Daily Archives: January 4, 2012

Worth reading: Suit over fatal lab fire at UCLA

From one of the very informative blogs at Scientific American:

“Generally, scientists doing research that involves hazardous materials do what they can to find out how to mitigate the hazards. They learn appropriate ways of handling the materials, of disposing of them, of protecting themselves and others in case of accidents.

“But, knowing the right ways to deal with hazardous materials is not sufficient to mitigate the risks. Proper procedures need to be implemented. Otherwise, your knowledge about the risks of hazardous materials is mostly useful in explaining bad outcomes after they happen.”

The NIH offers a word about proposal deadlines

National Institutes of Health logo“One of the most fundamental steps you can take to ensure consideration of your application is to make certain we receive it successfully. This means applying well before the due date.”

You may have heard this before — actually, we know you have — but the National Institutes of Health would like to tell you again.  Apparently Aggie researchers aren’t the only ones waiting until the last minute to submit proposals.  Whether you’re going through eRA, Grants.gov, FastLane, or whatever, electronic submission systems can’t work miracles.  If your next proposal ends up being one of 1,000 submitted in the last hour before the deadline, you may not like the result.

“Well before the due date” doesn’t mean two hours, half a day or even one day, necessarily.  The N.C. A&T Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) strongly suggests delivering your proposal to them at least five days in advance of the agency’s due date.  That way you can be sure your proposal gets an appropriate review and is submitted on time and without errors.  Show up at the last minute, last hour or last day, and you may run into a traffic jam in the Sponsored Programs office before you even get to one on eRA, FastLane or Grants.gov.

Cone Health Foundation sets Feb. 21 charrette on community access to local health care

Cone Health Foundation of Greensboro invites those with an interest in local health care to take part in the development of a white paper:

“The Foundation has commissioned a White Paper on Access to Care. As a part of this process we are going to have a charrette in February to map out the current status of the issue in our community, to comprehensively identify and define the gaps and finally to look at recommendations for increasing access to care in the greater Greensboro community. While we are all aware that the cost and logistical problems involved in visiting the doctor are the main deterrents for people who need to see a physician, there are multiple factors impacting access that must be addressed. …

“A charrette is an intensive planning session where citizens, designers and others collaborate on a vision. It provides a forum for ideas and offers the unique advantage of giving immediate feedback to the decision makers. More importantly, it allows everyone who participates to be a mutual author of the plan. Please join us as we work to increase access to care for the vulnerable populations (the youngest, oldest, sickest and poorest) in our community.”

The charrette will be held on Tuesday February 21, 9 a.m. to noon, at the Education Center of The Women’s Hospital of Greensboro, 801 Green Valley Drive.  For more information, contact Antonia Monk Reaves, vice president and senior program officer, at 336 832-9555 or antonia.reaves@conehealth.com.