January 15, 2020
Funding Connection

The purpose of the Department of Agriculture's  Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Fields Program  is to support research, education/teaching, and extension projects that increase participation by women and underrepresented minorities from rural areas in STEM. 

Humanities Kansas  Culture Preservation Grants   support projects that preserve and create access to historical or cultural resources that document stories of life in Kansas. Oral histories, digitization efforts, transcription, collections care, language preservation, hands-on training, and other creative preservation projects are eligible

From the Desk of the VPR
Welcome to a new semester and a new decade, Wildcats. I hope that you had an opportunity to relax and catch-up over the break. Ok, I know these two things are sometimes mutually exclusive, but the chance to recharge was very welcome.
In the waning weeks of last semester and throughout the break, I’ve run into many of you around town and at various airports. The dynamic regulatory environment that we have been navigating throughout last year has left many of you feeling concerned, and in some cases confused. While federal funding agencies received a nice plus-up of funds, granting agencies are adding additional expectations for reporting and data management, which are adding to everyone’s workload. Our offices have been listening to faculty and staff to help manage these additional policies and regulations – thank you to everyone who has helped with improving our systems.
Nevertheless, the conversations need to continue in order to improve. This semester, I’m launching monthly “brown bag lunch” listening sessions to hear about your concerns, particularly those related to data management, Conflict of Interest reporting, safety and environmental health, and an inclusive research environment for all our scholars. Please stay tuned for details about each brown bag topic. I hope you will bring your lunch, your concerns, and your ideas about how we can improve.


This week: Dr. Bonnie Lynn-Sherow
The history of agriculture can be viewed from many different perspectives – breeding crops with improved quality and yield characteristics, fertilization requirements, and challenges with water and weather patterns. There are historic social and political accounts that have had profound effect on the landscape of the farming communities of today. In this episode, Dr. Bonnie Lynn-Sherow shares a sobering look at some of the challenging events uncovered by her research as she dug into changes that occurred in land ownership and farming practices of white settlers, Native Americans and African Americans on the United States Great Plains.  
Events and announcements
Arrell Food Institute recognizes global leaders who are ensuring future food security for the planet, and hopes to inspire new leaders to take bold steps towards change. Scientific excellence and community engagement are necessary to overcome the challenges our world will face in feeding 9 billion people and beyond.

Two prizes, of at least $100,000 CAD each, are awarded annually.

This is a limited submission. Notify the Office of Research Development of the desire to nominate someone by January 24, 2020 ; draft nominations by February 7, 2020. Notifications should be sent to  ordlimitedsubs@k-state.edu .

Proposals for the spring 2020 Global Food Systems Seed Grant Program are being accepted by the Office of Research Development through 5 p.m. CST on Wednesday, February 26, 2020.

In an effort to continue building strong partnerships that develop innovative, market-driven online degree programs, K-State Global Campus has improved its distance learning development grant process to add flexibility and simplicity. 

Now in its 12th year, the grant-funding program strategically reinvests dollars to promote learning opportunities in consideration of the multifaceted lifelong learner. The program is seeking new proposals for fiscal year 2021.

During the next few weeks, K-State Global Campus staff will meet with deans and department heads to discuss the grant-funding program. Faculty and staff are encouraged to review the details of the program on the  grant website  and can read more about the changes to the process announced in  K-State Today .
1-5 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020
Wildcat Chamber, K-State Student Union

Learn about:
  • Grant terminology and important processes at universities
  • Rules of grant writing
  • Successful writing strategies for grant proposals
  • Budget and budget justification
  • Review criteria and agency proposal review

Register to attend by February 14, 2020

8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020
Bluemont Room, K-State Student Union

Learn about the impacts that small farming and plant diversification have on disease and insect control as well as water and nutrient use, and how they affect the economy both in Kansas and nationally.

This workshop will provide a venue to interact with local and regional leaders in the field as well as provide an opportunity to identify fields of research at K-State that intersect with this focus. Faculty in all disciplines should consider attending as many areas of study are integrated into this topic.  

Register to attend by February 12, 2020.
Demonstrate Broader Impacts at Girls Researching Our World (GROW) on February 22
K-State faculty, staff and students are invited to design and facilitate a hands-on science, technology, engineering, and/or math activity for middle school students at the Girls Researching Our World (GROW) workshop on Saturday, February 22, 2020 on the K-State campus in Manhattan.

Agency news and trending topics
The United States and the Government of Japan today signed the  Tokyo Statement on Quantum Cooperation  in support of continued collaboration in research and development to advance quantum information science and technology (QIST) for economic, societal, and security benefits. state.gov

The revised GPS was published December 2019. nih.gov

The Minneapolis-based  Cargill Foundation  has announced that it awarded grants totaling $10 million in 2019 in support of efforts to minimize the opportunity gap for low-income children and advance childhood nutrition across the Twin Cities region. philanthropynewsdigest.org

An Indian startup is using an AI tool to curb misinformation. But India poses unique challenges for the technology. undark .org

Theranica was recognized for combining neuromodulation therapy with wireless technology to address medical conditions such as migraines and helping to create a drug-free future for chronic illness. prnewswire.com

Many scientific organizations struggle with teaching and incentivizing science-communication practices. Here’s what they can do differently, says communication researcher Jessica Eise . nature.com
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