Archives for June 11, 2015

SunShot Feedback Sought

Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
SunShot Initiative
Dear SunShot Supporter:

The second cycle of the SunShot Catalyst prize competition is now officially underway!

Solar innovators are submitting problem statements for the ideation phase of the competition, which focuses on generating and aggregating the U.S. solar energy market’s pressing needs that can be solved through automation, algorithms, data, and software. The deadline to submit ideas has been extended to Tuesday, June 30 at 11:59pm ET. Submit your ideas today!

We’re also seeking your feedback about the ideas submitted by others. Visit the Catalyst website to vote and comment on the ideas that have already been submitted. Users are encouraged to review the ideas and vote in support of the most exciting challenges and opportunities. Votes and comments will help guide teams in the business innovation phase of the contest to choose ideas that are of the greatest interest to the community to inspire their creativity.

Did you miss the results of Catalyst’s first cycle? Read the press release about the winners, view all the prototypes, and watch the pitches from our recent Demo Day.

We look forward to your ideas and votes, and we wish the best to the next round of competitors in the SunShot Catalyst prize competition!

The SunShot Team

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Missouri S&T physics professor invited to NSF workshop in Japan

Julia Medvedeva from Physics is modeling for us how to make a name for herself and S&T. Next week she is at a workshop in Tsukuba, Japan. Check out the S&T News article.

Dr. Julia Medvedeva.

Dr. Julia Medvedeva

Scored again: Missouri S&T named state’s only Center of Academic Excellence in cybersecurity

see article posted in S&T News and Events on Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence


Missouri S&T and NRMCA Seek Abstracts for 2016 Conferences

Published @ For Construction Pros

The Missouri University of Science & Technology (Missouri S&T) and the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) are seeking abstracts for the 2016 Self-Consolidating Concrete Conference (SCC 2016) and the International Concrete Sustainability Conference (2016 ICSC) scheduled for May 15-18 in Washington, DC. Engineers, architects, public works officials, material suppliers, researchers, academics, students, contractors and concrete industry professionals are invited to share their research, experiences and accomplishments in advancing SCC and sustainable concrete design, manufacturing and construction by submitting abstracts.

SCC 2016 abstracts are due June 30, 2015: submit online at
Combining the 8th International RILEM Symposium on Self-Compacting Concrete and the 6th North American Conference on Design and Use of Self-Consolidating Concrete, SCC 2016 promises to be one of the most highly attended SCC conferences since the inception of SCC. Abstracts are encouraged on topics ranging from SCC materials and design methodology to production and quality control. Performance measurement, economics and sustainability of SCC are also topics for consideration. Peer-reviewed papers will be printed in book proceedings published as a RILEM Special Publication. Accepted abstracts that are peer-reviewed will follow the RILEM Guidelines for the Materials and Structures Journal. Non-peer reviewed papers will be published on a CD or in book proceedings.

2016 ICSC abstracts are due October 30, 2015: submit online at
The 11th annual International Concrete Sustainability Conference makes its way to the U.S. capital for the first time and will again feature a wide range of topics related to innovations in concrete sustainability. Abstracts are encouraged on topics ranging from resilience and low impact development to life cycle assessment and material science. Topics related to corporate social responsibility are also encouraged. Accepted abstracts, both papers and presentations, will be published online.

This is the first time the International SCC Conference and the International Concrete Sustainability

Army Corps of Engineers materials research

Precision Material Design and Fabrication/Surface Modification and Testing

Proposals are sought to support research in the area of non-standard materials fabrication, including methods at the macroscopic and microscopic scale. Materials of interest include complex alloys, pure metals, ceramics,optical materials, polymers, plastics, semiconductors, metamaterials and nanomaterials. A variety of projects require tailor-made materials and components unavailable commercially or otherwise not economically feasible for small quantities. Existing projects have a high demand for organizations and entities capable of rapid precision design and manufacture of multiple custom components as well as prototypes. In addition, proposals are sought to support surface modification and characterization at the atomic-molecular level. This need includes thin-film deposition, etching, implantation, functionalization of surfaces. Surfaces will require characterization to verify modification techniques and methods as well as to determine process repeatability, accuracy and quality. Characterization techniques may include but are not limited to

– chemical composition,
– crystal structure,
– microscopic imaging techniques,
– radar cross sections,
– molecular bond strengths,
– electrical impedance,
– optical properties,
– surface roughness and structure, and
– material degradation and others.


National Science Foundation (NSF)
This program supports fundamental research including combined experiment and theory projects in ceramics (e.g., oxides, carbides, nitrides and borides), glass-ceramics, inorganic glasses, ceramic-based composites andinorganic carbon-based materials. The objective of the program is to increase fundamental understanding and to develop predictive capabilities for relating synthesis, processing, and microstructure of these materials to their properties and ultimate performance in various environments and applications.

Working on Extremophiles?

Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) – Exobiology

The goal of NASA’s Exobiology is to understand the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the Universe. Research is centered on the origin and early evolution of life, the potential of life to adapt todifferent environments, and the implications for life elsewhere. This research is conducted in the context of NASA’s ongoing exploration of our stellar neighborhood and the identification of biosignatures for in situ and remote sensing applications. For further information on the science scope of Astrobiology — within which exobiology is located– please refer to the Astrobiology roadmap.

Grants to Individuals Support Work Related to Architecture and Its Role

Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts

The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts makes project-based grants to individuals and produces public programs to foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas aboutarchitecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society. Overall the foundation is most interested in opportunities which enable it to provide critical support at key points in the development of a project or career. The foundation offers two types of grants to individuals: Production and Presentation Grants, to assist individuals with the production-related expenses that are necessary to take a project from conceptualization to realization and public presentation (e.g., publications, exhibitions, installations, films, new media projects, and other public programs); and Research and Development Grants, to support projects at early stages of formation, providing seed money for research-related expenses such as travel, documentation, materials, supplies, and other development costs. In an effort to bridge communities and different fields of knowledge, the foundation supports a wide range of practitioners (such as architects, scholars, critics, writers, artists, curators, and educators). The foundation’s grantmaking focuses on individuals in the United States; however, the foundation does make a small percentage of international grants. Collaborative projects by individuals are eligible for funding. Individuals may only apply for one grant per year. Production and Presentation Grants do not exceed $20,000 and must be completed within two years. Research and Development Grants do not exceed $10,000 and must be completed within one year. Inquiry Forms will be accepted July 15-September 15, 2015.