Archives—August 2016

MIQuest: Resources for Leaders of Start-Up Companies: Sept. Events

Product Design & Innovation
Join Autodesk at Automation Alley for a special Fusion 360 training and information session. Learn the basic capabilities of this professional-grade CAD/CAE/CAM and global collaboration tool. Product design and development doesn’t have to be a mess of fragmented, hard-to-use and expensive tools.
Wednesday, September 7, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Automation Alley, 2675 Bellingham Dr., Troy

Managing Risk in Information Systems

Merit Network is pleased to present the Managing Risk in Information Systems course. This course provides a unique, in-depth look at how to manage and reduce IT-associated risks. You will learn about the Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) risk, response, and recovery domain in addition to risk management and its implications on IT infrastructures and compliance.
Monday, September 12, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Merit Network, Flamingo Training Center, 1000 Oakbrook Dr., Ann Arbor
Register Here

SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep for Department of Defense
This Dept. of Defense-focused seminar provides detailed instruction on the ins and outs of preparing a proposal to meet the requirements of the DoD, including both technical and commercialization plans, and navigating the submission process.
Tuesday, September 13, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
LTU, Room M336 of Buell Management Bldg., 21000 West 10 Mile, Southfield
Register Here

Edward Lowe Foundation – Strategic Thinking Retreat
In this highly interactive workshop, your team, along with a group of business peers, will craft an annual plan for your company as well as learn how to leverage the five key questions of successful strategy
Tuesday-Thursday, September 12-15
Edward Lowe Foundation, 58220 Decatur Rd., Cassopolis
Register – Rita Phillips at

9th Annual Global Automotive & Mobility Innovation Challenge
SAE International, MI Innovation Alliance and NextEnergy, announce the 9th Annual Global Automotive & Mobility Innovation Challenge (GAMIC). More than $200,000 worth of business commercialization acceleration services and cash will be awarded to four overall winners. Call for Innovators via simple and free application.
Friday, September 16, 5 p.m. – Application Deadline
Apply Here

ZingTrain Speaker Series – The Art of Authenticity
The word authentic is thrown around a lot – it has become so misunderstood that it is practically meaningless. Karissa Thacker will tell you what authenticity truly means and how being authentic can help you to be a better leader and lead a more satisfying life.
Wednesday, September 21, 8-9:30 a.m.
ZingTrain, 3728 Plaza Dr., Ann Arbor
Register Here

American Society of Employer’s 5th Annual Employment Law Workshop
This full-day workshop will address a wide and varied group of topics in the area of employee relations. Attorney-led panels and specialized breakouts will review a number of everyday laws and regulations that impact the employer-employee relationship. These laws and regs are often packed with ambiguity and gray areas that trigger doubt in even the most seasoned HR professional’s mind.
Wednesday, September 21, noon-2 p.m.
School craft College, VisTaTech Center, 18600 Haggerty Rd., Livonia
Register Here

Managing SBIR/STTR Grants
Whether you are anticipating an award or have already been funded, understanding the fundamentals necessary to manage your government dollars is key to organizing your business for success and proving your credibility for future funding.
Thursday, September 22, 1-4 p.m.
UM North Campus Research Complex, 2800 Plymouth Rd., Ann Arbor
Register Here

Interview Psychology
Automation Alley welcomes Stan Hannah, Ph.D., senior manager of Talent & Organizational Development at Plante Moran, for this lunch ‘n’ learn dedicated to the psychology of the interview. Learn how to become a better interviewer and what immediate changes you can make today to avoid a bad hire tomorrow. Hannah, a doctor of clinical psychology, will help you identify blind spots in your interviewing techniques and teach you how to maximize the effectiveness of the interview process. This event is intended for HR managers, executives, managers and anyone that touches the interview process.
Thursday, September 22, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Automation Alley, 2675 Bellingham, Troy
Register Here

IP Strategy Innovation Summit
The IP Strategy Innovation Summit bring together industry leading professionals in the field intellectual property and innovation management. Join 100+ professionals for 2 days packed with insightful presentations, case studies and thought provoking panel discussions.
Wednesday and Thursday, September 28, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., September 29, 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Boston Marriott Copley Place, 110 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA

2016 Michio Conference & Expo

MichBio’s annual Conference and Expo, now in its 11th year, is Michigan’s largest gathering of bioscience professionals in the state. This premier event will focus on healthcare delivery, bio-business growth, technology connectivity and more. Visit the Innovation Exhibitor Hall to learn about bioscience companies and service providers; attend break-out sessions and network with industry pros and partners.
Wednesday, September 28, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites, 100 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo

Women Who Fund Forum: Sept. 29, Ann Arbor.

September 29, 2016 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Graduate Hotel, Ann Arbor

The second annual Women Who Fund Forum, presented by the University of Michigan, is a content-rich networking event where women in venture capital and private equity will have the opportunity to connect, forge new relationships and learn from industry leaders.

Register Today! $75

Hosted by University of Michigan Center for Venture Capital & Private Equity Finance / Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies


11:00 a.m. – Registration & Networking

11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. – Welcome & Keynote Address
Margaret Gibson P.C., Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
The percentage of women in top jobs within venture capital and private equity firms is increasing, but remains low. Sticking with a career in this space can be tough. Learn about some of the most challenging aspects in this space as it pertains to women and how women leaders can help to change the culture of their organizations and shape industries.

12:15 p.m. – Networking Lunch

1:00 p.m. – Michigan Venture Capital Association Research Findings
Maureen Miller Brosnan, Executive Director, MVCA

1:10-2:00 p.m. – Finance 101: From Venture Capital to Private Equity
These dynamic, entrepreneurial, female business leaders will share their insights into building strategic relationships, and funding and positioning high-potential emerging companies for long-term growth. They also will also share how they are opening up new entrepreneurial and investment career pathways for the next generation of women.

Carol Clark, Vice President, BioEnterprise
Ellen Clark, Managing Director, Greenwich Capital Group
Jan Garfinkle, Founder & Managing Director, Arboretum Ventures
Wendy Jarchow, Chief Investment Officer, River SAAS Capital (moderator)
Heather Madland, Vice President, Business Development, Huron Capital
Mary PetrovichOperating Executive, The Carlyle Group; Chairman of the Board, Axle Tech International

2:00-2:20 p.m. – Break

2:20 p.m. – Marlena Reigh, International Voice Image Specialist

2:25-2:55 p.m.  – The CEO of You: Elevating Your Brand
Elizabeth ParkinsonExecutive Director for Marketing, University of Michigan
Pursuing a career as a woman in a male-dominated profession takes stamina and an unwavering focus on outperforming the competition and delivering superlative results. During this presentation, our presenter will drill down on the tools and tactics that women need to elevate their brand and enhance their competitive advantage in order to gain a foothold and succeed in predominantly male-oriented business cultures.

2:55-3:30 p..m. – Digital & You
Mary HineslyProfessor of Business Communications, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

3:30-4:00 p.m. – Refreshments / Networking

4:00 p.m. – Forum Concludes

Advisory Committee
Ann Brophy, Shorehill Capital
David Brophy, University of Michigan
Rachele Downs, InFORUM Michigan
Sarika Gupta, University of Michigan
Sara Kruse, Jaffe Raitt
Kim Easterle Mattes, Aon
Mary Nickson, University of Michigan
Gina Staudacher, Howard & Howard Attorneys
Amy Weisman, Sterling Investment Partners

NSF Graduate Research Fellowships: Preparation Session on September 7

I am writing to you about the NSF Graduate Research Fellowships (NSF-GRF). Last year, four of our students received the Fellowships and one student received an honorable mention. Considering the high quality of our top students, I do not think we are receiving as many fellowships as we should. This is the time of year to encourage and mentor our best students to apply for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowships ( Senior undergrad students and first and second year graduate students (the latter in their first semester) are eligible to apply for this fellowship. Natasha Chopp 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 graduate students in developing competitive GRFP application packages.

Please encourage faculty and advisors to forward names of your top students to Natasha or Jessica ( / so they are invited to GRFP sessions. Their 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.

The first session will be held on Wednesday, September 7 at 5:00 pm in Admin 404 (Graduate School Conference Room). This session will be a general overview of the NSF 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.

Below are more details about eligibility and what we have observed as being necessary to be competitive among the best of the best students across the nation.

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 2017

  • have completed no more than twelve months of full-time graduate study (or the equivalent) as of August 1, 2016, 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



Full Proposal Deadline Date:  October 24, 2016 – Life Sciences, Geosciences

Full Proposal Deadline Date:  October 25, 2016 – Computer and information Science and Engineering, Engineering, Materials Research

Full Proposal Deadline Date:  October 27, 2016 – Psychology, Social Sciences, STEM Education and Learning

Full Proposal Deadline Date:  October 28, 2016 – Chemistry, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy

The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM or STEM education. NSF especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, veterans, and undergraduate seniors to apply.


Please feel free to contact me or Natasha or Jessica with any questions or concerns.

I appreciate your help. Thank you!


Pushpalatha Murthy
Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School
Michigan Technological University
Houghton, MI-49931
Ph: 906-487-3007


NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices for August 26, 2016

Requests for Applications

  • Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Enhancing the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Digital Curation for Biomedical Big Data (U01)
    Application Receipt Date(s): December 15, 2016), by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on this dates. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow adequate time to make any corrections to errors found in the application during the submission process by the due date.
  • BRAIN Initiative: Non-Invasive Neuromodulation – New Tools and Techniques for Spatiotemporal Precision (R01)
    Application Receipt Date(s): November 23, 2016 , by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on this date.
  • BRAIN Initiative: Non-Invasive Neuromodulation – Mechanisms and Dose/Response Relationships for Targeted CNS Effects (R01)
    Application Receipt Date(s): November 23, 2016 , by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on this date.
  • NINDS Morris K. Udall Centers of Excellence for Parkinson’s Disease Research (P50)
    National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
    Application Receipt Date(s): December 14, 2016, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on this dates.
  • Bench Testing Therapeutic/Indication Pairing Strategies (UH2/UH3)
    National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences
    Application Receipt Date(s): November 14, 2016, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on this date.

Program Announcements

  • Innovation Corps (I-Corps) at NIH Program for NIH and CDC Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Grantees (Admin Supp )
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): November 1, 2016; January 9, 2017, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.
  • Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) (P20)
    National Institute of General Medical Sciences
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): January 24, 2017; January 24, 2018; and January 24, 2019, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates.
  • NCI Small Grants Program for Cancer Research (NCI Omnibus R03)
    National Cancer Institute
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): February 28, 2017; June 27, 2017; October 26, 2017; February 27, 2018; June 29, 2018; October 26, 2018; February 26, 2019; June 28, 2019; October 25, 2019, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on dates.
  • NLM Grants for Scholarly Works in Biomedicine and Health (G13)
    National Library of Medicine
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): February 24, 2017 and February 23, 2018, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates.

SBIR training from Regional Rural Development Centers & USDA: Aug. 30 & Sept. 6

Attention Ag-Technology Entrepreneurs!

Save the dates and join us for the USDA SBIR Application Webinar Series!

The Regional Rural Development Centers (RRDC) in cooperation with the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) developed a SBIR Application Webinar Series with a focus on informing applicants on the specifics of the USDA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant program, specifically those for applicants interested in applying for Phase I SBIR funding.

RRDC is participating in this project, and offering this webinar series, to assist individuals and organizations in their efforts to secure SBIR resources to further the development of small business activities with the potential for commercialization. This webinar series will provide an overview of the USDA SBIR Program and eligibility requirements, tips on navigating, the SBIR application process, developing your idea, and resources for developing a strong proposal.

The webinars are free and no registration is required.


Module One – SBIR Overview

This first webinar answers these important questions: What is the Small Business Innovation Research program? Am I eligible to apply? What’s in it for me? What is the application process? What are the qualities of a strong proposal?

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 (may be archived)

Presented by: Scott Dockum, SBIR Program Coordinator/COR, USDA NIFA

Module Two – Developing Your Idea

In this webinar we’ll discuss how to develop your idea by identifying the opportunity/problem, a potential solution, and gaining the support of others. Plus, SBIR topic areas, literature review, research design, and determining the commercialization potential of your idea.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

2:00 PM (EDT) 1:00 PM (CDT) 12:00 PM (MDT) 11:00 AM (PDT)

Presented by: Scott Dockum, SBIR Program Coordinator/COR, USDA NIFA

Module Three – Preparing and Submitting Your Proposal

You’ve developed your idea, now what? This webinar will shed light on the grant writing process, preparing your proposal for submission, and the steps for submitting your application.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

2:00 PM (EDT) 1:00 PM (CDT) 12:00 PM (MDT) 11:00 AM (PDT)

Presented by: Scott Dockum, SBIR Program Coordinator/COR, USDA NIFA

About the Webinars

This webinar series will provide an overview of the USDA SBIR Program and eligibility requirements, tips on navigating, the SBIR application process, developing your idea, and resources for developing a strong proposal.


Scott Dockum is the SBIR Program Coordinator, USDA NIFA.


There is no registration and no fee to participate in the webinars.

Attend the Webinars

To join the webinars, click on the link for each module and click “Enter as guest” (also chosen by default). Type your name into the text box provided and click on “Enter Room.” You will then be taken to the Adobe Connect “meeting room” for the webinar.

To facilitate questions and answers, participants may submit questions via the “Chat Function” in Adobe Connect.

The webinars will be recorded and archived at


NIFA Funding Opportunity Page where the Request For Application (RFA) can be found: Page:

This page includes a synopsis of the funding opportunity, a link to the full announcement (RFA) and the application package.

USDA SBIR Website:

Thank you,

USDA SBIR Program Office & SBA-OII

Tyler Prize: Nominations due Sept. 16!!!

The Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement is the premier award recognizing achievement in environmental science, health and energy. Established in 1973, the Prize has honored individuals and organizations for their outstanding contribution to the scientific knowledge and public leadership required to improve our planet’s environment and therefore the well-being of its inhabitants. Endowed by the John and Alice Tyler Charitable Trusts, the Tyler Prize consists of an award of $200,000 and a commemorative medallion. For more information on eligibility and the revised nomination process, please visit
Nomination requirements:

  • Nomination form (must include nominees home and/or cell number)
  • Nominee’s CV or resume
  • A one to two-page summary of the individual’s or institution’s accomplishments, discovery, improvement, or other contribution for which the award is proposed, including links to appropriate websites
  • A list of three to five individuals who would be ready to provide reference letters should the nomination advance to the short list
Submission deadline is Friday, September 16, 2016.
More information on the nomination process can be found here:
Amber Brown, Administrator:
Email: • Telephone: (1) 213-740-9760 • Fax: (1) 213-740-1313
The Tyler Prize is governed and awarded by an independent, international committee of experts and leaders in environmental fields. For a complete list of the Tyler Prize Executive Committee members please visit:
Current Laureates:
Sir Partha Dasgupta: Environmental economy
Past Laureates include:
Madhav Gadgil and Jane Lubchenco: Science policy and public leadership
Diana Wall: Soil ecology
Richard Alley and V. “Ram” Ramanathan: Climate change
May Berenbaum: Insect–plant interactions
John Holdren: Energy and environment
John Seinfeld and Kirk Smith: Air quality and health
Jared Diamond and Thomas Lovejoy: Conservation biology
Werner Stumm and Richard Vollenweider: Water resources
The Barefoot College: Sustainable technologies in rural communities
Red Latinoamerica de Botanica: Plant biodiversity and training
Paul and Anne Ehrlich: Ecological principles applied to human population
For a complete list of Laureates see:

NSF RFP Update Aug

 Solicitation: NSF 16-593
Due Date: November 03, 2016
Institutional Limit: 3
Limit Summary: A university may submit only one proposal per Node content area in this solicitation. Therefore, one university might submit up to three separate Node proposals, but only one to each Node content area.
 Solicitation: NSF 16-594
Due Date: December 14, 2016
Institutional Limit: 1
Limit Summary: One for IT-Preliminary, Institutional Transformation (IT), or Adaptation; no limit for Partnership, ADVANCE Resource and Coordination Network, and ADVANCE Longitudinal Evaluation:

  • IT-PreliminaryNon-profit academic institutions are allowed to submit one preliminary proposal in the competition.
  • IT and Adaptation: Non-profit academic institutions are allowed to submit one proposal in the competition to either the IT (if invited after the preliminary proposal stage) or the Adaptation track but not both.
  • Non-profit, non-academic organizations are allowed to submit one Adaptationproposal in the competition and may also be a partner on Partnership and/or ADVANCE Resource and Coordination Network proposals.
  • A non-profit academic institution or non-profit, non-academic organization may be a partner on multiple Partnership proposals in the same competition but lead only one and may also be a partner on an ADVANCE Resource and Coordination Network and/or an ADVANCE Longitudinal Evaluation proposal if appropriate.

Many women working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) have faced a common experience at some point during their college days — they walked into a classroom and found that they were among a small handful of women in the class, or even the only one.

That kind of experience has the potential to make a talented, motivated student feel out-of-place, and compel her to search for more inclusive academic environments, according to Nilanjana Dasgupta, a psychology …

More at

Molecular Driving Forces Course for Fall 2016: Grad and UG welcome

As the Semester is approaching and the new graduate students are now on Campus, you may consider suggesting them to enroll in my new graduate level course on Molecular Driving Forces.
Please, note that the course is also open to senior undergraduates.
I am attaching the final syllabus for your convenience.
Thank you!
Best regards,

Dr. Loredana Valenzano (PhD, MRSC)
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry (ChemSci 701-A)
Michigan Technological University
1400 Townsend Dr – 49931
Michigan – USA
Phone: (906) 487-1602
Fax: (906) 487-2061

You are invited to participate in Graduate Student Writing Groups

You are invited to participate in the Michigan Tech Multiliteracies Center (MTMC) Graduate Student Writing Groups, which will begin the first week of the semester.

At the Multiliteracies Center (Walker 107), we offer Graduate Student Writing Groups for graduate students at any level, in any discipline. These groups help grad students meet deadlines, stay motivated, and improve their projects. They are a free and powerful resource many students have found key to their success.

The groups are available for working on projects in any stage of the planning and writing process. This can include proposals, conference papers, posters, presentations, and defenses. The groups are discussion-based and organized by similar disciplines, allowing students to explain their projects and receive peer feedback. This helps students develop and polish their writing and their ideas.

Those interested in signing up for a group can do so by clicking the following link:


These groups exist to help students overcome procrastination, as well as to provide organizational strategies, sounding boards, and deadlines. The groups meet for one hour a week in the Multiliteracies Center and are starting now. Please join us to help yourself and get writing done!

If you have any questions or would like to make another type of appointment, you can reach us at:,, or 906-487-2007.

Bill De Herder

MTMC Assistant Director

Do you develop software for your research? Please respond to survey by Sept. 30

All:  Michigan Tech VPR has agreed to participate in this survey from the University of Illinois – UC.  You can read the goals and intended outcomes below.  It would be great if you could pass this along to those in your area (faculty, grad students, staff, postdocs, etc.) that develop software as part of their research.  Dave R


My name is Udit Nangia. I am an undergraduate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I am working under Professor Daniel S. Katz with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) to study how research software is developed and used in academia, and how the developers are trained. We are conducting an online survey of US academic faculty, postdocs, staff, and students who perform research regarding their use and development of software as part of their research. The survey consists of 14 questions with both short response and multiple choice questions. The survey will not take more than 30 minutes to complete. You are receiving this message because Professor David Reed, Vice President for Research, has included you as someone who is involved in research at this institution. We encourage you to assist in this project by completing the survey: <Link to Survey>
Participation in the survey is strictly voluntary. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the survey, please feel free to contact us at Additional information can also be found in the consent statement on the first page of the survey. Results will be recorded immediately after the web form is submitted. We will stop collecting submission on September 30, 2016. Thank you for your cooperation! Best wishes, Udit Nangia