Archives for April 2016

ONR Summer Faculty Research Program

PIVOT notice

This program provides an opportunity for faculty members at U.S. institutions to participate in research of mutual interest to the faculty member and professional peers at U.S. Navy Laboratories. This program is residential and all work must be completed on site at the sponsoring U.S. Navy Laboratory.

This research program is intended to:
1. Broaden the scope and horizon of faculty member’s research interests and provide a foundation for future research collaborations.
2. Access to equipment and other resources not available at their home institution.
3. Provide an understanding of the Department of the Navy research interests and the technological implications thereof, thus enhancing the abilities of Fellows to pursue and obtain funding for research at their home institution.
4. Foster lasting relationships between Fellows and the researchers at the Navy laboratories.

Participating laboratories can be found here:”>

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) summer stipends

PIVOT notice

Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials,archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources.

NEH invites projects related to its new initiative, The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square. This initiative seeks to connect the study of the humanities to the current conditions of national life. Many of today’s challenges require more than ever the forms of understanding and knowledge represented by the humanities. They require the broadest possible engagement of scholars and the public with the resources of the humanities, including but not limited to the study of language, literature, history, philosophy, comparative religion, and ethics. The study of the humanities can help illuminate the complexity of many contemporary challenges while enriching our understanding of the common good.

Note that the Common Good initiative incorporates the Standing Together initiative, which encourages projects related to war and military service.

All applications will be given equal consideration in accordance with the program’s evaluation criteria, whether or not they respond to the Common Good initiative or the Standing Together initiative.

Summer Fellowship Electrochemical Society

PIVOT notice

The award, in the form of a fellowship, is given to assist a student during thesummer months (June-September) in the pursuit of work in a field of interest to The Electrochemical Society.

Reza Zoughi reports on 3D Real-Time Microwave Camera

Dear friends and colleagues:

We are very excited to announce the recent completion of our 3D real-time microwave camera prototype. This work follows our activities in the area high-resolution real-time microwave imaging system development. Below please find a YouTube video showing a 00:02:38-long (just over two minutes!) video illustrating the specifications, capabilities and a few applications of this prototype camera.  I have also provided another link to the same video through our laboratory web site.

I hope you will this short video informative and as exciting as we have!

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Best: Zoughi and the design team!

Missouri Arts Council introduces Express Grants

More funding.

Pick Three.

The Missouri Arts Council introduces Express Grants for projects, arts education, and touring. Formerly Monthly Grants, Express Grants are streamlined with an easier application, faster turnaround, and higher request limit. They’re designed for smaller or occasional projects, with smaller budgets.

Here is what’s new:
30 day, deadline to decision. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with the deadline on the first Monday of each month. Thirty days later you’ll be notified if you received funding, and how much.
Higher grant request limit. Projects have been raised to $2,000 (was $1,500), Minority to $3,000 (was $2,500), Community Arts Basic to $3,000 (was $2,500). Arts Education remains $2,000 to maintain the match.
With a new online grant user interface with auto-save and other features,
Express will get you funded, faster.

Go ahead. Express yourself.

Grants Online



Kent D. Peaslee Steel Manufacturing Research Center (PSMRC) is a consortium of steel companies, foundries, suppliers and university researchers working together.

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Dr. Ronald J. O’Malley F. Kenneth Iverson Chair Professor in Steelmaking Technologies Director of the Kent D. Peaslee Steel Manufacturing Research Center Materials Science & Engineering; Missouri University of Science & Technology; 284 McNutt Hall; 1400 N. Bishop Ave.; Rolla, MO 65409-0340; Phone: (573) 341-7683; Fax: (573) 341-6934; Email:

Advanced next-generation nuclear reactor thermal-fluid model and simulation validation

see eCONNECTION article

Dr. Brian Woods, professor of nuclear science and engineering at Oregon State University and chair candidate for Missouri S&T’s mining and nuclear engineering department, will present a seminar titled “Advanced next-generation nuclear reactor thermal-fluid model and simulation validation” at noon Monday, April 25, in Room 216 McNutt Hall.

Broader Impacts

ASEE reports

‘IMPACTS’ STILL FELT: The National Science Foundation continues to struggle with “broader impacts,” one of two merit-review criteria applied to proposals. Panelists “remain confused about how to interpret and weigh the broader impacts as the merit review criterion,” Louis Martin-Vega, engineering dean at North Carolina State, told the engineering advisory committee at its fall, 2015 meeting, according to AdCom minutes. The topic was one of four on which Pramod Khargonekar, NSF assistant director for engineering, requested AdCom input. “He also noted that NSF’s evaluation and assessment group is examining broader impacts this year,” the minutes report.

Reminder: In Missouri we are lucky to have the Broader Impacts Network as a resource to draw upon while NSF struggles with this aspect of competitive proposals.

Federal Research Agenda: MURI FY17

ASEE reports

NEXT YEAR’S MURI TOPICS: Bioinspired Low-Energy Information Processing; Revolutionary Advances in Computational Quantum Many Body Physics; and Adaptive Oxides for Biomimetic Synapse Design via Modulation of Internal States are just a few of the subject areas in the Pentagon’s funding opportunity announcement for the FY 2017 Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI). The program is administered by each of the DOD research offices: Office of Naval Research, Army Research Office, and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. (Thanks to the Coalition for National Security Research and John Latini.)

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program (NDSEG)

see PIVOT notice

As a means of increasing the number of United States citizens training in disciplines of science and engineering of military importance, the DOD awards three-year graduate fellowships each year. National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program (NDSEG) fellowships are awarded for study and research leading to doctoral degrees in mathematical, physical, biological, ocean, and engineering sciences. NDSEG fellowships are awarded on the basis of ability. Awards will be given to applicants whose field of study fits under one of the supported disciplines:
1. Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
2. Biosciences
3. Chemical engineering
4. Chemistry
5. Civil engineering
6. Cognitive, neural, and behavioral sciences
7. Computer and computational sciences
8. Electrical engineering
9. Geosciences
10. Materials science and engineering
11. Mathematics
12. Mechanical engineering
13. Naval architecture and ocean engineering
13. Oceanography
14. Physics