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Welcome back! Here’s a summer news recap: Hypoallergenic peanuts, EPICS, NC TraCS & more

To all who were gone over the summer, welcome back. Here’s a rundown of the top research-related news at A&T since May:

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Fluid power research focus: user-centered design

NSF logoThe NSF Engineering Research Center program is the one of the ultimate prizes in engineering research. A&T’s biggest research project is an ERC, the NSF Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials, now entering its sixth year.

A&T is also playing a smaller but interesting role in another ERC, the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power led by the University of Minnesota.  That work has received attention from designworldonline.com, the online presence of Design World magazine:

“Unlike other members of the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power, North Carolina A&T State University does not work on improving fluid power technology; instead the mainly graduate level program focuses on the interaction between the technology and its human user.

“NCAT is involved with a CCEFP project focused around human performance modeling and user-centered design. The goal of this project is to develop a model that can be used to better understand the simultaneous cognitive and physical interactions that occur when operating complex fluid power systems. This model would then be used to design human-machine interfaces that are safer, easier to understand and more comfortable for the user.”

The full piece is available here. You can click here for the center’s website.

Workshop: Building the NSF Grant Proposal

Flyer for NSF grant workshop, April 25, 2013


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Webinar on NSF CAREER grants Thursday April 18

NSF logoThe Office of Research Services and Project Management will host a webinar, “How to Write a Competitive NSF CAREER Proposal,” for assistant professors in the STEM disciplines.  The webinar will be held in the Fort IRC, Room 410,  from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday April 18. Registration is not required.

The webinar will cover:

  • How to decide when and if to apply for a CAREER grant
  • How to position yourself and your research to be competitive for a CAREER
  • How to structure your proposal
  • How to develop an educational plan
  • Keys to success and common mistakes to avoid
  • A step-by-step discussion of each section of the proposal and what it needs to tell the reviewers
  • How to analyze reviews and decide whether to revise and resubmit
  • Questions and Answers

Additional materials, including example proposal sections, proposal outlines and helpful resources, will be included.

The speaker will be Lucy Deckard, president of Academic Research Funding Strategies, a  research-funding consulting firm.

Click here for information on  the NSF CAREER program.


NSF grant proposal workshop April 25

SAve the date flyer for NSF proposal workshop, Thursday April 25

N.C. A&T Bioenergy Center awarded $5 million to make advanced biofuel production more affordable

An interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University has launched a five-year, $5 million project to make the production of advanced biofuels more efficient and affordable.

The NSF CREST Bioenergy Center’s goal is to make biomass a more viable source of renewable energy by developing the basic science and technology that will make energy conversions more efficient and costs more affordable.

The center is conducting fundamental research toward the development of advanced thermochemical biomass conversion technology to produce liquid transportation fuels and hydrogen.

The project is funded by the National Science Foundation’s Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) program.

The center’s research will specifically target the production of high quality synthesis gas from biomass gasification, nanocatalysts for the conversion of syngas to bioethanol, and the production of high purity hydrogen for fuel cell applications.

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NSF awards $15 million in Big Data project grants; N.C. A&T on a winning team with UNC-CH, Harvard

The NSF was up early this morning, announcing that it has awarded $15 million in grants to advance its Big Data initiative. Among the winners: A UNC-CH/Harvard/N.C. A&T team and its project, “DataBridge – A Sociometric System for Long-Tail Science Data Collections.”  UNC-CH is the team leader.

Dr. Justin Zhan of the Department of Computer Science is the A&T investigator on the project.  The short description:

 “The sheer volume and diversity of data present a new set of challenges in locating all of the data relevant to a particular line of scientific research. Taking full advantage of the unique data in the ‘long-tail of science’ requires new tools specifically created to assist scientists in their search for relevant data sets. DataBridge supports advances in science and engineering by directly enabling and improving discovery of relevant scientific data across large, distributed and diverse collections using socio-metric networks. The system will also provide an easy means of publishing data through the DataBridge, and incentivize data producers to do so by enhancing collaboration and data-oriented networking.”

NSF webinar on accelerating innovation

National Science Foundation logoThe National Science Foundation will host a webinar on its Partners for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research solicitation on Wednesday July 25.  From NSF:

“The aim of the webinar is to outline the key requirements of the two choices available within the PFI: AIR solicitation – Technology Translation and Research Alliance.

“What distinguishes one choice from the other is not the subject matter, but the participants, i.e., the persons or groups involved. Both of these choices are designed to accelerate innovation that results in the creation of new wealth and the building of strong local, regional, and national economies.”

The webinar will be held on Wednesday July 25, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. EDT. Registration is not necessary. For the URL and other details, go to the NSF web page.  Before the webinar, participants are strongly encouraged to review the solicitation.

NSF to hold data-management webinar Friday, first in a series on ‘transformative approaches’

NSF logoThe National Science Foundation will host a series of webinars and a charrette on integrative data management infrastructures across science and engineering disciplines.  The first webinar will be held on Friday June 15 at 1 p.m. EDT.  Details and registration information are here.

The short version:

“NSF seeks transformative approaches to create integrative data management infrastructures across science and engineering disciplines that will advance US research and innovation through new capabilities empowering the majority of the nation’s researchers whether they are working individually, in small groups, or as part of large projects. …

“NSF will host a series of webinars followed by a charrette meeting to rapidly facilitate the early stages of novel approaches to achieve the goals described. NSF expects that actionable ideas emerging from the charrette will help define future developments of this system in FY2013 and beyond.”