February 2014, Volume XIII, Number 8
›External Awards Report: December 2013
The total external awards received in December 2013 was $2,527,510. → View the List of Individual Awards; Awards by Sponsor Type; Awards by Purpose
›WU's Provost Holden Thorp to Speak at UMSL
Title: New Inhibitors of Cytochrome P450 Enzymes: Improved Drugs for Fungal Infections and Prostate Cancer
Date: Friday, February 7, 2014
Time: 3 - 4 p.m.
Location: Student Government Association (SGA) chamber, MSC
Speaker: Dr. Holden Thorp, Provost and Professor of Chemistry and Medicine
Washington University in St Louis
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›Research & Innovation Week at UMSL
Mark your calendar! April 21-25, 2014
The second annual Research and Innovation Week at UMSL will offer a variety of interesting sessions including “Alternate Careers” for grad students in the sciences with speakers from the FBI, an IP law firm, the BALSA Group, and the St. Louis County Economic Council; a discussion with the head of Boeing Ventures; and much more.
The week will kick off with an important day-long seminar:
> Mental Health First Aid (presented by the Missouri Institute of Mental Health)
Date: Monday, April 21
Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (lunch provided)
Location: MSC, Student Government Chambers
Description: This session teaches individuals to identify and help people who are experiencing a mental health crisis and/or who may be in the early stages of developing a mental disorder. (Maximum capacity: 30)
More Information: Email Craig Weilbaecher
Wrapping up Research & Innovation Week will be a reception at the MSC (3rd floor) to recognize and celebrate all the innovative researchers and inventors at UMSL. We will announce the winners of the Researchers of the Year and Inventors of the Year awards, induct new members into the UMSL chapter of the National Academy of Inventors, and offer a fun evening of food, beverages, music and networking.
Watch this newsletter and the ORA web site for more information!
›MIMH Artistic Director Named One of St. Louis' Most Influential People
Feb/01/2014 | The Buzz List, Alive Magazine
Alive Magazine recently published their Buzz List of "St. Louis’ most influential people, organizations and ideas of the year," which included Andrea Purnell, artistic director at UMSL's Missouri Institute of Mental Health. Below is an excerpt from the magazine describing Purnell's contributions to the community.
"After winning Grand Center’s 2013 Emerging Artist Visionary Award, producer, actress, writer and documentary filmmaker Andrea Purnell is still pushing the proverbial envelope. As artistic director of UMSL’s Missouri Institute of Mental Health, she continues to raise awareness of mental health issues in ultra-creative ways. (Among our personal favorites is the 'Let’s Talk About It' flash mob featuring hundreds of mental health professionals and advocates grooving down Market Street to 'Funky Town.') Along with the Diversity Awareness Partnership, Purnell created WorkPLAYce, which explores diversity in the workplace through improv theater. As an encore, Purnell and Missouri Institute of Mental Health will showcase visual art, film, poetry and theater during October 2014 Mental Health Awareness month, with an eye toward expanding the event into an annual festival."
→ Read the Complete Buzz List
Purnell currently is playing the part of Lady in Green in The Black Rep's production of Ntozake Shange's "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf," which runs through Feb. 9, 2014, at the E. Desmond Lee Auditorium at the Missouri History Museum.
›Genetix Fusion LLC Wins $20k at Olin Cup
Established by two UMSL graduate students in 2012, Genetix Fusion LLC is a biotechnology start-up company that is developing next-generation transfection kits for introducing nucleic acids into cells. The company took second place and a $20,000 investment at the Olin Cup business plan competition last week, adding to the $50,000 seed funding they received through an Arch Grant last year.
The novel transfection kit uses a new class of chemical compounds with no detected cytotoxicity, high efficiency and the ability to transfer large nucleic acids. These reagents are easy to synthesize and have a longer shelf life. The non-toxic, non-viral and non-lipid based kit is designed to allow scientists to express the desired gene faster and cheaper. The platform technology was developed in Dr. George Gokel's lab. Gokel is director of the Center for Nanoscience and a distinguished professor of science at UMSL.
Genetix Fusion was one of seven finalists in this year’s Olin Cup. Another finalist, Nanopore Diagnostics, was awarded a $50,000 investment. Nanopore Diagnostic is developing a test that physicians can use to more quickly detect bacterial infections and is based on technology that was licensed from University of Missouri-Columbia.
The Olin Cup competition is organized by Washington University’s Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and awards seed funding for new commercial ventures.
›UMSL Filmmakers Go International
Veteran film producers Kelly Gregory and Thom Pancella, both of UMSL’s Missouri Institute of Mental Health, have seen one of their works garner international attention. The documentary, “Good Golly Miss Molly! A Family’s Transition Story,” will be screened at the 13th annual Picture This Film Festival (PTFF) in Calgary on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014.
The PTFF, Canada’s largest devoted to productions by and/or about persons with disabilities, will screen 40 films from 15 countries. Six were selected from the United States.
“Good Golly Miss Molly!” tells the story of Molly Thomas who, at just four years old, was placed in the Marshall Habilitation Center because her family felt that she could receive the best care there. Fifty-eight years later, Molly’s siblings guided her transition process out of the habilitation center and into community living. → Read More
›Academy of Science Honors Two UMSL Faculty
Jan/30/2014 | POSTED BY Myra Lopez, UMSL Daily
UMSL scholars Michael Cosmopoulos and Robert Marquis will be honored by the Academy of Science of St. Louis during the 2014 Outstanding Scientists Awards dinner April 9 at the Chase Park Plaza in Clayton, Mo. → Read More
›NIH Peer Review Notes | January 2014
The Center for Scientific Review publishes Peer Review Notes to inform NIH reviewers, NIH staff and others of news related to our grant application review policies, procedures and plans. In the January 2014 issue:
- Rescuing NIH Applications from the Shutdown Chaos
- How Peer Reviewed Science Powers U.S Science and Health
- New Video: Jumpstart Your Research Career with CSR’s New Early Career Reviewer Program
- NIH Changes Continuous Submission Policy to Improve Reviews
- Correcting Your Application After Submission
› See additional News, Events & Upcoming Deadlines on the ORA web site.
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