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NSF and U.S. Air Force Announce Partnership in Science and Engineering

From Federal Science Partners — Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and National Science Foundation (NSF) Director France Córdova signed a Letter of Intent May 9, 2018, creating a new partnership for collaboration on scientific and engineering research to bolster national security. The Letter of Intent initiates a strategic partnership focused on research in four areas of common interest: space operations and geosciences, advanced material sciences, information and data sciences, and workforce and processes.  The partnership is designed to create a pathway between the basic research supported by NSF and the technologies needed to support the Air Force of tomorrow. Common areas of interest will drive cooperation at every level of research, including basic research, applied research and advanced technology development. The letter indicates that the Air Force will benefit from greater access to NSF’s considerably larger basic research program and community of researchers. The NSF will benefit with a direct pathway for the technical maturation of many of its research efforts and products, with increased relevance afforded by its direct support of the Nation’s defense posture.  The letter is available here.

NSF CAREER 2018 Intent to Submit Requested

by Research Development & Sponsored Programs

The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) CAREER program is open to tenure-track assistant professors in all NSF-supported disciplines. Eligibility criteria, proposal deadlines and additional details can be found on the program web page. Faculty planning to submit to the National Science Foundation’s CAREER program this July are requested to submit a non-binding online “intent to submit” form to help the sponsored programs office plan for submissions. If you are planning to submit a CAREER proposal in 2018 and have not yet completed the form, please do so by Thursday (May 31).

Summer Writing Meetups: Fridays at noon through the summer

The research development office will be hosting Summer Writing Meetups at the Library every Friday at noon through the summer. These meet ups will start on May 25, 2018. Here’s a link to the calendar invite  and can also be seen on the RD Toolkit home page. These are open to all. Feel free to share and encourage colleagues at any career stage, as well as postdocs, grad students, and proposal support staff.

Side article on balancing work with home…

During my ELATE training, I met Sabina Nawaz. One of her articles I thought was worth sharing.

As a leader, you probably juggle many things at work and at home. You’re not alone. Most executives I coach struggle with balancing parenting and work duties. They worry that they aren’t spending enough time with their children, and they’d like to help their children learn from their experience and avoid mistakes they’ve made.
What if you could maximize your time by making progress on work challenges while spending time with your children and helping them learn important skills in the process? Given my own challenges with balancing multiple priorities, I’ve learned a few ways to make the most of my time with both work and family, and I’ve shared these tips with my clients, many of whom have adopted similar practices. And the tips don’t take any additional time. In fact, you can increase time with your children without losing work time or adding more to your already full plate. By doing things a bit differently, you benefit your task list, your children, and yourself.
Continue reading here

AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowships

The annual faculty trip to Washington DC was this week.  In addition to visiting NSF, Federal Science Partners, and NIH, we were able to visit AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) offices.   We met Dr. Jennifer Pearl who is the Director of the Science & Technology Policy Fellowships program.   I’d highly recommend that you consider applying for one of these for your next sabbatical and/or encourage your PhD grads & postdocs to apply.  Assignments are made across the Executive, Judicial, and Legislative branches of government. A common assignment for faculty is in NSF, NIH, NIST, DoE, DoD, etc. in positions providing perspective reports, new funding initiatives, and related.

Applications are due in Nov for assignments beginning 9-10 months later (Sept).

Details at

This is definitely a pay it forward type of activity!

Quotes needed for purchases of $10,000 to $49,999

The federal regulations, 2 CFR 200, Uniform Guidance (UG), for external sponsored projects has been updated. Although much of the UG took effect on Dec. 26, 2014, the government delayed implementation of the procurement sections.

Procurement guidance focuses on increased competition and transparency in the procurement process. The UG section 200.320(a) and (b), which address required documentation for purchases on external sponsored projects, warrant changes in Michigan Tech’s current procurement practices.

Effective July 1, purchases of $10,000 to $49,999 on external-sponsored projects require two or more quotes from qualified suppliers. A listing of all procurement thresholds is available on the Purchasing website. It is of particular importance to note that reallocations of expenditures to external sponsored projects will not be allowable if two or more informal quotes were not attained at the time of purchase. We encourage applying these guidelines now as it may prove to be beneficial for the PI and the department.

AY 2018-2019 Diversity Literacy and Legal Aspects of Hiring course schedule

Just an FYI email to disseminate the AY 2018-2019 schedule for Diversity Literacy and Legal Aspects of Hiring courses for faculty. I will send another email in August to you all (and the new Deans), and faculty with expired or expiring certifications will be contacted individually as well.
You can see a list of certifications here (and can sort by unit by clicking on the “Department” header):
This schedule will be posted on the Diversity Literacy website soon, so if any of you foresee any problems with the schedule, please let me know and I can make some adjustments. Thank you!
Fall Refresher I: Diversity Literacy Sept. 15-21st, Legal Aspects Sept. 22-28
Fall Full course: Diversity Literacy Oct. 6-26, Legal Aspects Oct. 27-Nov 2
Fall Refresher II: Diversity Literacy Dec. 1-7, Legal Aspects Dec. 8-14
Spring Refresher I: Diversity Literacy Jan 19-25, Legal Aspects Jan. 26-Feb 1
Spring Full course: Diversity Literacy Feb. 9-Mar 1, Legal Aspects Mar. 2-8
Spring Refresher II: Diversity Literacy Apr. 6-12, Legal Aspects Apr. 13-19

Two-Tier Internal Deadline Implemented for all NSF Opportunities

by Sponsored Programs Office

Due to the success of the two-tier internal deadline pilot, and in addition to its implementation to all NIH proposals, the Sponsored Programs Office will expand and permanently implement the two-tier internal deadline structure for all proposals due to the NSF on or after July 1, 2018.

As a reminder, all final internal documents and the application package are due to the Sponsored Programs Office no later than 7 a.m., one week (seven calendar days) prior to the sponsor deadline. The application package must be completed in the appropriate submission system (Fastlane,, NIH ASSIST or Workspace).

However, not all of the science documents in the application package need to be finalized and the application package does not need to include the completed budget forms. Once the Sponsored Programs Office receives the internal documents and the application package, personnel in the Sponsored Programs Office will enter the approved budget into the applicable application package—the PI/researcher will not need to complete this task.

All final science related documents are due via e-mail to the Sponsored Programs Office no later than 7 a.m. the day of the sponsor deadline. Once received, personnel in the Sponsored Programs Office will upload the final documents into the application package. This later deadline will provide valuable time for the PI/researcher to focus on the science aspects of the proposal.

The specific science-related documents for the application package will be identified and communicated to the respective Principal Investigator once the intent to submit is known.

Feel free to contact the Sponsored Programs Office at 7-2226 if you have any questions.

Come to the annual Lake Superior Celebration and Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative 10-Year Celebration ~ 6-8 pm, Thursday, May 10th at Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center

**Due to the power outage at the GLRC on Thursday, May 10, we have had to relocate the Lake Superior Celebration to the Forestry Atrium at MTU**

The community is invited to the Lake Superior Celebration at Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC) from 6-8 pm, Thursday, May 10. The event is FREE, family-friendly, and open to all.  The Lake Superior Celebration will include informative displays by local agencies and organizations. There will be hands-on activities for youth, displays and presentations.

Hands On Activities for Students in 104 GLRC include:

6:15 pm   Leave No Trace Recreation  w/ Copper Harbor Trails Club (Nathan Miller)

6:45 pm   Make Your Own Packaging (small paper boxes)

7:15 pm   Make Heart Healthy Fruit Smoothies & Plant Spring Flowers.
More than a dozen community organizations and businesses will have displays:

  • Walking Paths & Protected Areas of the Keweenaw
  • How the Rock Connects Us – Book signing with Professor Emeritus Bill Rose
  • Calumet Farmers’ Market
  • G & A Farmers Market & Garden Center
  • MORE!

MTU Sustainability House by resident Hannah Reish
Student Presentations – EB Holman Students, Dollar Bay HS Student Organization of Aquatic Robotics


World Water Day art exhibit
Lake Superior Soundscapes
Live Music: A Handful of Humans instrumental & song!

Refreshments: cake, lemonade & coffee provided.

The event is sponsored by the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, Western U.P. Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education, Michigan Tech Center for Science & Environmental Outreach, and the Great Lake Research Center. For more information: contact:  Shawn Oppliger at 482-0331 or at the Copper Country ISD or Joan Chadde 906-487-3341 and  at Michigan Tech.

Visit the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative on the web or on Facebook.

Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative (LSSI)

Bringing schools & communities together in the stewardship of Lake Superior and its watershed.

All Invited!  Free! 

Sponsored by Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, Western U.P. Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education, Michigan Tech Center for Science & Environmental Outreach, Michigan Tech Great Lakes Research Center

Funded in part with a grant from the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative.

Review of Foreign National Restrictions on Awards Education Session

This is a reminder that the Vice President for Research Office will host an educational session, “Review of Foreign National Restrictions on Awards” from noon to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 9th.  The session will be in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. Registration is open and ends on May 8.

This session will help faculty and staff understand and address foreign national restrictions considerations when conducting research.  Topics covered will include: managing technical data, intellectual property and proprietary materials; defining and working with foreign nationals, publishing and teaching; and exporting and licensing considerations.

Register now to reserve a seat!   This workshop is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research. There will be desserts and beverages provided, please bring your own lunch.   If you have questions, please contact Ramona Englund at 487-2654 or