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Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

A reminder to all faculty and staff the importance of proper handling of research related activities. Recently, Duke University paid a large ($112.5 million) settlement due to research misconduct issues.

The WSU RCR trainings offered by CITI are one important way to stay abreast of misconduct type issues, plus many other important research related topics (See ORSO Guideline 8). That training can be accessed in MyResearch, and more information on the Duke settlement can be found here: https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/03/duke-university-settles-research-misconduct-lawsuit-1125-million.

The VPR Distinguished Lecture to focus on interdisciplinary approach to life

Will aging be accompanied by a longer period of good health, a sustained sense of well-being, and extended periods of social engagement and productivity? As the population 60 or older continues to age, people will look for ways to live longer and healthier lives. The first 2019 Vice President for Research Distinguished Lecture will tackle these questions and provide an interdisciplinary approach based on scientific evidence on ways to improve health and wellbeing, as well as close the gap between life span and health span.

The 2019 … » More …

WSU Animal Care and Use Program receives full accreditation

Washington State University’s Animal Care and Use Program received the official AAALAC letter for the site visit conducted last October and received Continued Full Accreditation with no mandatory findings.

AAALAC highlighted WSU’s PI’s expertise and engagement in the program, excellent animal health, an active and engaged Institutional Official, knowledgeable and well trained animal care staff, and a number of other outstanding qualities of the Animal Care and Use Program. This is an extremely good outcome especially when considering the size and complexity of the program and demonstrates WSU’s commitment to running a quality program.

The AAALAC Council accepted the majority of our corrective actions taken … » More …

WSU Modernization Initiative now underway

The WSU Modernization Initiative is well underway, which is the project that updates our University software for finance, post-award grant administration, payroll, and human resources. WSU will replace our mainframe system, Administrative Information Systems (AIS), with Workday, while simultaneously transforming administrative processes. Benefits include real-time reporting, standardized and streamlined business processes, and minimizing the administrative work for the University community, which will support WSU in achieving its core mission and the Drive to 25.

The current administrative software, AIS, has been responsible for supporting core processes for human resources, payroll, and finance operations since its original deployment in the 1980s. Since then, WSU has opened … » More …

Federal Select Agent Program conducts laboratory safety visit at WSU

WSU participates in research and diagnostic work that fall under the regulations in the Federal Select Agent Program (FSAP). FSAP oversees the possession, use, and transfer of biological select agents and toxins, which have the potential to pose a severe threat to public, animal, or plant health, or to animal or plant products. WSU faculty and staff are well-trained to handle highly pathogenic microbial samples and publish high impact articles on their research findings.

FSAP is jointly comprised of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Division of Select Agents and Toxins (CDC DSAT) and the United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection … » More …

The Office of Research releases FY17 Annual Research Report

The Office of Research announces the FY17 Annual Research Report is now available online. The report highlights significant and impactful research and achievements.

One of 2017’s most exciting accomplishments was the selection of WSU to lead a nationwide consortium of U.S. universities and industry partners in a five-year, $30 million joint research project with university and industry partners in India to advance the development of the power grid in both countries.

This report highlights other significant and impactful examples of WSU research, including:

WSU scientists addressing growing global concern about the spread of antimicrobial resistance in Africa to prevent the spread of antibiotic resistant … » More …

WSU hosted inaugural Qualtrics Summit

Washington State University hosted the first-ever Qualtrics Summit on February 18-19. The summit featured best practices and new uses for the powerful, secure online survey tool.

WSU offers free Qualtrics access to all faculty, staff and students for data collection and analysis in academic research, opinion surveys and customer feedback.

The keynote speaker featured Shelly Wymer, director of the Office of Measurement Services at the University of Minnesota. Her presentation focused on survey governance in a University setting and the steps she has taken to improve Qualtrics governance at the UMN. As head of UMN’s University Survey Advisory team, Wymer has been leading the efforts … » More …

OR to watch for changes in international research regulatory requirements

Throughout 2018, federal scrutiny of international engagements has grown. For example, in August 2018, Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), issued a “Foreign Influence Letter to Grantees.” Collins also testified to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee regarding concerns about systematic programs of foreign influence in U.S. research. This heightened concern extends beyond NIH. The U.S. Department of Justice is also paying more attention to researchers who they believe are at risk of being co-opted into transferring technology illegally.

There are no new statutory or regulatory requirements being imposed on international research at this time. However, the Office … » More …

The Office of Research to monitor impact of partial government shutdown

On Friday, January 25, a bill was signed to fully fund the government, ending the longest partial government shutdown in history. The bill will fund the government through February 15. Washington State University partners with several federal agencies who were impacted by this shutdown. While we are happy these agencies are now funded and fully functional, we are also aware that the impacts may extend beyond the signing of the bill. Dan Nordquist, deputy vice president for research, is continuing to monitor the impact of the shutdown.

If you have questions about how the partial shutdown will impact your research, please contact Dan Nordquist by … » More …

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