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A Note from the Vice Provost for Research

Welcome to our first newsletter for 2013 and the first offered by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research since I took the helm on November 28, 2012. I look forward to overseeing future issues and continuing the newsletter’s mission of keeping the Tufts community up-to-date on research-related topics. In Researchers @ Tufts you will find background on new members of the faculty and information about their current research and interest in collaboration opportunities. Each issue of Research News also includes a Featured Core Facility or Center to publicize these Tufts resources. The Featured Events section provides news from recent campus events.

Inside the OVPR you will find office updates, tech transfer information in Office for Technology Licensing and Industry Collaboration, grant writing information in Office of Proposal Development, and news on human subject research in articles on the Medford/Somerville Social, Behavioral & Educational Research Institutional Review Board (SBER IRB) and the Tufts Medical Center/Tufts University Health Sciences Institutional Review Board (HS IRB). What’s New @ Our Affiliates? highlights research at one of our affiliated hospitals, Funded Research lists projects awarded funding from January to December 2012, and Issued U.S. Patents lists patents awarded during the same period. The Archives section contains articles from past issues. The “DID YOU KNOW?” on the left side of each page offers brief announcements.

Research News @ Tufts is part of the continuing effort of the provost’s office to foster an environment that supports and encourages research and collaboration. Other initiatives include Research Days and the seed grant programs “Tufts Collaborates!” and “Technology Access Grants.” This year we are trying something new—co-funding registration costs for some Tufts researchers to attend major conferences that are cross-cutting, such as the AAAS meeting (February 2013) and Experimental Biology (April 2013), when they are held locally. The goal of this co-funding is to facilitate attendance of researchers at conferences that are broader than their immediate fields, and to contribute to a significant Tufts presence. Please contact Thuy Nguyen to learn more about co-funding.

Diane L. Souvaine
Vice Provost for Research



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