RUG 2013 Sessions

Class Name


Data Storage for Research

November 13 from 2:00-2:50 p.m. in Sorrell 2018.

Ashok Mudgapalli, PhD., UNMC's first director of research information technology, presented "Data Storage for Research. "UNMC Research IT Office offers various options for storing data, based on data type (HIPAA vs non-HIPAA), storage location (onsite, offsite, and cloud), data backup and replication, and cost. This presentation also talks about current UNMC data storage practices and recommended best practices.

PowerPoint Presentation - PDF format (one slide per page)

PowerPoint handout - PDF format (2 slides per page)

Recording of Presentation

Scientific Posters using PowerPoint

October 9 from 2-3 p.m. in Bennett Hall 2020

Kim Laursen presented on basic features in PowerPoint to create scientific posters and use the UNMC branding template. Some experience with PowerPoint required.



Adobe Illustrator Basics

Oct 1 from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. in 8011 Wittson Hall

Robin Taylor provided hands-on training on . Learn basic layout and tools (selection, direct selection, pen, text, rectangle, work with color, import text). Prerequisite: It is recommended you have worked with clipart or pictures.


Responding to NIH Grant Critiques

September 19 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in 1004 DRC1

Melody Montgomery, Editorial Grants Specialist from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, presents Responding to NIH Critiques. This session focuses on responding to reviews and critiques in a positive manner. Melody also discusses overcoming perceived rejection in not being funded initially.


PowerPoint Presentation (55 pages)

handout (10 pages)

SciVal Experts New Features

August 22 from 10:00-10:50 a.m. in Bennett Hall 2020

Linda Wilkie, from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, will present New Features of SciVal Experts. SciVal Experts is a research networking tool that helps users find researchers with specific areas of expertise for collaboration and enables researchers at UNMC demonstrate their activities to the global research community. Pre-populated with deep publication histories from Elsevier’s Scopus® – the world's largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature – SciVal Experts makes it easier to find experts and form teams within UNMC and across organizations.

PowerPoint Presentation (8 pages)


EndNote Basics

July 18 from 10-11 a.m. in DRC 1004.

Robin Taylor, from the Pharmacology/Exp Neuroscience Department, will present an overview of using this reference software program from searching PubMed, attaching PDF files to the EndNote library, inserting references in a Word document, formatting a bibliography and more.

PowerPoint Presentation (18 pages)

PowerPoint hdt (PDF 6 pages)


Scientific Writing: Writing with Focus, Precision and Concision

June 25 from 2-3 p.m. in DRC 1004

With word and page limits placed on scientific writing, it is ever important to keep your writing focused and concise. This RUG session is devoted to offering you simple tips to condense your writing content while keeping it interesting and understandable. We will focus of tools such as activating sentences and eliminating redundancies while still telling a complete story. Editorial Grant Specialist Melody Montgomery presents an informative one-hour tutorial to help you improve your written work, be it a grant proposal or manuscript. Since joining UNMC in 2011, Ms. Montgomery has edited over 70 grant proposals as well as several manuscripts. She looks forward to sharing her writing knowledge with you.

PowerPoint Presentation (43 pages)

PowerPoint hdt (PDF-8 pages)


NIH RPPR Compliance

June 6 from 10-11 a.m. in DRC 1004

The NIH Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) system is now required for all progress reports (NOT-OD-13-035). The RPPR is an initiative to establish a uniform format for interim performance reporting on Federally-funded research and research-related activities. If you are an NIH funded investigator or support staff, Robin Taylor from the Research Users Group (RUG) explains how RPPR, My NCBI (NOT-OD-13-017) and Public Access compliance (NOT-OD-12-160) fit together in the Products section of the RPPR system.

Presentation (PDF-24 pages)

Presentation hdt w/notes (PDF-9 pages)



January 24, 2013
2-3 pm
Bennett Hall, Room 2020

Melody Montgomery, Editorial Grants Specialist in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, offered a session to help researchers prepare for the upcoming NIH grant proposal deadlines. This seminar session is dedicated to the 1-page Specific Aims page of your NIH proposal. This page serves as the summary of your proposal and is the single, most-important page of your proposal. It must captivate and grab the reviewer’s attention, providing a positive initial impression of the competitiveness/scoring for your application.

Grant Writing Specific Aims (6 page handout)

Grant Writing Specific Aims (31 page power point)