Daily Archives: April 13, 2011

Thursday’s Research Appreciation Week agenda features Duke research dean, award winners

Thursday’s Faculty Research Day will feature two events of particular interest to researchers.  All faculty members — deans and department chairs in particular — are invited to a talk at 9 a.m. by a top research administrator at the Duke University School of Medicine.  Dr. Sally Kornbluth, the school’s vice dean for research, will speak on, “Managing research at the college/school level: Deans and chairs as enablers.”

Following Dr. Kornbluth’s talk, the three winners of the 2011 Research Excellence Awards — Dr. Millie Worku, Dr. Zhichao Li, and Dr. Ellie Fini — will give talks on their research.

All of the day’s events will take place at the Alumni-Foundation Event Center. The full schedule is here (PDF).

NSF, DOE launch photovoltaic cell initiative

The National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy will jointly provide up to $39 million for research to improve photovoltaic cell performance and reduce module cost for grid-scale commercial applications. The agencies released a joint Funding Opportunity Announcement for the “Foundational Program to Advance Cell Efficiency” last week to identify and fund solar device physics and PV technology research and development. Details are available here.