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From the Vice Chancellor, Fall 2011

September 7, 2011 | Vice Chancellor for Research

Let me start by welcoming everyone to the 2011-12 academic year. I hope you had a relaxing summer and were not adversely affected by the recent storm that swept through our area.

The research office kept busy during these summer months working on a number of on-going as well as new initiatives. In addition to overseeing the second year of the CUNY Summer Undergraduate Research Program (C-SURP), we have scheduled a number of events for the upcoming semester, including the fall line-up for our regular Science Cafe and the CUNY Advanced Science Seminar Series (CASS). We are also hosting a Town Hall meeting on September 9 to discuss upcoming changes in Human Research Protection Programs and Institutional Review Boards at CUNY, as well as a Women In Science event on September 22. These, and all research-related events, are posted in the calendar of upcoming events as well as on our web site (cuny.edu/research).

I am also delighted to announce that we recently received a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to support the research of our junior scientists at the University. An important goal of our office is to support our junior faculty in launching and maintaining their research careers. Part of the funding from the Sloan award is to support a new CUNY Junior Faculty Research Award in Science and Engineering, which will provide $50,000 awards to some of our promising junior faculty in STEM disciplines to help get their research programs established at their respective colleges. Please look out for more details on this shortly.

Over the past year, we have initiated a number of additional programs to support junior faculty in their research endeavors. For the last two application deadlines, we have offered matching funds for junior faculty who apply for and receive NSF CAREER awards. For those faculty, who applied and were not successful last year, we organized discipline-specific mentoring workshops that offered guidance on revising the unfunded proposals for resubmission the following year. Many faculty took advantage of these workshops and we look forward to running more such workshops in the upcoming year. In keeping with our efforts to support junior scientists, the Women in Science workshop mentioned above will discuss various strategies and negotiating skills to help launch a successful research career in the academic environment. This event is especially targeted towards postdoctoral researchers and junior faculty.

Let me end by wishing you a successful year, I look forward to seeing many of you at one of the many events announced throughout this newsletter.

P.S. You may have noticed that we have re-launched our Newsletter with a new look and a more forward-looking approach. We hope you enjoy the new format.