2020 Executive Communications

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July 30, 2020: Summer INNOVATE Newsletter 

View May and June research expenditures and stories from the UTRGV Newsroom about our researchers' achievements. Library updates,new Traditional & Accelerated Online programs, Certificates, and Specializations from UTRGV Graduate College, and more from the division's other offices.

UTRGV posterJune 29, 2020: Limited Submission Protocol

The UTRGV OSP (Office of Sponsored Programs) limited submission process is undergoing a few changes.  Announcements will be emailed directly to all faculty; any interested faculty will each email their internal pre-proposal (as one PDF document) to the following new email address: limitedsubmission@utrgv.edu.  OSP will collect all pre-proposals received at this inbox as of the announced internal due date, and will route them directly to a review committee to be selected from among non-submitting faculty with expertise in the area of interest.  Committee selection will be directed by the Associate Vice President for Research Enhancement and the Executive Vice President (EVP) for Research, Graduate Studies and New Program Development (RGSNPD).  The EVP for RGSNPD, in consultation with the faculty review committee, will select the sponsor-determined number of finalist pre-proposals which will continue to the full proposal stage. We look forward to your submittals; should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Andrew Lawler, OSP Pre-award Manager, at limitedsubmission@utrgv.edu. 


Today, UTRGV is issuing a new interim policy to support the continuation of human subjects’ studies that were paused as a result of the previous policy.  This new interim policy, which will be implemented immediately, is intended to remain in effect for the duration of the public health emergency related to COVID-19 as declared by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). UTRGV recognizes that the current public health emergency has affected the conduct of the research involving human subjects and impacted the risk/benefit analysis for participants of studies with research procedures requiring an in-person interaction/intervention.  Consistent with FDA and OHRP guidance and recommendations, UTRGV supports the continuation of human subjects’ research by minimizing risks and ensuring the safety of research participants.  This policy applies to approved studies regardless of their level of review (Exempt, Expedited, Full Board) and where UTRGV’s IRB is responsible for providing oversight to the research. Read more.

UTRGV posterMay 27, 2020: Virtual BRAD Talk

Biomedical Research Awareness Day (BRAD) continues!

Join our BRAD Talks event this May 27 at 12 pm to learn about various biomedical research projects at UTRGV and facts about laboratory animals.  ZOOM LINK


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May 7, 2020: April INNOVATE Newsletter

UTRGV students and researchers continue to respond to COVID19 by serving their community in various ways. Remote events make it possible for students, staff, faculty, and the community to engage with timely topics, like Earth Day and Biomedical Research Animal Day (BRAD). Congratulate the 21 faculty/staff members who were recently awarded grants!

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April 26, 2020: Center for Vector-Borne Disease (CVBD) Newsletter

This is the initial newsletter for the Center for Vector-Borne Disease, which will be followed by quarterly releases of updates and exciting news happening at the CVBD.   You will also find links and additional information on the Center websiteShould you have any questions or comments on the newsletter, please email cvbd@utrgv.edu

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April 24, 2020: Pay-what-you-can Produce via UTRGV+BSM Collaboration

A limited number of bags of fresh produce, valued at $10-$20, will once again be made available to UTRGV students and employees on a “pay what you can” basis on both campuses on Friday, April 24th, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The bags will be distributed while supplies last. Read more.


 UTRGV posterApril 21, 2020: Virtual Earth Day

Earth Day is this Wednesday and presents a historic moment for us to reflect back on fifty years of environmental action. UTRGV School of Earth, Environmental and Marine Sciences in collaboration with the UTRGV Office for Sustainability invites you to Celebrate the 50thAnniversary of Earth Day by sharing the following opportunities.

UTRGV posterApril 16, 2020: Virtual BRAD Event Biomedical Research Awareness Day (BRAD) is celebrated each year on the third Thursday of April. We have been celebrating BRAD for three consecutive years now.  BRAD is a day to support and commemorate the laboratory animals used in biomedical research and to support the animal care staff and research community who work tirelessly to ensure that animals are humanely treated during the search for cures and treatments that will benefit humans and animals.This year, our event had to be postponed; However, the national BRAD organizer provided resources to host BRAD virtually.  

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March INNOVATE Newsletter.

March Highlights: COVID19 Response, Resources for Remote Working, Learning & Teaching. 19 Faculty/staff members were awarded grants! Exciting developments from the graduate college mean new opportunities, and the library's digital resources may be of interest.

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March 24, 2020 - Work from Home Resources and more.

We are updating our website with resources to help you during this time of adjustment and virtual transitionOn behalf of the International Center for Sustainability Across the Curriculum (IC-SAC), these resources may be useful during our current on-line transition. Note recent guidelines for laboratories.

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March 20, 2020 - Urgent Notice to Researchers 

Actions for Human Subject Research during COVID-19 Outbreak. Please see additional FAQ's regarding the Interim Policy on Human Subjects Research.


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Feb. 28, 2020 - February INNOVATE Newsletter 

In this issue, we highlight community engagement, various researchers' work, and sustainability as a focus for FESTIBA. We had a major building rename and a victory at the Graduate College! There are various events coming up, so take a look. 


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Jan. 30, 2020 - January INNOVATE Newsletter 

Among other Updates, Announcements, Opportunities, and Kudos: Graduate College enrollment is up; the Office of Global Engagement invites us to celebrate the Year of the Rat; and we highlight Dr. Karen Lozano, recently recognized as a National Academy of Inventors Fellow!