Category Archives: Training

Workshop on presenting data professionally

The NC TraCS Institute, in collaboration with Greensboro AHEC, is co-sponsoring a series of free workshops on research topics. The next one is “Presenting Data Professionally,” which will introduce the basic concepts of presenting data at professional conferences and in professional journals. Presenters will discuss the considerations of presenting data professionally, including guidelines for writing an abstract, and effective presentation strategies. This workshop is not focused on dissemination of data. Instead, this workshop focuses on key components for poster and oral presentations of your data.  The workshop will be held on Monday May 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Wesley Long Education Center, 501 North Elam Avenue.  Details and online registration are on the institute website.

How to win government grants workshop 4/15

What, Where, and When: A daylong workshop; Friday April 15, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, Suite 2600, Gateway University Research Park, South Campus, 2901 East Lee Street.

What’s in it for you: An insider’s look at the government grants marketplace and find out how to locate the federal, state and block grants that are right for you. David Bauer and Associates will teach you where the money is, how funding decisions are made, ways to develop more fundable ideas and what a winning government proposal looks like. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

To register: Go to

Sponsored by: The Division of Research & Economic Development and the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.

Invitation to Fulbright workshop at Wake Forest

Wake Forest University has invited faculty, administrators and students from North Carolina A&T and other area universities to workshops on the Fulbright Scholars program.  The sessions will be held Monday March 28.

From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Gary Garrison of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) will lead a workshop for faculty and upper-level administrators on Core, Specialist, and Distinguished Fulbright Scholarships.  He will meet with individuals from 11 a.m. to noon (sign-up is on a first-come basis).

From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Garrison will hold a workshop for students on the Fulbright, Pickering, Rangel, and Rotary Ambassadorial programs.

CIES administers the Fulbright program.  The workshops will be held in the Benson Center, Room 407 (Number 6 on this campus map).

There is no charge to attend, but advance registration is required.  To register, contact Ms. Cami Fife at (336) 758-7749 or

Also, at 4:30 p.m., Dr. Nuhu Yaqub, Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence 2010-2011, will speak on political violence in modern Africa. Yaqub is Professor of Political Science at the University of Abuja in Nigeria.  His lecture will be in Kulynych Auditorium at the Welcome Center.

NCTraCS workshops on research skills

The North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute (NC TraCS) will hold a series of research workshops in Greensboro over the next several months.  The workshops are open to all audiences and provide foundational information to facilitate research, foster partnerships, and build skills.

The NC TraCS Institute at UNC-CH is funded by a Clinical and Translational Science Award from the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  The schedule:

Introduction to Program Evaluation, March 10, 2011
The Program Evaluation Workshop will discuss the purpose for doing evaluation and familiarize participants with process, impact, and outcome evaluation. Participants will also become familiar with different evaluation designs and methods for doing program evaluation. This workshop will cover resources available for doing program evaluation.

Intermediate Program Evaluation, March 17, 2011
The Intermediate Program Evaluation Workshop will allow participants from community organizations to outline and discuss elements of a program evaluation plan in more depth than the introductory workshop.  This workshop will review the purpose for doing evaluation, and the different evaluation types and methods. Participants will then explore strengths of and obstacles to successful evaluation and outline an evaluation plan.

Communicating Health Information, April 19, 2011
The Communicating Health Information Workshop will introduce participants to basic health communication strategies that inform individual and community decisions about health. This workshop will identify different channels for delivering health information and offer strategies for identifying and reaching target audiences.

Presenting Data Professionally, May 5, 2011
If you have completed a research project and want to share your results, this workshop is for you! This workshop will discuss the nuts and bolts of presenting data professionally, including guidelines for writing an abstract, and effective presentation strategies. This workshop is NOT focused on dissemination of data. Instead, this workshop focuses on key components for poster and oral presentations of your data.

Manuscript Writing, May 24, 2011
Have you ever wondered how to submit a write-up of your research project for publication? If so, this introductory workshop is for you. We will review ways of finding an appropriate journal/publication for your topic, common elements of a manuscript, and guidelines for authorship. This basic workshop focuses on the common format of manuscript writing, and necessary considerations for publication.

Evidence-Based Interventions, June 10, 2011
The Evidence-Based Interventions (EBI) Workshop will provide a basic introduction to evidence-based interventions and their importance in community health promotion. This workshop will define evidence-based, and compare EBIs to other interventions. Participants will learn how to find EBIs and consider how to adapt them to meet their specific needs.

For more information and registration, visit the NC TraCS Institute website.

Workshop on new NIH scoring system

North Carolina A&T faculty members are invited to a grant-writing workshop at UNC-Chapel Hill, focusing on the new scoring system used by the National Institutes of Health.

The half-day event will be held Wednesday, April 13, in the Rosenau Building, Room 133 (searchable campus map — Rosenau is on Columbia Street near the hospitals).  The workshop is free. It is being organized by the Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE) and the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute (NC TraCS).

The agenda:

  • 8:30 a.m.: Registration and breakfast.
  • 9:00 a.m.: Dr. Jerry Heindel (NIEHS) will present on what PIs struggle with the most when writing NIH grants with the new guideline.
  • 10:00 a.m.: Grantee panel with Drs. Ivan Rusyn, David Wohl, Joanne Jordan, and Christine Rini (UNC-CH faculty members who have been awarded NIH R01 grants using the new guidelines).
  • 11:00 a.m.: Reviewer panel with Drs. Ivan Rusyn, David Wohl, Joanne Jordan, Tom Kawula, and Martin Styner (UNC-CH faculty members who have reviewed using NIH’s new scoring system).

Registration in advance is required.  Contact Sohini Sengupta (919 966-1741,, Research Coordinator for CFE.

Visitor parking is available at $1.50 per hour in the Dogwood Deck, which is within walking distance from Rosenau.

Workshop on NSF & NIH literature reviews

The Office of Research Services is offering a workshop next week on how to review published, scholarly works and search the NIH and NSF sites for funded, published research. The program will include a real-life example of how to conduct a literature search for a NIH proposal.

The workshop will be held on Thursday, March 3, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., in the Fort IRC, room 410.  To register, go to the Research Services training website.  Presentations and presenters:

  • Reviewing the published, scholarly works — Nina Exner, F.D. Bluford Library;
  • Reviewing the NIH and NSF Sites — Nora Shively, Office of Research Services;
  • Putting It All Together: A Real-Life Example — Dr. Jenora Waterman, Department of Animal Sciences.

Upcoming training: OSP policies/procedures, social/behavioral research funding workshop

Two upcoming DORED training sessions worth noting:

Thursday February 24 — Lunch and Learn: OSP Policies and Procedures. Learn how to navigate the Office of Sponsored Programs’ improved policies and procedures for proposal submissions and award processing. Noon-1 p.m., Fort IRC, Room 410.

Monday February 28 — Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Workshop #2. Come learn about resources available at North Carolina A&T to support community-based research, creating meaningful academic-community partnerships, and developing inter-institutional partnerships. Continental breakfast and networking lunch will be provided. 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fort IRC, Room 410.

To register, go to the DORED training webpage.

Sponsored Programs lunch-and-learn session

The Office of Sponsored Programs will hold a lunchtime meeting for researchers interested in knowing more about policies and procedures for, NIH and NSF proposals.  The session will be held Thursday, February 24, noon to 1 p.m., in the Fort IRC Building, Room 410.  Feel free to bring your lunch.

Topics to be covered include:

  • New NSF proposal requirements,
  • NSF’s data management plan,
  • electronic proposal submission system, and
  • NIH Responsible Code of Conduct.

To register, go to

Funding opportunities: COS database training

If you’re not familiar with COS or need to know more about how to use it, you’ll get your chance to learn in the next couple weeks.  COS will hold online training this month for new and experienced users.  The training sessions are free and last one hour.  COS is an essential tool for researchers — a searchable database of research funding opportunities

From COS: “COS Funding Opportunities and Funding Alerts give you access to opportunities worth $33 billion USD and the tools to quickly be alerted to when they become available. You’ll learn how to search for funding and set up alerts in your account.”

A basic-level training session will be held Tuesday February 15 at 10 a.m.  A session for advanced users will be held Tuesday February 22 at 2 p.m.  For details, click here.

MathWorks seminars for life sciences and data analysis to be held next week

Two free seminars on Matlab and Simulink software will held for faculty and students next Wednesday and Thursday. A MathWorks application engineer will demonstrate how MATLAB® and Simulink® can be used as a flexible platform for technical computing and application development in engineering, math, and science curricula and research.


MATLAB Tools for Life Scientists: Introduction to Data Analysis and Visualization: Wednesday, January 12, 2011
2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
100 Barnes Hall Auditorium

Introduction to MATLAB for Data Analysis: Thursday, January 13, 2011
10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
McNair Hall Room 240
Registration begins 15 minutes before each session.  Walk-ins are welcome.  To register in advance, go to

For more information on Matlab, Simulink and MathWorks, go to

The very sharp-looking MathWorks flier (PDF) announcing the sessions: MATLAB @ A&T