August 14, 2000
Volume XXXIII, No. 31

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Microbiology, physiology researchers win CREF awards 

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Two Health Science Center investigators recently were awarded support from the Competitive Research Enhancement Fund (CREF), established in fall 1998. The latest round of awards, from among the 21 applicants, went to Drs. Guangming Zhong, Department of Microbiology, and James D. Stockand, Department of Physiology.

The fund supports new faculty members at the levels of assistant professor or instructor who have a high potential for obtaining federal, private or industrial research grants within three years of receiving CREF support.

Dr. Zhong, an assistant professor, received $49,625 in grant money and is working on a project titled "Molecular Mechanisms of the Chlamydial Anti-apoptotic Activity." Dr. Stockand, also an assistant professor, was awarded $49,962 and is working on a project titled "Differential Regulation of EnaC Subunit Expression by Protein Kinase C."

Designed as venture capital for new faculty serving at the assistant professor or instructor level, CREF was established by the Institutional Strategic Research Planning Committee at UTHSC.

Eligible applicants include new faculty from any of the Health Science Center schools who joined the university between Nov. 1, 1999, and Nov. 1, 2000. Both tenure track and non-tenure track faculty are eligible. The deadline for applications is Nov. 1, and the application may be downloaded from the CREF Web page. If you have questions, call Liz Buel in Grants Management at 7-2330. For more information, call the Office of the Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Planning at 7-2004.