Social Media Spotlight

As you all are aware, we recently made the decision to move from the friendly confines of WordPress and host our blog on an independent server, thereby allowing us more freedom both in what we can offer and how we managed our site.  And, as you all are also aware, we encountered our share of issues in doing so, from stale DNS caches to missing posts to deleted subscriptions.  Minus a few outstanding tweaks, we are essentially back to where we were pre-migration, and look forward to finally being able to provide the added content at the heart of our move.

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Below The Fold

Since most casual blog followers rarely read beyond the initial group of postings, and especially since our audience continues to expand, we’ve decided to start a regular feature that highlights some of our recent articles that have fallen from the first page.  Consider it a quasi-digest for our readers who may have missed an entry, as well as a Thursday afternoon timewaster in preparation for Sheldon’s Friday stylings.

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What To Expect When You’re Expecting

It’s been a banner day for your research group.  Globex Corporation has agreed to fund a project undertaken by your boss, Dr. Frink, to the tune of three million dollars.  All that stands in the way of that money is a five-page contract to be signed by both parties.  So, as you’ve been instructed, you forward the draft agreement to your designated department analyst so that they can process and send down to your friendly Office of Research Administration for review and execution.

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NCURA’s YouTube Tuesday

In today’s installment of NCURA’s YouTube Tuesday, David Ngo, Managing Officer of the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, discusses the topic of cost sharing and the issues involved with getting it approved.  Cost sharing can be a tricky and convoluted component of the award process, and many institutions including JHSPH, will generally only allow it if it is required by the sponsor.  Consequently, it’s important to be mindful of all of its facets to ensure compliance both with the award as well as your university’s policies.

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SWFI Monday

“Never work with children or animals.” – W.C. Fields

In late 2010, NIH began assessing the necessity of using chimpanzees in biomedical and behavioral research, and in December 2011, NIH indicated that it would not fund any project that included research involving chimpanzees until proper guidelines were put in place.  Last week, NIH clarified its interim policy and announced that it would accept submissions that include chimpanzee samples, so long as the samples were obtained on or before December 15, 2011.  For samples collected after that date, applicants must provide additional information concerning their collection.

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Use A Little Luck, And We Will Make It Work Out Better

As mentioned earlier this week, we’ve been moving our blog from WordPress servers to a private host, which will allow us to provide more and better content to you, our loyal readers, in the future.  However, thanks to the wonders of DNS caches, some folks are still reaching our old WordPress-hosted site instead of our new spiffy digs.  This is why many readers were unable to access today’s first attempt at Fun-Day Frday, as a Murphy’s Law of issues resulted in it being posted to our old setup.

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