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Volume 11 Number 5, May 2008

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Reminder and Seminar: Stem Cell Research Compliance Policy

As the State of Connecticut has recently announced funding for 12 more investigators at Yale for research projects on stem cells, this is a good time to remind staff of the Provost’s policy on the conduct of human embryonic stem cell (hESC) research. The policy applies to all persons who conduct hESC research as Yale students, faculty or staff, using Yale facilities, or paid for with Yale funds.

The role of the Department Business Office is to assist PIs to ensure that federal funds are not used, directly or indirectly, to support research on non-registered hESC lines. Department Administrators who administer awards that support hESC research are responsible for several items under this policy, which can be viewed online.

You can learn more about stem cell research in non-scientific terms by attending “STEM CELLS: Everything You Wanted To Know But Were Afraid to Ask.” Dr. Haifan Lin, Director of the Yale Stem Cell Center, will be presenting the seminar on June 18, 2008 at 12 p.m. in TAC, N107. Questions regarding the program can be addressed to Kristin Dugan.

If you have any questions about the policies or procedures for conducting stem cell research, please contact Paula Wilson.


New FOCUS e-Learning Tool for Managers

Over the next few weeks, managers will be involved in assessing performance, making salary recommendations and conducting performance discussions with staff members. To support that work, a new e-Learning tool has been developed to guide managers through the FOCUS performance management process and to ensure that key parts of the review discussion take place.

Please take a moment to view the e-Learning tool, which is about twelve minutes long. It contains valuable tips and techniques that you may want to include in your written and verbal assessments with your staff members.