May 16, 2018
Funding Connection

  • The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipend Program provides full-time support on a humanities project for two consecutive months for individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.  
  • The NEH Challenge Grants Program seeks to strengthen the institutional base of the humanities by enabling infrastructure development and capacity building. Grants aim to help institutions secure long-term support for their core activities.
  • Read more of this week's featured opportunities
ORSP Opportunities: Update your Pivot profile
Research is becoming a more and more a collaborative endeavor , with work performed by teams of researchers comprising individuals who bring different areas of expertise and strengths to multi-faceted projects. The Office of the Vice President for Research provides a number of tools and resources to help facilitate research collaborations and aid researchers in finding partners with needed abilities.

One such tool is a commercial product,  Pivot , to which K-State has an institutional subscription. Access Pivot here . Be sure you are on campus, using a computer with a K-State IP address, the first time you access Pivot; otherwise, it will not recognize your ability to use our institutional subscription.

Start by creating a Pivot account and then either creating a profile or claiming one that was automatically generated from website information. When you create an account and sign in, the tool will indicate whether you have an account associated with Kansas State University. If you have an account associated with another institution, you will need to change your account information to transfer the account to K-State. (Note: It’s also a good idea to make sure your personal page on your department/college website is up-to-date, because Pivot gleans information from those pages.)

You can embellish your profile with a profile photo, links to personal websites, your areas of expertise, keywords by which others can search your profile, and additional information such as a listing of your publications and research grants.  

Advantages to having an up-to-date Pivot profile include:

  • You can search for funding or sign up for personalized funding notifications through Pivot;
  • K-Staters and others can find you as a possible collaborator; and
  • Your career and research are accurately represented to the world.

Pivot is user-friendly and easy to update. Summer is a good time to update your profile!

— Beth Montelone, senior associate vice president for research
Events and announcements
  • USDA records disposal freeze update: K-State has received official notification that the records disposal freeze associated with agreements awarded by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Economic Research Service (ERS), and National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has been lifted.
  • In the March 28 edition of Research Weekly, we noted that the Council on Governmental Relations advised institutions to hold records associated with these agencies PLUS the Office of the Chief Economist (OCE), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), Office of Pest Management Policy (OPMP), and the Office of the Secretary (SEC).
  • As mentioned in the letter from USDA, standard record retention guidelines remain in effect.
  • We will communicate updates on records associated with the other agencies as information becomes available.

  • The Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure will offer a monthly webinar series beginning May 17 at 2:00 p.m. EDT. Subsequent webinars will be on the third Thursday of each month. The series will focus on the translational impact of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure and will highlight how cyberinfrastructure innovations have impacted science. Find more information and register.

  • The U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, and the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) are pleased to announce the sixth Arab-American Frontiers of Science, Engineering, and Medicine Symposium November 4-6, 2018 in Kuwait City. Sessions will address big data, water systems, the microbiome, air quality, and next-generation buildings and infrastructure. Applications are dueJuly 1, 2018. Find more information

  • The Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute will hold a One Health Research Symposium on One Health Applications of CRISPR/cas9 on August 19-20 at the Kansas City Convention Center. Find more information.

  • The next NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration will be October 17-19 in San Francisco. Registration opened this week. Find more information.
Agency news and trending topics
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Awareness on its own is obviously not enough. John Lennon wrote that life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans. Well, a life with mental illness can feel a lot like something that happens while well-meaning people are busy raising awareness. So, how do we make sure that those affected actually feel heard, supported and better?

 In research shortly before his death in 1954, Alan Turing used mathematics to explore how forms emerge, yielding insights that are now being applied to problems like desalination.

Nineteen people have died of Ebola in Congo as health officials plan to send an experimental vaccine to prevent the spread of the virus that killed thousands in West Africa a few years ago.
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