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Adrian Clingher

UMSL's Clingher Receives Funding for Research in Algebraic Geometry

Adrian Clingher, associate professor of mathematics, recently received an award from the Simons Foundation, which works to "advance basic science and mathematics," to support his “K3 Surfaces of High Picard Rank” research project.

K3 surfaces are classical objects in algebraic geometry with important applications in arithmetic, lattice theory, modular forms and mirror symmetry. In physics, this work is of interest because K3 surfaces can be regarded as two-dimensional "Calbi-Yau" spaces, which play an important role in quantum field theory and string theory.



































































































UMSL Innovator

December 2013, Volume XIII, Number 6

Joe Parks

Joe Parks Named Director of MO HealthNet Division

Gov. Jay Nixon announced that UMSL's Dr. Joe Parks (pictured above), MD, director of the Missouri Institute of Mental Health, has been named director of the MO HealthNet Division of the Missouri Department of Social Services. Dr. Felix T. Vincenz, PhD (clinical psychology), will serve as interim director beginning December 16, 2013. Read More

Tech Shop

ORA Seeks Your Feedback on TechShop

The Office of Research Administration would like to thank all UMSL faculty, staff and students attended the presentation on Dec. 3, 2013, about a planned TechShop in St. Louis' CORTEX district in Midtown. We look forward to receiving your feedback.

If you were not able to attend, the ORA would still like to hear your thoughts on whether/how access to TechShop for UMSL faculty, staff and students would benefit your and your students' research and commercialization, teaching, and education.

Please complete and return the TechShop Feedback Form to 341 Woods Hall or email your thoughts to

For information on what TechShop offers, see the back of the TechShop Feedback Form or visit the TechShop website.

UMSL chemists publish HPV work in scientific journal; company profiled in European publication

(UMSL Daily, Nov. 18, 2013)

While there is no cure for human papillomavirus, in most people the body will clear the infection on its own. But in a small subset the infection becomes persistent. Virtually all cervical cancers are caused by HPV infections.

Understanding interactions in human cells between HPV DNA and new drug candidates is at the center of research being directed by James Bashkin, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Missouri–St. Louis, and Chris Fisher, a cell and developmental biologist. Together they co-founded the company NanoVir LLC, of which the University of Missouri is part owner. Read More

UMSL's Animal Welfare Unit Receives Continued Full Accreditation

The Council on Accreditation of the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC, International) has granted UMSL's Animal Welfare Unite continuing full accreditation. In a statement by the Council, the UMSL program conforms with AAALAC International standards. For more information on the Animal Welfare Unit, please contact John Hancock, manager (ext 5928).

Free Suicide Prevention App Developed by MIMH Available on iTunes Store

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The suicide prevention information included in this app was produced by the Missouri Suicide Prevention Project, a joint effort between the Missouri Institute of Mental Health at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and the Missouri Department of Mental Health.* It was made possible by grant number SM057376 from Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) that included a subcontract to UMSL/MIMH. The views and policies and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMSHA.

Many people feel unprepared to talk to others about suicide. To make matters worse, there is a prevailing misconception that it is best not to engage people in a conversation about suicide as it might encourage them to act. However, research demonstrates that this is simply not true, and people who are considering suicide need and even appreciate direct communication about their feelings.

A new Suicide Lifeguard mobile app developed by the Missouri Institute of Mental Health (MIMH) and the Missouri Department of Mental Health (DMH) is now available at no cost at the iTunes Store. Read More

External Awards Report: October 2013

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Getting PhDs to Think Like Entrepreneurs

(Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Oct. 24, 2013)

In a crowded hotel conference room in downtown Brooklyn, N.Y., in October, Jerry Engel told dozens of earnest young scientists and engineers to cut the “scientific crap” and instead identify would-be customers who might care about their products. Frank Rimalovski piled on, urging attendees presenting research that they wanted to turn into businesses—from bone grafts to facial-recognition software—“to focus on the problem, not the solution.” Read More

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The Office of Research Administration at the University of Missouri-St. Louis publishes The UMSL Innovator once each month. The online and e-mail publication is designed to inform the campus community of grants received; highlight the research and commercialization accomplishments of UMSL faculty, graduate students and staff; and provide information on important deadlines and events. Also included is recent news about research and commercialization at the University and elsewhere. Recipients are UMSL faculty, students and staff. E-mail if you have questions, comments or suggestions on content.

The Office of Research Administration provides leadership and support in the development, execution and operation of programs in sponsored research, technology transfer and economic development throughout the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

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SPONSOR: National Science Foundation (NSF)

NSF accepts unsolicited proposals to support projects that address immediate challenges and opportunities facing undergraduate STEM education, as well as those that anticipate new structures and functions of the undergraduate learning and teaching enterprise. In addition, NSF accepts unsolicited proposals for developing Ideas Labs in biology, engineering, and geosciences that will bring together relevant disciplinary and education research expertise to produce research agendas that address discipline-specific workforce development needs.

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