Archives for December 2015

New 2016 Funding Opportunity: Scenario Planning to Advance Safety Culture (LOI deadline Feb. 17)

Gulf research
 The Gulf Research Program’s Exploratory Grants Funding Opportunity is now open. Applications are being accepted for innovative research projects that seek to break new ground in Scenario Planning to Advance Safety Culture and Minimize Risk in Offshore Oil and Gas Operations. These grants will support the development of new methods, technologies, and approaches to improve the use of scenario planning as a tool to explore risks related to high consequence, process safety related incidents in offshore oil and gas operations (drilling, production, well integrity, transportation) on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf, and to identify opportunities to prevent incidents and/or minimize related harms. Of particular interest are scenarios that lead to a better understanding of how the actions of organizations and individuals influence safety culture.

This opportunity is now open and is relevant to a wide range of disciplines and participants who work on risk assessment, human factors, and safety culture issues, including university researchers, private sector professionals, decision analysts, consulting groups, and others. Please forward this message to others who might be interested in this opportunity.

Application details, including eligibility requirements and review criteria, are posted at:

Important Dates:

  • Exploratory Grant Opportunity Opens:                     December 15, 2015
  • Letters of Intent (REQUIRED) Deadline:                  5pm ET, February 17, 2016
  • Full Proposal Submission Deadline:                           5pm ET, April 13, 2016

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Thank you for your interest and assistance distributing this opportunity announcement,

The Gulf Research Program

An update — drones — Missouri S&T — FAA

Drones (aka, UAS, UAV, sUAS) are big — for commercial uses, for research, for hobbyist, and as they are commercially deployed across the economy for many – many more uses.  Here in campus we have seen several researchers plan on sUAS as sensor platforms.

The FAA seriously worries about safety and order and has jurisdiction of anything that travels disconnected from the ground. They have tried and true rules worked out for model planes, frisbees, bullets etc. In the drone zone anyone may fly a privately owned sUAS for non-commercial purposes to go at it without much hindrance. (All the mealy mouth words about ‘privately owned’ and ‘non-commercial’ was to head off the smarty-pants who start offering drone services after buying a personal machine.)

So if you are shopping for a hobby drone for Christmas — have at it; have fun with it. The rules are simple and explained by Know Before You Fly. Nothing burdensome – key is keep it in sight, below 400′, stay away from my daughter with your camera …).  And just released a new rule to register your aircraft to start Dec 21 (Monday).

But if you want to fly for Missouri S&T purposes – and it doesn’t matter if S&T owns it or you do personally – then there is no permission established for outdoor flight. YET.  Okay a few exceptions:

(a) you can tether a machine so it is attached to the earth

(b) you can arrange to use S&T’s certificate of authorization (COA) we have established at Wurdack Farm a site where S&T has set, limited permissions with the FAA

And we are working on three other approaches with the FAA that are not yet in place:

(c) extending a permissive FAA test site environment from Texas to Missouri

(d) securing a Section 333 exemption from the FAA — an expanded drone zone

(e) we expect FAA to post another rule on commercial (don’t quibble they mean university too) sUAS registration.

CAUTION:  Any and all of these avenues for FAA covered flight have requirements that have to be met in training, registration, certifications, reporting and restrictions. We will help you with that.

Miner Fly: Our Information Technology team – research support services – has stepped in big with support. Under Mark Bookout they now have a collection of fixed and multi-rotor drones, sensors, and hardware/software support to make things work.  Jennifer Nixon is collecting up information on machines, sensors and talents we have around campus to make a share list and make the first connections on what sensors can fly with what platforms.

Bottom Line: If you are ready for drones go for it — but do it with us so we can keep you in the windows of permission.

Neeman presentation on Supercomputing February 23

Henry Neeman

Brought to you by IT RSS who is facilitating this visit, presentation, and coordinating all the activities around this set of workshops.

If you do any research on campus, this presentation is for you! Models and simulations will fly, and no longer will complicated calculations tie up your desktop for days. We want to help you by putting largest academic super¬computer in Missouri to work for you. Accelerate your research, and go further, faster.

The best part: you can get started for FREE.

On February 23, 2015 one of the biggest names in high performance computing, Henry Neeman from the OU Supercomputing Center for Education and Research, will be presenting on supercomputing and how it can be applied to your research. Following this will a provided lunch. After lunch there will be a hands-on presentation teaching the practical basics of Linux and how to use the campus supercomputer, The Forge – Missouri’s largest academic supercomputer which is housed here at Missouri S&T. Details including exact times and locations will be broadcast at a later date. Space is limited so please register at

Way to go Johnathan

Johnathan Finch, a lecturer in philosophy at Missouri S&T, recently published “A Crisis of Belief, Ethics and Faith.” The book was published by the University Press of America.

Finch Jonathan

Jonathan Finch, Lecturer 210 Humanities/Social Sciences Rolla, MO 65409-0570 Phone: (573) 341-4697 Fax: (573) 341-6312


Way to go Leslie!

Dr. Lesley H. Sneed, associate professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, has been named a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute. See eConnection article

Missouri S&T professor Lesley Sneed researches repair of earthquake-damaged reinforced concrete columns.

Lesley Sneed, Ph.D., P.E. Associate Professor and Stirrat Faculty Scholar Structural Engineering Phone: (573) 341-4553 327 Butler-Carlton Hall, 1401 N. Pine St., Rolla, MO 65409-0030


ORCID: maybe it is time for you

ORCID Requirement Growing for Grants from Top Sponsors

In step with numerous national governments and funding agencies, the Wellcome Trust and the Austrian Science Fund (starting 2016) require applicants to provide an Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) number when submitting funding applications. These numbers are persistent digital identifiers ascribed to individuals that provide “a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs”.

Other foundation and government funders that have integrated ORCID identifiers into their grant submission systems now include Autism Speaks, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the Brazilian Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, the Japan Science and Technology Agency, Qatar National Research Foundation, and the UK National Institute for Health Research.

While not yet mandating ORCID inclusion in its submissions, the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 program requests that contributors be distinguishable through unique digital identifiers such as ORCID.

At present there are over 1.7 million ORCID registrants. Along with disambiguation, the effort boasts of “its ability to reach across disciplines, research sectors, and national boundaries and its cooperation with other identifier systems”.

Pivot has been integrated with ORCID since 2014, and uses the IDs to enhance the accuracy of profiles and improve funding recommendations for users. Pivot users can dynamically link to their ORCID profile and can also choose to enable Pivot to receive automated profile data updates from ORCID in the future.

For more on the benefit of ORCID identifiers to Pivot users.

For more about ORCID and the 30 second registration process, free to individuals.

Around the Puck

Although aimed externally the Missouri S&T Magazine has a section Around the Puck that features short articles on active campus accomplishments in research and education.  Ronald J. O’Malley, David C. Van Aken, Leslie Gertsch, Suzanna Long, Ming Leu, Dincer Konur, Ruwen Qin and Larry Gragg are all prominent is this fall’s edition.

S&T magazine

Last Chance to Register before Wednesday’s Workshop


Alpha Foundation

see solicitation Alpha Foundation Grant Solicitation_120115

Alpha Foundation Press Release_120115_Page_1

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December 2015

not published December 25 2015     Friday December 18 2015     Friday December 11 2015     Friday December 4 2015