News in brief

‘RA 101’ course offers 10-session introduction to research administration

Each fall, the Office of Research and Graduate Studies provides the KU community with a free, user-friendly orientation to the ins and outs of research administration. Called “RA-101,” this year’s edition starts Sept. 8 and continues on consecutive Wednesdays through Nov. 10.

RA-101 is designed to help educate campus administrators and staff about the management of externally sponsored grants and contracts. It addresses a range of issues related to research projects, including submitting grant proposals, award spending and monitoring, intellectual property issues, the responsible conduct of research and how research funding is measured at KU.

Each of the 10 two-hour sessions focuses on a specific topic. The course also provides an opportunity to develop contacts with people from a number of departments and disciplines across campus. Members of the university community who complete the course receive a certificate of completion, and their participation will be noted in their personnel files.

All sessions of RA-101 are held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Apollo Room in Nichols Hall. To enroll, send an e-mail with your name, affiliation, phone and e-mail address to Past participants are welcome to drop in on any session for a refresher. The topics for each session can be found on the KU Calendar, For more information, contact Michelle Hayes, 864-7688 or, or go to

Faculty, staff encouraged to attend ‘Taste of Lawrence’

The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce's annual Taste of Lawrence is set for Sept. 15 and KU faculty and staff are invited to attend. The annual education appreciation event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Crestline Drive and Bob Billings Parkway. The event offers KU faculty and staff an opportunity to network with local business leaders as well as their peers from the Lawrence School District, Haskell Indian Nations University and Baker University. More than 20 local Lawrence restaurants will be providing samples of their food. Tickets can be purchased for $25 from the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce at or by calling 865-4400.

‘Leading the CLAS’ workshop series offers events throughout year

Leading the CLAS, a faculty workshop series, is offering events throughout the academic year. All presentations are free and open to the campus community. No registration is required.

“Getting to Full”

3:30 p.m., Sept. 21, Malott Room, Kansas Union

Associate professors are becoming the new “squeeze generation,” weighed down by increasing demands of professional service, personal commitments and mentoring the next generation of scholars; leaving little time to explore new research areas and to formulate a plan for promotion. Panelists will share career strategies and suggestions for making the transition to full professor.

“The Entrepreneurial Scholar”

3:30 p.m., Oct. 26, Malott Room, Kansas Union

Scholars seek to be academically engaged and highly relevant to colleagues in their fields as well as to society. Panelists will discuss how scholars can engage the public and private sectors and transfer their innovations and primary research into new scholarly communities and social spheres.

“Inspiring the Next Generation”

Noon, Dec. 7, Malott Room, Kansas Union

Panelists will provide advice and best practices for mentoring junior colleagues, postdocs and graduate students through their development into the scholars of tomorrow.

“What Does it Take to be a DP”

Noon, Jan. 24, Malott Room, Kansas Union

“Taking Charge: Selecting Your Leadership Role”

3:30 p.m., Feb. 23, Big 12 Room, Kansas Union

“Public Intellectuals”

3:30 p.m., April 7, Big 12 Room, Kansas Union

‘NSF Day’ workshop slated for Oct. 5

The National Science Foundation, KU and Kansas NSF EPSCoR will hold an "NSF Day" workshop Oct. 5 in the Kansas Union. The all-day workshop is primarily designed for researchers and educators less experienced in proposing to the NSF, however, more experienced proposers and NSF grantees may well find the workshop useful and informative.

The workshop will provide an overview of NSF and its mission, priorities and budget. It will cover the NSF proposal and merit review process and NSF programs that cut across disciplines. Additionally, representatives from the seven NSF directorates and the Office of International Science and Engineering will make presentations on their programs and will be available informally and in breakout sessions for discussions of potential research proposals. Kansas NSF EPSCoR will provide registrants with lunch and a formal presentation about its programs during the noon hour.

Information about “NSF Day” at KU, including a registration form and preliminary agenda, is available online. There is no registration fee for the workshop, but pre-registration is required by Sept. 27. Registration is limited.

Statewide NSF conference set for Oct. 4

Kansas NSF EPSCoR will hold its annual statewide conference in Lawrence this year. The all-day event will take place Oct. 4 at the Adams Alumni Center. All researchers associated with the major initiative, Climate Change and Renewable Energy, are invited to attend, including scientists from KU, Kansas State University, Haskell Indian Nations University and Wichita State University. In addition, all scientists associated with the cyber project, Oklahoma and Kansas: a cyberCommons for Ecological Forecasting, are invited, along with NSF staff, legislators, members of the Kansas Board of Regents, the Kansas Bioscience Authority and the Kansas Technology Enterprise Corporation.

Keynote speakers for the statewide conference are

• George Crabtree, senior scientist, distinguished fellow and associate division director in the materials science division at Argonne National Laboratory

• Linda O. Mearns, senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, executive director of the North American Regional Climate Change Assessment Program and director of the Institute for the Study of Society and the Environment

The event will also feature research highlights, updates and posters from the Kansas NSF EPSCoR major initiatives. The registration deadline is Sept. 27. Check the Kansas NSF EPSCoR site for additional agenda information as the date approaches.

KU part of cooperative grant to improve educational connections

The National Science Foundation has awarded $1.176 million over two years to KU, Kansas State University and Wichita State University, who will collaborate to upgrade a shared data network that will better connect Kansas’ educational institutions.

The funded project, called Prairie Light: Next Generation Optical Networking for Mid Continent Science, will significantly boost the bandwidth of KanREN, the Kansas Research and Education Network and make the network more stable and reliable to benefit research initiatives in Kansas.

Scientific inquiry depends on advanced data communications, and the proposed upgrades will help scientists acquire and analyze large data sets and also collaborate over wider areas.

Students at Kansas’ leading research universities as well as two- and four-year institutions of higher learning will benefit from new tools and expertise provided in the improved data network.

The award will be administered through the Kansas NSF EPSCoR office, located on KU’s west campus.

Kristin Bowman-James, a University Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at KU, is the principal investigator for the project.

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