Archives for February 2015

Regional Translational Medicine at KU in April 6 – 7

It is my pleasure, along with Joe Heppert, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Kansas (KU) Office of Research, to invite you to a regional Translational Medicine Meeting at the University of Kansas starting on Monday, Monday, April 6 at noon concluding on Tuesday April 7 at 2:00 p.m.

A copy of the preliminary agenda is attached. It includes multiple presentations on vaccine development, bioinformatics, neuroscience, bioengineering, infectious disease and cancer, and protein structure and function. There will also be guided tours of seven KU core lab facilities, and a Monday evening poster session, reception, and dinner at the Bioscience & Technology Business Center at KU.

By way of background, this is the third year that the Kansas Area Life Sciences Institute (KCALSI) has coordinated regional translational medicine meetings. We convened at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2013 and in 2014 at Kansas State University. These meetings help improve awareness and understanding of regional research expertise and facilities. They also foster new collaborations between institutions and with industry across the region.

Our desired outcome of this meeting is to increase regional collaborations and we ask you accordingly to please communicate those to KCALSI so that we can track the opportunities.

Specific Actions for You:
1. By Friday, March 6, please confirm your participation to Sharon Newman at and also register to attend the meeting at .
2. Hotel Reservations: Until March 13, The Oread Hotel in Lawrence is holding a block of rooms at a reduced rate for meeting participants. Information about the reduced rate is at the meeting registration site. More information about the Oread Hotel is available at
3. We would like to include the “right” researcher in the upcoming KU meeting. Please carefully consider who else would benefit from this meeting at KU and provide us their contact information to include in future correspondence.

We hope you can be part of this exceptional opportunity for collaboration April 6-7 in Lawrence.


Wayne O. Carter, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute| President and Chief Executive Officer
30 W. Pershing Road, Suite 210 | Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone: 816-753-7700 | Direct: 816-285-0570 | Mobile: 785-221-1735
Email:| Website:

Science of Science and Innovation Policy (SciSIP)

Science of Science and Innovation Policy (SciSIP) (Support for Agenda Setting Conferences for the SciSIP Program) (And Innovative Uses of STAR METRICS & NCSES Data to Illuminate Science Policy)

09 May 2015
Summary Letters

The SciSIP program supports research designed to advance the scientific basis of science and innovation policy. Research funded by the program thus develops, improves and expands models, analytical tools, data and metrics that can be applied in the science policy decision making process.

Critical Techniques and Technologies for Advancing Big Data Science & Engineering (BIGDATA)

Critical Techniques and Technologies for Advancing Big Data Science & Engineering (BIGDATA)

20 May 2015
Full Proposal

BIGDATA program seeks novel approaches in computer science, statistics, computational science, and mathematics, along with innovative applications in domain science, including social and behavioral sciences,geosciences, education, biology, the physical sciences, and engineering that lead towards the further development of the interdisciplinary field of datascience. The solicitation invites two types of proposals: “Foundations” (F): those developing or studying fundamental theories, techniques, methodologies,technologies of broad applicability to Big Data problems; and “InnovativeApplications” (IA): those developing techniques, methodologies andtechnologies of key importance to a Big Data problem directly impacting at least one specific application.

University of Missouri System visit day at the Capitol

Frank Liou explains about Advanced Manufacturing signature area.

Legislators Day 2015 4

Tony Arnold, Zhen Huo, Chancellor Cheryl Schrader and Bruce McMillin pose at the Missouri S&T exhibits.


Legislators Day 2015 5

Zhen Huo questions Eric Anderson about Tech Transfer.

Legislators Day 2015 6

Soo Duck Hwan and Jason Cox brief visitors about signature area Advanced Materials for Sustainable Infrastructure.

Legislators Day 2015 3

Team Alumni Affairs with Darlene Ramsay, alumnus Jim Foil, Kathy Inman and Katie Jackson set the stage for Missouri S&T welcome for the legislators.

Each February University of Missouri System leaders and influential alumni visit legislators at the State Capitol in Jefferson City to “Show Me Value” of the investment into higher education. Led by Chancellor Schrader a set of five displays was set up in the Rotunda on February 25 showcasing Missouri S&T. Here are a few visuals of the day.

Legislators Day 2015

Bruce McMillin and Tony Arnold discuss the signature area Smart Living.

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship Program (NRT)

Limited Submission please check with OSP before applying. The NRT program seeks proposals that ensure that graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral degree programs develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers.

Pivot at S&T

Spotlight: Signature Area Advanced Materials for Sustainable Infrastructure

Dr. Soo Duck Hwang and PhD candidate Zhen Huo sat down for a discussion on Missouri S&T new signature area that is spring out of the Center for Infrastructure Engineering Studies.

Spotlight: Advanced Manufacturing

This is a short interview conducted at legislators visit day with Dr. Frank Liou discussing the new Advanced Manufacturing effort.

INVITATION: IMSE Facilities Materials Research Showcase via MRC Director Matt O’Keefe

Dear Matt,

ShowcaseOn April 13-15, 2015 the Institute of Materials Science and Engineering (IMSE) at Washington University in St. Louis will host a showcase workshop on materials.  Dr. Subra Suresh, former Director of the NSF and current President of Carnegie Mellon University will be giving the Keynote Address on the morning of Monday, April 13th.  We have a number of other speakers lined up from Washington University and from other academic and industrial institutions, focused on topics within the areas of plasmonics & photonics, biomaterials, energy harvesting & storage and amorphous materials.   Additionally, there will be a graduate student poster session highlighting some of the research activities within the IMSE, a tour of the IMSE facilities, and on Wednesday, April 15th, several equipment workshops.  After the main event, on April 16-17, selected IMSE facilities will be available to outside users at deeply discounted rates.  Users are encouraged to bring their own samples for characterization.

A brochure outlining the meeting is attached; more information can be found on the IMSE website .   There is no registration fee, but the registration information for the participants is needed to help with planning.  A registration form can be found at please note that the deadline for registration is March 23.  For those interested in joining lunches or dinners, we ask that you indicate which meals that you would like to attend and your dietary preference on the registration form, where you will find the cost for each meal.  For those interested in using the facilities on April 16-17, if special sample preparation is required prior to examination you are asked to contact in advance one of the two microscopy scientists, Dr. Tyrone Daulton and Dr. Huafang Li.  Their contact information can be found at

We hope that you will advertise the IMSE Showcase widely to colleagues within your institution. The IMSE is dedicated to building partnerships with academic and industrial institutions and with national facilities.   The Showcase provides a great opportunity to begin to work together to strengthen materials science and engineering in this region.

Thank you and Best Regards,

Ken Kelton Director of the Institute of Materials Science & Engineering Washington University in St. Loui


“Keep pursuing what you love” a research interview with Prof Melanie Mormile

A recent article in Missouri S&T News and Events “S&T researcher finds hydrogen production in extreme bacterium led to a short (4 min) video of an interview with the subject of the article. Melanie Mormile expresses not just the journey to this discovery but also lessons she draws from the experience.

Center for Statistical and Computational Modeling of Biological Complexity

Check out a Missouri S&T News article about a research incubator collaboration of several professors in Biological Sciences and Mathematics & Statistics.

Dr. Ron Frank, associate professor of biological science and the center’s director

Dr. V. A. Samaranayake

Dr. V. A. Samaranayake “Serendipitous discoveries are par for the course in this type of research.”


“It’s exploratory.” Dr. Matt Thimgan, assistant professor Biological Sciences

Gayla Olbrucht

Dr. Gayla Olbricht, assistant professor of mathematics and statistics “We learn new things about the data all the time.”