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Scholarly Messenger
April 10, 2014

Texas Tech Provost Announces 2014 Integrated Scholars
Texas Tech Provost Lawrence Schovanec announces the 2014 faculty Integrated Scholars. See the complete list, with profiles and video features. Read more >>

Chemical Gateway System is Now Operational Across Campus
The new system is designed to save faculty time and effort, and to allow the university to better inventory all chemicals on campus. Read more >>
New Lab Safety Website Provides Guidance for Campus Safety
The new site will help with ideas for improving safety in research facilities, art studios, teaching facilities and field research sites. Read more >>

Call for Abstracts for Upcoming Hydraulic Fracturing Impacts and Technologies Conference
The conference, set for Sept. 4-5 at the Overton Hotel in Lubbock, is designed to foster an open interdisciplinary dialogue on hydraulic fracturing in West Texas. The conference provides an opportunity to present and discuss current innovations and applications for reducing the environmental footprint of fracturing operations. The conference will feature speakers from federal and state agencies, as well as industry leaders and academic researchers who will discuss impending policies and technological breakthroughs. Concurrent sessions will discuss potential economic benefits, environmental risks and legal considerations for land-owners and there will be a separate investor session. Read the abstract guidelines >>

Hydraulic Fracturing Group Changes Name
Texas Tech's Hydraulic Fracturing Research Group has changed its name to better reflect its research focus and interdisciplinary membership. Visit the website >>

NSF Releases New Strategic Plan
The new plan sets goals for the agency through 2018. Read more >>

Graduate Students Have New Center to Foster Collaborative Learning Environment
The center consists of more than 2,000 square feet of space in the Administration Building and is an asset to growing graduate programs. Read more >>

RCR/Research Integrity

Does Your Research Project Need IRB Approval?
The Texas Tech Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) website has an online module that can help you. Read more >>

Defining Success
A recent interaction with a student at a presentation on responsible research inspires some thoughts about the meaning of success in academics. Read more >>

Environmental Health & Safety

The Beginning of Spring is the Beginning of Severe Weather Season
Does your family have everything you may need in case of severe weather or another type of disaster? This emergency checklist can get you started. Read more >>

EH&S Creates New Brochure for Maintenance and Contract Workers
The brochure covers safety information in Texas Tech laboratories, studios and shops. Read more >>

Upcoming Events

Safety First at TTU - Office of the Vice President for Research Discussion Series
Speakers from across campus will talk about what Texas Tech is doing to establish and preserve a culture of safety. This one-hour session is open for all to attend and there will be a question and answer session at the end. Read more >>
  • April 14
    2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
    Teaching, Learning and Professional Development Center 151
Faculty Honors Convocation
Outstanding faculty will be honored with in a variety of categories.
  • April 22
    3:30 p.m.
    College of Human Sciences, Room 169
Undergraduate Research Conference
  • April 15-17
    Various locations
For more information >>

Faculty and Staff Economic Engagement Forum
  • April 18
    3 - 5 p.m.
    Human Sciences Building, Room 169
For more information >>

Budget Basics
  • May 9
    10 a.m. - noon
    Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development Center, Room 151 in the Library
Register here >>
Registration is required as seating is limited. Please indicate the time and date of the session you will attend.

Cayuse and SP Training
Cayuse is entirely Web-based and provides for streamlined internal routing of proposals (paper routing is no longer accepted by ORS), ability for multiple users to view proposals simultaneously, approve routing sheets simultaneously, advanced validation of Grants.gov proposals based on sponsor rules, internal tracking of our research proposal and award activity, storing of proposal and award documents, and many more features. Registration is preferred as seating is limited.
  • April 25
    10 a.m. - noon
    Teaching, Learning and Professional Development Center, Room 151 in the Library
  • May 8
    10 a.m. - noon
    Teaching, Learning and Professional Development Center, Room 151 in the Library
  • May 23
    10 a.m. - noon
    Teaching, Learning and Professional Development Center, Room 151 in the Library
Registration is required as seating is limited. Please indicate the time and date of the session you will attend. Register here >>

A series of video training modules designed to introduce you to the Cayuse 424 Research Suite are available.

Funding & Award Opportunities

NRUF Faculty Awards
Several NRUF faculty awards and scholarships have upcoming deadlines:
  • National Institute of General Medical Sciences
    NIGMS Merit Awards
    Deadline: May 2014
  • Rome Prize
    Deadline: Nov. 1, 2014
  • Franklin Fellows
    Deadline: Dec. 14, 2014
  • Getty Scholars in Residence
    Deadline: Nov. 2014
  • Guggenheim Fellows
    Deadline: Sept. 19, 2014
  • NIH New Innovator's Award
    Deadline: Oct. 17, 2014
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
    Deadline: Various
  • Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship
    Woodrow Wilson Fellows
    Deadline: Various
A number of 2014 NRUF faculty awards and scholarships deadlines have yet to be determined. More information on deadlines and applications can be found on the NRUF Faculty Awards & Scholarships Web page.

Limited Submissions
  • National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program
    Internal Deadline for Notice of Intent: April 11
  • Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM)
    Internal Deadline for Notice of Intent: April 11
Please watch the Limited Submissions Web page for upcoming internal notice of intent deadlines:

Community of Science: Community of Science Pivot provides funding opportunities from federal sources as well as foundations.

Funding Opportunities: A listing of external and internal funding opportunities is available on the OVPR's Funding Resources website.


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