News Archives: January, 2016

Boise State earns title of doctoral research institution

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Boise State University achieved one of its premier academic goals this month when it was announced the school has been officially classified as a doctoral research institution by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

According to a Boise State campus update, this designation reflects the university's decade-long effort to become a metropolitan research university of distinction.

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INBRE grant and awards lead to important addition to chemistry lab

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Four Lyon College students and two faculty members have received awards from the IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) for their research efforts and work in various aspects of Lyon’s science programs.
 
The INBRE Undergraduate Student Mentoring Program gives fellowships to Arkansas juniors and seniors majoring in science, math, and computer science so they may participate in summer research programs at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, or the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. These fellowships also include stipends and budgets for research supplies, as well as travel expenses to present the students’ summer research at national conferences.
 
The students who received these fellowships were Jason Lochmann, ’16, Jean de Dieu Mugiraneza, ’16, Megan Parks, ’17, and Jami Schmidt, ’17.

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LSU receives national funding for research commercialization

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The National Science Foundation, or NSF, has selected Louisiana State University as one of 51 U.S. academic institutions it will support to foster innovation and research that can be brought to the marketplace.

As an NSF Innovation Corps Site, or I-Corps Site, LSU faculty, students and community-based business industry partners will receive funding and entrepreneurship training. LSU’s NSF I-Corps Site award is $100,000 per year for three years.

“The support from NSF builds upon the existing innovation and research commercialization in the region while stimulating new opportunities for university-based research to become commercially viable technologies,” said Andrew Maas, Director of the Office of Innovation & Technology Commercialization, who will oversee LSU’s I-Corps Site program.

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Sea ice monitoring stars 'Science for Alaska' series

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Bob McCoy, Director of the Geophysical Institute, (pictured above) introduced the Science for Alaska lecture series. He explained that the lectures have been ongoing for 24 years. He also said this year, to be more representative, four of the six lectures will be given by women scientists. 

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NSF awards University of Hawai'i assistant professor $500K for outstanding research, classroom education

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A University of Hawai‘i assistant professor has been awarded $500,000 from the National Science Foundation for performing outstanding research and classroom education, according to a UH System report.

Jingjing Li (pictured above), a UH Mānoa mechanical engineering assistant professor, received the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Award for her project, Surface Interactions in Dissimilar Material Joining: a process involving "joining dissimilar metals."

“Dissimilar metals cannot be joined using traditional fusion-based welding methods,” Li said. “So I am gratified that my research provides much needed understanding to enable wide applications of two joining processes for dissimilar metals."

Li said the award supports activities to engage students in research; raises their interest in science, technology and engineering; and promotes advanced manufacturing to a broader population.

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Wesleyan professors receive over $50,000 from EPSCoR

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West Virginia Wesleyan College science faculty received grants for the 2016 Instrumentation and Innovation awards from the West Virginia Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (WV EPSCoR).

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USCB faculty honored with Breakthrough Star Awards

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Two University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) faculty have been selected to receive the Breakthrough Star Award from the University of South Carolina (USC) for their considerable research contributions.

Each year, about twelve of the USC system junior faculty are selected as Breakthrough Stars from all campuses and sites, two of which went to USCB's Brent Morris, assistant professor of history, and Kasia Pawelek, assistant professor of mathematics this year.

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