November 26, 2014
Graduate and Research Programs Conference: Registration Closes Soon
The University of Florida Office of the Provost and the Bob Graham Center for Public Service will host a conference on Building Robust Graduate and Research Programs for the Future, December 11-12 in UF's University Auditorium. Learn more.
In appreciation of faculty participation, three faculty names will be drawn by the Provost at the end of the conference to receive a $1000 award for use in support of graduate students or faculty research.
Register by December 1: https://future-graduate-education.eventbrite.com
Submitted by the Office of the Provost
National Academy of Sciences - Jefferson Science Fellowship 2015
The Secretary of State announced, on October 8, 2003, the Jefferson Science Fellows (JSF) program at the U.S. Department of State. This program, which now includes the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), serves as an innovative model for engaging the American academic science and engineering communities in U.S. foreign policy.
- Must be a U.S. citizen
- Must be a scientist, technologist, engineer, or physician holding a tenured, or similarly ranked, academic appointment at a U.S. college or university
- If awarded, the candidate must successfully complete and maintain security clearances at the U.S. Department of State/USAID
Each Fellow will spend one year at the U.S. Department of State or USAID in Washington, D.C. The assignments may be coordinated with the relevant U.S. embassy overseas. All JSF assignments will be designed through a consultation that considers both the interests and expertise of the Fellow and the needs of the hosting office. Following the fellowship year, the Jefferson Science Fellow will return to his/ her academic career, but will remain available to the U.S. government as an experienced consultant for short-term projects.
Applicants will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
- Ability to articulate science and technology issues to the non-specialist/general public,
- Ability to rapidly and accurately understand scientific advancements outside their discipline area and to effectively integrate this knowledge into U.S. Department of State/USAID policy discussions,
- Open-mindedness and receptive attitudes toward public policy discussions at the U.S. Department of State/USAID, and
- Stature, recognition and experience in the national and international scientific or engineering communities.
Faculty interested in applying should contact UF Office of Research (Attn: Jeevan Jyot firstname.lastname@example.org) by Dec 1, 2014.
The deadline for 2015-2016 program year applications/nominations to NAS is January 12, 2015.
For UF’s announcement, internal coordination details and a link to the full solicitation, please visit: http://my.research.ufl.edu/Applications/FundingOpportunities/ArticleDetail.aspx?id=39371
Please contact us if we can be of further assistance.
Jeevan Jyot, Ph.D.
Research Program Development
Office of Research
234 Grinter Hall
University of Florida 32611
(352) 273 3065
Submitted by Jeevan Jyot, Office of Research
2014 Historic St. Augustine Preservation: Research, Interpretation and Education Grant Program
The Historic St. Augustine Preservation Research, Interpretation and Education Grant Program has been established to support the initiative of the State of Florida set forth in Florida Statute 267.1735 designating the University of Florida as insurer of the long-term preservation and interpretation of state-owned historic properties in St. Augustine. This statute envisions the University as meeting the state’s educational needs in historic preservation, archaeology, cultural resource management, cultural tourism and museum administration through its activities in St. Augustine. The University of Florida must tell the story of St. Augustine to local, state, and international audiences while helping maintain the viability of the city’s historic fabric.
Project proposals submitted must be in support of the University of Florida St. Augustine program as described above. Preference shall be given to new projects and to those multi-disciplinary in nature and that research and/or tell the story of St. Augustine to diverse audiences. Proposals having the greatest potential for garnering support for the University’s responsibilities and goals in St. Augustine will be preferred. Proposals will be reviewed by the Committee on Education, Interpretation and Facilities of UF Historic St. Augustine, Inc., the direct support organization of the University established to further the purposes of the University of Florida program in St. Augustine.
One or more grants may be awarded up to a total of $40,000.Proposals may be submitted by any University of Florida faculty member (PI) who is eligible to submit a proposal to an external funding agency. Courtesy, Adjunct, Visiting and OPS faculty; Assistant In, Associate In, Senior Associate In; Research Associates; and Postdoctoral Associates are not eligible to be PIs for Historic St. Augustine Preservation Research, Interpretation and Education Grants, but may participate as co-PIs or co-investigators.
Deadline for submission of a proposal is January 5, 2015. A budget, timeline and deliverables must be articulated as part of the proposal; the proposal is limited to a total of five pages. Address and send proposals to the Committee on Education, Interpretation and Facilities, UF Historic St. Augustine, 720 SW 2nd Avenue, Suite 108, PO Box 115575 Gainesville, FL 32601-5575 by email to the Committee at: email@example.com.
Submitted by Angel Kwolek-Folland, Academic and Faculty Affairs, Office of the Provost
2015 Water Institute Graduate Fellows (WIGF) Program Awarded
Congratulations to the Water Institute faculty team, led by Dr. David Kaplan, who have been awarded the 2015 Water Institute Graduate Fellows (WIGF) Program!
The faculty team includes David Kaplan (Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment), Stephanie Bohlman and Denis Valle (School of Forest Resources and Conservation, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences), Kai Lorenzen (School of Natural Resources and Environment), Cynthia Simmons and Bob Walker (Geography, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences), and Simone Athayde (Tropical Conservation and Development, Center for Latin American Studies). The award will support six new PhD students beginning in Fall 2015.
The team’s proposal, "Hydrologic transformation in the Amazon basin: reconciling economy, society, and the environment in the world’s largest watershed” brings together students and faculty from the biophysical and social sciences to address the complex and interactive set of impacts brought about by the construction and operation of dams and other hydraulic infrastructure in the Amazon.
Submitted by Wendy Graham, UF Water Institute
UF Help Desk Assistance Over Thanksgiving Weekend
The UF Computing Help Desk will close at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Email support (firstname.lastname@example.org) and phone call assistance (352-392-HELP/4357) will resume again at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, November 28. Note: Emergency assistance will still be provided 24/7 for account and course management system issues during the Thanksgiving holiday period.
Submitted by Richard Lowery, UF Information Technology
MCDA BEAD Workshop
Do you seek to educate, empower and mobilize those around you?
Do you strive to make the University of Florida a more inclusive community?
Would you like to provide people with a chance to enhance their leadership?
Bring BEAD to your class, department, or organization!
BEAD is a workshop that focuses on identity exploration and understanding diversity. BEAD aims to bring awareness and understanding of various identities and perspectives people have.
BEAD is a resource provided by the University of Florida’s department of Multicultural and Diversity Affairs and is facilitated by ambassadors and staff within the department.
To request a BEAD workshop for your class, department, or organization, please visit multicultural.ufl.edu.
More information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nRN3jUqR68
Submitted by Ellen C. Kostewicz, Multicultural & Diversity Affairs
New video explains what the Institutional Repository at UF is and how it benefits faculty and students
Explaining what an Institutional Repository (IR@UF) is and how it benefits faculty and students has long been a difficult task not only at the University of Florida, but at universities across the United States. The George A. Smathers Libraries have launched a new video and accompanying poster that explains in a graphical and humorous manner what the IR@UF is, what types of content can be uploaded, how to upload content and the benefits of placing materials in the IR@UF.
The $5,000 project was funded by an internal library mini-grant awarded to Scholarly Communications Librarian Christine Fruin and a project team of library faculty and staff. After bids were received from four local designers, Sequential Arts Workshop (SAW) was chosen to conceive, write and illustrate the video and poster in collaboration with the project team. Justine Mara Andersen of SAW was the primary illustrator, designer and animator, with assistance from SAW Executive Director Tom Hart. UF theater students Nazeeh Tarsha and Angelique Rivera lent their vocal talents to the video.
Fruin explained, “A common reaction from non-library folk upon hearing the term ’institutional repository’ is a glazed-eye confusion about what it even is and how it can be used. The term is so clinical and dry, as is often the attempt to describe it. I have often marveled at some of the creative messages, infographics and the like, that have been employed by libraries and other organizations in communicating technical, factual and even legal information. So I thought, ‘hey, why can’t we do that to get people interested in the IR?’ SAW took our list of concepts and points of information and created an entertaining marketing device that I think will get the UF community interested in this wonderful resource we offer them.”
Andersen said “I had no idea when we at SAW started work for the IR@UF that the end result would become one of the projects I am most proud of. It's obvious to anyone who looks at the animation that it was a labor of love. A spirit of humor, beauty and full color fun runs through all 6 minutes and 40 seconds of the piece. So sit back and enjoy, and if it's half as much fun to watch as it was to create, then we have all done our jobs. Oh…and if you manage to learn how valuable the IR@UF is while watching it…that's groovy, too.”
The video can be viewed from the IR@UF: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/AA00026849/00001
The poster can be viewed here: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/l/AA00027045/00001
Submitted by Barbara Hood, George A. Smathers Libraries