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Single-Chain Insulin Would Change Dosage, Production

A researcher from the University of Houston has created a form of recombinant insulin that could potentially address some of the biggest concerns about the lifesaving drug, including its price.

Ke-He Ruan, director of the Center for Experimental Therapeutics and Pharmacoinformatics at the UH College of Pharmacy, said the single polypeptide chain insulin appears to stabilize glucose levels up to three times as long as conventional wild-type human insulin, that is, insulin grown to mimic that produced in humans, and could be manufactured using simpler production methods.
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Campus News

College of Education Professor Researches Tie Between Literacy and Genetics

Miao Li, an assistant professor in the College of Education, found that students who struggle with reading comprehension are more likely to carry a specific gene called READ1 (Regulatory Element Associated with Dyslexia 1). She and her co-authors recently published their findings in Nature Partner Journal - Science of Learning.

Post-release Movie Piracy Creates Buzz that Drives Box Office Sales Up

Movie piracy, or the illegal downloading of copyrighted material, has long been a thorn in the sides of movie executives who rightfully complain about the theft of their products, but new findings may have them reconsidering their ire.

Visualizing Different Protein Forms in Cells

Xihong Xie, a Ph.D. student in chemistry, published a paper in the Journal of Physical Chemistry B that elucidates a method for imaging different protein forms, called oligomers, in cells.

Upcoming Events

June 5: TMC Monthly Education Training Series (METS)
3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Third Coast Restaurant, 6550 Bertner Avenue, 6th Floor

June 13: Startup Pains: What I Wish I Knew
4 p.m.-5 p.m.
UH Technology Bridge, Innovation Center, Building 4, Floor 2

Announcements

Borders, Trade, and Immigration Institute: 2019 Annual Meeting

The BTI Institute team invites you to attend the 2019 Annual Meeting, Wednesday, June 26, 2019. Key stakeholders will gather to discuss ongoing and proposed solutions to identified opportunities within U.S. Customs and Border Protection mission space.

Registration, event details, current agenda and travel recommendations are available via a link at the Institute's website.

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View past announcements on the Division of Research website.

Recent Patents

Peptide Inhibitors of Calcium Oxalate Monohydrate Crystallization And Uses Thereof

Inventors: Jeffrey Rimer, Pankaj Karande
Department: Chemical Engineering
Date Issued: April 2, 2019
Patent Number: 10,246,489


Herapeutic Mirnas for Treating Heart and Skeletal Muscle Diseases

Inventors: Yu Liu, Robert Swartz, Xiaopeng Shen
Department: Biology/ Biochemistry
Date Issued: May 28, 2019
Patent Number: 10,300,147


Self-Cleaning Coatings and Methods for Making Same

Inventors: Seamus Curran, Kang-Shyang Liao, Killian Barton
Department: Physics
Date Issued: April 19, 2019
Patent Number: 10,266,702

Recent Grant Awards

OPUS: MCS: THE IMPORTANCE OF MITOCHONDRIAL AND STRUCTURAL MUTATIONS IN GENERATING FITNESS VARIANCE IN THE CILIATE TETRAHYMENA

PI/Department: Rebecca A. Zufall, Biology & Biochemistry
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Amount: $271,696


MOLECULAR ENGINEERING OF THE SECOND COORDINATION SPHERE FOR CONTROLLED OLEFIN POLYMERIZATION CATALYSIS

PI/Department: Loi H. Do, Chemistry
Sponsor: The Welch Foundation
Amount: $240,000


CORRELATING PHOTOCATALYTIC AND PHOTOELECTROCHEMICAL ACTIVITY OF COBALT OXIDES WITH DYNAMICS OF PHOTO-EXCITED ELECTRONS AND HOLES

PI/Department: Jiming Bao, Electrical Engineering
Sponsor: The Welch Foundation
Amount: $240,000


PD(II)- AND NI(II)-CATALYZED OLEFIN POLYMERIZATIONS AND COPOLYMERIZATIONS

PI/Department: Maurice Brookhart, Chemistry
Sponsor: The Welch Foundation
Amount: $240,000


ELECTROCHEMISTRY AND SPECTROELECTROCHEMISTRY OF COMPOUNDS WITH MULTIPLE REDOX CENTERS

PI/Department: Karl M. Kadish, Chemistry
Sponsor: The Welch Foundation
Amount: $240,000


MAIN GROUP CATALYSTS FOR ADVANCED AND SUSTAINABLE POLYMERS

PI/Department: Robert Joseph Comito, Chemistry
Sponsor: The Welch Foundation
Amount: $195,000


PLANT-BASED ANTIBIOTIC NANOCARRIERS INVESTIGATION IN THE SIMULTANEOUS REDUCTION OF PATHOGEN MUTATION RATES AND INTESTINAL INFECTIONS IN HUMANS

PI/Department: Debora Frigi Rodrigues, Civil Engineering
Sponsor: The Welch Foundation
Amount: $195,000


NOVEL SYNTHETIC METHODS IN ORGANIC CHEMISTRY DERIVED FROM HIGHLY REACTIVE REACTIVE INTERMEDIATES

PI/Department: Jeremy A. May, Chemistry
Sponsor: The Welch Foundation
Amount: $195,000


SYNTHESIS OF GOLD COMPOUNDS WITH UNUSUAL OXIDATION STATES AND METALLOAROMATICITY

PI/Department: Jakoah Brgoch, Chemistry
Sponsor: The Welch Foundation
Amount: $195,000


DEVELOPING LOCALLY BIOAVAILABLE DRUGS TO INHIBIT ELEVATED PGE2 PRODUCTION IN THE COLON

PI/Department: Ming Hu, Pharmacological & Pharmaceutical Sciences
Sponsor: Texas Southern University flow thru from National Institute of General Medical Sciences
Amount: $183,600


SCENARIO-BASED EXPLORATION OF "CHANGES IN DEMAND FOR HIGHER EDUCATION"

PI/Department: Andrew Lewis Hines, Human Development and Consumer Sciences
Sponsor: Rowan University
Amount: $30,130

Featured Funding Opportunities

Health Science, Engineering & Technology Social Sciences, Art & Humanities Education
Image Science, Engineering, & Technology

Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Title: GeoPRISMS
Proposal Deadline: 8/16/19

GeoPRISMS (Geodynamic Processes at Rifting and Subducting Margins) Program investigates the coupled geodynamics, earth surface processes, and climate interactions that build and modify continental margins over a wide range of timescales. These interactions cross the shoreline and have applications to margin evolution and dynamics, construction of stratigraphic architecture, accumulation of economic resources, and associated geologic hazards and environmental management. The GeoPRISMS Program includes two broadly integrated science initiatives (Subduction Cycles and Deformation (SCD)and Rift Initiation and Evolution (RIE)), linked by five overarching scientific topics and themes, where transformative advances are likely to occur in the decade 2011-2020, and where a focused scientific program could be most effective.

These overarching science topics include 1) Origin and evolution of continental crust; 2) Fluids, magmas and their interactions; 3) Climate-surface-tectonics feedbacks; 4) Geochemical cycles; and 5) Plate boundary deformation and geodynamics. Each of the initiatives has identified primary sites for focused investigations, as well as thematic studies that will complement primary site studies. Please note: This phase of GeoPRISMS is focused on facilitating the integration of previously acquired data, the synthesis of results within and across disciplines, and dissemination through collaboration, education, and legacy products. This is the last solicitation for the program.

Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Title: Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
Application Deadline: 8/28/19

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. This solicitation features two mechanisms for support of student research: (1) REU Sites are based on independent proposals to initiate and conduct projects that engage a number of students in research.

REU Sites may be based in a single discipline or academic department or may offer interdisciplinary or multi-department research opportunities with a coherent intellectual theme. Proposals with an international dimension are welcome. (2) REU Supplements may be included as a component of proposals for new or renewal NSF grants or cooperative agreements or may be requested for ongoing NSF-funded research projects. Undergraduate student participants in either REU Sites or REU Supplements must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals,or permanent residents of the United States. Students do not apply to NSF to participate in REU activities.

Funding Agency: Department of Energy
Title: RFI - Energy Efficient Integrated Photonic Networking Technologies
Response Deadline: 6/14/19

Request For Information (RFI) - Energy Efficient Integrated Photonic Networking Technologies. This is a Request for Information only. This RFI is not accepting applications for financial assistance. The purpose of this RFI is solely to solicit input for ARPA-E consideration to inform the possible formulation of future programs. The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) of the United States Department of Energy is seeking information concerning the current state of development of energy efficient photonic technologies for communication networks within datacenter and high-performance computing (HPC) systems. ARPA-E is interested in technologies which have the potential to enable a transformative improvement in performance and efficiency of datacenter and HPC systems as compared to the state of the art.

Specifically, ARPA-E is interested in learning of technologies that can meet the technical metrics originally outlined in the ENLITENED FOA DE-FOA-0001566, but that are not currently funded under the portfolio of projects in the ARPA-E ENLITENED program. ARPA-E is seeking information on technologies at an advanced level of development, albeit prior to commercialization and full-scale production. ARPA-E is not interested in early stage technologies which are unproven or not yet reduced to practice in the form of an operational device/component/subsystem. Depending on the responses to this RFI, ARPA-E may consider the rapid initiation of a competition that would result in one or more funded collaborative research projects to advance the state of the art in integrated photonic networking technologies.

Funding Agency: DARPA
Title: ReVector
Abstract Deadline: 6/4/19
Proposal Deadline: 7/11/19

The ReVector program aims to develop methods to use human skin microbiomes to modulate chemical signatures in order to avoid mosquito attraction and feeding and reduce the threat of mosquito-borne disease to Warfighters. Human skin associated microbes interact with metabolites from the body and influence the personal chemical signature of each individual, making some individuals more attractive to mosquitoes. This program seeks to develop advanced data analytics and microbiome modulation tools for engineering skin microbiomes and provide new options for the readiness and resiliency of military personnel.

Social Science, Arts and Humanities

Funding Agency: Society for Social Work and Research
Title: 2020 Excellence in Research Award
Internal Deadline: 6/3/19
Nomination Deadline: 6/30/19

The Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) Excellence in Research Award for best scholarly contribution was established to develop a formal mechanism to recognize outstanding social work research that advances knowledge with direct applications to practice, policy, and the resolution of social problems. The intent of the Excellence in Research Award is to recognize original scholarly contributions to the peer-reviewed research literature in a given year. Nominated articles must meet all of the following eligibility criteria:

1. Eligible articles must have appeared in print during the 2018 calendar year. The outlet may have been a disciplinary social work journal, an interdisciplinary journal, or a journal affiliated with another discipline (e.g., psychiatry, psychology, public health, etc.). 2. The first author of the article must possess a graduate professional social work or social welfare degree (MSW, Ph.D./DSW), or be a current or former faculty or staff member in a social work program, or be a student in a professional social work degree program, or be a regular, student or emeritus member of the Society for Social Work and Research. 3. The article must report the design, conduct, and results of a qualitative or quantitative study clearly related to social work practice, policy, or the resolution of social problems. 4. The article must meet the highest scientific standards and advance social work knowledge.

Funding Agency: NEH
Title: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Application Deadline: 7/16/19

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Division of Preservation and Access is accepting applications for the Humanities Collections and Reference Resources (HCRR) program. The program supports projects that provide an essential underpinning for scholarship, education, and public programming in the humanities. Thousands of libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations across the country maintain important collections of books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, art and material culture, and digital objects.

Funding from this program strengthens efforts to extend the life of such materials and make their intellectual content widely accessible, often through the use of digital technology. Awards are also made to create various reference resources that facilitate use of cultural materials, from works that provide basic information quickly to tools that synthesize and codify knowledge of a subject for in-depth investigation.

Education

Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Title: Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers
Proposal Deadline: 8/19/19

ITEST is an applied research and development (R&D) program providing direct student learning opportunities in pre-kindergarten through high school (PreK-12). The learning opportunities are based on innovative use of technology to strengthen knowledge and interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and information and communication technology (ICT) careers. To achieve this purpose, ITEST supports projects that engage students in technology-rich experiences that: (1) increase awareness and interest of STEM and ICT occupations; (2) motivate students to pursue appropriate education pathways to those occupations; and (3) develop STEM-specific disciplinary content knowledge and practices that promote critical thinking, reasoning, and communication skills needed for entering the STEM and ICT workforce of the future.

ITEST seeks proposals that pursue innovative instructional approaches and practices in formal and informal learning environments, in close collaboration with strategic partnerships. ITEST proposals should broaden participation of all students, particularly those in underrepresented and underserved groups in STEM fields and related education and workforce domains. ITEST supports three types of projects: (1) Exploring Theory and Design Principles (ETD); (2) Developing and Testing Innovations (DTI); and (3) Scaling, Expanding, and Iterating Innovations (SEI). ITEST also supports Synthesis and Conference proposals.

All ITEST proposals must address how they are (A) designing innovations that meet ITEST program goals which include innovative use of technologies, innovative learning experiences, STEM workforce development, strategies for broadening participation, and strategic partnerships; and (B) measuring outcomes through high-quality research which includes high-quality research design, project evaluation, and dissemination of findings.

For more information about available grants, visit our Pivot system or Grants.gov.

Lindsay Lewis | University of Houston Division of Research
lewis@uh.edu | uh.edu/research | 713-743-0951

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