In the Know Quick Links – week of September 14, 2020

Timely information to help build community within SMPH:


  • Conversations on COVID-19: Impacts on Communities of Color developed by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine features a discussion with Sheri Johnson, PhD, Associate Professor (CHS) of Population Health Sciences and Director of the Population Health Institute.
  • Kris Penniston, PhD, senior scientist, Department of Urology, has received funding ($3.65 million over five years) from the National Institutes of Health – National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney (NIH-NIDDK). The funding supports a Urology Centers Program Interactions Core, which will enhance collaboration and resource sharing within an umbrella of NIDDK-funded Centers and Programs focused on benign urological research known as CAIRIBU (Collaborating for the Advancement of Interdisciplinary Research in Benign Urology).


  • The Kemper K. Knapp Bequest Committee is soliciting proposals for special projects taking place in the 2021-2022 academic year. This program provides grants in the range of $500 to $5,000 for projects that cross departmental lines and have an impact on the educational and cultural life of the university community, particularly projects that benefit undergraduate students (see examples of funded requests). Deadline: November 6, 2020.
  • The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education has recently launched the new IRB Efficiency Project (IEP), which is being implemented in conjunction with Huron Consulting Group and in response to researcher feedback over the years. The project team has developed a short survey that will be administered at different points during and after the project. Researchers are welcome to respond to the survey.