Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development
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· NSF CAREER AWARDs
· Book Smart and Street Smart: What Can We Learn About Human Memory from Pokémon?: Feb 22, 2pm
· NSF funding for 2016
· UCR funding to date in FY 2017
· Resource Implementations for Data Intensive Research in the Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences (RIDIR)
· Lunch Research Meetings: IMMIGATION (NEW), Sustainability (Moved): High Performance Computing; BRAIN;
· Australia: Fairy Wrens
I recently looked at NSF databases. Here’s one statistic that jumped out at me. UCR is tied with Berkeley for the number of active CAREER awards of University of California Campuses (and has at least 50% more than Irvine, Davis, or Santa Barbara).
This year, six UCR faculty to date have been recipients of NSF CAREER awards. Congratulations to the following.
CAREER: Rational Design of Magnetic Materials Featuring Low-Dimensional Subunits
CAREER: Optoelectronic Probes of Interlayer Electron-Hole Pair Multiplication in Atomic Layer Semiconductor Heterostructures
CAREER: Beyond Conventional Drinking Water Management: Control of Redox-driven in situ Release of Accumulated Inorganic Contaminants from Water Distribution Infrastructure
CAREER: Advanced Optical and Electrical Characterization of Novel Van der Waals Heterostructure Materials
CAREER: Printable and Injectable Chromatic Nanosensor for One-Step, Naked-Eye Detection
CAREER: Development of Novel-scheme Nano-optical Chemical Imaging Spectroscopy
Three UCR faculty have not yet heard the results from NSF and I’ll update these stats when all have heard.
Book Smart and Street Smart: What Can We Learn About Human Memory from Pokémon?
Dr. Weiwei Zhang, Psychology
2 PM on Wednesday, February 22 at HUB 355.
The two major components of human intelligence, fluid and crystallized intelligence, have been linked to working memory and long-term memory, respectively. Although the two memory system are traditionally believed to operate independently, some recent research suggest close interactions between the two systems. We conducted a series of experiments assessing how existing long-term memory affects working memory using Pokemon characters. Our results from three studies suggest that prior stimulus familiarity increases the speed and the amount of information we could process on a moment by moment basis. In another word, book smart could lead to street smart.
Dr. Zhang received his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Iowa. He joined faculty at the Department of Psychology here at UCR in 2012. The research program in Dr. Zhang’s laboratory focuses on perception, memory, and higher cognition using multiple Cognitive Neuroscience methods, including eye tracking, EEG, non-invasive brain stimulation, and fMRI.
The seminar is free and open to the public. No registration is required. Light refreshments will be available and seating is limited.
NSF funding for 2016
NSF also released data (https://dellweb.bfa.nsf.gov/) on top universities with NSF funding and program acceptance rates. UCR was ranked 54th of all universities, up from 70th in 2013 with $33M in 2016 up from $18.8M in 2012. This increase of $14.2M is the largest increase of any UC campus (and two campuses, UC Davis, UCSD declined). In the rise from 70th to 54th, UCR passed Colorado State University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Northeastern University, Clemson University, , SUNY at Buffalo, Scripps Inst of Oceanography, SUNY at Stony Brook, University of Tennessee Knoxville, Brown University, Vanderbilt University, University of New Mexico, University of Pittsburgh, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University of Notre Dame, University of Alaska Fairbanks Campus, and University of California-Santa Cruz. (The universities in italics are AAU universities).
UCR’s funding from all sources continues to increase. This funding provides support for graduate students, advanced equipment, travel, etc. Below is a chart shows total funded awarded each year.
Facilities and Administrative Costs (F&A, i.e., overhead) are of increasing importance e.g., in paying for new buildings at UCR. The F&A awarded to UCR as part of external grants is also increasing. (Note: While F&A awarded is increasing, UCR can’t spend and distribute F&A until the corresponding grant funds are spent).
UCR Funding Stats
UCR’s fiscal year started July 1. In the first six month of the year, UCR received $72.5M in new awards, on track to exceed last year’s record. (we often get large grants late in year).
Below, is a ranking of Colleges/Units by research funding for the first six months.
· College of Nat & Agr Sciences 28,730,193
· Bourns College of Engineering 20,739,805
· School of Medicine 9,502,776
· Coll of Hum, Arts & Social Sci 2,989,348
· Graduate School of Education 2,463,527
· Graduate Division 1,790,000
· Vice ChancellorStudent Affairs 1,532,969
· Vice Chancellor - Research 1,394,621
· Business & Administrative Serv 1,070,938
· UC MEXUS 1,017,837
· School of Public Policy 406,116
· Undergraduate Education 280,941
· University Extension 100,000
· School of Business Administrat 6,396
Below, is a ranking of Departments/Center by research funding in the first half of this year.
· SOM Research 6,912,967
· Computer Science & Engin 5,466,415
· Electrical & Computer Eng 5,236,293
· Entomology 5,111,234
· Physics and Astronomy 4,187,563
· Chemistry 3,888,139
· Plant Pathology & Microbiology 3,775,349
· CE-CERT 3,627,731
· Botany and Plant Sciences 3,022,243
· Mechanical Engineering 2,853,305
· SOM Neuroscience 2,536,378
· Graduate School of Education 2,463,527
· Chemical/Environ. Engin 2,150,740
· Graduate Division 1,790,000
· Earth Sciences 1,540,385
· Psychology 1,449,948
· Biochemistry 1,314,299
· Bioengineering 1,225,321
· Biology 1,161,198
· Office of TRIO Programs 1,148,176
· UC MEXUS 1,122,510
· Early Childhood Services 1,070,938
· Institute of Genomics 1,068,709
· Environmental Sciences 1,009,192
· RED Research Centers 739,948
· Mathematics 665,275
· Statistics 622,172
· Gluck Administration 556,444
· Technology Partnerships 500,000
· Nematology 442,806
· One Health Center 373,333
· Univ Eastside Commun Collab 334,793
· Ctr for Conservation Biology 282,047
· Undergraduate Education 257,611
· Cell Biology & Neuroscience 254,687
· CNAS Dean's Office 250,086
· Economics 192,697
· Engineering - Dean's Office 180,000
· History 169,568
· Agricultural Operations 134,808
· Ethnic Studies 126,048
· UNEX-Education 100,000
· Cntr for Ideas and Society 100,000
· History of Art 66,152
· Philosophy 62,742
· Biomedical Sciences 53,431
· Anthropology 50,794
· Sociology 50,000
· Religious Studies 50,000
· Financial Aid 50,000
· Music 32,819
· English 32,819
· Dance 32,819
· SPP - Dean's Office 32,783
· University Writing Program 23,330
· UCR ARTSBlock 15,000
· School of Business Administrat 6,396
· Hispanic Studies 1,500
Note: In this data, CoPIs get partial credit for grants. For example, if a researcher in statistics collaborates with a researcher in SOM, both get partial credit and similarly their departments and colleges get partial credit. This is done in recognition that many efforts are collaborative and cross department and college boundaries.
Resource Implementations for Data Intensive Research in the Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences (RIDIR)
Full Proposal Deadline Date: February 27, 2017
Program Guidelines: NSF 15-602
As part of NSF’s Cyberinfrastructure Framework for 21st
Century Science and Engineering (CIF21) activity, the Directorate for Social,
Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) seeks to develop user-friendly
large-scale next-generation data resources and relevant analytic techniques to
advance fundamental research in SBE areas of study. Successful proposals will,
within the financial resources provided by the award, construct such databases
and/or relevant analytic techniques ...
More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505168&WT.mc_id=USNSF_50&WT.mc_ev=click
If you want help finding a collaborator, please contact me.
Center for Advanced Neuroimaging (CAN) Building Dedication – 1/30/17
Please join us for the Dedication Ceremony and tours of the Center for Advanced Neuroimaging (CAN) on Monday, January 30, 2017, followed by a lecture presented by Dr. Roderic Pettigrew, Director, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, National Institutes of Health
Tours of the Center for Advanced Neuroimaging
Presented by Dr. Roderic Pettigrew
Complimentary parking is available in Parking Lot 6.
The Center for Advanced Neuroimaging (CAN) is a newly established MRI imaging facility that is aimed at providing state-of-art capabilities for neuroimaging and other applications of MRI. It is equipped with a state-of-art 3T MRI scanner (Siemens Prisma) for human imaging and will soon be equipped with an insert for small animal imaging. Furthermore, it is staffed with 3 highly experienced full time support staff. The techniques that are available include structural imaging, functional brain imaging, perfusion imaging, diffusion imaging, susceptibility imaging, and in vivo MR spectroscopy. These techniques are expected to play critical roles in noninvasive studies of brain and other organs.
Due to other campus meetings on Monday, the Sustainability Lunch has been moved to Feb 27.
Neuroscience on 2/6/17 (register here: https://brain-lunch.eventbrite.com)
High Performance Computing on 2/13/17 (register here: https://high_performance_computing.eventbrite.com)
Sustainability Research and Education on 2/27/17 (register here: https://sustainability-lunch.eventbrite.com)
Immigration: Research on immigration 3/6/17 (register here. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ucr-immigation-research-discussion-tickets-31567187307)
More to be announced soon. The goal is get faculty with common interests to meet each other in an informal setting and discuss possible collaborations.
The new immigration lunch is intended to be broad covering all aspects of research on immigration populations as well as immigration policy. It will catered by a local Persian restaurant and include vegetarian and halal dishes.
Australia: Fairy Wrens
I will go bird watching in the US again someday soon (after my binoculars are repaired since the coating deteriorated due to my using DEET as mosquito repellent). In the meantime, here are some photos of Australia’s fairy wrens from my recent trip.
We didn't have a list of birds we 'needed' to see before we left. We did buy an app to help identify birds and found out about Australia’s fairy-wrens. They are somewhat common but still spectacularly colorful birds. They also aren't particularly shy, but the variegated prefers dense shrubbery. We found three varieties.