Congratulations to Emily Njus, new ORA Pre-Award Manager!

Congratulations to Mrs. Emily Njus who has accepted a promotion to Manager, Pre-Award Research Administration, effective August 1, 2018.

Emily’s connection to UA began when she was a child and would come to UA with her late father, Dr. Glen Njus, Biomedical Engineering.  She went on to earn her Bachelor of Science in Biology.  Her work as a student assistant lead to her position as Research Vivarium Supervisor, and then to Senior Grants Coordinator in the Office of Research Administration.   She left UA for Summa Health, where she spent over two years gaining valuable grants administration experience from a non-higher education perspective.  As Manager of Pre-Award Administration, Emily hopes to utilize her Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and her other knowledge and skills to help the ORA better serve UA’s researchers.

Sony Research Award Program 2018 – Invitation to submit proposals

As part of one of the world’s most innovative and recognizable brands, Sony is committed to support university research and innovation in North America, while also fostering partnerships with university faculty and researchers. This Research Award Program provides funding for cutting-edge academic research and helps build a collaborative relationship between faculty and Sony researchers. With awards up to $150,000 per year for each accepted proposal, both the Faculty Innovation Award and Focused Research Award create new opportunities for university faculties to engage in pioneering research that could drive new technologies, industries and the future.

For more program details, please follow the link:

Faculty Innovation Award:  up to $100K in funds to conduct cutting-edge research in Sony’s general areas of interest

Focused Research Award:  up to $150K to conduct research in the areas of Sony’s immediate interest

Submission window:   July 15-September 15, 2018

If interested, please consider submitting proposals to Sony within the scope described on the website following the guidelines.

2018 Faculty Research Committee Summer Fellowship Recipients

Janna Andronowski, Biology

Are Sex Differences in Bone’s Cellular Network Linked to Osteoporosis?


Jae-Won Choi, Mechanical Engineering

3D Printing of Smart Tires


Shanon Donnelly, Geosciences

Aerial Geonarratives: Developing Methods to Use UAS in Land Use Surveys


Petra Gruber, Art/Biology

Living Wall Systems LIWAS


Rajeev Gupta, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Understanding the Role of Supersaturated Solid Solution on Corrosion of an Al-Mo Alloy


Del Rey Loven, Art

Line to Plane to Multi-Planarity: Exploring a Third Dimension in Shaped Painting


Chelsea Monty, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Wearable Health Sensors


Truyen Nguyen, Mathematics

Quantitative Stability Estimates for Stochastic Differential Equations


Robert Peralta, Sociology

Perceptions & Experiences of Health Care and Interpersonal Violence among Female Former Inmates: A Qualitative Study


Amanda Weinstein, Economics

What Women Want: Household Valuation of Local Amenities


Chang Ye, Mechanical Engineering

Precipitation Dynamics in Metals Subjected to Electropulsing


Jun Ye, Statistics

A Statistical Method with Flexible Imputation for the Opioid Dependence Treatment Data


Ge Zhang, Biomedical Engineering

Injectable Stem Cell-Recruiting Hydrogel for Myocardial Infarction Treatment


Jiahua Zhu, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Design Microwave Responsive Catalysts for a Sustainable Energy Solution

Funding Opportunity – Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI): Addressing Disparities

We would like to inform you that the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) will be updating the Addressing Disparities Priority Area Research Areas of Interest, within the Broad PCORI Funding Announcement for Cycle 1 2018, with a focus on the following topics:

  • Diagnosis, Initiation of Treatment, and Retention of African Americans and Hispanics/Latinos along the HIV Care Continuum
  • Interventions to Reduce Disparities in Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Insomnia
  • Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Delivery for American Indian/Alaska Native Populations with Opioid Misuse Disorders

The goal of these areas of interest is to support patient-centered clinical effectiveness research (CER) that addresses important questions regarding strategies to improve health and healthcare outcomes for vulnerable populations at risk for experiencing disparities.

Please note that for this Cycle 1 2018 funding announcement, we now have two options for direct costs and maximum project periods. Applicants may submit Letters of Intent for either awards of up to $2 million in direct costs over a maximum period of three years or awards up to $5 million in direct costs over a maximum period of four years.

PCORI’s mission is to improve the quality and relevance of evidence available to help patients, caregivers, clinicians, employers, insurers, and policy makers make informed health decisions. We invite you to review this pre-announcement, available on our website, and share this information with others who may be interested. We also invite you to register for the Town Hall on February 1, 2018. The funding announcement will be released on January 16, 2018.