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November 2, 2017

Dr. David Allison (PAESMEM 2006) has been named the new dean at the Indiana University School of Public Health. Allison, a distinguished professor and elected fellow of the National Academy of Medicine, previously served as associate dean for research and science in the School of Health Professions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Allison’s role at Indiana University began on August 15.

November 2, 2017

The Ocean Discovery Institute’s (ODI) Living Lab features an attached apartment that will house a Scientist-in-Residence. The Scientist-in-Residence opportunity, which will both mentor students during programs as well as complete a unique project for the organization, is a rotating opportunity for visiting scientists to become immersed in ODI programming for two to three months at a time.

September 18, 2017

Dr. Teresa Woodruff (PAESMEM Organizational 2010) has been named the new dean of The Graduate School and associate provost for graduate education at Northwestern University. Woodruff, a recognized reproductive scientist, helped invent bioactive “tissue papers” derived from organs that could be used to support natural hormone production in young cancer patients and aid wound healing.

September 18, 2017

Dr. Maja Matarić (PAESMEM 2009) is featured in PC Magazine for her work at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where she helped children obtain cancer treatments intravenously through 3-D printed, small robots. Matarić created the robots at the Robotics and Autonomous Systems Center, which focuses on science and technology of effective, robust, and scalable robotic systems with far-reaching applications.

August 23, 2017

Manuel Perez Quinones, an associate dean and computer science professor at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, is this year’s Richard A. Tapia Achievement Award recipient. The award, which is named after the 1996 PAESMEM recipient, is given annually to an individual who demonstrates significant leadership, commitment and contribution to diversifying computer science.

May 19, 2017

The National Academies of the Sciences, Engineering and Medicine recently published an important report on the role of Undergraduate Research Experiences (UREs) in fostering student success and broadening participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The report, Undergraduate Research Experiences for STEM Students: Successes, Challenges, and Opportunities, is available for download.  

The National Academy of Arts and Sciences included Dr. Isiah Warner (PAESMEM 1997), a chemistry professor and Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at Louisiana State University, among its 212 fellows at a recognition ceremony in April. Last year, he was named Professor of the Year by the Southeastern Conference (SEC), an organization of 14 universities in the southeastern United States. 

Dr. David Allison (PAESMEM 2006) recently earned the distinction of becoming a fellow in the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research. 

Dr. Margaret Werner-Washburne (PAESMEM 2003) is the second PAESMEM honoree in a consecutive year to win the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Werner-Washburne was awarded the honor for 2016. Dr. Saundra McGuire (PAESMEM 2006) won the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015. 

Funding Opportunities A new portal is providing virtual connections for minority-serving community colleges to share information about federal programs and funding opportunities.  Sponsored by LINCS (Literacy Information and Community System), a platform funded by the U.S. Department of Education, scholars and academic officials may join six Communities of Practice (CoPs) for Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISI), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI), Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Native American Serving Non Tribal Institutions (NASNTI), Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI) and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU).

December 28, 2016

Dr. Cato Laurencin (PAESMEM 2008) returned to the White House in May 2016 to receive the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. A renowned surgeon, Dr. Laurencin, is the Albert and Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Endowed Chair Professor of Orthopedic Surgery in the School of Medicine at the University of Connecticut. The award for his groundbreaking work in biomedicine and engineering marks his third presidential honor. He is also the recipient of the Presidential Faculty Fellow Award from President Bill Clinton as well as the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM), as noted above.

Dr. Steven Greenbaum (PAESMEM 2002), a professor of physics at Hunter College, City University of New York, received the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) (PAESMEM Organization 2004) Distinguished Scientist Award. The honor was bestowed in October 2016 as part of a special tribute at SACNAS’s annual meeting, 2016 SACNAS: The National Diversity in STEM Conference, in Long Beach, California. The Distinguished Awards program was started in 1997 to honor scientists, educators and others for their commitment to fostering the success of Chicano/Hispanic and Native American scientists, from college students to professionals.

A new article in the Journal of Research in Science Teaching provides more evidence that undergraduate research inspires students at minority-serving institutions to earn undergraduate degrees and pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Co-authored by Dr. Anthony Carpi, (PAESMEM 2009) the article, “Cultivating Minority Scientists: Undergraduate Research Increases Self-Efficacy and Career Ambitions for Underrepresented Students in STEM,” describes the positive outcomes of his Program for Research Initiatives in Science and Math (PRISM) at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York (CUNY), where he serves as a professor of environmental toxicology.

Dr. Carlos Castillo-Chavez (PAESMEM 1997) has been named Rector (President) of Yachay Tech University in Ecuador. Castillo-Chavez will also hold the title of co-director and founding director of the Simon A. Levin Mathematical and Computational Modeling Sciences Center at Arizona State University. In addition, the Center for Mathematical Modeling at Francisco Gavidia University in El Salvador has been named for him.

Funding Opportunities

Science.gov is now linked to two new portals that identify STEM funding opportunities for undergraduates, graduates and academic institutions to establish innovative training programs. The website portals—stemundergrads.science.gov and stemgradstudents.science.gov—are the result of efforts by the Federal Coordination in STEM Education (FC-STEM) Task Force, under the leadership of the National Science and Technology Council’s (NSTC) Committee on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education (CoSTEM).

September 6, 2016

The Obama Administration’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) this summer released a comprehensive report detailing results of the President’s pledge to “restore science to its rightful place.” The list of 100 accomplishments in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) spans industry innovations, STEM education and mentoring initiatives and enhanced visibility of student achievements in STEM.

It’s not too early to prepare for a nomination for the 2018 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). The next nomination season is expected to open in early January 2017. Nominations are encouraged from all geographical regions in the U.S., its territories and particularly jurisdictions designated by Congress under National Science Foundation’s (NSF) s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). See a list of those jurisdictions and learn more about the nomination process on the Nominations page on PAESMEM.net.

Dr. Solomon Bililign, (PAESMEM 2010), a professor of physics at North Carolina A&T State University, is among a cadre of professors who contributed to the NSF-funded Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network publication, A Research Guide for Early Career STEM Faculty at HBCUs. Bililign’s article focuses on the development of students’ critical thinking skills through the integration of hands-on research into science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curricula at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

Help make it easier for other PAESMEM alumni to connect with you. When you Join Our Community on PAESMEM.net you gain the ability to create and update a personal profile, including your latest email address, current job title, recent photo and  social media profiles to facilitate sharing of innovative initiatives you or your organization may be launching. The email address listed in your profile will be automatically updated on the Awards page of paesmem.net, ensuring that PAESMEM alumni trying to reach you have your latest contact information. This is your online community. Use it to extend the excellence that epitomizes your work every day.

Funding opportunities

National Institutes of Health Office of Strategic Coordination—The Common Fund—seeks applicants for grant opportunities under its High Risk, High Rewards Research program. The program’s grant applications include the Early Independence Award (September 12) and the Transformative Research Award (October 7).

The GenCyber summer camps initiative is expanding. The program, sponsored by the National Security Agency (NSA) and NSF, is projected to add 200 more free camps next summer. The program is designed to introduce youth to cybersecurity concepts and practices and to train teachers to develop cybersecurity content for K-12 curricula. Academic and other non-profit institutions interested in hosting a GenCyber camp are encouraged to visit the GenCyber website. A call for proposals is expected to be issued in October. For more information, email questions@gen-cyber.com.

Science.gov is now linked to two new portals that identify STEM funding opportunities for undergraduates, graduates and academic institutions to establish innovative training programs. The website portals—stemundergrads.science.gov and stemgradstudents.science.gov—are the result of efforts by the Federal Coordination in STEM Education (FC-STEM) Task Force, under the leadership of the National Science and Technology Council’s (NSTC) Committee on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education (CoSTEM)

May 17, 2016

NSF has teamed with NBCLearn, the educational arm of NBC News, to create videos featuring NSF-funded research. NBCLearn has a list of videos categorized by discipline that professors or teachers may use to motivate and better engage students. NBCLearn videos focus on STEM-related fields, such as nanotechnology, biology and computer science.

May 17, 2016

Dr. Cheryl Schrader (PAESMEM 2005), chancellor of Missouri University of Science and Technology, was featured in The Missouri Times for her accomplishments in expanding access and promoting diversity on campus. The article notes that Schrader, a former computer engineering professor, tripled the number of female department chairs during her tenure as chancellor at the university.

Dr. Christine Grant (PAESMEM 2003) and Dr. Saundra McGuire (PAESMEM 2006) recently earned awards for mentoring from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). McGuire received the 2015 AAAS Lifetime Mentoring Award for more than 40 years of mentoring African-American and female students seeking advanced degrees in chemistry. Grant won the 2015 AAAS Mentor Award for increasing the number of African-American and female students seeking doctorates in chemical engineering.

May 17, 2016

Science.gov is now linked to two new portals that identify science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) funding opportunities for undergraduates, graduates and academic institutions to establish innovative training programs. The website portals—stemundergrads.science.gov and stemgradstudents.science.gov—are the result of collaboration by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science, along with NSF and other participating agencies, in the National Science and Technology Council’s (NSTC) Committee on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education (CoSTEM).

May 17, 2016

Funding is available to help support the Computer Science for All initiative (CS for All). See details in the National Science Foundation (NSF) “Dear Colleague” letter about the program.

May 17, 2016

There are four weeks remaining to submit full nominations for the 2017 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). Submit nominations to the National Science Foundation (NSF) by June 17. Nominate a mentor here or email paesmem@nsf.gov.

Funding is available to help support the Computer Science for All (CS for All) initiative. See details in the National Science Foundation's (NSF) “Dear Colleague” letter about the program.

Science.gov is now linked to two new portals that identify science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) funding opportunities for undergraduates, graduates and academic institutions to establish innovative training programs. The website portals, stemundergrads.science.gov and stemgradstudents.science.gov, are the result of collaboration by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science, along with NSF and other participating agencies, in the National Science and Technology Council’s (NSTC) Committee on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education (CoSTEM).

Dr. Cheryl Schrader (PAESMEM 2005), chancellor of Missouri University of Science and Technology, was featured in The Missouri Times for her accomplishments in expanding access and promoting diversity on campus. The article notes that Schrader, a former computer engineering professor, tripled the number of female department chairs during her tenure as chancellor at the university.

Dr. Christine Grant (PAESMEM 2003) and Dr. Saundra McGuire (PAESMEM 2006) recently earned awards for mentoring from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). McGuire received the 2015 AAAS Lifetime Mentoring Award for more than 40 years of mentoring African-American and female students seeking advanced degrees in chemistry. Grant won the 2015 AAAS Mentor Award for increasing the number of African-American and female students seeking doctorates in chemical engineering.

NSF has teamed with NBCLearn, the educational arm of NBC News, to create videos featuring NSF-funded research. NBCLearn has a list of videos categorized by discipline that professors or teachers may use to motivate and better engage students. NBCLearn videos focus on STEM-related fields, such as nanotechnology, biology and computer science.

February 5, 2016

Any individual or organization involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) mentoring may be nominated (or self-nominated) for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). Some restrictions apply for federal employees. The 2017 Call for Nominations is now underway.

February 5, 2016

The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering and New Mexico MESA were the first non-academic organizations to receive PAESMEM recognition in 1996.  

February 5, 2016

Dr. Steven B. Oppenheimer (PAESMEM 2007), a professor of biology at California State University, Northridge, edited 20 volumes of the new Journal of Student Research abstracts. The work showcases research of the learning styles of thousands of K-12 students. All volumes are accessible on http://scholarworks.csun.edu/handle/10211.3/125029.

Dr. J. Tilak Ratnanather (PAESMEM 2012), an associate research professor in the biomedical engineering department at Johns Hopkins University (JHU), was featured for mentoring deaf students in biomedical engineering in the January 2016 issue of the JHU Whiting School of Engineering Magazine.

February 5, 2016

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is offering its third annual free, multi-day professional development training for elementary, middle, and high school teachers in July 2016. “Making,” invention, and concepts of intellectual property will be explored as a means to inspire and support STEM learning in the classroom. Space is limited, apply today. The deadline for submission of applications is March 15. Click here to learn more.

January 14, 2016

The Community College Innovation Challenge is now accepting submissions from teams, including students and a faculty mentor or community or industry partner, through Feb. 15.

Teams must propose innovative STEM-based solutions for real-world problems identified within the theme, "Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems.

Winners will receive cash prizes ($1,500 for 1st place, $1,200 for 2nd place) and a trip to the National Science Foundation for an Innovation Boot Camp.

To learn more, contact InnovationChallenge@nsf.gov or use Twitter hashtag #CCIChallenge.

January 14, 2016

National Mentoring Month is in January. To participate in the observance, PAESMEM alumni can access activity ideas and promotional resources to bring more attention to STEM mentoring efforts. Materials for the 2016 observance will be posted soon at www.nationalmentoringmonth.org.

January 14, 2016

The National Science Foundation accepts unsolicited proposals for conferences and workshops. For information on this funding opportunity, consult the NSF's Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) to learn more.