May 6, 2020
Funding Connection

Summer Stipends  program
The National Endowment for the Humanities’ (NEH)  Summer Stipends  program supports 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.

HHS, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases  Emergency Awards: Rapid Investigation of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (R01 R21 )   provides an expedited funding mechanism for research on Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Of particular interest are the biology, transmission, and progression of the virus/disease in addition to the usual vaccine, therapeutic and testing interests.

ORD Opportunities: Summer Stipend program
The Office of Research Development (ORD) staff will again offer a month-long writing clinic that will use an iterative process to help interested faculty members develop and refine their submissions for the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend program. This clinic is based on the approach ORD has offered successfully for the National Science Foundation CAREER opportunity and piloted last year for the NEH Summer Stipend.

Interested faculty members will agree to participate in all sessions and assignments of the clinic. We will meet once a week via Zoom to review and discuss the writing assignments.

The steps will be as follows:
  1. Prewriting questions – submit by July 6; group meeting week of July 6
  2. Research and contribution section – based on answers to prewriting questions – submit by July 13; group meeting week of July 13
  3. Methodology and work plan; competencies, skills and access; final product and dissemination sections – submit by July 20; group meeting week of July 20
  4. Full three-page narrative section – submit by July 27; group meeting week of July 27

We are seeking volunteers to help serve as mentors during the clinic. The clinic will be limited to at most eight participants. We could use two to three mentors with humanities expertise to assist with critiques.

If you are interested in participating in this Writing Clinic either as a mentee or a mentor, please send an email stating your interest to [email protected] by June 12.
Annual compliance reviews
During this time of reduced activity, the University Research Compliance Office (URCO) has transitioned its annual review process for all the major compliance committees from a paper process to an electronic format.

The specific committees experiencing these changes are: Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), and the Institutional Review Board (IRB).

In an effort to not only maintain research activity, but to also increase efficiency, the sending, receiving and processing of all annual review forms will occur electronically via email.

The new process began with reports being sent out via email for the month of April.
K-State Framework for Restarting Research Activity on Campus
A framework for ramping up research activities across the university is now available on the university COVID-19 website. It will encompass all on or off-campus research activities, including libraries, archives, collections, studios, natural reserves, field sites, clinical research facilities, laboratories, and so on.

“Modeling a pandemic. How the analysis of big data joined with biological and social scientific research helps in understanding a pandemic spread,” with Dr. Caterina Scoglio, professor in electrical and computer engineering

This episode brings another timely discussion about the challenges caused by the current worldwide pandemic.  Caterina Scoglio , Paslay chair professor in the  Mike Wiegers Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering  at Kansas State University, explains the use of modeling in predicting the spread of epidemics. Scoligo specializes in developing theoretical models for the spread of disease. By using a generalized epidemic model framework software for the simulation of spreading, she apples models developed by her team to human and animal infectious diseases. Scoglio has developed models for the movement of ebola in Africa and protein corona formation in nanoparticles, which has been validated by experimental data. She has also developed network architectures and protocols for secure communication in smart grids.
Events and announcements
Research Brown Bag Discussion
Across the nation, faculty are grappling with how to begin to come out of “hibernation” in research, and this has been a topic for the Council on Research of APLU. The university has adopted a plan to reawaken research efforts at K-State that aligns with the State and County public health Phases to return to normalcy over the next few months. The Brown Bag discussion will attempt to address questions about developing individual research reawakening plans.

Noon-1:30 p.m.
Monday, May 11, 2020

Registration is now required . Please register to attend by 10 a.m. on Monday, May 11.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Please reach out to [email protected] with any questions.
NSF ERA Forum Webinar 
You are invited to participate in the National Science Foundation (NSF) Electronic Research Administration (ERA) Forum Webinar on  May 14, 2020 from noon-1:30 p.m .

To participate in this forum, please  Register Now .

The topics for this forum webinar will cover:
  • The new requirement beginning June 1, 2020, to use an NSF-approved format for the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support sections of NSF proposals.
  • The new Award Notice.
  • A Demo of Separately Submitted Collaborative Proposals from Multiple Organizations.

On April 1, 2020, NSF announced the availability of both NSF-approved formats for the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support sections of NSF proposals. NSF conducted a  Webinar   to discuss the policy and system implications for this new requirement. As a reminder we encourage you to send questions ahead of the May 14, 2020 ERA Forum webinar to  [email protected] .

For more information about the NSF ERA Forum Webinar, please visit
Showcase your research at the GROW & EXCITE Summer Workshop
K-State faculty, staff and students are invited to join KAWSE for the annual middle and high school outreach summer programming, the  Girls Researching Our World (GROW) and Exploring SCIence, Technology, and Engineering (EXCITE) Summer Workshops!  This year, we’re offering our popular camps virtually, offering multiple ways for you to participate:
  • Design and facilitate a hands-on activity for students that demonstrates your research, covers fundamental concepts, or showcases interesting phenomena in your disciplines (Live or pre-recorded)
  • Host a Career Chat to highlight your career path and other career opportunities within your field (Live)
  • Provide a virtual tour of your lab or research facility (Live or pre-recorded)
  • And more!

We hope to include a large variety of STEM topics in our activities, and all interested parties are encouraged to sign up. This includes K-State faculty, staff and students! The camp will be hosted virtually via Canvas, using Zoom to provide live sessions. Activity proposal forms are now available online and are due by  May 8, 2020.  Proposal forms, FAQ sheets, and more information is available by visiting the KAWSE website .
Questions? Please contact the KAWSE Office by emailing  [email protected] .
Science to Art benefits STEAM education in Kansas City.

Science to Art is a platform for regional scientists to display and describe their research through the visual arts. Each of these remarkable images tells a personal research story and poetically captures the fieldwork performed by the scientists and their teams. These images were submitted by scientists from Columbia, Missouri, to Manhattan, Kansas. All proceeds from the Science to Art auction will be donated to STEAM education in KC.

The application for 2020 submissions is open until May 8, 2020.
Calling all subject-matter experts to volunteer for NASA's Space Apps COVID-19 Challenge!


From May 30-31, 2020, citizen scientists around the world will solve challenges related to COVID-19 using NASA’s open-source data in an all-virtual, global hackathon.

The focus will be on the following four themes. (The complete challenge statements will be posted on the Space Apps website the week before the hackathon.)
1. Learning about the virus and its spread using Space-based data
2. Local response/change and solution
3. Impacts of COVID-19 on the Earth system/Earth system response
4. Economic opportunity, impact, and recovery during and following COVID-19

USDA APHIS NBAF Scientist Training Program
Apply now for admission to the program for the fall 2020 semester. Applications are due to K-State by 5 p.m. May 18, 2020.

K-State RSCAD in the news
Agency news and trending topics
NIH-Funded Study Also Will Ascertain Percentage of Infected Children Who Develop COVID-19

As COVID-19 forces conferences online, scientists discover upsides of virtual format  As the novel coronavirus outbreak shutters businesses and disrupts everyday life for billions around the globe, massive annual conferences and small society meetings alike have moved online.

Critics argue that the federal government increasingly has ceded responsibility for basic research to the private sector, which has different priorities.

Many states are far short of Covid-19 testing levels needed for safe reopening, new analysis shows
As the U.S. tries to move beyond its months-long coronavirus testing debacle, it is at risk of fumbling the next challenge: testing enough people to determine which cities and states can safely reopen and stay open.

Suggests that targeting sleep may help prevent diabetes and improve treatment.

Warming may be triggering drought worse than any in recorded history.

The notion that returning wolves can repair decades of ecosystem damage is immensely popular — and probably misguided.
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