Weekly Research Newsletter

Awards and Honors

Plansky Hoang, Ph.D. student, has been awarded the prestigious and competitive Predoctoral Fellowship from the America Heart Association (AHA). The AHA Predoctoral Fellowship aims to enhance the integrated research and clinical training of promising students who are matriculated in pre-doctoral programs and have a passion for improving global cardiovascular health. Plansky’s project “Engineering cardiac organoids for Embryotoxicity screening” combines biomaterial-based cell patterning and hiPSC technology to generate in vitro 3D micro-heart models that represent the early developing heart.

Congratulations, Plansky!

Dr. Jian Tang will be elevated to IEEE Fellow beginning in January 2019. Each year, following a rigorous evaluation procedure, the IEEE Fellow Committee recommends a select group of recipients for elevation to IEEE Fellow. Less than 0.1% of voting members are selected annually for this member grade elevation.

Congratulations, Dr. Jian Tang!

Upcoming Events

Teaching Mentor Information Session

Wednesday, November 28, 2:00-3:00 p.m., Lyman Hall 114

If you take pride in your work as a TA, apply to be a Teaching Mentor with the Graduate School. Teaching Mentors comprise the core instructional staff for the August TA Orientation Program, planning and leading sessions and serving as small-group leaders and mentors to the University’s approximately 300 new TAs. All interested Teaching Assistants are encouraged to attend an informational meeting to learn more about this paid position (additional sessions will be held in January). Current and former Teaching Mentors will be on hand to discuss the position and answer your questions. *Application forms will only be available at these info sessions.* We are especially interested in attracting applicants with TA experience in underrepresented fields such as STEM, the Arts, and Architecture. Applications will be accepted through Friday, February 8, 2019. No registration is necessary.

Developing Responsible Professionals: Creativity and Wisdom Trump Knowledge and IQ with Dr. Robert Sternberg, Cornell University

Friday, November 30, 1:30-3:00 p.m. Falk College 200 (McNaughton Hall)

Robert Sternberg is a professor of Human Development at Cornell University. He has been one of the most influential researchers in the field of human intelligence. His work has been instrumental in expanding models of intelligence beyond traditional conceptions of psychometric views of intelligence. In this talk, he will discuss some of his work that incorporates conceptions of creativity and wisdom as essential components of human flourishing and describe how these attributes can be developed in university contexts.

For more information, contact Kathy Rainone (kbrainon@syr.edu; 315-443-2757).

A Control Learning Framework for Smart, Secure, and Efficient Cyber-Physical Autonomy feat Dr. Kyriakos G. Vamvoudakis

Friday, November 30, 2:15 p.m., Life Science Building 001 (LSB 001)

Dr Kyriakos Vamvoudakis, Assistant Professor at the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering for Georgia Tech. He will be speaking about embedded sensors, computation, and communication that has enabled the development of sophisticated control devices for a wide range of cyber-physical applications. Join us in LSB 001 for this seminar!

Funding Opportunities

For students:

American Water Works Association Scholarship (AWWA)

(Jan 11, 2019) Provides support to a masters student engaging in developing innovative solutions to the world’s water challenges.

New York State Clean Energy Internship Program (NYS)

(Due Anytime) NYSERDA has recently announced the availability of funding for clean energy businesses interested in hiring interns to perform meaningful work in the clean energy sector.

For Faculty: 

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program (NSF)

(Dec 6) The NRT program seeks proposals that explore ways for graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral degree programs to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers.

Smart and Connected Health (NSF)

(Dec 11) The goal of the interagency Smart and Connected Health (SCH): Connecting Data, People and Systems program is to accelerate the development and integration of innovative computer and information science and engineering approaches to support the transformation of health and medicine.

NSF Quantum Computing

(Dec 17) This solicitation aims to strengthen QCIS efforts, grow the workforce with QCIS expertise, and more closely integrate QCIS faculty with quantum information science faculty in other departments as well as faculty in other disciplines. Doing so will accelerate advances in QCIS, including the transition of QCIS knowledge and technologies to practice.

Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs (NSF)

(Dec 18) The HDR vision is realized via a coordinated set of program solicitations resulting in an ecosystem of interrelated activities enabling (i) research in the foundations of data science; frameworks, algorithms, and systems for data science; and data-driven research in science and engineering; (ii) advanced cyberinfrastructure; and (iii) education and workforce development—all of which are designed to amplify the intrinsically multidisciplinary nature of the data science challenge.

Accelerating Research through International Network-to-Network Collaborations (NSF)

(Dec 21) The goals of the Accelerating Research through International Network-to-Network Collaborations (AccelNet) program are to accelerate the process of scientific discovery and prepare the next generation of U.S. researchers for multi-team international collaborations.

Understanding the Rules of Life: Building a Synthetic Cell (NSF)

(Dec 28) The ultimate aim of this Ideas Lab organized by the National Science Foundation is to facilitate the generation and execution of innovative research projects aimed at designing, fabricating, and validating synthetic cells that express specified phenotypes.

Enabling Quantum Leap: Quantum Idea Incubator for Transformational Advances in Quantum Systems (NSF)

(Jan 7, 2019) This program is designed to support interdisciplinary teams that will explore highly innovative, original, and potentially transformative ideas for developing and applying quantum science, quantum computing, and quantum engineering.

Training-based Workforce Development for Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (NSF)

(Feb 6, 2019) This program seeks to prepare, nurture, and grow the national scientific research workforce for creating, utilizing, and supporting advanced cyberinfrastructure (CI) to enable and potentially transform fundamental science and engineering research and contribute to the Nation’s overall economic competitiveness and security.

Ideas Lab: Cross-cutting Initiative in CubeSat Innovations (NSF)

(Feb 8, 2019) This solicitation describes an Ideas Lab focused on CubeSat Innovations to push the envelope of space-based research capabilities by simultaneously developing enabling technologies in several domains, including propulsion systems, sensor design, electronic circuits, antennas, satellite-to-ground and satellite-to-satellite communications and wireless networking, and power management.

Spectrum Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, and Security (NSF)

(Feb 13, 2019) The SpecEES program is aimed at enabling cross-disciplinary team research that transcends the traditional boundaries of existing NSF programs to tackle the spectrum efficiency, energy efficiency and security challenges in the conception, design and realization of future wireless networks.

National Robotics Initiative 2.0: Ubiquitous Collaborative Robots (NSF)

(Feb 19, 2019) The NRI-2.0 program builds upon the original National Robotics Initiative (NRI) program to support fundamental research in the United States that will accelerate the development and use of collaborative robots (co-robots) that work beside or cooperatively with people.

Campus Cyberinfrastructure (NSF)

(Feb 20, 2019) This solicitation invests in coordinated campus-level networking and cyberinfrastructure improvements, innovation, integration, and engineering for science applications and distributed research projects.

Advanced Computing Systems

(March 4, 2019) The intent of this solicitation is to request proposals from organizations willing to serve as service providers (SPs) within the NSF Innovative High-Performance Computing (HPC) program to provide advanced cyberinfrastructure (CI) capabilities and/or services in production operations to support the full range of computational- and data-intensive research across all of science and engineering (S&E).

NSF/CASIS Collaboration on Transport Phenomena Research on the International Space Station (ISS) to Benefit Life on Earth (NSF)

(March 15, 2019) The solicitation seeks to increase use of the ISS National Lab for fluid dynamics, particulate and multiphase processes, combustion and fire systems, and thermal transport processes studies to benefit industries on Earth, to promote ISS as well as new and existing facility/technology utilization.

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