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  December 2013  |  Volume 4, Issue 8
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From Vice President Kelly Rusch & all of the RCA staff

Season's Greetings
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NIH Expands Scope of Biosafety Guidelines

To keep pace with rapid technological advancements in synthetic biology, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently expanded the scope of the NIH Guidelines to include oversight of synthetic nucleic acid experiments.  Such research now requires review by the NDSU Institutional Biosafety Committee, regardless of source of funding.

The NDSU Biosafety Guidelines currently cover research, clinical, and educational activities involving recombinant DNA, infectious agents, and human blood, bodily fluids and tissues. NDSU policy and procedures are being revised to include synthetic nucleic acids to comply with the new NIH requirements. Contact Teri Grosz, Human Research Protections Program Manager, for more information.

Clinical Trials Need to be Registered

As NDSU's research portfolio grows, there are increasing opportunities to collaborate in clinical or hospital settings. Researchers who will become involved in clinical trials should be aware that federal law (Food and Drug Administration), select journals, as well as organizations such as the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) require pre-registration of clinical trials involving FDA-regulated drugs, biologics, devices and some behavioral interventions. Each clinical trial is to be registered on Clinicaltrials.gov, where the results of the study are to be submitted. This is done by the principal investigator before conducting a randomized control trial designed to measure health outcomes or test an investigational medication or device.

Requirements are for an individual protocol or study to be registered, not an entire institution, so the principal investigator is responsible for the registration before the research is initiated. For more information, see http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/manage-recs. Contact Kristy Shirley, Research Compliance Administrator for the IRB, if you have further questions.

Researchers In the News

Interest continues in research underway at NDSU. Here’s just a sample of media coverage. Some links to these news outlets are available for a limited time.

Science Café: Nostalgia

Engineering Students Create Remote Controlled Snowplow

A Bit of Nostalgia Goes a Long Way

Five Awarded New Coatings Scholarship

NDSU Development Foundation Grant Supports Livestock Research

If you’d like to suggest a story highlighting NDSU research, let us know. While we may not be able to use every suggestion, we would like to hear from you.

Upcoming Events

New Faculty Workshop Sponsored by the NDSU Provost's Office
January 17, 2014, 2:00–3:00 p.m.
NDSU Memorial Union - Arikara Room
As one of a series of new faculty workshops hosted by the Provost's Office, Dr. Kelly Rusch, vice president for research and creative activity, is hosting a one hour presentation focusing on sponsored programs and research at NDSU. New and junior faculty are encouraged to mark your calendars and plan to attend. Refreshments will be served. For more information, email Melissa Lamp.

Precision Agriculture Action Summit
Co-Hosted by the Red River Valley Research Corridor and ND Farmers Union
January 20-21, 2014
North Dakota Farmers Union Conference Center-Jamestown, ND
This annual summit covers the state of precision agriculture, emerging trends, technological applications and demonstrations for successful implementation. Attendees can expect hands-on demonstrations of precision agriculture technologies, applications, procedures and tools designed to reduce producer cost and to increase farm efficiency. Co-organizers for the summit are the Dakota Precision Ag Center at Lake Region State College and NDSU’s Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering. For more information >>

Shale Oil Innovation Conference and Expo
Produced by BBI International and The Bakken Magazine
February 10-12, 2014
Alerus Center-Grand Forks, ND
“Our goal with this conference is to look at how the techniques, strategies and technological know-how being employed in the Williston Basin today are accelerating the retrieval and movement of remote Williston Basin crude oil from resource to refinement,” says Luke Geiver, editor of The Bakken Magazine. “We think what’s happening here in North Dakota will have significant and lasting effects on the way shale oil and gas plays around the globe are explored, developed and extracted.” The conference breakout sessions will showcase 120+ industry experts who are currently utilizing or developing new innovations and approaches to yielding greater efficiencies in the Bakken-Three Forks shale formations. Attendees will learn upstream and downstream advancements in the Williston Basin that are impacting shale oil E&P and logistics globally. The show will also have an exhibit hall and numerous networking events. For more information >>

Small Business Innovations Summit
Co-Hosted by the Red River Valley Research Corridor, U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp, and U.S. Senator John Hoeven
February 21, 2014, 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (rescheduled from October 18, 2013)
Holiday Inn-Fargo, ND
The small business summit will bring together entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders to discuss challenges, opportunities and solutions related to policy and best practices. Companies at every stage of development will interact with experts and experienced professionals from business, government and education/training to share ideas, learn about and discuss strategies and next steps for improving their businesses. Participants will engage in discussions with experts spanning a wide variety of topics including Finance and Access to Capital, Women in Small Business, International Trade, Health Care, Marketing and Sales and many other compelling topics. See more information >>

North Dakota State University does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender expression/identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, public assistance status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a U.S. veteran. Direct inquiries to the Vice President for Equity, Diversity and Global Outreach, 205 Old Main, 701.231.7708.

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