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Federal Science Partners March 3 update

Includes discussion on budget priorities (increase defense, decrease other areas).

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NSF Hearing Before House Research and Technology Subcommittee – The Director of the National Science Foundation is expected to testify before the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee’s Subcommittee on Research and Technology on March 9.  Representative Barbara Comstock (R-VA) is expected to chair this hearing.  This will NSF’s first opportunity to testify on its programs and activities since the 115th Congress convened in January.

Use of the LSTI MiSeq machine

Dear all,

Trying to gauge the interest in running samples on the MiSeq machine ( )among the LSTI membership ( The MiSeq is a next generation sequencing platform that allows high throughput and depth sequencing of DNA and RNA samples from various sources. If significant interest, I will propose on the next meeting a proposal funded by LSTI to support running some or all of these samples (depends on the number) for free. At this time, if interested,  please send me in an email with:

  1. What type of samples?
  2. How many samples do you expect?
  3. When do you expect them to be ready for analyzes?

Support and assistance for the runs will be provided by Dr. Jennifer Sanders ( If you have any questions please direct them to her.

What I am trying to accomplish is to:

  1. Incentivize the use of the machine, which at the moment is very rarely used.
  2. Train personnel to handle the workflow.
  3. Better understand the cost structure and potential venues for reduction.
  4. The dynamics of sample stream in terms of numbers and workflow.
  5. Identify items that may not be available at this time and need to be purchased.


Victor Busov, LSTI Director,



ASEE Webinars in Jan & Feb: Engineer Your Career – Success for Up-and-Coming Faculty and Professionals

The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) has just launched the Online Learning initiative, in an effort to engage more diverse members. This initiative is kicking off with webinar series Engineer Your Career – Success for Up-and-Coming Faculty and Professionals. With this series, ASEE hopes to equip students and early career professionals with the knowledge and skills to navigate the processes of securing and navigating first positions.

The January 2017 webinar focuses on ASEE fellowships. The February 2017 webinar explores strategic networks and the building of social capital.

ASEE Winter Webinars – Professional Development for Students

ASEE has recently launched a four-part webinar series for engineering students and up-and-coming faculty and professionals. The first two webinars of the series focus on fellowships and strategic networks. Follow this link to learn more about these webinars, and register today:


Essential Knowledge Briefings for students: WDS, EDS, EPMA, EBSD, Micro XRF, XPS etc.

Wiley has a series of great, short guides called Essential Knowledge Briefings on the latest techniques, applications and equipment used in analytical science and research laboratories. They are free and available in different formats (pdf, mobi, epub).
They have one for WDS, EDS, EPMA, EBSD, Micro XRF, XPS etc.
It is a nice thing for teaching to share with students or other interested users. You can also often find hard copies at their exhibition at big conferences (so if you are at AGU… I have definitely seen them at the M&M conference).
You can find them here:
It requires a registration but then it is free.

Educational session “Review of Foreign National Restrictions on Awards” 12 to 1:30 p.m., Wed, November 16th.

This is a reminder that the Vice President for Research Office will host an educational session entitled, “Review of Foreign National Restrictions on Awards” from noon to 1:30 p.m.Wednesday, November 16th.  The session will be in the Memorial Union Ballroom A1. Registration ends on November 14.

This session will help faculty and staff understand and address foreign national restrictions considerations when conducting research.  Topics covered will include: managing technical data, intellectual property and proprietary materials; defining and working with foreign nationals,
publishing and teaching; and exporting and licensing considerations.

Register now to reserve a seat!

This workshop is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research. There will be desserts and beverages provided, please bring your own lunch.

If you have questions, please contact Ramona Englund at 487-2654 or

Internal proposal deadline 3 days before Oct. 31.

Due to the large number of proposals expected to be submitted to sponsors on October 31, the Sponsored Programs Office (SPO) finds it necessary to adjust the internal proposal deadline for this specific date only to three working days prior to the sponsor’s deadline.  The additional time will allow for our analysts to perform sufficient review of all proposals to ensure sponsor deadlines are not missed.
The internal deadline for those proposals due to sponsors on October 31 will be October 26 at 7:00 a.m.  In order to apply the revised deadline equitably to all PI’s, proposals sent to SPO after this internal deadline will not be submitted to sponsors.
Please share this information with your faculty/staff and let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you,
Kim Codere
Manager, Grants & Contracts
Sponsored Programs Office
Michigan Technological University
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI  49931-1295

Phone:  906/487-2226
Fax:  906/487-2245