Archives for April 2015

Article “Research 101 for Engineers”

Dr, Ming Leu Director ISC Keith & Pat Bailey Missouri Endowed Professor

Ming Leu (MAE) sends: Attached for your information is a great article about “what is engineering research?” written by Dr. George Hazelrigg of NSF. I think it is an article worth reading by all engineering professors and graduate students.

Link to article.RESEARCH 101 FOR ENGINEERS

Humanities in the Public Square

National Endowment for the Humanities announces new “Humanities in the Public Square” grants
Grant opportunities to host community discussions of the relevance of the humanities to civic life

WASHINGTON (April 27, 2015) — The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today announced a new grant opportunity, called “Humanities in the Public Square,” that will put humanities scholars in direct dialogue with the public on some of the most pressing issues of today— through public forums, community programs, and the development of educational resources.

This new grant opportunity is part of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ agency-wide initiative The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square, which seeks to demonstrate and enhance the role and significance of the humanities and humanities scholarship in public life.

“Throughout its 50-year history the National Endowment for the Humanities has striven to meet the challenge laid out in the agency’s enabling legislation, which speaks eloquently of the need to attend to ‘the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life,’” said NEH Chairman William Adams. “This new grant program seeks to fulfill that mission in a very concrete way by bringing together scholars and their wider communities to examine how the humanities help us understand the challenging concerns of our time—from the implications of new technologies for public and private life to the modern experience of war and military service.”

The NEH Humanities in the Public Square program will award grants of up to $300,000 to institutions for projects that incorporate:

  • a public forum, to be held in May 2016, that engages humanities practitioners in discussion with a public audience about a theme of contemporary significance;
  • public programs, commencing in spring of 2016, that would use creative formats, such as book or film discussion programs, local history projects, scholarly talk or courses for lifelong learners, to engage the public or specific audiences in sustained conversations on a chosen theme;
  • the creation and dissemination of educational resources that will extend the reach of the content developed for the public forum and public programs through digital resources or curricular materials for use by use by teachers, students and lifelong learners.

Application guidelines and a list of FAQs for the Humanities in the Public Square program are available at The application deadline for the initial cycle of Humanities in the Public Square grants is June 24, 2015.

Applications requesting $150,000 or more should aim to implement ambitious projects with a broad geographic reach and the potential to engage large audiences through extensive collaboration or a larger number of venues. NEH strongly encourages smaller projects focused on local communities and smaller audiences.

Through NEH’s Standing Together initiative, which emphasizes the innovative ways in which the humanities can foster engagement with military veterans and their communities, Humanities in the Public Square grants offer resources for work with veterans while also inviting organizations to consider the importance of the humanities for addressing other significant challenges.


National Foundation for the Arts and the Humanities

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
Fellowships support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeologicalsite reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources in the humanities. Projects may be at any stage of development. Fellowships cover periods lasting from six to twelve months at a stipend of $4,200 per month. The maximum stipend is $50,400 for a twelve-month period. 

NEH invites projects related to its new initiative, The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square. This initiative seeks to connect the study of the humanities to the current conditions of national life. Many of today’s challenges require more than ever the forms of understanding and knowledge represented by the humanities. They require the broadest possible engagement of scholars and the public with the resources of the humanities, including but not limited to the study of language, literature, history, philosophy, comparative religion, and ethics. The study of the humanities can help illuminate the complexity of many contemporary challenges while enriching our understanding of the common good.

Pivot at S&T

NSF: Federal Advisory Board and Committee Call for Nominations

This is a terrific way to work you way “into the know”.  Many of these are self-nominations but Dr. Krishnamurthy (VPR) or your chair will help if you need.

National Science Foundation (NSF), Directorate and Office Advisory

“The National Science Foundation (NSF) requests recommendations for membership on its scientific and technical Federal advisory committees. Each Directorate and Office has an external advisory committee that typically meets twice a year to review and provide advice on program management; discusses current issues; and reviews and provides advice on the impact of policies, programs, and activities in the disciplines and fields encompassed by the Directorate or Office. In addition to Directorate and Office advisory committees, NSF has several committees that provide advice and recommendations on specific topics including: Astronomy and astrophysics; environmental research and education; equal opportunities in science and engineering; advanced cyberinfrastructure; international science and engineering; and business and operations.

A primary consideration when formulating committee membership is recognized knowledge, expertise, or demonstrated ability. Other factors that may be considered are balance among diverse institutions, regions, and groups underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Committee members serve for varying term lengths, depending on the nature of the individual committee.

Recommendations should consist of the submitting person’s or organization’s name and affiliation, the name of the recommended individual, the recommended individual’s curriculum vita, an expression of the individual’s interest in serving, and the following recommended individual’s contact information: Employment address, telephone number, FAX number, and email address. Self recommendations are accepted. If you would like to make a membership recommendation for any of the NSF scientific and technical Federal advisory committees, please send your recommendation to the appropriate committee contact person listed in the chart below.”

Nominations due: Deadlines dependent on the individual directorate

Full details (including which directorates are currently soliciting nominations):

Federal Reserve: Federal Advisory Board and Committee Call for Nominations

You may not know the depth of economic research done here.

Federal Reserve System, Community Advisory Council

“The Board created the Community Advisory Council (CAC) as an advisory committee to the Board on issues affecting consumers and communities. The CAC will comprise a diverse group of experts and representatives of consumer and community development organizations and interests, including from such fields as affordable housing, community and economic development, small business, and asset and wealth building. CAC members will meet semiannually with the members of the Board in Washington, DC to provide a range of perspectives on the economic circumstances and financial services needs of consumers and communities, with a particular focus on the concerns of low- and moderate-income consumers and communities.

The Board is interested in candidates with knowledge of fields such as affordable housing, community and economic development, small business, and asset and wealth building, with a particular focus on the concerns of low- and moderate-income consumers and communities. Candidates do not have to be experts on all topics related to consumer financial services or community development, but they should possess some basic knowledge of these areas and related issues. In appointing members to the CAC, the Board will consider a number of factors, including diversity in terms of subject matter expertise, geographic representation, and the representation of women and minority groups.”

Nominations due:  June 12, 2015

Full details:

Department of the Interior: Federal Advisory Board and Committee Call for Nominations

This catbird seat would be terrific for geoscience and environmental interest.

U.S. Department of the Interior, Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science

“In May 2013, the Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science (ACCCNRS) was originally chartered and 25 members were appointed to the committee to provide advice on matters and actions relating to the operations of the U.S. Geological Survey National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center and the Department of the Interior (DOI) Climate Science Centers. The ACCCNRS Charter can be found at:

In May 2015, membership terms for several committee members will expire, creating approximately 12 membership openings. The Department of the Interior is inviting nominations for individuals to be considered for these membership openings.

The Department of the Interior is soliciting members for ACCCNRS to represent the following interests: (1) State and local governments, including state membership entities; (2) Nongovernmental organizations, including those whose primary mission is professional and scientific and those whose primary mission is conservation and related scientific and advocacy activities; (3) American Indian tribes and other Native American entities; (4) Academia; (5) Individual landowners; (6) Business interests.”

Nominations due: June 1, 2015

Full details:

IRS: Federal Advisory Board and Committee Call for Nominations

It might be fascinating to see how this group works from the inside out.

Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee (IRPAC)

“The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requests nominations of individuals for selection to the Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee (IRPAC). Nominations should describe and document the proposed member’s qualifications for IRPAC membership, including the applicant’s past or current affiliations and dealings with the particular tax segment or segments of the community that he or she wishes to represent on the committee.

The IRPAC advises the IRS on information reporting issues of mutual concern to the private sector and the federal government. The committee works with the Commissioner of Internal Revenue and other IRS leadership to provide recommendations on a wide range of information reporting administration issues. Membership is balanced to include representation from the tax professional community, small and large businesses, banks, colleges and universities, and industries such as securities, payroll, finance and software.”

Nominations due:  May 29, 2015

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USPSTF: Federal Advisory Board and Committee Call for Nominations

Yet another way to get involved and learn from the inside of the federal machinery.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)

“The USPSTF, an independent body of experts in prevention and evidence- based medicine, works to improve the health of all Americans by making evidence-based recommendations about the effectiveness of clinical preventive services and health promotion. The recommendations made by the USPSTF address clinical preventive services for adults and children, and include screening tests, counseling services, and preventive medications.

The USPSTF was first established in 1984 under the auspices of the U.S. Public Health Service. Currently, the USPSTF is convened by the Director of AHRQ, and AHRQ provides ongoing scientific, administrative, and dissemination support for the USPSTF’s operation. USPSTF members serve four year terms. New members are selected each year to replace those members who are completing their appointments.

The USPSTF is charged with rigorously evaluating the effectiveness, appropriateness and cost-effectiveness of clinical preventive services and formulating or updating recommendations regarding the appropriate provision of preventive services. See 42 U.S.C. 299b-4(a)(1). Current USPSTF recommendations and associated evidence reviews are available on the Internet (”

Nominations due:  May 15, 2015

Full details:

EPA: Federal Advisory Board and Committee Call for Nominations

Another terrific way to work you way “into the know”.  Many of these are self-nominations but Dr. Krishnamurthy (VPR) or your chair will help if you need.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC)

“The Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) was established under section 109(d)(2) of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) (42 U.S.C. 7409) as an independent scientific advisory committee. The CASAC provides advice, information and recommendations on the scientific and technical aspects of air quality criteria and NAAQS under sections 108 and 109 of the Act.


As required under the CAA section 109(d), the CASAC is composed of seven members, with at least one member of the National Academy of Sciences, one physician, and one person representing state air pollution control agencies. The SAB Staff Office is seeking nominations of experts who have demonstrated experience in the following disciplines related to air pollution: ecological and welfare effects; environmental engineering; exposure assessment; biostatistics; toxicology; epidemiology; and/or risk assessment.


The SAB Staff Office is especially interested in scientists with expertise described above who have knowledge and experience in air quality relating to criteria pollutants.


Selection Criteria for the CASAC include:

  • Demonstrated scientific credentials and disciplinary expertise in relevant fields;
  • Willingness to commit time to the committee and demonstrated ability to work constructively and effectively on committees;
  • Background and experiences that would help members contribute to the diversity of perspectives on the committee, g., geographic, economic, social, cultural, educational backgrounds, professional affiliations, and other considerations; and
  • For the committee as a whole, consideration of the collective breadth and depth of scientific expertise; and a balance of scientific perspectives.

As the committee undertakes specific advisory activities, the SAB Staff Office will consider two additional criteria for each new activity: absence of financial conflicts of interest and absence of an appearance of a loss of impartiality.”

Nominations due:  Nominations should be submitted in time to arrive no later than May 4, 2015

Full details:


Missouri helps Entrepreneurs

 The deadline for this years IDEA funds applications is May 13.

The Missouri Technology Corporation funds several programs across the state of Missouri that support the growth of innovative businesses.

Missouri IDEA (Innovation, Development, and Entrepreneurship Advancement) Fund

The IDEA Fund promotes the formation and growth of businesses that engage in the transfer of science and technology into job creation.  Programs include:


  • Seed Capital Co-Investment Program
  • Venture Capital Co-Investment Program
  • High-Tech Industrial Expansion Program



Homeland Defense & Security Information Analysis Center

Missouri S&T is a member of ORAU and this opens up this resource to you.

Have a question about alternative energy, biometrics, CBRN defense, critical infrastructure protection, cultural studies, homeland defense and security, medical, or weapons of mass destruction? Let the Homeland Defense & Security Information Analysis Center (HDIAC) know how we can help you with your research or scientific and technical information (STI) needs!

HDIAC technical inquiry professionals can assist you with research and can prepare analytical reports for you on the STI they discover. We provide four hours of Technical Inquiry and analysis at no cost to you and your organization. Call us to see how we can assist you at 1-865-535-0088, or you can submit your technical inquiries online.

The HDIAC is a Department of Defense (DoD) IAC managed by the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC).  We establish, maintain, and provide STI to DoD organizations; federal, state, and local governments; academia; and industry. Please contact us at or visit our website to learn more about us or to answer any further questions.

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