Category Archives: Workshops

Second NSF Workshop on Conceptualizing a National Geospatial Software Institute

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has recently funded a project ( to conceptualize a national Geospatial Software Institute (GSI) as a long-term hub of excellence in geospatial software that can serve diverse research and education communities. We have strong momentum to conceptualize the GSI after the first workshop: that was a great success. The second workshop will take place in Chicago, IL, USA on July 15-17, 2018. July 15th is intended for an ice-breaking event on the evening so that most participants will be ready for the morning program on July 16th. We plan to wrap up the workshop by 1pm on July 17th.

We are inviting position papers: due on June 1, 2018, and look forward to your submissions. If your position paper is selected, you will receive NSF travel support to attend the workshop. Your help for spreading the word is greatly appreciated.

ORAU Information: Opportunities for All Institutions

2019 ORNL INCITE Call for Proposals – NEW!

The Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) Program is soliciting proposals of research for awards on Leadership Computing Facility high performance computing machines for calendar year 2019. These include Summit, the 200-petaflop IBM machine; Titan, the 27-petaflop Cray XK7; Mira, the 10-petaflop IBM Blue Gene/Q; and Theta, the 11.69-petaflop Cray XC40 machine. Fifty percent of the allocable computing time will be made available on each of these machines for CY 2019. Proposals may be for up to three years. Prospective INCITE-proposal PIs are invited to respond to a Request for Information to inform the INCITE management of the proposal topics anticipated. See  here for details.  The information requested here is not a prerequisite for proposal submittal, nor will it limit any requests you may decide to make in your INCITE proposal. However, you are strongly encouraged to respond if you are contemplating submitting an INCITE proposal.

INCITE proposal writing webinar. To help you prepare an INCITE proposal or to learn more about the program, an INCITE proposal writing webinar will be offered on June 7, at 1 p.m. EDT. The 1.5 hour webinar will also include discussion on the Director’s Discretionary Program, a way to request early access to port, and tune and scale your codes in preparation for an INCITE application. Seethis site for more details and early registration. Address specific questions to the INCITE manager at


2018 DOE Cyber ConferenceReminder    The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of the Chief Information Officer will host the 2018 DOE Cyber Conference on June 4-7, 2018 in Austin, Texas at the Renaissance Austin hotel. The Conference is designed to bring together the DOE enterprise, the federal interagency, academia, international partners, and private industry to advance cyber and IT modernization efforts across DOE’s diverse and shared missions.

The Conference will be an interactive forum for communication, collaboration, and training, as well as a platform for sharing information and best practices to support the Department’s energy, science, nuclear, and national security missions. The agenda will consist of plenary sessions to highlight the latest developments and innovations, breakout sessions to foster new cooperation and partnerships, and practical training exercises to enhance the capabilities of the information technology and cyber workforce.  The deadline to register is May 11, 2018. For more information, please


The 19th Annual ORISE/ORNL Graduate Student Recruitment FairReminder

The 19th ORISE and ORNL graduate student recruitment fair will take place this August! Last year we had close to 500 of the nation’s top undergraduates in our research participant programs at ORNL, and we predict that number will grow this year. With undergraduates in a wide variety of fields ranging from physical sciences to engineering, you are sure to find a perfect fit for your institution’s graduate programs.

The fair is held in conjunction with the conclusion of the ORNL summer undergraduate student programs to capitalize on this brimming talent pool. Over 200 students from across the country will present posters of their research at ORNL during an all-day session on Thursday, August 9, 2018. The Recruitment Fair will run the entire day from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, so students may come to all university tables during the day.

We do hope you will attend or have others represent your institution to take advantage of this outstanding opportunity to attract top-flight students to your institution’s graduate programs.


The registration deadline is Thursday, July 26. There will be a limit of one table/four people per institution. Table location will be assigned upon arrival. Register each attendee at to reserve a table and receive ORNL badge access. Only those who register will receive badge access.

Be aware that increased security concerns require that you have early approval to access the Laboratory. US Citizens must apply by July 26. Non-citizens, including legal permanent residents, must apply by June 14. Representatives will be limited to Building 5200, ORNL Visitor Center and will not be permitted to go to any other buildings on campus. If you will be meeting with any ORNL staff, they will need to meet with you in the Visitor Center, where there are plenty of tables and chairs available.

For additional information, you may contact Emily Isaacs at The ORISE phone number is 865-576-1234.



University Partnerships Office

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance research and education, protect public health and the environment, and strengthen national security. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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

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

AIChE Education Division Webinar on Academic Integrity – Thursday, April 26th, 2018, 4-5pm EST

Title: Academic Integrity: Confessionals of a Reluctant Expert

Presenter:  Dr. Lisa G. Bullard, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, North Carolina State University

Academic integrity issues are among the most stressful that faculty face, and the statistics on student cheating rates and attitudes about cheating are troubling.Addressing academic integrity violations can be time consuming and emotionally stressful.In order to avoid the issue, some faculty have chosen to either eliminate homework or to count it a very small percentage of the course grade.Other faculty avoid confronting students or simply issue vague warnings, thereby implicitly endorsing a culture of cheating. Neither approach creates a healthy learning climate for students and instead sends the message that shortcuts will be tolerated, ironically providing an incentive for otherwise honest students to feel that they have to cheat to compete. Moreover, with the advent of new smart technology, students have an entirely new set of tools to assist them in sharing information during exams. In small classes these violations are easier to police, but as enrollment and class sizes grow, it becomes an increasing challenge to monitor this behavior.

In response to the challenges that faculty face in this area, this webinar will provide guidance and resources on how to develop expectations around academic integrity and clearly communicate those expectations using multiple avenues. Low-maintenance processes to monitor student behavior on homework and exams will be discussed, and examples of how to engage with students around this topic will be provided.

Link to Join the Webinar

Presentation on State of Sustainability at Michigan Tech

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) empowers higher education faculty, administrators, staff and students to be effective change agents and drivers of sustainability innovation. AASHE enables members to translate information into action by offering essential resources and professional development to a diverse, engaged community of sustainability leaders.

The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS)  from AASHE is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. Over the past 18 months the Executive Director of Sustainability, Jay Meldrum, has gathered data with the help of undergraduates, graduates, faculty and staff to populate the STARS report in an effort to estimate how Michigan Tech scores using this rating system.

The campus community is invited to hear about the results of this report and to discuss actionable items that can help improve our score. A 30-minute presentation will be followed by a time for questions and discussion. Join us at 11:30 a.m. Monday, April 23 in MUB Ballroom B1 & B2. Beverages and light snacks will be provided. Feel free to bring your own sustainable lunch. RSVP to the event here.

NSF Career sessions

Our spring series of NSF CAREER proposal sessions continues this Friday, 4/13 at 12 noon, In MUB Suuperior Room B001 (that’s in the basement). Keith Vertanen (CS), one of this year’s awardees, will be sharing his experience in applying for the award, processing reviews, and framing his preliminary data. Please join if you are able.
We also usually access two webinars, which we offer to you in a central location.
  • NSF CAREER webinar hosted by CBET. This is scheduled for April 27, from 12-4pm in MUB Ballroom B3. The info in this webinar will apply to anyone submitting a CAREER proposal, but will also have specific information for those in CBET programs. The agenda shows that there will be 6 awardees offering feedback during this session. Refreshments will be provided.
  • We usually offer another webinar that is purchased from independant grant consultants. it is titled “How to Write a Winning NSF CAREER Proposal.”  This year’s webinar has not been scheduled yet. But in the past, we have scheduled a viewing session in May. Please keep an eye out for an email announcing this.
Finally, if you plan on submitting an NSF CAREER proposal this year, please fill out this “Intent to Submit” form which prepares the RD and SPO offices to assist you. The cut-off for filling out this form will be in May.
Thanks to all of you who have joined previous sessions. We hope to see you soon.
Research Development Team

NIH NHLBI SBIA REdI Spring Conference 2018 (San Francisco)

May 15 & 16 FDA REdI Spring Conference 2018

Register HERE
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The FDA Regulatory Education for Industry (REdI) Conference is a free two-day in-depth exploration. Investigators and businesses can interact with FDA experts from the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research Small Business and Industry Assistance (CDER SBIA), Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) and Division of Industry and Consumer Education (DICE) as they discuss topics to include:

  • Device and Drug Inspections
  • Plenary:  Role of Human Factors Engineering in Medical Products Regulatory Reviews and Research
  • CDER:  Nonclinical Assessment for Small Molecules and Biologic Drug Development; FDA Regulatory Requirements for Clinical Investigators; Communication Pathways
  • CDRH: Digital Health; Design Controls; 510 (K) Program

Attendance can be in-person in San Francisco, California or virtual.

On-site sessions will be held at:

The Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport
Regency Ballroom
1330 Old Bayshore Hwy
Burlingame, CA 94010

For more information, visit the event website: REdI Spring Conference 2018