UCR Research and Economic Development Newsletter:  October 22, 2014

Michael Pazzani

Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development


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·         USAID:  Feed the Future Seminar: Nov 3

·         Cal-BRAIN Seed Grant Program - Call for Applications

·         Facebook Fellows Program

·         National Science Foundation Funding Seminar, Oct 23

·         Cassin's Kingbird


USAID:  Feed the Future Seminar: Nov 3

Monday, Nov 3, 2014

10:10am – 11:00am

Genomics Building Auditorium


USAID funds projects at UCR on cowpea research involving Timothy Close,  Philip Roberts and Stefano Lonardi.  Jennifer “Vern” Long, will give a seminar on the USAID Feed the Future program from 10:10am-11 on Nov 3 in the Genomics Auditorium.


Feed the Future is the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative, which establishes a foundation for lasting progress against global hunger. With a focus on smallholder farmers, particularly women, Feed the Future supports partner countries in developing their agriculture sectors to spur economic growth that increases incomes and reduces hunger, poverty and undernutrition


What is Food Security?

·         Food security means having, at all times, both physical and economic access to sufficient food to meet dietary needs for a productive and healthy life.

·         A family is food secure when its members do not live in hunger or fear of hunger.

·         Food insecurity is often rooted in poverty and has long-term impacts on the ability of families, communities and countries to develop.

·         Prolonged undernourishment stunts growth, slows cognitive development and increases susceptibility to illness.

USAID is advancing global food security by helping to improve the most basic of human conditions: the need that families and individuals have for a reliable source of quality food and sufficient resources to purchase it. This, in turn, supports global stability and prosperity.


Dr. Jennifer “Vern” Long is a Senior International Agriculture Research Advisor with the US Agency for International Development, Bureau for Food Security. She leads the Program Area for Legume Productivity in the Food Security Innovation Center, USAID’s implementation of the Feed the Future Research Strategy. She provides technical leadership on intellectual property, genetic resources movement and use issues, and linkages between agriculture-nutrition research across the USAID agricultural research portfolio. She manages USAID’s sorghum, millet and legumes research programs based at US Universities and member centers of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research. She represents USAID to the CGIAR’s Independent Science and Partnership Council and is former Chair of the Agricultural Research Working Group of the Global Donor Platform on Rural Development.



Cal-BRAIN Seed Grant Program - Call for Applications


Cal-BRAIN announces a call for applications from Cal-BRAIN (California Blueprint for Research to Advance Innovations in Neuroscience) for a new Seed Grant Program.


Cal-BRAIN is a State of California program that will develop new technologies to revolutionize the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of brain disorders by vastly improving our ability to ascertain what goes on in the brain in much greater detail and at a much faster timescale than current technologies permit. As an initial demonstration of what might be accomplished with a larger-scale, multi-year grants program, one-year seed grants will be awarded in a competition open to eligible investigators at public and private research institutions in California.


Projects supported by this program will require expertise from multiple disciplines to develop innovative neurotechnologies.


Requests will be considered for total costs up to $120,000 inclusive of indirect costs which are capped at 25% of modified total direct costs.


Letters of Intent (LOIs) are mandatory and due November 24, 2014. Full Applications are due December 15, 2014. All submissions must be done through proposalCentral. LOIs will not be selected; all those who submit LOIs may submit full applications (research narrative 3 pages maximum).


There is a short time frame due to requirements of the State's funding cycle.


Downloadable copies of the program guidelines are available at http://cal-brain.org/.





Facebook Fellows Program


Facebook has announced the launch of the 2015-2016 Facebook Graduate Fellowship Program. Facebook created the fellowship program to encourage and support promising graduate students who are doing cutting edge research around the globe. 

This year, Facebook is accepting applications for research in the following areas:   



        Computer Vision 

        Data Mining 


        Distributed Systems 

        Economics and Computation

        Human-Computer Interaction/Social Computing 

        Machine Learning 

        Natural Language Processing 

        Networking / Operating Systems 

        Programming Languages / Compilers 

        Security / Privacy 

        Software Engineering 


They will be expanding the fellowship to a two-year program and each fellowship will include payment of tuition and fees for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years, a $37,000 unrestricted yearly grant, and a visit to Facebook’s HQ in Menlo Park for winners to present their research. 


Students can find more information and the application link at facebook.com/fellowship.   





National Science Foundation Funding Seminar

Thursday, October 23, 2014

10:00am – 11:00am

Genomics Building Auditorium


Please join us for the 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





Cassin's Kingbird


This is a Kingbird from Ponte Winery in Temecula.


Cassin's Kingbird






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