Funding Opportunity from Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute

As part of its mission to accelerate discoveries to benefit human health, Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute will award funding to support five to 10 pilot pilot projects through its Bridges to Translation award.

The translation of biomedical and health discoveries to application is a long and complex process with high costs and substantial failure rates. As such, the institute seeks to fund pilot projects that build linkages and overcome roadblocks at any stage in the translational process.

Special consideration will be given to projects that focus on development or applications addressing social and environmental determinants of health, specifically as these releate to rural and other vulnerable populations who experience health disparities. This topic includes, but is not limited to:

  • Social determinants
  • Environmental determinants
  • Phenomic determinants
  • Study of and/or interventions focused on diseases of despair (Case and Deaton, PNAS, 2015)
  • New or new applications of methodologies including telemedicine, community-engaged research, big data modeling, etc., in research on the determinants of health
  • Population health and patient-centered outcomes research

Letters of intent for the next round of Bridges to Translation funding are due by 5 p.m. Dec. 2, 2019. Selected proposals will be invited to submit a full application.

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OERA Workshop: How to Get Through an OSP Data Security Review Unscathed

The Office of Engineering Research Administration is sending a friendly reminder about the upcoming Research Matters Series. The first workshop in the series, “How to get through an OSP data security review unscathed,” will be held on Wednesday, October 23, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in 125 Reber Building. The presenters are Stacey Bucha, Data Security Compliance Specialist/Senior Negotiator, and Cheryl George, Export Committee Chair. Light refreshments will be provided. You may attend in-person or via Zoom.

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Please feel free to contact Jessica Hoyt at or 814-863-9132 with questions.

Workshop: Working with Students in Distress: A Guide to Mental Health Resources on Campus

All graduate faculty, program leadership, program staff, ACGE and Graduate Council members are invited to attend a workshop titled “Working with Students in Distress: A Guide to Mental Health Resources on Campus,” hosted by the Graduate School, on Friday, October 25, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library.

Mental health issues with graduate students can present a serious impediment to their education. A recent study (Nature Biotechnology 36, 282-4, 2018) reported that approximately 40 percent of graduate students surveyed showed moderate to severe anxiety and/or depression. This workshop covers how to recognize signs of a mental health crisis, how to advise or approach students when concerns arise, and how to report concerns about students. Representatives from the Office of Student Care and Advocacy, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), and Student Disability Resources will provide an overview of their services and will be available to answer your questions.

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Leonhard Center Workshop: Forming, Supporting, and Assessing Inclusive Teams using CATME

The Leonhard Center will a workshop titled present “Forming, Supporting, and Assessing Inclusive Teams using CATME” on November 7 from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. in Stavely Conference Room (202 Hammond). Lunch will be provided.

This workshop will be a simulation of a “launch class” for student teams in a design course with a common project.  The simulation will include discussion of key characteristics of effective teams based on research on teams and Google’s Project Aristotle, an overview of CATME assessments for teams and why they are important, and completion of a team launch activity.   The five elements of effective teams that will be discussed are: Psychological Safety, Dependability, Structure and Clarity, Meaning, and Impact.  The Team Launch Activity, based on the work of Richard Hackman and Ruth Wageman, is intended to begin to build respect, trust, and structure for the teams.  Participants will complete a pre-workshop survey to provide information needed for the simulation, including an assessment of Team Psychological Safety in a recent team experience, preferences for team composition, and intrinsic interest in the course project.  The last 30 minutes of the meeting will be used for discussion of the simulation and the materials used.

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EGSC Blood Drive

The Engineering Graduate Student Council (EGSC) and the American Red Cross will host a blood drive on Friday, November 8, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM in Kunkle Lounge, Hammond Building.

If your last WHOLE BLOOD donation was before September 13, you are eligible to donate again on November 8!

If your last POWER RED donation was before July 19, you are eligible to donate again on November 8!

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Please direct questions about the drive to William Searight, EGSC Blood Drive Coordinator, at

2019 Leonhard Center Request for Proposals

The Leonhard Center is pleased to request proposals to support enhancements of undergraduate and graduate education in the College of Engineering. We will be accepting proposals in two categories: Limited Scope projects for less than $10,000, which may be submitted by individual faculty or staff members, and Full Proposals, which must involve teams of faculty and/or staff. There are three major themes of interest this year, although all proposals are welcome. The intent to submit deadline is November 1; the submission deadline is November 22.

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