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Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities, and Discovery (RSCAD) News

October 22, 2015

The weekly RSCAD newsletter provides the latest research news, funding opportunities and academic trends.

K-State in the News

The Beef That's (Almost) as Healthy as Salmon

10/12/15 MSN.com
Millions of Americans take fish oil supplements because there are so many way the human body benefits from omega-3 fatty acids (like boosting our memory and eye health), but we don't get enough from food sources. Sure, there's salmon, nuts, and seeds, but consumers run into problems with allergies and taste preferences. As a solution, researchers at Kansas State University have looked into the potential of enhancing beef with omega-3 fatty acids. 

Wiley and ASME Announce Co-Branding Agreement

12/15/15 Yahoo! Finance
Global publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc., and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the premier society for mechanical engineers, announced today an agreement to develop and publish a co-branded imprint of mechanical engineering books. Wiley and ASME expect to publish ten new titles per year, with potential to expand this number in future years. New titles under the imprint, which will carry both the Wiley and the ASME Press logos, will begin to appear in early 2016. Upcoming titles include: 

  • Introduction to Dynamics and Control in Mechanical Engineering Systems by Cho Wing Solomon To, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA; 
  • Nonlinear Regression Modelling by Russ Rhinehart, Oklahoma State University, USA; and 
  • Fundamentals of Mechanical Vibrations by Liang-Wu Cai, Kansas State University, USA.
AEGLE Palette Launches Indiegogo Campaign to Educate Consumers About New Patent-Pending Smart Placemat to Revolutionize the Nutritional Experience

10/19/15 Yahoo! Finance
Health tech startup, AEGLE Palette, the world's first smart placemat, announced today the start of a campaign with international crowdfunding site, Indiegogo, for its patent-pending solution. The hardware-software product will enable consumers to proactively measure, monitor and control caloric and nutrient intake for those who want to maintain a healthy lifestyle. ... Yulin Li, co-founder and CEO of AEGLE Palette, said, "AEGLE Palette does for your diet what Fitbit does for exercise. It is a smart placemat sitting right on your dining room table. It can, in real time, measure your nutrients and calorie intake and then develop a profile after you eat." ...
In addition to recent press coverage by Thinking Bigger Business Magazine, Li and his co-founders were also picked for K-State's Launch A Business incubator program this summer and their product has received recent coverage from TechCrunch and the New York Observer. The startup is one of 15 semifinalists for the One in a Million startup pitch competition during Global Entrepreneurship Week in Kansas City, Nov. 16-22, 2015.

'Traffic Lights Are So Dictatorial' ... But Are Roundabouts on the Way Out?

10/19/15 The Guardian
After a century of resistance, US cities are finally learning to love the roundabout — the Bronx just got its first — believing them to be safer and better for traffic flow. ... Researchers at Kansas State University found that average delays were 65% less at roundabouts than at signalised intersections.

Kansas Poised to be a Leader in Emerging Field of Drones

10/16/15 Washington Times
Kansas is trying to position itself as an industry leader in the emerging field of unmanned aerial systems, building on the framework already in place as an aviation manufacturing cluster and in its technology-driven agricultural sector. Major Kansas universities are also doing cutting-edge research on drones and training the skilled workforce needed to support it. On Thursday, industry and business leaders gathered in Wichita for a UAS summit that marked the culmination of a series of workshops this year on the use of the technology.
“Momentum is just going to drive us in that direction,” said Joel Anderson, the development director at Kansas State University’s research office. “We just need to get behind it — market and communicate it effectively so the rest of the world understand the true value that they get out of the state of Kansas.”

From Our Peers

Researchers Use ‘Avatar' Experiments to Get Leg Up on Locomotion

10/13/15 Bloomberg
Using an "Avatar"-like bio-robotic motor system that integrates a real muscle and tendon along with a computer controlled nerve stimulator acting as the avatar's spinal cord, North Carolina State University researchers have taken a giant leap closer to understanding locomotion from the leg up. The findings could help create robotic devices that begin to merge human and machine in order to assist human locomotion.

SBA Funds Three New Regional Innovation Clusters

10/15/15 Bloomberg
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today the addition of three new clusters to the portfolio of communities it supports through the Regional Innovation Clusters initiative, raising the total number of clusters in the program to fourteen.
[The clusters include:] 
Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Cluster, South Kansas and Oklahoma. Contractor: Development Capital Networks
Situated in a region with a long history of aviation leadership and a rapidly growing number of UAS companies, the Unmanned Aerial Systems Cluster of South Kansas and Oklahoma has the potential for substantial amplification with SBA support. A number of best-in-class local assets are in place to support this cluster, including high-level research institutions (e.g. the National Institute for Aviation Research in Wichita), well-established and relevant academic and training programs (e.g. the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City, aeronautics programs at Wichita State University and Oklahoma State University), and useful technical and facilities (including the Chilocco airspace, Camp Gruber Joint Maneuver Training Center, Clinton-Sherman Airport, Tinker Air Force Base).

Why Some Moms Cut Ties With Their Kids

10/16/15 Huffington Post Parents: The Conversation by Megan Gilligan, Iowa State University
Relationships between mothers and their children are expected to be lifelong: an everlasting bond that isn’t without snags, but nevertheless endures. Yet sometimes, these relationships end. It could happen abruptly, or it could happen gradually, with contact ebbing — until there’s little or none at all.

22 Maps That Show How Americans Speak English Totally Differently From One Another

10/17/15 Houston Chronicle
Everyone knows Americans don't agree on pronunciations. That's great, because regional accents are a major part of what makes American English so interesting. 
Joshua Katz, a Ph.D student of statistics at North Carolina State University, just published a group of awesome visualizations of Professor Bert Vaux and Scott Golder's linguistic survey, which looked at how Americans pronounce words (via detsl on /r/Linguistics).

Worried About Toxic Chemicals? This Band Exposes Them

10/15/15 USA Today
During a single week back in August in which I bopped in and around New York City, I was exposed to at least 16 hazardous chemicals. These included phthalate chemicals of the type banned in kids toys and pacifiers, flame retardants such as TCPP and TPP, and Galaxolide, a common fragrance found in cleaning and beauty products. I'm aware of the sobering details because of a wearable.
While most of us don high tech bands and fitness bracelets to count steps or calories burned, the ordinary looking, waterproof, silicon black band I had on my wrist for those seven days serves a very different purpose. It passively absorbs organic compounds that may be present in the air, water or consumer products around you. In fact, it can currently detect 1,418 chemicals.
The band was developed by scientists at Oregon State University and is now being commercialized by Oregon-based startup My Exposome.

New Funding Opportunities

The Funding Connection

The Funding Connection is a weekly publication of Research & Sponsored Programs. For more information about individual programs and for applications, please e-mail research@k-state.edu or call 785 532-6195.

Highlight from this week's Funding Connection: 
The National Science Foundation’s Research Traineeship (NRT) program seeks proposals ensuring that graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral degree programs develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers. The NRT program includes two tracks: the Traineeship Track and the Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Track
Check out this week's new funding opportunities. 

RSCAD Trending Topics

Beyond Faculty Careers: NEH seeks to spur humanities Ph.D. training beyond traditional career paths

Critics have long complained about doctoral education in the humanities, saying that it takes too long and no longer reflects the realities of graduates’ employment prospects. ... And in recent years criticism has yielded possible fixes from various colleges, universities and academic groups: reduce time to degree, fund graduate students year-round, increase training on how to teach well, reduce subject matter coverage requirements — the list goes on. Now the National Endowment for the Humanities is tossing its hat in the ring, offering major grants to programs that better prepare students for nonfaculty careers.
The NEH’s Next Generation Humanities Ph.D. grants program, announced today, seeks to bring together faculty members, graduate students, administrators and other key players in doctoral education to identify ways to transform doctoral-level humanities preparation. Like the NEH’s other challenge-oriented grants, funds must be matched by the applicant institution.

Zero-Gravity Genomics Passes First Test

After 160 swoops in NASA’s zero-gravity aeroplane, researchers have the first evidence that genetic sequencing can be done in space.

U.S. Nuclear Physicists Push for New Neutrino Experiment

The United States should seize the initiative and soon mount a massive experiment to search for a hypothesized type of nuclear decay that is possible only if an elusive, nearly massless particle called the neutrino is—weirdly—its own antiparticle. That’s one of four recommendations in a new long-range plan developed by U.S. nuclear physicists. The plan, presented to a federal advisory panel today in Washington, D.C., will inform planning for the coming decade in the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) nuclear physics program, and the National Science Foundation’s (NSF’s) physics program. If researchers observe the new decay—and they hope to start work on the experiment within 3 years—the discovery would require rewrites of textbooks in nuclear and particle physics.

NSF Releases 2016 Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide and Grant Proposal Guide
NIH & AHRQ Announce Upcoming Changes to Policies, Instructions and Forms for 2016 Grant Applications

This notice informs the biomedical and health services research communities of planned changes to policies, forms and instructions for grant applications submitted in 2016. The planned changes focus on the following areas:

  • Rigor and transparency in research
  • Vertebrate animals
  • Inclusion reporting
  • Data safety monitoring
  • Research training 
  • Appendices
  • Font requirements
  • Biosketch clarifications
NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare - Vertebrate Animals Section

The following guidance is provided to assist applicants and offerors in preparing the Vertebrate Animals Section (VAS) for submission to the NIH, and to assist reviewers in evaluating the VAS of applications and proposals. Here you will find an overview of the requirements, submitter and reviewer responsibilities, a checklist, and detailed instructions.