January 16, 2019
Funding Connection

  • The National Endowment for the Humanities Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities program supports national or regional (multistate) training programs for scholars, humanities professionals, and advanced graduate students to broaden and extend their knowledge of digital humanities.
  • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration Marshall Space Flight Center is offering Faculty Fellowships for qualified STEM faculty at U.S. colleges and universities to conduct research with NASA colleagues during a 10-week residential program in Huntsville, Alabama.
  • Read more of this week's featured opportunities
NSF's 10 Big Ideas, part I
In 2016, National Science Foundation (NSF) Director France Cordova announced the “10 Big Ideas for Future NSF Investment” as a way to show how increased investment in basic research could help to address a broad range of societal problems.

The 10 Big Ideas, six addressing research ideas and four “process ideas,” have become the blueprint for NSF’s future investments in fundamental science and engineering research.

This two-part column will highlight current and expected opportunities that are designed around one or more of the Big Ideas.
Events and announcements
  • Join a Global Food Systems It's All About Water seminar January 17 from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. in 137 Waters Hall. The topic will be Kansas water policy and irrigation development presented by Danny Rogers from biological and agricultural engineering. Find more information.

  • Nominate a graduate student to attend the AAAS Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering workshop March 24-27 in Washington, D.C. Nominations are due February 10. Find more information.

  • The Transboundary Animal Disease Fellowship Program at the Biosecurity Research Institute seeks applicants by February 15. Find more information.

  • ComSciCon 2019 seeks applications to its Flagship Workshop July 11-13 in San Diego. The workshop is for graduate students who are engaged in and committed to communicating research; participants learn from professional communicators and produce original works of science communication for publication. Applications are due March 1. Find more information.  

  • The National Institutes of Health 2019 Regional Seminar is May 15-17 in Baltimore. The seminar explores program funding and grants administration and is appropriate for those who are new to working with the NIH grants process — administrators, early stage investigators, researchers, and graduate students. Find more information.
Pivot changes
Pivot is changing its URL to  https://pivot.proquest.com .

The current URL will be discontinued on March 1, and traffic will not automatically redirect. Be sure to update your bookmarks and links . Please note:

  • Funding Alerts will come from an @proquest.com address (instead of @cos.com).
  • All data and functionality will remain.
  • Links from the K-State Research website have been updated.

If you haven’t already, take a few minutes to update your Pivot profile so potential collaborators find relevant information. 
Agency news and trending topics
On Friday the 21-day shutdown was tied for the longest in U.S. history, and it appeared poised to break the record as elected officials adjourned for the weekend early in the afternoon. Federal agencies that have not been funded for the remainder of the 2019 fiscal year, including the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the Department of Agriculture, closed in late December. Other agencies, whose 2019 budgets were approved by Congress and signed by President Trump, are open.

The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is the second worst on record, having topped 600 cases. But the case count would be much higher still if an experimental Ebola vaccine were not being used to contain spread of the disease, the director-general of the World Health Organization said Thursday. “One thing I am really certain of now is: If it wasn’t for the vaccine we’re using, the number of cases we have could have been really high, high, high,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus … [said] upon his return to Geneva from the DRC after spending three days meeting with Ebola response teams and assessing the situation.

Something strange is going on at the top of the world. Earth’s north magnetic pole has been skittering away from Canada and towards Siberia, driven by liquid iron sloshing within the planet’s core. The magnetic pole is moving so quickly that it has forced the world’s geomagnetism experts into a rare move … they are set to update the World Magnetic Model, which describes  the planet’s magnetic field   and underlies all modern navigation, from the systems that steer ships at sea to Google Maps on smartphones. 

A team of researchers has stumbled on a question that is mathematically unanswerable because it is linked to logical paradoxes discovered by Austrian mathematician Kurt Gödel in the 1930s that can’t be solved using standard mathematics. The mathematicians, who were working on a machine-learning problem, show that the question of ‘learnability’ — whether an algorithm can extract a pattern from limited data — is linked to a paradox known as the continuum hypothesis. Gödel showed that the statement cannot be proved either true or false using standard mathematical language.
Fast Radio Bursts are extremely powerful bursts of energy coming from far beyond the Milky Way. No one knows what's causing them but a new telescope in Canada should help find an explanation.
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