Archives for April 6, 2016

Spencer Foundation

PIVOT notice

The Spencer Foundation invests in education research for the purpose of making education better. The foundation believes that cultivating knowledge and new ideas about education will ultimately improve students’ lives and enrich society.The foundation is pleased to announce the second round of its grant program to enrich the work of academic mid-career scholars. This targeted program provides support for those who are interested in advancing their understanding of a compelling problem of education by acquiring new skills, substantive knowledge, theoretical perspectives or methodological tools. It is not intended to encourage researchers to abandon their existing area of expertise, but rather to build on, enrich, and extend that training with the acquisition of new methodological tools and/or perspectives about a subject to which they have been deeply committed throughout their academic career. In developing this program of additive scholarly learning, the Foundation intends to heighten the potential for midcareer productivity and contribution by operationalizing through its grant making an understanding about scholarship that we believe has merit: that reaching beyond familiar ways of thinking about education puzzles and problems has the potential to bring innovative ideas to the work and, by extension, to lines of inquiry in the field.

Applicants will be asked to center their request around the clear articulation and exploration of an important problem, or set of problems, of education that is well-aligned with their core interests and past scholarship. Applicants will also be asked to map the “outer edges” of what they have come to know through their earlier research and then articulate how they will move into what they do not yet know but hope to learn through a targeted midcareer program of study. In addition, applicants will be asked to fully describe how the acquisition of new tools or perspectives enriches their understanding of that problem and to present a well-thought out plan for acquiring them.

Grant awards will not be confined to proposals to learn a new discipline, although in a number of cases that would fit. A psychologist studying techniques for promoting positive character development in children might spend a year studying philosophical work bearing on character development and the proper role of families and schools in shaping children’s character. A historian of American education might spend a year studying some aspect of the history of education in Brazil or France. A scholar who works on the teaching of writing in colleges might have reason to acquire a deeper understanding of early literacy.

This program is intended to provide support for a year-long program of study during which time the recipient will be released from teaching and from committee service and governance responsibilities on his or her home campus, or from other responsibilities as appropriate in other settings.

James S. McDonnell Foundation

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The JSMF Scholar Awards program derives from and is consistent with JSMF’s commitment to supporting high quality research and scholarship leading to the generation of new knowledge and its responsible application. For Scholar Awards the program’s emphasis is furthering the science of complex systems via the continued development of the theory and tools used in the study of complex research questions and not on particular fields of researc hper se. JSMF is particularly interested in projects attempting to apply complex systems approaches to coherently articulated questions. In general, JSMF receives many more proposals than it can fund. Research projects outside the Foundation’s described area of interest will not be funded. 

Kinship Foundation

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The Searle Scholars Program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding young scientists who have recently been appointed as assistant professors on a tenure-trackappointment.

Applicants for awards which will be activated on July 1, 2016 will be expected to be pursuing independent research careers in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences.

William G. and Marie Selby Foundation

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The Foundation specializes in supporting area nonprofits with Capital Grants. These grants support the construction, acquisition, and/or renovation of facilities, as well as the purchase of equipment or software. They may also include the costs of related technical services (legal, architectural, engineering, etc). Projects focusing on education, human services, arts and community projects including history, science, and/or the environment will be given top priority.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

PIVOT notice

Throughout its history, the United States has learned from great ideas from abroad, from bagels to democracy. Why not do the same for health? In that spirit, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is looking globallyfor ideas to help it build a Culture of Health in the United States, where everyone has the opportunity to live healthier lives, no matter who they are, where they live, or how much money they make.

RWJF imagines a future where neighborhoods are designed with an eye toward physical activity and community engagement. Where health care providers focus on promoting wellness, not just treating illness. Where all sectors, from health care to social services to urban planning, work together with health in mind. This vision for the United States is a reality in many countries and communities around the world, and RWJF wants to learn from them.

RWJF wants to hear from applicants who have an idea that has worked abroad and has the potential to be adapted to work in the United States.

RWJF is looking for projects, programs, and models that promote health equity and are aligned with RWJF’s Culture of Health Action Framework; this year, RWJF has a particular interest in ideas that:
– Build healthy places;
– Build social connection across the lifespan;
– Get and keep children healthy;
– Integrate health and social services; and
– Increase the health care system’s focus on the root causes of poor health.

RWJF will give priority to approaches that have demonstrated impact but have not been widely tested or implemented in the United States.

Keck Foundation

PIVOT notice

The Research Program seeks to benefit humanity by supporting projects in two specific areas (1) medical research and (2) science and engineering, that are distinctive and novel in their approach, question the prevailing paradigm, or have the potential to break open new territory in their field. Past grants have been awarded to major universities, independent research institutions, and medical schools to support pioneering biological and physical science research and engineering, including the development of promising new technologies, instrumentation or methodologies.

The Foundation strives to fund endeavors that are distinctive and novel in their approach. It encourages projects that are high-risk with the potential for transformative impact. “High-risk” comprises a number of factors, including questions that push the edge of the field, present unconventional approaches to intractable problems, or challenge the prevailing paradigm. “Transformative” may mean creation of a new field of research, development of new instrumentation enabling observations not previously possible, or discovery of knowledge that challenges prevailing perspectives.

Rock Mechanics and Explosives Research Center (RMERC) Graduate Gathering Friday

The weekly Rock Mechanics and Explosives Research Center (RMERC) Graduate Gathering is held in the  RMERC Building – 1006 Kingshighway, in Conference Room 106 from 3:30-4:20 each Friday that MS&T classes are in session.

Anyone is welcome to attend, and please, feel free to bring a friend!

Our presenter for this Friday, April 8, 2016  is as follows:

      Presenter:   Ms. Yurong Li, PhD Candidate (Dr. Nygaard) Yurong Li


      Title:  “Real-Time Coaxial Cable Casing Imager for CO2 Leakage Risk Detection”


Leakage is one of the major concerns on geological carbon sequestration due to the adverse environmental consequences. To pursue a real-time monitoring technology for CO2 leakage risk detection along the wellbore, a permanently downhole deployed coaxial cable casing imaging system is developed and tested in laboratory.

 The casing imager consists of a helically wrapped coaxial cable with distributed strain sensors on the outside of the casing. A lab-scale prototype of the casing imager was deployed on both PVC sewer pipes and steel pipes for testing on the commonly observed casing deformation modes in the oil field, including axial compression, radial expansion, bending, and ovalization.

 The test results demonstrated the ability of the casing imager in real-time monitoring of the commonly observed casing deformation modes, which would prove great value in evaluating wellbore integrity and providing early warnings of leakage risk that will contaminate the ground water during CO2 injection. In addition, the low cost and high robustness of the distributed coaxial cable sensors will greatly lower the downhole monitoring cost and increase the system longevity.