News Archives: May, 2016

Biomedical boost

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Recognizing the already notable reputation of University of North Dakota’s biomedical research enterprise, the federal government just authorized a $10.7 million grant to a group of scientists based at UND’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) to dig deeper into the many questions surrounding infectious agents.

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Chronic wounds

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Chronic wounds cause nearly 80,000 lower leg amputations annually in the U.S. alone and are associated with an increased likelihood of death. 

While the body generally repairs acute wounds in a predictable series of steps, this process can be disrupted by trauma, medications, foreign objects, and systemic problems such as diabetes, malnutrition, and immune deficiencies. 

When an acute wound fails to heal, it becomes a chronic problem.

Effective strategies to improve chronic wound repair would impact both quality of life and mortality rates, but standard therapies continue to produce very limited healing incidences,” says the University of Delaware’s Millicent Sullivan.

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POSITION VACANCY: Associate Project Director, NSF EPSCoR, Nevada System of Higher Education

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Nevada currently has NSF EPSCoR Track‐1 Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII), and Track‐2 RII awards. In addition, the new pre‐proposal solicitation for the next cycle of Track‐1 2018‐2023 is currently in development.   

  • The current Track‐1 RII began in June 2013, as a new five‐year cooperative agreement with an annual renewal/reporting process; total award is $20 million with a state match requirement of $4 million. It is expected that Nevada will submit a new Track‐1 RII in 2017.   
  • The current Track‐2 RII began in August 2013, as a new three‐year cooperative agreement and Tri‐State Consortium; will receive a no cost extension to expire July 2017; total award is $6 million ($2 million for Nevada).
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NSF-funded Consortium for Innovation in Manufacturing & Materials at LSU building strong foundation for 3D printing manufacturing industry

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NASA engineers have the ultimate design challenge preparing spacecraft and devices for robotic and human exploration on Mars.  Specialized devices and parts are needed that can withstand immense heat, pressure, and torque to protect the mechanical and human cargo. There are lots of strong materials out there, but there is a caveat: the devices must also be very lightweight and small in order to safeguard the trip through space.

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POSITION VACANCY: Program Coordinator for SSPO/EPSCoR, Nevada System of Higher Education

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The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) invites applications for the position Program Coordinator.  The position is a full‐time, grant‐funded, non‐tenured, administrative position, contingent upon funding, that reports to the NSF EPSCoR Research Administrator. 

The position will be located at NSHE System Sponsored Program/EPSCoR (SSPO/EPSCoR) Office in Las Vegas, Nevada.  

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EVENT: 9th Annual RI SURF Conference

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The 9th Annual Rhode Island Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows Conference will be held on Friday, July 29, 2016.  

The Conference, co-sponsored by the Rhode Island IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence (RI-INBRE) and the Rhode Island NSF Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (RI NSF EPSCoR), provides undergraduate students from around the State with a unique opportunity to present their summer research findings to a group of their peers.  

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EVENT: SBIR Road Tour in Oklahoma

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The SBIR Road Tour is a national outreach effort to convey the non-dilutive technology funding opportunity provided through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.

Federal and state program managers representing $2.5 billion in early-stage funding will attend a series of events alongside technology entrepreneurs and innovation supporters from across the United States. SBIR/STTR program directors will meet one-on-one with attendees.

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