|The Research Foundation (RF) has achieved a major milestone in service to campuses by making its policies, procedures and guidance documents available on the RF public website.”The accomplishment of this key operational goal provides a valuable and desired service to our campuses and sponsors, and supports our commitment to transparency to our public constituencies and stakeholders,” said RF President Dr. Timothy Killeen. “The public posting of this information allows sponsors of SUNY research to see how our policies and procedures conform to federal and state laws and regulations, and enables RF employees at campus locations across the state to perform their work more efficiently and effectively. This has been a collaborative effort across the SUNY research enterprise to which campus input and expertise was essential.”RF policies and procedures cover every step of the research grant life cycle – from application review and agreement execution to copyright and intellectual property protection. A new focused search allows users to quickly find a particular policy, procedure, or guidance by keyword and the alphabetical index lets users scan for a document by title or keyword (for example, the Bids and Proposals policy is found under both “B” for Bids and “P” for Proposals).
The RF Compliance Office is directing the next phase of this project – a long-term effort to review and standardize all policies and procedures, prioritized by risk.
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This month’s featured student is Vihitaben Patel, a senior double majoring in Biomedical Engineering and Applied Math & Statistics. Vihita has worked for the last year under the mentorship of Dr. Clinton Rubin, Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and Dr. Ete Chan, a member of the Rubin Musculoskeletal Laboratory. This past October, Vihita and several undergraduates working in the Rubin laboratory presented at the annual Biomedical Engineering Society meeting in Atlanta Georgia. Vihita was selected as a recipient of the competitive, international Research and Design Award by the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) for her work on “Low Intensity Vibration Treatment Tapers Obesity-Induced Type 2 Diabetes by Decreasing the Size of Adipocytes in Mice.” Prior to joining the Rubin group, Vihita had gained research experience working in the BME laboratories of Dr. Yi-Xian Qin and Dr. Helmut Strey. Vihita has presented at the annual URECA poster symposium (2011, 2012);and participated in the 2012 URECA Summer program. Vihita has held the positions of Social Chair for the SBU Biomedical Engineering Society (2012); and Director of the District Safe Kids Training program for the SBU Circle K Club; and has worked as a tutor with the PASS Tutoring Program – Undergraduate Student Government (2011); as a TA for Calculus IV (2011); and as a clerk for Financial Aid Services (2010-present). Vihita also volunteers at Stony Brook Hospital in the pain management ward, and in her freshman year was a member of the University Color Guard. Vihita emigrated from India while in high school, and graduated from Deer Park HS, NY.
For the full interview/feature, please go to: http://www.stonybrook.edu/ureca/researcher-month.shtml
Rouven Essig, PhD, cited for research on Particle Physics at the Cosmic, Intensity, and Energy Frontiers
The prestigious award is given to junior faculty at universities and for staff at national laboratories. Dr. Essig, one of 68 awardees nationwide for fiscal year 2012 chosen from among 850 proposals, was cited for his research in “Particle Physics at the Cosmic, Intensity, and Energy Frontiers.”
“Major efforts at the Intensity, Cosmic, and Energy frontiers of particle physics are rapidly furthering our understanding of the fundamental constituents of nature and their interactions,” Dr. Essig wrote of his work. “The overall objectives of this research project are to interpret and develop the theoretical implications of the data collected at these frontiers and to provide the theoretical motivation, basis, and ideas for new experiments and for new analyses of experimental data.”
According to the DOE, “The funding opportunity for researchers in universities and DOE national laboratories, now in its third year, supports the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers and stimulates research careers in the disciplines supported by the DOE Office of Science.”
“Professor Essig has an unusually broad research program, engaging all three of the Intensity, Cosmic and Energy frontiers that are at the forefront of the U.S. program in particle physics,” said George Sterman, Director of the C.N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics. “Professor Essig’s research encompasses searches for new laws of physics at giant particle accelerators and in cosmic ray detectors in both satellite observatories and earth-bound laboratories. Not content simply to suggest new experiments, Professor Essig is unusual among theorists by taking part directly, as co-leader for an experiment being carried out at the Jefferson National Accelerator Facility.”
Dr. Essig received his doctorate from Rutgers University in 2008 and was a postdoctoral research associate at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory before joining the faculty of Stony Brook University’s C.N. Yang Institute last year.