Archives—August 2017

ational Native Health Research Training Conference

1st Annual National Native Health Research Training Conference
Colorado Convention Center
September 18-19, 2017 | Denver, Colorado
Post-Conference Training: Sept. 20th
In 2017, the Indian Health Service (IHS) launched the National Native Health Research Training Initiative (NNHRTI) to promote Tribally-driven research activity through educational and training opportunities, including the first of five annual conferences that will build capacity and disseminate new and best practices for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) health research. The 5-year initiative and each of the five annual conferences are sponsored by the IHS and hosted by the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC), the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), and the Native Research Network (NRN).

Conference Objectives:

  • Increase opportunities for AI/AN scientists and health professionals to share knowledge gained from health sciences research with AI/AN students and other scientists and health professionals.
  • Increase the dissemination and use of biomedical, clinical, behavioral, and health science research findings to address the health needs of AI/AN communities.
  • Enhance Tribal-academic collaborations and improve the ability of Tribes to better understand research findings, particularly related to the physical, biological, genetic, behavioral, psychological, cultural, and social implications of research.
  • Increase the effective use of Traditional Medicine, Indigenous Knowledge, and Traditional Ecological Knowledge/Environmental Health to enhance protective factors/effects and to improve health outcomes among AI/ANs.

Conference Track

  • Biomedical and clinical systems and research (BCSR)
  • Injury Prevention
  • Native Men’s Health
  • Traditional Medicine
  • Traditional Ecological Knowledge/ Environmental Health (TEK/EH)

Conference Registration
Immediately following the NNHRT Conference is the 2017 AISES National Conference. Register for both conferences and receive a discount!

NNHRT Conference Standard Registration

June 1 – September 17
$ 150

Onsite Registration:
September 18-19

Onsite Registration ($150)

NNHRT Conference withAISES National Conference

Professional Registration
$ 450

Includes all AISES National Conference activities.
AISES National Conference is
Sept. 21-23, 2017

NNHRT Conference withAISES National Conference

Student Registration
$ 250

Includes all AISES National
Conference activites.
AISES National Conference is
Sept. 21-23, 2017

ORAU Grant Deadline Sept. 1

ORAU Events Grant Deadline:  September 1, 2017

The ORAU Events Grant Cycle 1 deadline is September 1, 2017.  Applications must be submitted by the ORAU Councilor and may request up to $4,000 to support events which involve participants from more than one ORAU institution.

Such events may include visits to an ORAU institution by a renowned speaker, conferences or workshops with a focused theme, or a technology transfer/business plan competition.  Criteria for consideration include:

  • Event participation by more than one ORAU institution (however, one ORAU member will submit the proposal and handle the funds).
  • Potential impact of the event, including the number of institutions or participants.
  • Student participation is considered a positive factor.
  • New events have preference over events that are on-going annual events with an established financial model.
  • Preference will be given to events in STEM disciplines.
  • A representative from ORAU must be invited to the event and will attend, if possible.

For eligibility information, funding restrictions and directions to apply, please visit the Events Sponsorship Program page on the ORAU website:



Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting Deadline:  September 29, 2017

ORAU is again privileged to provide funding to support graduate students to attend the annual meeting of Nobel Laureates in Lindau, Germany. We have sponsored students for this historic event for a number of years, and we are currently soliciting graduate student nominations in the fields of physiology and medicine to attend the 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting to be held June 24 – June 29, 2018.

  • ORAU member institutions may nominate two students per university.
  • Deadline for nominations is September 29, 2017 at 4:00 p.m., Eastern Time

Selected students will have the opportunity to attend formal lectures and informal meetings with Nobel Laureate scientists and peers from around the world.  Information on past meetings is available at

In 2018, the meeting will feature recipients of the Nobel Prize in the field of physiology and medicine.  Assuming funding becomes available as anticipated, nominations will be accepted for eligible candidates who:

  • Are U.S. citizens and are currently enrolled at a member university as full-time graduate students;
  • Have completed by June 2018 at least two academic years of graduate studies toward a doctoral degree in the disciplines of physiology, medicine, or a related discipline; and
  • Are planning a dissertation/thesis defense no earlier than January 1, 2019.

We are seeking nominations for a diverse group of students including, women, minorities and people with disabilities. Students must show a genuine interest in science and research; display a strong commitment to the field of physiology/medicine; and be a well-rounded individual who can converse with scientists and peers in a meaningful way.

The competitive selection process for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting occurs in three phases, starting with university nominations. Universities must submit all student nominations by email to before Friday, September 29, 2017 at 4:00 p.m., Eastern Time.

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Michelle Goodson ( or Cathy Fore (


University Partnerships Office

COE Researchers, please tell us the moment you get a paper accepted!

The College of Engineering (COE) and University Marketing and Communications (UMC) want to feature more of your journal publications in media stories. We need researchers to share manuscripts with us as soon as they are accepted for publication. Venues include, the news portions of Science and Nature, the AGU Blogosphere, Huffington Post, Mechanical Engineering Magazine, C&E News, EurekAlert, and other top national and international print and electronic media. To properly write these news summaries, our staff needs THREE WEEKS to prepare for, write, edit, design, post, promote, and share a news release. The news release is then timed to coincide with the publication date of your manuscript.

Michigan Small Business Development Center

Marketing Your Business
Wednesday, August 23rd 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
This webinar presents practical applications of marketing concepts designed to grow small businesses such as market analysis and research, target marketing, assessing competitors, and key marketing implementation tools. A strategic, well planned approach to marketing is demonstrated, with several examples of effective hands-on marketing techniques.
Business Legal Issues
Wednesday, August 30th 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Business Legal Issues is an introduction to the different types of legal entities that are appropriate for structuring and starting a new business. Tax and liability issues are covered, along with basic elements of a contract, collections, licenses, registrations, employment and property issues, leasing and insurance. It is designed to guide business owners in setting up the organizational structure that will help protect them from unnecessary legal challenges.
Small Business, Big Threat

How protected is your small business from cyber security threats? Small Business, Big Threat can assist your small business in reducing the chance of encountering a cyber attack by providing helpful resources and in-depth trainings.

Attention: NSF DMR changes to unsolicited proposal submissions

Dear Materials Research Community,

The NSF Division of Materials Research (DMR) is now issuing solicitations for “unsolicited” proposals (i.e. research proposals based on the communities’ best ideas and aligned with DMR’s mission) to our core programs or Topical Materials Research Programs (TMRPs).  The TMRP synopses have been updated to better inform the materials research community about the type of research TMRPs support and the solicitations provide specific guidance for proposal preparation and submission.

DMR supports research that promotes fundamental materials research to advance materials discovery through prediction, design, synthesis and understanding of materials and materials phenomena through eight TMRPs:

Biomaterials (BMAT)

Ceramics (CER)

Condensed Matter and Materials Theory (CMMT)

Condensed Matter Physics (CMP)

Electronic and Photonic Materials (EPM)

Metals and Metallic Nanostructures (MMN)

Polymers (POL)

Solid State and Materials Chemistry (SSMC)

Previously, individual investigators and small teams submitted research proposals to the TMRPs once a year between September 1 and October 31 following only the guidelines of the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG).  Starting in 2016 and continuing going forward, the CER and CMMT programs introduced separate solicitations having additional specifications and open proposal submission windows with no deadlines (see solicitations NSF 16-597 and NSF 16-596, respectively).

In addition, starting in 2017 and going forward the other six TMRPs (BMAT, CMP, EPM, MMN, POL, and SSMC) also require submission through a solicitation, but with a proposal deadline each year of November 1 (see solicitation NSF 17-580).

If you have any questions about these changes, please contact the cognizant Program Directors as indicated in the solicitations.



Linda S. Sapochak, Ph.D.

Division Director

Division of Materials Research

National Science Foundation


ASEE Capital Shorts

GAPS IN RESEARCH INTEGRITY TRAINING: By law, the National Science Foundation is supposed to require that institutions receiving grants train their undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers about the responsible conduct of research (RCR). NSF’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) checked out 48 institutions and found that 11 – 23 percent – did not have an RCR plan or a designated person to make sure that the required participants took the training. Eight of the 11 developed a plan after being contacted by the OIG. In a report,the OIG says: “The lack of guidance from NSF as to what constitutes ‘appropriate training’ means that NSF cannot guarantee that the instruction provided in response to the RCR training requirement meets a minimum level of quality”; “Some institutions are engaged in promising practices or using techniques that are worthy of being shared with the broader community”; “No institutions are conducting risk assessments, despite the fact that NSF’s FAQ says that they should”; “Requiring RCR training only for participants supported by NSF can have negative consequences”; and, “Although faculty play a critical role in the research enterprise and constitute a significant percentage of research misconduct subjects, only 15 percent of the plans we reviewed require faculty to take RCR training.” The OIG findings are among topics for discussion at the National Science Board’s meeting next week.

NEW APPROACHES TO GRADUATE EDUCATION: NSF has awarded $4.8 million for 10 projects that will “pilot, test and validate innovative and potentially transformative ways to teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in graduate education” and address “diversity, career pathways and transferable skillsets.” The projects “all evaluate approaches that could be scaled for use at other institutions nationally.” See the titles, principal investigators and sponsor institutions. NSF anticipates making 4-6 Innovations in Graduate Education awards in fiscal 2018.

PETITIONERS SEEK RETURN OF NIH GRANT CAPS: The Scientist reports that an online petition asks the National Institutes of Health to reconsider its decision to move away from the Grant Support Index (GSI), a point system intended to spread grant money among more scientists and limit the sums given to established and well-funded investigators. “Critics claimed that the study used to support the GSI, which established a connection between increasing NIH funding and lab productivity, was flawed.” Petitioners say abandonment of the GSI policy “suggests that a small number of powerful scientists can drive key policy decisions, to the detriment of the community and to the efficiency of the enterprise.”

NEXT-GEN BRAIN IMAGING: The National Institutes of Health wants researchers “with expertise and insights” in noninvasive human brain imaging technologies to come up with projects for a new round of funding in the Development of Next Generation Human Brain Imaging Tools and Technologiesprogram. “If developed, such technologies would enable imaging and measuring brain processes in ways that are currently unachievable, thereby acquiring fundamental novel insight about how the human brain is organized and functions.”

Michigan Tech Strategic Plan — Open for Comments

by Office of the Vice President for Research

This academic year, the process of revising the Strategic Plan will begin. The Strategic Plan describes the priorities for the next five years that must be addressed in order to advance toward the Portrait. Suggestions and comments are welcomed and your feedback is anonymous.

If you would like to leave feedback, do so at the following link: Strategic Plan Feedback. If you have any questions, email Cathy Jenich of the Vice President for Research Office.

Funds Available for Visiting Women and Minority Lecturers/Scholars

Michigan Tech is offering grants through the Visiting Women and Minority Lecturer Scholar Series to help departments bring visiting minority and underrepresented speakers to the University.
All departments are invited to participate in these programs. Applications are due by noon Friday (Aug.18). Notification of awards will be made by Sept. 29. Read the previous Tech Today story.

Career Empowerment for Women in Science

Monday, Aug. 28, 2017 • 3-4 p.m. ET • Register now

For women pursuing careers in the sciences, there are a number of unique challenges. Fortunately, there are also a number of strategies that women can employ to allow their talent, intelligence and scientific skill to shine through. This is the first of two webcasts addressing this topic.

Our discussion will be led by Dr. Shirley Malcom and Dr. Celeste Rohlfing, two women who have faced these challenges, firsthand. Their insights will prove invaluable – and inspirational – to any female scientist or entrepreneur interested in furthering their career.

Join us for this FREE webcast!

Shirley Malcom, PhDShirley Malcom, PhD – Dr. Malcom, head of the Education and Human Resources Program at AAAS, is a trustee of Caltech, a regent of Morgan State University and a former member of the National Science Board, the policymaking body of the National Science Foundation. Dr. Malcom also served on President Clinton’s Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology. She serves on the boards of various nonprofits and holds 16 honorary degrees.
Celeste Rohlfing, PhDCeleste Rohlfing, PhD – Dr. Rohlfing joined AAAS as chief operating officer in 2015. Previously, she served as the deputy assistant director at the National Science Foundation for the Directorate of Mathematical and Physical Sciences. Dr. Rohlfing also served as assistant director of physical sciences at President Obama’s White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and worked at both Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories.

Topics covered include:

  • Salary, benefits packages and other differentials.
  • Leadership roles and leadership training.
  • Finding the right career mentors.
  • Women as entrepreneurs (difficulties in accessing venture capital).
  • Women in industry, academia, national labs and government.
  • Responsibility of institutions to act.
  • Implicit bias in hiring, promotion and peer review for publication and grants.
  • Need for systemic, structural changes within institutions.
Reserve your place now!


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About the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Career Development Center

AAAS has supported the fields of science and engineering for over 150 years, but you may be more familiar with us as the publisher of the renowned journal, Science. With deep roots in a wide range of related disciplines, AAAS is uniquely positioned to provide training and guidance designed specifically for your STEM students.

The AAAS Career Development Center provides STEM-focused resources and tools developed specifically to help early career science and engineering professionals grow and learn.

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MTU and UPHS-Portage Social

Dear Human Health-Oriented Researchers and Educators:

I wanted to get a four important items on your radar.
MTU and UPHS-Portage Social — As part of the PHF partnership grant, we are tasked with organizing an annual social between MTU health faculty and UPHS-Portage physicians.  Due to a variety of scheduling challenges with UPHS-Portage, we could not settle on a date last spring.  However, Dr. Mary Beth Hines has agreed to help us organize one this fall, and the date that seems to work best for UPHS-Portage physicians is the evening of Wed, Sept 27 (~6pm).  We will be sending out an official Save-The-Date invite out very soon… but wanted to get this on your radar as the semester approaches.  Our goal for this is to have a relaxing forum where faculty and physicians can get together.  UPHS-Portage has requested us to have 10-15 faculty to give a 2-min “TechTalks” style presentation.  The PHF Steering committee will be tasked with deciding upon a representative group of presenters, but feel free to email me directly with any nominations you might have.
PHF URIP program — Some of you have been asking about the Undergraduate Research Internship Program for this year.  Yes, we still plan to have this for academic year 2017-18.  Right now, the website cannot be updated due to an ongoing move to the new Content Management System.  The website should be updated within the next couple weeks, and I will send out that link as soon as it is live.  But for planning purposes, please note that the application deadline will be Oct 2, with an anticipated start date of Oct 16 for the program.
Three Endowed Professors — I’m pleased to announce that we have in place our three endowed professors.  UMC is working on some stories that we will pass along, but below are the three positions.  My thank you to all who have been involved with those three hires over the past 2 years.
  • Dr. Keat Ghee Ong (BME) — PHF Endowed Professor of Technological Innovations in Health
  • Dr. William Cooke (KIP) — PHF Endowed Professor of Preventive and Community Health
  • Dr. Qiuying Sha (Math Sci) — PHF Endowed Professor of Population Health
PHF Endowment Sponsored Seminar — Dr. Keat Ghee Ong would like to invite you to an upcoming seminar on translational research in human health, sponsored by the Portage Health Foundation for Technological Innovations in Health endowment. The speaker is Prof. Robert E. Guldberg, Parker H. Petit Chair and Executive Director of the Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience at Georgia Institute of Technology. The seminar will be held on August 25, 2017, 3:00 PM, at 201 Great Lakes Research Center, and is designed to stimulate discussion on high impact Institute models for research related to human health. More information about this seminar is on

Lastly, we’ll be planning our annual fall campus forum on the PHF partnership for sometime after the annual report (which is due in early October).  More details to come on that.
Jason R. Carter, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Dept of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology
Michigan Technological University
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI 49931
Phone: (906)487-2715
Fax: (906)487-0985