Join OHRP staff at a Research Community Forum called “Navigating a River of Change: Bringing Research Up to Par” in Augusta, GA, July 18-19, 2017. Augusta University’s Institutional Review Board is hosting a Research Community Forum on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 18-19, 2017, at the Augusta Marriott Hotel in Augusta, GA. Co-sponsors of the event are OHRP-DHHS, the University of Georgia, Georgia Southern University, Georgia State University, and Emory University. The workshop will feature interactive presentations by OHRP staff on a range of topics related to the HHS regulations, including discussion of the revised Common Rule. The conference will include break-out sessions covering a variety of research topics such as central IRBs and related issues, genetics research, online consent, and reporting concerns. Connect with human research professionals from across the country and learn about the regulations directly from OHRP staff—don’t miss out!
In the Know…
News from OHRP’s Division of Education and Development
OHRP is Hitting the Road: First Stop, Georgia!
OHRP is heading south! Join our staff at a Research Community Forum called “Navigating a River of Change: Bringing Research Up to Par” in Augusta, GA, July 18-19, 2017. The workshop features interactive presentations related to the HHS regulations, including sessions on the revised Common Rule. The conference will have break-out sessions on central IRBs, genetics research, online consent, reporting, and more. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to connect with human research professionals from across the country and learn about the regulations directly from OHRP staff! Register at: http://www.augusta.edu/research/dhhs/
Luminaries Lecture Series
OHRP has added three new lectures to its Luminaries Lecture Series, which features presentations by
esteemed individuals with thought-provoking insights on human subjects research protections.
New lectures include:
Julia Lane on “Big Data, Privacy, and the Public Good”
Stuart Goldberg on “The Impact of Personalized Medicine for Cancer Patients through Big and Small Data”
Benjamin Berkman on “Reexamining the Right Not to Know”
¡About Research Participation: en Español!
OHRP is expanding the Spanish language materials available on its public outreach website, About Research Participation, www.hhs.gov/about-research-participation. From the main page, users can choose to view the site in English or Spanish. These resources are intended to help potential volunteers better understand research and find the information they need to decide whether to participate in research. The Spanish pages include short videos about participating in research and a printable list of questions that potential volunteers can ask researchers. There are also links to additional resources that are available in Spanish.
Trial coordinators and research staff may want to use these materials to facilitate and improve the informed consent process. We hope these materials will be a valuable resource for the research community as well as the general public. Please consider sharing this information with other human research protection professionals!
Georgia Southern University receives the Grant Forward Newsletter every month. Georgia Southern University faculty and students can access the full content of this newsletter with their university ID’s. Below are some highlights from this month’s newsletter:
Just Released: GrantForward Researcher Welcome Guide
As we keep enhancing the GrantForward service, we just updated our GrantForward Researcher Welcome Guide! Take a look– learn, or review, about how to use GrantForward to help moving your research forward! Download PDF.
Funding News: NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)
CAREER: The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. Activities pursued by early-career faculty should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research. NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from early-career faculty at all CAREER-eligible organizations and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply. Deadline: July 19, 2017.Read more…
May Webinar for Researchers: Using GrantForward as a Researcher
Join us on Wednesday, May 10 at 2:00 – 3:00 pm (Central Time) for a GrantForward Webinar. This webinar will focus on the basics of Using GrantForward as a Researcher.Using our “brand-new” GrantForward Researcher Welcome Guide, we will guide you through creating an account, trying a simple search, using advanced filters, exporting grants, saving searches, and creating a profile.
Georgia Southern University’s expanding campus just got 1,400 acres larger.
While the University is working on the upcoming consolidation with Armstrong State University located in Savannah and Hinesville, and an enlarged student population of 27,000, the Statesboro-based University has acquired its first permanent scientific field station.
Known as the Effingham Wetlands, the parcel measures about 1,400 acres and was recently donated by the Southeastern Trust for Parks and Land (STPAL) to the Georgia Southern University Foundation with the express purpose of using the property as a vibrant living laboratory.
Georgia Southern President Jaimie L. Hebert, Ph.D., explains, “Because this large tract of undeveloped natural wetland is embedded in one of the most rapidly developing areas in Georgia, just 12 miles northwest of downtown Savannah, we felt compelled to take advantage of the opportunities this property provides for the University. It will become a tremendous resource over time for our student and faculty scientists, especially those in the College of Science and Mathematics.”
According to STPAL’s field studies, the property located in Effingham and Chatham counties, is approximately 841 acres of cutover and regenerating pine; 231 acres of riparian wetlands; 68 acres of hardwoods; 40 acres of mature pine; 15 acres of open grasslands and about 7 acres of small ponds. The major water feature is St. Augustine Creek, a tributary of the Savannah River.
The site will soon become a rich resource for ongoing scientific research where long-term field experiments will monitor the property’s varied ecology. Examples of natural features to be studied include its native plants, surface and sub-surface water flow, soil biota, insects, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, fungi, bird migration and potentially many other learning opportunities. The site is even ideal for studying the region’s tick and mosquito populations.
While the property is largely a wetland habitat, it’s also a marvelous mix of forest and other Coastal Plain habitats lending itself to meaningful research that could yield answers for real-world issues. As Georgia Southern faculty and students collect valuable data in a protected setting, their findings could result in better policy decisions on how natural resources are managed for economic benefits while preserving cleaner water and healthier soils. Georgia Southern scientists will have the ability to take control of the site without fear of theft or disturbance of their scientific equipment.
“This wetland extends and enhances the learning environment beyond the classroom giving faculty, graduate students and undergrads advanced training in the scientific method by doing actual hands-on research in their chosen field of study,” says Martha Abell, Ph.D., dean of the University’s College of Science and Mathematics.
Stephen P. Vives, Ph.D., department chair and professor of biology, says, “Restoring previously logged areas is a growing field with an emphasis on returning habitat to its previous condition and increasing species diversity. Research performed here can be a valuable contribution to the larger body of knowledge on this important subject.”
Another hot topic among forest experts is the symbiotic relationship between soils, fungi and trees related to forest health – “one more fruitful line of research now available to Georgia Southern student scientists,” Vives adds.
Kelly Pope, senior director of development for the University’s College of Science and Mathematics, represented Georgia Southern University Foundation throughout the process.
Charles McMillan, coastal director of the Georgia Conservancy and a member of STPAL’s advisory board, commends STPAL and Georgia Southern for taking the lead in crafting such an innovative partnership. “The Georgia Conservancy would like to see similar arrangements between land trusts and universities in Georgia,” adding, “This is certainly a step in the right direction.”
McMillan reminds us that ecology is a relatively young science with most discoveries taking place in the last 50 years. “It’s possible that Georgia Southern student scientists can make significant, new contributions to existing knowledge on how wetlands function.” He explains, just like “the liver and lungs of the body,” wetlands remove toxins and provide oxygen. He believes “the more we know, the better informed we will be to set public policy to manage water resources more effectively.”
About Southeastern Trust for Parks and Land STPAL has acquired 35 properties in Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina totaling about 15,000 acres. The Georgia Southern Effingham Wetlands site was donated to STPAL by a generous individual. STPAL then placed deed restrictions on the parcel to ensure it would be conserved perpetually and never developed.
All STPAL properties are protected with various forms of conservation statuses; many are slated to become public parks.
Bill Jones, STPAL’s executive director, remarks, “We are thrilled to be part of this creative partnership which maximizes the benefits of such a large tract. Now Georgia Southern scientists will elevate its value as conservation land to an even higher level by conducting meaningful scientific research here with long-term implications.”
In fact, university-held properties, field stations and marine labs are playing valuable roles around the world to study climate change, biodiversity loss, pollinator decline and invasive species biology.
Over time, Georgia Southern scientists plan to restore the property to natural habitat types and divide it into management zones with restoration targets.
Eventually, the property will also be shared with local K-12 students as an educational resource, and guided field trips will be encouraged for targeted groups like the Ogeechee Audubon Society whose members can assist with annual bird counts.
According to an advisory board with extensive land management experience who analyzed the site on behalf of Georgia Southern, their report concluded, “This property is large and diverse and would have value for field trips in at least 10 upper level courses. The Effingham Wetlands property will strengthen the potential for meaningful field-based research experiments by students and faculty. “
Only time will tell what they might discover.
This article was originally posted on May 15, 2017 and can be found here.