Students and postdocs: We want your ugliest data!

Do you have an unfortunate set of data? A photo of a lab fail? Perhaps a particularly ugly figure? Now’s your chance to turn that ugly data into a new iPad Mini!

During Student Day at OHSU Research Week, attendees will vote for the ugliest data. You no doubt have some ugly data in your notebooks or on your computer, and every field is bound to specialize in its own unique style of ugly. So submit your data, and let’s have a laugh at our own mistakes.

Here’s an example from Kelly Chacón, a graduate student in Environmental Health:

To submit, put your data onto a single PowerPoint slide, add a caption explaining what’s so ugly about it, and send to by Friday, Apr. 24. We can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Funding Focus: New Ways to Find Funding, Thursday, Apr.16

Join us for April’s Funding Focus seminar to learn New Ways of Finding Funding at OHSU. The seminar will be held from 12 to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Apr. 16, in Mackenzie Hall 2201. We’re excited to introduce:

GrantScoop – a newly acquired software tool for identifying both private and government funding opportunities. GrantScoop is specifically designed for research scientists seeking grant funding and allows for selective searches with extensive filtering capabilities. This tool is available to all OHSU faculty and staff. We’ll also discuss existing tools that Grant Scoop supplements, including SciVal Funding, OHSU’s Funding Database, and more.

Funding Focus is a series offered by Research Funding and Development Services throughout the year to share advice, tips, and general information on funding for the OHSU research community. Faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and administrators are all welcome to attend. Questions? Contact


New tool for finding funding: GrantScoop

The Office of the Senior Vice President for Research has recently added a new, supplementary tool to help OHSU researchers identify funding opportunities. GrantScoop is an online service that offers comprehensive access to funding opportunities, tailored specifically for use by researchers. These funding opportunities are hand curated by scientists, for scientists, in a simple-to-use format and updated weekly.

If you wish to sign up for an individual account, go to GrantScoop and Create a User Account using your “” email address. (Note: you MUST use your OHSU email, or you’ll be asked to subscribe). When you come to the bottom of the sign-up page, please use the “Institutional Access” option that will give you immediate access to the site.

Note that the April Funding Focus will provide a tutorial on using this tool and other funding search tools at OHSU. Questions? Write

NIH seeks additional input on how to sustain the biomedical research enterprise, neuroscience research funding

In recent months, NIH has issued requests for information on various initiatives, resources, and ongoing projects. On April 2,  Jon Lorsch, director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, and NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research Sally Rockey solicited a request titled “Input on Strategies for Optimizing the Impact and Sustainability of Biomedical Research.”

Lorsch and Rockey are heading two NIH-wide working groups focused on maximizing the impact and sustainability of NIH-funded research. Rockey’s group is identifying ways to support researchers at various stages of their careers, including ways to minimize the time it takes for junior investigators to reach independence. Lorsch’s group is primarily focused on streamlining policies and strategies for efficiency and sustainability.

To support Lorsch’s efforts, NIH has just issued a new RFI seeking input on:

  • key issues that limit the impact of NIH funding as well as ideas on new policies and approaches to increase impact
  • how to adjust current funding policies to ensure sustainability of NIH-funded research
  • other relevant issues

This is a unique opportunity for OHSU faculty, researchers, and administrators to help NIH serve our research community in sustainable ways during fiscally challenging times.

In related news, an RFI was issued on April 1, soliciting input on how to best invest funds in the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research (Blueprint). Blueprint, a collaboration among 15 participating NIH Institutes, Centers and Offices, focuses broadly on all aspects of research on the nervous system, across multiple diseases and disorders. As such, Blueprint is seeking input on issues such as current major impediments to advancing neuroscience research, opportunities not served by current programs with the potential for high impact, and specific ideas, questions, and resources that would be of high value to the neuroscience research community.

Given our large neuroscience portfolio, OHSU input could have a significant impact on the direction of future funding.  Please make your voices heard!



TTBD summer internship applications due May 1

OHSU Technology Transfer & Business Development interns provide a valuable service by assisting with technology development and the transition of technology from laboratory to market for the benefit of the public. In return, interns gain valuable knowledge and skills that can be applied in a wide range of professions. Past interns have gone on to pursue careers in technology transfer, patent law, and startup development.

To qualify for a summer TTBD internship, candidates must:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in a life science, a physical science, and/or engineering
  • Be pursuing or have received a graduate-level degree in science, medicine, engineering, business, or law
  • Have an interest in intellectual property, technology transfer, and/or business development as a career goal
  • Be able to commit to volunteering 20 to 25 hours per week for the entirety of the summer 2015 term (June 22 – Aug. 28); volunteers need to be present for the entirety of the 10-week program

Program structure

  • TTBD has openings for unpaid internships twice each year. Internships during the academic school year start at the beginning of fall term and span approximately 34 weeks. During this period, interns are expected to volunteer eight to 10 hours per week in the TTBD office, with up to eight weeks off. In the summer, TTBD offers an accelerated internship program that spans 10 weeks and requires interns to volunteer 20 to 25 hours every week.
  • The program has three tracks: technology transfer, business development, and patent. TTBD interns will be generally exposed to all three areas, but will focus on a single track.
  • Regardless of the track, each internship begins with an instruction phase that covers essential topics related to technology transfer, business development, and intellectual property. Interns also receive training on using the tools and systems that they will utilize during the subsequent project phase.
  • During the project phase, interns are assigned a project (or multiple projects) and work closely with a mentor from the TTBD staff until completion. Internships conclude with interns presenting their project(s) to TTBD staff and other stakeholders.

How to apply

To apply, please submit an email to by May 1, with the following attachments:

  • Professional resume or curriculum vitae
  • Cover letter that states the applicant’s preferred internship track, the applicant’s career aspirations, and what the applicant hopes to achieve by participating in the internship program
  • Letter of recommendation from a supervisor or graduate mentor
  • Permission letter from the applicant’s advisor and program director to participate in TTBD’s internship program, if applicant is from OHSU

If you have any questions about the TTBD internship program, please contact Nicole Garrison.

Register for OHSU’s Three-Minute Thesis competition by Apr. 27

Think you can describe your research to Tram travelers in the time it takes to reach the South Waterfront?

Back by popular demand, OHSU Research Week 2015 is excited to host its third annual Three Minute Thesis Competition for graduate students on Wednesday, May 6, at 4 p.m. The 3MT® is an academic competition developed by the University of Queensland, Australia. The exercise develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills as students explain their research in three minutes in a language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience. Any student enrolled in an OHSU graduate program may participate. View examples of winning 3MT presentations.


  • Presentations are limited to three minutes maximum; competitors exceeding three minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g., no poems, raps, or songs).
  • A single, static PowerPoint slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations, or movement of any description, the slide is to be presented from the beginning of oration).
  • No additional electronic media (e.g., sound or audio files) or props are permitted.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through movement or speech.
  • Presentations will be judged by a panel of faculty and non-faculty.

Judging criteria
Communication style: Was the thesis topic and its significance communicated in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience?
Comprehension: Did the presentation help the audience understand the research?
Engagement: Did the oration make the audience want to know more?

Winner: $300
Runner-up: $200
People’s choice award: $200

Register to participate
by Apr. 27. Questions? Contact

IRB Brown Bag Special Series: eIRB Upgrade RNIs

IRB Brown BageIRB Upgrade: Reportable New Information (RNIs)

Presented by IRB analysts Melinda Allie and Wendy Rosling

Thursday, Apr. 23
12 to 1 p.m.
OHSU Hospital, 8th floor auditorium

The new eIRB system will handle reporting of Unanticipated Problems and Protocol Deviations through a single pathway called “Reportable New Information (RNI).” In addition, the OHSU IRB is revising its policy on what items will require investigators to submit a report. This brown bag will introduce you to the new reporting requirements and the process for submitting Reportable New Information via the new eIRB system.

NIH unveils new new biosketch form

Early today, the National Institutes of Health announced it is revising, again, its biosketch form. Here’s a preview:

Contributions to Science. Please fill in the blanks as indicated.

  1. I was the [adjective] investigator in the following studies. My [adverb] publications [adverb] [verb] in [noun]. However, because [adjective] [noun] did not [verb], I believe [noun] will become a [adjective] issue in the field. The [adjective] publications here found that [adjective] [plural noun] showed increased [noun] when tested via [noun]. These publications document this [adjective] problem but guide [plural noun] and [plural noun] to [verb] in most situations. By providing [noun] and [adjective] [noun], these publications have changed the [noun] for [noun] and will continue to [verb] in [adjective] settings.

Upcoming class: RDA 101, Apr. 9

Research Administration Training & Education (RATE) connects the research community with workplace learning and offers classes for research administrators and others who support research at OHSU.

A great place to start whether you or your staff are new to OHSU Research or have been around a while is RDA 101.

RDA 101: Introduction to Research Administration
Thursday, April 9
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Bancroft Building, room 131

Join us as we take a big-picture look at Research Administration. Meet RDA unit leaders, tour valuable web resources, and meet face to face with your contacts in OPAM, IRB, TTBD, and others.

Use your network login to enroll through Compass here. Questions? Contact Margaret Gardner.

Community Conversations: Are vaccines everybody’s business?, Apr. 28

Join the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research for the next installment in the 2015 Community Conversations series: “Are vaccinations everybody’s business?” The event will begin with the viewing of the documentary Everybody’s Business by Laura Green, followed by a discussion of the balance between public health and personal choice in the context of childhood vaccination. The discussion will be facilitated by Judy Guzman, D.O., OHSU.

Tuesday, Apr. 28, 2015
5:45 to 7:45 p.m.
The Lucky Labrador Pub (all ages)
1700 N. Killingsworth St. in Portland

$5 general admission includes discussion and first glass of wine/beer (over age 21). Register now.

Community Conversations are informal discussions that explore a topic in biomedical science and its relationship with ethics, medicine, research and society, and connecting people to the biomedical research community. Contact Jen Wroblewski for more information.

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