Archives for November 2015

Product Innovation and Creativity Center Presentation

Keith Strassner, Director of the Office of Technology Transfer and Economic Development at S&T, will be delivering a Contemporary Topics Presentation to our senior design students as follows:

Presenter: Keith Strassner

Seminar: Intellectual Property Basics for Scientists and Engineers

Time & Date: 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Place: Room 199 Toomey Hall

If you’ve not had the opportunity to hear him before, I hope you can take time out to hear his very enlightening talk.

A Contemporary Topics Presentation.12.01.15

ReCAST sponsored Webinar on Tuesday Dec 1st @ 11AM


REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN: Reserve your spot today!

This webinar is free and available to the first 100 participants to register.

Certificates for 1 PDH are available for Attendees.


Hartell - Webinar - 12-1-15

Sustainability Assessment and Energy Efficiency Oriented Simulation

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What:  Bernard Sarchet Graduate Seminar Series sponsored by engineering management and systems engineering.

Who: Dr. Jihong Yan, professor of advanced manufacturing at Harbin Institute of Technology in China,Yan will present a modular design methodology for achieving sustainable design as well as fulfilling functional requirements with a novelty 6R concept (reuse, recycle, reduce, recover, redesign and remanufacture)

Where: 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30,

Where: Room 213 Butler-Carlton Civil Engineering Hall. .

Washington Internships for Students in Engineering (WISE)

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Founded in 1980 through the collaborative efforts of several professional engineering societies, the Washington Internships for Students of Engineering (WISE) has become one of the premier Washington internship programs.The WISE goal is to prepare future leaders of the engineering profession in the United States who are aware of, and who can contribute to, the increasingly important issues at the intersection of science, technology, and public policy.

Each summer, the WISE societies select outstanding 3rd or 4th year engineering/ computer science students, or students in engineering/ computer science graduate programs, from a nation-wide pool of applicants. The students spend nine (9) weeks living in Washington, D.C. during which they learn how government officials make decisions on complex technological issues, and how engineers can contribute to legislative and regulatory public policy decisions.

During the 9-week program, WISE students work with a faculty-member-in-residence (FMR) who creates a schedule of meetings, field trips, and events where the WISE interns interact with leaders in the U.S. Congress, the Administration and federal agencies, industry, and prominent non-governmental organizations.

In addition to the meetings and field trips mentioned above, each student is responsible for independently researching, writing, and presenting a paper on a topical engineering-related public policy issue that is important to the sponsoring society. WISE applicants should choose their research topics prior to arriving in Washington, DC.

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship

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The New-York Historical Society offers fellowships that are designed to encourage and promote the use of its extraordinary collections of primary and secondary sources relating to the history of New York and the UnitedStates. The holds a unique collection of books, manuscripts, graphic materials, decorative objects, and works of art. New-York Historical’s Patricia D. Klingenstein Library comprises more than 350,000 books, three million manuscripts, and distinctive collections of maps, photographs, prints, and ephemera documenting the history of America from the perspective of New York. Fellows will be encouraged to explore the collections and to take advantage of the full diversity offered by New-York Historical’s resources. One fellowship, supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, will be offered for research at the New-York Historical Society.


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The Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE) pilot continues to support bold interdisciplinary projects in all NSF-supported areas of science, engineering, and education research in FY16. INSPIRE has no targeted themes and serves as a funding mechanism for proposals that are required both to be interdisciplinary and to exhibit potentially transformative research (IDR and PTR, respectively). Complementing existing NSF efforts, INSPIRE was created to handle proposals whose:

  • Scientific advances lie outside the scope of a single program or discipline, such that substantial funding support from more than one program or discipline is necessary.
  • Lines of research promise transformational advances.
  • Prospective discoveries reside at the interfaces of disciplinary boundaries that may not be recognized through traditional review or co-review.

To receive funding as an INSPIRE-appropriate project, all three criteria must be met. INSPIRE is not intended to be used for interdisciplinary projects that can be accommodated within other NSF funding mechanisms or that continue well-established practices.

The implementation of the INSPIRE pilot is based on two overarching goals:

Goal 1: To emphasize to the science, mathematics, engineering and education research community that NSF is welcoming to bold, unconventional ideas incorporating creative interdisciplinary approaches. INSPIRE seeks to attract unusually creative high-risk/high-reward “out of the box” interdisciplinary proposals.

Goal 2: To provide NSF Program Officers (POs) with additional tools and support to engage in cross-cutting collaboration and risk-taking in managing their award portfolios.

INSPIRE supports projects that lie at the intersection of traditional disciplines, and is intended to 1) attract unusually creative high-risk/high-reward interdisciplinary proposals; 2) provide substantial funding, not limited to the exploratory stage of the pursuit of novel ideas (unlike NSF’s EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research, or EAGER); and 3) be open to all NSF-supported areas of science, mathematics, engineering, and education research.

Coffee with UM federal Relations Team

Dear Colleague,

You are cordially invited to stop by and meet with Sarah Spreitzer, UM Director of Federal Relations and Meghan Sanguinette, UM Assistant Director of Federal Relations on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 from 10:00 to 11:00 am in Missouri-Ozark Room, Havener Center.  This is an opportunity for you to ask questions on federal funding trends and learn more about the assistance they provide with setting up meetings with federal funding agency program directors/managers.

With best regards, Krishna

Amphibians in Decline (WWB-Amphibians-in-Decline)

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The Wildlife Without Borders-Amphibians in Decline program will fund projects that conserve the worlds rapidly declining amphibian species. Species eligiblefor funding are those frogs, toads, salamanders, newts, andcaecilians that currently face a very high risk of extinction. Species should meet the criteria to be listed as Critically Endangered or Endangered on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List. Species listed as Data Deficient on the IUCN Red List are also eligible if the applicant can provide information that suggests a similar urgency for conservation action. Species listed as Extinct in Wild are eligible if the applicant is proposing a reintroduction attempt.

The goal of this grants program is to reduce threats to highly endangered amphibians in their natural habitat. Proposals should identify specific conservation actions that have a high likelihood of creating durable benefits. Project activities that emphasize data collection and status assessment should describe a direct link to management action, and explain how lack of information has been a key limiting factor for management action in the past. Proposals that do not identify how actions will reduce threats, or do not demonstrate a strong link between data collection and management action, are not eligible for consideration. To the extent that the proposed work provides clear, direct support for the program objectives above, proposals may also relate to climate change adaptation, mitigation, and education. Although projects addressing all threats (e.g., disease, habitat loss and degradation) to amphibians are eligible, proposals have a higher likelihood of being selected that advance one or more of the strategic priorities of the United States National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking, including:
(1) Strengthening efforts to stop illegal trade in wildlife and to enforce laws prohibiting wildlife trafficking;
(2) Reducing demand for illegally traded wildlife by dissuading consumers from purchasing illegally traded wildlife; and
(3) Expanding government and civil support for, and encouraging new partnerships in, the fight against wildlife trafficking. Proposed project work should occur within the species range, or, if work is to be conducted outside of the range, the proposal should show a clear relevance to its conservation. Proposals that emphasize ex-situ conservation and captive management are not eligible for consideration.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee

“The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requesting nominations for voting members to serve on the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee, Office of Science, Center for Tobacco Products. FDA seeks to include the views of women and men, members of all racial and ethnic groups, and individuals with and without disabilities on its advisory committees and, therefore encourages nominations of appropriately qualified candidates from these groups.”

“The Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (the Committee) advises the Commissioner of Food and Drugs (the Commissioner) or designee in discharging responsibilities related to the regulation of tobacco products. The Committee reviews and evaluates safety, dependence, and health issues relating to tobacco products and provides appropriate advice, information, and recommendations to the Commissioner.”

Nominations due: January 15,2016

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

“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) Landowners, businesses, and organizations representing landowners or businesses.”
“In 2016 and later, the Committee will meet approximately 2 times annually, and at such times as designated by the DFO. The Secretary of the Interior will appoint members to the Committee. Members appointed as special Government employees are required to file on an annual basis a confidential financial disclosure report. No individual who is currently registered as a Federal lobbyist is eligible to serve as a member of the Committee.”

Nominations due: January 15,2016
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