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NEWS IN BRIEF

Employees can become KU Info affiliates

Curtis Marsh

Employees who regularly answer questions about KU now have the opportunity to access resources from KU Info by becoming KU Info affiliates. The new program will provide an executive summary of the training received by KU Info staff members. Participants will learn about KU Info’s top 10 online resources, ways to find historical data and even some of the mantras KU Info uses when answering the most difficult questions. Affiliates will leave with a certificate and the tools to answer a broad range of questions about KU and beyond. Course details are available at www.hreo.ku.edu/training/info/course_details/97.

Two sessions are planned: 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 29 and 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 3. There is no fee, and registration material is at www.hreo.ku.edu/training/info.

The program is an outcome of the inaugural Staff Fellows Program. Curtis Marsh, director of KU Info, started the program as his staff fellows project.

‘Research 101’ to focus on external funding

“Research 101: A Guide to the Administration of Sponsored Projects at the University of Kansas” again will be offered this fall by the Office of Research and Graduate Studies. The 10-session course is designed to help campus administrators and support staff manage externally sponsored grants or contract accounts.

The free course starts Sept. 17 and continues through Nov. 19. All sessions take place from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Apollo Room in Nichols Hall on west campus. More information is available by visiting www.rcr.ku.edu/ra_101/ra_101.shtml or contacting Susan MacNally at sumac@ku.edu or 864-4148. Registration is required and can be done via e-mail. Send your name, affiliation, e-mail address and phone number to resadmin-events@ku.edu.

Applications for PIPELINE venture due by Oct. 4

Applications to KTEC PIPELINE, the nation’s premier state-sponsored technology entrepreneur fellowship/venture development program are due by Oct. 4. PIPELINE is sponsored by the Kansas Technology Enterprise Corporation and seeks to identify high potential technology entrepreneurs, match them with best-in-class training, resources and mentors, and facilitate their dynamic growth in Kansas.

More information, a complete list of guidelines and an online application are available at www.ktecpipeline.com.

Next TRIPS researcher flight takes off Sept. 16

The TRIPS program — Travel of Research Investigators to Potential Sponsors — a way for researchers to meet face-to-face in Washington, D.C., with funding officials, will make its next flight Sept. 16. Participants travel to Washington and back, normally in one day, aboard the KU airplane. There is no charge to the researcher. The only requirement is that researchers must have a scheduled meeting with one or more program officers to discuss the possibility of funding for a future sponsored project.

Other dates this year are Nov. 12, Dec. 3-4, Jan. 29, April 21 and May 7. On each of these dates, the KU plane will leave the Lawrence airport at approximately 6 a.m., arriving in Washington between 9:30 and 10 a.m. The return flight leaves about 5 p.m. and arrives in Lawrence at approximately 7:30 p.m. Each researcher is responsible for making his or her own meeting and transportation arrangements, including transit to and from the airport, and for any accompanying expenses while in Washington.

More information is available at www.rgs.ku.edu/depts/rgs/trips/index.shtml.

‘For Your Ears Only’ sale slated for Sept. 19, 20

The sixth annual “For Your Ears Only,” the record and audio equipment sale benefiting Audio-Reader, a nonprofit service for the visually impaired, will take place Sept. 19 and 20 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds at 19th and Harper streets in Lawrence.

Music lovers will find a collection of more than 12,000 vinyl records, thousands of CDs, books on CD and an eclectic mix of audio equipment at this year’s sale. Opening night is from 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 19 and will feature live music, free food, prizes and first pick of the extensive inventory for a $10 admission fee. Advance tickets to opening night are available at Audio-Reader for $7. Admission is free 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 20.

Most vinyl records are priced at $1, CDs at $3. Turntables, speakers, stereos, reel-to-reel players and audio equipment will be priced as marked. This year’s inventory includes donations from a large private Canadian collector, Kansas Public Radio and countless individuals in Lawrence, Kansas City and Topeka. Last year’s sale raised more than $20,000 and drew patrons from several states. For more information visit www.reader.ku.edu/fyeo.shtml.

Employees asked to review info policy

Information Services is asking faculty and staff to review recently developed policy and procedure documents relating to KU’s Information Management Initiative. The documents address appropriate electronic data disposal and disposal of electronic devices and media. The documents are available at www.provost.ku.edu/policy/infomanagement/review.shtml. The initiative was announced by Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Richard Lariviere last year. Feedback regarding the documents is being sought to help ensure their effectiveness.

Translational biology, medicine symposium set

KU’s new Center for Technology Commercialization is hosting a symposium from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Lied Auditorium and adjacent Hixon Atrium at the KU Medical Center Sept. 16 on the topic “Translational Biology and Medicine: People and Ideas at Work!”

Featured speaker for the symposium is Steven D. Averbuch, a KU pharmacy graduate and vice president for oncology transition strategy and development with Bristol-Myers Squibb. A panel including Val Stella, University Distinguished Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, and Cory Berkland, assistant professor of chemical and petroleum engineering, will join the discussion.

The symposium is supported by the KU Center for Technology Commercialization, the Office of Therapeutics, Discovery and Development and KU Endowment. For more information, contact Elaine Spielbusch at espielbu@kumc.edu or (913) 588-5721.

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