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November 5, 2015

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

K-State in the News

National Award of Excellence Presented to Four Organizations Advancing Regional Competitiveness

10/27/15 MSN.com
Four organizations were named winners of SSTI's [State Science and Technology Institute's] 2015 Excellence in TBED [technology-based economic development] award, serving as national models for states and regions investing in science, technology and innovation to grow their economies and create high-paying jobs. ...

TechAccel: Kansas State University — Most Promising TBED Initiative
The Kansas State University Institute for Commercialization, along with private management and investment, has developed and launched TechAccel — a new concept to overcome the technology advancement gap that has long plagued university developed technologies.  

Traveling to the Heartland to Discuss Antimicrobial Resistance

11/02/15 Ciencias Médicas News
Our first stop was Kansas State University’s prestigious College of Veterinary Medicine in Manhattan. Dean Tammy Beckham joined us at the college, which prides itself on teaching, research and service to the community. We met with about 25 students involved in the care of all kinds of animals, from those found on farms, including horses and cows, to companion animals like dogs and cats. We saw a horse and cow being cared for and watched students examine, with great kindness, a tiny dog in a radiology laboratory using computer imaging technology. We also visited the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, which supports the college’s public role in animal agriculture by examining samples taken from ailing farm animals and helping determine the right treatment. We were joined for the day by Dr. Michael Apley, a professor in the college’s clinical sciences department and a newly appointed member of the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria. As a researcher and educator who reaches out to the animal production industry, Dr. Apley is at the forefront of efforts to properly manage the use of antimicrobials in food animals.

Science Says Baby Fever Affects Men, Too

10/29/15 Yahoo! Parenting
If the sight of an adorable infant sends your biological clock into a frenzy, you’re likely experiencing what researchers are calling “baby fever.” Though you may have passed off this fever as a joke in previous conversations with girlfriends or loved ones, research in the journal Emotion is calling the sudden, irrepressible urge to procreate a legitimate emotional and physical phenomenon. And men experience it, too. The research was conducted by a husband and wife pair at Kansas State University, inspired to investigate the phenomenon after the birth of their second child. They began by conducting a formal survey and found that both sexes develop the fever, though the intensity of the sensation varies greatly over time.

$4.2M Grant to Be Used To Study Climate Change

10/29/15 San Francisco Gate
The National Science Foundation has awarded a $4.2 million grant to research how climate change affects river systems in the U.S. and Mongolia. Half of the money from the five-year grant will support work at the University of Kansas, where ecology and evolutionary biology professor James Thorp is the grant's lead investigator. He says that North American river systems, with their dams and presence of non-native fauna, could foreshadow the future of rivers in Mongolia. And he says what is observed in Mongolia could indicate changes U.S. rivers will undergo in the future.

Also participating are researchers from Ball State UniversityDrexel UniversityKansas State University, the National University of Mongolia, Rutgers University, the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, the University of Nevada Reno and Wayne State College.

New Research Shows the Simulated Economic Impact of a Foot-and-Mouth Disease Outbreak

10/27/15 Science Daily
While FMD has been found in some parts of the world, North America, Central America, Australia, New Zealand, Chile and many European countries do not have the disease, according to APHIS [the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service], but the potential for the disease exists globally. Simulation models can help prepare for potential outbreaks, such as the one used in recent research led by Dustin Pendell, a Kansas State University agricultural economist who specializes in animal health economics.

From Our Peers

AIG Invests $4 Million with Clemson University to Establish Risk Engineering and Analytics Center

10/29/15 Yahoo! Finance
American International Group, Inc. (AIG) today announced an initial  $4 million investment with Clemson University to develop a risk engineering and analytics center and to establish the Robert Benmosche Endowed Professorship in Risk Engineering and Systems Analytics, in honor of the company’s former president and chief executive officer. The center, which will be based on Clemson’s South Carolina campus, will expand AIG’s engineering capabilities, complementing the company’s three-year investment in hiring 500 risk engineers and building an engineering and analytics center of excellence in Bangalore, India. AIG and Clemson will continue to explore ways to expand their partnership and collaboration. The endowed professorship will develop curriculum and educational programs in the field of risk engineering and analytics, cultivate scientific investigation and research, recruit world-class faculty, and create marketable technologies that advance the field.

Copper Foam Could Revolutionize Battery Storage

10/29/15 Yahoo! Finance
Prieto Battery is a startup founded by Amy Prieto based on her research as a student at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. The brainchild is what she calls a “3-D battery” made up of the spongy copper, which is meant to be an improvement over the traditional “2-D” battery, which is composed of thin layers of metal surrounded by a current-conducting fluid.

Researchers Create Better Algorithm for Simulating Particles in Fermi Sea

10/28/15 Bloomberg
A North Carolina State University physicist and his German colleagues have created a new, more precise algorithm for simulating particle interactions when a single impurity is introduced into a Fermi sea. The algorithm shows that when these particles interact, the transition from quasiparticle to bound molecule in a polarized two-dimensional system is smooth. The new method may have implications for understanding the behavior of impurities in a variety of systems.

You Probably Use Your Smartphone Way More Than You Think

11/02/15 Huffington Post
"Given how much time we spend on our smartphones, it is plausible to expect that they will affect our attitudes, thoughts and behaviors," Caglar Yildirim, a Ph.D. student in psychology at Iowa State University, whose work focuses on human-computer interactions, said in an email. "These devices can have an impact on our brains. Whether or not this effect is beneficial or harmful depends on how you use your smartphone and for what you use it."

Single-Agent Phototherapy System Offers Significant New Tool to Fight Cancer

10/29/15 Science Daily
Researchers at Oregon State University today announced an important advance in the field of cancer imaging and phototherapy, using a single-agent system that may ultimately change the efficacy of cancer surgery and treatment around the world. The newest approach developed at OSU uses a single chemical compound, silicon naphthalocyanine, that has both diagnostic and therapeutic value. It makes cancer cells glow when exposed to near-infrared light, so a surgeon can identify the cancer and more effectively remove it. At the same time, this compound creates heat and reactive oxygen species within any remaining cancer cells, killing them.

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 US Agency for International Development is seeking applications for a cooperative agreement for implementation of Feed the Future Developing Local Extension Capacity to sustainably improve extension and advisory services in Feed the Future-aligned countries.
Check out this week's new funding opportunities. 

RSCAD Trending Topics

NEH: Updated Guidelines for Collaborative Research Grants and Scholarly Editions and Translations Grants 2015

In early October 2015, we posted our updated guidelines for Collaborative Research Grants and Scholarly Editions and Translations Grants in advance of our December 9, 2015 deadline.

Subscription Scare Fuels Worries Over Who Controls Data That Scholars Need

A Twitter-fueled furor erupted on Thursday after the Renaissance Society of America said that the database firm ProQuest had canceled the group’s subscription to a key collection of texts. The controversy didn’t last long — by Thursday afternoon, ProQuest had apologized, and said that the society’s access to the material remained in place. But for many academics, the incident stoked familiar anxieties about the role of companies like ProQuest in the future of scholarly research and publishing.

Medical Students Crunch Big Data To Spot Health Trends

Medicine, meet Big Data. For generations, physicians have been trained in basic science and human anatomy to diagnose and treat the patient immediately in front of them. But now, massive stores of data about what works for which patients are literally changing the way medicine is practiced.

Genetic Gain of Function: EU Report Advises on Contentious Research

The United States has a de facto moratorium on genetic gain-of-function experiments that could increase the transmissibility or pathogenicity of potentially pandemic agents such as the H5N1 avian influenza virus. In Europe, opinion among scientists is divided on the benefits and risks of such research for policymakers. A new report on these differences by the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC; see go.nature.com/jcdy2w) will help to inform scientists and the public on this globally controversial research.

A Celebration of Women in Bioscience

Date: Thursday, December 10, 2015: 3:00 – 7:00 pm
Location: Truman Auditorium, KC Public Library – Plaza Branch,
4801 Main St, Kansas City, MO

Husch Blackwell and BioKansas present an opportunity to hear from some of the leading entrepreneurial women working in the Life Sciences.  Julia Stephanus from Aratana Therapeutics will talk about working at some of the industry’s leading companies, as well as her experiences starting a company, growing it, and transitioning it after a successful sale.  There will also be a panel discussion featuring Julia and several high profile life science female entrepreneurs. Afterwards, join us for a BioBreak networking event at the Husch Blackwell Offices on the10th floor of the Plaza Colonade Office Building (above the Public Library) that will bring together the industry’s best and brightest.  This event will be of interest to anyone with entrepreneurial aspirations or anyone working in the life sciences industry.