Academic Resilience - Spring 2021

Academic Resilience presented by the CCTS Training Academy

  • May 7, 2021
    12-1:30 PM

    Candida Rebello, PhD, LLB, RD, FTOS, research scientist from CCTS Partner Institution Pennington Biomedical Research Center, will present on the topic of Academic Resilience. This will be followed by guided, small-group breakout room discussions where peers can share and learn from each other’s experiences with academic rejection and resilience.

    This event has ended. View the recording here: https://mediaspace.uab.edu/media/Academic%20Resilience/1_9oatwabk

  • 12:00-12:05 PM: Welcome/Introductions

    12:05-12:50 PM: A Lesson in Academic Resilience presented by Candida Rebello, PhD, LLB, RD, FTOS

    12:50-1:05 PM: Q&A/Discussion

    1:05-1:30 PM: Peer Mentoring Breakout Rooms

  • For more information about this event, please contact:

    Alia Tunagar
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Case Studies in Collaboration and Teamwork - Spring 2021



  • February 5 - March 26, 2021
    Fridays | 10:00 - 11:00 am

    *REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED*

    Interdisciplinary efforts are becoming more critical for scientific discovery and translational research efforts. Team science is the collaborative effort to address scientific challenges that leverage the strengths and expertise of professionals trained in different fields. These individuals work together, as a team, to achieve common goals that could not be accomplished by the individuals themselves.

    Joel DobbsJoel Dobbs, UAB Collat School of Business Executive in Residence and consultant to Fortune 500 companies, will present this eight-week, case-based course, utilizing the National Institute of Health’s Collaboration and Team Science Field Guide, 2nd Edition, along with included brief case studies to help scientists learn the basics of team science and collaboration as well as how to navigate the challenges of working in interdisciplinary teams. Readings from the Field Guide are supplemented by brief, pre-recorded lectures that expand upon the readings. Participants will meet, via Zoom, for one hour weekly to discuss the brief cases and address questions or specific issues.
  • To participate in this course, you need to enroll in Canvas through the link provided to registrants via email. All aspects of this course will utilize this learning management system. Dr. Joel Dobbs will pre-record lectures to access through the Canvas modules and reserve the Friday hour for discussion. If you have trouble accessing the course, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Thank you for your interest in this program. At this time, registration is closed.

  • For more information about this program, please contact:

    Joel Dobbs, PharmD
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    Alia Tunagur

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Grant Proposal Development Academy - Fall 2020



  • What: This program is a six-week comprehensive overview of the ins and outs needed to develop, write, and submit winning grant proposals presented by Research Administrators, Faculty, and Funding Agency Program Officers.

    Who: This opportunity is open to the CCTS Partner Network and is targeted to junior faculty, postdocs, and early-stage investigators.

    Where: This Intensive will take place virtually with Zoom. Participants will receive details once their registration has been confirmed.

    Requirements:
    - Participants are expected to attend all six sessions
    - Identified funding mechanism
    - General Research Question and PA/RFA in mind

    Sessions will be held on 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12.

  • Meeting format:

    Lecture: 1:00-2:00 pm

    Q&A:  2:00-2:30 pm

     Meeting Date

     Topic

    October 8, 2020

     Getting Started the Right Way
    https://zoom.us/j/98729224084

    October 15, 2020

    Developing Your Project
    Meeting #: 996 2721 8482
    Password: 703972
    https://zoom.us/j/99627218482
    Dial-In: 646-558-8656
    *Please be prepared to use your camera & microphone*

    October 22, 2020

    Writing Your Story
    Meeting #: 986 6463 3378
    Password: 941284
    https://zoom.us/j/98664633378
    Dial-In: 646-558-8656
    *Please be prepared to use your camera & microphone*

    October 29, 2020

    Assembling Your Team
    Meeting #: 932 1090 5922
    Password: 637473
    https://zoom.us/j/93210905922
    Dial-In: 646-558-8656
    *Please be prepared to use your camera & microphone*

    November 5, 2020

    Focus on Funders
    1:00pm - 2:30pm
    Meeting #: 962 8875 5305
    Password: 390273
    https://zoom.us/j/96288755305"
    Dial-In: 646-558-8656
    *Please be prepared to use your camera & microphone*

    November 12, 2020

    Submitting Your Proposal
    1:00pm - 2:30pm
    Meeting #: 991 8762 7506
    Password: 845607
    https://zoom.us/j/99187627506
    Dial-In: 646-558-8656
    *Please be prepared to use your camera & microphone*

    *Zoom info will be posted online the Wednesday before each session.


  • For more information about the Grant Proposal Development Academy, please contact:


    Becky Reamey, PhD

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    Alia Tunagar
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  • Session 5: Focus on Funders
    November 5, 2020
    1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

    Please select your preferred breakout session and indicate via this link: https://uab.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_aWa3pjkL7CZHH5r

    *Tips: Do not worry if your research focus does not align perfectly with any one guest. The officers from NIH can speak both broadly and focused on NIH-related funding. Dr. Chu is a great choice for those interested in NSF, professional development, social sciences, and humanities. Drs. Pollock and Muntner bring expertise from the American Heart Association, but they are also eager to advise on applying for funding to foundations and societies in general.

    • Breakout Room #1

      Rebecca Henry, Ph.D. , RN
      Program Director, NIH/National Institute for Nursing Research
      HIV/AIDS and Immune Function

      Dr. Henry is the HIV/AIDS coordinator for NINR and a Program Director overseeing a portfolio focused on HIV/AIDS/immune function. She is an experienced clinician and public health professional and has conducted research and problem-solving studies among immigrant and minority groups in the United States, as well as in communities in Laos, the Philippines, Ghana, Guyana, and Mexico. During her tenure with the Demographic and Health Research Group, Dr. Henry worked with researchers and physicians from around the world on major health initiatives including evaluation strategies to measure the impact of the President’s Emergency Plan for HIV/AIDS Relief. Dr. Henry holds a BS (nursing), MA (anthropology), and a PhD (anthropology).
    • Breakout Room #2

      Michael J. Stirratt, Ph.D.
      Senior Behavioral Scientist, NIH/National Institute for Mental Health
      Division of AIDS Research

      Dr. Stirratt takes pride in (1) Articulating NIMH research priorities in HIV research through funding opportunities, workshops, and writing; (2) monitoring the progress of actively funded research grants in my portfolio; and (3) providing technical consultation to individuals who are interested in applying for research grants.

      In addition to stewardship for NIMH extramural research grants addressing adherence in HIV prevention and care, his work includes participation in several large NIH HIV Research Networks and associated clinical trial protocols. He also is Co-Chair for the NIH Adherence Network, which is a consortium of 14 NIH institutes and centers that seek to advance adherence research in chronic disease.
    • Breakout Room #3

      Kelvin Chu, Ph.D.
      Vice President, The Implementation Group

      Kelvin Chu, Vice President, has significant experience with research development, program building, and administration of research capacity-building programs, in both academia and at the federal level.  He brings expertise in evaluation and assessment, private sector initiatives, and cyberinfrastructure initiatives. 

      As a former faculty member, research administrator, and program officer, Kelvin has first-hand knowledge of and experience in growing and supporting a research enterprise as well as practical knowledge of campus-based efforts to encourage faculty scholarship and extramural research funding.  Since coming to TIG, Kelvin has helped universities bring in more than $150 million in small, medium, and large-scale awards. He served as a Program Officer at NSF in the Office Integrative Activities.  At NSF, he managed projects worth $137 million in the physical, life, mathematical, and social sciences. Prior to this, Kelvin served as Senior Associate Director of a state-wide research initiative in Vermont, building research capacity and education infrastructure. Kelvin holds a Sc.B. in Physics from Brown University and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 
    • Breakout Room #4

      David M. Pollock, Ph.D.
      James A. Schafer NRTC Endowed Professor
      Director, Cardio-Renal Physiology and Medicine
      Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine
      The University of Alabama at Birmingham

      Dr. Pollock has been a Professor at UAB since 2014, and he serves as Director of the Cardio-Renal Physiology and Medicine section in the UAB Department of Medicine whose charge it is to develop translational research and training programs. In 2016, he was named the James A. Schafer NRTC Endowed Professor of Medicine.

      In 2015-2016, Dr. Pollock served as the 87th President of the American Physiological Society. Dr. Pollock is a fellow of the American Heart Association, the American Society of Nephrology and the American Physiological Society. He has served as Associate Editor for several journals including American Journal of Physiology: Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology and the Journal of the American Heart Association and is now serving as Editor-in-Chief of Comprehensive Physiology. He is also a founding member of the International Advisory Board on Endothelin who organize the bi-annual International Conferences on Endothelin. Dr. Pollock has also served on numerous NIH and AHA grant review committees. Dr. Pollock has also served as scientific advisor for several companies in the clinical development of endothelin antagonists including Speedel Pharmaceuticals, Abbott Laboratories, Pfizer Corporation, and Gilead Pharmaceuticals.

      Paul Muntner, Ph.D.
      Professor of Epidemiology
      Associate Dean for Research
      School of Public Health
      University of Alabama at Birmingham

      Dr. Muntner is a professor of epidemiology and the associate dean of research in the School of Public Health. His recent research has focused on hypertension, high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease. He was the lead author on a recent national study that looked at the impact of the new American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association hypertension guideline. The study found that, under the new guideline, approximately 103.3 million people in the United States will be categorized as having high blood pressure.

Specific Aims Intensive - Fall 2020



  • What: This three-session Intensive will feature presentations by the School of Nursing faculty, followed by discussions and workshops via breakout rooms. Participants are expected to attend all three sessions, will be asked to complete tasks related to their specific aims page prior to each session, and will receive written & verbal feedback on their drafts from reviewers and fellow cohort participants.

    Who: This opportunity is open to the CCTS Partner network and is targeted to faculty who are in a good position to apply for NIH funding with any R mechanism for the next NIH cycle (but will consider others).

    Where: This Intensive will take place virtually with Zoom. Participants will receive details once their registration has been confirmed.

    Requirements:
              - Participants are expected to attend all three sessions
              - Identified funding mechanism
              - Faculty Chair support/approval
              - General Research Question and PA/RFA in mind

    Deadline to register is September 18, 2020 at 5PM. Sessions will be on 9/30/20, 10/21/20, & 11/18/20.

  • Meeting Format:
    Lecture: 1:00 - 1:30
    Q & A: 1:30 - 2:00
    Workshop: 2:00 - 3:00

    Meeting Date

    Lecture

    September 30, 2020             

    Specific Aims Part I, by Maria Bakitas, DNSc, CRNP, NP-C, AOCN, ACHPN, FAAN, FPCN

    October 21, 2020

    Specific Aims Part II, by Carolyn Pickering, PhD

    November 18, 2020

    Specific Aims Part III, by Nick Dionne Odom, PhD, MSN, MA, RN, ACHPN, FPCN



    Prior to Meeting 1, 9/30:  Complete the "How to Write Specific Aims" Worksheet (provided following registration).
    Prior to Meeting 2, 10/21:  
    Complete rough draft Aims Page with complete sentences.
    Prior to Meeting 3, 11/18:  
    Prepare Aims Page working draft to share with the group, review others' work and be ready to provide verbal feedback.

  • For more information about the Specific Aims Intensive, please contact:


    Becky Reamey, PhD

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    Alia Tunagar
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  • Click here to view Specific Aims Intensive presentations once each session has been completed. These will usually be available within 24 hours of the session.

    PowerPoint Presentations:

    Session 1