News for February 3, 2022

EIF Board Chair published in
The Conversation

The COVID-19 omicron variant has many people wondering if it could act as a vaccine of sorts, inoculating enough people to effectively bring about herd immunity. University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia professors Prakash Nagarkatti, Chair of the EPSCoR/IDeA Foundation Board, and Mitzi Nagarkatti wrote for The Conversation about immune response to COVID-19. More
In 2015, the Boards of the EPSCoR/IDeA Coalition and the EPSCoR/IDeA Foundation approved the Joseph G. Danek Award to recognize individuals who develop the best ideas to resolve research disparity. The Danek Award is presented before the EPSCoR/IDeA community to an awardee who “has established a long-term commitment to the ideals and goals which EPSCoR represents befitting for awarding of the prize.”
The EPSCoR/IDeA Coalition and Foundation Board Chairs would like to announce a Dr. Joseph G. Danek Award winner at the annual meeting this year and have formed a Nominating Committee. Send your nomination with brief bio of the nominee and letter of support to Jessica Molesworth by Feb 11.
Have you ever wondered how decisions are made about research funding? Are you thinking about the next step in your career, but not quite sure what to do? Are you interested in making a real impact on science research and funding at the national level? Join NSF’s team!

NSF EPSCoR is looking for new Program Officers and is hosting a recruitment webinar on Feb 4. The webinar will feature presentations from current and former EPSCoR rotators and there will be plenty of time for Q&A.

Click here to join the webinar. (Passcode: 678783)

To join by telephone: US: +1 669 254 5252  or +1 646 828 7666  or +1 551 285 1373  or +1 669 216 1590  or 833 568 8864 (Toll Free) 
Webinar ID: 160 394 5190 
International numbers available here.

Click here for closed captioning. (Event ID: 5030983)

EPSCoR Program Officer Position Summary

NSF Rotator Program Description

From Brittney Van Der Werff, New Mexico EPSCoR: 

Thank you everyone for attending the “Learning to Communicate Your Research Workshop - 3MT style” with Dr. Jovana Milosavljevic Ardeljan on Jan 25, sponsored by the NSF EPSCoR EOD Council. 

If you were unable to attend the workshop, Dr. Milosavljevic Ardeljan graciously allowed us to record the session for later viewing, however, she requested the recording not be shared publicly because these workshops are partly how she makes a living. The link can be shared with anyone involved in an EPSCoR project, cannot be shared with non-EPSCoR affiliates or on a public forum. 

To receive the link or more information, email Brittney. 

New Director for Delaware INBRE

Melinda Duncan, professor of biological sciences at the University of Delaware, has been appointed associate vice president for research at the University of Delaware and director of the Delaware IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE). 

Now, as director of the Delaware INBRE program, Duncan will lead a major initiative to expand the state’s biomedical workforce and infrastructure, with the ultimate goal to improve the health of Delawareans. The network includes UD, Delaware State University, ChristianaCare, Delaware Technical Community College, Nemours Children’s Health and the Wilmington VA Medical Center.

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Seeking Representatives for ERVA’s Volunteer Leadership

The Engineering Research Visioning Alliance (ERVA) is seeking outstanding representatives to serve on its Advisory Board and Standing Council. As a member of the ERVA community, you are encouraged to consider the qualifications for service and, as appropriate, nominate yourself or share this call for self-nominations with outstanding colleagues who have the leadership skills needed to advance ERVA’s mission. Service on these bodies is an exceptional opportunity to catalyze the engineering community’s pursuit of innovative, high-impact research that benefits society. Submissions received by Feb 13 will receive full consideration.

Learn more


As you know, EIF is one of the core partners of ERVA. We want to make sure that EPSCoR/IDeA jurisdictions are well represented at the highest levels of ERVA’s leadership and encourage you to get involved. 
FEB 4: National Research Mentoring Network Communicating Across Difference (CAD) Research Study. Undergrads, grad students, postdoc: Apply to participate in a research study (compensated) investigating what factors may influence the development of researchers’ communication skills, including the role of mentors in facilitating this process. More

FEB 7: NSF Mid-Career Advancement Program. Offers an opportunity for scientists and engineers at the Associate Professor rank (or equivalent) to substantively enhance and advance their research program through synergistic and mutually beneficial partnerships, typically at an institution other than their home institution. More

FEB 9, 12 noon ET: NIH Climate Change and Health Webinar Series: “Why is Climate Change a Health Threat.” Webinar discusses how climate change exacerbates health disparities, causing people from racial and ethnic minority communities and people from low-income households to feel the harm of climate change first, worst, and longest. Register
FEB 10: NRMN Black History Month Webinar, 12 noon ET. Drs. Antentor Hinton, Haysetta Shuler and Sandra Murray will be discussing how Technostress and John Henyrism can impact mentoring relationships during the pandemic. Register

FEB 11: STEM for All Video Showcase Call for Presenters. YShare your federally-funded project to improve STEM & CS education by submitting a three-minute video. Discuss it online with researchers, educators, policy makers and the public. More

FEB 11: Consortium for Plant Invasion Genomics. Seeking applicants for more than twenty in-person, undergrad research positions for Summer 2022! Research mentors across 15 US states have projects working with plants, invasive species, and/or genomics. Participants will receive a stipend of $4,000, another $2,000 for travel and living expenses, $1,000 in research funds, and full travel funds to the CPING annual conference in Aug 2022. More
More on our online calendar page

Jurisdiction Highlights


Alaska can’t offer much in the way of sagebrush or pygmy rabbits. What it does have is burgeoning capacity to study microbes, which is why a consortium of Western EPSCoR states is partnering with the University of Alaska-Fairbanks on a study of how the gut bacteria of desert animals enable them to digest toxic plants. Mario Muscarella, an Assistant Professor of Microbiology at UAF is the newest partner in “Genomics Underlying Toxin Tolerance (GUTT),” an NSF EPSCoR Track-2 project with the goal of better understanding the relationship between toxic plants and herbivores. Campuses in Idaho, Nevada and Wyoming have been collaborating on the $7M project. More


In an attempt to study microbes in their natural environment, co-chief scientists Drs. Eric Wommack and Shawn Polson led other members of the Viral Ecology and Informatics Lab (VEIL) in an NSF EPSCoR-funded mission on the R/V Hugh R. Sharp, University of Delaware’s 146-foot ocean-going research vessel. Shown above is Poslon, who is also the director of Delaware INBRE’s Bioinformatics Core, releasing the holey sock drogue, a type of sea anchor, that will drift 15 meters below the ocean surface. The science team followed the drogue for two experiments on either side of the Gulf Stream. More

Applications now open for Delaware INBRE’s Summer Scholars 2022. “It helped me narrow down exactly what type of biomedical or life science-related career I would want to pursue after graduating.” said a previous Summer Scholar participant. Apply by March 1. More


Meet Idaho NSF EPSCoR Visiting Tribal Scholar Shanny Spang Gion. The two-year Visiting Tribal Scholar position was created at the University of Idaho to identify ways in which institutions of higher education could facilitate Indigenous student education, increase enrollment, and increase success rates of existing students. Shanny Spang Gion is Northern Cheyenne and Crow and an enrolled citizen of Northern Cheyenne. “EPSCoR has allowed me the space and provided support to explore and enact changemaking in higher education in service to and with Indigenous communities.” More


Due to several unforeseen circumstances throughout the Commonwealth in the last couple of months which have impacted students, the KY INBRE Program Office has made the decision to extend the application period for our Summer Undergrad Research Program (SURP) by one week. The new deadline to apply is Feb 18. More


Applications for the Mississippi State University Summer 2022 Extension Undergrad Apprenticeship opportunities are now open. 10-week program is supported by USDA NIFA. Apply by Feb 14. More

New Mexico

New Mexico NSF EPSCoR has a new YouTube video available. This webinar covers the most recent solicitation for the NSF RII Track-4 EPSCoR Research Fellows mechanism presented by Dr. Chinonye Nnakwe Whitley, NSF Program Director.

New Hampshire

New Hampshire BioMade (NSF EPSCoR) has two kinds of postdoc openings in chemical engineering (biomolecular modeling and simulation) and in metal deformation processes. More

Rhode Island

Applications are being accepted for Rhode Island NSF EPSCoR’s Summer Undergrad Research Fellowship program, a 10-week research experience. Students receive a $5,300 stipend and up to $550 for supplies. A part-time option is also available. Apply by Feb 11. More

RI NSF EPSCoR Vis-a-thon 2022 program is open to any undergrad, grad student or postdoc conducting STEM research at an RI C-AIM partnering institution. Program takes place the first and last weekends of March. Apply by Feb 16. More

South Carolina

SC Translational Research Improving Musculoskeletal Health (SC TRIMH, COBRE located at Clemson University) Director Dr. Hai Yao and his collaborator at NIH Dr. Janice Lee, received an NIH U-01 $3.18M three-year grant for their project entitled, “Assessment of Temporomandibular Joint Morphology, Mechanics, and Mechano-biology in Class II and III Target and Surgical Phenotypes.”


Vermont NSF EPSCoR researcher Dr. Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux will be honored with a lifetime achievement award at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers in Feb 2022. Dupigny-Giroux was chosen unanimously by the AAG's Climate Specialty Group to honor her many achievements in climate science. More
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