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Research Resources Week

The Saint Louis University Office of the Vice President for Research hosts Research Resources Week in preparation for the start of each semester. This week includes workshops, informational sessions and discussions highlighting SLU's diverse resources and aims to aid research practices, collaborations and outcomes among faculty, postdoctoral researchers and graduate students.

Offerings differ based on applicability and interest; however, with more than 20 sessions, there will be something for researchers of any discipline and level of experience. The sessions are open to all, although participants are asked to register.

OVPR Research Resources Week: Aug. 12-16, 2024

In preparation for the fall semester and the start of the academic year, the Office of the Vice President for Research announces the Fall 2024 Research Resources Week. Offering workshops, informational sessions, and discussions, the programming during the week aims to aid research practices, outcomes, and more among faculty, graduate students and postdocs.

10 to 11 a.m., Aug. 12: Fellowship Funding in Humanities, Social Sciences, and Arts

An overview of research fellowship opportunities in Creative Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CASSH) disciplines for faculty and Ph.D. students, including developmental support and strategies for funding success.

  • Facilitator: David Borgmeyer, director, research development, david.borgmeyer@slu.edu 
  • When: 10 to 11 a.m., Monday, Aug. 12
  • Audience: Faculty
  • Location: Hybrid, DuBourg Hall 450 (Zoom)

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11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Aug. 12: BILCN-Research Program Overview: Cohort-based Proposal Development

The BILCN- Research (Building Integrated Learning and Coaching Networks for Research) Program is a year-long, cohort-based program consisting of integrated monthly workshops and peer-coaching sessions to promote funded research development and mentorship networks for high-potential SLU research faculty. Faculty participants are selected by a committee of faculty members and must be full-time SLU faculty who have not received major external funding awards in the past three to five years but have active research agendas and a project for which they will seek major external funding.

  • Facilitator: Joe Lampe, program coordinator, Office of the Vice President for Research, joseph.lampe@slu.edu
  • When: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 12
  • Audience: Faculty
  • Location: Hybrid, DuBourg Hall 450 (Zoom)

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1 to 2 p.m., Aug. 12: SLU Internal Funding Awards: All You Need to Know

This session will cover various internal funding opportunities and mechanisms at SLU through the Office of the Vice President for Research. Learn about how to discover new opportunities, take advantage of existing funding, and more. There will also be time for Q&A for tips and strategies to help faculty prepare successful proposals.

  • Facilitator: David Borgmeyer, director of research development, david.borgmeyer@slu.edu
  • When: 1 to 2 p.m., Monday, Aug. 12
  • Audience: Faculty and staff
  • Location: Hybrid, DuBourg Hall 450 (Zoom)

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2 to 3 p.m., Aug. 12: All The News That’s Fit to Find

In this half-hour workshop, learn tips and tricks for finding newspapers online, in SLU Special Collections and those of other local institutions.

  • Facilitator: Sarah Reando, librarian, Pius Memorial Library, sarah.reando@slu.edu
  • When: 2 to 2:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 12
  • Audience: Faculty, staff and graduate students
  • Location: Virtual (Zoom)

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9 to 10 a.m., Aug. 13: IRB (Institutional Review Board) 101

This session serves as an introduction to SLU’s Institutional Review Board (IRB). In this session, we’ll describe the IRB mission and purpose, summarize the IRB submission timelines and expectations of protocol submissions, and define successful pre- and post-approval practices in human subject research.

  • Facilitators: Kathrine Bendtsen, Ph.D., CIP, IRB analyst, Office of Research Integrity, kathrine.bendtsen@slu.edu
  • When: 9-10 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 13
  • Audience: Faculty and staff
  • Location: Virtual (Zoom)

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10 to 10:30 a.m., Aug. 13: EndNote 21: The Basics and What's New

EndNote is a citation management program with which users can manage citations in personal libraries and create references and bibliographies based on a number of available journal or writing styles. EndNote is provided by SLU ITS and supported by the library. EndNote 21 was released last summer — we will begin with a quick review of the basics of EndNote and continue into these new updates. 

  • Facilitator: Katy Smith, health sciences librarian and assistant professor, Medical Center Library, katy.smith@slu.edu
  • When: 10-10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 13
  • Audience: Faculty and graduate students
  • Location: Virtual (Zoom)

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Noon to 1 p.m., Aug. 13: Faculty Resources for Supporting Equity in Scholarship from the Division for Diversity & Innovative Community Engagement

The session will describe a menu of faculty resources being offered to support early and midcareer faculty to advance in their scholarship and careers provided by the Division for Diversity and Innovative Community Engagement (DICE). DICE will offer monthly mentoring workshops, one-on-one mentoring/consultation services, and connections to large networks of faculty who share similar racial/ethnic groups and backgrounds during the 2024-2025 academic year. The workshops are open to all faculty and were specially designed to meet the needs of women and faculty from underrepresented racial/ethnic backgrounds. 

  • Facilitator: Katie Heiden-Rootes, assistant vice president for faculty equity; associate professor, family and community medicine, katie.heidenrootes@health.slu.edu
  • When: Noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 13
  • Audience: Faculty, deans and department chairs
  • Location: Hybrid, DuBourg Hall 450 (Zoom)

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1 to 2 p.m., Aug. 13: GO Center Services

This session will give faculty a chance to learn about the pre- and postaward services provided by the Grant Operation Center, which serves all departments outside of the School of Medicine. Faculty who attend will understand the GO Center’s role in the research enterprise at SLU and know whom to contact for assistance with grant applications, grant project expenses, and much more.

  • Facilitator: Matt Renaud, director, GO Center matt.renaud@slu.edu
  • When: 1-2 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 13
  • Audience: Faculty
  • Location: Hybrid, DuBourg Hall 450 (Zoom)

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1 to 1:30 p.m., Aug. 13: The Clinical Trials Office: Who does what?

In this session, the Clinical Trials Office will share a presentation regarding changes in the CTO and who does what to assist researchers. Come learn about the CTO!

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2 to 3 p.m., Aug. 13: Workday for Researchers

Workday for Researchers will cover essential topics that a principal investigator needs to know in order to effectively administer a grant. Topics covered will include how to use Workday to start the proposal process, how to review key components of your award in Workday, how to manage Workday inbox tasks, and discuss key HR components of Workday.

  • Facilitators: Matt Renaud, director, GO Center, matt.renaud@slu.edu; Kellisa Fiala, post-award specialist, GO Center, kellisa.fiala@slu.edu
  • When: 2-3 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 13
  • Audience: Faculty
  • Location: Hybrid, DuBourg Hall 450 (Zoom)

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3 to 4 p.m., Aug. 13: Introduction to Web of Science and Scopus Databases

Searching for relevant literature in the sciences can be overwhelming. This session will be an overview of Web of Science and Scopus, two broad databases covering many disciplines, especially in the sciences. You'll learn about key features in these databases and how to leverage these resources to support your research.

  • Facilitator: Megan Toups, librarian, megan.toups@slu.edu
  • When: 3-4 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 13
  • Audience: Faculty, staff, OVPR and students
  • Location: Virtual (Zoom)

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8:30 to 9:30 a.m., Aug. 14: How and Why to Build Your Symplectic Elements Profile

Elements is a new faculty profile tool that will allow SLU faculty to showcase their research internally and externally, find collaborators, generate reports and documents (CVs, etc.) based on their profiles and more. Elements is a smart system that automatically harvests publication and grant data from numerous public sources, so the program significantly reduces the burden on faculty relative to alternative methods. This session will introduce Elements and give faculty the opportunity to learn how and why building your Elements profile will assist in individual and collaborative research success.

  • Facilitators: Angela Spencer, research librarian, angela.spencer@slu.edu
  • When: 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 14
  • Audience: Faculty, staff and postdocs
  • Location: Virtual (Zoom)

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9 to 9:20 a.m., Aug. 14: Navigating a Quality Assurance Review

In this session, we will describe the quality assurance review mission and purpose. Additionally, we will cover expectations of visit conduct and preparation, and identify common deviations, such as protocol noncompliance and inadequate documentation.

  • Facilitators: Purnima Modi, quality assurance specialist, Office of Research Integrity, purnima.modi.1@slu.edu
  • When: 9 to 9:20 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 14
  • Audience: Faculty and staff              
  • Location: Virtual (Zoom)

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10 to 11 a.m., Aug. 14: Private Funding Options for Research and Programs

Private funding sources provide excellent options for bridge funding, early investigators, riskier projects not ready for federal funding, and project and programmatic funding. Learn how the application strategy and process differs from government funding and what options are available. The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations provides support services to help you meet your funding goals. This session is excellent for new grant writers and anyone unfamiliar with private grants.

  • Facilitator: Wendy Schlesinger, executive development director, wendy.schlesinger@slu.edu
  • When: 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 14
  • Audience: Faculty and staff
  • Location: Virtual (Zoom)

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11 to 11:30 a.m., Aug. 14: The Grant Process at SLU

In this session, learn how your application moves through SLU, from proposal submissions to postaward processes.

  • Facilitators: Terri Borowiak, grants manager and research strategist, Office of the Vice President for Research, terri.borowiak@slu.edu
  • When: 11 to 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 14
  • Audience: Faculty and staff
  • Location: Virtual (Zoom)

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Noon to 1 p.m., Aug. 14: Research Contracts 101

The Research Contracts Office (RCO) provides centralized contract management and processing services for research-related agreements and those tied to other sponsored programs administered at SLU. The RCO also oversees SLU’s subrecipient monitoring program and certain reporting requirements related to outgoing federal subawards. Two primary aims of the RCO are: (1) to relieve administrative burdens on departmental administrators and researchers by providing contract management support to both the north and south campuses; and (2) to ensure that research-related agreements are compliant with SLU’s uniform contract management standards and other relevant SLU policies, sponsor requirements, and applicable local and federal laws. Join us to learn more about how the RCO can assist you in your research endeavors.

  • Facilitator: Zerina Albrecht, director, research contracts, zerina.albrecht@slu.edu
  • When: Noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 14
  • Audience: Faculty and OVPR
  • Location: Virtual (Zoom)

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1 to 1:30 p.m., Aug. 14: OVPR SharePoint Orientation

This session will provide faculty/OVPR staff with a brief overview of the newly established OVPR SharePoint hub site and will answer questions with the goal of demonstrating the value and functionality of the collaboration software platform.

  • Facilitator: Bob Grant, executive director of communications, robert.grant@slu.edu 
  • When: 1-1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 14
  • Audience: Faculty, staff, OVPR and deans
  • Location: Virtual (Zoom)

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2 to 2:30 p.m., Aug. 14: The AHEAD Institute: More than Just Statisticians

This session will introduce the resources available for researchers within the AHEAD Institute, including: the biostatistics core; measure identification and development support; survey design; REDCap; available in-house data; ensuring best practices for data acquisition; and more.

  • Facilitator: Leslie Hinyard, executive director, AHEAD Institute; professor, Department of Health and Clinical Outcomes Research, leslie.hinyard@health.slu.edu
  • When: 2-2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 14
  • Audience: Faculty, staff, OVPR, students, residents and fellows
  • Location: Virtual (Zoom)

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3 to 4 p.m., Aug. 14: Open for Excellence: Elevating Research Through Open Science Principles and Practices

This presentation explores the principles and practices of open science, a growing movement that promotes transparency, collaboration and accessibility in research. With funding agencies and institutions increasingly expecting or mandating open-science practices, researchers must adapt to these new norms. By adopting open-science approaches, they can elevate the quality, reproducibility, and impact of their work. Attendees will gain insights into key open science principles, such as open data, open-access publishing, open-source tools, and open peer review. The presentation will also cover practical strategies for implementing open-science practices throughout the research lifecycle to meet funder requirements. Embracing open science holds the potential to accelerate scientific progress, foster innovation, enhance public trust, and ensure continued funding. Join us to learn how aligning with open science can drive excellence in your research field.

  • Facilitator: Daniel Shown, program director, Open Source with SLU, daniel.shown@slu.edu
  • When: 3-4 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 14
  • Audience: Faculty, staff, OVPR, students, residents and fellows
  • Location: Virtual (Zoom)

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10 to 11 a.m., Aug. 15: Becoming a Researcher: Planning for Success

This session will offer information on resources, strategies, and guidance for graduate students at all stages to develop as researchers within their disciplines. Topics will include: finding on-campus resources, developing a research strategy, understanding and seeking funding, and more.

  • Facilitator: David Borgmeyer, director, research development, david.borgmeyer@slu.edu 
  • When: 10-11 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 15
  • Audience: Graduate students
  • Location: Anheuser-Busch Auditorium, Cook Hall L50

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11 a.m. to noon, Aug. 15: Learn How to Use SPIN Software (Help me find funding!)

To know where and how to find grant opportunities, use SPIN. InfoEd Global’s funding opportunities database is an online resource that helps faculty, students, and staff quickly find relevant programs to fund all types of research. Tracking about 40,000 funding opportunities across thousands of governments, foundations, and commercial entities around the world, SPIN makes it easy to locate potential sources of funding. 

  • Facilitator: Bill DeCocco, account manager, infoEd Global, WDeCocco@infoedglobal.com 
  • When: 11 a.m to noon, Thursday, Aug. 15
  • Audience: Faculty and staff
  • Location: Virtual (Zoom)

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2 to 3 p.m., Aug. 15: Tapping the Code: Better Software for Better Research

In today's data-driven research landscape software plays a pivotal role in facilitating discoveries and driving scientific progress. The quality and reliability of research software can significantly impact the validity and reproducibility of findings. Embracing open-source principles and practices can elevate the development of research software, leading to better research outcomes. Learn about key open-source principles (code transparency, community collaboration and continuous improvement), and practical strategies for incorporating open-source methodologies (version control, code review, testing and documentation) into the research-software development lifecycle. By tapping into the collective knowledge and expertise of the open-source community, researchers can ensure their software is robust, well-documented, and maintainable. Adopting open-source practices fosters a culture of code sharing, reusability, and reproducibility, enabling more efficient and effective research practices. Code itself can become a primary research output with opportunities for publication. Real-world examples and case studies will demonstrate how "tapping the code" through open-source software can directly translate into higher-quality research software, increased confidence in results, and better research outcomes that drive discovery.

  • Facilitator: Daniel Shown, program director, Open Source with SLU, daniel.shown@slu.edu
  • When: 2 to 3 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 15
  • Audience: Facult, staff, OVPR, students, residents and fellows
  • Location: Virtual (Zoom)

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3 to 3:30 p.m., Aug. 15: Update on NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy

The session will review the 2023 NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy. It will also cover updates to the policy since its implementation in 2023.

  • Facilitator: Katy Smith, health sciences reference librarian; assistant professor, katy.smith@slu.edu
  • When: 3 to 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 15
  • Audience: Faculty, staff and postdocs
  • Location: Virtual (Zoom)

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TBD, Aug. 15: Using and Teaching with Primary Source Materials

Primary source materials, like special collections, archives and digital collections, are important tools in performing research in a number of disciplines. This session, expanded from the annual Introduction to Primary Source Materials session run by the SLU Archives, will cover how to locate, handle and teach with these valuable research tools.

  • Facilitator: Caitlin Stamm, University archivist, caitlin.stamm@slu.edu
  • When: TBD
  • Audience: Faculty, staff and graduate students
  • Location: Virtual

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