October 16, 2019
Funding Connection

The National Science Foundations’s  Smart and Connected Health: Connecting Data, People and Systems  program seeks to accelerate the development and integration of innovative computer and information science and engineering approaches to support the transformation of health and medicine. 

The National Institutes of Health's  Strategies to Improve Health Outcomes and to Reduce Disparities in Rural Populations  encourages research to promote a greater understanding of the challenges faced by rural population groups, for the development (or adoption/adaptation) of evidence-based interventions that can reduce health risks faced by rural Americans. 

FY19 Annual Report Now Available
The Annual Research and Scholarly Activity Report for fiscal year 2019 is now available on the Office of the Vice President for Research website.

The FY 19 report summarizes yet another record year of accomplishments for K-State faculty and staff in the pursuit and receipt of extramural support for the many innovative programs that contribute to the local, regional and global knowledge and innovation ecosystem.

Total extramural support increased by 8% or $3.6 million over FY 19, which includes a remarkable increase of 23% for industry-funded projects, resulting in a 13% increase in industry-funding support.

We invite you to review the report and extend our congratulations to everyone that contributed to this record-setting year.
Events and announcements
12:15 p.m.
October 16
K-State Student Union Courtyard

The Global Food Systems World Food Day Poetry Contest will conclude at 12:15 p.m. in the K-State Student Union Courtyard. The English Department announcing winners of the contest and participants and winners will read their entries over the noon hour. The poems are focused on food and the global food system. Students, faculty and staff are invited to participate.
7 p.m.
October 16
Tallgrass Taphouse

Science Communication Week activities continue downtown at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16 with Science on Tap at  Tallgrass Taphouse . The featured researcher for October, Emily Pascoe, is graduate student in the College of Health and Human Sciences. Pascoe's presentation, [IMAGE]ing Impact, will be an exploration of the ecological impact of the fashion industry, connecting to her research interest and focus of material culture and engagement, sustainability, consumption, disposal and identity. 
TOMORROW: Communicating Science through Graphic Design
Noon-1 p.m. 
Thursday, Oct. 17
Wayne Franklin Student Leadership Conference Room, Leadership Studies Building

Ben Cleveland, creative director, and Tommy Theis, lead photographer, with the K-State Division of Communications and Marketing and Michi Tobler, associate professor of biology will share why good design and photography are important in communicating science and will discuss best practices. Undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty and staff are encouraged to bring a lunch to this brownbag event. 
TODAY: The Role of Beef in a Sustainable Food System
Global Food Systems hosts a presentation on the Role of Beef in a Sustainable Food System, presented by Sara Place, senior director of sustainable beef production research for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.
4-5 p.m. 
October 16
Leadership Studies Town Hall.
Discuss your thoughts on the sometimes controversial topic of the role of beef in a sustainable food system. Share challenges, water and climate impact as well as where this might fit or challenge your area of study or academic interest.
This presentation is intended for an interdisciplinary audience with the additional hope of some good questions and discussion.

For questions or more information about this lecture, email Maureen Olewnik at molewnik@k-state.edu.
Register for Research Connections by Friday, Oct. 18
3-5 p.m. 
Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019
K-State Alumni Center Banquet Room

K-State faculty, postdocs, graduate students and staff engaged in research, scholarly, and creative activity and discovery are invited to participate in  Research Connections .

Register to attend or as an exhibitor
Global Food Systems Lecture: Global-to-Local-to-Global Analysis of Agricultural Sustainability

October 18
137 Waters Hall

The Global Food Systems Initiative invites you to a brownbag lunch presentation by Thomas Hertel from Purdue University. Hertel will provide an interdisciplinary presentation on the “Global-to-Local-to-Global Analysis of Agricultural Sustainability.”

For questions or more information about this lecture, email Maureen Olewnik at molewnik@k-state.edu.
The USDA APHIS NBAF Scientist Training Program, or NSTP, builds the necessary technical and subject matter expertise to support the Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, or FADDL, at the new National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility. In addition to serving as an international reference laboratory for foot and mouth disease virus and a national reference laboratory for other foreign animal diseases such as classical swine fever and African swine fever viruses, FADDL’s mission will expand to include emerging and zoonotic diseases, including BSL-4 pathogens. 

NSTP fellows will receive the following for a maximum of five years.
  • Full tuition and supplementary support to complete an MS, PhD, or DVM/PhD program in target laboratory-based fields of study such as microbiology, virology, molecular biology, diagnostics, and bioinformatics;
  • A stipend ($50,000 annually for PhD or DVM/PhD students; $35,000 annually for MS students) and health benefits (Kansas Board of Regents GRA health insurance plan);
  • Materials and supplies ($20,000 annually);
  • Travel support ($5,000 annually); and
  • Publication costs ($1,000 annually).

Find out more and apply for admission for the spring 2020 semester by 5 p.m. on October 23, 2019. 
Beyond Bullets and Bombs

3:30-5 pm 
Wednesday, Oct. 23
209 Union

An informational discussion on opportunities to work with the Department of Defense for "scientific study and experimentation directed toward advancing the state-of-the-art or increasing knowledge or understanding.” This session is intended to broaden faculty understanding and awareness of traditional and non-traditional RSCAD potentials for Basic and Applied Research that aligns your interest areas, expertise and research focus with the needs of organizations within DOD.

For questions or more information about this session, contact Mary Lou Marino at mlmarino@k-state.edu.
Early Career Funding Opportunities Information Session

3:30-5 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 24
30998 Engineering Hall

Which early career funding opportunity is right for you? Come to this session and find out. The NSF CAREER program is one option, but sometimes it seems like it is the only option. Other prestigious young faculty awards are offered by the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy that are focused solely on research rather than the teacher-scholar role required by NSF. An overview of young faculty career programs will be presented at this session followed by a panel of faculty members who have received young faculty awards from NSF and DoD. The panelists will provide insight on their awards, addressing why they applied to the program and what the award has meant to their career. Take advantage of this opportunity to ask questions and talk with the awardees.

For questions or more information about this session, contact Mary Lou Marino at mlmarino@k-state.edu.
Agency news and trending topics
The new NIH Strategic Plan for Tickborne Disease Research focuses on five scientific priorities for advancing research and development over the next five years. nih.gov

An achievement in ultra-personalized medicine also raises questions about fairness and regulation. nytimes.com

Research topic preference accounts for more than 20% of a persistent funding gap for black scientists applying for National Institutes of Health research project (R01) grants compared to white scientists, according to a new study by NIH scientists. nih.gov

Researchers have discovered a new technology for refrigeration that is based on twisting and untwisting fibers. They demonstrated twist-based refrigeration using materials as diverse as natural rubber, ordinary fishing line and nickel titanium wire. sciencedaily .com
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