Healthy Habits Initiative – Using creativity and healthy habits to boost my effectiveness
Just like that, week 2 of DER’s Healthy Habits Initiative (challenge) is nearly complete. DER staff has been intentional about drinking more water, increasing our physical activity, and improving our sleep routines to help us be our best selves. This has pushed the members of our team to further increase our efficiency and effectiveness of service.
As our department is diligently working on the tickets (proposals) as they are received, we have also been intentional about taking breaks and taking care of our mental health. One of the popular options this week is lapping the halls on the second floor of EGR. After sitting at the computer, it is refreshing to see the life that is taking place outside of Room 2527. Whether it is seeing a student catching up on summer reading by the elevator, seeing the classrooms filled with youth for summer programs, or seeing EGR get TLC from painters and drywallers, witnessing energy interjected into the building helps to recharge us. Taking a literal “step” to appreciate the simplicity and beauty that is going on in the building is just the right boost to keep “pushing on.” Of course, after taking in the beauty and getting our steps in, we appreciate a great opportunity to talk about food. As the majority of us have busy lives outside of the office, we like to share with one another creative recipes to try at home. One of my favorites is a simple “Mediterranean Salad.” This is a simple and refreshing recipe that yields a classic base for creative additions, or can be as simple as you want to be. Simply adding chicken, chickpeas, kalamata olives, or artichokes make this simple dish a top summer choice. Try this recipe and join the DER Healthy Habits Initiative challenge.
1 English cucumber cut into 1/2 inch half moons
4 Roma tomatoes cut in half and then cut into 1/2 inch pieces
Combine the cucumbers, tomatoes, onion, and feta in a large bowl.
Season with the olive oil, red wine vinegar, oregano, salt and pepper.
Toss to combine and serve.
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National recognition honors focus on translational research
Exceptional leadership in the specialized field of biomechanics has won another national honor for a professor in the College of Engineering at Michigan State University.
Tamara Reid Bush was awarded the Savio L-Y. Woo Translational Biomechanics Medal, one of only six recognitions presented annually by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Bioengineering Division.
The medal was established in 2015 to recognize an individual who has translated meritorious bioengineering science to clinical practice. Bush’s award was for her “career-long focus on translational biomechanics research, including recent work in thumb biomechanics and wheelchair seating that have clinical applications and will improve patient outcomes."
“This is a very prestigious and select honor,” said Engineering Dean Leo Kempel. “It is presented for translating basic bioengineering science into new or improved medical devices or pieces of equipment. The clinical applications can include new approaches of disease or injury treatments.”
Along with being a professor of mechanical engineering at MSU, Bush is currently the associate dean for inclusion and diversity in the College of Engineering.
She has received several national recognitions in recent years. In 2021, she shared a national medal for her ongoing commitment to ASME in strategically improving gender diversity and inclusiveness within the bioengineering division. In 2021, she was also named a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering for her success in applying fundamental tissue biomechanics to rehabilitation engineering, and for her continuous support of women in STEM.
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science (SC) and DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced $5.25 million for 11 research projects in High Energy Density Laboratory Plasmas (HEDLP).
The SC-NNSA Joint Program in High Energy Density Laboratory Plasmas was established to steward HEDLP science within the Department of Energy. HEDLP research is directed at exploring the behavior of matter at extreme conditions of temperature, density, and pressure, including laboratory astrophysics, planetary science, laser-plasma interactions, relativistic optics, plasma hydrodynamics, plasma atomic physics, and radiation transport.
“This joint program is a critical component of our stewardship of discovery-driven science and continues to deliver exciting scientific results,” said Jean Paul Allain, Associate Director of Science for Fusion Energy Sciences (FES). “Better understanding this extreme state of matter benefits a broad range of applications in science, industry, medicine, and fusion energy-relevant technology.”
“This is an exciting time for high energy density science. We are happy to support cutting edge research and aid in the development of the next generation of elite scientists,” said Kevin Greenaugh, Chief Science and Technology Officer for Defense Programs in NNSA. “This work will advance our understanding of hot, dense, high-pressure environments that exist on scales ranging from nuclei to galaxies.”
Projects funded in this announcement will explore rarefaction waves, magnetic reconnection, warm dense matter, bright laser-driven radiation sources, laser-plasma accelerators, and capsule materials for inertial confinement fusion.
The projects were selected by competitive peer review under the DOE Funding Opportunity Announcement for High Energy Density Laboratory Plasma Science. They will last up to three years, with total funding of $5.25 million: $4.85 million in FY23 and $0.4 million in outyear funding contingent on congressional appropriations.
Description: The VBFF program is sponsored by the Basic Research Office, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (USD (R&E)). VBFF supports innovative basic research within academia, as well as opportunities intended to develop the next generation of scientists and engineers for the defense workforce.
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) manages the VBFF program for USD (R&E). To accomplish this task, ONR is soliciting proposals for the VBFF program through this FOA. This FOA seeks distinguished researchers for the purpose of conducting innovative basic research in areas of interest to the DoD and fostering long-term relationships between the VBFF Fellows and the DoD.
VBFF is oriented towards bold and ambitious “blue sky” research that may lead to extraordinary outcomes such as revolutionizing entire disciplines, creating entirely new fields, or disrupting accepted theories and perspectives.
The objectives of the program are to:
Support unclassified basic scientific and engineering research that could be the foundation for future revolutionary new capabilities for DoD.
Educate and train student and post-doctoral researchers for the defense workforce.
Foster long-term relationships between university researchers and the DoD.
Familiarize university researchers and their students with DoD’s current and projected future challenges.
Increase the number of talented technical experts that DoD can call upon.
Additional Information: Recognizing the vital role cross-trained scientists will play in furthering biomedical science, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund developed the Career Awards at the Scientific Interface. These grants are intended to foster the early career development of researchers who are dedicated to pursuing a career in academic research. The specific target group are researchers who have transitioned from graduate work in the physical/mathematical/computational sciences or engineering into postdoctoral work in the biological sciences.
BWF’s Career Awards at the Scientific Interface (CASI) provide $560,000 over five years to bridge advanced postdoctoral training and the first three years of faculty service. Proposals that include deep or machine learning applications of artificial intelligence are particularly encouraged. Special consideration will also be given to proposals that investigate the connection between climate change and human health.
Candidates are expected to draw from their training in a scientific field other than biology to propose innovative approaches to answer important questions in the biological sciences. Candidates must hold a PhD degree in one of the fields of mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, statistics, or engineering. This includes related areas of physical, mathematical, computational, theoretical, and engineering science. Exceptions will be made only if the applicant can demonstrate significant expertise in one of these areas, evidenced by publications, undergraduate major, or master’s degree.
Additional Information: The purpose of this fellowship is to enhance the integrated research and clinical training of promising students who are matriculated in pre-doctoral or clinical health professional degree training programs and who intend careers as scientists, physician-scientists or other clinician-scientists, or related careers aimed at improving global cardiovascular, cerebrovascular and brain health.
The trainee and mentor should collaboratively provide a thoughtfully planned, systematic proposal aimed at clearly answering an investigative question in cardiovascular, cerebrovascular or brain health research. (5-page limit). A fellow must have primary responsibility for the writing and the preparation of the application, understanding that the mentor will play a significant part in providing guidance to the applicant.
At the time of application, the applicant must be:
enrolled in a post-baccalaureate PhD, MD, DO, DVM, PharmD, DDS, DrPH, or PhD in nursing, public health, or equivalent clinical health science doctoral student who seeks research training with a sponsor prior to embarking upon a research career.
a full-time student working towards his/her degree.
At the time of award activation, the candidate must have completed initial coursework and be at the stage of the program where they can devote full-time effort to research or activities related to the development into an independent researcher or a related career aimed at improving global cardiovascular health.
For more information, please contact Melissa Anderson email@example.com. If you are interested in learning about additional foundation funding opportunities, please visit the MSU Foundation Relations website.
Additional Information: Sloan's programs in Digital Technology explore how the internet and computing technology are creating new opportunities to empower the scientific enterprise and expand the public's access to knowledge. Ongoing specific program areas include:
Better Software for Science – Software is increasingly central to scientific research, but academia often fails to leverage best practices for software engineering from industry or elsewhere. To realize the full potential of software in advancing discovery—whether in data science, computational modeling, or machine learning—this program aims to adapt and extend approaches from other contexts into academic software development while recognizing the unique workflows and incentives of the research enterprise. Rather than funding individual scientific software development projects, grants in this area focus mainly on tooling, institutions, economic models, and incentives around the production, maintenance, and adoption of research software.
Exploratory Grantmaking in Technology – The Sloan Foundation continually explores the intersection of research and technology to identify emerging focus areas where recent innovation, changing contexts, or scarce funding open up potential opportunities for new programs. Exploratory grantmaking is intended to bring community needs and priorities into sharper focus and allow us to determine whether there is a clear strategy and potential impact for the Foundation in a specific area. Supported activities may include workshops and other expert convenings, early software development and prototyping, landscape analyses, development of protocols and standards, initial research on and engagement with potential user communities, and demonstration or other proof-of-concept projects.
Additional Information: The Joyce Foundation has been a leading foundation funder of policy work related to the Great Lakes. Through support of research and policy advocacy, Joyce works to address three of the region’s critical long-term environmental challenges: climate change, the safety and accessibility of the water we drink and the health of the Great Lakes.
Climate Solutions-- Joyce will support work on clean energy policy in Great Lakes states to secure long-term commitments to 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2040.
Great Lakes & Drinking Water—Joyce will support work to address major threats to the Great Lakes, by supporting work that:
Addresses major threats to the physical, chemical, and biological integrity of the Great Lakes;
Makes certain that the next generation in the Great Lakes region has access to safe, affordable drinking water for everyone. For this, Joyce will focus on efforts to develop and support utility, municipal, state and federal policies that: a) Reduce the risk of lead exposure in drinking water; b) Ensure high quality and affordable drinking water.
Projects should be collaborative partnerships involving key regional/state stakeholders, given the Joyce Foundation’s emphasis on impacting regional policy.
Important: It is strongly suggested that, before sending in an RFP, you reach out to Larry Wallach at: firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your concept/proposed project.
The mission of the American Hearing Research Foundation is to fund groundbreaking research that can help us understand our hearing and balance functions, find solutions to hearing and balance disorders, and educate people about these. Research topics must be related to hearing and balance disorders of the inner ear. Applicants must hold an MD, PhD, AuD, or equivalent degree(s) and be associated with a university or hospital in the United States.
Priority is given to investigators early in their careers who need seed funds to generate results and data that can be used to support applications for larger grants (i.e., NIH grants) in the future.
Proposals should relate to the hearing or balance functions of the ear. Both basic and clinical studies may be proposed that investigate aspects of the auditory and vestibular systems including but not limited to genetics, neurotology, anatomy, auditory processing, molecular and cellular biology, therapeutic studies, and investigations of current or experimental devices (i.e., cochlear implants). AHRF donors have given special support for research that explores Meniere’s disease (mechanisms, causes, or treatments) and the causes or mechanisms of sudden hearing loss. Proposals that address these areas of interest will receive special consideration during the review process.
Description: DER has a catalog of research and funding seminars available on demand. Seminar topics range from critical instruction for new faculty through advanced training for senior research faculty. These presentations include instruction from experts regarding themes that include best practices in research, MSU policy, sponsor compliance, industry specific seminars, and more. Check them out today and utilize this incredible resource to help streamline your proposal development and promote success in your research. Watch now on demand!!!
Recent seminar presentations include:
DER is Here to Help (proposal & proposal development resources geared to promote success)
Tips for Writing a Persuasive Grant Proposal (grant writing to ‘sell’ a project to funders)
Finding Funding (tips for finding funding to support your research)
Roles and Responsibilities (tips for understanding roles and responsibilities at each stage of the project)
CAREER Award Workshop - Session 1 (best practices and strategies for producing successful NSF Career proposals)
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