Archives for July 13, 2015

Develop High Performance, Economically Viable, and Environmentally Benign Technologies to Recover Rare Earth Elements (REEs) From Domestic Coal and Coal Byproducts

United States Department of Energy (DOE)
National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)
Office of Fossil Energy
As part of its continuing investigation, DOE is seeking financial assistance applications for projects to quickly develop bench-scale and pilot-scale projects for recovering REEs from coal and coal byproducts as follows:Area of Interest 1 (AOI 1) – Bench-scale Technology to Economically Separate, Extract, and Concentrate Mixed REEs from Coal and Coal Byproducts including Aqueous Effluents.

Area of Interest 2 (AOI 2) – Pilot-scale Technology to Economically Separate, Extract, and Concentrate Mixed REEs from Coal and Coal Byproduct Solids.

The proposed technology should be designed and developed for eventual deployment within the United States to provide reliable and competitive domestic sources of REEs.

Design of REE recovery technology should carefully consider the originating mechanisms, concentration, form, and structure of REEs in the proposed coal-related feedstocks, using the most promising material.

Identifying mineralogical characteristics and distribution of attributes such as phase assemblages, grain size, intergrowth textures, etc. could be helpful in designing REE recovery processes.

Applications should identify the most promising coal-related feedstocks and any known concentration of total REEs to be used for design of the proposed technology. For coal, total REEs should be expressed on a whole coal basis. Total REEs for ash samples should be expressed based on both a whole coal basis and an ash basis. Total REEs for other coal-related materials should be expressed on a whole sample basis.

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency University Research Initiatives (NURI)

United States Department of Defense (DOD)
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
NGA welcomes all innovative ideas for path-breaking research that may advance the GEOINT mission. The NGA mission is to provide timely, relevant, and accurate geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) in support of nationalsecurity objectives. GEOINT is the exploitation and analysis of imagery and geospatial information to describe, assess, and visually depict physical features and geographically referenced activities on the Earth. GEOINT consists of imagery, imagery intelligence, and geospatial information. NGA offers a variety of critical GEOINT products in support of U.S. national security objectives and Federal disaster relief, including aeronautical, geodesy, hydrographic, imagery, geospatial and topographical information.The NGA Academic Research Program (NARP) is focused on innovative, far-reaching basic and applied research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics having the potential to advance the GEOINT mission. The objective of the NARP is to support innovative, high-payoff research that provides the basis for revolutionary progress in areas of science and technology affecting the needs and mission of NGA. This research also supports the National System for Geospatial Intelligence (NSG), which is the combination of technology, systems and organizations that gather, produce, distribute and consume geospatial data and information. This research is aimed at advancing GEOINT capabilities by improving analytical methods, enhancing and expanding systems capabilities, and leveraging resources for common NSG goals. The NARP also seeks to improve education in scientific, mathematics, and engineering skills necessary to advance GEOINT capabilities.

It is NGA’s intent to solicit fundamental research under this BAA. Fundamental research means basic and applied research in science and engineering, the results of which ordinarily are published and shared broadly within the scientific community, as distinguished from proprietary research and from Industrial development, design, production, and product utilization, the results of which ordinarily are restricted for proprietary or national security reason. (National Security Decision Directive (NSDD) 189, National Policy on the Transfer of Scientific, Technical, and Engineering Information)
NGA seeks proposals from eligible U.S. institutions for path-breaking GEOINT research in areas of potential interest to NGA, the DoD, and the Intelligence Community (IC). NGA welcomes any innovative research ideas, including, but not limited to, example areas such as:
– Access to GEOINT data and services
– Advancing Geolocation and data uncertainty
– Anticipatory Analysis
– Computer Vision
– Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science supporting GEOINT
– Graph methods for geospatial data
– Image Science
– Massive data
– Predictive intelligence
– Signature development & discovery
– Spatio-temporal analysis
– Strategic indications and warning
– Exploiting data from new sources and sensors
– GEOINT tradecraft
– Geolinguistics
– Understanding human activities
– Video Indexing and Search
– Video Content Extraction
– Visual analytics for GEOINT

EarthScope

Sponsor
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Directorate for Geosciences (GEO)
Division of Earth Sciences (EAR)
EarthScope is an Earth science program to explore the 4-dimensional structure of the North American continent. The EarthScope Program provides a framework for broad, integrated studies across the Earth sciences,including research on fault properties and the earthquake process, strain transfer, magmatic and hydrous fluids in the crust and mantle, plate boundary processes, large-scale continental deformation, continental structure and evolution, and composition and structure of the deep Earth. In addition, EarthScope offers a centralized forum for Earth science education at all levels and an excellent opportunity to develop cyberinfrastructure to integrate, distribute, and analyze diverse data sets.The EarthScope Facility, comprised of the Plate Boundary Observatory (PBO), the San Andreas Fault Observatory at Depth (SAFOD), and USArray, greatly expanded the observational capabilities of the Earth sciences. In FY 2014, the Geodesy Advancing Geosciences and EarthScope (GAGE) facility was created through the integration of PBO and prior “core” geodetic facilities supported by EAR. At the same time, the Seismological Facilities for the Advancement of Geosciences and EarthScope (SAGE) was created through the integration of USArray and prior “core” seismic facilities supported by EAR. UNAVCO (http://www.iris.edu) manages SAGE, and Texas A&M University manages SAFOD physical samples and data derived from them.

This Solicitation calls for single or collaborative proposals to conduct scientific research and/or education and outreach activities within North America that
1. Make use of capabilities provided through, and/or data and/or models derived from, GAGE, SAGE, and/or SAFOD and
2. Further the scientific and educational goals of EarthScope, as described in the 2010 EarthScope Science Plan and/or EarthScope Education and Outreach Implementation Plan.

Visit by ORAU VP

Dr. Arlene Garrison, Vice President for University Partnerships of the Oak Ridge Associated Universities visit Rolla researchers to talk about expanding the interactions between campus and ORAU.

She later gave a presentation tot he campus community. UPO MST Campus Presentation – July 9 2015

Dr. Leslie Gertsch shows off Rock Mechanics "shed" and waterjet apparatus to Dr. Arlene Garrison.

Dr. Leslie Gertsch shows off Rock Mechanics “shed” and waterjet apparatus to Dr. Arlene Garrison.

Dr. Arlene Garrison meets with Dr. Catherine Johnson at the explosives pit site of the Experimental Mine facilities.

Dr. Arlene Garrison meets with Dr. Catherine Johnson at the explosives pit site of the Experimental Mine facilities.

Ms. Angie Rolufs, Dr. Bruce McMillin, Dr Shoaib Usman and Mr. Tony Arnold explain the Solar Village microgrid to Dr Arlene Garrison.

Ms. Angie Rolufs, Dr. Bruce McMillin, Dr Shoaib Usman and Mr. Tony Arnold explain the Solar Village microgrid to Dr Arlene Garrison.