August 21, 2019
Funding Connection

George Mason University’s Institute for Humane Studies   is offering to fund  semester-long sabbaticals  for the study, research, and teaching of classical liberal ideas. 

The National Science Foundation's  Electronics, Photonics and Magnetic Devices (EPMD)   program supports innovative research on novel devices based on the principles of electronics, optics and photonics, optoelectronics, magnetics, opto- and electromechanics, electromagnetics, and related physical phenomena. 

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s  Jefferson Science Fellows  spend one year on assignment at the U.S. Department of State or USAID contributing to the work of foreign policy or international development issues.

Global Food Systems Update
The goal this year for the Global Food Systems Initiative is to help all faculty and students understand the complexity of the food system and where their research fits.

As the first operational land-grant university, K-State has deep roots in agriculture and food production. Today’s food system has grown into a complex and highly interconnected array of activities that are dependent on one another. The diversity of university programs is similar in many ways to the complexity of the food system. Finding those appropriate and synergistic food system-related research connections can be difficult. 

This interdependency comes in ways that we may not see at the outset. For example, my PhD was in the area of cereal chemistry looking at wheat and wheat flour functionality in bread production. This work depended on the use of a high-speed diode array near infrared system. I would not have had the ability to carry out this food systems study without the work that had been done by physicists, chemists and statisticians in the years before. They are all part of that important system! The global food system encompasses social sciences, business, engineering, basic sciences, nutrition, agriculture, and the list goes on. 

With a growing population, climate change and its impact on growing conditions, water availability, and political and social unrest, the need for the interdisciplinary approach to problem solving that K-State can offer is immense. 

Whether it is increasing knowledge, creating the potential for technology-based businesses and jobs in our own back yard, or learning new techniques through collaborators around the world, K-State research is a leader in global food systems.       

I encourage you to consider where your research fits in this system and share your ideas for an interdisciplinary approach to solving grand challenges facing the world today.


Events and announcements
Are You Interested in Teaching or Conducting Research Abroad? 

You are invited to learn more about the Fulbright Scholar experience by attending a workshop by Pamela Louderback, Fulbright Scholar to the UK. 

3:30-5 p.m. 
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2019
207 K-State Student Union

Fulbright Alumni Ambassador Pamela Louderback, Assistant Professor and Director at Northeastern State University’s Broken Arrow campus library, will share her experiences as a Fulbright Scholar to the UK in 2011.
Fulbright Scholars return to their communities with new perspectives and fresh ideas for further international engagement. Faculty and administrators will learn about the benefits of Fulbright and the impact it can have personally and professionally. 

­­­Interested faculty and administrators are encouraged to attend this FREE workshop.
Register and reserve a seat by September 3, 2019. 
For more information, please contact Mary Lou Marino

Leaders of NIH's All of Us Research Program recap progress and next steps

The All of Us Research Program at the National Institutes of Health has made strong progress in its efforts to advance precision medicine, according to program leadership in a forthcoming paper in the New England Journal of Medicine.

With information provided by volunteers across the United States, All of Us is developing a robust data platform to support a wide range of health studies. The program aims to include data from 1 million or more people from diverse communities. As of July 2019, more than 230,000 people have enrolled, including 175,000 participants who have completed the core protocol. Of those, 80% are from groups that have been historically underrepresented in biomedical research. Participants contribute information in a variety of ways, including surveys; electronic health records (EHR); physical measurements; blood, urine, and saliva samples; and Fitbit devices. In the future, the program will add new surveys and linkages to other data sets and digital health technologies, and begin genotyping and whole-genome sequencing participants' biological samples. Data will be broadly accessible to approved researchers, and participants will receive information back about themselves.

12:30 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019
Kansas City Convention Center

Immunotherapy: Activating Your Immune System to Fight Disease

Immunotherapy is a form of treatment that uses an individual’s own immune system to fight disease.

Your immune system is made up of your white blood cells plus the organs and tissues of your lymph system, like your bone marrow. Its main job is to help your body fight off disease and stay healthy.

Immunotherapy treatments help your immune system work harder or make it easier for it to find and get rid of diseased cells.

4-5 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 5

The Office of Research Development will host an informational session for tenured or tenure-track faculty who are interesting in receiving assistance in their scholarly activities and professional development. The Faculty Development Award program provides support for travel to international meetings. The University Small Research Grants program is a “seed” grant program to support early research, scholarly activity and other creative efforts. Please attend one of these information sessions to learn about this semester’s application and review process.
1:30-2:30 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 9
1053 College of Business Building

Are you preparing a literature review for a paper, article, thesis, or dissertation? This workshop will help you! Learn why a literature review is important, how to use K-State Libraries’ databases to select articles, how to evaluate the articles, and how to organize the review. For this session, article searching will be demonstrated using social sciences and education databases, however, the concepts will be applicable to all disciplines.
Nov. 6-8, 2019
Phoenix, Arizona

If you’ve been searching for an opportunity to learn more about the NIH grants process and perhaps delve into more specific topics to help you do your job…then look no further! The  NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration  provides an array of pre-seminar workshops and sessions over the course of three days that may be just what you’ve been looking for from NIH. Take a peek at what’s offered at our next seminar in Phoenix, Arizona, November 6-8, 2019.

Agency news and trending topics

A major budget crisis at Brazil’s leading science funding agency could disrupt the lives of thousands of students and early-career scientists. In September, the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) in Brasília could run out of money to continue to fund the grants and scholarships it provides to more than 80,000 Brazilians. s

Chickadees are interested in scents. That's the news from a study out of Lehigh University, the first to document naturally hybridizing songbirds' preference for the smell of their own species.

It's widely accepted that our ancestors were cooking 300,000 years ago, but evidence found at Wonderwerk Cave in South Africa suggests we may have started using fire to heat our food much earlier than that.
Archaeologists Candice Koopowitz and David Morris discuss the findings and explain what researchers need to look for in order to find out if we were cooking a million years ago.

I was 21 years old when I first stepped into a college classroom as an instructor. My master’s program had assigned me to teach a composition course and gave me a brief orientation to teaching the week before the semester began. I was so close in age to my students, so nervous about how they would perceive me, and so uncertain about what I was doing that I had precisely one goal for the first day of the semester: Get through it. chronicle .com
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