July 17, 2019
Funding Connection

Intended to support research in the history, theory, and criticism of the visual arts (painting, sculpture, architecture, landscape architecture, prints and drawings, film, photography, decorative arts, industrial design, and other arts) of any geographical area and of any period. 

The National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health plan to support  fundamental research in mathematics and statistics  necessary to answer questions in the biological and biomedical sciences.  

Something to Chew On
This week: Improving Family Nutrition at Home and Abroad with Dr. Sandy Procter – Maternal and Child Nutrition

Regulatory reminders from University Research Compliance Office
Please remember to check the URCO website for the latest updates in regulatory requirements. These include updates related to NIH, NSF, and DOE regulatory changes related to reporting foreign financial interests, financial conflict of interest, and other topics. For any questions please contact Cheryl Doerr at  [email protected] .  

Azure Availability for research involving controlled unclassified information or export-controlled material

Researchers whose studies involve working with CUI or CUI export-controlled items that fall under ITAR or EAR should be aware that K-State’s officially approved electronic storage and communication method for such items is now Microsoft Azure. If you have questions about this or need to request access to Azure, email [email protected] .

If an outside entity with whom you are working tries to use ANY other route to send such materials — e.g. unsecured email, unsecured website or cloud domain— do not open them and immediately report such attempt to [email protected] . This is an important compliance issue and we have had trouble at least twice in the past with breaches such as this.
Events and announcements

Limited-submission opportunities from the Office of Research Development

  • Summer Stipends, from the National Endowment for the Humanities, or NEH, support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months. NEH funds may support recipients’ compensation, travel, and other costs related to the proposed scholarly research. This program’s purpose is to stimulate new research in the humanities and its publication. Notifications — working title and a two to three sentence synopsis — and internal preproposals are due Aug. 1, 2019 and Aug. 26, 2019, respectively. Find preproposal guidance. 

  • NSF’s Innovations in Graduate Education, or IGE program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative approaches to STEM graduate education training. The program seeks proposals that explore ways for graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral degree programs to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers. IGE focuses on projects aimed at piloting, testing, and validating innovative and potentially transformative approaches to graduate education. Currently, ORD has one of the two slots filled for groups that can go forward to submit an IGE proposal from K-State. If you are interested in submitting, please send a notification — working title and list of team members. This slot will be filled on a first come, first served basis since the original notification deadline of July 1 has passed.

Send all notifications and proposals/pre-proposals stipulated below to  [email protected].

10 a.m.-5 p.m.
July 17 -Dec. 21, 2019

A section of the permanent collection galleries will highlight the exchange of aesthetics and ideas between East and West through objects made by artists who traveled between the two regions. This project is a collaboration between curator Aileen June Wang and University of Kansas art history professors Sherry Fowler and Maki Kaneko.

8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
July 20, 2019
Fiedler Auditorium, Engineering Complex

The Consortium for Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability and its partners will host the 14th Annual Dialog on Sustainability: "Climate Change and Storm Water Management."

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
I t is a priority to us to continue to engage with the community about what constitutes a breach of NIH peer review integrity – including, but not limited to:
  • A reviewer sending grant applications to their postdocs to write their critiques
  • Someone revealing that they reviewed a particular application
  • A reviewer disclosing how another reviewer scored an application
  • A principal investigator (PI) approaching a reviewer at a scientific conference to discuss her/his institution’s application in which s/he is designated as PI
Extramural Nexus

A yearlong investigation by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, has fingered 180 scientists at more than 60 U.S. research institutions who NIH believes have violated the confidentiality of its peer-review system or failed to disclose financial ties to foreign organizations. sciencemag.org

Gail Horowitz noticed something peculiar about the first-generation students who were struggling in her chemistry classes. They studied as hard as their classmates. So why weren’t they doing as well? The Chronicle of Higher Education

Russia’s beleaguered space science program is hoping for a rare triumph this month. Spektr-RG, an x-ray satellite to be launched on 21 June from Kazakhstan, aims to map all of the estimated 100,000 galaxy clusters that can be seen across the universe. sciencemag.org

What responsibility do archaeologists have when their research about prehistoric finds is appropriated to make 21st-century arguments about ethnicity? smithsonianmag.com

Triumph over five human opponents at Texas hold’em brings bots closer to solving complicated real-world problems. nature.com
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