University Research Council

January 21, 2010

Meeting Summary

Multidisciplinary Grant Project Report

Caterina Rosano, Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, reported on the status of her multidisciplinary grant project, which deals with mobility issues and aging.  Her project is entitled Geriatric Research in Ambulatory and Cognitive Excellence (GRACE).  The GRACE team uses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques to provide insights into the relationship between neurological aging and mobility impairment.  They studied a group of 324 community-dwelling older adults and thoroughly defined the nature of brain abnormalities for specific regions and connecting tracts.  Dr. Rosano is now working with mathematicians and computer scientists to analyze the large quantity of data that her team produced.  Through this analysis, they hope to establish guidelines for improving and sustaining the quality of life for senior citizens.  Faculty members from Departments of Epidemiology, Mathematics, Computer Science and the Center for Simulation and Modeling participate in the project.

Report from the Office of Research

Allen DiPalma, Director of the Office of Research, discussed several items related to the University’s electronic grants and contracts management software.  The Office continues to offer software training to research administrators and faculty members; created an activity log so that his staff and principal investigators can better track proposals; and hopes to streamline the proposal submission process through the use of electronic signatures.

Mr. DiPalma also mentioned the NSF’s new research integrity requirements.  The NSF will require undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral researchers who perform NSF-funded research to undertake research integrity training.  The University will employ the University's Internet Studies in Education and Research's (lSER) Research Integrity Module to meet the NSF mandate.

Mr. DiPalma addressed several other issues:

  • Job reporting guidelines for stimulus funding reports
  • Conflict of interest violations at Baylor College of Medicine

Washington, D.C., Agency Trip

This year’s federal agencies trip will take place on Sunday and Monday, March 21 and 22.  Faculty members from engineering and the science departments will travel to Washington, D.C., to be briefed on federal funding opportunities.  Approximately 30 individuals will participate in the trip.


The National Institute of Standards and Technology awarded a grant to the University, which will help improve facilities in the Departments of Physics and Geology and Planetary Sciences.

All peer-reviewed manuscripts arising from NIH funds must be made publicly available on PubMed Central, the NIH’s digital archive of full-text, peer-reviewed manuscripts and articles.

Council members also discussed:

  • Brainstorming for multidisciplinary projects
  • Central Research Development Fund