Category Archives: What can your college do for you?

ASEE Webinars

A new semester brings new opportunities for education and career development! We are pleased to announce the following programmatic offerings for Fall 2017.
  Empathy in Engineering — Why it Matters

Facilitators: Dr. Nicki Sochacka and Dr. Jo Walther (University of Georgia)

In this free Action on Diversity webinar, explore the importance of empathy in the engineering curriculum and learn why empathy should be established as a ‘core skill’ for future engineers.



When?: Wednesday, September 20th   3:00 – 4:00 PM, ET

Register today!



When? October 5 – 6th, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA

Register for the conference here.



Engineering Technology Leaders Institute (ETLI) 2017 

ETLI has been held annually for more than 40 years. Its purpose is to bring engineering technology educators, industry leaders, and government officials together to important topics for future engineers. This year’s theme is “Looking Towards the Future: The Next 50 Years.”  View the preliminary program.



Streamlined Course Design 

Facilitators: Dr. Karl A Smith (University of Minnesota, Purdue University) and Dr. Ruth A. Streveler (Purdue University)

In October and November 2017, we are offering a four-part, live, instructor-led online program, designed to help engineering faculty craft more effective courses using the engineering design approach. Learn more about program outcomes, dates, and pricing here.

Don’t miss: Our facilitators are leading a free info session on this program in September – tune in to learn more!


When? (Click the titles below to register)

·        Free Informational Webinar:Friday, September 15th, 2:00 – 3:00 PM, ET

·        Course Design Program: October 13, October 27, November 3, November 10, 2:00 – 4:30 PM, ET


  Safe Zone Ally Training — Online Workshop Series

Tune in for these free, interactive online workshops for students, faculty, staff, and other professionals. During these workshops, participants will build knowledge and skills to create a more inclusive and environment for LGBTQ individuals in engineering and STEM.

This November and December, we will be offering three free workshops on different topics. Stay tuned for updates and learn more at


·        Safe Zone Module 1: LGBTQ 101 (Terminology and Concepts)

·        Safe Zone Module 2: Discrimination & Bias through an LGBTQ Lens

·        Safe Zone Module 3: LGBTQ in STEM




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.

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!


Share this valuable event with friends and colleagues.

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.

Learn more about AAAS  |   Explore the AAAS Career Development Center

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

Message to NIH grant applicants/awardees, contractors, researchers and research administrators:

If you are conducting NIH-funded research that involves human subjects, or are considering applying to NIH for support of such research, we want to call your attention to important changes that may affect how you:

  • select the right NIH funding opportunity announcement
  • write the research strategy and human subjects sections of your application
  • comply with appropriate policies and regulations

First, familiarize yourself with the new PHS Human Subject and Clinical Trial Information form. For application due dates of January 25, 2018, and beyond, you will be required to use an updated application forms package (FORMS-E), which includes the new human subject and clinical trial form. This form requests human subject and clinical trials information at the study level using discrete form fields, which is a change from current practice. Contract proposals will also require this information. Learn about the new form here.

Second, take a moment to answer these four questions about your current or proposed research:

1) Does the study involve human participants?

2) Are the participants prospectively assigned to an intervention?

3) Is the study designed to evaluate the effect of the intervention on the participants?

4) Is the effect that will be evaluated a health-related biomedical or behavioral outcome?

If the answer to all four questions is yes, then your proposed research meets the NIH definition of a clinical trial. Clarified and broadened in 2014, the definition encompasses a wide range of trial types: mechanistic, exploratory/developmental, pilot/feasibility, behavioral, and more. NIH expanded the clinical trial definition in response to widespread calls from diverse stakeholders for improved reporting of research milestones and outcomes, and for assuring maximal transparency.

Need help determining whether your study would be considered by NIH to be a clinical trial? See our webpage on the definition that includes case studies, FAQs and other resources that can help. Still unsure?  Contact your NIH program official or the scientific point of contact listed on the funding opportunity announcement to which you are applying.

Third, familiarize yourself with NIH policy changes related to enhancing stewardship of clinical trials.

NIH made a number of policy changes to improve the stewardship of clinical trials across the life cycle of the trial. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with all that is changing, including:

  • the requirement to apply to an FOA that specifically allows for the submission of clinical trial applications for due dates beginning January 25, 2018.
  • Good Clinical Practice training expectations for NIH staff, grantees, and contractors that went into effect January 2017.
  • updated peer review criteria that will be included in FOAs for clinical trial applications and solicitations for due dates on/after January 25, 2018.
  • new Human Subject Information form requirements for clinical trials that will be included in updated application forms (FORMS-E) for due dates on/after January 25, 2018, and contract solicitations published as of January 25, 2018.
  • use of a single IRB for non-exempt, multi-site clinical trials for application due dates on/after January 25, 2018.
  • expanded registration and reporting to include all NIH supported clinical trials.

Improving the design, efficiency, and transparency of clinical trials is important because it:

  • respects our ethical obligation to participants to maximize the use of the knowledge from the trials in which they participate
  • facilitates design of clinical trials while reducing unnecessary duplication
  • promotes broad, timely, and responsible dissemination of research information and results
  • fosters responsible stewardship of the public’s investment in biomedical research


We have developed a new Clinical Trial Requirements for NIH Grantees and Contractors web page to bring together all the information you need to know.  Please review this information carefully.  Your attention to detail will be critical to ensuring successful funding of your clinical trial awards.

We will be putting out a series of reminder policy notices, training opportunities, and other resources in the NIH Guide to Grants and Contracts, in the NIH Extramural Nexus, and on my blog.

The success of clinical trials relies on the public trust in scientific rigor and ethical oversight.  We all play a critical role in this process.  We are most grateful to you for your help and support.




Michael S. Lauer, MD

Deputy Director for Extramural Research, NIH

One Center Drive, Building 1, Room 144

Bethesda, MD 20892

NAMEPA: Strategies for Diversity-focused professionals

Dear NAMEPA Family:

We are excited to announce a new pilot program: NAMEPA Webinars!

Starting this Wednesday at 1:30PM Eastern, we will host weekly webinars as a lead in to the NAMEPA National Conference, September 10-13, 2017 at Virginia Tech. 

The goal of this “lunch-bag” weekly series is to provide thought leadership on a number of topics where NAMEPA members can share best practices around a subject of mutual interest.  We are starting this pilot program as a weekly event before the national conference to get lessons learned to develop a fully developed monthly webinar series beginning in October.

So please help us develop this exciting new format by logging in every remaining Wednesday in August to talk about topics of interest to MEP Directors and other diversity-focused professionals.

You can Join the Meeting here when it is time (1:30 PM Eastern).

Meeting number (access code): 643 294 446
Meeting password: 8Qusreqp

Join by phone
+1-855-282-6330 US TOLL FREE
+1-415-655-0003 US TOLL

NAMEPA August Webinar Topics

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
1:30 PM Eastern

Power of Metric Driven MEP Programs!
Virginia Booth Womack
Director, Minority Engineering Program, Purdue University
President, NAMEPA

Compelling programs are those that are properly assessed and driven by continuous improvement strategies. Knowing why a program works can help you communicate the value proposition to senior University decision makers as well as external funders. Log into this webinar to view examples of data based strategies that you can begin to implement as soon as Fall 2017!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017
1:30 PM Eastern

How do you capture your data to measure the effectiveness of your MEP/Diversity program?
Darryl Dickerson, PhD
Associate Director, MEP, Purdue University
President-Elect, NAMEPA

We have two national funders who are potentially interested in helping NAMEPA develop the next generation of NAMEPA Counts. Log into this webinar to help launch the first phase of this project by reviewing and providing feedback on a sample data collection template that captures the work of MEP Directors. This data will drive strategic direction, inform best practices, and reveal improvement opportunities tied to URM student success.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
1:30 PM Eastern

Summer Bridge Programs
Sonia J. Garcia, PhD
Senior Director of Access and Inclusion, Texas A&M University
NAMEPA Thought Leader

As many of have just closed out our Bridge Programs, it is always helpful to learn about best practices to ensure we are in constant improvement for planning for next year. While the anecdotal data is still fresh, log into this webinar to share your stories about the highlights and lowlights of your camps, and to make global recommendations for best practices moving forward. This webinar will be moderated by Dr. Garcia, who will start off the session giving an overview of the results of the Texas A&M bridge program.

DARPA’s Defense Science Office Young Investigators Funding Opportunity

Source: Federal Science Partners
 DARPA’s Defense Science Office Young Investigators Funding Opportunity – DARPA’s Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is sponsoring a Proposers Day webcast to provide information to potential proposers on the objectives of an anticipated Research Announcement for the Young Faculty Award (YFA) program. The Proposers Day will be held on August 29, 2017, from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM EDT. The event will be held via webcast only. Advance registration is required to view the webcast. For details, click here.

DOD Announces Reorganization of its Research and Development Office – In the last two DOD authorization acts, Congress called on DOD to reform its acquisition process.  In a report released this week, DOD is proposing a number of reforms that impact its approach to research and development.  A new Undersecretary for Research and Engineering (USDR&E) will be charged with three key goals: to “set technology strategy”; to “solve critical technical warfighting challenges;” and to “deliver technology solutions faster.” The office is to be staffed by “subject matter experts uniquely qualified to simplify and govern the myriad processes (traditional and non-traditional) associated with identifying, selecting, resourcing, designing, developing, and demonstrating the high-end architectures and associated technologies critical to our warfighting effectiveness,”.  There will be five direct reports to the USDR&E. Two of those, the Defense Science Board and the Missile Defense Agency, already exist, while three new offices — the Strategic Intelligence Analysis Cell, the assistant secretary of defense for research and technology, and the assistant secretary of defense for advanced capabilities — are to be created should the reorganization proposal be approved by the Congress. The Strategic Intelligence Analysis Cell is to be staffed with analysts who will formalize the assessment of enemy capabilities, assess what technology is now available and provide guidance on where DOD needs to spend resources to react accordingly. Essentially, this office will provide guidance for what the rest of R&E does with its funding.  The assistant secretary of defense, or ASD, for research and technology will include three offices: the deputy assistant secretary of defense, or DASD, for research and technology investments; the DASD for laboratories and personnel; and DARPA. This group will focus on future technologies and will likely include the 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3 research accounts.

ORAU Information: Two Research Opportunities and Nuclear Suppliers Workshop

The ORAU University Partnerships Office is pleased to provide the following information, available to all institutions.  Please forward within your institution and broadly to colleagues as you feel appropriate.


Final Ecosystem Goods and Services Communities Research at EPA

The EPA Environmental Research and Business Support Program has immediate openings for two part-time (20 hours per week) Final Ecosystem Goods and Services Communities Researcher positions with the Office of Research and Development at the EPA facility in Corvallis, Oregon.  The National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory (NHEERL) conducts systems-based effects research needed to achieve sustainable health and well-being. The Western Ecology Division (WED) is one of four ecological effects divisions at NHEERL.  One of the activities at WED, housed within the Freshwater Ecology Branch, is to implement the strategy for research in the Ecosystem Services Project (Project 2.61 under the Sustainable and Healthy Communities Research Program).  We are recruiting two part-time (20 hours per week) PreDocs or  PostDocs for this initiative.

Eligible applicants must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age and
  • Be currently pursuing a doctoral degree or have earned a doctorate in the last 24 months in ecology, geography, environmental science, environmental economics, environmental sociology, environmental anthropology, environmental engineering, geochemistry, information science or a closely related field of study from an accredited university or college, and
  • Be a citizen of the United States of America or a Legal Permanent Resident.

For the full project details and to apply: For any questions, please contact Karen Cleveland,



Postdoctoral Research Associate Opportunity at Savannah River National Laboratory – Weapons Technology Group

 The National Security Directorate (NSD) at Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) seeks highly qualified candidates for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position at the Aiken, SC facility.  The NSD is seeking a Postdoctoral Associate to participate in the development and implementation of gas chromatographic techniques for the detection of hydrogen isotopes and impurities.  The main goal of the program is to refine the current techniques and build a prototype of a gas chromatograph for the desired application.  In this role, the Postdoctoral Research Associate will team with Scientists, Engineers, and Technologists within Savannah River National Laboratory.

The selected candidate will be involved in a team composed of scientists and engineers identifying potential opportunities to refine analytical methods mostly focused on gas chromatographic techniques.  The work will include synthesis of materials and surface characterization.  Development and validation of analytical methods is also needed.  The work might require collaborative efforts with other groups within SRNL.

Eligible applicants must:

  • Be a US Citizen
  • Have earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry (preferably), Chemical Engineering, or Electrical Engineering; from an accredited university or college within the last 60 months, and
  • Be capable of obtaining a security clearance.

Successful candidates will have:

  • Strong knowledge and hands on experience in gas chromatography
  • Thorough knowledge on materials synthesis and characterization methods
  • Experience working in a fast-paced environment or on time-sensitive projects
  • Experience with complex data analysis
  • Publication record on related topics.

It is desirable for the candidate to have: Knowledge on MEMS.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Appointments are made through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE).The SRNL Postgraduate Research Associates Program is administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE).

For additional information, please contact:


Nuclear Suppliers Workshop:  September 6 – 7, 2017

The Nuclear Suppliers Workshop is fast approaching. The goal of the workshop is to create economic development opportunities by expanding the East Tennessee region’s nuclear supply chain. The agenda can be found on the website:

Conference Information:  Nuclear Suppliers Workshop

Hosted by: U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council (USNIC) & East Tennessee Economic Council (ETEC)

September 6-7, 2017

Pollard Technology Conference Center

Oak Ridge, Tennessee

The focus of the event will be on manufacturing opportunities that are arising in the Southeastern United States around small modular reactors, next generation nuclear technology, nuclear medicine, and national security programs.Invited speakers include senior executives from the Tennessee Valley Authority, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, NuScale Power, Teledyne Brown Engineering, Terrestrial Energy, University of Tennessee, Duke Energy and others.


University Partnerships Office

NSF GRFP – Request for Top/Competitive Students

As many of you are already aware, the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) solicitation has been published and the NSF GRFP website has been updated. Myself and Jessica Brassard, from the Research Development Office, will be sponsoring a series of seminars as well as a guided Canvas course aimed at advising current or prospective Michigan Tech students in developing competitive GRFP application packages.

Please forward us and/or encourage other faculty and advisors to send us ( / the names and email addresses of top students (senior undergrad students and first and second year graduate students) for our office to invite to our NSF GRFP communication list. Our office will send out a special/individual invite letting students know they have been identified by a faculty/chair/dean (name inserted) as “a competitive candidate” for the NSF GRFP. The invite is often received as a positive recognition in itself, as it should be. In the past, this type of invitation has given students the confidence and motivation to put the time and effort into applying for the GRFP.

To be competitive, we encourage students to apply who have:

  • a 3.5 GPA or higher

  • research and outreach experience

  • strong faculty references – letters of recommendation will need to be exceptional

Students who already have internal University/department funding are strongly encouraged to apply.  This, in turn, will free up internal funds for less competitive students.

To be eligible for the NSF GRFP, students must:

  • be a US citizen, US national, or permanent resident

  • intend to pursue a research-based Master’s or Ph.D. program in an NSF-supported field

  • be enrolled in an eligible program at an accredited United States graduate institution, with a US campus, by fall 2018

  • have completed no more than twelve months of full-time graduate study (or the equivalent) as of August 1, 2017, or meet the criteria for the extenuating circumstance described in Section IV of the Program Solicitation.

  • meet all other eligibility requirements as set forth in the current Program Solicitation

Award benefits:

  • a three-year annual stipend of $34,000

  • $12,000 cost of education allowance for the cost of tuition



Our first session will be held on Wednesday, September 13 at 5:00 pm in Admin 404 (Graduate School Conference Room). This session will be a general overview of the NSF GRFP.
Please feel free to contact either myself or Jessica with any questions or concerns.
Thank you! Sincerely,  Jessica and Natasha

Update on the FY 2018 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill

Descriptions provided by Federal Science Partners.
On July 27, 2018, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the FY 2018 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill with a total of $56.4 billion to support national security, law enforcement, and American scientific innovation.  The FY2018 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, which is $3.2 billion below the FY2017 enacted level and $4.4 billion above the budget request, funds the U.S. Departments of Commerce (including NOAA) and Justice, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Science Foundation, and other agencies. 
The Committee’s report says, “For the science agencies, the administration proposes a reduction of 3 percent below the fiscal year 2017 spending level to NASA, and 11 percent to NSF.  This budget request attempts to navigate a challenging fiscal environment, but the deep cuts to these science agencies would dramatically curtail ongoing missions and research, for NASA, delay future exploration for years to come.  While leveraging some strategic reductions, this bill makes it possible for NASA and NSF to achieve balanced and cost-effective operations.  NASA in particular will have sufficient financial resources to achieve its management plans and launch schedules for the agency’s science and exploration missions, many of which will reach critical states of development during fiscal year 2018.”
National Science Foundation (NSF) – $7.3 billion for NSF, $161 million below the FY2017 enacted level and $658 million above the request.  Funding is provided for basic research across all scientific and engineering disciplines.  NSF Research is funded at $5.9 billion, down $116 million from FY 2017 but $556 million above the request.
The Senate bill rejects the administration’s request to reduce funding for climate, weather, and oceans research by 32 percent, and instead funds NOAA research at the fiscal year 2017 level of $478 million.  The bill rejects the proposal to eliminate successful NOAA programs like Sea Grant, the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS), Coastal Zone Management (CZM) grants, and the Regional Coastal Resilience Grant (RCRG) program.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) – $19.5 billion for NASA, $124 million below the FY2017 enacted level and $437 million above the budget request, to support the human and robotic exploration of space, fund science missions that enhance the understanding of the Earth, the solar system, and the universe, and support fundamental aeronautics research.  The bill rejects the proposed elimination of NASA education programs.