Diversity Planning Committee to Host ‘All In’ Event

The College of Engineering Diversity Planning Committee will host an All In event titled Start the Conversation on Tuesday, February 28, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in 222 IST Building.

The event will include watching the All In video featuring our very own students. Following the video will be a discussion on how we can better serve our diverse student population.

Lunch will be provided.

Register here by February 24.



Paris von Lockette to Speak During Black History Month Scholar’s Program

Paris von Lockette, associate professor of mechanical engineering, will be part of a Black History Month PSU Scholar’s Program panel on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. in Foster Auditorium of Pattee Library.

The program, sponsored by The Alliance for Education, Science, Engineering and Development in Africa and the Department of African American Studies at Penn State, highlights scholarship by faculty members of African descent.

More details and the complete lineup of speakers is included in the February 9 Penn State News story.


COE Climate Improvement Initiative Update

The College of Engineering ENGAGE Climate Study committee has offered to complete a data driven initiative to highlight one of the issues our staff feel strongly about.

Suggestions received at our climate improvement meeting earlier this month centered around workload, pay, and benefits.

What do you feel is an important issue to research and collect data on?

Please send us your ideas by completing the ENGAGE Data Study Voting Form.

Also, if you have additional information or suggestions to share with us in relation to our staff climate study issues please visit our COE Climate Improvement Process Form. 

Both forms are available through Friday, February 24.

Thank you,
Staff Advisory Committee

NASA Early Career Faculty Program to Sponsor Space-Related Research

NASA has released a solicitation titled “Early Career Faculty.”

This solicitation, available on NSPIRES, is an Appendix to the Space Technology Mission Directorate NASA Research Announcement, titled “Space Technology Research, Development, Demonstration, and Infusion 2017 (SpaceTech-REDDI-2017).”

The Appendix seeks proposals from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of outstanding early-career faculty members who are beginning independent research careers. The grants will sponsor research in specific high-priority areas of interest to America’s space program, specifically:

  • Integrated Photonic Sensors and Science Instrument Subsystems
  • Meso- and Micro-scale Fluidic Sample Acquisition and Handling for Human Exploration and Space Science Missions
  • Cognitive Communications for NASA Science and Exploration
  • Big Data and Artificial Intelligence Solutions for NASA Data Challenges 

Grants will be funded up to $200,000 each per year, for as many as three years, based on the merit of proposals and availability of funds.

Notices of Intent are requested by March 3, 2017, and the deadline for proposal submissions is March 31, 2017.

Please direct inquiries to hq-ecf-call@mail.nasa.gov.

‘All In’ Conference to Feature Leaders in Diversity, Higher Education

Registration is open for the “All In at Penn State Diversity and Inclusion Conference,” April 18 at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel at University Park.

The conference will provide opportunities for faculty, students, and employees to learn from and interact with national leaders in the field of educational equity. Three themes will be discussed: Recognizing personal bias and how it affects teaching and learning; how to make diversity an actionable and accountable practice; and implementing change and best practices in the minority hiring process. In addition to speakers, the conference will feature a research poster session for undergraduate students.

More information is included in the February 15 Penn State News article.


Research Computing Committee Meeting Minutes

The COE Research Computing Committee met on February 8.

The committee reviewed and adopted an updated version of the bylaws; Greg Madden, Sr. Advisor for Research Computing and Cyber Infrastructure, provided updates on senior leadership and a decommissioning plan; and Jerry Ciolkosz, IT, discussed projects the IT team is working on and responded to a question about administrative rights in the college.

More specific details are included in the meeting minutes.

CLGBTQE Seeks New Members

The Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Equity (CLGBTQE) invites Penn State staff, faculty, and students to apply for membership

Commission members serve in an advisory capacity to communicate to President Barron recommendations, observations, suggestions, and investigations germane to LGBTQ equity at Penn State.

Members serve three-year terms, hold voting privileges, take an active part in committee work, and have the ability to become part of the executive leadership of the Commission.

Applications can be submitted on the CLGBTQE website and are due February 28, 2017.


Free TechCelerator Boot Camp for Entrepreneurs Accepting Applications

Ben Franklin’s TechCelerator @State College invites area entrepreneurs, researchers, and grad students to participate in a FREE 10-Week Boot Camp.

If you have a new, tech-based business idea that you’ve been eager to implement, check out this program. The weekly sessions run on Tuesdays, March 21, 2017, to May 23, 2017, from 3:00 to 5:00 P.M.

We provide up to $1,000 toward startup costs plus the chance to pitch your business idea to a panel of entrepreneurs at the completion of the course. The top team will receive $10,000 in seed funding to help get the business off the ground.

The deadline for applications is March 3, 2017.

More information is included in a February 14 press release.

Don McCandless / TechCelerator@State College
814-865-2040 / DLM74@psu.edu

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