Archives for June 16, 2016

Spotlight: Applied Computational Intelligence Lab

The Missouri University of Science and Technology hosts the largest research program in Adaptive Critic Designs, a neural-network-based generalization of dynamic programming for optimization and control. Check out the research capability that Don Wunsch and team have organized.

Donald C. Wunsch II Mary K. Finley Missouri Distinguished Professor of Computer Engineering 131 Emerson Electric Co. Hall Rolla, MO 65409-0040 Phone: 573-341-4521 Fax: 573-341-4532 Areas of Interest Clustering Neural networks Reinforcement learning Approximate dynamic programming Adaptive dynamic programming

Manufacturing Day

National Manufacturing Day October 7

Spotlight: Applied Optics Laboratory

Did you know Dr. Steve Watkins operates an applied optics research lab? Check it out.

Steve E. Watkins Professor and Associate Chair for EE Undergraduate Studies 121 Emerson Electric Co. Hall Rolla, MO 65409-0040 Phone: 573-341-6321 Fax: 573-341-4532 


A bit about Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units Network

This article provides a easy-to-read primer about the CESU. Missouri S&T is eligible to work under two CESU (a) Great Plains and (b) Gulf Region.

Federal Research and Development Funding: FY2017

The Congressional Research Service has posted its analysis of R&D investment for the next federal fiscal year. You can check out that report here.

Key excerpts that caught my eye are: (underlined are topics where we have had some effort on campus to participate over the last three years)

  • Funding for R&D is concentrated in a few departments and agencies. Under President Obama’s
    FY2017 budget request, seven federal agencies would receive 95.6% of total federal R&D
    funding, with the Department of Defense (47.8%) and the Department of Health and Human
    Services (21.5%) accounting for nearly 70% of all federal R&D funding.
  • In dollars, the largest increases in agency R&D funding in the President’s request would go to the
    Department of Energy (up $2.755 billion, 19.1%), the Department of Defense (up $1.953 billion,
    2.8%), and the Department of Health and Human Services (up $772 million, 2.4%).
  • The President’s FY2017 request continues support for a number of multiagency R&D initiatives:
    the National Nanotechnology Initiative, Networking and Information Technology Research and
    Development program, U.S. Global Change Research Program, Brain Research through
    Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) initiative, Precision Medicine Initiative,
    Cancer Moonshot, Materials Genome Initiative, National Robotics Initiative, and National
    Network for Manufacturing Innovation.

NIH Grantwriting TIP #7

from Meg Bouvier Medical Writing

Do you obtain text from your biostatistician and just cut-and-paste it all into the Data Analysis section at the end of the Approach?

The answer for most of you is yes, but you shouldn’t.
When reviewers are reading the recruitment section at the beginning of the Approach, they typically do not have the power calculations in front of them. Why not make it easy for reviewers and put your sample size/power calculations together with the text about recruitment? Then they can easily assess calculations and recruitment strategy in the same place. Judging from the number of Summary Statements I see in which reviewers raise concerns about recruitment and retention, it couldn’t hurt to position your supporting calculations together with the text– seems logical, but most of you aren’t doing it.