Ravens Sign Flacco to Record Contract Extension

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Ravens Sign Flacco
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Jef Boeke is the Director of NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. Outside his work in systems genetics, Jef Boeke is also a long time fan of the Baltimore Ravens.

Quarterback Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens have agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension worth $66.4 million. According to an ESPN report, the deal includes a monster $40 million signing bonus, which is $3 million more than any other signing bonus given out in league history.

Including the signing bonus, the deal includes a $4 million base salary in the first year, meaning Flacco will net a total of $44 million in guaranteed money in the deal. With this extension, Flacco is now under contract with the Ravens through the 2020-2021season.

Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome had gone through 12 quarterbacks in 15 years, before locking up Flacco, who he considers to be the team’s franchise quarterback for at least another six years. With free agency beginning the next season, the move creates an additional $6 million in cap space for the team to work with.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the deal is aimed at long-term stability for the organization, as Flacco’s cap hit will remain steady throughout the duration of the contract. The consistency in that figure gives the Ravens a good idea of how much cap room they have to work with to gather talent around their quarterback over the next few seasons, which are poised to be the prime of Flacco’s career.


The National Institute of Health’s Grant Process

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National Institute of Health
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A PhD graduate of Rockefeller University, Jef Boeke is a professor and director at the NYU Langone Medical Center, where he oversees the Institute for Systems Genetics. Jef Boeke is also the founder and a scientific advisory board member of CDI Labs, Inc, which together with Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine received a major grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH) to isolate, develop and characterize human transcription-specific monoclonal antibodies.

With roots reaching back to 1887, when the Marine Hospital Service launched what would become the United States Public Health Service, the National Institute of Health is designed to address the most pressing research needs of the day. Comprised of 27 centers and institutes, the NIH oversees 10 different medical research initiatives that focus funding and support on areas including women in biomedical careers and environmental influences on children’s health, among others. Throughout its history, the NIH has provided funding for hundreds of scientists, including the recipients of 87 Nobel Prizes.

In 2015 alone, the National Institute of Health awarded more than $20 billion to universities and researchers across the world. Available for career development purposes, research projects, and other programs, the NIH grant process takes approximately 10 months to complete. After submitting an application through Grants.gov, the organization assigns it to the relevant NIH institute and review group. From the third through eighth months of the process, the application is assigned an impact score after two levels of review. Finally, approved applications go through a grant negotiation period and the applicants are notified of the outcomes.

About the American Society of Microbiology and the AAM

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American Society of Microbiology
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The founder of the Institute for System Genetics, Jef Boeke is a professor and director at the NYU Langone Medical Center. An experienced microbiology professor and researcher, Jef Boeke is also a member of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).

Founded in 1899, the American Society for Microbiology has almost 40,000 members across the globe. As the world’s largest single life science member organization, the ASM works to advocate for and further the microbial sciences through education, networking, and research. Open to students and both domestic and international professionals, the society’s programs include the American Academy of Microbiology, which recognizes excellence in the field.

Established in 1969 through the merger of the Academy’s Board of Governors and the Council of the ASM, the American Academy of Microbiology grants two dozen awards each year, including the ASM Lifetime Achievement Award and the Beckman-Coulter Young Investigator Award, among others. Sponsored by AbbVie, the ASM Lifetime Achievement Award is the society’s most prestigious honor. To be considered, experienced microbiology scientists must be nominated by two supporters and include a curriculum vitae with a list of the nominee’s publications.

On the other end of the experience spectrum, the Beckman-Coulter Young Investigator Award is open to developers and researchers engaged in the field but not necessarily dedicated to microbiology. In addition to two supporters and a thorough curriculum vitae, nominees must also be no more than five years out of their postdoctoral training.