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SWE: Join the webinar for Publishing 101 on November 10


Getting your journal papers accepted isn’t just a matter of doing good work, it also requires communicating it appropriately and selecting the proper venue such as a conference or journal publication. Likewise, conducting reviews of other people’s journal papers takes more than just a knowledge of the technical domain. This webinar will help you:

  • Evaluate a conference or journal to determine its suitability for your work
  • Determine the criteria that reviewers are likely to be using for the review
  • Critically read a paper that you are assigned to review

Publishing 101

Date: Friday, November 10, 2017

Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CT

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NCEES announces price reduction for FE, FS exams in 2018

Dear Engineering and Surveying Educators:

Beginning January 1, 2018, NCEES is reducing the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) and Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam registration fees by $50 to $175. The reduced fee will apply to registrations completed on or after this date; the new price will not be honored for registrations completed before January 1, 2018.

NCEES member boards voted to lower the price of these exams at the organization’s 95th annual meeting in August 2016.

The FE exam is the first of two exams required for professional engineering licensure; it is designed to test students’ knowledge of concepts learned while earning an accredited bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline. The FS exam is a similar exam designed for surveying licensure candidates. These exams are currently taken by nearly 47,000 examinees throughout the United States and 15 foreign locations annually. They are computer-based exams administered throughout the year at Pearson VUE test centers.

“NCEES and its member boards are committed to reducing barriers to licensure,” NCEES Chief Executive Officer Jerry Carter explained. “Moving to year-round computer-based testing for these exams, which gives candidates greater scheduling flexibility, was an important part of those measures. The organization is taking the additional step of lowering the price of the fundamentals exams to ensure that cost is not a prohibitive factor in starting on the path to licensure.”

For more information on the FE and FS exams, visit

Download the news release.

NIH Clinical Trials

Below is the latest update from NIH on clinical trials and the establishment of specific FOA’s for R21 and R01 mechanisms.  To my knowledge, there has not been a notice yet on how they will handle R15 grants that meet clinical trials definition.

I’m working with Pete Larson and RD group to put together a Brown Bag Lunch-N-Learn on the new clinical trials guidelines and requirements that will begin in January 2018.  While a number of organizations have been lobbying to get these new guidelines postponed, it does not seem to be influencing NIH leadership yet.
Those that do any NIH research with humans or human samples will be strongly encouraged to attend.  More details will be forthcoming; we are aiming for a session in late November or early December.
Jason R. Carter, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Dept of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology

Work, Live, Learn Survey

Dear Michigan Tech community member,

President Mroz recently sent you a letter encouraging you to complete the Michigan Tech Assessment of Working, Living, and Learning. This survey is now available for you to take. We are looking for your input to assist us in making positive and lasting changes to help create a more inclusive campus.

As of Friday, October 20, 6.1% of the Michigan Tech community has completed the survey.

Please visit and click on Take the Survey if you haven’t done so already.

Thank you for investing your time in this worthwhile endeavor.

Jill M. Hodges, Ph.D.
Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Equity and Inclusion

How Do People at Michigan Tech Experience Life at the University?

by Jenn Donovan

Working, living and learning at Michigan Technological University is shaped by the attitudes, beliefs, experiences and perceptions of the students, faculty and staff.  What are those attitudes, beliefs, experiences and perceptions, and how do they affect life on campus?

Michigan Tech is committed to finding out. So the University formed a Climate Survey Working Group and hired a consultant from Pennsylvania State University, Susan Rankin of Rankin & Associates, to conduct a campus-wide assessment of the beliefs, behaviors and practices of members of the Michigan Tech community. She has conducted more than 170 institutional climate assessments at colleges and universities.

The study opened yesterday (Oct. 17) and runs until Nov. 10.

“The Working, Living and Learning Assessment will pose questions related to backgrounds and groups with which people identify, as well as attitudes and beliefs about their own and other groups on campus,” said Jill Hodges, executive director of Institutional Equity and Inclusion. “The survey is voluntary and confidential. Those taking it can choose not to answer any question.  It should take 20 to 30 minutes to complete.

The full story is available on the Michigan Tech news website.

Federal Science Partners Faculty Town Hall

Higher Education and Research Policy:
Impact on Faculty

 Interested in how federal policy impacts higher education?

Hear from Michigan Tech Director of Federal Relations and Michigan Tech’s federal lobbying firm, Federal Science Partners, as they discuss policy topics important to students such as: research funding, congressional and executive branch processes, and more.

A short presentation will be followed by an open town hall style Q&A.

When: Thursday October 5th, 2:00-3:00 PM

Where: MUB Ballroom B

FSP Faculty Flyer

AHA Collaborative Sciences Award Letter of Intent Deadline is Nov. 1, 2017

The American Heart Association Collaborative Sciences Award (CSA) fosters innovative collaborative approaches to research projects that propose novel pairings of investigators from at least two broadly disparate disciplines. At least one Co-PI must be from a field outside of cardiovascular disease and stroke. The proposal must focus on the collaborative relationship, such that the scientific objectives could not be achieved without the efforts of at least two co-principal investigators and their respective disciplines.

The combination and integration of studies may be inclusive of basic, clinical, population, behavioral, and/or translational research. AHA awards are open to the array of academic and health professionals. This includes but is not limited to all academic disciplines (biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, technology, physics, etc.) and all health-related professions (physicians, nurses, advanced practice nurses, pharmacists, dentists, physical and occupational therapists, statisticians, nutritionists, behavioral scientists, health attorneys, engineers, etc.).

Following are the basic requirements of the CSA; please refer to the AHA Collaborative Sciences Award Description for additional requirements and details:

  • At least one Co-PI must work in cardiovascular or stroke-related research.
  • At least one Co-PI must work in a divergent/disparate discipline (e.g. engineering, computer science, chemistry, mathematics, psychology, health law, etc.) and/or without prior focus in cardiovascular or stroke-related research.
  • At least one Co-PI must be an early-career (assistant professor or equivalent) or mid-career(associate professor or equivalent) investigator.
  • Each Co-PI must hold a M.D., Ph.D., D.O., D.D.S., D.V.M. or equivalent post-baccalaureate terminal (highest-level) degree in his/her discipline.

This is a three-year award of $250,000 per year.

Letter of Intent

A letter of intent is required to ensure responsiveness to the novel, collaborative nature of this program. AHA will contact select applicants who will be invited to submit a full application.

The letter (five pages maximum) must describe an innovative, collaborative approach to research which incorporates a novel grouping of investigators from at least two widely disparate disciplines and/or areas of expertise. The written summary must focus on the collaborative relationship of the investigators, such that the scientific objectives cannot be achieved without the efforts of at least two co-principal investigators and their respective disciplines and expertise. The combination and integration of studies may be inclusive of basic, clinical, population, behavioral, and/or translational research. Letters of Intent must be submitted through Grants@Heart, the AHA’s online application and award system. View the full Letter of Intent Instructions.

The Letter of Intent deadline is Wednesday, Nov 1, 2017, at 5 pm CST.
View the AHA Collaborative Sciences Award Description here.

For program questions/inquiries, call (214) 360-6107 (option 1) or email

VPR Campus Satellite Office: 6th floor Dow

The Vice President for Research (VPR) is piloting a satellite office on campus.  Jennifer Bukovich from the Sponsored Programs Office (SPO) and Christopher Stancher from the Sponsored Programs Accounting (SPA) Office are housed on the 6th Floor of the Dow Environmental Sciences & Engineering Building to support faculty and staff in areas related to sponsored programs.

The location of the satellite office provides faculty and staff in the College of Engineering, College of Science and Arts and the School of Technology with direct and convenient access to SPO and SPA.  While on campus, SPO, SPA and the representatives will assess the needs for administrative support related to sponsored programs and provide suggestions on how those needs can be met.

The VPR Office is extremely excited about this opportunity to be located on-campus and looks forward to the personal interaction this location will provide.  For assistance, please stop by rooms 616 and 617 of the Dow Building during normal office hours.

For questions regarding this pilot, please contact Lisa Jukkala in SPO at 487-2226 or Tammy LaBissoniere in SPA at 487-2244.