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MSU doctoral student awarded NSF fellowship to research impact of interactions between plants, fire and climate

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Kristen Emmett, a doctoral student in MSU’s Department of Ecology in the College of Letters and Science, was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Program Fellowship, which gives her an annual stipend of $34,000 for three years to conduct her research.

The brilliant thing about it, is that the NSF grant provides salary and education support, so it will allow me to focus entirely on my research,” Emmett said. “It frees me up to excel in science.”

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POSITION VACANCY: Program Coordinator, DOE EPSCoR, University of Kentucky

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The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the College of Engineering is seeking a Program Coordinator. The position will provide support and coordination for the KY DOE EPSCoR Program. Duties include events coordination, curriculum design, review and dissemination of funding opportunities, and website coordination.

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California interning

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Public water utility managers around the country are taking note of the impacts climate change will bring to bear on local water resources and are looking for ways to prepare for eventualities ranging from floods to droughts to increased salinity.

Linda Grand, a graduate student at the University of Delaware, has been working to provide water utility and resource managers with more policy tools and options to help keep clean water flowing from our faucets despite climate change. This summer, she is pursuing her research through an internship at the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) in San Francisco.

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Clemson University researchers part of team working to recreate ancient vertebrate's first step on dry land

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Could a tail have allowed ancient vertebrates to make the transition from water to land?

Reporting in Science today, researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, Clemson University and National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis described results of a groundbreaking study to answer this question using amphibious fish, a custom-built robot and mathematical models of movement.

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Montana State graduate receives fellowship to study microorganisms in groundwater chemical remediation

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Eric Troyer, a 2016 graduate of MSU’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering in the College of Engineering, has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Program Fellowship to study the role of microorganisms in remediating harmful chemicals from groundwater. Troyer is one of 2,000 graduate students chosen from nearly 17,000 applicants to receive the award, which gives recipients at least $34,000 a year for three years to attend graduate school and conduct their research.

Troyer said he is grateful for the fellowship, which will help cover his tuition and cost of living expenses.

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University of Kentucky wins NSF grant to launch KY Research Data Center

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Research that informs evidence-based policy is in heightened need in this era of fiscal austerity and economic and demographic change. To help meet that need, the University of Kentucky announced today the establishment of the Kentucky Research Data Center (KRDC).

"With KRDC, the University of Kentucky joins an elite group of universities, and is the only one in the East Central region of the country, to be home to a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded Federal Statistical Research Data Center," said UK President Eli Capilouto.

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SBA awards R&D grants to support small business innovation at several EPSCoR institutions

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The U.S. Small Business Administration will award up to $125,000 in grants to 16 Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program recipients including state and local economic development agencies, business development centers, colleges and universities and up to $200,000 in grants to 5 Small Business Technology Development Centers to support programs for innovative, technology-driven small businesses.

"We're excited about partnering with these organizations to help entrepreneurs around the country learn about and compete for SBIR/STTR awards," said John Williams, SBA Director of Innovation.  "The main goal of FAST is to provide more boots on the ground in local communities through our partner organizations to increase awareness about SBIR/STTR's early stage funding and level the playing field for entrepreneurs, especially those in underrepresented communities."

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