UCR Research and Economic Development Newsletter:  October 10, 2014

Michael Pazzani

Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development


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·         NIH Talk By Sally J. Rockey, Ph.D., Oct 15

·         National Science Foundation Funding Seminar, Oct 23

·         Some Pragmatic Strategies for Obtaining DoD Research Funding, Nov 14

·         IUSE Webinar

·         ICAM is Now Accepting Applications for Postdoctoral and Senior Faculty Fellowship

·         The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

·         Statistical Consulting Collaboratory

·         Office of Naval Research

·         TEDxRiverside: Oct 16, 2014

·         Wilson’s Warbler



NIH Talk by Sally J. Rockey, Ph.D.

Hosted by Dr. David Lo

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

4:00pm – 5:30pm

SOM Education Building, Ground Level, Lecture Hall G650



UCR OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPENT IN COLLABOPRATION WITH THE SCHOOL OF MEDICINE PRESENTS:  Sally J. Rockey, Ph.D., NIH's Deputy Director for Extramural Research, serving as the principal scientific leader and advisor to the NIH Director on the NIH extramural research program.


Please join special visitor, Dr. Sally Rockey, who will be holding a special session to meet researchers on campus, especially young faculty who are either NIH funded or would like to be NIH funded. We invite you all to this special presentation to ask questions and get some ideas on grants and strategies.  This will be taking place on Wednesday, October 15th at 4:00 in the SOM Education Building, Ground Level, Lecture Hall G650.


For updates on funding priorities, best strategies, and funding success over the years, please visit Dr. Rockey’s “Rock Talk” blog, targeted for NIH funded or aspiring NIH-funded researchers (http://nexus.od.nih.gov/all/category/blog/)

All interested researchers are invited, including graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

Please RSVP to marisela.martinez@ucr.edu by October 13th.






National Science Foundation Funding Seminar

Thursday, October 23, 2014

10:00am – 11:00am

Genomics Building Auditorium


Please join us for a National Science Foundation Seminar on Thursday, October 23rd at 10:00am in the Genomics Building Auditorium.  Presenting will be three UCR faculty who have been program directors or division directors at NSF:


Jan Stets

Michael Allen

Michael Pazzani




Some Pragmatic Strategies for Obtaining DoD Research Funding

Suveen Mathaudhu, Ph.D.

November 14, 2014

10:00am – 11:00am

Orbach Science Library 240


Suveen Mathaudhu, a BCOE faculty member, will be holding a seminar entitled, "Knowing is Half the Battle:  Some Pragmatic Strategies for Obtaining DoD Research Funding” on Friday, November 14th at 10:00 in the Orbach Science Library 240.


Mathaudhu serves as an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department and Materials Science and Engineering Program, where he studies the underpinning mechanisms that will make metallic materials and composites lighter and stronger. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 2006.  There, he studied processing methods to produce bulk nanoscrystalline and metastable metals for structural and defense applications.  He subsequently served as an ORISE post-doctoral Fellow and then a Staff Scientist at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory from 2006-2010.  From 2010 - 2014, he was the Program Manager for the Synthesis and Processing of Materials at the U.S. Army Research Office, and also, an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at North Carolina State University.  He is active in several technical societies, and frequently speaks and writes on science of superheroes as a broad STEM outreach tool."





NSF Improving Undergraduate STEM Education Webinars

Thursday, November 6, 2014, 11:00am – 1:00pm

Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 11:00am – 12:00pm

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 11:00am – 1:00pm

Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 11:00am – 1:00pm

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 11:00am – 1:00pm

(All will be held in UOB 210, Lunch will be served)


The National Science Foundation (NSF) has released a new program entitled, Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE).  The IUSE program is designed to address the immediate challenges facing undergraduate STEM education.  Proposals concerning new structures or functions of undergraduate learning, new methods for certification or credentialing, and teaching enterprise are currently being accepted. 


The program features two tracks:


(1) Engaged Student Learning: This focuses on the design, development, and research involving means to increase student engagement in a measurable and lasting way; and


(2) Institutional and Community Transformation: This focuses on inventive approaches to substantially increase the dissemination of highly effective methods of STEM teaching and learning. 


Two tiers of projects exist within each track: (i) Exploration and (ii) Design and Development. These tracks will entertain research studies in all areas. The IUSE program also offers support for a variety of focused innovative projects that seek to identify future opportunities and challenges facing undergraduate STEM education.


Information about IUSE can be found here.



Workshop Topics


Each workshop lasts approximately 2 hours and will focus on:

·         Incorporating effective strategies into an educational proposal or

·         Defining project goals, objectives, and evaluation questions or

·         Working with an evaluator to develop a project evaluation plan or

·         Addressing NSF’s broader impacts expectations in a project or

·         Designing a project for impact and transportability.









The Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter (ICAM) invites applications for postdoctoral and senior faculty fellow appointments tenable at ICAM branch member institutions for the academic year 2015-2016 (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016).  These awards are intended to catalyze research and research collaborations on complex adaptive matter, by supplementing existing postdoctoral appointments or sabbatical leave support.  Successful applicants are expected to carry out a research program at ICAM institutions and to participate actively in educational outreach.  ICAM anticipates at least 3 postdoctoral fellows and 1 senior faculty fellow will be awarded in the fields of quantum matter, living matter, soft matter (including chemical and biochemical matter), or emergent materials for renewable energy sources. 


NOTE – Postdoctoral (Senior) Fellowships have been increased to a maximum of $30,000 ($25,000) per year, with final amounts at the discretion of the Fellows Selection Committee and ICAM Board of Governors.




Only applications that are complete by the deadline will receive full consideration.  Applications must be submitted online at http://icam-i2cam.org/index.php/awards/.


ICAM encourages women and underrepresented groups apply. 





The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is now inviting applications for three new Grand Challenges:



Applications for these new challenges will be accepted beginning on November 4, 2014. Please also note that we are still accepting applications for six Grand Challenges Explorations topics.


For links to more information on these challenges, please visit the grant opportunity page at www.grandchallenges.org, which features a new homepage to support the next phase of Grand Challenges launched today with international partners at the 10th annual Grand Challenges meeting.




Statistical Consulting Collaboratory


The Statistical Consulting Collaboratory at UCR resides in the Department of Statistics.  The primary mission of the Collaboratory is to provide UCR faculty and graduate students with an environment for collaboration in research that demands the use of quantitative methods.  The Collaboratory can be called upon either for research collaborations that require the development of new statistical methods, or alternatively for immediate problem solving using state of the art methods.  The Collaboratory is also open to serving off-campus clients in the same ways, and has had a number of successful relationships with external clients in government, industry and academia.  The following youtube link helps us celebrate the 10th anniversary of the UCR Statistical Consulting Collaboratory with highlights from its mission. 







Office of Naval Research


Here is a handy resource from the Office of Naval Research that shows what research areas they are interested in and which program officer handles them.  http://www.onr.navy.mil/en/Science-Technology/Contacts.aspx




TEDxRiverside Oct 16 2014


TEDxRiverside will be held Oct 16, 2014, from 9AM to 5PM at the Fox Performing Arts Center.  Talks will include three UCR alumni

·            Richard Schrock, Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry

·            Steven Breen,  Pulitzer Prize Winner, Editorial Cartoonists from San Diego Union Tribune

·            Patrick York, UCR MFA Alumni


Additional Speakers or Performers include Grammy Award Winner Melissa Manchester, Garner Holt, CEO of the company that does animatronics for Disney, Sally Rockey from NIH and  Performance Artist Gregory Adamson. UCR and other students can save $10 by using the Offer Code Student10.  UCR faculty can save $5 by using the offer Code UNEX5 See TEDxRiverside for tickets.



Wilson’s Warbler


The fall migration is picking up in Riverside.  Here’s one of my favorite backyard migrants.

Wilson's warbler




Michael Pazzani

Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development 

Professor, Computer Science & Engineering

University of California, Riverside

200 University Office Building

Riverside, CA 92521



Assistant:  Linda Bejenaru

Email: VCREDadmin@ucr.edu




Michael Pazzani

Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development 

Professor,  Computer Science & Engineering

University of California, Riverside

200 University Office Building

Riverside, CA 92521



Assistant:  Linda Bejenaru

Email: VCREDadmin@ucr.edu