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.
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
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
“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 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 -
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.
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
“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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
Contact Altmyer at 642-6266 or
DonAltmyer@bhsu.edu with any questions. Additional information is
Juneks contribute additional
$10,000 to scholarship fund - top
|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
Jerry and Carol Junek were chosen as Swarm Day parade marshals this
year to recognize their longstanding support of the university and
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
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
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
“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
For more information contact
Northern Hills RSVP, at 642-6540 or
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
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 -
The BHSU Graduate Council met Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 3:30 p.m. in Jonas
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.
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.
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.
A motion was made, seconded and
passed to approve proposed changes to Hist 592 and Bus 720.
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
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.
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
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
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:
- Watershed ecology
- 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
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
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
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
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
- 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
Deadline: April 20, 2006. For a link to the full announcement
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
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
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
Deadline: May 1, 2006. For details see
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
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
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
Section IV contains additional information on submission methods and due