science Foundation’s Merit Review Criteria: Review and Revisions. While the two merit review criteria remain unchanged (Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts), guidance has been provided to clarify and improve the function of the criteria. Revisions based on the NSB report have been incorporated into the Foundation’s policies and procedures manuals, websites and systems. Proposers should familiarize themselves with the Merit Review Principles and Criteria described in GPG Chapter III.A.
The resources identified below are provided to allow the research and education communities to prepare proposals in accordance with the revised criteria.
The Policy Office in the Division of Institution & Award Support (DIAS) is currently developing a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). NSF would appreciate your assistance in compiling this resource by sending questions to email@example.com.
College of Computing, Engineering & Construction Research Colloquium Series
The College of Computing, Engineering & Construction (CCEC)'s research colloquium series presentations are ongoing. Presentations take place every other Friday at noon.
The spring colloquium dates are Jan. 18, Feb. 1, Feb. 15, Mar. 1, Mar. 29 and Apr. 12. This is a great opportunity to learn about research interests of our colleagues and build collaborations across campus!
If you would like to make a presentation on the dates listed for spring 2013 or need additional information, please contact Dr. Asai Asaithambi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Federal Research Webinar Series – recorded presentations and slides available
From Oct. 31 through Nov. 2, UNF hosted the Federal Research Webinar, which outlined the research priorities and budgets of key federal agencies. The presentations were geared to the needs of those involved in seeking competitive support from the agencies.
An archived copy of the recorded presentations was made available following the webinar and is freely available to all who have registered via this web page. In addition, the presenters’ slides are available as PowerPoint files here.
Research Reminders – Upcoming Grant Proposal Deadlines
In addition to the programs listed above, there are many NSF programs with Feb. 15 deadlines. For a full listing of upcoming NSF deadlines, see NSF’s website.
Upcoming National Institutes of Health Due Dates:
- Research Grants (R01) [New] – Feb. 5
- Research Grants – Cooperative Agreements (U01) [New] – Feb. 5
- Research Career Development Grants (K Series) – Feb. 12
- Other Research Grants (R03, R21, R33, R21/R33, R34, R36) – Feb. 16
- Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) (R15) [New] – Feb. 25
- Program Project Grants and Center Grants (P Series) – Jan. 25
- Research Demonstration Education Projects (R18/U18, R25) – Jan. 25
- Institutional National Research Service Awards / Other Training Grants (T and D Series) – Jan. 25
For all standard NIH proposal deadlines, see NIH's web site.
If you would like more information on any of these opportunities, please contact Donna Gora at (904) 620-2456 or email@example.com.
ORSP Account Codes for Cost-Reimbursable Awards
Cost-reimbursable awards are required to use the ORSP account code structure when processing transactions. The account codes allow budgeting by an account line basis rather than a pooled basis. One of the main purposes of the account code structure is to enable ORSP, principal investigators and local units to easily budget, monitor, report financial data in the appropriate categories and view meaningful reports in Banner for internal financial management. This helps to ensure compliance with sponsoring agencies and federal guidelines.
To emphasize the use of the new account codes, the ORSP Research Development staff uses these account codes for proposal budgets. The ORSP Grants Accounting and Financial Management staff emails a copy of the budget along with the assigned ORSP account codes at the time an index number is given for a new Contracts & Grants award. The assigned account codes must be used when processing transactions for cost-reimbursable awards.
Travel Authorizations (TAs) and Travel Reimbursements (TRs) for cost reimbursable awards which are submitted using the on-line Travel & Expense module must use the ORSP travel account codes: 1) 772180- ORSP In State Travel, 2) 772280 – ORSP Out of State Travel and 3) 772380 – ORSP Foreign Travel. The default account code on the TA and TR may need to be changed prior to submitting the travel request for approval. Travel authorizations and reimbursements submitted without the appropriate account code will be disapproved and returned for correction.
Should another account code be used other than the assigned codes, an insufficient funds notification will be received when the invoice, requisition or travel document is created. If another account code is desired, a cost reimbursable budget amendment form will need to be completed and forwarded to the ORSP Office for approval. Contact your assigned GAFM Coordinator (Angela -Ext. 2351, Lashawn – Ext. 2446, Patty -Ext. 2321, or Sandy – Ext. 2350) for specific questions.
The ABCs of MTAs (Material Transfer Agreements)
A Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) is a contract that governs transfer of tangible research materials between two organizations, when the recipient intends to use that material for his or her own research purposes. An MTA defines the rights of the provider and the recipient with respect to the materials, any derivatives and often publication rights. Biological materials, such as reagents, cell lines, plasmids and vectors, are the most frequently transferred materials, but MTAs may also be used for other types of materials, such as chemical compounds, some types of software and data.
Three types of MTAs are most common at academic institutions: transfer between academic or research institutions, transfer from academia to industry and transfer from industry to academia. Each type of MTA calls for different terms and conditions.
At UNF, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs often works with Environmental Health and Safety Office to route, review and obtain approval of incoming and outgoing MTAs. The Assistant Vice President for Research, Imeh D. Ebong, is the UNF Institutional Official (IO) responsible for the approval of MTAs. Therefore, we ask that researchers planning to exchange research materials should contact the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs for assistance in expediting the negotiation of MTAs.
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UNF in the News
Building green scores environmental points
Environmentally friendly and efficient buildings are now the trend in construction with LEED certification involving scoring points to achieve a green goal. UNF has eight campus buildings that are certified, with four of them being gold.
Delores Weaver helps to create new generation of philanthropists
Philanthropist Delores Weaver has partnered with The Community Foundation in Jacksonvile to provide a "Philanthropic Initiative Course" for Weaver Scholar alumni at UNF. The course for the 11 UNF graduates began in October and runs until May 2013.
UNF's groundbreaking pharmacogenetic research
Rose Turner, a psychiatric nurse practitioner in the UNF Counseling Center, discusses this new type of genetic research that helps physicians better understand how patients metabolize medication on WJCT Public Radio's "First Coast Connect." Click "Listen" and scroll to the 25:24-minute mark to hear the interview.
Race-based state reading goals
Dr. Larry Daniel, dean of UNF's College of Education and Human Services, discusses the state's new reading benchmarks for students that are based on race with Action News.
UNF professor co-authors new Mitt Romney book
Dr. Rick Philips, UNF associate professor of sociology, is the co-author of the new book “Could I Vote for a Mormon for President? An Election-Year Guide to Mitt Romney’s Religion." He discusses his book on “UNF On The Record,” a weekly radio show featuring campus life, as well as faculty and student research.
The war: 11 years later
Dr. David Schwam-Baird, UNF associate professor of political science and terrorism expert, talks to WJXT Ch. 4 about the status on the war on terror.
Congratulations to the following faculty and staff members receiving funding for their research projects!
Janice Donaldson, Small Business Development Center
-Small Business Development Services for Marion County, Marion County Board of Commissioners, $50,000
-Small Business Development Services for St. Johns County, St. Johns County, $40,000
Cheryl Fountain, Florida Institute of Education, Success By Design, School Board of Duval County, $603,220
Shana Harrington, Clinical & Applied Movement Sciences, A Longitudinal Investigation of Upper Extremity Function, Quality of Life, and Upper Quadrant Pain in Women Undergoing Surgery for Breast Cancer, Brooks College of Health, $54,000
Mike Jackson, Civil Engineering, Inertial Profiling of Concrete Pavements, Florida Department of Transportation, $80,506
Corrie Labyak, Nutrition & Dietetics, Preventing Breast Cancer Recurrence Through a Tailored Lifestyle Intervention, University of Florida, $1,000
Rebecca Marcon, Developmental Psychology, Clay/Nassau/Baker/Bradford School Readiness Coalition Episcopal Children's Services, Episcopal Children's Services, $7,794
Jeffrey Michelman, Accounting & Finance, Data Security in the Public Utilities Industry, Jacksonville Electric Authority, $10,111
Len Roberson, Deaf Education, Educational Interpreters Project 2012-2013, Florida Department of Education, $229,829
Robert Slater, Accounting & Finance, Date Security in the Public Utilities Industry, Jacksonville Electric Authority, $10,111
Bobby Waldrup, Academic Affairs, Data Security in the Public Utilities Industry, Jacksonville Electric Authority, $10,111