April CPI News and Updates

• The next CPI meeting is this Wednesday, April  10th in Rudder 601 (http://goo.gl/lwqud). Contact your CPI representative (http://goo.gl/eeqtX) to submit questions for the presenters. These meetings are open to the PI community to attend.

• The CPI Executive Committee (http://goo.gl/PNUMu) met recently with Congressman Bill Flores and discussed ways the Texas A&M PI community can serve as a resource when constituents submit questions to the Congressman’s’ office about the value of various types of research. The EC is preparing a list of suggested questions for the Congressman to use during his site visit to various federal sponsors, as well drafting suggestions to relieve the regulatory bureaucracy that can directly hamper the efficiency of research enterprise.

• The Office of Sponsored Research Services (OSRS) distributed a memo (http://goo.gl/gVk3g) regarding required lead times for proposal submission. Occasionally, circumstances beyond the control of the PI may not allow OSRS lead times to be met. A Late Submission/PI Risk Acknowledgement form (http://goo.gl/Vo3or) has been created for such instances.

• The Vice President for Research at Texas A&M University has an opening in the Division of Research for an ADVANCE Administrative Fellow, one of the programs of the larger ADVANCE Center (advance.tamu.edu). The Administrative Fellows program is designed to provide administrative opportunities for women STEM faculty at the associate or full professor level. This position would be in the Office of the VPR and would join the senior leadership of the Division.  Interested parties are urged to contact Dr. Terry Fossum, Interim Vice President for Research (TFossum@tamu.edu) or Dr. J. Martin Scholtz, Senior Associate Vice President for Research (scholtz@tamu.edu).

• Registration for the Cardiovascular Research Institute 4th Symposium on May 2-3, 2013, at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine Medical Education Center at Scott & White in Temple, TX (http://goo.gl/0uvmf), is still open through April 15, 2013.

• The Office of Graduate Studies invites the campus community to a “Graduate Community Brown Bag: Graduate Student Perceptions of the Texas A&M University Campus Climate” on April 23, 2013 from 12-1 p.m. in room 2400 of the Memorial Student Center. Details and RSVP information are at http://goo.gl/EaSRZ.

• As reported at a recent EPIK-Maestro Working Group meeting, Maestro is now available through cell phone browsers, although some minor interface issues still exist. The FCOI module was redesigned so PIs only need to file a disclosure annually for Public Health Service (PHS) proposals. For PIs that disclosed Significant Conflict of Interest (SFI), their new proposals and projects will be reviewed by a COI official. If a new disclosure is needed, the COI official will contact the PI. Additional meeting details are at (http://goo.gl/t8Gc3).

• The PI census and CPI seat allocation for 2013-14 were recently completed (http://goo.gl/amO5W). Units holding CPI elections for open seats on the Council, as of September 1, 2013, include: Engineering; Geosciences; Liberal Arts; HSC-College of Medicine; Texas A&M Baylor College of Dentistry; and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute.

• Did you know the Council of Principal Investigators originally started in 1984? Since that time, representation on the Council has been expanded to include colleges and units throughout Texas A&M University, Texas A&M Health Science Center, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. CPI activities and staff support are also equally funded each year through the aforementioned System members.