|ASSIST Travel Grants provide up to $2,000 to cover travel expenses including airfare or mileage, lodging, meals, and registration. You can access the information about each conference and apply for a travel award by clicking the links in the table above. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible in order to allow ample time for applications to be reviewed by the Selection Committees. Review of applications will be begin by the deadline, and will continue until workshop capacity is reached.
ASSIST Travel Grants are funded by the National Science Foundation (EEC #1548322, EEC #1548214, EEC #1548200, EEC #1548197, and EEC #1548319). LEVERAGE will provide year-round virtual professional development activities for early-career faculty beginning in the fall of 2017, and is also funded by an NSF INCLUDES award (EEC #1649384).
The Electrical, Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Departments will hold a community forum at 5 p.m. today (June 29) in EERC 100 concerning the AutoDrive Autonomous Vehicle competition.
Michigan Tech is one of eight schools selected to participate in this three year competition. In this forum, we will discuss the high level details concerning the first year of the competition and ways the greater campus community can get involved.
The competition team is also currently looking for motivated students with engineering and software design experience to assist the team on critical design activities during the month of July. Several paid positions are available to exceptionally well-qualified students.
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) is currently soliciting for project proposals under the Great Lakes Air Deposition (GLAD) program. GLAD is a program set up to address the deposition of toxic pollutants, as well as understand how these pollutants adversely affect both human and ecosystem health within the Great Lakes basin. In the past, GLAD, under the efforts of the Great Lake Commissions (GLC) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), has been able to engage scientific leaders to better understand the sources of toxic pollutants by supporting more than 35 projects that identify, quantify, and reduce the sources, environmental transport processes, deposition rates, fate, and impacts of toxic pollutants in the Great Lakes region. The GLAD program places a large emphasis on promoting scientific efforts that will increase the ability to manage this complicated but urgent environmental issue.
IDEM anticipates that the available funding for the current federal fiscal year (FY18) of GLAD will be approximately $90,000, an amount similar to what was awarded during the previous year. If funding is not available, then IDEM will not award GLAD funding for 2018. Successful applicants will be invited to enter into a grant agreement with IDEM to perform the work described within their proposal. Choices will be based on the selection criteria identified in Attachment A of the solicitation. IDEM anticipates funding one to two projects, depending on the scope of work and cost per proposal. The deadline for proposals is August 9, 2017, by close of business.
The GLAD grant solicitation, as well as further information about the program, can be found at http://www.in.gov/idem/airquality/2635.htm under ‘2018 GLAD Documents’. Please do not hesitate to contact me directly with any questions you may have. Please feel free to pass this information on to anyone you believe would be interested in this opportunity.
Jennifer R. Geisenhaver, MPA
Senior Environmental Manager
Office of Air Quality – Air Programs Branch
Indiana Department of Environmental Management
Writing a Business Plan Webinar
Tuesday, June 27th 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
A well-developed business plan is the foundation of an entrepreneur’s success. This webinar covers business planning in detail and is designed for individuals who want to launch or grow their business.
Marketing Tactics: Referral Building, Partnership Marketing, and Social Media
Thursday, June 29th 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Learn how to make the most of referral building, partnership marketing, and social media in your small business’s marketing strategy. This webinar will take a tactical approach to these marketing methods so that you can be intentional about leveraging word-of-mouth and social media marketing.
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with the Michigan SBDC!
No matter where you’re located, an SBDC consultant is available to help you start your business!
Thanks to strong early registrations, the Town Hall Forum on Tuesday, June 27 with Neel Kashkari, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, is being moved to a new, larger location, and will now be held at the Michigan Tech’s Memorial Union Building, Ballroom A, located at 1400 Townsend Drive, Houghton.
The event is free to the public. Advance registration is strongly encouraged, but walk-ins on the day of the event are welcome.
Do you have a hard question about the economy? Or about the Fed’s recent interest rate hikes? Curious about what the Minneapolis Fed does within the Federal Reserve System?
Here is your chance to join a dynamic, no-holds-barred conversation about these very topics and more. President Kashkari is a member of the Federal Open Market Committee, where the Fed sets interest rates. He served under President Bush and President Obama as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Financial Stability, and ran for Governor of California in 2014.
He will give brief remarks, followed by an open-mic Q&A with the audience, moderated by Dr. Jacqueline Huntoon, Provost of Michigan Tech.
When & Where:
Tuesday, June 27th, 5:00-6:30pm
Michigan Tech’s Memorial Union Building, Ballroom A
5:00 – Doors open, Free food and refreshment
5:30 – Welcome and introduction by Dr. Jacqueline Huntoon, followed by opening remarks by Neel Kashkari
5:45 – Q&A with audience
6:30 – Program end
REGISTER HERE: FRBMinneapolis.cvent.com/Houghton
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By way of Federal Science Partners: The U.S. Air Force Academy Center for Aircraft Structural Life Extension (CAStLE) performs a range of structural integrity research tasks in support of Air Force, Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and other government, academic and commercial sponsors. CAStLE pursues a range of engineering mechanics, mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, corrosion engineering and material science research efforts, with more emphasis on applied research, and that part of development not related to a specific system or hardware procurement. The interaction between corrosion and cracking damage mechanisms and their effect on the structural integrity has been a long standing interest of CAStLE. There is DoD level interest in material degradation in structures—to include corrosion, cracking and other service-related damage mechanisms. This solicitation is focused on fundamental research that can lead to the future development of capabilities to prevent and control corrosion and degradation of materials and structures of systems and facilities, with the ultimate goal of reducing costs, improving availability of systems, and increasing the safety of military assets, which also serve interest and use to the general public. Projects must be new research efforts. Proposals for the continuation of existing research projects funded under previous grant or cooperative agreement awards are not desired. Collaboration among proposing institutions is strongly encouraged. More information is available in the solicitation which can be downloaded here.
WASHINGTON—The National Institutes of Health said it would begin redirecting up to about $1.1 billion in research-grant money a year to early- and midcareer scientists to help boost their careers and preserve U.S. science.
The agency said it would begin the redistribution immediately with about $210 million annually, but that the amount would steadily increase over five years to about $1.1 billion a year.
The federal medical-research agency, which has an annual budget of just over $34 billion, said it is taking the steps to encourage younger researchers to stay in science and in the U.S.
From Michigan Tech’s representatives in Washington DC, Federal Science Partners:
NIH Announces Information on Next Generation Researchers Initiative — NIH and its stakeholder community have for many years been concerned about the long-term stability of the biomedical research enterprise. Too many researchers vying for limited resources has led to a hypercompetitive environment. Many highly meritorious applications go unfunded. This has often resulted in misaligned incentives and unintended consequences for talented researchers at all career stages who are trying to succeed and stay in science. The current environment is particularly challenging for many new- and mid-career investigators. To that end NIH is announcing a series of actions to increase the number of NIH-funded early-stage and mid-career investigators by extending the payline for early stage investigators aiming to fund those proposals that score in the top 25 percent. For more information on this initiative and its impact on NIH awardees click here. The NIH Director’s statement on this matter can be found here.