Archives for November 21, 2014

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