Volume XXX, No. 4 • Jan. 27, 2006


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Schallenkamp to lead Black Hills State University - top

Dr. Kay Schallenkamp, who was selected as the next BHSU president, spoke briefly to faculty and staff as well as members of the South Dakota Board of Regents at a special meeting on campus last week. Schallenkamp, who is currently president at Emporia State University, will begin at BHSU July 1.

Dr. Kay Schallenkamp speaks to BHSU faculty and staff and members of the South Dakota Board of Regents

Kay Schallenkamp, president of Emporia State University at Emporia, Kan., will become the ninth president of Black Hills State University, the South Dakota Board of Regents announced Wednesday.

Schallenkamp replaces Tom Flickema, who is retiring July 1 after 12 years at the helm of the Spearfish-based campus.

“We had an exceptionally strong pool of candidates, and were pleased to consider a number of people with presidential experience,” said Regent James Hansen, chair of the search committee. “Dr. Schallenkamp knows our system and has had a variety of administrative experiences in different environments. She has had a long and successful presidency at another institution, and is recognized nationally as a leader among university presidents.”

Schallenkamp has served as president at Emporia State since 1997. Prior to that, she was provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and provost at Chadron (Neb.) State College. She began her higher education experience in South Dakota as an undergraduate student at Northern State University. She later returned to Northern to begin her academic career, starting as an instructor of communication disorders in 1973 and ending her tenure there as dean of graduate studies and research in 1988.

“Like Kansas, South Dakota’s aging workforce, coupled with flat high school graduation rates, present challenges to higher education, as well as to the state’s economic growth,” Schallenkamp said. “Through effective enrollment management strategies, recruitment and retention of students can be integrated into the very fabric of the campus.” As president at Emporia State, Schallenkamp guided the campus to enrollment stability with modest but manageable increases resulting in a 19 percent overall growth.

“Black Hills State University and Emporia State University share many similarities relative to role and mission, history, and academic programs,” she said. “The focus of the entire campus on student success is a special characteristic that both campuses demonstrate.”

“Higher education must be poised to respond to the dynamic needs of the Information Age and the global economy,” Schallenkamp said. “It is clear that Black Hills State University is uniquely positioned to make special contributions to the region and the state of South Dakota.”

Throughout her career, Schallenkamp has been professionally active at the state and national levels. She currently serves on the board of directors for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, and The Renaissance Group. She chairs the board of directors of The National Teachers Hall of Fame and served as chair of the Presidents Council of the NCAA Division II. Additionally, she has been active in the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the North Central Association’s Higher Learning Commission.

Schallenkamp holds three degrees in communication disorders: a B.S. from Northern State University, a M.A. from The University of South Dakota, and a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado.

She and her husband, Ken, have two daughters. Heather (Shad) Newbury is a high school English teacher in Kansas and Jenni (Danny) Simon is a doctoral student at the University of Denver. Heather and Shad have two children, Alyssa and Tyler.


Jeanne Higgins named director of United Ministries - top

Jeanne HigginsJeanne Higgins, an ordained minister, has returned to Black Hills State University as the United Ministries director after founding the department 18 years ago.

Higgins received her bachelor’s degree in sociology with minors in music, religion, and psychology from Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell. After taking care of her children and family for the next 20 years, she received her master of arts in human development from St. Mary’s University. Higgins relocated to a chemical dependence treatment center where she was a counselor.

Higgins founded the United Ministries at BHSU in 1988 where she was employed for the next eight years. After her husband was relocated, she founded the first counseling center at Jamestown College. Higgins then became an assistant minister at the First United Methodist Church in Huron. Relocating back to the Black Hills, Higgins became an assistant minister at the Trinity Methodist Church in Lead. While in Lead, Higgins founded the jail ministry, where she still provides bible studies, guidance, and support to those in need. Higgins was ordained in the South Dakota conference United Ministries Church in June 1997.

According to Higgins, the campus United Ministries is there for everyone. Higgins said that she is a supportive presence to not only students but also the faculty and staff on campus too. “The United Ministries is practicing Christ’s example of serving and accepting others. It is a faith-based organization where friends offer caring, understanding, and support to everyone,” Higgins said.

Now that Higgins is the director of the department, the principles in the United Ministries will stay the same but some changes will take place. “As the director of the United Ministries, I have the opportunity to share with others the love and acceptance that I have received through my faith.” Higgins said.

Information about the United Ministries and the schedule of activities sponsored by the United Ministries can be found in Wenona Cook room 11 or by calling 642-6556.


Center for the Conservation of Biological Resources provides services to region - top

BHSU students Shane Ziegenbein, Forrest Cain and Jacob Miller work on a research project for the Center for the Conservation of Biological Resources (CCBR) at Black Hills State University. The CCBR, a DNA research lab that specializes in animal and plant research, is currently conducting a variety of research projects for state organizations as well as individual ranchers in the region.

Three BHSU students work on a research project for the CCBR

Tucked away in Jonas Hall at Black Hills State University in Spearfish is one of the most technologically fortified laboratories in South Dakota, the Center for the Conservation of Biological Resources, which was created two years ago to do DNA-based testing and research.

The center is the only facility of its kind in South Dakota and one of a handful of high-powered DNA facilities in the upper Plains area.

“We’ve just begun to spread our wings a bit,” says Dr. Shane Sarver, director of the center who is also a biology professor at BHSU. “We’ve already provided valuable genetic testing for a variety of organizations and institutions, including the South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Department, the U.S. Wildlife Service, the South Dakota Department of Natural Resources, Barrick Gold Mines, Lawrence County, and a number of ranchers across the region.”

Unlike kindred DNA laboratories around the world that deal with human genetics – the CCBR facility focuses on a wide variety of animals and plant species.

At the center of the technology that allows CCBR leadership in genome/genetic testing is a high-tech piece of equipment called a genetic analyzer. The Model ABI-3130 analyzer is able to provide DNA “sequencing” and “fingerprinting” for plants and animals. Among other things, this process has been used to resolve paternity issues for dog breeders and to test the genetic diversity in populations of wild animals that may be threatened or endangered.

Built by Applied Biosystems, three units are in operation at CCBR. One is dedicated to undergraduate teaching; the other two are used for research. While the genetic analyzer is the workhorse of the CCBR, the real heart of the operation is a dedicated staff that has come together to produce a world-class research center on the northern edge of the Black Hills.

Sarver works closely with Dr. Cynthia Anderson, associate director of the center and a small staff that also includes a number of undergraduate students who are gaining invaluable experience while they de-mystify the complex world of genetics.

“The Center for the Conservation of Biological Resources provides a rare opportunity for select students to gain valuable and very practical experience in ecological, evolutionary, and molecular genetics research,” said Sarver, noting that there is no comparable opportunity for students in this part of the country. He noted that it’s highly unusual for undergraduate students to have this hands-on learning opportunity. At other universities this type of work is usually delegated to graduate students or researchers.

Two BHSU seniors are working at the center this semester. Laurelin Cottingham, a biology and chemistry major from Sioux Falls, and Forrest Cain, a biology major, from Gillette, Wyo., are conducting research funded through a grant from the National Center for Research Resources at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

“It’s not just busy work for students selected to work at CCBR. They get real hands on experience,” Sarver added, “and it provides a gateway to terrific opportunities in molecular biology and analytical chemistry.”

If molecular biology and DNA testing sounds stuffy and a bit technical, consider the real-world applications of their efforts. The CCBR has assisted area ranches in determining the purity of their bison bulls. They’re also working to determine what impact reproductive issues have on walleye populations – a topic sure to catch the attention of landowners and sportsmen.

Sarver and his fellow scientists will soon take on a project that is designed to determine the variations of the Smooth Green Snake in South Dakota. This research is part of their continuing effort to assist with biodiversity in the state.

From snakes and fish to buffalo and birds – the CCBR has applied its DNA testing to a myriad of animal and plant life. The center is poised to soon take on a particularly tough task: eliminating a pesky weed that may rival the southern Kudzu epidemic.

“The weed which is growing in the Deadwood area appears to be a hybrid of Giant knotweed and a Japanese knotweed. It’s very invasive and attempts to eliminate it have met with little or no success,” said Sarver.

Both species grow along river and stream banks, roadside and railroad banks, utility rights-of-way and on strip-mine spoils. Eliminating this weed is an opportunity for CCBR to assist landowners and local governments in dealing with what could become a serious problem.

The CCBR exists to conduct genomic research of importance to the Black Hills and Great Plains regions while fostering excellence in undergraduate education at Black Hills State University.

For information contact the CCBR at 642-6854.


Student organizations to hold awareness week - top

Black Hills State University will host a Student Organization Awareness Week Monday, Jan. 30 through Friday, Feb. 3 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Student Union lobby.

During the week, students will have the opportunity to learn how to get involved on campus, find out where to join student organizations, and learn more about what the BHSU campus has to offer.

Different organizations will be featured throughout the week. For more information or to request accommodations for persons with disabilities, contact Ellen Melaragno at 642-6378.


BHSU will host Faculty and Friends Jazz Concert - top

Black Hills State University music faculty Janeen Larsen (left), Christopher Hahn (center), and Randall Royer practice for the upcoming Faculty and Friends Jazz Concert. The concert, following the theme “Night and Day,” will be held Friday, Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall in Clare and Josef Meier Hall.

BHSU faculty members practice for the upcoming Faculty and Friends Jazz Concert

Black Hills State University will present a Faculty and Friends Jazz Concert Friday, Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall in Clare and Josef Meier Hall.

BHSU music faculty Christopher Hahn, Janeen Larsen and Randall Royer will join Mike Reardon, Terry Rathbun and Dick Rausis in a jazz combo concert based on the theme “Night and Day.” Following the concert, there will be a jazz jam session at the Knights Cellar in Spearfish.

Both events are open to the public at no cost; however, scholarship donations will be accepted at the door. For more information contact Larsen at 642-6241.


 


South Dakota Stock Market Game begins spring 2006 semester Feb. 13 - top

The spring session of the South Dakota Stock Market Game (SDSMG) will begin Monday, Feb. 13. Don Altmyer, SDSMG coordinator and director for the center for Economic Education at Black Hills State University, invites all high school, middle school and elementary teachers in South Dakota to participate in the game.

“Teachers can use the Stock Market Game to motivate students to learn in classes such as social science, math, business, economics, computers, accounting, personal finance, language arts and gifted studies,” Altmyer said. “All course content materials conform to national standards in economics, social studies, mathematics and business.”

According to Altmyer, the SDSMG will help teachers meet the South Dakota Board of Education mandate that all state high school students complete an economics/personal finance course beginning with the fall 2006 academic year. Teachers have also discovered that the program boosts attendance and reduces dropout rates.

Student teams begin each semester with $100,000 in hypothetical “cyber dollars” and then perform on-line research and stock trading over a 10-week trading period. The students work together practicing leadership, organization, negotiation and cooperation skills. At the end of the trading period, each team writes a culminating portfolio report and presents it to their class. The teams with the highest-valued portfolios in each division at the end of the trading period receive cash prizes. Divisions include elementary/junior high (fourth through eighth grades), high school and college.

Participating teachers receive online support, including grade level specific and course specific curriculum materials, lesson plans and classroom activities.

The team registration fee of $10 includes all materials, including weekly newsletters profiling current economic and business events. To register, go to www.smgww.org, click on the “Register Now” button, select “USA/South Dakota,” and follow the prompts.

Sponsors for the South Dakota Stock Market Game are the Center for Economic Education at Black Hills State University, the Central States Securities Industries Association and the South Dakota Council on Economic Education.

Contact Altmyer at 642-6266 or DonAltmyer@bhsu.edu with any questions. Additional information is available at www.bhsu.edu/businesstechnology/cee/stockmarketsimulation.html.


Juneks contribute additional $10,000 to scholarship fund - top

Jerry and Carol Junek
Jerry and Carol Junek

Jerry and Carol Junek recently donated an additional $10,000 to the Betty and Jerry Junek scholarship fund.

The Juneks, longtime supporters of the university, established the scholarship in 1997 and it currently has a balance of $20,625. Interest from this fund is used for athletic scholarships.

Jerry has lived in Spearfish since 1931 when he moved here with his family from eastern South Dakota at the age of 11. He attended Black Hills Teachers College from 1938-40. Jerry was active in many student activities, played basketball and participated in chorus while attending BHSU. Jerry took the Civil Pilot Training course while attending BHSU, which was useful when he joined the Army Air Force in 1942.

After the World War II, Jerry continued in the family auto sales business in Spearfish and became an active community and university supporter. Through the years he has been Chamber of Commerce president; school board president; and president of the Green and Gold Club at BHSU. Jerry received the BHSU Presidential Award and is an honorary member of the Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame. He was recognized as the Green and Gold Booster of the Year in 1991. Jerry and his late wife, Betty, received the Spirit of Spearfish award in 1986.

Jerry and Carol (Davis) were married in December 1997 after both had lost longtime spouses. Carol graduated as a cadet nurse from the Presentation School of Nursing in 1947. She spent most of her professional life working as a librarian, first at the Sturgis Public Library and later as the reference librarian at the Health Sciences Library at Rapid City Regional Hospital. In 1974, Carol was honored as the Librarian of the Year by the South Dakota Library Association, and in 1997, the association presented her with the Distinguished Service Award.

Jerry and Carol Junek were chosen as Swarm Day parade marshals this year to recognize their longstanding support of the university and community.

For information on establishing a scholarship at BHSU contact Steve Meeker at 642-6228.


Sophomore wins tuition through basketball promotion - top

Cody Hartl, a Black Hills State University sophomore, accepts a tuition check from Bob Knapp, market president of Great Western Bank, for winning the tuition shootout half-time contest.

Cody Hartl receives tuition check from Bob Knapp after winning the Great Western Bank tuition shootout

Cody Hartl, a Black Hills State University sophomore from Spearfish, recently found a way to pay for tuition without coming up with the money himself. Hartl was the most recent winner of the Great Western Bank Tuition Shootout.

Hartl attends the BHSU basketball games regularly and was excited when his name was drawn to compete in the popular half-time contest. Hartl says he and his friends go to the gym regularly to “shoot hoops” and often stage similar contests among themselves. The practice paid off for the accounting major when he made four shots: a lay-up, a free throw, a three-point goal and a half-court shot all within 25 seconds.

The sophomore accounting major recently registered for his spring semester classes and appreciated the tuition payoff.

“It’s nice to have that extra money,” Hartl says.

Great Western Bank has sponsored the contest since 2000. It’s a popular half-time feature of Yellow Jacket men’s basketball games.

“It’s fun. The crowd really gets into it, and it’s fun to watch these students participate in an attempt to win some money to cover their tuition cost,” Robert Knapp, market president of Great Western Bank in Spearfish, said.



Chili and soup supper raises over $600 and 400 food items for food pantry - top

The recent Martin Luther King Day Chili and Soup Supper raised $643.56 and 417 food items for the local food pantry.

RSVP, AmeriCorps*VISTA, the Spearfish Ministerial Association, and the Spearfish Senior Center co-sponsored the event and for provided chili, soup, servers and advertising. Our Savior’s Lutheran Church served as the host site and, under the direction of Laura Campbell, Rena Boersma and the Mission Committee, set everything up for the event. Numerous RSVP volunteers donated bars and cookies, served at the donation table or the dessert table, did dishes, cleaned or helped out in other ways throughout the evening. Max Meyer provided musical entertainment at the event.

Community businesses that supported the effort with various donations were Domino’s Pizza, Lynn’s Dakotamart, Kmart, McDonalds, Pizza Hut, and Wal-Mart. Advisory Council members also helped with the effort.

First place in the chili contest went to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, followed by All Angels Episcopal Church, Calvary Temple, United Church of Christ, RSVP, United Methodist Church, Seventh Day Adventist, St. Joseph Catholic Church, Spearfish Senior Center, and the Christian Science Society.

For more information contact Nancy Wietgrefe, Northern Hills RSVP, at 642-6540 or NancyWietgrefe@bhsu.edu.


University Assessment Committee minutes - top

The University Assessment Committee met Monday, Jan. 23 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. in the Meier Hall Conference Room.

Present were: Earley, S. Hupp, Sarkar, D. Wessel, Siewert, Alsup, C. Cremean, Hagerty, and Romkema. Sickler was absent.

The committee began the review of documents for assessing intensive writing and undergraduate research and set future meeting dates.

  • Psychology - accepted and will be used as a model
  • Mathematics - accepted and will be used as a model
  • American Indian Studies - not accepted and returned with comments for changes for resubmission by Friday, Feb. 10
  • Sociology - not accepted and returned with comments for changes for resubmission by Friday, Feb. 10

Wessel recommended that any faculty member using human subjects as a part of the undergraduate research requirement should review the online ethics course at http://cme.cancer.gov/clinicaltrials/learning/humanparticipant-protections.asp.

Future meetings will be held from 12 noon to 1 p.m. in the Meier Hall Conference Room on:

  • Monday, Jan. 30
  • Monday, Feb. 6
  • Monday, Feb. 27
  • Monday, March 13


Graduate Council minutes - top

The BHSU Graduate Council met Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 3:30 p.m. in Jonas 104.

Present were: Earley, Ryerson, Dana, Siemens, Molseed, Bukralia, Austin, A. Ahmad, and Fuller. McGrath and Steckler were absent.

Chair moved library report to the first order of business.

Library:

Bukralia reported that he was working on a systematic approach to the library and would appreciate any input in the area of graduate studies. At the current time he is looking at the collections and reviewing how they fit into the mission of the university. This review should be done several months from now. He has added an electronic database in business and one in conservation biology and is studying other electronic databases. He had limited funds available for book purchases but had received many requests from the colleges. Anyone who is interested in learning more should contact him.

New graduate faculty:

A motion was made, seconded and passed to admit Tim Martinez and Scott Stoltenberg to the graduate faculty.

Curriculum Changes:

A motion was made, seconded and passed to approve proposed changes to Hist 592 and Bus 720.

Reports:

Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction (MSCI) - Molseed reported that there are now six cohorts - a new online one started this week. With the creation of the three specializations of educational technology, curriculum instruction, and reading specialist, Molseed hoped we would continue adding more cohorts and students. A study was to see if a fourth specialization in math should be added. Finally the College of Education was reviewing the entire degree to see if changes needed to be made.

Master of Science in Business Services Management (MSBSM) - Dana reported that they were conducting a search and screen for a Ph.D. in accounting which would be a key player in the degree. She also reported that the business faculty were developing a publicity campaign for the MSBSM which would start this semester.

Master of Science in Integrative Genomics (MSIG) - Siemens reported that the Board of Regents (BOR) had approved the intent to plan for this new degree. The faculty are working on the actual degree with the BOR office and outside consultants. He will bring a draft of the proposed degree to the February meeting for discussion.

WebCT:

Since many of the graduate courses are taught via WebCT, the Graduate Council asked the director to invite someone familiar with WebCT, like Terry Hupp, to the February meeting to describe any proposed changes in the program.


Grant opportunities announced - top

Below are program materials received in the Grants Office, Woodburn 309, through Wednesday, Jan. 25. For copies of the information, contact the office at 642-6204 or e-mail requests to grants@bhsu.edu. Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.

Watershed Information and Education Projects (EPA)

This Request for Proposals (RFP) encourages interested individuals, organizations, and institutions to address current priorities of the 2006 South Dakota Non-point Source Information and Education Project (IEP) by submitting competitive grant proposals. The RFP includes background information about the IEP and application format.

  • The IEP was established in 2004 with a grant to the South Dakota Discovery Center (SDDC) as part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Section 319 Non-point Source (EPA 319) grant program. The goal of the IEP is to implement a comprehensive statewide effort to promote, and facilitate public understanding of watersheds and related water quality management issues in an effort to contribute to the protection, restoration and maintenance of water resources. In prior years, information and education programs targeting non point source activities were handled through EPA 319 grant to the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
  • The over arching goal of the IEP is to inform and educate South Dakotans to protect and restore South Dakota’s water.
  • Priority Topics. Mini-grants will be made available to qualifying groups with projects that address priority topics. Priority topics are:
    • Wetlands
    • Watershed ecology
    • TMDLs
    • Nutrient and manure management (no demonstration projects)
    • Stewardship and conservation
    • Water quality
  • Priority audiences. The goal of the IEP is to reach a broad cross section of South Dakota’s population. While ag producers and other stakeholders are the backbone audience of the IEP, a wider scope of outreach is sought in some of the projects. Specifically, projects which engage or reach adults and families are encouraged.
  • Priority watersheds. Projects in the following watersheds are encouraged: watersheds/sub watersheds slated for TMDL development or in the midst of a TMDL development project West River watersheds.
  • Some funds have been targeted to specific activities. Targeted activities are funded through a separate application which is available from the SDDC website (www.sd-discovery.com). Targeted activities are: water festivals and teacher workshops.
  • Requests should be between $1,000 and $6,500 unless the project is of exceptional quality and effectiveness. The amount requested should be no more than 60 percent of your total project cost. Projects are required to provide at least 40 percent non-federal match whether cash or in kind. Activities funded by the project should be fundable by federal money.

Deadline: March 1, 2006. Projects must start on or after May 15, 2006 and may end no later than July 31, 2006. For complete instructions go to www.sd-discovery.com/DCPages/Watershed/I&ERequest.doc.


Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (ED)

The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, announces a request for proposals for their Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP). The purpose of the program is to support early college preparation and awareness activities for low-income students. Under this competition the Department of Education is particularly interested in applications that address one or both of the following priorities:

  • Applicants are encouraged to include plans to develop and administer an assessment in the 10th and/or 11th grade to determine whether GEAR UP students are adequately prepared for postsecondary education. Assessments would include math and language skills, and other content areas or skills the applicant believes are sound indicators of preparedness for college-level work. The results of such an assessment would then be used as a substitute for placement tests that members of the cohort who are admitted to a partner institution of higher education would otherwise be required to take, and to guide intervention strategies that focus on the needs of individual GEAR UP students to help ensure that, by the time they graduate from high school, they are prepared for college.
  • Partnership applicants are encouraged to include plans to establish and maintain a financial assistance program that awards college scholarships to GEAR UP students consistent with the requirements governing GEAR UP scholarships that state grantees must meet in section 404E of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended. That provision includes requirements regarding the amounts of the scholarships and student eligibility.

Deadline: March 9, 2006. Access to the full announcement is available at http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20061800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2006/pdf/E6-749.pdf.


Save America’s Treasures Program (NPS)

The National Park Service’s Save America’s Treasures grants are available for preservation and/or conservation work on nationally significant intellectual and cultural artifacts and collections and on nationally significant historic properties. Grants are awarded through a competitive process and require a dollar-for-dollar, non-federal match, which can be cash, donated services, or use of equipment. The grant and the non-federal match must be expended during the grant period (generally two to three years) to execute the project. The minimum grant request for collections projects is $25,000 federal share; the minimum grant request for historic property projects is $125,000 federal share. The maximum grant request for all projects is $700,000 federal share. The Save America’s Treasures Grants selection panel may, at its discretion, award less than the minimum grant request. In 2005, the average federal grant award to collections was $179,000, and the average award to historic properties was $299,000.

Deadline: April 18, 2006. Eligible activities, selection criteria, administrative and funding requirements, and application submission instructions are available at www.cr.nps.gov/hps/treasures/download/2006SATinstructions.doc. Applicants should review the selection criteria and review criteria carefully and read the guidelines and application instructions in detail before completing the application.


Mathematical Social and Behavioral Sciences (MSBS – NSF)
Facilitating Research Interactions Between the Mathematical and Statistical Sciences and the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences

As part of the National Science Foundation's Mathematical Sciences Priority Area, the Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE) and the Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) in the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) invite submission of research proposals for projects that advance the mathematical and/or statistical foundations of research in the social, behavioral, or economic sciences. Proposals for workshops or symposia that foster the interaction of social, behavioral, and/or economic scientists with mathematicians and/or statisticians also are welcome.

  • Research projects must focus on problems at the intersection of the social, behavioral, or economic sciences and the mathematical or statistical sciences. The resulting research should advance understanding in both the social, behavioral, or economic sciences and the mathematical or statistical sciences. Investigators should make clear in their proposal the direct relationships they anticipate across the different scientific domains. Investigators should have expertise in both the substantive topics under consideration and the relevant statistical and/or mathematical approaches. Collaborations involving mathematicians or statisticians with social, behavioral, or economic scientists are especially encouraged.
  • A small number of awards may be made to support facilitation activities, such as workshops or symposia, that provide a mechanism for social and behavioral scientists to interact with mathematicians or statisticians in meaningful ways. Investigators must describe how the proposed activities will result in new information and insights and how that information will be disseminated to the broader community. Facilitation awards will not be made to support activities whose primary output will be a new proposal for a larger project.

Deadline: April 20, 2006. For a link to the full announcement see www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=7721.


Early Reading First Program (ED)

This program of the U.S. Department of Education supports local efforts to enhance the oral language, cognitive, and early reading skills of preschool-age children, especially those from low-income families, through strategies, materials, and professional development that are grounded in scientifically based reading research. The specific activities for which recipients must use grant funds are identified in the program statute, which is included in the application package. Pre-applications and full applications for grants under the Early Reading First program - CFDA Number 84.359A (pre-application) and CFDA Number 84.359B (full application) must be submitted electronically using the Grants.gov apply site. The electronic grant application for the Early Reading First program can be found at www.grants.gov. Search for the downloadable application package for this program by the CFDA number.

Deadline: The deadline for transmittal of pre-applications is Feb. 21, 2006. The deadline for transmittal of full applications is May 8, 2006. Review the official application notice for pre-application and application requirements, application submission information, performance measures, priorities and program contact information at www.access.gpo.gov/nara/index.html.


Challenge Grants (NEH)

National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grants help institutions and organizations secure long-term improvements in and support for their humanities programs and resources. Awards are made to museums, public libraries, colleges, research institutions, historical societies and historic sites, public television and radio stations, universities, scholarly associations, state humanities councils, and other nonprofit entities. Because of the matching requirements, these NEH awards also strengthen the humanities by encouraging nonfederal sources of support. Both federal and nonfederal funds must provide long-term benefits to the humanities. Challenge grant funds should not merely replace funds already being expended on the humanities, but instead should reflect careful strategic planning to strengthen and enhance the institution's activities in and commitment to the humanities.

Deadline: May 1, 2006. For details see www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=7714.


Functional and Regulatory Systems Cluster (NSF)

The Functional and Regulatory Systems of the National Science Foundation thematic area focuses on fundamental physiological mechanisms in plants and animals and how they have evolved, with emphasis on organisms as integrated systems. This area includes comparative physiology, neurophysiology, mechanisms of solute transport, and comparative or evolutionary immunology. It includes research at the genetic, genomic, cellular, tissue, organ, system, and organismal levels of organization. Also supported in this area are studies of neuronal and glial cell function and synaptic mechanisms as they relate to integrated organismal systems. Proposals for computational modeling to further understanding of physiological processes in organisms are encouraged.

Deadline: July 12, 2006. See the full announcement at www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13409.


Social Psychology Program (NSF)

The Social Psychology Program at the National Science Foundation supports basic research on human social behavior, including cultural differences and development over the life span. Among the many research topics supported are: attitude formation and change, social cognition, personality processes, interpersonal relations and group processes, the self, emotion, social comparison and social influence, and the psychophysiological and neurophysiological bases of social behavior. The scientific merit of a proposal depends on four important factors: (1) The problems investigated must be theoretically grounded; (2) The research should be based on empirical observation or be subject to empirical validation; (3) The research design must be appropriate to the questions asked; (4) The proposed research must advance basic understanding of social behavior.

Deadline: July 15, 2006. Review the full announcement at www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5712.


Office of the Science Advisor, Office of Research and Development Broad Agency Announcement for Conferences, Workshops, and/or Meetings

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting applications from eligible applicants for the planning, arranging, administering, and conducting of conferences in the areas of (1) EPA mission related issues connected to protecting, human health and safeguarding the natural environment; (2) advancing the scientific and technical research that promotes environmental protection; (3) exploring current and emerging issues of importance to environmental protection; and/or (4) encouraging collaboration among the nation’s best scientists and engineers in academia, business and nonprofit research institutes. The awards under this broad agency announcement may involve the collection of geospatial information.

Deadline: Jan. 18, 2007. For more information, refer to the full announcement at www.epa.gov/ord/grants_funding/pdfs/BAA_conferences_011706.pdf. Section IV contains additional information on submission methods and due dates.


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