Archives for August 2016

Graduate Stipend changes effective 08/01/2016 for Graduate Titles

Students with Graduate Student Job Titles on Graduate Stipends

On summer appointment/stipend for grad students, need to change to new stipend rate effective 8/01/2016

  1. Do Job Change ePAF
  2. Appointment end date is date summer stipend ends
  3. Change Comp Rate on ePAF
  4. Action Reason- Pay/NBN- non benefit eligible
  5. Put hours enrolled for summer in comments
  6. No FICA checklist needed
  7. Submit to HR

IF Student with Graduate Student Job Title continuing into fall at a different FTE/Rate, process another ePAF for job change effective 08/14/2016

  1. Need to change to Fall Appointment new stipend rate effective 8/14/2016
  2. Do Job Change ePAF
  3. Enter appointment end date
  4. Change Comp Rate on ePAF
  5. Action Reason- Pay/RPT
  6. Put hours enrolled for fall in comments
  7. FICA checklist needed
  8. Submit to HR


FICA Exempt/Subject changes for fall semester- Graduate Titles and Student Assistant Titles

 Students with Graduate Student Job Titles

When reappointing all monthly graduate student employees for the fall semester make sure that FICA status is set with “E” (exempt).  Also make sure that the hours have been reduced appropriately for the fall semester. Please process ePAFs using Job Change, to change hours, FTE and/or FICA.  The FICA checklist needs to be completed and signed by the department and student employee and attached to the ePAF.

Please indicate in comments on the ePAF enrollment hours for the fall semester.

For grad students who are not returning to work at Missouri S&T, please process ePAFs using Status Change for termination. They will continue to be paid, UNLESS you process an

Please use “Review Paycheck” or “View Gross Pay” to verify your graduate students August monthly scheduled payment.

Students with Student Assistant Job Titles

Student Assistant employees that were subject to FICA and/or working more than 20 hours for the summer semester need standard hours changed to 20 hours or less and FICA status “N” (subject) changed to “E” (exempt). Please process ePAFs using Job Change, to change hours, FTE and/or FICA effective 08/21/2016.  The FICA checklist needs to be completed and signed by the department and student employee and attached to the ePAF.

Please indicate in comments on the ePAF enrollment hours for the fall semester.

Energy Security and the Department of Defense

recorded event “From Blue Skies to Black Starts”

EMERGE 2016: Wearable Technology

see notice 

S&T is looking to the startup community to bring wearable technologies to first responders. Building on the success of itsEMERGE Accelerator Pilot last year, S&T continues to mobilize innovators to help first responders whose difficult and grueling job requires them to carry outdated and heavy equipment.

With EMERGE 2016: Wearable Technology, we want to enable today’s firefighters, police and emergency medical technicians to communicate seamlessly with fellow responders, to survey a scene in advance, and to track their health status as they put themselves in harm’s way.

Estimating the Value of Truck Travel Time Reliability

see notice $300,000

The objective of this research is to develop an improved framework for truck freight reliability valuation. The framework should include the methodology, modeling assumptions, analytical techniques, and tools developed in NCHRP Report 824 in order to assist transportation professionals and decision makers in the evaluation of proposed roadway infrastructure and operations investments.
The research should address a wide range of issues related to the truck freight reliability valuation framework

MoDOT: Public Satisfaction Survey of High Friction Surface Treatment

Dear Research Colleagues:

On behalf of the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), I would like to invite you to consider submitting a proposal for a recently posted Request for Proposal “Public Satisfaction Survey of High Friction Surface Treatment”, Project TR201620”.  MoDOT has partnered with the Federal Highway Administration on the project and FHWA funds are being utilized for the project.  The Background for the project is the following:

In Federal Fiscal Year 2015, MoDOT received a federal grant to apply high friction surface treatments (HFSTs) in each district.  As part of the grant, a public satisfaction survey must be completed to determine customer perceptions of the project.  The survey questions are to assess drivers’ attitudes and awareness of the high friction surface treatment as well as information regarding public communication of construction projects.  Reporting of the survey results should be summarized into a report and compiled by demographics.


Link to RFP –


The RFP has a proposal submission date of September 21, 2016

Please feel free to submit any questions you may have regarding the RFP details or process for submissions to MoDOT Research Engineer, Jen Harper (573-526-3636) at

Best regards,


Bill Stone, PE
Research Administrator
Construction and Materials
Missouri Department of Transportation
1617 Missouri Blvd, PO Box 270
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0270

Phone: 573•526•4328


Research Technology



There are now 14 federal agencies that will have representatives at the SBIR/STTR Road Tour event in St. Louis on August 18. Attendees can schedule one-on-one meetings with agency directors on a First Come- First Served basis. More than 70% of our current registrants are requesting one-on-one meetings – we anticipate that they will be totally full before the event. Time is of the essence!

  • Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • Department of Commerce – National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Department of Defense – Air Force
  • Department of Defense – Defense Advanced Research Projects Administration (DARPA)
  • Department of Defense – Missile Defense Agency (MDA)
  • Department of Defense – Navy
  • Department of Defense – Navy Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR)
  • Department of Energy (DOE)
  • Department of Health and Human Services – National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

Examples of some Missouri companies that have received SBIR/STTR funding

This is an INCREDIBLY RARE opportunity for past and prospective applicants to learn more about the programs and increase the likelihood of their success. Please help us spread the word and encourage registration. Many thanks! Christy

SBIR/STTR Road Tour Registration Now Open! CET is proud to host the SBIR/STTR Road Tour on August 18, 2016 at Washington University-Simon Hall in partnership with BioSTL, Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center at SIUE, MO PTAC St. Charles Eastern Region, MO Small Business Development & Technology Development Centers, MO S&T Technology Transfer & Economic Development St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, St. Louis Regional Chamber, St. Louis SBTDC/St. Louis Minority Business Council, Technology Entrepreneur Center/T-REX and the Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The Road Tour is designed to help small businesses access the support and resources they need to understand SBIR/STTR funding opportunities. One-on-One meetings with agency directors are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Local applicants who have been successful in tapping this valuable funding resource will share their stories. Mark your calendar and check out the event website for more information

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Guide for Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety at Alternative Intersections and Interchanges (AII)

Announcement $400,000

New alternative intersection and interchange designs – including Diverging Diamond Interchanges (DDI), Displaced Left-Turn (DLT) or Continuous Flow Intersections (CFI), Restricted Crossing U-Turn (RCUT) intersections, Median U-Turn (MUT) intersections, Quadrant Roadway (QR) intersections – are being built in the United States. These designs may involve reversing traffic lanes from their traditional directions, which may introduce confusion and create safety issues for pedestrians and bicyclists. In addition, pedestrian paths and bicycle facilities may cross through islands or take different routes than expected. These new designs are likely to require additional information for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians as well as better accommodations for pedestrians and bicyclists, including pedestrians with disabilities.
A central concern with alternative intersections is how to provide information to pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers about the direction of car traffic, pedestrian crossing, and bicycle facilities particularly when those new intersection designs feature unfamiliar traffic flows and patterns. The concern is acute for visually impaired pedestrians, who require information about the alignment of crosswalks, signal controls, crossing times, direction of traffic, and direction through islands. Consistency in how information is provided is important as well; for example, various types of paths and lane markings are being used for bicyclists, with little information about the advantages and disadvantages of different strategies.

NSF: Integrated Earth Systems (IES)

see notice $1,000,000

Integrated Earth Systems (IES) is a program in the Division of Earth Sciences (EAR) that focuses on the continental, terrestrial and deep Earth subsystems of the whole Earth system. The overall goal of the program is to provide opportunity for collaborative, multidisciplinary research into the operation, dynamics and complexity of Earth systems at a budgetary scale between that of a typical project in the EAR Division’s disciplinary programs and larger scale initiatives at the Directorate or Foundation level. Specifically,IES will provide research opportunities for the study of Earth systems from the core of the Earth to the top of the critical zone with a specific focus on subsystems that include continental, terrestrial and deep Earth subsystems at all temporal and spatial scales (NROES, 2012). IES will provide opportunities to focus on Earth systems connected to topics which include (but are not limited to) the continents; the terrestrial, surficial Earth systems including physical, chemical and biotic dimensions; linkages among tectonics, climate, landscape change, topography and geochemical cycles including core and mantle processes.


The Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity, based at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) “requests information about current and future states of cybersecurity in the digital economy.” The 12-member panel is midway through five field hearings – it will be in Minneapolis August 23 – and is due to make detailed recommendations to President Obama in December on ways to strengthen cybersecurity in public and private spheres. These could be important. The group is chaired by Obama’s former National Security Adviser Thomas Donilon and includes University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Pat Gallagher (former NIST director); Annie Anton, chair of the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech; Samuel J. Palmisano, former CEO of IBM, and Peter Lee, corporate VP, Microsoft Research. See the RFI.