As part of its investment strategy to strengthen the academic research competitiveness of EPSCoR jurisdictions and advance discovery in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), NSF EPSCoR provides travel support to eligible NSF staff to participate in STEM events organized by EPSCoR jurisdictions.
In This Issue
National Science Foundation Site Visit: NEXUS Project
SISTEM: New STEM Program for High School Students
NEXUS Newsletter: August 2016 Available Now
Nevada Solar-Water Express
Training ‘Solar Savvy’ Teachers: The NEXUS NERDS Program Gives Educators the Tools to Teach Students About Solar Energy
Nevada NASA Programs
NASA EPSCoR Awards Three Faculty Seed Grants
Letter from the Director
While sunshine is abundant in Nevada, water is a scarce resource. In this issue of the NEXUS Newsletter you will read about how our NEXUS scientists and students are devising innovative research approaches to reduce the use of fresh water in solar energy production.
Research at NEXUS focuses on saving water in every stage of solar energy generation: from washing solar panels to cooling the energy produced. We only have the space to highlight three projects from our portfolio of water-related research in this newsletter but other NEXUS research includes investigating the best times and durations to wash solar panels, and using a robot to clean panels to optimize water use. NEXUS researchers are also learning about the types and causes of deposits on panels with a view to reducing water requirements for cleaning.
As always, we welcome future collaborations and partnerships and look forward to hearing back from you!
Seeking Applicants for Grant Accountant
Work on the NSHE SSPO/EPSCoR team! NSHE invites applications for the position of Grant Accountant. This is a renewable, full-time, nontenured, administrative position and reports to SSPO/EPSCoR. The position will be located in Las Vegas, NV.
The Grant Accountant will be responsible for the post-award processing of sponsored programs, which will include oversight of the following core functions: all aspects of the Advantage Financial System, processing budget modifications, expense and revenue transfers, revenue and expense budgets, appropriations and extensions, in addition to effort reporting, data entry, sub-award processing and account close-outs. This position will be required to calculate Facilities and Administrative costs associated with federal and/or for/non-profit awards. The incumbent will be required to invoice agencies for expenditures and prepare drawdowns with the sponsor. The incumbent is required to conduct submonitoring of financial records, provide assistance as needed to research/project administrators internally and to NSHE institutions externally as directed by each sub-award.
The Mission of the NSHE SSPO/EPSCoR Office is to promote collaboration and multidisciplinary learning among NSHE institutions, and to enable alignment of our efforts with the needs of the state to increase research competitiveness. Our goal is to create new opportunities in the State of Nevada for workforce development and promote the development of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines for the state. The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research,(EPSCoR) was created to fund national areas that have historically receive less financial support through research and development (R&D) funding. The goal of EPSCoR is to create strategic partnerships between federal and state agencies, higher education institutions, and private industries to create long-term improvements in scientific research, infrastructures, R&D capacity and national competitiveness.
NEXUS project garners national coverage
NEXUS encourages undergraduate and graduate publications
NEXUS researcher focuses developing a standard for solar energy use
Follow the NEXUS story as it evolves
Good-to-Great-Professor: Early career faculty enhance leadership skills at innovative retreat
Tri-State capstone meeting
RII Track 1 pre-proposals moving forward
Internal position announcement
- Undergraduate research peer-reviewed journal opportunity
As you work on your summer projects, I encourage all of you to think about assembling them into an article for publication. Having a publication as an undergraduate can greatly benefit your future careers and allows you to share your hard work with other undergraduates in the state. The journal is open to all original, thesis-driven, professional articles; so, if you are at all interested, I implore you to consider.Please feel free to contact me directly with questions or visit nsurj.com for more information.
Senior Editor, Nevada State Undergraduate Research Journal
The Nevada System of Higher Education’s Sponsored Programs Office and EPSCoR (NSHE SSPO & EPSCoR) will support student research publication fees and travel expenses for undergraduate and graduate students funded by the Solar Energy-Water-Environment Nexus in Nevada project (NSF Award #IIA-1301726). The intent of these awards is to provide support for expenses related to publishing and/or presenting Nexus research. Costs associated with course-related travel are not allowed.
Request for Proposals (RFP)
2016-2017 Research Infrastructure Development (RID) Seed Grant
Application Deadline: Friday, July 15, 2016 5:00 pm PDT
The Nevada System of Higher Education is pleased to announce a SEED Grant funding opportunity for NSHE faculty through the NASA EPSCoR program. NASA’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is to develop academic research enterprises that are long term, self-sustaining and nationally competitive for non-EPSCoR dollars.
INTERNAL POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT:
Nevada System of Higher Education
National Science Foundation EPSCoR Associate Project Director
Application Procedure and Deadline:
Applications will be accepted until 5:00 pm, Friday, August 12, 2016.
Application packets should be e-mailed directly to Mrs. Lori Brazfield – Lori_Brazfield@nshe.nevada.edu.
For the complete Position Description click here.
NSF EPSCoR – Solar NEXUS External Engagement in Action
NSF EPSCoR – Graduate Student Poster Highlights Solar Nexus 2016 Annual Meeting
NSF EPSCoR – Cyberinfrastructure Day Great Success
Nevada NASA Programs – Website Relaunched