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Elsevier Webinar on 3/7/16: Pure & ORCID Working Together

March 2nd, 2016 by Deanna Johnson

ORCID is an international leader in connecting researchers to their research and Pure is a best-in-class research information system that helps universities maintain trusted records about researcher activity on campus. Elsevier is proud to announce that now the curated data from Pure can now be synced to ORCID, increasing the number of Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) tied to ORCIDs.

To celebrate the connection, Pure and ORCID are co-hosting a joint webinar along with Professor Thomas Ryberg, a specialist in networked learning, knowledge sharing and digital practices at Aalborg University.

What will be discussed:

A researcher’s point of view on ORCID, Pure and linking researchers to research
How pushing more DOIs into ORCID can benefit the research ecosystem
An overview of how Pure shares information with ORCID


Thomas Ryberg,
Professor, Aalborg University

Josh Brown,
Regional Director, Europe, ORCID

Manya Buchan,
Pure Product Manager, Elsevier

Monday March 7, 2016
7:00 San Francisco
10:00 New York/Boston

Register Here

Comparison of Research Networking Tools and Research Profiling Systems

January 26th, 2012 by

A team of researchers and librarians at Northwestern University have compiled an extensive chart comparing Research Networking tools and Research Profiling Systems. Modeled after a Wikipedia entry comparing reference management software, “Comparison of Research Networking Tools and Research Profiling Systems”  resides at

The team worked hard to ensure inclusion of the most up-to-date and accurate information in the Wikipedia article, but recognize that they may have made inadvertent errors or omissions.  Readers are welcome to edit and update the article at any time on their own.

Veterinary Drug Disposal

August 19th, 2011 by Mary Wood

AVMA Best Mgt Practices

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant is using research, education, and outreach to help communities learn how to properly dispose of medicines.

“Studies have identified a wide range of pharmaceutical chemicals in rivers, streams, groundwater, and drinking water nationwide. It has been shown that some of these compounds are harmful to aquatic organisms, affecting reproduction and development even at very low concentrations … unknown quantity also end up in the water when people dispose of unused human or pet medicines via the trash or toilet.”

Funded by NOAA, SeaGrant, Univ Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and Purdue University, the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant created a website on this issue:
…..Safe Disposal of Unwanted Medicine

The three main components of the guidelines are:

1. Don’t flush medications down the toilet unless the label specifically instructs you to do so and instead
2. Take advantage of community take-back programs or other programs that collect medicines at a central location for proper disposal. If a take-back or collection program is not available, then
3. Remove labeling from packaging and dissolve solid medications, mix with unpalatable items (kitty litter, coffee grounds, etc.) and seal in a container before placing in the trash.


Specifically related to veterinary medicine, the AVMA has posted information to provide guidance on medicine disposal

Best Management Practices for Pharmaceutical Disposal and Waste Disposal by Veterinary Practices

Research Opportunity Funds available from the UCOP Office of Research and Graduate Studies

November 3rd, 2010 by Deanna Johnson

The Office of Research and Graduate Studies (ORGS) has a limited pool of Research Opportunity Funds available to support one‐time funding requests to initiate multi‐campus research programs. Funding is for small projects that are intended to spawn larger, long‐term programs, supported by external funding, that will increase UC’s competitiveness, advance research discoveries, impact the lives of Californians, inform public policy or support innovative graduate student research.

Examples may include support for:
– Workshops or Meetings to facilitate system‐wide networking, initiatives or research collaborations;
– Grant Development or planning for large, multi‐campus extramural funding proposals;
– Public Outreach initiatives which can effectively communicate the impact of research discoveries;
– Industry Outreach efforts to better engage researchers from UC with industry; or
– Other projects of system‐wide benefit to UC research.

Typical requests should be no more than $20,000; larger requests will be considered in rare cases for programs of unusual large impact. Projects eligible for competitive grant funding through the Research Grants Program Office (RGPO) should apply through the appropriate grant programs (see the RGPO website for upcoming opportunities). Projects rejected by peer‐review will not be considered. However, projects that fall between RGPO funding cycles or do not fit within the criteria of existing grants may be eligible for Research Opportunity Funds. Requests may be submitted to ORGS throughout the year, and will be considered on a quarterly basis.

Funding requests must have a UCOP sponsor, who will take responsibility for the award, and work with the awardees to produce a product or result. For assistance in finding a UCOP sponsor, contact your campus Office of Research, or email our office at Email your letter of request to Requestors will be asked to provide:
• Names of participating faculty and campus/national lab affiliation
• Description of proposed activities and demonstration of system‐wide nature of the research
• One page budget and budget justification
• Anticipated outcomes and benefits of the project
• Letter(s) of support from the campus Vice Chancellor(s) for Research
• Letter(s) of commitment of matching funds from supporting campuses

What do we mean by “system‐wide nature of the research” and how you can you demonstrate this in your funding request? Below are questions you may want to consider addressing in your request. Not all questions will apply.
– Are my project goals and objectives of strategic value to UC as a system? Is this a field of research of particular importance to UC? Does this project foster research of direct relevance to California?
– Is this project the best way to achieve your stated goals? Are there other comparable efforts at UC? How are they involved with your project?
– Will this project enhance UC’s competitiveness in attracting extramural funding? What types of external funding are currently available in this field? Is there currently external support of your project? How will these seed funds be leveraged to attract additional funds?
– Will this project enhance UC’s competitiveness in attracting top‐notch faculty, graduate students or researchers? Does this project foster collaborations among researchers across campuses? Does it provide access to unique facilities or resources not broadly available to researchers across the UC system?
– Will this project share resources, establish best‐practices or promote efficiencies across the UC system?