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Research Spotlight: Kathrin Maki

Q & A with Kathrin Maki, Assistant Professor in the School of Special Education, School Psychology, and Early Childhood Studies

What basic questions does your research seek to answer?

My work centers around two interrelated lines of research. My first line of research examines how students in U.S. public schools are identified with learning disabilities and the issues associated with those identification procedures. The overarching questions underlying this work are (1) what are the issues associated with identification of learning disabilities and how do those issues impact appropriate service provision for students with learning disabilities, and (2) how should students be appropriately identified with learning disabilities?

My second line of research examines how researchers and practitioners can maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of academic interventions for students demonstrating reading and math difficulties. The overarching questions underlying this work are (1) how do we best use data to appropriately match interventions with students’ academic needs, and (2) based on theoretical principles, how can interventions be implemented and modified to ensure they are maximally effective?

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NSF Issues Revised Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has issued a revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1) effective for proposals submitted or due, and awards made, on or after June 1, 2020.

Significant changes include required use of an NSF-approved format for the biographical sketch and current and pending support documents. NSF will only accept PDFs that are generated through use of an NSF-approved format. To assist the research community, NSF has developed webpages with additional information for the preparation of the biographical sketch and current and pending support.

NSF is partnering with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to use SciENcv: Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae as an NSF-approved format for use in preparation of the biographical sketch and current and pending support sections of an NSF proposal. NSF also will release a fillable PDF (coming soon) as another NSF-approved format for the biographical sketch and current and pending support documents.

To view presentation slides from the Feb. 6, 2020 webinar NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1) Significant Changes & Clarifications Training for the External Community, see the NSF Grants Conferences webpage. FAQs will be posted soon.

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Learn More about Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae (SciENcv)

Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae (SciENcv) is an electronic system available through the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). My NCBI users can use SciENcv to compile professional profiles and generate documents for grant submissions to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).

NIH eRA Commons, NSF FastLane, and ORCID account holders can link their accounts to NCBI to populate their SciENcv profiles with the information stored in their eRA, FastLane, or ORCID accounts. SciENcv users control the content displayed in their SciENcv profiles, and any information can be changed, hidden, or deleted.

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Recent Updates from IES Director Mark Schneider

In a New Year’s update, Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Director Mark Schneider discussed what IES has accomplished and outlined some challenges for the coming year and beyond. See Dr. Schneider’s January 8, 2020 blog A New Year’s Update from the Director of IES for the full update.

Later in January, Dr. Schneider described progress on a new IES logo and visual identity and what those changes signify for IES. See Dr. Schneider’s January 22, 2020 blog A New Look for IES for the full update.

This month, Dr. Schneider reviewed how IES supports Research-Practice Partnerships and emphasized how IES looks for ways to connect education research and practice. See Dr. Schneider’s February 4, 2020 blog Research-Practice Partnerships, Redux for the full update.

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Applications Are Open for the 2020 Summer Research Training Institute on Cluster-Randomized Trials

Northwestern University, with a grant from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) National Center for Education Research (NCER), is accepting applications for the upcoming Summer Research Training Institute on Cluster-Randomized Trials.

The application deadline is Monday, March 30 at 8:00 p.m. EST.

Workshop details and application submission materials are available on the Research Training Institute on Cluster-Randomized Trials webpage. Applications will be reviewed, and applicants will be notified of placement by Friday, May 1 via e-mail.

The Research Training Institute will be offered July 6 – July 16, 2020 in Evanston, Illinois. The Summer Training Institute aims to increase the national capacity of researchers to develop and conduct rigorous evaluations of the impact of education interventions.

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Applications Are Open for the 2020 Meta-Analysis Training Institute

Georgia State University, with a grant from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) National Center for Education Research (NCER), is accepting applications for the upcoming Meta-Analysis Training Institute, a state-of-the-art session on advanced meta-analytic methods.

The application deadline is Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

Workshop details and application submission materials are available on the Meta-Analysis Training Institute webpage.

The Meta-Analysis Training Institute will be offered July 26 – August 1, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois.

The training has two primary goals:

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Save the Date: UF Offers NSF Grants and CAREER Award Workshop

The UF Office of Research is sponsoring an NSF grants and CAREER award workshop April 1, 2020 from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm in the Reitz Union Chamber Room. The workshop is for early-career tenure-track faculty hired between 2017 and 2020 and will be expanded to include more participants if space constraints will allow.

Attendance at the morning session is a prerequisite to participate in the afternoon CAREER award session. The registration fee is $75 and will include an NSF-focused grant-writing workbook. Registration details are coming soon.

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NIH Updates Human Subject Research Decision Tool

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently announced updates to its human subjects research decision tool to reflect changes effective in the 2018 Revised Common Rule. The tool consists of answering a few questions to determine if proposed research could be considered human subjects research or if it may be exempt from federal regulations.

This tool is only for use in the research planning phase of an NIH grant submission. According to University of Florida policy, regardless of what this tool determines (i.e., even if the tool determines that for NIH purposes the research is non-human or exempt), all research involving humans, human tissue, or human data must be submitted to a UF IRB for approval before engaging in the research.

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Zoom Offers Automatic Transcription Feature

Cloud recording is automatically enabled for all paid Zoom subscribers, and Zoom can automatically transcribe your meetings. You can follow the basic steps below to generate a transcript. For more detailed instructions, including how to edit and search in a transcript, visit the Zoom Help Center Automatically Transcribe Cloud Recordings webpage.

  • Sign in to your UF Zoom account (https://ufl.zoom.us/). Cloud recording and audio transcript features should be enabled. You can check by navigating to Settings.
  • To begin generating a transcript, start a meeting and click on Record. Then choose Record to the Cloud. Once you end the meeting, Zoom will send you a notification email when the recordings are available.
  • Zoom will generate up to five files depending on your settings with a minimum of two files audio (.m4a) and transcript (.vtt).
  • Click on the link in the notification email or navigate to Recordings in your Zoom account to access and download your files.
  • The transcript will be generated as a .vtt file. To open, right-click on the file once it is downloaded (or open before it is saved) using Word. If Word does not appear in the “How do you want to open this file” pop up box, click on “More apps” where you can choose Word from the list.

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UF IT Offers Free R Programming Course

To support the research community’s application training needs, UF Information Technology is offering a free, face-to-face training series on R Programming. Enrollees must have completed at least one graduate-level course in statistics prior to the start of the training series. To register, visit https://training.it.ufl.edu/training/ and search on “programming” in the “Search by title” box. Visit the R Programming Training webpage for more information.

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Awarded Projects for January 2020

Congratulations to Lynda Hayes for her award from the Florida Department of Education.

For more details, see the Awarded Projects table.

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Submitted Projects for January 2020

Best wishes to Pasha Antonenko and Andreas Keil for their proposal to the National Science Foundation; Chris Curran and Christopher Redding for their proposal to the National Science Foundation; Chris Curran for his proposal to the National Science Foundation; Angela Kohnen, Danling Fu, Kara Dawson, and Jonathan Mundorf for their proposal to the Spencer Foundation; Anne Corinne Huggins-Manley for her subcontract proposal Spencer Foundation Flow Through from the University of Helsinki; Justin Ortagus and Isaac McFarlin for their proposal to the Helios Education Foundation; Justin Ortagus for his subcontract proposal W. T. Grant Foundation Flow Through from Pennsylvania State University; Philip Poekert for his proposals to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education; Paige Pullen for her proposals to Bright from the Start Georgia Department of Early Care & Learning; Darbianne Shannon for her proposal to the San Diego County Office of Education; Ross Van Boven, Christopher Anthony, and Kathrin Maki for their subcontract proposal National Science Foundation Flow Through from the University of Iowa; and Wanli Xing for his proposals to the National Science Foundation.

For more details, see the Submitted Projects table.

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