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STORIES OF WOMEN IN STEMM March 27, 2017 • 3-7 PM

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March 27, 2017 • 3-7 PM

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Keck Center, 500 Fifth Street, NW  Washington, D.C.

Women are integral to the long and rich history of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM). Too often, though,women’s stories and contributions to achievements, breakthroughs, and even the day-to-day work of STEMM are left untold.

The Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine (CWSEM) is hosting an afternoon symposium and reception dedicated to exploring and celebrating some of the vast diversity of stories of women in STEMM. Please join us to hear personal tales of courage,perseverance, humility, mentorship, and above all, a deep love for STEMM.

Register to attend

Please contact Maria Lund Dahlberg (email:; phone: 202-334-3372) with any questions.

Michigan Tech surveys: FYI page

To hopefully reduce some of the questions regarding recent surveys, we’ve added an Administration Survey webpage to the Business Operations site. If you get any questions, please feel free to refer people to our surveys page, located here:

Note that this page only lists surveys that are being coordinated through Business Operations. It won’t typically have other surveys distributed by departments outside of our area.

Gates Foundation Grant Opportunities

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is inviting proposals for the latest round of Grand Challenges Explorations. Grand Challenges Explorationsfosters early-stage discovery research to expand the pipeline of ideas for solving our greatest global health and development challenges. Launched in 2008 with an initial $100 million commitment from the foundation, Grand Challenges Explorations grants have already been awarded to more than 1200 researchers in more than 65 countries.

Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations, and for-profit companies. Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million.

We are accepting applications on the following four topics until May 3, 2017:

Full descriptions of the new topics and application instructions in English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Chinese and Spanish will be available very soon. We also invite you to check these two blogs: Innovation for an Interconnected Laboratory System and Improving Timeliness and Completeness of Routine Immunizations in Low-Resource Settings Will Save Lives. For details and application instructions, please visit the Grand Challenges website.

We look forward to receiving innovative ideas from around the world and from all disciplines. If you have a great idea, please apply. If you know someone else who may have a great idea, please forward this message.

Thank you for your commitment to solving the world’s greatest health and development challenges.

The Grand Challenges Team

Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives.

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AAAS Invitation to Review Annual Meeting Proposals

Thank you for your previous review of AAAS Annual Meeting proposals. You can help shape the 2018 AAAS Annual Meeting into a strong and well-balanced program by volunteering to serve as a scientific session proposal reviewer again this year.

All proposals will be reviewed online via a password-protected site. The official review period will take place May 16 – June 1, 2017. Reviews must be completed by June 1. Detailed instructions will be sent to all confirmed reviewers by email prior to the start of the review period.

Sign up to review proposals by April 4!

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If you know of colleagues who would make excellent reviewers, please extend this invitation to them as well (a Ph.D. is required). Thank you very much.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Best regards,

Elana Kimbrell
Communication Program Officer
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
1200 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005

NSF Request for Information RE Cyberinfrastructure

High performance computing has transformed the outcomes of scientific research in fields ranging from genetics to astronomy to artificial intelligence.  The National Science Foundation has led in supporting development and application of the Research Cyberinfrastructure (CI), which high performance computing, data and software infrastructure, workflow systems and approaches, networking, cybersecurity and associated workforce development.

Many engineering researchers, however, have not taken advantage of advanced computing techniques and approaches.  

NSF is now formulating plans for new investments in cyberinfrastructure to advance science and engineering research.  In support of this planning, NSF has released a Dear Colleague Letter – Request for Information,, inviting contributions from the whole science, engineering, education, and CI research community on the specific scientific and engineering research challenges that require advanced cyberinfrastructure for their solutions.  This will include a focus on supporting forward-looking cyberinfrastructure for research that institutions and universities are unlikely to be able to deploy on their own.

Researchers previously under-involved in cyberinfrastructure and advanced computing are especially encouraged to respond.  This may include explanations of perceived obstacles to participation, cybertraining needs, and identification of new research domains that can benefit from application of advanced computing.

Visit the NSF DCL,, which provides a link to the required submission website.  The deadline for submissions is April 5, 2017, 5:00 PM ET.  Please participate and submit your ideas and needs.

Dr. Robin Johnson-Cash Talk on 2/14

Next Tuesday, 2/14 CDI will be hosting Dr. Robin Johnson-Cash for our next Social Justice Lecture Series. 

Join us for refreshments and an engaging talk about Robin’s lengthy experience as an executive at Ford Motor Company and as the first black women to graduate from Michigan Tech’s very own MEEM with a Ph.D.

We will be in the MUB Alumni Lounge on Feb 14th from 5pm-7pm. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome!


Cybersecurity, Defense Summits/Expos in MI

All Events Posted At
MARCH 7-8:  Cybersecurity: Defense Sector Summit
In Partnership with the State of Michigan’s MEDC!

Direct link to view  Agenda / Guest Speakers / Panel Discussions / Register Online / Sponsorship Opportunities and more.

APRIL 26-27:  Michigan Defense Expo (MDEX)
Direct link

CONFIRMED:  TARDEC and Program Executive Office Panel:
– TARDEC Executive Director:    DR. PAUL ROGERS
– PEO Ground Combat Systems:   BG DAVID BASSET

AUGUST 8-10:   Ground Vehicle Systems Engineering and Technology Symposium (GVSETS) & Advanced Planning Briefings for Industry (APBI)

Direct link to view current information

NSF to Support New Entity called Tomorrow’s Internet Project Office

Summary comes from Federal Science Partners

NSF to Support New Entity called Tomorrow’s Internet Project Office — To support the ongoing activities and expanding capabilities of CISE mid-scale computing research infrastructure, NSF will support the work of Tomorrow’s Internet Project Office (TIPOFF or “Project Office”). Working closely with the U.S. academic and industry research communities in distributed computing and networking, TIPOFF will assume responsibility for the operation and administration of the GENI infrastructure, as well as its future design and development. A key role for TIPOFF is to lead the community in adapting and recasting current platform resources in light of new research community needs and emerging national priorities. Many of these needs and priorities have been discussed among the research community at events such as the “Beyond Today’s Internet” series of workshops held in early 2016.

As part of the establishment of TIPOFF, NSF anticipates the formation of an independent, community-led advisory entity (the “Steering Group”) to represent the views of stakeholders — including users, experimenters, developers, hosting institutions, industry, and educators — in future mid-scale networking and distributed computing research infrastructure. TIPOFF and the Steering Group will together develop and participate in a new governance structure guiding the future evolution of the Platform. TIPOFF and the Steering Group will establish research priorities for the Platform jointly with NSF, with the goal of supporting new research directions. It is anticipated that TIPOFF will have considerable flexibility in leveraging the current platform. Depending on the stakeholders’ degree of technical ambition, TIPOFF can reshape the existing platform resources into an entirely new and reimagined infrastructure to meet research community needs and national priorities.  Consult the solicitation for additional information here.

Center for Scientific Review (CSR) Newsletter at NIH

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  • New Video for NIH Basic Research Applicants and Reviewers
  • Congressional Support for NIH Top 5 Things SROs Wish Reviewers Would Do
  • 8 Ways to Successfully Navigate NIH Peer Review Videos
  • Simplification of the Vertebrate Animals Section
  • SRO Helps Advance Peer Review in Indonesia

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This resource helps understand the warfighter from DoD’s perspective

HDIAC Newsletter: 2/1/2017

Join the discussion! For the month of February, HDIAC will focus on Homeland Defense and Security. HDIAC’s Tech Talk and Sound Byte for February focus on 3D printing weapons. As this is an emerging technology, it is a topic of concern for homeland defense and security. Follow the link to a discussion board and post articles, videos or anything else regarding HDS as it relates to the Department of Defense and the benefit of the warfighter.

Have a scientific or technical question?

Let HDIAC help. Submit a Technical Inquiry here.
View or download the HDIAC Currents!

The Currents newsletter is a biweekly digest of news from worldwide sources, showing headlines of innovative, emerging technologies in HDIAC’s eight focus areas. View the Currents at
ICBMs and the DoD
HDIAC Tech Talk

Our latest Tech Talk is on ICBMs and the DoD! Click the image above to watch, or visit