Archives for December 12, 2014

and the survey says …

Paula DeLongPaula DeLong passes her thanks to the 39 people who provided answers in the survey of research technical and administrative staff. The committee of Jason Cox, Santosh Mishra, Harry Djunaidi, Steve Tupper and Paula have pulled some clear conclusions from the survey on workload, compensation, training, recognition and trust. These conclusions get studied in the next quarter under OSP 2020 to identify resources and design improvements.

Friday Report 12/12/2014

Pivot at S&THere are Steve’s picks of things that were announced this week and could effect either you or one of your colleagues that you nudge into action. As always these are culled from PIVOT.
  • Young Faculty Award (YFA) Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The program aims to identify and engage rising stars in junior faculty positions in academia and equivalent positions at non-profit research institutions and expose them to Department of Defense (DoD) and National Security challenges and needs.
  • Select Topics in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Office of Naval Research (ONR) Topics in this notice are designed to address research and technology gaps in the area of nanoscience and nanotechnology in ONR’s current program portfolio.
  • Science Technology and Society (STS) National Science Foundation Division of Social and Economic Sciences (SES) This program supports research that uses historical, philosophical, and social scientific methods to investigate the intellectual, material, and social facets of the scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical (STEM) disciplines.
  • Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI): Instrument Acquisition or Development National Science Foundation (NSF) This program serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training in the United States’ institutions of higher education, not-for-profit museums, science centers and scientific/engineering research organizations.
  • Research Program Keck Foundation W.M. This program seeks to benefit humanity by supporting projects in two specific areas (1) medical research and (2) science and engineering, that are distinctive and novel in their approach, question the prevailing paradigm, or have the potential to break open new territory in their field.

Spotlight on ISC

The Intelligent Systems Center (ISC) performs basic and applied research to develop generic methodologies and tools (both software and hardware) that can be applied to a wide variety of real-world problems, and to address technology and related issues in developing intelligent systems for manufacturing and energy applications. The Center consists of five research thrust areas and has state-of-the-art research facilities distributed across the Missouri S&T campus. For more than 25 years, ISC has been working with government agencies and industrial companies to meet their needs. ISC is affiliated with four national research centers: the Center for Aerospace Manufacturing Technologiesthe NSF ERC for Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management Systemsthe NSF I/UCRC on Intelligent Maintenance Systems, and the NSF I/UCRC on Net-Centric Software and System.

Integrated Systems Lab at EMSE

A Glossary

Research administrators deal in a language that bridges from campus to federal government processes in management, accountability and compliance.

Melissa Chambers  offers her glossary to the campus research enterprise for those times when it isn’t quite clear what is being said in the  small print of solicitations and proposals.  Glossary of Terms