Lewis and Clark Fund: A Unique Funding Opportunity for Doctoral Students Engaged in Field Work and Specimen Collection

The American Philosophical Society’s Lewis and Clark Fund is accepting proposals from doctoral students engaged in field studies in a wide range of disciplines–including many directly relevant to the work of the Prairie Research Institute.   If your graduate students are engaged in field work and collection of specimens, please share this with them!

“Through its Lewis and Clark Fund, the society will award grants of up to $5,000 to doctoral students for exploratory field studies that include collection of specimens and data to provide the imaginative stimulus that accompanies direct observation. The program supports projects within disciplines that have a large dependence on field studies, including but not limited to archeology, anthropology, biology, ecology, geography, geology, linguistics, paleontology, and population genetics.”

Awards of up to $5,000 will be granted.  Proposals are due February 1, 2015, with letters of support due January 31, 2015.  For further information, see the full RFP (link below).

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NSF Geospace Environmental Modeling program RFP

Full proposals for the National Science Foundation Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences’ Geospace Environmental Modeling (GEM) program are due October 15, 2014.

“The Geospace Environment Modeling (GEM) program is a broad-based, community-initiated research program on the physics of the Earth’s magnetosphere and the coupling of the magnetosphere to the atmosphere and to the solar wind. The purpose of the GEM program is to support basic research into the dynamical and structural properties of geospace, leading to the construction of one or more global Geospace General Circulation Model(s) (GGCM) with predictive capability.”

The program funds 8-12 new awards each year at $750,000, depending on fund availability.   See the links below for further information.

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Simons Foundation – Targeted Grants in the Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems

The Simons Foundation invites letters of intent for their Targeted Grants in the Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems program.

“The program is intended to foster a culture of theory-experiment collaboration similar to that prevailing in the physical sciences by supporting the development of mathematical models that explain classes of experimental results and suggest new directions for experiment, as well as research aimed at testing theoretical ideas and expanding their reach.”

Awards are typically for 3 years at up to $200,000/year, and the Foundation intends to make 4 such awards each year the program is offered.   Letters of intent (3 page project narrative plus biosketch) are due September 30, 2014.  Full proposals, if invited, will be due January 31, 2015.

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New Citizen Science LibGuide published

The Prairie Research Institute Library has a new Citizen Science LibGuide available. Citizen science allows volunteer non-scientists to participate in data collection and analysis for scientific projects. The guide includes links to existing projects, both nationally and in Illinois.

For a list of other guides developed by the Institute’s librarians, visit http://www.library.illinois.edu/prairie/findaresource.html.

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Michigan Journal of Sustainability Calls for Abstracts for Special Edition Focused on Climate Adaptation Initiatives in the U.S.

The special edition will focus on adaptation and resilience-building activities taking place across scales, systems, and sectors, with a particular focus on techniques for bridging the science-policy-practice divide. At this time, the Michigan Journal of Sustainability is accepting abstracts as well as full manuscripts for consideration. The call for abstracts provides more details about the Journal and the abstract submission process.

Please note that this Journal is an open-source, web-based resource where both traditional full-length articles as well as non-traditional submissions, such as pictures or short videos, are encouraged. The deadline for abstract submission is September 3, 2014.

For more information, visit: http://sustainability.umich.edu/media/files/MJS-2014-Call-for-Abstracts-Special-Edition-Adaptation.pdf.

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U.S. Geological Survey Announces “Climate Matters” Newsletter

“Climate Matters” is a new semi-annual publication featuring current activities in the U.S. Geological Survey Climate Research & Development Program. The newsletter highlights recent research findings and their relevance to societal needs, as well as issues of importance for resource managers, policy makers, and the general public. To view the first issue, visit http://www.usgs.gov/climate_landuse/clu_rd/newsletter/default.asp.

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Environmental Curricula Grants

Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation logo

The Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation offers Environmental Curricula Grants of up to $1500 to “empower and encourage students to become involved in solving environmental and social problems, promote thoughtful and appropriate analysis and understanding of the natural world, and make informed decisions through the emphasis and application of basic ecological principles.”  All types of organizations, including schools, non-profits, and government agencies are eligible to apply.  Single page pre-proposals are due September 14, 2014, and full proposals (if invited) will be due September 28, 2014.

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OSTI Conducting Pilots with National Labs, DOE-Funded Authors in Preparation for Launching Public Access Gateway to Scholarly Scientific Publications

Via the July/August 2014 issue of the OSTI Newsletter.

As part of its preparations for launching a public access portal to scholarly scientific publications resulting from Department of Energy (DOE) research funding, the DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) is collaborating with a subset of DOE national laboratories and authors on pilot projects designed to help OSTI and members of the DOE Scientific and Technical Information Program (STIP) learn more about what will be entailed in collecting accepted manuscripts from DOE-funded authors.

OSTI is developing the DOE public access gateway in response to a February 22, 2013, memorandum, “Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research,” issued by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). The OSTP memo called on federal science agencies that spend more than $100 million a year on research and development (R&D) to develop and implement public access plans for making accepted manuscripts and peer-reviewed scientific journal articles resulting from agency research investments publicly available in a timely fashion.

By statute, OSTI is the DOE office responsible for collecting, preserving, and disseminating scientific and technical information (STI) emanating from DOE R&D activities.  A DOE policy directive on “Scientific and Technical Information Management” requires DOE offices, contractors, and grantees “to ensure that STI is appropriately managed as part of the DOE mission to enable the advancement of scientific knowledge and technological innovation.”

As provided in the DOE directive, OSTI spearheads the DOE STIP, a collaboration of STI managers and technical information officers from across the DOE complex charged with identifying, collecting, archiving, and making accessible the results of DOE-funded R&D.  The DOE STIP network includes STI liaisons from DOE programs, field, site, and procurement offices, national laboratories, and research facilities.  Together, OSTI and the DOE STIP have a well-developed program in place to identify and provide access to DOE STI, including technical reports, patents, conference papers, theses/dissertations, technical software, books, and scientific multimedia, through a sophisticated submission system and a collection of search tools.

Now, OSTI and the DOE STIP are working together to develop and implement standard operating procedures for managing the intake of accepted manuscripts as a central element of DOE’s public access solution.  OSTI is conducting pilots with several DOE national laboratories to learn more about how authors interface with publishers’ article submission systems and when during those workflows accepted manuscripts are available.

The scholarly publications process varies widely from publisher to publisher, and the sophistication of the systems continues to evolve.  Through pilots involving DOE-funded authors at participating labs, OSTI and the DOE STIP expect to increase their knowledge of manuscript submission practices, and that promises to facilitate implementation of public access to scholarly publications across the Department.

DOE’s implementation of public access will begin after the DOE Public Access Plan is finalized and approved – and once the beta version of the DOE public access portal that OSTI has been preparing is launched.

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EPA Solicits Great Lakes Shoreline Cities Grant Proposals

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced a solicitation for a second round of Great Lakes Shoreline Cities Grants. EPA will award grants totaling up to $4.5 million to eligible shoreline cities to fund green infrastructure projects that will improve Great Lakes water quality.

This year, shoreline cities with a population greater than 25,000 and less than 50,000 will be eligible to apply for green infrastructure grants of up to $250,000. Last year, EPA awarded Shoreline Cities Grants totaling just under $7 million to 16 cities with populations greater than 50,000.

“This is an opportunity for more Great Lakes shoreline cities to obtain funding for green infrastructure projects,” said Region 5 Administrator/Great Lakes National Program Manager Susan Hedman. “These GLRI grants will be used for green infrastructure projects that reduce urban runoff and sewer overflows that foul beaches and impair Great Lakes water quality.”

Cities can use the grants to cover up to 50 percent of the cost of rain gardens, bioswales, green roofs, porous pavement, greenways, constructed wetlands, stormwater tree trenches and other green infrastructure measures installed on public property. Detailed eligibility requirements are available at www.epa.gov/grtlakes/fund/shoreline/.

More information about the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is available at www.glri.us.

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Free Online TOXNET Class Offered This Fall

The National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC) is offering an online, asynchronous class called “Discovering TOXNET” October 20 – November 14, 2014. Discover TOXNET and other NLM environmental health databases through videos, guided tutorials, and discovery exercises. The class is taught online in thirteen independent modules.

TOXNET is a web-based system of databases covering hazardous chemicals, environmental health, toxic releases, chemical nomenclature, poisoning, risk assessment and regulations, and occupational safety and health. The independent modules cover TOXLINE, ChemIDplus, TRI, TOXMAP, Hazardous Substances Data Bank, IRIS, Has-Map, LactMed, WISER, CHEMM, REMM, LiverTox and more. You’ll learn about the resources through videos, guided tutorials, and discovery exercises.

Who should take the class?

Health sciences librarians and health or environmental sciences professionals interested in unlocking the information in TOXNET and the other environmental health and toxicology resources.

How much time?

You will work on your own time over a period of 4 weeks to complete the modules that are of interest to you. There is one required module; the remaining modules are optional. The class is offered for variable MLA Continuing Education credit. Each module will be offered for 0.5 to 2.0 credit hours, for a total of up to 12 hours. Credit will not be awarded for partial completion of a module. Total credit awarded will be based on completed modules with a minimum of 1.0 credit hours.

What happens during the class?

This course is offered asynchronously through Moodle; you will work at your own pace. Each module consists of guided interactive online tutorials and/or tutorial videos as well as discovery exercises. Instructors will be available to answer questions and provide assistance throughout the course.

The modules are:

  1. Introduction to TOXNET: 0.5 hour (Required)
  2. TOXLINE: 1.0 hour
  3. ChemIDplus: 2.0 hours
  4. Integrated Risk Information System & Risk Assessment: 1.0 hour
  5. Hazardous Substances Databank: 1.5 hours
  6. Toxic Release Inventory: 1.0 hour
  7. TOXMAP: 1.5 hours
  8. Household Products Database: 0.5 hour
  9. LactMed: 0.5 hour
  10. Has-Map: 0.5 hour
  11. WISER & CHEMM: 1.0 hour
  12. REMM: 0.5 hour
  13. LiverTox: 0.5 hour

How do I register?

Space in the class is limited, so don’t delay! Register now at: http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=809

For questions, contact the NTC at ntc@utah.edu; http://nnlm.gov/pnr/dragonfly/2014/07/17/toxnet-class-fall-2014/

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