The Finding Your Inner Modeler II workshop, funded by MCB Award #1649160, will be held at the University of Illinois-Chicago this August 16-17, 2018. Although there is no registration fee to attend, organizers request that participants register by May 1. Graduate students, postdocs and under-represented minorities are encouraged to attend, and applicants who register by May 1 may be eligible to receive funding to assist with travel and lodging expenses. Follow the link to register for the workshop. To view the workshop agenda, follow this link and select FYIM II in the upper right corner.
Neither MCB nor Dr. Jef Boeke were thinking about art when MCB funded Boeke’s (BOOK-uh) proposal to develop the capacity for creating a fully synthetic genome for common baker’s yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) in 2007. The project (0718846-Synthesis and Restructuring of a Yeast Chromosome) was successful, (more…)
MCB welcomed Dr. Matthias Falk to the Cellular Dynamics and Function (CDF) cluster this past December. Dr. Falk is serving as a rotating program director (PD) under the Visiting Scientist, Engineer, and Educator Program (VSEE), where he will work closely with visiting panelists, other PDs, and the greater scientific community to help shape the direction of science. In his role as program director, Dr. Falk’s expertise will help guide funding recommendations; influence new directions in the fields of science, engineering, and education; and support cutting-edge interdisciplinary research. Keep reading below to learn more about Dr. Falk.
Here is a list of the top five most-viewed blog posts of 2017 in descending order. From the shift in no-deadlines to highlighting innovative broader impact activities, this blog features exciting science, news, and opportunities generated or supported by MCB. See what you’ve been missing!
Rolling MCB proposal submissions to be implemented in 2018.
Published Oct 5 under “Funding and Service.”
Above and beyond basic science: Dr. Raj designing a science communication tool called Slideboards at UPenn, and Dr. Neiman and Dr. Schoerning creating a Science Booster Club at UIowa.
Published May 12 under “Broader Impacts.”
Dr. Skop of UW-Madison emphasizes work/life balance, and incorporating your passion into your science.
Published Dec. 12 under “Broader Impacts.”
From NSF grantee, then panelist/reviewer, to the inside scoop: meet Dr. Weinreich as he embarks on his new role at NSF.
Published June 2 under “Getting to Know MCB.”
The 2017 MCB call for grant proposals: program synopsis.
Published Aug. 18 under “Funding and Service.”
Featuring Kyle McElroy, this post is the second in a series highlighting participants in a supplemental funding opportunity to enhance students’ readiness to enter the workforce.This funding was originally announced in DCL NSF 16-067 (Improving Graduate Student Preparedness for Entering the Workforce, Opportunities for Supplemental Support) and is now included in the current solicitation NSF 17-589 (see page 5 of this link). More information about supplemental support on page 81 of the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide.
Check in with your students to discover their interests, then call your MCB Program Officer to discuss your supplemental funding request…today!
— MCB staff members Alexis Patullo and David Barley contributed to this post
MCB welcomed Dr. Elebeoba (“Chi-Chi”) May to the Systems and Synthetic Biology (SSB) cluster this past November. Dr. May is serving a two-year assignment under the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA). As a “rotator,” Dr. May will retain ties to her current institution and return to it with new insights and experience. As a program director, she’ll use her expertise to make funding recommendations; influence new directions in the fields of science, engineering, and education; and support cutting-edge interdisciplinary research. Keep reading below to learn more about Dr. May: (more…)
Attention PIs! Supplemental funding for enhancing students’ readiness to enter the workforce is not only available – it’s been a big hit with participants, too. Read our blog highlights over the next several weeks to hear what they have to say about the positive (more…)
Submitting an annual report is not only a requirement of every NSF award; it’s also your opportunity to assess your project’s progress toward its stated goals. We asked program directors in MCB what tips they have for PIs when writing an Annual Report. Responses addressed all five key sections of the Report. Read below for tips on writing a comprehensive and accurate Annual Report.
Broader Impacts* are just as important as Intellectual Merit in the NSF Merit Review process. Dr. Ahna Skop has found a recipe for broader impacts that’s given the public a taste for science. Learn the story of her not-so-secret ingredients.
For Dr. Ahna Skop, the key ingredients in the recipe for good broader impacts are found in a researcher’s personal passions. (more…)