Suzanne Rivera named new VP for research

Provost W.A. "Bud" Baeslack III announced, on November 4th, the appointment of Suzanne M. Rivera as Case Western Reserve´s new vice president for research, effective this month. Rivera, the university´s associate vice president for research since January 2011, emerged as the top choice after an extensive process involving campuswide nominations of internal university candidates. Since coming to CWRU, Rivera has distinguished herself through a commitment to collaboration and a focus on systems and processes.
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December 9, 2014  

Marquette University

Marquette University, with a generous grant from the Templeton Religion Trust, is pleased to announce a new research initiative on the topics of the self, motivation, and virtue. Approximately ten research proposals at $190,000 each will be funded through this initiative.

The grant competition has four primary aims:
1. To support innovative research on the self, motivation, and virtue.
2. To encourage methodological innovation in the study of the self, motivation, and virtue.
3. To encourage interdisciplinary team work, specifically between social science and humanities.
4. To support scholars new to the investigation of these topics or who have not received funding elsewhere. Research collaborations between younger and more established scholars are especially encouraged.

Research into character and virtue is often conducted by scholars from within a single disciplinary perspective. This disciplinary isolationism is not maximally productive of new knowledge about virtue. To ensure that research funded by this proposal closes the disciplinary gap, successful teams will be comprised of at least one humanist and one scientist who are fully and equally invested in the research project, from its inception to its completion. The aim here is to encourage awardees to think outside of their own disciplinary perspectives, and to broaden their research horizons in ways conducive to creative collaborations and results.

For more information on this extended deadline, please visit the Marquette University website or contact Marquette at: smvproject@marquette.edu.

 
Sparta Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

CWRU's Office of Research Administration has recently added a page to its website listing answers to some of the common questions we get from Sparta users. These Frequently Asked Questions, or FAQs, range from what to do for specific error messages to how to handle common confusing situations in Sparta. We will continue to add to these FAQs, and are always open to suggestions. These questions are searchable with your browser search feature so you can look for specific keywords if you like.

The FAQs can be found at http://research.case.edu/Prop_Dev/Sparta/SpartaFAQ.cfm or on the research.case.edu website under the Sparta Info link. If you have specific questions or are having issues, you can always reach the Sparta support team at sparta@case.edu.

 
Limited Submission Reminder: NSF Materials Innovation Platforms (MIP)

Key Deadlines: January 5, 2015, 5:00pm (CWRU Internal Submission Deadline), March 2, 2015, 5:00pm EST.

The Division of Materials Research (DMR) seeks to significantly accelerate advances in materials research and engineering through the rapid discovery of new materials and phenomena by developing a new midscale user facility program - Materials Innovation Platforms (MIP) program. MIPs embrace the paradigm set forth by the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) which strives to "discover, manufacture, and deploy advanced materials in half the time and at a fraction of the cost." Platforms respond to the increasing complexity of conducting materials research that requires the close collaboration of multidisciplinary teams who have access to cutting edge tools. To accelerate research outcomes, Platforms conduct research through iterative "closed-loop" efforts among the areas of materials synthesis, characterization, theory, and the application of theory through modeling and/or simulation. The in-house research conducted by a MIP is transformational and focuses on a targeted materials grand challenge and/or a technological outcome (e.g., understanding complexity, discovery of new phenomena and materials, etc.) that addresses a national priority.

MIPs push the frontiers in materials research by advancing the capabilities of current state-of-the-art experimental tools through the development of new techniques and the next generation of instrumentation that will lead to understanding and discovering new phenomena as well as the discovery of complex functional material systems. In addition, it is expected that open access to these cutting edge tools will strengthen collaborations among scientists and enable researchers to work in new ways, while fostering new modalities of multidisciplinary education and training. The user facility aspect of a Platform accounts for approximately 50% of the collaborative effort, where a MIP provides access to unique high-quality, state-of-the-art instrumentation and technological services through a staff of experts that are accessible to external researchers and all types of institutions. Due to this convergence of expertise, MIPs will serve as focal points that promote cross-fertilization of ideas between internal and external researchers.

The Platform, the tools and techniques developed, and the resulting new materials are themselves meant to be transformative. The US, once a global leader in materials synthesis, has fallen behind in the science of crystal growth. To rebuild technical strength in this area, the initial MIPs will focus on developing new bulk and thin film crystalline hard materials. The scientific focus of the MIP program is subject to change from competition to competition. MIPs are anticipated to be five year awards totaling $10,000,000 to $25,000,000 for the award period. MIP awards are eligible for a one-time five-year renewal, subsequent to a rigorous and favorable review by NSF. To cover the breadth of this endeavor, it is expected that proposed projects will be directed by a team of at least three Senior Personnel with complementary expertise. Equipment acquisition is expected in the first few years, but yearly budget should not exceed $7.0M.

For more information on this limited submission opportunity, visit the Office of Research Administration website.

 
The National Academies

The National Academies has announced their 2015 Jefferson Science Fellows (JSF) competition. The Jefferson Science Fellows program, now in its 12th year, was established by the U.S. Secretary of State to engage the American academic science, technology, engineering and medical communities I the design and implementation of U.S. foreign policy.

Jefferson Science Fellows spend one year at the U.S. Department of State or the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for an on-site assignment in Washinton, D.C. that may also involve extended stays at U.S. foreign embassies and/or missions. The fellowship is open to tenured, or similarly ranked, academic scientists, engineers and physicians from U.S. institutions of higher learning who are U.S. citizens.

The application deadline is January 12, 2015, and awardees will be notified in March. Up to fifteen Fellows are expected to be selected for the 2015 program year.

Visit the Jefferson Science Fellowship website for more information on requirements and deadlines.

 
National Multiple Sclerosis Society

The Barancik Prize for Innovation in Multiple Sclerosis Research recognizes an exceptional scientist or a team of scientists whose work in MS research has demonstrated outstanding innovation and originality.

The prize is administered by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. A selection committee comprised of leaders in science, medicine, and MS advocacy will review nominees. The committee will evaluate:
• Exceptional innovation and originality in scientific research relevant to MS
• Impact and potential of the research to lead to pathways for the treatment and cure for MS
• Scientific accomplishments that merit recognition as a future leader in MS research

For more information and guidelines , visit the Society’s website.

 

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