Discovery @TWU

Cayuse now available

Cayuse IRB, the new Institutional Review Board online submission system, now is available. All new IRB applications now will be submitted through this system. Accounts have been created for all TWU researchers on active IRB studies. If you’re unable to log in, please email irb@twu.edu for assistance. (2-13-19)


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Sahlin awarded grant to begin Faith Zone

Claire Sahlin (multicultural women’s and gender studies) has been awarded a $3,000 grant from New York University’s Of Many Institute for Multifaith Leadership to initiate a Faith Zone: Multifaith Ally Training program on TWU’s Denton campus. The funds will be used to begin a three-hour Faith Zone workshop at least once each semester with a goal of enriching campus-wide discussions about religion and spirituality and increasing understanding of religious and spiritual diversity in society. (2-6-19)


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Grant to enable equipment purchase

Ron Davis (kinesiology) and Jun Tack Oh, graduate teaching assistant in kinesiology, were awarded a $500 grant from I’m An Athlete to purchase a Takei 5002 digital back and leg dynamometer for their study of the effects of nine weeks of structured exercise on the muscular strength and quality of life for veterans with an acquired physical disability, such as an amputee, spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury. (2-6-19)


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Grants Week is coming!

Learn more about proposal development services during TWU Grants Week Feb. 11-15. Topics include internal funding awards, grant proposal development, pre- and post-award services, research and program grant workshops and more. Refreshments will be provided. To learn more, and to register, visit https://www.psychdata.com/s.asp?SID=184743. Registration deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 5. (1-30-19)


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Open forums set for IRB changes

The Denton Institutional Review Board will host an open forum and training workshops addressing two major changes to IRB regulations and processes. For more information on the open forum and Cayuse workshops scheduled in Denton, visit the IRB website. (1-30-19)


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Creative Arts & Humanities Grants Program materials available

The Creative Arts and Humanities Grants Program supports TWU faculty projects that ordinarily have limited opportunity to receive external grant funding, yet have the potential to enhance scholarship and the university’s profile. Up to $5,000 may be requested. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. Thursday, April 18. Program guidelines and application forms are available on the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs website. (1-30-19)


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REP proposals due April 18

Application materials for the spring Research Enhancement Program competition are available through the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. Thursday, April 18. The REP provides seed money up to $10,000 to enable faculty members to compete more successfully for larger research grants from external sources. Program guidelines and application forms are available on the ORSP website. (1-30-19)


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Chancellor's Research Fellows applications due March 21

Guidelines and application information for the 2019-2020 Chancellor’s Research Fellows program are now available. The Chancellor’s Research Fellows Program provides support to promising scholars and their mentors to assist with completion of a specific project. Submissions are due by 5 p.m. Thursday, March 21. Application materials and additional information are available on the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs website.


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Proposal Development Grant application materials available

Application materials for the Proposal Development Grant Program for Summer 2019 now are available from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. Proposals are due Tuesday, Feb. 19. The program provides summer salary to a faculty member or research team for development and submission of a proposal for external funding. Program guidelines and application materials are available on the ORSP website. (1-16-19)


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Gumienny awarded USDA grant

Tina Gumienny (biology) has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for her project aimed at identifying surface coat lipids of a free‐living roundworm and a pig parasitic roundworm and understanding the molecular mechanisms controlling production of the roundworm’s protective lipid surface barrier layer. The goal is to identify novel targets for anthelmintic drug development and thereby provide a foundation for developing novel anthelmintic approaches to protect crops and livestock from nematode infection. (11-28-18)


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Moore, Evans among PIs on federal library grant

TWU School of Library and Information Studies faculty members Jennifer Moore and Sarah Evans are two of the three co-principal investigators of a $46,000 Institute of Museums and Library Services grant awarded to the University of North Texas. The grant project is titled “Preparing Librarians for Data Literacy Leadership.”


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Amerih awarded for study

Husny Amerih (occupational therapy, Denton) has been awarded a $60,000 subcontract from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as the TWU site PI for a field-initiated development grant from National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research. Amerih will collect data from the disability community in the Denton area and test the usability and validity of the newly-developed ARB-NextGen (Accessibility Ratings for Building) assessment app. Noralyn Pickens (occupational therapy, Dallas) is acting as a consultant on the project.


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Pislariu awarded Noble Research Institute subcontract

Catalina Pislariu (biology) has been awarded a $330,000 subcontract from the Noble Research Institute on a grant from the National Science Foundation for her project to establish symbiotic interactions with nitrogen fixing soil bacteria and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. Educational and outreach components will benefit society by training the next generation of scientists and informing the general public on the benefits of low‐input agriculture.


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Denton IRB to host workshops

The Denton Institutional Review Board (IRB) will host a series of workshops throughout the academic year. Each workshop in the series will focus on a different topic related to the board’s process and requirements. The first workshop is scheduled from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, in ACT 301 and will include a discussion of the general process for submitting an IRB application. This workshop is open to all faculty, students or staff who are interested in research involving human subjects. Please RSVP to irb@twu.edu. The session will be livestreamed for those unable to attend in person. Please note that those who are watching the session remotely will not be able to ask questions or interact during the session.


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TARGET (Equipment) Program applications available

Applications are available for the 2018-2019 TARGET (Equipment) Program and are due Monday, Oct. 29. Approximately $410,000 has been allocated for equipment to support faculty teaching and research. Contact Donna Scott Tilley (Research and Sponsored Programs) at 81-3401 or Jörg Waltje (Center for Faculty Excellence) if you have questions.


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Du awarded grant for flavor study at TWU

Xiaofen Du (nutrition & food sciences) has been awarded a $64,000 grant from Firmenich Aromatics for her study of consumer liking for flavored waters with sugar reduction at different levels. Formula for flavor with different types of flavors, beverage secondary functions and different levels of sugars will be provided by Firmenich, then the consumer study will be conducted at TWU. The project will help to understand what are the optimum and tolerant sugar levels for the selected flavored waters and how a secondary function adds value to consumer liking.


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