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NSF seeks new director for undergraduate education

The National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) is seeking a new director of the Division of Undergraduate Education. The director “oversees a substantial portfolio of research, development, and education programs related to undergraduate education, and works with other leaders at NSF and the community to advance STEM and STEM education,” writes Joan Ferrini-Mundy, EHR head. “We are looking for strong applications from candidates with extensive experience in research and education related to undergraduate STEM education as well as demonstrated administrative experience.” Learn more about the position here and apply here. Also check out minutes of the December, 2015 EHR Advisory Committee meeting.

Army Research: Technical Implementation Plan 2016 – 2020

“To address the S&T-driven imperatives mandated by the deep future Army’s complex operational environment and its core competencies, ARL has structured 26 Key Campaign Initiatives (KCIs) – substantive, long-lived, primarily in-house technical programs focused on pursuing scientific discoveries, innovations, and knowledge product transitions that are expected to lead to greatly enhanced capabilities for the operational Army of 2040. In addition, the laboratory’s technical portfolio is constituted by 37 Core Campaign Enablers (CCEs) – enduring technical thrusts dedicated to gaining fundamental understanding of new concepts and maturing foundational technologies and methodologies to enable a broad array of technical programs. ARL’s technical portfolio – defined in the ARL Technical Strategy and ARL S&T Campaign Plans – is composed of approximately 50% KCIs and approximately 50% CCEs.” [from executive summary]

see full report

  1. COMPUTATIONAL SCIENCES CAMPAIGN
  2. MATERIALS RESEARCH CAMPAIGN
  3. SCIENCES-FOR-MANEUVER CAMPAIGN
  4. INFORMATION SCIENCES CAMPAIGN
  5. SCIENCES-FOR-LETHALITY AND PROTECTION CAMPAIGN
  6. HUMAN SCIENCES CAMPAIGN
  7. ASSESSMENT AND ANALYSIS CAMPAIGN
  8. EXTRAMURAL BASIC RESEARCH CAMPAIGN

US Army: Emerging Science and Technology Trends: 2016-2045

This 2016 version of the S&T Strategic Trends report synthesizes 32 S&T forecasts that have been published over the past five years by government agencies in the U.S. and abroad, industry leaders, international institutions, and think tanks. The objective was to identify trends that are most likely to generate revolutionary or disruptive change of interest to the Army over the next 30 years.

See full report

(Top 24)

  1. • Robotics and autonomous systems
  2. • Additive manufacturing
  3. • Analytics
  4. • Human augmentation
  5. • Mobile and cloud computing
  6. • Medical advances
  7. • Cyber
  8. • Energy
  9. • Smart cities
  10. • Internet of things
  11. • Food and water technology
  12. • Quantum computing
  13. • Social empowerment
  14. • Advanced digital
  15. • Blended reality
  16. • Technology for climate change
  17. • Advanced materials
  18. • Novel weaponry
  19. • Space
  20. • Synthetic biology
  21. • Changing nature of work
  22. • Privacy
  23. • Education
  24. • Transportation and logistics

CAREER award work

Nice article here on Daniel Fischer’s work supported by an NSF CAREER award.

NSF loses Pramod Khargonekar

Pramod Khargonekar visited with us on  campus in 2015. He headed the National Science Foundation’s Engineering Directorate since February, 2013 and starts next week as vice chancellor for research at the University of California, Irvine. See the university’s announcement. An electrical and computer engineer, Khargonekar  was dean of engineering at the University of Florida from 2001 to 2009  and subsequently deputy director for technology at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy. Several of our early career faculty had consulted with him for mentoring.

graduate student funding program

In light of the new graduate student funding program:

  • The university will now remit all tuition and fees (except for dedicated fees) for all Ph.D. students on appointment 37.5% and greater AND MS students in non-PhD granting departments at 37.5% or greater.
  • The existing policy II-26 will therefore only apply to grant proposals and contracts that budget for MS students (any appointment percentage) and Ph.D. students budgeted for less than 37.5% appointment, unless the PI can document that the Ph.D. student will have additional funding that will take them over the 37.5% limit (i.e. a departmental GTA, another project, etc).
  • Existing grants and contracts MAY NOT be rebudgeted or renegotiated to move existing tuition and fees.

Let me know if you have any questions.  Vice Provost Research Mariesa Crow PhD

 

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Dear Missouri S&T Faculty:

I am very pleased to share with you a new plan that has been developed for the Graduate Student Strategic Initiative Funds starting in the Fall 2016 semester. This plan was developed by a special committee appointed by Faculty Senate in the Spring 2016 semester. The committee shared information with, and sought input from, the Graduate Faculty, Faculty Senate, the Council of Graduate Students, Chancellor Schrader, Mr. Walter Branson (Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration), Ms. Rose Horton (Executive Director for Strategy, Planning, and Assessment), and myself.

The new plan has three components. First, all of the tuition and supplemental fees for PhD students on 37.5% FTE appointments or higher, and MS students in non-PhD granting departments on 37.5% FTE appointments or higher will be remitted starting in the Fall 2016 semester. This applies to all current and new students in these groups.  Please note that the department sponsor and/or student will be responsible for all “dedicated fees.”

Second, the Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellowship (CDF) program will be modified such that the university will provide new recipients with a $10,000 fellowship each year and remission of their dedicated fees, while the academic departments and/or research investigators will provide each Fellow with a 50% FTE 12 month appointment. This is in addition to the tuition and supplemental fee remission for which they will automatically qualify. Current students holding a previously existing Chancellor’s Fellowship or Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellowship will continue to receive their existing fellowship. The new CDF program will still only apply to domestic students entering a PhD program. The fellowship will last for four years for students entering the PhD program and holding a Masters degree and five years for students engineering a PhD program and holding a Bachelors degree.

Third, the university will provide up to $50,000 each year in 1:1 matching funds for departments, research centers, and research investigators to fund activities to recruit students into these groups.

These programs will be reviewed periodically to determine if adjustments to any parameter is required in order to help assure maximum effectiveness.

The Graduate Fee Waiver Information form will be used such that graduate students qualifying for the tuition and supplemental fee remission will receive this remission when their department graduate secretary submits this form to the Cashier’s Office. By the end of the Summer 2016 semester the Vice Provost for Graduate Studies will develop policies for implementing the new Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellowship program and the Graduate Recruitment program.

Speaking for myself and those that developed and reviewed this new plan, we are convinced this will greatly contribute to the recruitment and retention of outstanding graduate students and will substantially enhance and grow the university’s research activities.

Sincerely, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Robert J. Marley, PhD CPE

 

National Academy of Science ACRP request

The Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) is seeking potential synthesis topics for the Fiscal Year 2017 ACRP Synthesis Program. The closing date for submitting synthesis topics is Friday, September 16, 2016.

 The ACRP is an applied research program with the objective of developing near-term solutions to issues facing airport-operating agencies. The ACRP undertakes research and other technical activities in a variety of airport-related areas, including operations, design, construction, engineering, maintenance, human resources, administration, policy, planning, environment, and safety. The ACRP is sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and managed by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, acting through the Transportation Research Board (TRB), in coordination with Airport Consultants Council, Airports Council International-North America, American Association of Airport Executives, National Association of State Aviation Officials, and Airlines for America.

 Syntheses are state-of-the-practice reports prepared under contract by outside individuals or firms. These reports seek to locate and  assemble information; to learn what practice has been used; to identify ongoing and recently completed research; to learn what problems remain largely unsolved; and to organize, evaluate, and document the useful information acquired. They do not undertake new research, nor do they contain policy recommendations. Syntheses describe and document current practice in a given area. They highlight practices that are viewed as successful by many of the entities surveyed in developing the synthesis, or that are characterized as such in the literature reviewed by the synthesis author. They are most valuable when they are focused on issues common to many organizations.

The ACRP 11-03 project panel oversees the ACRP Synthesis Program. The panel will meet in the fall 2016 to select synthesis topics for the FY2017 synthesis program.  In preparation for this selection process, this industry-wide solicitation for potential synthesis topics is being conducted.  A suggested format for submitting a synthesis topic is attached.  The preferred method for submitting an ACRP synthesis topic is online at:  http://www.trb.org/Studies/Synthesis/SynthesesSubmittal.asp.  A synthesis topic may also be submitted via e- mail to gstaba@nas.edu. The topics received from this solicitation will form the basis for selection of the annual ACRP Synthesis Program.  They are not proposals to conduct the research but ideas, which are used to identify potential synthesis topics only.  Please review current ACRP synthesis topics so as to avoid duplication or overlap at:

http://www.trb.org/SynthesisPrograms/ACRPSynthesisCompletedStudies.aspx

Thank you very much for your consideration.  Your willingness to participate in the identification of relevant airport research topics is a key element of a successful, industry-driven ACRP. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact me at (202) 334-2981 or Gail Staba, ACRP Synthesis Program, at (202) 334-2442.

Army Science Board Request for Information on Robotic and Autonomous Systems-of-Systems (RAS) Technology Initiatives

see Request For Information Regarding Support To Army RAS Competencies.

Specific information requested from industry on RAS products or technology (including Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) or Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV)) that companies are offering, or plan to offer, to government, civil or commercial customers is: Identification of the product and its capabilities; Description of the product or technology, including on-board processing architecture and functionality (e.g.,vehicle guidance, navigation and control, sensor processing); Description of the current autonomous functionality and capabilities (e.g., waypoint navigation, sensor management, perception/reasoning); Description of plans to increase autonomy and changes, if any, to on-board processing architecture/functionality enabling greater autonomy; Description of the Human-RAS collaboration capabilities, or planned capabilities, and changes, if any, to on-board processing architecture/functionality enabling greater human-RAS collaboration; Assessment of utility of current, or planned, products or technologies to Army applications and missions.