Volume XXIX, No. 29 • July 29, 2005

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  • DeeAnn Dorfschmidt, from University Support Services to the Student Union

South Dakota Public Radio to air segment about BHSU - top

Dr. Holly Downing, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, answers a question from Gary Ellenbolt, from South Dakota Public Broadcasting, during a recent radio interview. Ellenbolt visited the Black Hills State University campus this spring and met with the college deans, faculty members, administrators and a group of students to gather information for the segment. SDPR will air a segment about BHSU today at 4:30 p.m. The interview will also be available after July 8 through the SDPR website at www.sdpb.org/Archives/ProgramDetail.asp?ProgID=4005.

BHSU football fans invited to ride the fan bus to first game of the season - top

Black Hills State University football fans are encouraged to make reservations now for a bus trip to the first football game of the season Saturday, Aug. 27 in Dickinson, N.D.

The Yellow Jacket fan bus will travel to Dickinson to cheer on the Yellow Jackets as they begin their 2005 season. The bus is scheduled to leave from the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center parking lot at 1 p.m. The cost for the trip is $25 per person which includes transportation as well as snacks and beverages on the bus. Participants will be responsible for purchasing their own dinner and game ticket. The bus will return to Spearfish after the game.

To reserve a place on the bus, contact Jodi Neiffer, director of alumni at BHSU, at 642-6446 or email JodiNeiffer@bhsu.edu. Neiffer encourages fans to reserve a seat before Friday, Aug. 19. She noted that if there’s not enough interest, the bus trip will be cancelled.

Grant opportunities announced - top

Below are program materials received in the Grants Office, Woodburn 309, through Wednesday, July 27. 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.

Mini-Grant Request for Proposals from the Wellmark Foundation

The Wellmark Foundation has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for its mini-grant program. Within the mini-grant competition, projects must demonstrate a logical, strong connection to one or more of the following priority areas: asthma, diabetes, cardio-vascular disease, depression, end-of-life care with an emphasis on pain control. The abbreviated application process allows applicants to focus their efforts on developing a project versus completing a detailed grant application. Mini-grant proposals are limited to three pages – cover, project, and budget pages.

Deadline: Sept. 1, 2005. See www.wellmark.com for further clarification of the Wellmark Foundation’s Mini-Grants.

Microbial Observatories and Microbial Interactions and Processes (NSF)

Microorganisms are the oldest, most diverse and most abundant forms of life on Earth. However, the identity, physiology and interactions of the vast majority of these microbes, as well as the processes they mediate in the environment, remain unknown or poorly understood. Advances in molecular biology, genomics and bioinformatics, and cultivation technologies herald a new age of exploration of the microbial world. The Microbial Observatories (MO) and Microbial Interactions and Processes (MIP) activities will support research to discover and characterize novel microorganisms, microbial consortia, communities, activities and other novel properties, and to study their roles in diverse environments. The long-term goal of this activity is to develop a network of sites or "microbial observatories", in different habitats to study and understand microbial diversity over time and across environmental gradients. Projects supported are expected to establish or participate in an established, Internet-accessible knowledge network to disseminate information resulting from these activities. In addition, educational and outreach activities such as formal or informal training in microbial biology, and activities that will broaden the participation of underrepresented groups in microbial research and education are expected. Beginning with the October 2005 target date, the USDA/CSREES will partner with NSF to support MO projects relevant to agro ecosystems. Microbial Interactions and Processes (MIP) expands the range of the MO competition to support microbial diversity research projects that need not be site-based, and that are smaller and/or shorter in duration than MO projects. MIP projects will be considered for funding by NSF only. This expanded activity will fund integrative studies that explore novel microorganisms, their interactions in consortia and communities, and aspects of their physiology, biochemistry and genomics in relationship to the processes that they carry out in the environment.

Deadline: Oct. 27, 2005. The full announcement is available at http://fedgrants.gov/Applicants/NSF/OIRM/HQ/05-600/Grant.html.

International Science and Education (USDA)

The International Science and Education Competitive Grants Program (ISE) supports research, extension, and teaching activities that will enhance the capabilities of American colleges and universities to conduct international collaborative research, extension and teaching. ISE projects are expected to enhance the international content of curricula; ensure that faculty work beyond the U.S. and bring lessons learned back home; promote international research partnerships; enhance the use and application of foreign technologies in the U.S.; and strengthen the role that colleges and universities play in maintaining U.S. competitiveness.

Deadline: Sept. 15, 2005. For the entire Request for Applications document, including mailing addresses, contact information, application forms, and more, see www.csrees.usda.gov/funding/rfas/intl_science.html.

Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (NIH)

The goals of the National Institute of Health’s supported career development programs are to help ensure that a diverse pool of highly trained scientists are available in adequate numbers and in appropriate research areas to address the nation's biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research needs. The purpose of the Mentored Patient-Oriented Research (POR) Career Development Award (K23) is to support the career development of investigators who have made a commitment to focus their research endeavors on patient-oriented research. This mechanism provides support for three to five years of supervised study and research for clinically trained professionals who have the potential to develop into productive, clinical investigators focusing on patient-oriented research.

Deadline: Sept. 2, 2005. Details are available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-05-143.html.

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