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          Carnegie Mellon University

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          September 05, 2013

          News Briefs

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          CMU's Office of Research Integrity and Compliance (ORIC) is once again sponsoring the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Seminar Series during the fall semester to provide faculty, students and staff with an overview of topics typically covered in RCR curricula. All sessions will be held from 12 – 1 p.m. in the University Center’s McKenna/Peter conference room.  Upcoming sessions are as follows:
          • Thursday, Sept. 12: Introduction and Research Misconduct Lessons
          • Wednesday, Sept. 25: Research with Human Subjects: Using the IRB
          • Wednesday, Oct. 2: Intellectual Property Rights and Responsibilities at CMU
          • Thursday, Oct.10t: Who Owns Data?
          • Tuesday, Oct. 15: Data Management Planning
          • Wednesday, Oct. 30: Conflict of Interest
          • Thursday, Nov. 7: Safeguarding International Research
          • Wednesday, Nov. 13: Mentor Trainee, Relationships, and Collaboration
          More information is available on the RCR website.  Space is limited, so please register early.

          Adult Learn To Swim Classes Begin

          Learn to Swim is for anyone who has NO water experience or very little water experience. The class will be divided into small groups by the ability level of the participants. Classes will be held from 5:30 – 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 10, 16 and 24 and Oct. 1 and 8.

          The classes will follow this structure:

          • Week 1: Bobbing, Floating, Gliding and Kicking
          • Week 2: Backstroke, Freestyle Arms and Breathing
          • Week 3: Elementary Backstroke and Breaststroke
          • Week 4: Deep Water—survival techniques and treading water
          • Week 5: Review—Swimmers choice
          The session is $75 for five weeks. Make checks payable to Carnegie Mellon University. For more information, including the registration form, contact Pattye Stragar at 412-268-1235 or pls@andrew.cmu.edu.

          Proposals for Dietrich College Undergraduate Colloquium Due Sept. 15

          Abstract presentation proposals for the first Dietrich College Undergraduate Colloquium (DUC) are due by Sept. 15. The DUC, which will be held Nov. 1-Nov. 2, is a new opportunity in which Dietrich College majors and minors can share their ideas, class projects, creative works and research projects. Presentations can be in the form of a 15-minute oral presentation followed by a Q&A or a poster presentation. Proposal and submission guidelines as well as general information can be found at //sites.google.com/site/cmuduc2013/about.
          The DUC committee is looking for student volunteers to organize the colloquium and faculty mentors to guide presenters through their preparations. Students can contact Catharine Youngs at cqy@andrew.cmu.edu and faculty can contact Bonnie Youngs at byoungs@cmu.edu for more information.

          Applications Due Sept. 9 for Swartz Entrepreneurial Fellows Program

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          The core of the program is a mentored summer internship with a top tier, venture-backed startup within the high-tech, high-growth environment of California’s Silicon Valley. Mentoring from faculty, staff, alumni and members of the business community, cohort and community building, and two networking trips help to shape each fellow’s guided internship and career search.

          The application deadline is 11:59 p.m., Monday, Sept. 9. Applications must be submitted to Emily Stark at vestark@andrew.cmu.edu

          Applications must include a one-page resume and a personal statement no longer than two pages. The statement should include:

          • Entrepreneurial interests;
          • Goals (internship, immediately post-graduation, long-term);
          • Entrepreneurial successes and failures;
          • Plans to contribute to the evolution of CMU's entrepreneurial ecosystem;
          • Role of the Swartz Entrepreneurial Fellows program in achieving your goals.

          The applicant also must have two letters of recommendation sent directly to Emily Stark at vestark@andrew.cmu.edu

          Successful candidates will be notified by Sept. 23.

          For more information, go to //www.britneypictures.org/cie/for-students/james-r.-swartz-entrepreneurial-fellows-program/index.html

          This program is made possible by James R. Swartz (TPR ’66), founder and managing partner of Accel Partners, a Palo Alto-based venture capital firm with more than $6B under management.

          New Online System Created for Research Conflict of Interest Disclosures

          A new online system, SPARCS COI, became available to CMU researchers on July 15.  A team involving many campus affiliates created this secure system to comply with Conflict of Interest regulatory requirements and meet the needs of CMU’s research community. 

          During the rollout of SPARCS COI, anyone who has Public Health Service (PHS) funding or expects to seek such funding in the next year is asked to complete an Annual Disclosure in SPARCS.

          Researchers that have already submitted an annual disclosure using a paper form, will still need to create a new online disclosure during this six-week window. Paper forms are being phased out over time. 

          The Office of Research Integrity and Compliance (ORIC) is holding a series of workshops to provide assistance with SPARCS COI.  Registration for training (//www.surveymonkey.com/s/SPARCStraining) is not required but is preferred. Researchers can complete their annual disclosures during a training session.  Please bring the financial information necessary to do this.

          All training sessions will be held in Cyert Hall’s first-floor cluster in room 100-D. Dates and times are as follows:

          • Friday, Sept. 13: 12  – 1 p.m.
          • Monday, Sept. 16: 1 – 2 p.m.
          • Monday, Sept. 23: 10 – 11 a.m.

          For more information as well as guidance, please visit: //www.britneypictures.org/research-compliance/conflict-of-interest/index.html

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