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Oklahoma Research Day promotes cross-campus and cross-disciplinary research among all institutions of higher learning in the State of Oklahoma. The event seeks to encourage networking among researchers and interchange of ideas among those studying and researching in their respective academic disciplines.
Now in its 18th year, Oklahoma Research Day is a premier annual event celebrating student and faculty research, creative, and scholarly activities. The event has grown in numbers and in stature with contributions from all of Oklahoma’s institutions of higher education, including many collaborative contributions from national and international academic and research institutions. The 2016 Oklahoma Research Day event had over 1,000 registered students, faculty, and guests and featured over 500 unique poster presentations.
VIDEO: Watch University of Hawai'i's Dr. Gwen Jacobs' presentation on 'Ike Wai' -- The Knowledge of Water
Pacific islands increasingly face unique challenges to their freshwater resources due to climate change and development. These urgent challenges affect a range of fundamental needs, including freshwater availability and the security and sustainability of food and water supplies. In recent years, Hawai‘i has experienced decreased rainfall, higher evaporation rates, and declining stream flows. These trends are compounded by rising sea levels, changes in land use and increasing demands from population growth including groundwater contamination.
`Ike Wai (literally, knowledge of water) is a collaborative project between the University of Hawai‘i, Hawaii State Departments of Health and Land and Natural Resources, Honolulu Board of Water Supply, Hawai‘i County Department of Water Supply, U.S. Geological Survey and community partners to create a data driven, sustainable water future for the state of Hawai‘i and its Pacific neighbors. It will integrate cutting edge hydrological research with community input and economic modeling to develop decision support tools that improve water policy and planning.
The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH. The over-arching goal of this NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Enhancing Diversity in Biomedical Data Science (R25) program is to support educational activities that enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research workforce. To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on research experiences and curriculum or methods development.
The NM EPSCoR Post Doc Leadership Workshop is an innovative 3-day intensive, residential program designed to enhance the professional skills of post-doctoral scholars in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The workshop will use interactive approaches to develop leadership skills that will contribute to post doc career development and success.
In partnership with Maine EPSCoR, Maine Campus Compact is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for the Maine Student Water Challenge. This Challenge will award $500 stipends to 52 higher education students in Maine, organized in 3-4 person campus teams, to participate in a challenge aimed at solving a water-related problem.
The Arkansas INBRE Research Conference will be hosted this year by the Departments of Physics, Biological Sciences and Chemistry and Biochemistry in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences.
Arkansas INBRE, also known as the Arkansas NIH IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence, is sponsoring this event. The conference will include contributions from universities and colleges in not only Arkansas, but several surrounding states as well.
"The purpose of the conference is to highlight fundamental and biomedically related undergraduate research in Arkansas," said Roger Koeppe, director of Outreach for Arkansas INBRE.
Kansas State and Montana States among recipients of NIFA $1.4 million investment in health and safety education for rural communities
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $1.4 million in grants to enhance the quality of life for citizens in rural areas through the Rural Health and Safety Education competitive (RHSE) grants program.
Through these awards, the program is supporting two projects to address the critical challenges of substance misuse in rural communities. Secretary Vilsack announced the eligibility of such projects for the grants in March in Atlanta at a national drug misuse summit. In January, President Obama tapped Secretary Vilsack to lead an interagency effort focused on the rural opioid epidemic. The RHSE grants are only one way USDA is using its resources to address the crisis. On Aug. 31, Vilsack announced an initiative \ to provide transitional housing for rural Americans in recovery from substance use disorders, and USDA has also awarded Distance Learning and Telehealth Medicine grants to health facilities to help treat individuals in rural areas.
Funded through a $203,220 Environmental Protection Agency award, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln's Zhenghong Tang and Wayne Woldt plan to develop a methodology to use unmanned aircraft systems to conduct dynamic monitoring and precise assessments of playa wetland habitats. Areas the team plans to focus on include hydrological conditions, vegetation and energy levels, and wildlife usage in the Nebraska Rainwater Basin.
Ligases are enzymes that serve critical functions in cells, helping to fuse together broken strands of DNA and RNA. These enzymes are also important bioengineering tools, useful in genetic sequencing, mutation detection and other applications.
New Hampshire has a new roadmap for accelerating economic development by better aligning its academic research strengths with its existing and emerging industries.
The New Hampshire University Research and Industry Plan released Thursday was commissioned by New Hampshire EPSCoR, which stands for Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, and guided by a committee of business, legislative and education leaders. The result was a plan that describes three areas where New Hampshire has potential for growth - advanced manufacturing, information systems and biosciences - and recommends numerous strategies for capitalizing on opportunities in those areas.