Archives for August 1, 2016

Webinar on Plant Genome Editing and Engineering

Dear colleagues

FYI…some of you may be interested in this free webinair about genome editing…note that one of MU’s own is participating.  The subject matter is plants but, of course, the methods are really generic.

Sign up is free and currently open.


Note that this is being done under the auspices of the new Current Protocols in Plant Biology journal being published by Wiley (, Let me know if you would like to contribute a protocol to this journal.

Gary Stacey, MU

Webinar showcard


The Obama administration’s BRAIN Initiative “has already catalyzed more than $1.5 billion in public and private funds,” the White House says. Altogether more than $500 million has come from private sources, including “Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Allen Institute for Brain Science, the Kavli Foundation, the Simons Foundation, GE, GlaxoSmithKline, members of the National Photonics Initiative, as well as patient advocacy organizations and universities.” The administration wants to add the Department of Energy to agencies already brain-focused: DARPA, NSF, IARPA, FDA, and NIH.


project-oversight panels for new projects

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ARPA-E Fellowships

see PIVOT notice

ARPA-E is looking for the next generation of scientific leaders to help solve the most pressing and exciting challenges in energy. The Fellows assist the agency in identifying possible breakthrough energy technologiesthrough technical and economic analyses. During their two-year tenure, ARPA-E Fellows undergo a full-immersion experience in energy technology development, engaging with world-class researchers in academia and industry, entrepreneurs, and government officials.


Independent energy technology development
– Perform primary technical and economic analyses to identify high-impact technologies and white spaces for the agency.
– Learn from and brainstorm with experts in a variety of fields.
– Publish original research papers and reviews.
– Attend and present at conferences.

Program Director support
– Help develop future programs through technical analysis, discussions, debate, and workshops.
– Support existing programs through technical and economic analyses and on-site visits to current project teams.

Organizational support
– Develop technical content for the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit.
-Contribute to the strategic direction and vision of the agency.
– Review proposals for funding opportunities.

ARPA-E Fellows do not perform laboratory research or directly engage in policymaking.

Duty station is ARPA-E headquarters, in Washington, DC.

U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund

see PIVOT notice  $300,000

This program is focused on the development of U.S. manufacturing, with the specific goal of making it more feasible and competitive to make consumer goods in the USA.

The Fund is designed to provide grants in supportof applied research projects advancing innovative solutions to key challenges that have the potential to lower the cost of making consumer products in the USA (“Projects” or, singularly, “Project”). More specifically, Projects should advance the fundamental research, development, and commercialization of science and technology solutions to key challenges faced by companies interested in manufacturing their products in the United States. The Fund hopes to help jumpstart a more far-reaching revitalization of U.S. manufacturing, driving job creation and a stronger U.S. economy. This is part of Walmart’s and the Walmart Foundation’s broader commitment to investing in American jobs, including the company’s commitments to hiring veterans and offering unprecedented career opportunities for our Associates, and the Foundation’s funding of programs that support veterans and employment opportunity and training for low-income individuals.

Applications for Projects addressing other manufacturing processes relevant to making consumer products in the USA are also welcomed, though priority will be given to those addressing the Fund’s stated focus areas.

Projects should address a technological innovation that can advance U.S. manufacturing, specifically those listed in the “Focus Area” section below.

The Fund will provide grants in support of Projects advancing innovative solutions to key challenges that have the potential to:
– Lower the cost of making consumer products in the USA;
– Lead to broader innovation for overall manufacturing processes, with an emphasis on sustainability;
– Jumpstart innovation leading to commercialization of new manufacturing technologies in selected focus area industries; and
– Ultimately drive job creation within the USA.

The Fund has prioritized textile manufacturing activities for funding in 2016-2017. The obstacles prioritized by the Fund for the current cycle are as follows:
– Weaving
– Fabric dyeing
– Cut and sew