Computer Science Department Gets $700,000 from IGEM to Upgrade Program
The Higher Education Research Council of the State Board of Education has awarded funds through the Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission (IGEM) initiative to three projects at the state’s research universities. Boise State University will receive $700,000 to enhance its Computer Science program.
Vote for Greenspeed in National Instrument’s Student Design Competition
The Greenspeed project has been submitted to the National Instrument student design competition. In order to win the “popular vote”, they need help from everyone to vote for their project. Since this is the part of the competition we have some influence over, the team is reaching out to family, friends, sponsors, and the community to vote for the Greenspeed project. The voting period will be open for another 3 or 4 weeks, but the team needs about 140 more votes to get ahead of the game. So every vote counts!
Could you please vote for Greenspeed? The team would really appreciate it!
You will need to create an account to vote, but it’s very simple and takes less than a minute. Below are the instructions for voting:
1. Click on the link (https://decibel.ni.com/content/docs/DOC-22785)
2. On the top left of the page it says “Welcome Guest”. Click on “Register” right next to it.
3. Go through the registration process (It takes less than a minute)
4. When you’re done you should be brought back to the project entry page
5. If you have time read the entry and give us some feedback (optional)
6. On the bottom right of the entry, between the acknowledgments and comments, is a like button (similar to Facebook) click on it. The like count should go up.
7. Rate the project (optional)
Fall 2012 Semester Lab Changes – Please Read!
This message is intended for all staff and faculty requesting software and configuration changes in COEN Windows labs (ERB 3100, ENGR 212, ENGR 312, ENGR 120 Lab, ENGR 238, MEC103, MEC402). Please communicate this information to your department adjuncts not yet assigned to a course as soon as possible for their inclusion in labs configuration.
Several of you have issued new software requests for the upcoming semester. This fall the labs will be upgraded to Windows 7 64 bit to further improve system performance. To assist with this transition, COEN IT Services will schedule appointments with interested faculty to review packages running on the 64 bit version of Windows 7. Please contact the group at email@example.com if you’d like an appointment.
Please review the list below and let us know if additional software should be added or may be removed:
- Moba Xterm
- Matlab 2012a
New software updates:
- Labview Spring 2011 SP1
- Matlab 2012a
- Solidworks 2012
- Bentley V8i (all Software)
A comprehensive list of all software currently available in labs can be found online at http://coen.boisestate.edu/its/welcome/computer_labs/ by clicking the Windows Labs – Software List hyperlink
If there are additional packages required for teaching in the fall 2012 semester, we need the request (and the software) no later than July 11th.
Once classes are in session it is extremely difficult to find available time frames large enough to perform updates on lab machines, as all rooms are heavily scheduled. Please review this list and respond with any changes to firstname.lastname@example.org (please do not respond directly to Andy—send it to the coen group email address so that your request may be tracked).
Pacific Division of AAAS Meeting Set for Boise on June 24-27
This year’s meeting of the Pacific Division of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Boise, ID, from June 24 – 27, 2012 has almost arrived. Please note that the submission deadline for abstracts ended on April 26th. All COEN faculty, researchers, and students are encouraged to attend this meeting.
You can find more information about the meeting on the meeting’s website: http://associations.sou.edu/aaaspd/2012BOISE/index.html
Boise State a Sponsor of Upcoming Idaho Green Expo
Note: Free admission is available for Boise State faculty, staff or students who help staff the university’s booth. Volunteer shifts will be two hours and training is provided. Contact John Gardner for details at email@example.com.
Boise State’s commitment to sustainability will be on display and in motion at the upcoming Idaho Green Expo in Garden City. The event provides a way for the university to engage with the community while highlighting how sustainability is incorporated into the Boise State mission.
COEN Faculty Updates
George Murgel, associate professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, was appointed to a five-year term on the Idaho Board of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors (IPELS) by Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter. The mission of IPELS is to safeguard life, health and property by assuring that those who practice the professions of engineering and land surveying attain and maintain competence in those professions. For more information about IPELS visit ipels.idaho.gov.
Venkat Sridhar, assistant professor of civil engineering, was featured in a KTVB story about his research on the warming climate. Sridhar noted that rising temperatures could cause more flooding in the Treasure Valley in coming years. See the story here.
NASA: Space Technology Research Opportunities – EarlyStage Innovations (STRO-ESI)
Goal / Intent: STRO-ESI is focused on innovative, early-stage space technology research of high priority to NASA’s Mission Directorates and OCT. This solicitation seeks proposals on specific topics in Space Radiation, Thermal Management and Optical Systems.
Eligibility: Accredited U.S. universities are eligible to submit proposals; teaming and collaboration are permitted as per section III(a).
NSF: CE21 – Discovery Research K-12 and Math Science Partnership Programs
NSF program officers Kate Denniston (Division Director, Divison of Undergraduate Education), Don Millard (Deputy Division Director, Division of Undergraduate Education), and Jim Hamos (Lead Program Director for CE21, Discovery Research K-12 and Math and Science Partnership programs) recently met with BSU representatives and requested our input on a planned collaboration with the US Dept of Ed to bolster K-16 mathematics education. Your responses will help the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education inform the development of this initiative. This is a great opportunity to provide input and help shape future NSF directions on K-12 and undergraduate STEM education!
This new joint initiative would receive $60 million in the fiscal year (FY) 2013 budget request, and would focus on mathematics education research and development and scaling successful interventions.
Additional information about the initiative and Instructions for how to respond are included in this “Dear Colleague letter” http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12080/nsf12080.jsp. Input is requested on what are, “the highest priority issues or challenges that need to be addressed in order to improve K-16 mathematics teaching and learning in the country.”
Since these NSF program officers requested input from BSU, it is very likely they will notice your response to the opportunity to comment. I encourage you to follow up with them by sending your input and establishing a personal dialogue with them.
Submissions are requested by July 1.
DOD Funding for Multidisciplinary Research:
The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) announced May 16 that it will issue 23 awards to academic institutions across the country to perform multidisciplinary basic research. The program expects to award $155 million over the next five years. The Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) supports the research of teams of investigators whose backgrounds intersect multiple traditional science and engineering disciplines in order to accelerate research progress. The awards will be made by the Army Research Office (ARO), the Office of Naval Research (ONR), and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), and are subject to successful negotiation between the institution and DoD
For more information please go to http://www.defpro.com/news/details/35529/?SID=2261715f13e937c9a0fa11d81aca8762
If you have any questions please contact your Senior Research Administrator.
The Office of Nuclear Energy Issues Call to Universities for Nuclear Energy-Related Integrated Research Project Proposals
The Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) today announced that through its Nuclear Energy University Programs (NEUP) it is now accepting applications from universities interested in conducting nuclear energy-related Integrated Research Projects (IRP).
IRPs represent the program directed component of the NEUP strategy by providing research and development (R&D) solutions that are the most directly relevant to the near-term, significant needs of the NE R&D programs. IRPs complement the other NEUP components, which include Program Supporting and Mission Supporting university-based R&D, University Reactor and Research Equipment Infrastructure Upgrades, and Integrated University Program Student Fellowship and Scholarship Grants.
IRPs are significant, three-year projects that address specific research issues or capability gaps identified and defined by the NE R&D programs, and are intended to develop a capability within each specified area. These projects will be multidisciplinary and require multi-institutional partners.
The following three IRP focus areas are addressed by this fiscal year 2012 Call for Proposals (CFP):
Advanced Nuclear Cladding and Fuel Materials with Enhanced Accident Tolerance for Current Generation & GEN III+ Light Water Reactors ($1.17M/yr totaling up to $3.5M)
Degradation of Used Nuclear Fuel in Storage ($1.17M/yr totaling up to $3.5M)
Inherently Safe Light Water Reactors ($2.0M/yr totaling up to $6.0M)
This CFP includes a set of mandatory requirements and evaluation criteria that will be used to select successful proposals. Applications are due July 9, 2012, and must be submitted using the submittal application at www.neup.gov. NE will likely notify award recipients in September 2012.
To view the solicitation in its entirety, please visit the NEUP website.