Archives for September 2015

RMERC Rock Mechanics seminar Oct 2

Our  Graduate Gathering on  Friday, Oct 2 2015 at 3:30 pm, will be in  in the RMERC Conference Room.

 Our Speaker this week is   Mortadha Alsaba         Mortadha Alsaba   

 He is preparing for his final defense next week!    Please come to listen and offer support and constructive comments.


ADVISOR:            Dr. Runar Nygaard

ABSTRACT: Lost circulation is a challenging problem to be prevented or mitigated during drilling. Lost circulation treatments are widely applied to mitigate losses using a corrective approach or to prevent losses using preventive approaches, also known as “wellbore strengthening”. The disagreement among the different wellbore strengthening theories and the lack of understanding the strengthening mechanism resulted in the absence of a standardized method to evaluate the effectiveness of LCM for wellbore strengthening application. An extensive experimental investigation was conducted using a new design high pressure LCM tester to investigate the effects of different parameters on the sealing efficiency of LCM treatments. In addition, hydraulic fracturing experiments, which simulates downhole conditions, were carried out to evaluate the impact of LCM addition on enhancing both; breakdown and re-opening pressure. The results showed that the sealing efficiency is highly dependent on the fracture width and the particle size distribution (PSD) of LCM treatments. A PSD selection criterion for LCM treatments was developed based on a statistical analysis of the experimental results. The addition of different LCM blends enhanced the breakdown and re-opening pressure up to 18% and 210%, respectively. The measured fracture widths under microscope were in the range of the D10 and D25 values of the used LCMs, which suggests the importance of PSD for wellbore strengthening application. Only one analytical model estimated realistic fracture widths when compared to the actual fractures, measured under the microscope.

Gates Foundation — grand challenges; health; innovation; Africa; biostatistics

Dear Colleagues:

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is inviting applications that address specific challenges defined in the grant programs below. For details and application instructions, please visit the new Grand Challenges website. Please note that descriptions of the challenges are available on the website in Chinese, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

1) Grand Challenges Explorations is seeking innovative global health and development solutions and is now accepting proposals for its latest application round. Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations, and for-profit companies. Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million.

Proposals are being accepted online until November 11, 2015 for the following challenges:

2) New Interventions for Global Health: Vaccine Manufacturing. This challenge focuses on innovations in vaccine manufacturing platforms designed to lower production cost for vaccines that target diseases of great global burden and that are among the most costly to produce with current technologies.

Letters of Intent will be accepted until November 5, 2015. Read more about this grant opportunity here.

3) The Global Innovation Fund is accepting application on a rolling basis.  Please visit the website for more information

4) An Interactive Biostatistics Course will be held from 16-20 November 2015 at the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for TB and HIV (K-RITH), based at the Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine in Durban, South Africa. The primary goal of this course is to give participants an overview of the various biostatistical methods used in medical research so that they can both employ these techniques in their own research and better understand the results presented in medical literature. Lori Chibnik, PhD, MPH, a Biostatistician at Harvard University, will run an inspiring and hands-on training course on biostatistics where students will work with data from their own projects to understand basic statistical concepts and methods used in medical research. Travel Scholarships are available to allow trainees for across Africa to attend. For more information and to apply please visit Deadline for applications:  1 October 2015.

5) In addition, the African Academy of Sciences and the New Partnership for African Development have launched Grand Challenges Africa in Nairobi, Kenya. This program joins others within the Grand Challenges family of grant programs supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and its partners. Grand Challenges Africa will build on the global success of Grand Challenges programs in India, Brazil, and South Africa, as well as the strong base of Africa Grand Challenges grantees already funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, and USAID. Please read our latest blogs including one from the Global Health President. For more information please visit AAS.

Furthermore, as a forum for sharing ideas, pursuing new opportunities and keeping abreast of new developments in the field of global health, The Gates Foundation together with Grand Challenges Canada has set-up a LinkedIn group. All you need to join is a free LinkedIn account – go to Global Health Innovations and click “Join”

We look forward to receiving innovative ideas from around the world and from all disciplines. If you have a great idea, please apply. If you know someone else who may have a great idea, please forward this message.

Thank you for your commitment to solving the world’s greatest health and development challenges.

The Grand Challenges Team


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Congrats to Keith Strassner

Keith Strassner has now been leading the technology transfer, entrepreneurship encouragement, small business support, innovation park development business on campus for a decade.  Way to go Keith given all the other ways you showcase the outstanding leadership of S&T around the state.

For those not completely familiar with the ‘business side’ of research you can check out Keith’s operation at this site. They are also very welcoming to drop in visitors at the Park.

Director of OTCED Keith Strassner receives his 10-year certificate form his boss the Vice provost Research Dr. K Krishnamurthy.

Director of OTCED Keith Strassner receives his 10-year certificate from his boss the Vice provost Research Dr. K Krishnamurthy.



Center for Infrastructure Engineering Studies (CIES) research seminar Thursday, Oct. 8

Seminar 10-8-15_Page_1 Seminar 10-8-15_Page_2

Register now for Broader Impacts Session

Mentioned in previous dispatches I am please to see the registration is now open.  Register here. 

October 22–23, 2015
Bond Life Sciences Center
University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

October 22nd, 2015: Day 1
Monsanto Auditorium, Bond Life Sciences Center

7:30–8:30 a.m. Registration—Continental Breakfast
8:30–9:45 a.m. Broader Impacts 101
9:45-10:00 a.m. Coffee Break
10:00–11:00 a.m. BI Expert Panel
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Broader Impacts Evaluation
12:00–1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00–3:00 p.m. Creating Your Broader Impacts Identity
Julie Risien, Oregon State University
3:30–5:00 p.m. Broader Impacts Resource Fair

October 23, 2015: Day 2—Intensive Workshop (Attendance Limited)
Room 572, Bond Life Sciences Center


7:30–8:30 a.m. Registration—Continental Breakfast
8:30–9:00 a.m. BI Plan Development
9:15–10:45 a.m. Integrating Your Broader Impacts Identity Into Your Research
Julie Risien, Oregon State University
11:00–1:00 p.m. Box Lunch/Individual Consultation Time


Register for one or both days!
Early Bird Registration Fee ends October 12th.

One day fee: $100
UM System rate: $75
Two day fee: $150
UM System rate: $125


NIST: National Institute of Standards and Technology Global City Teams Challenge

Hello All –

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced the next round of the Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) at a White House Smart City Forum hosted by the Office of Science and Technology Policy. A White House Fact Sheet summarizes the announcements made at the Forum.

NIST announced that the initial teambuilding workshop for the next round of the Global City Teams Challenge will take place November 12-13, 2015, at NIST’s Gaithersburg, Md., campus. Registration for the workshop is open. Please use this link to register: An agenda and additional materials related to the November teambuilding workshop are forthcoming.

For the next round of GCTC, NIST will again team with US Ignite, a nonprofit focused on the creation of next-generation Internet applications that provide transformative public benefit, and a series of government, private sector and non-profit partner organizations. GCTC Partners include the National Science Foundation; the International Trade Administration, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the U.S. Department of State; the private sector’s IBM and AT&T; nonprofits WeGO, FIWARE and the Industrial Internet Consortium; and governments of Netherlands and South Korea.

GCTC Partner Commitments Announced at the White House:

National Science Foundation, NSF, announced over $35 million in Smart Cities-related grants and planning new investments in FY16. With a new foundation-wide effort devoted to Smart and Connected Communities, NSF will bring academic researchers and community stakeholders together to unlock transformational progress on important challenges – including health and wellness, energy efficiency, building automation, transportation, and public safety – through research to integrate new digital tools and engineering solutions into the physical world. NSF’s announcement included:

  • $11.5 million in new awards including awards to GCTC co-convener US Ignite, Inc., and the Mozilla Foundation to develop and scale next-generation Internet application prototypes that leverage gigabit speeds to achieve transformative impact in areas ranging from health care to public safety.
  • $3 million for the University of Chicago to support the creation of the Array of Things in Chicago (a GCTC Action Cluster), the first such network to serve as an infrastructure for researchers to rapidly deploy sensors, embedded systems, computing, and communications systems at scale in an urban environment.
  • $2.5 million for researchers to participate in the Global City Teams Challenge, which supports “high-risk, high-reward” research on the effective integration of networked computing systems and physical systems to meet community challenges.

IBM will bring Smarter City technology and its extensive ecosystem around the world to support GCTC 2016 and will organize GCTC 2016 kick off events in an additional 30 cities in Asia Pacific, Latin America, North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa.

AT&T will select 10 U.S. cities to deploy technology for smart metering, lighting, traffic management, parking, and public safety. The company will host a Smart Cities hackathon with NIST participation at the AT&T Developer Summit in January 2016 with participating cities.

The World e-Governments Organization (WeGo), will promote the GCTC 2016 to its global network of 95 member cities and government entities around the world through its diverse communication channels.

The White House Fact Sheet includes additional details about each of these announcements.

Other organizations that have committed to participate in the next round of GCTC include: Intel, Qualcomm, Bosch, Siemens, CH2M, Mathworks, Pecan Street, Inc., Yeti Analytics, MIT, Vanderbilt, UT Dallas, University of North Texas, and Ohio State University.

About the Global City Teams Challenge

The GCTC facilitates partnerships between communities and businesses create connections designed to improve resource management and quality of life by using effective networking of computer systems and physical devices, often called the Internet of Things (IoT) or cyber physical systems. To learn more about the Global City Teams Challenge, please visit To read NIST’s press release regarding the next phase of the GCTC, please follow this link.

All of the recent attention given Smart City initiatives and the GCTC has me especially excited to get started with the next round of the Challenge. At NIST, we are committed to build-on the success of previous round of the GCTC and we stand ready to help new and returning participants achieve their team’s goals. I hope you will come and join us on November 12-13.

Sokwoo Rhee
Associate Director of Cyber-Physical Systems Program
National Institute of Standards and Technology

ARL Open Campus Open House, 3-4 Nov 2015, Registration is now OPEN

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) will be hosting an Open Campus Open

House at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD on November 3 & 4, 2015, and you’re

invited to register now!

ARL has been a national leader in fundamental research for over 20 years.

ARL’s research spans the spectrum from high strain rate mechanics and novel

materials manufacturing, to cyber defense and advanced electronics, to

atmospheric sciences and translational neuroscience.  ARL’s Open Campus

business model is building an international science and technology ecosystem

among government, academia, small business, industry, and entrepreneurs.


This year’s Open Campus Open House will provide members of the

science and technology community an opportunity to:

– Learn about ARL’s Open Campus business model

– Hear details of ARL’s strategic research areas

– Interface with ARL’s scientists and engineers to discover new

opportunities for side-by-side collaboration

– Visit ARL’s specialized laboratory facilities

– Participate in technical presentations and poster sessions

– Meet one-on-one with some of the Army’s leading researchers


Please register soon as tour availability is limited and each tour session

will close when it reaches capacity.  Please feel free to forward this

message to any colleagues and friends that you free might be interested in


More information on ARL’s Open Campus collaboration opportunities and the

Open Campus Open House may be found on

ARL Open Campus Open House 2015

NSF Grants Conference – Arlington, VA

Although registration has closed – capacity — it may be useful to sign up for the notifications and get the materials after the conference.

Hosted by Georgetown University

November 2, 2015 8:30 AM  to
November 3, 2015 4:00 PM
Arlington, VA

The Fall 2015 National Science Foundation Grants Conference will be hosted by Georgetown University in Arlington, VA on November 2-3, 2015.

Registration for this conference has reached capacity. To be alerted about registration for future conferences, sign up on the Grants Conference notification site.

Key officials representing each NSF program directorate, administrative office, Office of General Counsel, and Office of the Inspector General will participate in this two-day conference. The conference is considered a must, particularly for new faculty, researchers, educators and administrators who want to gain insight into a wide range of important and timely issues at NSF including: the state of current funding; the proposal and award process; and current and recently updated policies and procedures.

Topics covered include:

  • Introduction to NSF;
  • NSF’s proposal preparation and merit review process;
  • Award management;
  • Conflict of interest policies;
  • New programs and initiatives;
  • Cross-disciplinary and special interest programs; and
  • Breakout sessions by discipline.

Meeting Type
Conference, Outreach

Registration Questions, 703.807.2796,
Preferred Contact Method: Email
Program Questions, 703.292.8243,
Preferred Contact Method: Email

NSF Related Organizations
Office of Budget Finance & Award Management

Related Websites
Conference Website:
Policy Office, Division of Institution & Award Support:
NSF Grants Conference Notification Sign-Up:

Additive Manufacturing Showcase at Missouri S&T on Nov. 4

CAMT is hosting an Additive Manufacturing Showcase at Missouri S&T on Nov. 4 (a flyer is attached).  As you may know, Missouri S&T has been heavily involved in AM research for nearly 20 years, with an international reputation for our strength in this area.  The showcase will highlight many of the additive manufacturing expertise, systems, and capabilities on campus.  CAMT is hosting this event, but it is an open event, so attendees need not be CAMT members.

CAMT-IABM_Additive Manufacturing Showcase 2015 Flyer

Army: Neurotoxin Exposure Treatment


Department of Defense

Neurotoxin Exposure Treatment Parkinson’s Research Program

Funding Opportunities for Fiscal Year 2015


The Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15) Defense Appropriations Act provides $16 million (M) to the Department of Defense Neurotoxin Exposure Treatment Parkinson’s Research (NETPR) Program to provide support for research of exceptional scientific merit leading to an understanding of the cause, prevention, and treatment of the loss of dopaminergic neurons in the Substantia nigra that result in Parkinson’s disease (PD).  Applications to the FY15 NETPR Program will be solicited by the U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity (USAMRAA).  The executing agent for the anticipated Program Announcements/Funding Opportunities is the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP).

The NETPR Program is providing the information in this pre-announcement to allow investigators time to plan and develop applications.  FY15 NETPR Program Announcements and General Application Instructions for the Depression Research Award and Career Progression Award mechanisms are anticipated to be posted on the website in October 2015.  Pre-application and application deadlines will be available when the Program Announcements are released.  This pre-announcement should not be construed as an obligation by the Government.

The mission of the NETPR Program is to:

  • Identify surrogate markers of PD,
  • Correlate distinctive clinical features with specific clusters of these markers, and
  • Develop interventions in bio-molecular pathways that link markers and expressed clinical features in order to prevent or halt progression of the disease or improve the quality of life for PD patients.

Depression Research Award

Independent investigators at or above the level of Associate Professor (or equivalent).

  • Supports research efforts that will make significant advancements in the understanding of serotonergic and non-serotonergic molecular pathways identified with depression and associated biologic phenomena that link the pathways to other risk factors in the development and progression of PD.
  • Research supported by this award should lead to the development of new treatments or improvement of current treatments for depression, specifically in individuals with or at risk for PD.
  • Preliminary data are required.
  • Areas of Emphasis on depression as a risk factor and/or co-morbidity in PD:
    • Delineation of metabolic pathways that may lead to identification of molecular markers and/or therapeutic targets associated with modulation or control of serotonergic or non-serotonergic activity.
    • Characterization of underlying genetic mechanisms associated with development of depression, or characterization of intersects between genetic mechanisms associated with depression and other known risk factors (as identified in published literature) for development of PD.
    • Identification of surrogate markers in the blood for identification, diagnosis, susceptibility, maintenance, or progression of depression associated with neurodegeneration.
  • Innovative applications not focused on the Areas of Emphasis noted above are acceptable, provided the application:
    • Is specifically related to development or progression of depression as a non-motor manifestation of PD and/or is clearly linked to depression as a risk factor for initiation or progression of PD; and
    • Provides a strong rationale for relevance to the mission of the NETPR Program.
  • Submission of a Letter of Intent is required prior to full application submission.
  • Clinical trials are not allowed
  • The direct costs allowed and periods of performance are shown below.
  • Anticipation is that budgets will not exceed $1,500,000 in direct costs.
  • Period of performance not to exceed 3 years.

 Career Progression Award

Independent investigators at or below the level of Assistant Professor (or equivalent).

  • Never received an R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
  • Supports independent, early-career investigators who have innovative, high-impact ideas or new technologies applicable to PD research and/or patient care.
  • Provides funding and experience necessary for productive career progression at the forefront of research specifically on non-motor aspects of PD.
  • Preliminary data are required.
  • Areas of Emphasis for non-motor manifestations in PD (e.g., cognitive impairment, depression, autonomic dysfunction, and sleep disturbance):
    • Identification of metabolic pathway alterations and/or therapeutic intervention points.
    • Identification of molecular markers.
    • Exploration of genetic alterations associated with functional expressions of non-motor manifestations of the sporadic (non-familial) form of PD.
  • Innovative applications not focused on the Areas of Emphasis noted above are acceptable, provided the application:
    • Addresses the development or progression of one or more non-motor manifestations of PD; and
    • Provides a strong rationale for relevance to the mission of the NETPR Program.
  • Submission of a Letter of Intent is required prior to full application submission.
  • Clinical trials are not allowed.
  • The direct costs allowed and periods of performance are shown below.
  • Anticipation is that budgets will not exceed $250,000 in direct costs.
  • Period of performance not to exceed 2 years.

 A pre-application is required and must be submitted through the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP) at prior to the pre-application deadline.  All applications must conform to the final Program Announcements and General Application Instructions that will be available for electronic downloading from the website.  The application package containing the required forms for each award mechanism will also be found on  A listing of all CDMRP funding opportunities can be obtained on the website by performing a basic search using CFDA Number 12.420.


Applications must be submitted through the federal government’s single-entry portal,  Submission deadlines are not available until the Program Announcements are released.  Requests for email notification of the Program Announcements release may be sent to  For more information about the NETPR Program or other CDMRP-administered programs, please visit the CDMRP website (


Point of Contact:

CDMRP Public Affairs