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Invitation to Webcast of Grants Resource Center 2010 External Funding Conference

The IUP Research Institute is sponsoring attendance at virtual conference sessions during the Grants Resource Center 2010 External Funding Conference, August 23, 24, and 25, 2010. All sessions will be webcast at the IUP Research Institute, 1179 Grant Street, Suite 1.

IUP faculty and staff are invited to join the Research Institute staff and attend any, or all, of the following conference sessions:

Monday, August 23

2:30–3:30 p.m.
NSF Faculty Rotator Perspective
A faculty member from a GRC institution, who spent four years as a National Science Foundation rotator, will share the knowledge he gained from his NSF experience about writing excellent NSF proposals.
Presenter: 
Michael Briley, professor of Physics and Astronomy, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

3:45–4:45 p.m.
NIH Peer Review and Application Changes
The National Institutes of Health has undergone monumental changes in its peer review system, as well as its application form. The speaker will address these changes in order to better prepare the audience to write competitive NIH proposals.
Presenter:
Lynn Mertens King, chief, Scientific Review Branch, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health

3:45–4:45 PM
NEH Digital Humanities Programs
This youngest office of the National Endowment for the Humanities of NEH divisions sponsors a number of programs to inspire the scholarly community to create and nurture new advances in technology that have the power to change scholars’ abilities to collaborate, communicate, and conduct research.
Presenter:
Jason Rhody, senior program officer, Office of the Digital Humanities, National Endowment for the Humanities

Tuesday, August 24

8:15–9:15 a.m.
NSF Comprehensive Program to Broaden Undergraduate Participation in STEM
The National Science Foundation is seeking input on new ideas to produce a diverse science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workforce with twenty-first-century knowledge and skills. This session will be an opportunity to discuss the concept of an FY 11 comprehensive program to broaden undergraduate participation in STEM.
Presenter:
Fae Korsmo, Office of the Director, National Science Foundation

8:15–9:15 a.m.
Support for Nursing Programs
This session will focus on support for schools of nursing and nursing faculty provided by the Health Resources and Services Administration, Division of Nursing.
Presenter:
Aisha Mix, lead nurse consultant, Nursing Workforce Diversity Program, Division of Nursing, Health Resources and Services Administration

9:30–10:30 a.m.
Workforce Development Initiative

There is a pending memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor that could help shape workforce development. This session will discuss what role colleges and universities would have, any pending priorities, and possible funding opportunities should the MOU come to fruition.
Presenter:
Glenn Cummings, deputy assistant secretary, U.S. Department of Education

10:45–11:45 a.m.
NIH and NSF Social and Behavioral Sciences Research

Because there is no U.S. Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences, finding support for projects in these areas is not often obvious. There are, however, divisions within the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health that promote funding of basic behavioral and social sciences research.
Presenters:
Ron Abeles, Office of the Director, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, National Institutes of Health
Fahmida Chowdhurry, program director, Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences, National Science Foundation

2:45–3:45 p.m.
NEA Grants and Goals
Discussion will be focused on arts funding opportunities and the NEA’s programs, which have enabled institutions to preserve cultural traditions, provide hands-on learning experiences, create and present new art in various mediums, and provide access to art in underserved communities.
Presenter:
Jan Stunkard, division coordinator of the Performing Arts Division, National Endowment for the Arts

Wednesday, August 25

8:00–9:00 a.m.
What’s New With TRIO: Member-Led Q&A

Application delays, new five-year cycle, Upward Bound evaluation debacle . . . TRIO has been entangled in more than its share of controversies over the last few years. But, TRIO is still the hallmark of the U.S. Department of Education. This general session will be an informal opportunity for participants to ask questions and generate discussion about upcoming TRIO program competitions and what to expect in the future with the reauthorization of the Higher Education Opportunity Act.
Presenters:
Virginia Pinkney, senior education program specialist, U.S. Department of Education
Gaby Watts, program officer, U.S. Department of Education

If you are an IUP faculty or staff member interested in attending these conference sessions, please RSVP by calling the IUP Research Institute at 724-357-2223. Please let us know which session(s) you will be attending.

All sessions will be webcast at the IUP Research Institute, 1179 Grant Street, Suite 1.

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