Hot Coffee on a Cool Day

The Research Café, sponsored and staffed by the Office of Research Affairs, again proved popular during the university’s Admit Day, when hundreds of parents and students stopped by on an unseasonably cool day for prizes, gifts, good advice, and free hot coffee or tea.
Staff members and students answered questions about undergraduate research opportunities and the role of research in the university’s mission.

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Research Spotlight

Conflict of Interest Office Helps Balance Innovation, Disclosure
valerie dixon“Conflict of interest,” says Valerie Dixon, director of the university’s Conflict of Interest Office, correcting a common misconception, “is not a statement of wrongdoing.”

Rather, she says, the term refers to situations in which financial or other considerations may compromise – or have the appearance of compromising – an employee’s professional judgment. And that applies to administration, management, teaching, and other professional activities, not just research.

Her office helps identify potentially inappropriate conflicts, and finds ways to eliminate, reduce or otherwise manage those conflicts. “We balance the desire to encourage innovation through research and commercialization with the emerging best practices in disclosure, assessment and management of conflicts,” she says.

Dixon must know what she’s talking about, because her office, part of the Office of Research Affairs under the Vice Chancellor for Research, is considered so effective that it’s become a model for managing conflict-of-interest issues for the entire University of California system. Learn more about the Conflict of Interest Office

Research News

Cyberinfrastructure Team Seeks Research Teams for Pilot Projects

The UC San Diego Research Cyberinfrastructure Implementation Team (RCIIT) invites interested researchers or research teams to participate in Research Data Management and Curation Pilot Projects from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2013. Our goal is to identify UCSD research groups producing digital research data in differing quantities and domains in order to determine the resources needed to offer curation services to as broad a campus constituency as possible. 

Read the complete RCIIT invitation

Campus Hosts House Oversight Hearing: Chancellor Fox Testifies on Investment in Research
By Steven Lei
UC San Diego was the host venue for a hearing of the House of Representatives' Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on April 21. Chaired by Congressman Darrell Issa, the hearing was one of three held across California during that week, on the topic of "regulatory impediments to job creation." The hearing at UC San Diego focused specifically on the relationship between the FDA and the biotechnology industry, and related challenges.

Chancellor Fox was invited to testify at the hearing, part of an influential witness panel that also included Duane Roth of Connect, Joe Panetta of Biocom, David Gollaher of Chi and Alex Lukianov, CEO of Nuvasive. Fox utilized this high-profile platform to underscore the importance of university research to continue national competitiveness, innovation and economic development, as well as the invaluable role of federal research funding to this enterprise. 

Joining Chairman Issa at this hearing, which was held in Calit2's Atkinson Hall, were Congresswoman Susan Davis, Congressman Brian Bilbray, and Congressman Duncan Hunter.  The panel engaged in a robust and comprehensive discussion of the underlying regulatory issues faced by the region's biotech and high tech companies, and provided the members with several substantive recommendations for potential policy changes.

Government Research Relations staff members Barbara Perry and Dave Shroeder provided the text of Chancellor Fox’s remarks.

New Salary Scale for Postdocs Starts in June
By Jennifer Oh

Pursuant to the UC-UAW bargaining agreement, beginning June 1, 2011, a new Postdoctoral Scholar Experience-Based Salary/Stipend scale will be implemented.  The new scale is based on the NIH NRSA stipend scale.  To this end, all new Postdoctoral Scholar appointments and reappointments must be at or above the appropriate experience rate. Once a Postdoctoral Scholar is appointed at or above the appropriate experience rate, all future appointments must be to at least the appropriate experience-based salary/stipend rate.  

Research Affairs Works with Academic Senate on Improved Limited-Submission Proposal Process
By Sharon Franks
A marked increase in the number of limited-submission funding opportunities – programs for which the sponsor limits the number of proposals UC San Diego may submit – has prompted changes in the process used to decide which proposals should go forward. The goal of the internal selection process is to identify the most competitive proposals, thereby increasing UC San Diego's chances of success in the external review process.   
In early 2011, the Office of Research Affairs (ORA), working with the Academic Senate, implemented a new process for reviewing limited-submission applications. The changes were made to improve the overall transparency, quality and efficiency of the review process. Two new standing committees, composed of Senate-recommended senior faculty members, were established. Learn more about the Limited Submission Improvements