Funding agencies impacted by government shutdown

SRA International has put together a clearinghouse on federal research agencies’ statements about the government shutdown.  At Trinity, any grant proposals and reports on existing grants are on hold because funding agency websites are down.  Please contact Claudia Scholz if you have any specific concerns about your research grants.

Why Fund Studies of Maya Architecture Instead of Saving Lives?

Rosemary Joyce posts a thoughtful piece about federal funding of research to the Berkeley Blog.

All grants funded by the NSF have gone through a rigorous– dare I say grueling?– peer review process, in which senior scientists across the country freely and without charge read and evaluate proposals as a service to the NSF. Our reviews of proposals include comparing what the proposal says it will do to well defined criteria developed by NSF. These include attention to the basic contribution to knowledge, the “intellectual merit” of the research (what will we know that we did not previously when the research is done?) and how the research will improve public understanding of science, expand participation in science, and where appropriate, how research might lead to improvements in everyday life. These “broader impacts” are taken seriously by researchers, who have shown their dedication to doing things like presenting classroom lectures for K-12 schools, making findings available on websites, and trying to use their knowledge to help guide public policy, for example, on how to cope with climate change.

ACS Workshop on Teaching Research Ethics

On June 20-21, 2013, Centre College, together with Davidson College and Trinity University, will host a workshop about preparing effective materials to train undergraduate students in the responsible conduct of research (RCR) and research ethics.

Participants will leave the workshop with learning activities to implement in their own classes as well as guidelines and inspiration for generating additional materials.

Thanks to a grant from the Associated Colleges of the South, this workshop will be free to attendees from ACS member institutions. Travel reimbursement of up to $400 is available for the first twelve participants who register to attend.  

Expressions of interest are due to KatieAnn Skogsberg by April 30.