June 27, 2018
Funding Connection

  • The National Science Foundation (NSF) Political Science Program supports scientific research that advances knowledge and understanding of citizenship, government, and politics.
  • NSF’s Economics Program supports research in almost every area of economics, including econometrics, economic history, environmental economics, finance, industrial organization, international economics, labor economics, macroeconomics, mathematical economics, and public finance. 
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Events and announcements
  • Reminder: McAllister & Quinn Concept Papers are due June 29 for internal review. Find more information in the May 30 edition of Research Weekly or in the Funding Connection.

  • Research Weekly will not publish on Wednesday, July 4. Enjoy the holiday!

  • The Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense will hold a public meeting to address The Cost of Resilience: Impact of Large-Scale Biological Events on Business, Finance, and the Economy on July 31 in Washington D.C. The meeting is free, but registration by July 25 is required for in-person or webcast attendance.

K-State featured by Industry-Sponsored Research Management
K-State was featured as a case study in the June 2018 issue of Industry-Sponsored Research Management, a publication of Tech Transfer Central and the University Industry Demonstration Partnership.

The article describes K-State efforts to provide:

Agency news and trending topics
The original ban had immediate repercussions for researchers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen .... The White House has since revised the policy.  It now applies  to travelers from five majority-Muslim nations — Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Somalia — plus Venezuela and North Korea. The travel restrictions now vary by country, and include some exemptions for students.

The medical research grant system in the United States, run through the National Institutes of Health, is intended to fund work that spurs innovation and fosters research careers. In many ways, it may be failing. … A recent study suggests the grant-making system may be unreliable in distinguishing between grants that are funded versus those that get nothing — its very purpose.

Foreign agents are targeting research at American academic institutions, write Representatives Lamar Smith and Clay Higgins, and universities must take steps to guard against theft of sensitive information.

In this update to the Center for the Study of the Drone’s database of public safety agencies with drones, we estimate that at least 910 state and local police, sheriff, fire, and emergency services agencies in the U.S. have acquired drones. In this revised count, we uncovered more agencies that had acquired drones prior to 2017 than previously reported, and we estimate that the number of public safety agencies with drones has increased by approximately 82 percent in the last year alone. All told, there are now more than twice as many agencies that own drones as there are agencies that own manned aircraft in the U.S.

Breaking with a history of reticence, nearly 600 scientists, students, and lab animal workers published a letter in  USA Today  this morning that calls on U.S. research institutions to “embrace openness” about their animal research. “We should proudly explain how animals are used for the advancement of science and medicine, in the interest of the well-being of humans and animals,” the 592 signatories write in the letter. “From the development of insulin and transplant surgery to modern day advances, including gene therapies and cancer treatments; animals … continue to play a crucial role in both basic and applied research.” The letter was organized by the pro–animal research advocacy group Speaking of Research, which has offices in the both the United States and the United Kingdom. 
Shakespeare takes up references to the morbid art, and to other new discoveries, to show that when scientific investigations yield new ideas about nature, what ensues is an altered relation to ourselves. In fact, Shakespeare explores the philosophical, psychological, and cultural impact of many more scientific fields besides human anatomy, reflecting poetically on theories about germs, atoms, matter, falling bodies, planetary motion, heliocentrism, alchemy, the humors, algebra, Arabic numerals, Pythagorean geometry, the number zero, and the infinite. The inquiries that drove Renaissance science, and the universe it disclosed, are deeply integrated into Shakespeare’s poetic worlds.
The theme of International Women’s Day this past March may have been “gender parity,” but at the rate things are going, women won’t file as many patents as men in a single calendar year until nearly 2100, according to the  Institute for Women’s Policy Research . But thanks to research from Washington University in St. Louis, published June 18 in  Technology and Innovation, Journal of the National Academy of Inventors , a blueprint is emerging to help technology transfer offices (TTOs) support women inventors in academia to protect, patent and commercialize their lab findings to help to support their institutions and, potentially, society at large.
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