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Online News 11/11/11

| STEM Station Updates | BOISE IEEE PEIS Chapter | Active Learning @ Lunch
| Lunar and Planetary Institute | e-Waste Recycling Day | Boise State Health Fair |
Faculty/Staff Updates | Funding Opportunities | The Lighter Side |

STEM Station Updates

November 9, 14, 15. Remind  your students that the early bird gets the research experience or internship.  This  three-workshop series is geared  toward helping STEM students learn how to get involved in undergraduate research and internships through NSF, INL, NASA, Dept of Energy, and many other agencies and corporations.

  • November 15. Panel Discussion. Research, Respect and Review: The Partnership Behind Human Subjects Research. 2 p.m.SUB Lookout Room. This event is open to faculty, students, staff and community members and is a relevant way to get involved with the Campus Read, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.”
  • November 17. Service-Learning in STEM. Noon. CTL. The topic of this lunch workshop (with free lunch) is cultivating public partners for outreach projects.
  • November 30. Both Sides of the Equation. Noon. CTL Materials Science and Engineering Professor Janet Callahan and Mathematics Associate Professor Doug Bullock will share the insights they gleaned as learner/teacher when Janet enrolled as a student in Doug’s Math 170 Calculus I course this semester.
  • Research mentoring – a new Journal
    Perspectives on Undergraduate Research and Mentoring (PURM)
     is a new online, peer-reviewed journal that focuses on the process of undergraduate research experiences in all disciplines rather than the product of such research. More info: PURM website
  • Funding opportunities:
    • Idaho NASA EPSCOR – up to $750,000 for aerospace and space science research
    • EPA’s P3 – People, Prosperity and the Planet – Program, student/faculty design grants
    • NSF Graduate Research Diversity Supplements – up to $41,000

STEM Station Faculty/Staff Newsletter

 Boise IEEE PEIS Chapter Presentation by John Gardner, MBE, on Thursday, Dec. 8th

Image of John Gardner IEEE Boise Section: Joint Chapter of Power and Energy & Industrial Applications Societies Presents:
Thursday, December 8th, 2011 at 12:00 PM
Location: Idaho Power Company CHQ Auditorium East

Drinks and light snacks provided

Data, Power and Control: Some thoughts as the Smart Grid Takes Shape

Presented by: Dr. John Gardner

It’s been a long time coming, but the form of the Smart Grid is starting to emerge from behind all the smoke and mirrors. From Idaho Power’s Advanced Metering Infrastructure project to the sweeping Smart Grid Demonstration project being managed by the Pacific Northwest National Lab throughout the Northwest, some interesting trends are visible. In this talk, we examine a few examples of the new potential of the smart grid as well as some of the research project currently underway at the CAES Energy Efficiency Research Institute (CEERI).

Dr. Gardner is a professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering at Boise State University and Director of the Energy Efficiency Research Institute, a multi-institutional program that is part of the Center for Advanced Energy Studies at the Idaho National Laboratory. John chairs the Campus Sustainability Advisory Board (CSAB), a campus-wide body that coordinates and promotes sustainability practice, education and research at Boise State. He served as chair of the Boise State Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering Dept from 2001 through 2007 and has published more than 40 refereed research papers and 2 textbooks. John is a registered professional engineer in Idaho. Prior to his appointment at Boise State, Dr. Gardner spent 13 years on the faculty at the Pennsylvania State University in University Park where his research in dynamic systems and controls led to publications in diverse fields from railroad freight car dynamics to adaptive control of artificial hearts.

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Active Learning @ Lunch – Both Sides of the Equation: Learner and Teacher. 

Wed., Nov. 30th, 12:00-1:00 ILC 213.

Come join us for the final Active Learning @ Lunch in the Fall 2011 semester. Janet Callahan and Doug Bullock will share the insights gleaned by taking/teaching a course together (Janet taking, Doug teaching). Experience through their lens the lessons that can be learned by going back to school.

NOTE: This active learning @ lunch will be hosted in the classroom on the 2nd floor of the ILC – directly beneath the CTL. ILC 213 – 3D Visualization Studio

View the Boise State Workshops webpage for more information.

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Lunar and Planetary Institute Internship Applications Due by Jan 20th

Image of an ad for the LPI Summer Intern Program in Planetary Science 2012

Applications are now being accepted for the 2012 LPI Summer Intern program in interplanetary science.The deadline to apply is Jan. 20, 2012.

The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) invites undergraduates with at least 50 semester hours of credit to experience research in the planetary sciences. As a summer intern, you will work one-on-one with a scientist either at the LPI or NASA Johnson Space Center on a research project of current interest in planetary science. Furthermore, you will participate in peer-reviewed research, learn from top-notch planetary scientists, and preview various careers in science.

The 10-week program begins June 4, 2012, and ends on August 10, 2012. Selected students will receive a $5000.00 stipend plus a travel stipend of $1000.00 (U.S. students) (foreign nationals will receive a $1500.00 foreign travel reimbursement).

Applications are only accepted via the electronic application form found at the LPI’s Summer Intern Program website.


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e-Waste Recycling Day on Nov. 15th in Boise

Albertsons & PC Recyclers of Idaho will host e-waste collections on Tuesday, Nov. 15, America Recycles Day, from 1 to 7 p.m. at Albertsons, 1650 W. State Street (at 17th jStreet).

This is the chance to get rid of outdated computers, printers, cell phones, video cameras and assortments of old cabling. E-Waste is defined as any electric equipment that has reached its end of usage whether in working order or not. Any item with a circuit board and an on/off switch will most likely qualify.

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“B a Stronger U” Health Fair

Posted By Tara Polley | Nov 7th, 2011 – 1:57 pm | Posted In: Events

Image taken from the “B a Stronger U” Health Fair of attendees in the SUB Jordan Ballroom“B a Stronger U” Health Fair.Student Union Jordan Ballroom. November 16,  10 a.m.-3 p.m. The annual health fair includes a wide variety of exhibits including health screenings, fitness assessments, smoking cessation, massage, financial planning and stress management. Those donating two non-perishable food items to the Idaho Foodbank will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 gift card to Barbacoa. In addition, Boise State’s Environmental Health & Safety Office is partnering with the Boise Police Department and the Idaho Board of Pharmacy to provide a pharmaceutical take back initiative. Attendees are invited to bring in their unused, out-of-date and unwanted medicines for collection and proper disposal. To be accepted, all medications must have their original labels and containers and include legible information about the medication. For more information, call 426-4636.

Free parking will also be available.

More than 50 vendors from around the Treasure Valley will have exhibits and services offering:

  • Information on health, nutrition and fitness
  • Fitness assessments
  • Body fat testing
  • Hearing and vision screenings
  • Free HIV testing
  • Massages


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COEN Faculty/Staff Updates

Image of Will HughesThe topic of this week’s Beyond the Blue faculty podcast is “The Future of DNA Nanotechnology,” presented by Will Hughes, an assistant professor of materials science and engineering at Boise State as well as an affiliate faculty and research council member of the mountain States Tumor & Medical Research Institute at St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center in Boise. Listeners can access the website with a series of expert podcasts at BeyondtheBlue.  The website contains bonus video and editorial content about the university, its growth, research initiatives and student life.

From a biological perspective, DNA is the language for life.  But what may be less widely known is DNA’s potential as a programmable building block at the nanoscale.  In this podcast, Hughes discusses DNA’s potential as an engineering material for building structural scaffolds for nanoelectronic devices and biochemical tools for diagnosing disease. With grants from the W.M. Keck Foundation, the National Institutes of Health , the National Science Foundation , and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Hughes and his colleagues in the Nanoscale Materials & Device Research Group are pursuing DNA nanotechnology as a future manufacturing process.

The Nanoscale Materials and Device Group website
Subscribe to Podcasts on iTunesU


Informal Potluck!

Tuesday, Nov. 22
11:30 am
Third Floor Atrium

If you are on campus on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, please join us for an informal potluck in the third floor atrium.  Feel free to team up a bring a dish to share.  No need to RSVP just show up.  Beverages will be provided.


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Funding Opportunities

NSF:  Supplements (GRDS) to Current ENG Awards to Broaden

Participation – Deadline January 20, 2012

On November 2, the National Science Foundation (NSF) issued a Dear Colleague Letter for Graduate Research Diversity Supplements (GRDS) to current Engineering awards.  The aim of these supplemental awards is to increase the participation in engineering research by underrepresented groups, students at minority serving institutions, women, and persons with disabilities.  Engaging underrepresented groups in STEM fields is a primary goal of NSF Director, Dr. Subra Suresh.

GRDS requests should be made by the Principal Investigator (PI) of a current NSF ENG award for a specific student to work at the core of the PI’s ongoing research program.  The application must describe the mentoring plan for the student and explain how the GRDS activity will support broadening participation in engineering as well as outlining follow-up activities to encourage career advancement for the student after the GRDS.  Outreach activities for broadening participation should also be described, examples include: sharing best practices across the university; recruitment of future students; building on existing diversity programs; engaging researchers at community colleges, minority serving institutions and Hispanic Serving Institutions; and providing research experience for underrepresented groups in high school.  The proposal must include a biographical sketch of the student which outlines their long-term career goals and how the student will encourage engagement of underrepresented groups in engineering disciplines.  Requests to support second and third year supplements should also contain a report on the progress of the student toward their Ph.D. degree.

Letters of Intent: Not applicable

Due Dates:  GRDS requests must be submitted by January 20, 2012.

Total Funding and Award Size: NSF anticipates spending a total of $2,399,600 in FY 2012, pending funding availability and merit of proposals.  It is estimated that 56-58 supplements will be awarded.  The supplements may be requested for 12 months and additional requests can be made annually for up to three years per student.  The request may only include graduate student stipend and cost of education.

Support of up to $3,000 may be requested for other cost categories and any associated indirect costs, the maximum GRDS award is $41,000.

Eligibility and Limitations: GRDS candidates must be United States citizens, nationals, or permanent residents of the United States. The graduate student must be starting in the spring 2012 semester or thefall 2012 semester. Only one new Ph.D. student for GRDS may be supported under each research awardwith an exception for Engineering Research Centers or other center-type awards. In those cases, thecenter PI may request up to two students per award, but the students must be located on two differentcampuses.

Additional Resources: View the complete Dear Colleague Letter.

Idaho NASA EPSCoR program requests aerospace and space science research pre-proposals for the NASA EPSCoR program. Pre-proposals will be used to determine those proposals that will be fully developed in response to the call for proposals expected to be released by NASA in January, 2012.  Institutions eligible for this pre-proposal call include Boise State University, Idaho State University, Northwest Nazarene University, and the University of Idaho.


Release Date:  November 1, 2011

Notice of Intent Due: November 11, 2011 (NOI not required)

Pre-proposals Due: December 2, 2011

Researchers may propose for up to $750,000 over a 3 year period.  Pre-proposals have a 50% cost share requirement.  The cost share requirement is subject to change when the final NASA 2012 call for proposals is issued in January 2012 .

Please see attached Request for Pre-Proposals and contact your Office of Sponsored Programs administrator for assistance: Linda Georgiev, College of Engineering, X6-1427.

NSF: Science, Technology, and Society (STS)STS considers proposals for scientific research into the interface between science (including engineering) or technology, and society. STS researchers use diverse methods including social science, historical, and philosophical methods. Successful proposals will be transferrable (i.e., generate results that provide insights for other scientific contexts that are suitably similar). They will produce outcomes that address pertinent problems and issues at the interface of science, technology and society, such as those having to do with practices and assumptions, ethics, values, governance, and policy.

The STS review process is approximately six months. It includes appraisal of proposals by ad hoc reviewers selected for their expertise and by an advisory panel that meets twice a year. The deadlines for the submission of proposals are February 1st for proposals to be funded as early as July, and August 1st for proposals to be funded in or after January.

“Science, Technology, and Society (STS)” webpage

:  Promoting Research and Innovation in Methodologies for Evaluation (PRIME)
Synopsis of Program:

The Promoting Research and Innovation in Methodologies for Evaluation (PRIME) program seeks to support research on evaluation with special emphasis on exploring innovative approaches for determining the impacts and usefulness of STEM education projects and programs; building on and expanding the theoretical foundations for evaluating STEM education and workforce development initiatives, including translating and adapting approaches from other fields; and growing the capacity and infrastructure of the evaluation field. Two types of proposals will be supported by the program: Exploratory Projects that include proof-of-concept and feasibility studies and more extensive Full-Scale Projects.

“Promoting Research and Innovation in Methodologies for Evaluation (PRIME)” webpage


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On the Lighter Side


Image of two skunks eating food off of plates with conversation bubbles above their heads. One says "You know she is getting her new glasses this week" and the other says "Be quiet and Meow will ya!"


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