Stony Brook University Office of Research Services
Month: June, 2011

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: G8 Multilateral Funding Initiative “Interdisciplinary Program on Material Efficiency – A first step towards sustainable manufacturing”

Preliminary Proposal Due Date to the Call Secretariat September 30, 2011
Notification for Submission of Full Proposals November 31, 2011
Full Proposal Due Date to Call Secretariat and NSF January 27, 2012

The Directorate for Engineering and the Office of International Science and Engineering announce a new G8 Research Councils Initiative on Multilateral Research, “Interdisciplinary Program on Material Efficiency – A first step towards sustainable manufacturing.” Through a pilot collaboration, the U.S. National Science Foundation, the Canadian National Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the French Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR), the German Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR),and the United Kingdom Research Councils (RC-UK)1, will support on a competitive basis, collaborative research projects that are comprised of researchers from at least three of the partner countries. Proposals will be jointly reviewed by the participating funding organizations and successful projects are expected to demonstrate added value through multilateral collaboration. Support for U.S.-based researchers will be provided through awards made by the National Science Foundation.

The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science will serve as the Call Secretariat and will maintain the official website at http://www.jsps.go.jp/j-bottom/g8-initiative.html. Information specific to U.S. researchers will be posted at http://www.nsf.gov/od/oise/g8initiative/

Program Synopsis: Interdisciplinary Program on Material Efficiency – A first step towards sustainable manufacturing

For most materials used to manufacture equipment and products, global stocks are still sufficient to meet anticipated demand, but the environmental impacts of materials production and processing, particularly those related to energy, are rapidly becoming critical. These impacts can be ameliorated to some extent by the ongoing pursuit of efficiencies within existing processes, but demand is anticipated to double in the next 40 years, and this will lead to an unacceptable increase in overall impacts unless the total requirement for material production and processing is reduced.

Material efficiency forms part of the suite of philosophies towards sustainability and any proposal should give consideration to how the research undertaken will have wider impact in the long term on this agenda.

This Call aims to support collaborations between experts in research areas related to the global challenge of materials efficiency to address one or more of seven potential strategies for reducing material demand through material efficiency:

•longer-lasting products;

•modularisation and remanufacturing;

•component re-use and re-cycle;

•designing products with less material;

•rethinking products and their use;

•redesigning the manufacturing processes;

•replacement of scarce and expensive elements, notably those critical for energy applications.

The Call will support interdisciplinary projects with the potential of creating a step change in the approach taken towards the sustainable use of material resources and the contribution and impact that this will have upon the wider cradle-to-cradle design and manufacturing principles.

The Call includes within its scope the entirety of the industrial system – from material extraction, through supply chains, logistics, manufacturing, and distribution – and recognizes the global nature of that system. Proposals are expected to show how they address this global approach in a synergistic way and to justify the need for the international collaboration proposed. The Call emphasizes the potential future role of manufacturing in supporting a sustainable global economy, and encompasses all parts of the materials hierarchy.

The collaborative and interdisciplinary nature of the Call is expected to encourage proposals that bring different sets of knowledge together in a concerted effort toward solving a problem. Proposals that focus on basic materials science or current manufacturing processes in isolation are unlikely to meet the requirements.

The complete solicitation can be found at: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11068/nsf11068.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

SBU Advanced Energy Team Wins 2011 ‘R&D 100′ Award for Energy Harvesting Shock Absorber Technology

Dr. Lei Zuo’s invention ‘can recover per year from the suspensions more than the amount of energy produced by the Niagara Falls Power Plant’

Professor Lei Zuo holds an electricity-generating shock absorber in the Energy Harvesting & Mechatronic Lab at Stony Brook University.

A team headed by Lei Zuo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering working through the Advanced Energy Technology & Research Center at Stony Brook University has won a prestigious R&D 100 Award—dubbed the “Oscar of Invention”—for the development of an energy-harvesting shock absorber that converts vibration, bumps, and motion experienced by the suspension of a vehicle or train into electric power.  The regenerative shock absorber for cars can harvest over 100 watts from the vehicle vibrations under normal driving conditions.

R&D Magazine’s annual R&D 100 Awards recognize the 100 most technologically significant product innovations developed throughout the world and introduced into the marketplace over the previous year.  The awards have long been a benchmark of excellence known to industry, government, and academia as proof that the product is one of the most ground-breaking of the year.

“This is a very novel idea and concept, and is an extraordinary example of the many innovative and entrepreneurial ideas that are being developed in the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center at Stony Brook,” said Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., President of Stony Brook University. “The R&D 100 Award is a remarkable and well-deserved distinction for Dr. Zuo and his entire team at Stony Brook.”

Dr. Zuo’s electricity-harvesting shock absorber continuously harvests vibration energy—from hundreds to thousands of watts—from the vehicle’s suspension vibration that is currently being dissipated into heat waste by the conventional oil shock absorbers.  The harvested energy is used to charge the battery and power vehicle electronics and thus reduce the load of the alternator and the engine, improving the fuel efficiency of the vehicle by two to eight percent.  The energy harvesting also provides further opportunity to enhance the ride comfort and road safety by adjusting the suspension damping or implementing self-powered vibration control. 

“The electricity-harvesting shock absorber is made to be retrofittable to most of the current vehicles and can replace the traditional shock absorber without modification of the vehicle suspension structure,” explains Dr. Zuo, an assistant professor in the department of mechanical engineering at SBU. “The product can typically recover 100-400 watts of vibration energy from a passenger car when it’s driving at 60 m.p.h. and up to several kilowatts from trucks, rail cars and off-road vehicles.”

“If just five percent of the 256 million registered vehicles in this country adopt this technology, we will create a market of over six billion dollars,” continues Dr. Zuo. “The total energy we can recover per year from the suspensions is more than the amount produced by the Niagara Falls Power Plant.”

Since 1963, the R&D 100 Awards have identified revolutionary technologies newly introduced to the market. Many of these have become household names, helping to shape everyday life for many Americans, including the automated teller machine (1973), lab on a chip (1996), and HDTV (1998).  More on the awards can be found online at http://www.rdmag.com/Awards/RD-100-Awards/R-D-100-Awards/.

Entrepreneurs’ Foundation Workshop Series

Funding Your Technology-Based Startup

You’ve got the idea, you’ve got the team, you’ve got the marketing plan—so how do you get the money? Come hear our panel of investors and entrepreneurs discuss funding your technology-based startup. Please join us for light fare and networking.

Event Date
July 25, 2011

Event Location
Brookhaven National Laboratory
Brookhaven Center
Bldg 30
South Room
Upton, NY 11973 USA

Cost: $10 for either online or at-the-door registration.

Workshop Agenda

5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Registration, refreshments, and networking

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. “Funding your Technology-based Startup” – Panel Discussion

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Networking with refreshments

Panel to Include:

Clayton Besch, PhD (Director, Small Business Technology Investment Fund)

Jim Chinits (CEO, Population Diagnostics Inc.)

Michael L. Faltischek (Partner, Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, P.C.)

John May (Angel Investor)

Murat Ozsu (Founder and CEO, innRoad)

Steve Winick (Top Spin Partners, VC)

Moderated By:

Allan Cohen (Partner, Nixon-Peabody)

Event Registration (Deadline: July 21, 2011)
Go to https://www.bnl.gov/efw/ to register 

Event Coordinator
Colleen Michael
Bus: 631-344-4919
Fax: 631-344-3729
Email: cmichael@bnl.gov

NIH Extramural Loan Repayment Programs

Clinical Research, Pediatric Research, Health Disparities Research, Contraception and Infertility Research, and for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds

Application Period
Annually: from September 1 through November 15, at 8:00 PM EST.

Under the LRP, the NIH will repay a portion of the extant qualified educational loan debt incurred to pay for the researcher’s undergraduate, graduate, and/or health professional school educational expenses. 

NOT-OD-11-085
Extramural Loan Repayment Program for Clinical Research (LRP-CR)

The objective of the LRP-CR program is to recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals as clinical investigators. 

NIH defines clinical research as “patient-oriented clinical research conducted with human subjects, or research on the causes and consequences of disease in human populations involving material of human origin (such as tissue specimens and cognitive phenomena) for which an investigator or colleague directly interacts with human subjects in an outpatient or inpatient setting to clarify a problem in human physiology, pathophysiology or disease, or epidemiological or behavioral studies, outcomes research or health services research, or developing new technologies, therapeutic interventions, or clinical trials.”

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-11-085.html

NOT-OD-11-086
Extramural Pediatric Research Loan Repayment Program (LRP-PR)

The objective of the LRP-PR program is to recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals as pediatric investigators. 

NIH defines pediatric research as “research that is directly related to diseases, disorders, and other conditions in children.”

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-11-086.html

NOT-OD-11-087
Extramural Loan Repayment Program for Health Disparities Research (LRP-HDR)

The objective of the LRP-HDR is the recruitment and retention of highly qualified health professionals to research careers that focus on minority health or other health disparity issues.

The Program serves as an avenue for NIH and the NIMHD to engage and promote the development of research programs that reflect the variety of issues and problems associated with disparities in health status.  In addition, the Director, NIMHD, is statutorily required to ensure that not fewer than 50 percent of the contracts are awarded to qualified health professionals that are members of health disparities populations. This requirement highlights the need for the involvement of a cadre of culturally competent health professionals in minority health and other health disparities research.

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-11-087.html

NOT-OD-11-088
Extramural Loan Repayment Program for Contraception and Infertility Researchers (LRP-CIR)

The objective of the LRP-CIR program is to recruit and retain highly qualified health and/or allied health professionals as contraception and/or infertility investigators. 

NIH defines infertility research as research that has the long-range objective to evaluate, treat, or ameliorate conditions which result in the failure of couples to either conceive or bear young.  Contraception research is defined as research that has the ultimate goal to provide new or improved methods of preventing pregnancy. 

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-11-088.html

NOT-OD-11-089
Extramural Clinical Research Loan Repayment Program for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds (LRP-IDB)

The objective of the LRP-IDB is the recruitment and retention of highly qualified health professionals from disadvantaged backgrounds to clinical research careers.  The emphasis on clinical research and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds highlights the need for the involvement of a cadre of competent health professionals in clinical research.

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-11-089.html

Searle Scholars Program – Call for Nominations

The University is invited to nominate one candidate for the Searle Scholars  Program. These fellowships support the independent research of outstanding individuals who are in the first or second year of their first appointment at the assistant professor level, and whose  current appointment is a tenure-track position.

Applicants for 2012 awards will be expected to be pursuing independent research careers in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences.

Candidates should have begun their first appointment at the assistant professor level on or after July 1, 2010 and therefore be in their first or second year. This appointment must be a tenure-track position.

Grants are normally $300,000 for a three-year period, with $100,000 payable in the first year and equal sums payable in the second and third years, subject to the receipt of acceptable progress reports. Normally, fifteen new awards will be made annually.

Potential nominees are asked to submit one copy of the following materials (as a  single PDF) to Mr. Peter Saal (psaal@notes.cc.sunysb.edu), by Noon, Monday, July 18:

             a) a current curriculum vitae;

            b) a letter of endorsement by the Department Chair or Program Director;

            c) a statement of current external research support;

            d) a description of the proposed research to be undertaken during the period of award;

            e) the names and addresses of the three references to be sought (including

                        one each from your doctoral and postdoctoral mentors).

The Searle Scholars Program does not ordinarily support purely clinical research but has supported research programs that include both clinical and basic components. Potential applicants who are unsure if their research is appropriate for the Searle Scholars Program are encouraged to examine the research interests of present and former Searle Scholars on the program’s website at:

http://www.searlescholars.net/go.php?id=5

The deadline for receipt of full applications by the Searle Program is September 30. Candidates are strongly encouraged to advise their references that they may be called upon to furnish letters by this deadline.

Indications Of A New Type Of Neutrino Oscillation At The T2K Experiment

The international T2K collaboration announced today that they have observed an indication of a new type of neutrino transformation or oscillation from a muon neutrino to an electron neutrino. Neutrinos come in three types, or “flavors”; electron, muon, and tau.

In the T2K experiment in Japan, a muon neutrino beam was produced in the Japan Proton Accelerator Research Complex, called J-PARC, located in Tokai village, Ibaraki prefecture, on the east coast of Japan, and was aimed at the gigantic Super-Kamiokande underground detector in Kamioka, near the west coast of Japan, 295 km (185 miles) away from Tokai.  An analysis of the detected neutrino-induced events in the Super-Kamiokande detector indicates that a very small number of muon neutrinos traveling from Tokai to Kamioka (T2K) transformed themselves into electron neutrinos. 

Evidence of this new type of neutrino oscillation may lead the way to new studies of a matter-anti-matter asymmetry called charge-parity (CP) violation.  This phenomenon has been observed in quarks (for which Nobel prizes were awarded in 1980 and 2008), but never in neutrinos. CP violation in the early universe may be the reason that the observable universe today is dominated by matter and no significant anti-matter.  If the T2K result does indicate this third oscillation, then a search for CP violation in neutrinos will be a major scientific quest in the coming years.  Further steps towards this goal will continue to require global scientific collaborations, like T2K, to overcome the significant technical challenges in this search.

The T2K experiment utilizes the J-PARC complex that accelerates protons onto a target to produce an intense secondary particle beam that is focused by special magnets called neutrino horns.  The focused particle beam decays into a beam of neutrinos, which is monitored by a neutrino detector 280 meters from the target.  This beam of neutrinos travels 295 km underground to be detected in the Super-Kamiokande detector.

The work of the T2K experiment is located in Japan and primarily supported by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.  However, the experiment was constructed and is operated by an international collaboration, which consists of about 500 physicists from 59 institutions in 12 countries [Japan, US, UK, Italy, Canada, Korea, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, France, Poland, and Russia].  The data collected by the experiment is also analyzed by the collaboration.  The US T2K collaborating team of approximately 70 members [Boston University, Brookhaven National Lab, UC Irvine, University of Colorado, Colorado State University, Duke University, Louisiana State University, Stony Brook University, University of Pittsburgh, University of Rochester, and University of Washington (Seattle)] is funded by the US Department of Energy, Office of Science.  The US groups have built super-conducting corrector magnets, proton beam monitor electronics, the second neutrino horn and a GPS time synchronization system for the T2K neutrino beamline; and a pi-zero detector and a side muon range detector (partial detector) in the T2K near detector complex.  They are also part of the team that built, upgraded and operates the Super-Kamiokande detector.

Continue reading at: http://commcgi.cc.stonybrook.edu/am2/publish/General_University_News_2/Indictions_Of_A_New_Type_Of_Neutrino_Oscillation_At_The_T2K_Experiment_printer.shtml

NCRR PAR-11-228: High-End Instrumentation Grant Program (S10)

Application Due Date: September 19, 2011, by 5:00 PM local time.

With advances in technological development, biomedical scientists require ever more powerful tools for their research. As new instruments with enhanced performance become available, their importance for research increases along with the costs. Although the Shared Instrumentation Grant Program (SIG) provides a cost effective mechanism for groups of NIH supported investigators to obtain commercially available equipment costing between $100,000 and $600,000, there is a continuing need for an NIH program that provides expensive, high-end instruments to the broad community of basic and clinical scientists. To meet the demands of the community, the NCRR initiated the HEI program in FY 2002 to support expensive, high-end instruments.

Examples of key instruments in this category include, but are not limited to:

* Biomedical Imagers: Cutting-edge medical imaging technologies and novel data processing algorithms have allowed the visualization of structures and metabolic/molecular activities on intact biological systems including humans.  Examples of imagers may include MRI, CT, PET, SPECT as well as co-modalities.

* Ultrahigh-Field Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometers: There is a significant demand for ultrahigh-field NMR spectrometers for enhanced sensitivity and increased resolution to determine three-dimensional structures of large proteins and protein complexes in extremely small samples. This need is magnified by the extended run time for data collection at lower fields, which limits access to these instruments.

* Mass Spectrometers: Instruments that combine electrospray ionization with Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance (FTICR) mass spectrometry are now available. The FTICR methods provide very high resolution and accurate molecular weight measurement to study large biopolymers and their interactions.  Matrix-assisted laser desoprtion/ionization mass spectrometric imaging (MALDI-MSI) has allowed label-free molecular imaging of biological tissue sections.

* Electron Microscopes: The frontier of cell biology now focuses on elucidating the nature and function of cell organelles and the role of complex protein machines. Such studies require intermediate voltage electron microscopes with field emission illumination for high resolution imaging of single molecules. Such microscopes are also needed to perform computer reconstruction at the subnanometer scale for macromolecular assemblies that are too large and complex to study by x-ray crystallography and NMR spectroscopy.

* Supercomputers: Computational biologists require high performance computers or clusters of computers for large-scale data processing, storage and transfer. Applications for general use computer networks will not be accepted.

Applications for synchrotron equipment, with the exception of detectors, are not appropriate for this FOA.

For eligibility, a major user group of three or more investigators who are PDs/PIs on active NIH research grants with the following activity codes, P01, R01, U01, R35, R37, DP1 and DP2 must be identified. Once this eligibility requirement has been met, additional users with other types of active NIH research grants (such as but not limited to R03, R21, P30, P41, P50) mechanisms can be added as major or minor users. NIH training grants and contracts are not eligible. To demonstrate the clear need for the requested instrumentation, projects supported by NIH research grants should require at least 75 percent of the total usage time.

Major users can be individual researchers, or a group of investigators within the same department or from several departments at the applicant institution. NIH extramural awardees from other nearby institutions may also be included.

If the major user group does not require total usage of the instrument, access to the instrument should be made available to other users upon the advice of the internal advisory committee (see below). These users need not be NIH awardees, but priority should be given to NIH-supported scientists engaged in biomedical/behavioral research.

It is expected that some of the equipment requested under the HEI Program will be of a specialized nature and will require a high level of technical expertise to operate the instrument and conduct experiments. Therefore, for the requested instrument to be used effectively and to avoid abuse of instrumentation, which frequently occurs in an open access environment, the bulk of the research time may have to be reserved for a few investigators. Alternatively, some type of instruments might be accessed by the research community through collaborations with appropriate investigators. Other types of instruments requested may not be as dedicated; will serve a broadly diversified biomedical community, in which case, the instrument should be integrated in a centralized core facility.

Each applicant institution must propose a PD/PI who can assume administrative/scientific oversight responsibility for the instrumentation requested. This person need not be an NIH grantee but must be affiliated with the applicant institution. An internal advisory committee must be named to assist the PD/PI in administering the grant and overseeing the usage of the instrument.

Although the financial plans of the NCRR provide support for this program, awards pursuant to this funding opportunity are contingent upon the availability of funds and the receipt of a sufficient number of meritorious applications. The NCRR intends to commit approximately $20 million in FY2012 to fund approximately 10-15 new awards.

Applications will be accepted that request a single, commercially available instrument or integrated system which costs at least $750,000. There is no upper limit on the cost of the instrument, but the maximum award is $2,000,000. Since the cost of the various instruments will vary, it is anticipated that the size of the award also will vary. The total amount awarded and the number of awards will depend on the funds available for the HEI program.

The complete text of the Funding Opportunity can be found at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-11-228.html

SB Researchers Predict Material ‘Denser than Diamond’

New forms of carbon break the record of density and predicted to possess tunable electronic properties

Stony Brook University graduate student Qiang Zhu, together with Professor of Geosciences and Physics, Artem R. Oganov, postdoc Andriy O. Lyakhov and their colleagues from the University de Oviedo in Spain, have predicted three new forms of carbon, the findings of which were published in a paper entitled “Denser than diamond: Ab initio search for superdense carbon allotropes,” in the June 7, 2011 online edition of Physical Review B. So far, each new found modification of carbon resulted in a scientific, technological revolution – the same could happen now, if scientists can find a way to synthesize these new forms of carbon.

Elemental carbon possesses a unique range of structures and properties – from ultrasoft graphite to superhard diamond, including elusive carbines, beautifully symmetric fullerenes, carbon nanotubes, and the recently established new form, M-carbon (the structure of which was predicted by Oganov in 2006). Properties of all these modifications of carbon are so interesting and so tunable that two Nobel prizes were awarded recently for their studies (the 1996 Chemistry and 2010 Physics awards).

Graphene is the densest two-dimensional material, with unique mechanical and electronic properties and having some electrons moving with near-light velocities and behaving as if they had zero mass. Diamond has set several records – it is not only the hardest known material, but also has denser packing of atoms than any other known three-dimensional material. When doped by boron, diamond displays superconductivity and is the only known material simultaneously displaying superhardness and superconductivity.

Now Zhu, Oganov, and their colleagues propose three new structures of carbon, which should be more than 3% denser than diamond. Greater density means that electrons should have a higher kinetic energy (that is, move faster). Calculations of Zhu et al. show that the new modifications are almost as hard as diamond, but do not exceed its hardness. Their electronic properties are very diverse, with the band gap ranging from 3.0 eV to 7.3 eV. Band gap is the minimum separation in energy between occupied and unoccupied electronic orbitals and is the most important characteristic of the electronic structure of materials. Such a wide range of band gaps implies the possibility of tuning the electronic properties. The band gap of 7.3 eV predicted for the tP12 modification is the largest value for all forms of carbon.

Other interesting properties include ultralow compressibility – when subjected to pressure, the new forms of carbon will contract less than most materials (even slightly less than diamond, the current record holder). They have higher refractive indices and stronger light dispersion than diamond – which means better brilliance and color effects than those displayed by diamond. “Carbon is an inexhaustible element in its chemical diversity and in the multitude of its physical applications”, says Professor Oganov. “If these predicted forms of carbon can be synthesized, they may find important technological roles”. Researchers believe that the new forms of carbon, thanks to their high densities, could be synthesized by shock compression of low-density modifications, or by directed growth on substrate.

Yi-Xian Qin of Biomedical Engineering Elected Into American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering’s (AIMBE) College of Fellows

Dr. Yi-Xian Qin recognized for his work in orthopedic biomechanics

Yi-Xian Qin, Ph.D., Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Orthopaedics, and Biophysics at Stony Brook University, has been elected into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering’s (AIMBE) College of Fellows. Recipients of this honor, considered one of the highest in the biomedical engineering discipline, are chosen for their outstanding achievements in medical and biological engineering.

AIMBE states that Dr. Qin was elected into the College of Fellows “for his work in orthopedic biomechanics, which has provided unique insights into the mechanical control of bone repair and remodeling, as well as noninvasive diagnosis of bone diseases.”

Dr. Qin, Director of Stony Brook’s Orthopaedic Bioengineering Research Laboratory, has developed a new form of ultrasound that assesses multiple parameters of hard tissue like bone. This technology, called SCAN (Scanning Confocal Acoustic Navigation) is more advanced than existing ultrasound in that it assesses bone parameters beyond mineral density.

“SCAN enables researchers to identify weak regions in bone and thus is an emerging technology that may assist in bone healing and prediction of fractures,” says Dr. Qin. “The technology also has the potential as a diagnostic for the prediction of early bone loss, a hallmark of osteoporosis, a disease that affects millions worldwide.”

The 2011 AIMBE election of Fellows led to 79 researchers nationwide named as Fellows. A non-profit organization representing 50,000 individuals, AIMBE was founded in 1991 to provide leadership and advocacy in medical and biological engineering for the benefit of society. The College of Fellows is comprised of the top 2 percent of medical and biological engineers.

Thomas C. Skalak, AIMBE President and Vice President for Research at the University of Virginia, called the 2011 elected Fellows talented individuals who “truly enhance the fabric of our society.”

Recognized for their contributions in teaching, research, and innovation, Fellows include leaders in industry as entrepreneurs, directors of research and development, and respected professors as well as heads of engineering and medical schools nationwide.

Dr. Qin received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stony Brook University in 1997. He earned an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1993, also from Stony Brook University. Previous to that he completed his undergraduate education in Shanghai, China, in 1982.

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowships

The ACLS Fellowship program invites research applications in all disciplines of the humanities and humanities-related social sciences. The ultimate goal of the project should be a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant. ACLS does not fund creative work (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translation, or pedagogical projects.

The ACLS Fellowships are intended as salary replacement to help scholars devote six to twelve continuous months to full-time research and writing. An ACLS Fellowship may be held concurrently with other fellowships and grants and any sabbatical pay, up to an amount equal to the candidate’s current academic year salary. Tenure of the grant may begin no earlier than July 1, 2012 and no later than February 1, 2013.

The Fellowship stipend is set at three levels based on academic rank: up to $35,000 for Assistant Professor and career equivalent; up to $40,000 for Associate Professor and career equivalent; and up to $60,000 for full Professor and career equivalent. ACLS will determine the level based on the candidate’s rank or career status as of the application deadline date. Approximately 22 fellowships will be available at the Assistant Professor level, approximately 18 at the Associate Professor level, and approximately 17 at the full Professor level.

The humanities and related social sciences include but are not limited to American studies; anthropology; archaeology; art and architectural history; classics; economics; film; geography; history; languages and literatures; legal studies; linguistics; musicology; philosophy; political science; psychology (excluding clinical or counseling psychology); religious studies; rhetoric, communication, and media studies; sociology; and theater, dance, and performance studies. Proposals in the social science fields listed above are eligible only if they employ predominantly humanistic approaches (e.g., economic history, law and literature, political philosophy, history of psychology). Proposals in interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary studies are welcome, as are proposals focused on any geographic region or on any cultural or linguistic group.

Eligibility

U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status as of the application deadline date.

* a Ph.D. degree conferred at least two years before the application deadline. (An established scholar who can demonstrate the equivalent of the Ph.D. in publications and professional experience may also qualify.)

* a lapse of at least two years since the last “supported research leave” and July 1, 2012, including any such leave to be taken or initiated during the 2010-2011 academic year. Therefore, to be eligible, an individual’s most recent supported research leave must have concluded prior to July 1, 2010. (Supported research leave is defined as the equivalent of one semester or more of time free from teaching or other employment to pursue scholarly research or writing supported by sabbatical pay or other institutional funding, fellowships and grants, or a combination of these. This definition applies to independent scholars as well as those with institutional affiliations.)

The deadline for receipt of applications is September 28, 2011. Further information and application guidelines may be found at: http://www.acls.org/programs/acls/

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS): Collaborative Research Fellowships

ACLS invites applications for the fourth annual competition for the ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowships for collaborative research in the humanities and related social sciences. The program is supported by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The aim of this fellowship program is to offer small teams of two or more scholars the opportunity to collaborate intensively on a single, substantive project. The fellowship supports projects that aim to produce a tangible research product (such as joint print or web publications) for which two or more collaborators will take credit.

The fellowships are for a total period of up to 24 months, to be initiated between July 1, 2012 and September 1, 2014, and provide salary replacement for each collaborator (based on academic rank: up to $35,000 for Assistant Professor; up to $40,000 for Associate Professor; and up to $60,000 for full Professor) as well as up to $20,000 in collaboration funds (which may be used for such purposes as travel, materials, or research assistance). The amount of the ACLS fellowship for any collaborative project will vary depending on the number of collaborators, their academic rank, and the duration of the research leave, but will not exceed $140,000 for any one project. Collaborations need not be interdisciplinary or inter-institutional. Applicants at the same institution, however, must demonstrate why local funding is insufficient to support the project. Collaborations that involve the participation of assistant and associate faculty members are particularly encouraged. Up to seven awards will be made in the 2011-12 competition.

Appropriate fields of specialization include but are not limited to: American studies; anthropology; archaeology; art and architectural history; classics; economics; film; geography; history; languages and literatures; legal studies; linguistics; musicology; philosophy; political science; psychology; religious studies; rhetoric, communication, and media studies; science, technology, and medicine studies; sociology; and theater, dance, and performance studies.

Proposals in the social science fields listed above are eligible only if they employ predominantly humanistic approaches (e.g., economic history, law and literature, political theory). Proposals in interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary studies are welcome, as are proposals focused on any geographic region or on any cultural or linguistic group.

Award: Amount will depend on the number of collaborators, their academic rank, and the duration of the research leaves but will not exceed $140,000 for any one project. Completed applications from all collaborators must be submitted through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system (ofa.acls.org) no later than 9 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, September 28, 2011. Further information and application guidelines may be found at:

http://www.acls.org/grants/Default.aspx?id=3154&linkidentifier=id&itemid=3154

Clare Grey elected to The Royal Society

On 19 May 2011, Chemistry Professor Clare Grey was elected to The Royal Society, a Fellowship of the world’s most eminent scientists and the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence. The Royal Society aims to expand the frontiers of knowledge by championing the development and use of science, mathematics, engineering and medicine for the benefit of humanity and the good of the planet.

Dr. Grey holds a joint appointment between Stony Brook and the University of Cambridge where she is the Geoffrey Moorhouse Gibson Professor of Chemistry.

Clare is a recognized world leader in the use of solid state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) to study structure and function in inorganic materials. She has pioneered a wide range of novel NMR approaches, and combined these methods with many other structural characterization tools to understand the detailed mechanism of existing materials and thereby to direct the design of new ones. She has pioneered ground-breaking in situ NMR studies of batteries and fuel cells which have provided a greatly enhanced understanding of the processes that occur when a battery charges and discharges, and when a fuel cell operates. This work has a direct and important impact on the optimization and development of systems for energy storage and conversion.  

The Society’s Fellows and Foreign Members are elected for life on the basis of scientific excellence. Fellows of the Royal Society have included Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Ernest Rutherford, Albert Einstein, Dorothy Hodgkin, Francis Crick, James Watson and Stephen Hawking. Today there are approximately 1,500 Fellows and Foreign Members, including more than 70 Nobel Laureates.

Fellows are elected through a peer review process that culminates in a vote by existing Fellows. Each year 44 Fellows, 8 Foreign Members and up to 1 Honorary Fellow are elected from a group of over 700 candidates who are proposed by the existing Fellowship.

As the United Kingdom’s independent national academy, the Society represents the British scientific community within Britain and in relations with individuals and groups of scientists throughout the world.

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation: Fellowships to Assist Research and Artistic Creation

The Guggenheim Foundation offers fellowships to further the development of scholars and artists by assisting them to engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation under the freest possible conditions and irrespective of race, color, or creed. The foundation provides fellowships for advanced professionals in all fields (natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, creative arts) except the performing arts. The foundation selects its fellows on the basis of two separate competitions, one for the United States and Canada, the other for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Fellowships are awarded through two annual competitions: one open to citizens and permanent residents of the United States and Canada, and the other open to citizens and permanent residents of Latin America and the Caribbean. Applications and accompanying documents from citizens and permanent residents of the United States and Canada should be submitted no later than September 15.  The Foundation will send requests to each of an applicant’s listed references for an appraisal of the applicant and his or her proposed project.

The foundation only supports individuals and does not make grants to institutions or organizations. The foundation understands advanced professionals to be those who as writers, scholars, or scientists have a significant record of publication, or as artists, playwrights, filmmakers, photographers, composers, or the like, have a significant record of exhibition or performance of their work.

The amounts of the grants will be adjusted to the needs of the fellows, considering their other resources and the purpose and scope of their plans. Appointments are ordinarily made for one year, and in no instance for a period shorter than six consecutive months.

Further information and application guidelines may be found at: http://www.gf.org/

Sloan Research Fellowships

The Sloan Research Fellowships were established in 1955 to provide support and recognition to early-career scientists and scholars, often in their first appointments to university faculties, who were endeavoring to set up laboratories and establish their independent research projects with little or no outside support. Financial assistance at this crucial point, even in modest amounts, often pays handsome dividends later.

Over the first 17 years of the program, Sloan Research Fellowships were awarded in physics, chemistry, and mathematics. Additional fields were added in subsequent years: neuroscience in 1972, economics in 1980, computer science in 1993, and computational and evolutionary molecular biology in 2002. In 2011, the program was expanded to include Oceanography.

Selection procedures for the Sloan Research Fellowships are designed to identify those who show the most outstanding promise of making fundamental contributions to new knowledge. Sloan Research Fellows, once chosen, are free to pursue whatever lines of inquiry are of the most compelling interest to them. Their Sloan funds can be applied to a wide variety of uses for which other, more restricted funds such as research project grants cannot usually be employed. Former Fellows report that this flexibility often gives the fellowships a value well beyond their dollar amounts.

These awards are intended to enhance the careers of the very best young faculty members in specified fields of science. Currently a total of 118 fellowships are awarded annually in eight fields: chemistry, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, physics, and oceanography.

The nomination deadline for the 2011 Sloan Research Fellowships is September 15th, 2011. Nominations arriving at the Foundation after the 15th but postmarked on or before the 15th are accepted.

Sloan Research Fellowships are awarded for a two-year period; if unexpended funds remain at the end of two years, an extension of the termination date may be obtained. Extensions are limited to a maximum of two years. Funds remaining at the end of that period must be returned to the Foundation.

If a Fellow transfers to another eligible institution during the term of the Fellowship, the Foundation will transfer unexpended funds to the new institution.

The size of the award is $50,000 for the two-year period.

Funds are awarded directly to the Fellow’s institution and may be used by the Fellow for such purposes as equipment, technical assistance, professional travel, trainee support, or any other activity directly related to the Fellow’s research.

Further information may be found at http://www.sloan.org/fellowships

URECA Researcher of the Month – Yahfi Talukdar

This month’s featured student is Yahfi Talukdar, a graduating senior who has worked since winter 2010 under the mentorship of Prof. Balaji Sitharaman of the Department of Biomedical Engineering on the use of nanoparticles for tissue engineering and bioimaging, and will be continuing on in the Sitharaman laboratory this summer as he prepares to begin graduate studies here at Stony Brook. Recently, Yahfi was named a co-author on “A Novel Nanoparticle- enhanced Biophysical Stimulus for Bone Tissue Engineering” (Tissue Engineering). Yahfi has presented at the national BMES conference in Austin, Texas (Oct. 2010), at TERMIS in Orlando, Florida (Dec. 2010); at Laser Fest-Stony Brook (Nov. 2010); at the Sigma Xi Northeastern Research Symposium (April 2011); and at the campus-wide URECA symposium (2010, 2011). Yahfi was born and raised in Bangladesh, and moved to the US in 2006. While at Stony Brook, Yahfi has received the Excellence in Research-Undergraduate Recognition award, a SMART grant (2009-2010) and URECA Travel grants (2010). He is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society; has served as a Student ambassador for the past year; and has worked for the past 3 years at the Department of Campus Recreation where he was named “Coordinator of the Year” (2009, 2010). 

For the full interview/feature, please go to:

http://www.stonybrook.edu/ureca/researcher-month.shtml