Archives for November 2014

Spotlight on CBSE

The Center for Biomedical Science and Engineering (CBSE) is a multidisciplinary research center with a mission to research and develop advanced biomaterials, devices and therapeutics for applications in the biomedical industry. The objectives of the Center are to:

  • Interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Enhance facilities and equipment for biomedical research
  • Train the next generation of biomedical engineers
  • improve patient outcomes and expand economic development in Missouri and the US.

Rahaman-BioSciCenter-300x162Research in the CBSE covers a variety of areas in biomedical engineering, including biomaterials, tissue engineering, biofabrication, biosensors, biomedical imaging and biomedical therapeutics. A partial list of current research areas are:

– Design and modeling of bioactive glass for medical applications

– Scaffolds for tissue engineering

– Bone regeneration and vascularization

– Regenerative medicine and stem cell biology

– Bioactive glass for wound healing and nerve regeneration

– Nanobiomaterials for drug delivery, cancer treatment and diagnosis

– Biomarkers for cancer detection

– Antibacterial coatings and implants for orthopedic surgery

– Biosensors and bioimaging devices for cancer treatment and patient care

Friday Report 11/28/2014

A few interesting proposal opportunities have pooped up this Thanksgiving week.  Peruse these few:

National Science Foundation (NSF)

The STS program supports research that uses historical, philosophical, and social scientific methods to investigate the intellectual, material, and social facets of the scientific, technological, engineering, andmathematical (STEM) disciplines. It encompasses a broad spectrum of STS topics including interdisciplinary studies of ethics, equity, governance, and policy issues that are closely related to STEM disciplines, including medical science.

National Science Foundation (NSF)

MRI provides organizations with opportunities to acquire major instrumentation that supports the research and research training goals of the organization and that may be used by other researchers regionally or nationally.

The Economic Development Agency (EDA) seeks to continue building on its strong foundation of place-based regional economic development and partnerships. EDA is seeking a nonprofit “national partner” that will work witha Federal team led by the Department of Commerce, to launch a learning exchange to identify, promote, and expand upon successful best practices for industry-driven regional partnerships for talent development. The learning exchange is a mechanism to identify, understand, and elevate best practices, facilitate peer learning and deepen knowledge, spark replication and advancement across regions, and inform the long-term public investment in talent development. Eligible applicants for and recipients of EDA investment assistance include a District Organization; an Indian Tribe or a consortium of Indian Tribes; a State; a city or other political subdivision of a State, including a special purpose unit of a State or local government engaged in economic or infrastructure development activities, or a consortium of political subdivisions; an institution of higher education or a consortium of institutions of higher education; or a public or private nonprofit organization or association acting in cooperation with officials of a political subdivision of a State. EDA anticipates that the award made under this announcement will involve an 18-month project period and plans to allocate up to $500,000. Under this announcement, the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development (“Assistant Secretary”) has established a maximum EDA investment rate of up to 80 percent where the project (a) merits, and is not otherwise feasible without, such an increase to the EDA investment rate; or (b) will be of no or only incidental financial benefit to the recipient. Applications are due on January 9, 2015.

This funding opportunity announcement, in support of the NIH Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, aims to support planning activities and the initial stages of development ofentirely new or next generation brain imaging technologies and methods that will lead to transformative advances in our understanding of the human brain. Eligible organizations include higher education institutions, nonprofits, for-profit organizations, governments, and others. NIH intends to commit an estimated total of $3.2M to fund 6-8 awards. Application budgets are limited to $300,000 in direct costs in any project year, but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. The scope of the proposed project should determine the project period. The maximum project period is 3 years. Letters of intent are due February 18, 2015.

Technology 2015

Want to be inspired to new ideas and needs?  Here are two recommendations:

Bloomberg TVDr Krishnamurthy recommends this Video from Bloomberg. This 45 minute the Year Ahead: Innovation gives a great view of things peaking over the near horizon.

And I would steer you to review Top 10 Disruptive Technologies for a New Era of Global Instability in National Defense Magazine. I note that since Missouri S&T is a institutional member of NDIA anyone on the faculty or staff can be listed as a member and get the publications.

NDIA Technologies

Unmanned Mobile Systems Interest Group

Miner DronesKM Isaac at MAE notes that Missouri S&T has worked out a license with the FAA to fly some drones (also known as Unmanned Aerial Systems) at the nearby University of Missouri Wurdack Farm research station. This provides a capability to a number of researchers who are experimenting with unmanned aircraft and ground systems for a variety of research purposes.  An informal gathering of researchers is just starting to form into a research interest group. The idea is to establish a portfolio of mutually supporting research projects on campus.

Water-Energy-Food Nexus Interest Group


It is amazing how some things just beg to be considered together — at least a research interest group thinks so when they look at mega water, energy and food systems.  The interest group is an informal and open to anyone party that has been meeting recently to figure out how to weave their various disciplinary experts into a comprehensive investigation team.

Driven immediately by a pending NSF EPSCoR proposal deadline of February 20 this team is coalescing around Joel Burken’s Environmental Research Center.

Brain Interest Group (BIG)

Nationally an emphasis is being pushed and funded to get at “Understanding the Human Brain” and a research interest group, an informal and open for anyone to join party, has been meeting. An immediate objective is a NSF EPSCoR Track 2 proposal due February 20.

Next gatherings are:
Wednesday December 3rd at Noon to participate in the NSF WebEx together ERL 329 – we will have a lunch brought in
Friday December 5th 3:30 PM Library room 204


Save these dates

Monday December 15th — the research center directors and the Vice Provost Research will conduct an offsite annual planning session (retreat) at the Technology Development Center from 9 am until 3 pm.

Tuesday December 16th — an appreciation lunch will beheld for the research center staff members, their directors, OTCED and OSP workers at Centennial Hall from 12:00 until 1:30 pm.

Thursday January 8th — a proposal development workshop focused on single-investigator and small-team proposals will be available for the first 35 faculty lucky enough to register. There is a special emphasis for new faculty on NSF CAREER awards and other young investigator programs. This full-day session will begin at 9 am and last until 5:30 pm and includes lunch.

Friday January 9th — is a proposal development workshop focused on large-team and center (very-large) proposals. This is also limited to 35 faculty. A half-day session, this begins at 8:30 am and concludes with a lunch.


Survey of the research staff

Paula DeLong notes that a survey link has been sent to 50 people who are assigned roles in various research support roles around the campus. Missouri S&T’s strategy “Rising to the Challenge” is ambitious for research. The Office of Sponsored Programs, including the interdisciplinary research centers, adopted a supporting plan, nicknamed OSP 2020 during the spring semester. One focus point of OSP 2020 is Promote professional development and create an environment that acknowledges and rewards staff contribution and performance.

The survey — due back by December 3rd — will provide a temporary committee organized by DeLong to see how the staff members think their contributions are meaningful.  DeLong is particularly grateful to Harjanto (Harry) Djunaidi at Institutional Research for designing the survey.survey

Friday Report 11/21/2014

Here is a sample of a few really interesting research grants that were publicly solicited this week. Check out PIVOT is you want to find more.

DOE Funds Sustainable and Holistic Integration of Energy Storage and Solar PV (SHINES)

NIH Seeks P50 Applications for Centers of Excellence on Environmental Health Disparities Research

Patricia and John Klingenstein Short-Term Fellowships Support Research on New York and U.S. History

NIH BRAIN Initiative Studies Recording and Modulation in the Nervous System

Missouri History Book Award

Spotlight on ERC

The Environmental Research Center (ERC) operates out of the second floor of Butler-Carton Hall. As one of Missouri S&T’s interdisciplinary research centers it integrates biological and physical systems involving emerging contaminants in natural and engineered systems.

Mission and Vision:
The mission of the ERC is to establish the infrastructure and coordinated faculty base to conduct a wide range of large-scale externally-funded research initiatives designed to protect public health from emerging contaminants.

The vision of the ERC is to establish Missouri S&T and the UM System as the recognized leading research institution focused on the fate, effects and control of emerging contaminants.

ERC is into some  really cool stuff –  have you been to the green roof on top of Emerson Hall?green_roof