Fall 2020 Newsletter
Research Dean’s Corner
Change is hard; major and sudden changes even harder. I have heard from some of you about all the changes that you are going through in your professional, personal, and family lives this year. For me, one major change that I experienced was my appointment as Associate Dean for Research during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. As I reflect on my first three months as Associate Dean, I have come to appreciate the art of listening and of embracing change and growth opportunities.
As Associate Dean, I listen. Listening is key to understanding, and I am listening to your voices and taking your input and suggestions into serious consideration. For example, a PI recently shared that it would be helpful for all faculty, but particularly early career or new faculty, to have training on how to use Maestro, A&M’s enterprise-wide system and a powerful tool for researchers to keep track of their funded projects and grant budgets. In response to this useful feedback, I shared information about the Maestro training workshops offered monthly by the VPR Office for faculty. I will continue to keep my ear to the ground and listen to PIs’ voices. While we may not be able to easily meet in person during COVID-19, please know that you can always contact and reach me and our CERD personnel via email.
As Associate Dean, I learn. I am continually learning. Starting my role in the summer during the COVID-19 pandemic meant that I had to hit the ground running to keep up with the face-paced changes that had to happen in how we do research and how we teach and mentor. I always knew how diverse our researchers were in their fields, disciplines, and methodologies. However, I really learned to appreciate the diversity in our PIs and their methodologies or protocols when I began reviewing and approving their plans for resumption of clinical and human participant research activities from PIs and their research teams in our college. Another way that I learned more about the types of research that our PIs and their teams did was by visiting the research space, laboratories, and clinics in our college. For example, I toured the Human Research Clinical Research Facilities (HCRF), as well as research spaces in Gilchrist, the Davis Player Development Center, and the Early Childhood Research and Practice (ECRP) facilities. Our PIs are successfully resuming research operations and finding ways to modify their research methodologies and protocols in creative ways. While much remains unknown about the upcoming months, I am learning more and more how resilient and resourceful our researchers are in the face of adversity. I am also learning the camaraderie of our researchers, which is inspiring and gives me great confidence in the future of our college’s research enterprise.
In closing, I want to acknowledge everyone in our CERD Pre-award and Post-award Offices. They, along with our CEHD faculty, have forged ahead under the toughest of circumstance. Everyone’s good will and joint efforts are paying off. Just the other day this week, I saw an email from Dean Alexander early in the morning to all the associate deans. She shared great news that our CEHD PIs and their research teams were awarded 23.7 million dollars in external funding, with these awards all coming in within a 3-day period. While 2020 has been a year of major changes and challenges, we are seeing glimmers of silver linings and our PIs and our college is having a banner year. I continue to be inspired by the resilience I see from you all. Lastly, I am happy to announce that Dean Alexander is able to support our Catapult seed grant program for 2020-2021 even though we live in a time of tight budgets. This year has been a year of change, and there will be three different types of seed grant support through Catapult program this year. I will be announcing these details to the college very soon, so be sure to stay tuned.
Until next time, thanks and Gig `em!
Dr. Jeff Liew
|Department||Researcher||Award Start Date||Project Title||Sponsor Name||Amount|
|HLKN||Engelen, Marielle||15-Sep-19||Nutritional Modulation to Minimize||DHHS-NIH-National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute||$378,280|
|HLKN||Deutz, Nicolaas||15-Sep-19||Nutritional Modulation to Minimize||DHHS-NIH-National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute||$378,280|
|HLKN||Wilson, Kelly||1-Oct-19||VOCA||Texas Office of the Governor-Criminal Justice Division||$449,144|
|TLAC||Hernandez, Paul||1-Oct-19||Collaborative Research: Improving t||Colorado State University||$16,860|
|HLKN||Armstrong, Carisa||1-Oct-19||But Where There’s Hope, There’s Lif||Arts Council of the Brazos Valley||$3,775|
|HLKN||Bergeron, Christine||1-Oct-19||But Where There’s Hope, There’s Lif||Arts Council of the Brazos Valley||$3,775|
|TLAC||Rambo-Hernandez, Karen||1-Oct-19||Appalachian Coders||West Virginia University||$107,438|
|EPSY||Zhang, Dan||1-Nov-19||Consumer Stipends||Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities||$4,025|
|CLED||Torres, Mario||1-Nov-19||Analyze Texas Student Data with Res||The Military Child Education Coalition||$2,900|
|EPSY||Tong, Fuhui||1-Nov-19||Analyze Texas Student Data with Res||The Military Child Education Coalition||$2,900|
|EPSY||Tong, Fuhui||1-Nov-19||Chinese College Students Motivation||Shen Zen University||$6,994|
|TLAC||Raven, Sara||1-Jan-20||Developing a Digital Sketching Appl||National Science Foundation||$3,921|
|TLAC||Wright, Kimberly||27-Jan-20||Transition to Electronic State Asse||Texas Education Agency||$63,181|
|TLAC||Stillisano, Jacqueline||27-Jan-20||Transition to Electronic State Asse||Texas Education Agency||$63,181|
|TLAC||Craig, Cheryl||27-Jan-20||Transition to Electronic State Asse||Texas Education Agency||$63,181|
|TLAC||Rollins, Kayla||27-Jan-20||Transition to Electronic State Asse||Texas Education Agency||$63,181|
|TLAC||Rambo-Hernandez, Karen||27-Jan-20||Transition to Electronic State Asse||Texas Education Agency||$63,181|
|TLAC||Waxman, Hersholt||27-Jan-20||Transition to Electronic State Asse||Texas Education Agency||$105,301|
|TLAC||Hill-Jackson, Valerie||15-Feb-20||Aggie edTPA Pilot Support Program||Texas Education Agency||$10,500|
|TLAC||Wright, Kimberly||3-Mar-20||Evaluation Proposal, Collaborative||Collaborative for Children||$19,800|
|TLAC||Rollins, Kayla||3-Mar-20||Evaluation Proposal, Collaborative||Collaborative for Children||$19,800|
|TLAC||Waxman, Hersholt||3-Mar-20||Evaluation Proposal, Collaborative||Collaborative for Children||$20,400|
|CLED||Irby, Beverly||1-Apr-20||2020 GenCyber – Texas A&M Universit||DOD-National Security Agency||$9,794|
|TLAC||Craig, Cheryl||1-Apr-20||Preparing Effective STEM Teachers b||University of Houston||$74,999|
|EPSY||Thompson, Julie||17-Apr-20||Autism and Behavior in the Classroo||Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board||$235,831|
|EPSY||Liew, Jeffrey||17-Apr-20||Parent Partnerships to Improve Comm||Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board||$49,976|
|EPSY||Riccio, Cynthia||17-Apr-20||Parent Partnerships to Improve Comm||Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board||$49,976|
|EPSY||Ganz, Jennifer||17-Apr-20||Parent Partnerships to Improve Comm||Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board||$399,909|
|EPSY||Whiteside, Erinn||17-Apr-20||Autism and Behavior in the Classroo||Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board||$235,831|
|EPSY||Acosta, Sandra||1-May-20||Constructing Thinking Spaces for En||American Psychological Association||$4,500|
|TLAC||Kuo, Li-Jen||27-May-20||2020 STARTALK Texas A&M University||DOD-National Security Agency||$87,244|
|HLKN||Engelen, Marielle||1-Jun-20||Targeted Nutritional Approach to Im||DOD-Army-Medical Research and Materiel Command||$590,125|
|HLKN||Ten Have, Gabriella||1-Jun-20||Targeted Nutritional Approach to Im||DOD-Army-Medical Research and Materiel Command||$590,125|
|HLKN||Deutz, Nicolaas||1-Jun-20||Targeted Nutritional Approach to Im||DOD-Army-Medical Research and Materiel Command||$590,302|
|BIOL||Rao, Asha||1-Jul-20||COVID 19: RAPID: Responsible Actio||National Science Foundation||$36,961|
|TLAC||Clough, Michael||1-Jul-20||COVID 19: RAPID: Responsible Actio||National Science Foundation||$36,961|
|TLAC||Herman, Benjamin||1-Jul-20||COVID 19: RAPID: Responsible Actio||National Science Foundation||$38,081|
|EPSY||Zhang, Dan||1-Jul-20||The Center on Disability and Develo||DHHS-Administration for Community Living||$2,858,660|
|HLKN||Lei, Yuming||14-Jul-20||COVID-19 Relief Funding||TIRR Foundation||$2,500|
|HLKN||Garney, Whitney||15-Jul-20||Comprehensive Healthcare for Adoles||DHHS-Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health||$930,000|
|HLKN||Wilson, Kelly||15-Jul-20||Comprehensive Healthcare for Adoles||DHHS-Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health||$930,000|
|TLAC||Hernandez, Paul||4-Aug-20||Scaling Up Culturally Affirming Pat||University of California – San Francisco||$400,228|
|HLKN||Harvey, Idethia||1-Sep-20||Tobacco Cessation Outreach and Supp||Texas Department of State Health Services||$40,000|
|HLKN||Garney, Whitney||1-Sep-20||Tobacco Cessation Outreach and Supp||Texas Department of State Health Services||$40,000|
|TLAC||Fields, Susan||1-Sep-20||EAGER: SATC AI-Cybersecurity: DYNAM||National Science Foundation||$13,400|
|TLAC||Hernandez, Paul||1-Oct-20||Collaborative Research: PROmoting G||National Science Foundation||$779,060|
Note: the above list shows awards received and set up in Maestro as of the date of this publication.
Council of Principal Investigators
The CEHD Council of Principal Investigators held their first meeting of the new academic year on September 17, 2020, led by the new Chair, Dr. Tamika Gilreath, Associate Professor in the Health & Kinesiology Department.
Faculty members in attendance were Rafael Lara-Alecio (EPSY), Jamilia Blake (EPSY), David Wright (HLKN), Sandra Acosta (EPSY), Marielle Engelen (HLKN), Ben Herman (TLAC), Mary Alfred (EAHR), Christine Stanley (EAHR), Joanne Olson (TLAC), Kay Wijekumar (TLAC).
Topics discussed in the CPI Meeting included:
- Ben Herman, Associate Professor in the Teaching, Learning, and Culture Department, was elected as Vice Chair.
- Updates and COVID-related research strategies from the new Associate Dean, Dr. Jeffrey Liew. If you are seeing any delays on getting your resumption of research plans approved, please let him know so he can help.
- Dr. Lara-Alecio provided updates from the University CPI, as well as ways for senior faculty to effectively involve junior faculty.
- CERD Post-Award discussed action items for the fall, such as letting them know as soon as possible of any planned course buyouts.
- CERD Pre-Award has not seen any significant decrease in proposal submission due to COVID-19. Good feedback was given by some faculty on how well Cayuse, the new system-to-system software in user by SRS, has been working for submitting proposal applications.
- CPI Goals for the 2020/2021 year!
The date for the next CPI meeting will be announced later this fall, and will be held via zoom.
For more information about The CEHD Council of Principal Investigators please visit the CEHD CPI website.
All faculty are invited to virtually attend our monthly CERD Coffee Chats on the First Friday of each month at 11:00 on Zoom.To register and submit discussion questions ahead of time, visit:
Thanks to everyone who participated and contributed to a lively and informative CERD Coffee Chat co-sponsored with CEHD CPI. Our October Coffee Chat focused on “Ways to adapt outreach and research methods in #COVID19”, with Gerianne Alexander (Associate Vice President for Research & Research Integrity Officer), Nicolaas (Mick) Deutz (Director of CTRAL) and Krystal Simmons (Exec Director CAC) as guest panelists. If you missed our last Coffee Chat and would like to see what the buzz is about, check out the video posted on our facebook page!
Pre Award Updates
Search Committee for new Senior Research Development Officer
Recently, the search committee tasked with finding the new Research Development Officer for the CERD office has been able to meet virtually to screen applicants. At the time of this newsletter, the committee is in the process of initial interviews and hopes to move into interviews with finalists in the next two weeks. Thank you to all who work with the CERD Pre Award team during this transition time to find the best candidate for the position.
Research During COVID-19
Like most CEHD employees, our CERD office is currently working remotely rather than on-campus. But we are here and ready to answer all your needs virtually. We’re only a phone call, email, or zoom meeting away!
For guidance from Texas A&M University’s Division of Research on how to continue research during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit https://vpr.tamu.edu/covid-19.
If any faculty wishes to contribute to research related to the COVID-19 pandemic, be sure to look through the opportunities posted at https://vpr.tamu.edu/research-index-for-covid-19.
Researchers can also find a list of federal funding announcements for COVID-19 research by visiting https://vpr.tamu.edu/covid-19-funding-announcements.
Finding Funding Opportunities
With Pivot, you can enter search terms or browse by keyword to explore the latest funding opportunities and research trends. You can also sign up for regular, tailored email notifications with funding opportunities relevant to your research!
Scholars@TAMU – Did you know you can search for collaborators within a database created by the Texas A&M University Libraries? Scholars@TAMU is a profile system that hosts searchable expertise for faculty and TAMU organizations by gathering data from institution-level/enterprise systems, publicly available research data (e.g., grants and publications), and other authoritative sources. The data is compiled into a profile that you can edit to best represent your scholarship and expertise.
We encourage all CEHD researchers to give Scholars@TAMU a look. While you’re there, update your profile to help others find you and the important research you are working on – or wanting to work on!
Check out Scholars@TAMU here: scholars.library.tamu.edu
ResearchGate – Another great resource that all researchers should register for is ResearchGate.Net. ResearchGate is a global professional network for researchers where you can make connections with others in your field, access publications, share your research, and collaborate with peers.
Visit ResearchGate here: researchgate.net
Both sites are great ways to network with other researchers. Federal sponsors are increasingly looking to fund collaborative research proposals!
With support and funding from Dean Joyce Alexander, the CEHD Research & Development Office (CERD) is excited to offer CEHD Catapult Grant funding to support the development of high-impact research, including research scholarship on high-impact teaching or outreach. Even though we live in a time of tight budgets, we are thrilled that the college is able to allocate a total of $220,000 for the Catapult seed program this year. We appreciate this faith and investment in our faculty.
For FY21 the CEHD Catapult Grant has been re-designed to better recognize the diverse research strengths and better meet the diverse research needs of our faculty in CEHD. In the Catapult FY21 RFA, you will find details about the three types of grants that are offered for FY21. Across all three types of grants, you will see that research that is multidisciplinary and has implications for equity, inclusion, and diversity will be given priority during the review and evaluation process.
All CEHD faculty are encouraged to consider applying for one or more of the mechanisms that best match where you are in your career and the type of research scholarship that you do. Please note that you are able to apply to more than one type of grant as long as you meet the eligibility and criteria. You will find all details for the three types of grants and how to apply in this this link to the Catapult FY21 RFA. Please also note that this Cover Sheet for applications is also required.
We look forward to reviewing your proposals and the opportunity to support your research programs.
SRS Informational Sessions
Did you know SRS offers a series of monthly informational and Q&A sessions to address various research administration topics and issues? The sessions are titled AnSRS4U – Answers for You. If you would like to receive notices for these sessions directly to your email, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org and request to be added to the SRS listserv.
The next AnSRS4U topic will be “An Overview of Project Administration”, and will be presented via zoom on Thursday October 15 from 10:00 to 11:30AM. If you have questions on project administration that you would like to have addressed, please email them ahead of time to email@example.com.
Register in advance by visiting:
Check out the most recent funding flyers available for CEHD: CEHD Funding Flyer 2019
Post Award Updates
The CEHD Post Award office is continuing to work remotely. If there are any questions regarding grant expenditures, or if you would like to arrange a zoom meeting or conference call, please contact one of the shared email boxes below.
Payroll and Personnel firstname.lastname@example.org
Orders, Invoice Payments, or Contracts email@example.com
Fall 2020 payroll and research efforts have been entered. If you have grant payroll efforts that have not yet been communicated with the post award team, or if you have a newly awarded grant that requires grant effort, please contact the payroll box above.
The post award office recently revised the purchase request form found at https://it-lf-ecmf.tamu.edu/Forms/PostAwardRequest. There are now multiple options for submission including travel and purchase card receipts. This form is the best method for submitting purchase requests, contracts, and other purchasing/reimbursement requests and documents.
Connecting in the Midst of COVID-19
Contact Amy Hinnant for more information or with any questions.