August 29, 2018
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KSCI Works
The Kansas Science Communication Initiative is offering a series of workshops in 2018-19 to help researchers boost science communication skills. Fall KSCI Works opportunities are as follows.

  • Telling a Good Science Story: September 14, 12:00 noon-1:30 p.m., Union Cottonwood Room. Led by Schanee Anderson, curator of education at the Sedgwick County Zoo.
  • Infographics 1.0: October 3, 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m., Justin Hall 327. Led by Amber Vennum, associate professor of family and human services in the College of Human Ecology.
  • Infographics 2.0: October 15, 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m., Justin Hall 327. Led by Amber Vennum.
  • Do you really need to use social media to communicate your work? 1:00-2:00 p.m., Union Cottonwood Room. Led by Jory Weintraub, science communication director with the Duke University Initiative for Science & Society.

Find more information and registration for all workshops. Space is limited — register soon! More opportunities will be available during Science Communication Week November 5-10 and in the spring semester.
Events and announcements
  • Save the date for National Postdoc Appreciation Week, September 17-21! Postdocs are invited to attend a kickoff lunch on Monday, a professional development workshop on Wednesday, and an ice cream social on Friday. Find event details and registration links.

  • Mark your calendar for upcoming training events from the Office of Research Development
  • An information session on internal grant programs is slated for September 5, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Union 207. Hear about the submission and review process for Faculty Development Award and University Small Research Grant programs. 
  • A session on the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program is September 11, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in Union 207. Take an in-depth look at the requirements, plus hear from faculty who have served on review panels and awardees who will talk about their experience. Please register.
  • Hear about Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, opportunities September 13, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Union 206. This session will give a general overview of the agency and its six technical offices, provide information about the Young Faculty Award, provide examples of current solicitations, and more. Please register.
  • Identifying Graduate Fellowship Opportunities on September 27 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in Union 207 will discuss key opportunities from a range of agencies, including fellowships in the humanities and social sciences. Please register.

  • A Biosecurity Research Institute Research Fellows Lecture will be delivered by Professor Friedemann Weber of Justus Liebig University in Giessen, Germany, on September 6, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., in 1004 Pat Roberts Hall. Weber will present “Induction and Suppression of the Interferon Response by Segmented Negative-Strand RNA Viruses.” Find more BRI news and events.

  • A group of universities are collaborating to offer a series of recorded events and a synchronous online panel discussion on Writing an Effective NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Proposal through the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning. Find the details (PDF). Note that you will be asked to create an account with CIRTL. Events are September 7 and 13 and October 8. (See above for a K-State workshop on this program.)

  • The National Science Foundation Networking and Information Technology Research and Development National Coordination Office will offer a workshop titled "Security From a Wireless Spectrum Perspective: Technology Innovation and Policy Research Needs" on September 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET in Washington D.C. The event will be webcast. Find more information.
Agency news and trending topics
Fears that foreign governments are tapping U.S.-funded research for valuable information have reached the nation’s largest research funder, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. Last week it  sent a letter to more than 10,000 research institutions , urging them to ensure that NIH grantees are properly reporting their foreign ties. The agency also said it is investigating about a half-dozen cases in which NIH-funded investigators may have broken reporting rules, and it reminded researchers who review grant applications that they should not share proposal information with outsiders.

Federal obligations for basic research remained stable, while obligations for applied research declined slightly.

An ideological clash could undermine a crucial assessment of the world’s disappearing plant and animal life.

Global human society stands at a decision point. Business-as-usual approaches are likely to lead to catastrophic changes to our planet and our health and well-being. What will it take for universal recognition of our perilous position, and how can we begin to make the often-difficult changes required to live in a more sustainable, cooperative, and compassionate way? In this special series, [ Science calls] attention to these choices and explore some of the possible routes to a more sustainable future.

Lithium-ion batteries power everything from our smartphones to our cars. But one of their most promising replacements is lithium-oxygen batteries, which in theory could store 10 times more power. The only problem: They fall apart after just a handful of charging cycles. Now, researchers have found that running them at high temperatures—along with a couple of other fixes—can push them to at least 150 cycles.

“Chris Thornton is a seasoned grantmaker who brings to NEH impressive vision and experience in the field of cultural heritage,” said NEH Chairman Jon Parrish Peede. “We look forward to his leadership of the agency’s research division.” Thornton comes to NEH from the National Geographic Society, where he served as acting head of the Grants Program, overseeing a $15 million grant program supporting science, education, and storytelling. In this role, Thornton oversaw the complete restructuring of National Geographic’s grants strategy and process.

In the lead-up to the 2016 U.S. election, Russian bots and trolls took to Twitter and other social media platforms to try to turn Americans against one another. But in addition to spreading false information and interfering in the election, a new study reports, a significant number of these malevolent actors tried to sow discord over vaccines.
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