Jim McClintock loves his job so much that he just can’t stay away from the office. Which is pretty impressive when you consider that one of his workspaces sits 6,898 miles away from Birmingham, at Palmer Station in Antarctica.
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What's the fastest thing you can imagine? How about the smallest?

Well never mind, because there really is no way to wrap your head around what's going on in David Hilton's laser lab in the UAB Department of Physics.
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May 01, 2014

Winners Circle

Four faculty members win prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Awards

In a stunning achievement, four College faculty members were awarded CAREER Awards by the National Science Foundation. The recipients are Dr. Eugenia Kharlampieva, Chemistry; Dr. Karolina Mukhtar, Biology; Dr. Thamar Solorio and Dr. Ragib Hasaan, Computer and Information Sciences. The total value of the four prizes is $2,500,000.

From left: Dr. Euginia Kharlampieva, Dr. Karolina Mukhtar, Dr. Thamar Solorio, and Dr. Ragib Hasan.From left: Dr. Euginia Kharlampieva, Dr. Karolina Mukhtar, Dr. Thamar Solorio, and Dr. Ragib HasanThe NSF’s Faculty Early Career Development Program offers the Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.

The College of Arts and Sciences last had a faculty member recognized in 2011, when Dr. David Hilton (Physics) was awarded $600,000 over five years for his work in coherent manipulation in quantum systems. UAB has never had four faculty honored in a single year.

Dr. Yogesh K. Vohra, professor and Associate Dean, notes that the number and value of this year’s awards is directly related to the College’s investment in faculty development and mentoring, since three of the four winners received grant money and coaching from senior College faculty before they embarked on the NSF CAREER grant process. “These things don’t happen in a vacuum,” says Dr. Vohra. “For Dr. Kharlampieva and Dr. Hasan, we funded a CAS Interdisciplinary Team Award for $30,000 each. Dr. Solorio received a Graduate Entrepreneurship Award for $10,000. So for spending $70,000 we have received more than $2.5 million in federal money in return. I would say that is a wise investment.”

Research Grants and Monetary Awards

Dr. Eugenia Kharlampieva
Title: Shape Responses of Ultrathin Hydrogel Microcapsules.
Award amount: $525,000

Dr. Karolina Mukhtar
Title: Regulatory Mechanisms of Pathogen-Mediated Cellular Stress Signaling in Arabidopsis: Taking Plant Molecular Biology to the Urban Garden
Amount: $1.1 million

Dr. Thamar Solorio
Title: Authorship Analysis in Cross-Domain Settings
Amount: $500,000

Dr. Ragib Hasan
Title: Secure and Trustworthy Provenance for Accountable Clouds
Amount: $485,000
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Two advanced students in The College, Nicole Watkins in History and Kyle Besing in Mathematics, won second and first place, respectively, in this year’s Graduate Student Research Days, hosted by UAB Graduate School.

Selected by peer review, rather than faculty (as had been done in the past), the two winners were scored on content, delivery, visual aid and preparation.
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For most of us, Antarctica is a story of ice.

Huge, craggy mountains laced with jagged icy edges. Penguins perched on frozen knolls and ridges, fur seals, crabeater seals, and others fishing amongst the floes. And massive chunks of glaciers breaking off into the sea as the warming global temperature melts away the edges of our southernmost continent.
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With the implementation of the new Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) submission guidelines, the college Grants Office has created an email address for all grant submissions: casgrantsoffice@uab.edu. Please submit your proposals to us at least one day prior to the deadlines that OSP has stated in their review plan. As all submissions will now be submitted electronically through email, you will need to work with your chairs on their review prior to it being sent to casgrantsoffice@uab.edu. The chairs will still sign off on the checklist before submitting to the Grants Office.

If the timeframes are not met, the office reserves the right to inform the principal investigator (PI) that there is not adequate time for proposal review and thus the proposal may not be submitted. All submissions to OSP will now flow through casgrantsoffice@uab.edu and each PI and chair will be copied on the submission.

Summary of CAS Grants Office Guidelines

OSP guidelines state that a full proposal (to include all required documents for submission) in DRAFT format is due seven full business days prior to the submission due date. A FINAL proposal is due two business days prior to the submission due date. The OSP's review plan can be read in PDF format, and many resources are available on the OSP website.

REMINDER

All College of Arts and Sciences research proposals are required to be routed to and reviewed by the Grant Office prior to submission to the Office of Sponsored Programs.
In addition to the OSP guidelines, CAS Grants Office guidelines must also be met. Full draft proposals should be emailed to casgrantsoffice@uab.edu eight full business days prior to the sponsor deadline. Draft proposals submitted less than eight full business days will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis.

If a PI decides not to submit a draft proposal, the full final proposal should be emailed three full business days prior to the sponsor deadline. Final proposals submitted to the CAS Grants Office less than three full business days before the sponsor deadline will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis.

All CAS proposals submitted to OSP must come from casgrantsoffice@uab.edu. OSP will not review proposals if emailed directly from the department or the PI. Proposals should not be submitted to the OSP dropbox nor should access to proposals (SRO access) be given to OSP until the CAS Grants Office has emailed proposal to OSP. The PI, award manager, and department contact will be copied on the email from the Grants Office to OSP.

If the above time frames are not met, CAS Grants Office reserves the right to inform the PI that there is not adequate time for proposal review and thus the proposal cannot be submitted, or will be submitted without CAS Grants Office review.

Full draft proposals must include the following:

  • extramural checklist
  • responsible personnel list (RPL)
  • budget
  • budget justification
  • statement of work (project summary/project abstract)
  • biosketches
  • letters/statements of intent
  • institutional commitment letters
  • cost sharing forms (if applicable)
  • subaward information (budget, budget justification, statement of work)
  • any other sponsor/UAB required forms

CAS Grants Office reviews include:

  • Reading and interpreting application announcements/guidelines to ensure all application requirements have been met.
  • Verifying budgets to ensure funds requested are adequate and correct and meet project needs.
  • Ensuring all required internal UAB administrative documents have been completed accurately.
  • CAS Research will email PI and/or award manager with any comments/corrections/questions concerning the proposal within 24 hours of receipt of proposal.

Available Services

The Grants Office offers many services to help CAS faculty put together a complete grant proposal. Visit the List of Services Provided page to learn how the office can help you.
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The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Department of Art and Art History will host the Art History Master of Arts Symposium, an annual daylong symposium shared with the University of Alabama, on Friday, March 7, at the UAB Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts.
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The University of Alabama at Birmingham unveiled the state’s largest and most advanced nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) facility this morning at a grand-opening event and tour. The laboratory is another world-class example of the interdisciplinary emphasis that is a hallmark of UAB, accelerating the university’s reputation as a leader in medical research.
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Illustration of a bar graph. The Grants Office provides the following services:

Pre-Award Management
Post-Award Management
Service Center Management
Other

Pre-Award Management

If you would like to utilize any of the following services, the Grants Office requires a minimum of 1-2 months notification prior to the submission due date. If this minimum notice is not given, we reserve the right to determine that the notification time is not adequate for proposal preparation and thus that the proposal cannot be submitted.

  1. All UAB administrative paperwork related to grant submissions:
    1. Extramural checklists
    2. RPL
    3. Cost sharing commitment forms
    4. IDC revenue redistribution forms
  2. Work with CIRB to ensure all disclosures are documented and current.
  3. All sponsor related forms:
    1. NIH applications (grants.gov)
      1. SF-424
    2. NSF applications (fastlane)
    3. Foundation specific forms/documentsBudget/budget justification development and preparation (including subcontracts).
  4. Prepare facilities documents (NIH and NSF submissions, biosketches, facilities, etc.).
  5. Collect letters of support required for applications.
  6. Serve as liaison between the Office of Sponsored Projects and PI.
  7. Serve as liaison between sponsor and OSP and/or PI.
  8. Read and review all funding announcements to ensure all guidelines are being met.
  9. Assist faculty in setting up SMARTS/SPIN in order to locate funding opportunities.
  10. Facilitate the set-up of subcontracts (UAB providing or receiving services).
  11. Work with CIRB to ensure all disclosures are documented and current.
  12. Read, review, and track all CAS grant submissions.

Post-Award Management

  1. Manage all financial aspects of funded grants including, but not limited to:
    1. Account Set up
    2. Provide monthly reconciliations including projections/Oracle expense reports
    3. Set up employees/faculty grant funding (Oracle HR functions)
    4. Re-budget requests
    5. Cost transfers
    6. Payment requests/purchase order requisitions/reimbursements
    7. Journal entries
    8. Account close out
    9. Annual/Final grant reporting
    10. Monthly/quarterly sponsor invoicing
    11. Fee-for-service contracts
  2. Effort reporting (compliance and training).
  3. Grant Transfers in/Transfers out.

Service Center Management

  1. Account set up
  2. Provide monthly reconciliations including projections/Oracle expense reports
  3. Set up employees/faculty funding (Oracle HR functions)
  4. Invoicing:
    1. Internal vendors
    2. External vendors
  5. Deposits
  6. Payment requests/purchase order requisitions/reimbursements
  7. Fee-for service contracts

Other

  1. Material Transfer Agreements (facilitate)
  2. Data Use Agreements (facilitate)
  3. Confidentiality Data Agreements (facilitate)
  4. Faculty Development Grants (facilitate)
  5. Innovation Awards
    1. Set up account
    2. Provide monthly reconciliations including projections/expense approval
    3. Close out account
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November 25, 2013

Student Research

UAB students study long-stemmed seaweed in the Antarctic. All of our students, undergraduate and graduate, are encouraged to participate in research. These students receive support from the College and from the University in the forms of faculty advice and guidance, identification of research opportunities, facilitating interdisciplinary cooperation, and providing forums for publicizing research results.

Student Research News

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Programs in the College

Student Research Resources

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