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FREE NSF S-STEM Proposal Development Workshop

Rice University will be hosting a two-day, hands-on workshop titled “Capacity Building for Competitive S-STEM Proposals” with the goal of helping prospective Principal Investigators (PIs) from predominantly undergraduate institutions (PUIs) develop more competitive proposals to the National Science Foundation Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (NSF S-STEM) program. As part of the workshop’s activities, teams will develop sections of their proposals and receive real-time feedback from experienced S-STEM PIs and reviewers.  Additionally, participants will engage in a mock review of an S-STEM proposal to get a sense of NSF’s merit review process.  Click here to read what participants had to say about the 2017 workshop.
Because S-STEM projects now require a team member who is a researcher (educational, discipline-based educational, social/behavioral, or institutional), one of the resources to be provided for those who need it is a list of researchers who are interested in partnering with a PI to attend the workshop on January 12-13, 2018 in Houston, Texas and on an S-STEM proposal submission.  All expenses will be paid for teams of researchers and PIs (faculty members who are currently teaching in an S-STEM eligible discipline) who participate in the workshop.
Please see the attached flyer for details and distribute widely among your networks of PUI STEM faculty members (you may need to open the attachment to access the hyperlinks).  You may contact us at or visit if there are any questions.  We strongly encourage prospective PIs from two-year colleges and minority serving institutions to apply.

Michigan Drone Conference at Eastern Michigan University 10-24-2017

A Michigan Alliance between Industry, Government and Academia

Eastern Michigan University | Student Center

October 24, 2017 | 8:30 a.m – 5:00 p.m

Register  | Facebook | (no walk-in registration)

Campus | Student Center Parking | Full Parking Map

Key Note Address

Colonel (Retired) Stephen “Lux” Luxion

Colonel (Retired) Stephen P. Luxion is the ASSURE (Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence). Deputy Director, working from Mississippi State University’s Stennis Space Center Campus. Steve is responsible for the day-to-day administrative, financial and technical operations of ASSURE which serves as the Federal Aviation Administration’s Center of Excellence for UAS.

Guest Speakers

Guest Speakers

DroneLaw.Pro | Traverse Legal PLC

Enrico Schaefer UAS Pilot and Technology Lawyer

Great Lakes Drone Company

Matt Quinn,  President

High quality imagery, Drone Light Displays, Racing

Mishigami Group Inc.

LTC Jeremy Latchaw, Army Command and General Staff College

Eagle-Eye Drone Service, LLC

Greg & Kim MacMaster, Co-Owners

Full service media company with UAV support of

residential, commercial, industrial and tourism.

Michigan UAS Consortium (MUASC) | NUAIR Partner

Jim Makowske, CEO, Colonel (Retired) US Air Force


  • UAS Mobile Command Unit on display
  • United States Patent Office on-site
  • Export Control and Compliance brief
  • University and industry displays



A special thanks to our sponsors for their support

and collaboration in hosting this event.  They are truly invested in advancing Michigan’s drone


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

Designing, Making, Sharing and Learning with Open-Source Platforms: Fundamentals of OpenXC for Prototyping Components, Systems and Processes

Join Venkatesh Prasad and Eric Marsman from Ford for a tutorial presentation on the OpenXC Platform from 10 a.m. to noon Monday (Oct. 2) in EERC 501. Please bring a laptop.

The OpenXC Platform is a collection of Open Source hardware and software components that allow for the development of applications and accessories for vehicles. The OpenXC Platform is managed by Ford Motor Company and supports all Ford vehicles while also providing basic information from all OEM vehicles.

Ford will give a two-hour workshop on the OpenXC capabilities and a tutorial on building an Android application. It will include information on GitHub, Android, iOS, Python and vehicle CAN bus basics. Come see how you can use vehicle data in your class or research projects in order to contribute to the next wave of vehicle technologies.

NIH Webinars on Peer Review Focus on AREA/R15 & SBIR/STTR – October 16 & 18, 2017

The NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR) is the portal for receipt and referral of NIH grant applications, and, for the majority of those applications, carries out the peer review process for assessing scientific and technical merit. In October, CSR will host two “online briefings” on peer review focused on the Academic Research Enhancement AREA/R15 program, and NIH small business (SBIR/STTR) programs. The briefings will be approximately one hour long, including a 30 minute question and answer period.

For more information and to register for each webinar, visit the CSR event website.

Briefing Title Date
8 Ways to Successfully Navigate NIH Peer Review and Get an AREA/R15 Grant Monday,Oct. 16, 2017
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT
8 Ways to Successfully Navigate NIH Peer Review and Get an SBIR/STTR Grant Monday,Oct. 18, 2017
2:00 – 3:15 p.m. EDT

OCT 5 noon – Presentation by Robert Downes author of “Windigo Moon”

Please join us for a lunch-and-learn session with author and world traveler Robert (Bob) Downes as he presents on his recently released book “Windigo Moon – A Novel of Native America.”  
Set 400 years ago among the Ojibwe Indians of the Upper Great Lakes, Windigo Moon is a love story and an adventure backed by extensive historical research. His talk will focus on life among the Native Americans and the apocalyptic events of the 1500s by featuring a digital-video presentation on the historical research behind his novel and a lively Q&A with the audience.  
This event will take place on October 5th at noon in the East Reading Room of Michigan Tech’s Van Pelt and Opie Library. 
Coffee and light refreshments will be provided and participants are welcome to bring their lunch to the event.  There will be books to purchase and a book signing, courtesy of Robert Downes.
This event is sponsored by Michigan Tech’s Center for Science and Environmental Outreach, the Department of Social Sciences, and the Van Pelt and Opie Library. 

Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity (CoNECD) conference: Abstracts due Oct. 15

Please find attached the call for abstracts for the first Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity (CoNECD) conference, which is a partnership between ASEE (WIED and MIND), NAMEPA and WEPAN. The Women in Engineering Division is a co-organizer of the conference. The conference will be held near the nation’s capital in Arlington, Virginia from April 29 to May 1, 2018. Please consider submitting an abstract and full paper. The deadline for submission of abstracts is October 15.

To submit an abstract, click this link

You will be directed to a login page. If you are a member of ASEE, please login to access the abstract submission page. If you are not an ASEE member, please create a log in to be taken directly to the abstract submission page.

Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) Sessions

Editor’s Note: Each Friday during fall semester, the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) will post a short note highlighting a teaching resource or event intended to help instructors teach better.

This week, I want to draw your attention to a new award and event series that will be offered throughout fall semester so that you can mark your calendars.

The first CTL Instructional Award Presentation Series will take place as follows:

  • Sept. 26, 10 a.m.:  Curriculum Development and Assessment:  Tara Bal – School of Forest Resources and Environmental Sciences
  • Oct. 10, 1 p.m.:  Innovative or Out of Class Teaching:  Don Lafreniere – Social Sciences
  • Nov. 30 (time TBD): Large Class Instruction:  Glen Archer, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Each recipient will make a 30-45 minute presentation, sharing the work they are doing that has drawn this recognition. Following each presentation, each will be formally recognized and will subsequently receive $1000 in additional compensation. Registration information for these events will be forthcoming.

Here’s some background for those interested. Until several years ago, the Fredrick D. Williams Award for Teaching Innovation was given to a single instructor who was bringing new technologies or teaching methods to campus.   With the implementation of Canvas and the push for blended learning, the award was discontinued mostly because there was so much innovation happening in so many places, it would have been extremely difficult—and maybe inappropriate—to single anyone out.

At the same time, academic leadership continues to recognize that eligibility for our main teaching awards (nomination to the Academy of Teaching Excellence) tend to be driven mostly by student feedback—which is great.

But other instructional contributions, by their nature, are unlikely to be rewarded through that process.   We need to recognize not only instructors who are trying something really new, but also teachers in large classes (where student evaluations are known to be lower), and those that do the behind-the-scenes work of curriculum innovation and assessment.

During spring 2017, academic deans were encouraged to recognize instructors making contributions in these areas as part of the Deans’ Teaching Showcase.

CTL and Provost’s office members then selected Tara, Glen and Don to make presentations from a pool composed of the Showcase and those nominated to the Academy of Teaching Excellence.

We hope to make this an annual cycle, both recognizing a broader set of important instructional contributions while sharing best practices across campus.

We hope you’ll make plans to attend as many of these presentations as your schedule allows.

AISES 2017 National Conference Faculty Career Workshop

With funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is able to bring up to 40 PhD studentspost-doc professionals, and early-career faculty in Engineering* to the 2017 AISES National Conference for professional development workshops, cultural activities, and networking. 

Travel Funding to the AISES National Conference (September 21-23)  

  • Awards will cover expenses incurred traveling to and attending the AISES National Conference, up to $2,000.
  • Eligible expenses include round-trip airfare, lodging, and conference registration. Any remaining funds, after those items are paid, may be used for other associated travel costs and/or meals.
  • AISES will provide lodging for five (5) nights: September 19, 20, 21, 22, and 23.
  • Participant travel days will be Tuesday, September 19 and Sunday, September 24, 2016.
  • AISES Faculty Career Workshop participants are required to attend a full day of program specific sessions and events on Wednesday, September 20.


  • Faculty and post-doctoral applicants must hold engineering appointments in an ABET- accredited institution; and faculty from two-year colleges must teach STEM-related courses.
  • Faculty applicants must have held their appointment for five years or less.
  • Post-doctoral applicants must have completed a Ph.D. in engineering no more than 48 months prior to their application.
  • Graduate students must be working on their Ph.D. in an engineering field, be in good standing, and be enrolled as full-time students.
  • *Engineering fields also include engineering education, technology and communication fields, and multidisciplinary studies.

How to Apply

  • Applications will only be accepted through the website:
  • You have to register with the site before having the opportunity to apply.
  • Applications will be reviewed as received until the conference.
  • Applicants will be notified on a rolling basis, with travel and registration arrangements made after confirmation.

If you have any questions, contact Kathy DeerInWater at or 720-552-6123 ext. 107. We hope to see you in September!