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  August 2010  |  Volume 1, Issue 1
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Welcome to the inaugural issue of a new email newsletter from the Office of Research, Creative Activities and Technology Transfer (RCATT), located in the NDSU Research and Technology Park. RCATT is the central administrative office for all research conducted at NDSU. NDSU Research Update will provide NDSU research highlights, upcoming events, research policies and procedures, and other newsworthy information. Links to other sources of more detailed information will also appear here.

A special welcome is extended to our newest faculty and staff as we begin a new academic year. Contact us at any time if we can be of assistance in your research efforts.

Philip Boudjouk
Vice President for Research, Creative Activities and Technology Transfer

Computing Tools for Research Continue on Growth Trajectory

Power, speed and pipes are some of the goals as NDSU grows its computing resources for faculty, students and staff who need computing power to conduct their research. A national search is underway for a director to lead the Center for Computationally-Assisted Science & Technology (CCAST). CCAST was previously known as the Center for High-Performance Computing.

Complex computations are used in research projects that include developing materials that mimic bone, data mining, plant and soil science, multi-scale and 3-D modeling, quantum chemical calculations and enzyme structure, among others.

NDSU research resources include an 8 core Nehalem shared-memory server with 96 gigabytes of RAM. Computing clusters include: 96-node/192 core, 32-node/256 core, and 128-node/1024 core. Faculty and students engaging in computational research have access to the clusters by setting up an account. Additional computing resources are available to researchers who submit a research plan and objectives to CCAST. A Storage Area Network supports approximately 300 terrabytes of online storage.

One gigabit per second (Gbps) connections are available in Research 1, Research 2, South Engineering, Sudro, Ladd, Dunbar, Waldron, Walster, Engineering Tech, IACC, Stevens, Minard, Minard Annex, and Dolve. Single mode fiber optic cable is in place for approximately 30 NDSU campus buildings. This is required to bring 10Gbps connectivity to buildings on campus. Buildings with upgraded connections of this kind are now capable (with the appropriate equipment) of connecting to the NDSU network backbone at speeds of 10Gbps.

Federal funding and additional collaboration will allow NDSU to increase robust computing tools to researchers. U.S. Sen. Byron Dorgan has secured more than $21 million for NDSU’s CCAST and $3.25 million in prior funding for NDSU to connect to the Northern Tier Network, a high-tech cyber-infrastructure that can move large amounts of research data.

Upcoming Events

2010 Great Plains Energy Expo
September 20–21, 2010

Civic Center Exhibition Hall—Bismarck, ND
Includes a slate of widely-recognized energy leaders and innovators as keynote speakers.
For more info, see http://www.bismarckstate.edu/gpee/

R&D Showcase
September 28–29, 2010
Alerus Center—Grand Forks, ND
A two-day conference featuring research projects and initiatives in the Red River Valley Research Corridor.
For more info, see http://www.theresearchcorridor.com/content/0082-rd-showcase

ND EPSCoR 2010 State Conference
September 29, 2010
Alerus Center—Grand Forks, ND
Watch for more info at http://www.ndsu.edu/epscor/news/index.htm

Grant-Writing Workshop—NDSU Gear-Up-for-Grants Fall Kick-off
October 6, 2010
NDSU Memorial Union Meadowlark Room
Identifying NSF Opportunities and Developing a Competitive Proposal will focus on the National Science Foundation and provide helpful hints on proposal development that can also translate to other agencies.
Presented by Dr. Joseph Danek and Dr. Thomas Taylor, The Implementation Group, Inc.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Requires Shorter Proposals

Since January 25, 2010, the NIH has required R01 proposal submissions to be reduced from 25 pages to 12 pages, with equivalent shortening of page limits for other types of NIH applications. Scientists must write shorter, more concise grant proposals while still providing sufficient information to explain and support their research projects. Dr. Mukund Sibi, from NDSU’s NIH-funded Center for Protease Research, has extensive experience both as a grantee and as a reviewer of NIH proposals and is willing to visit with and/or provide assistance to researchers attempting to meet the new NIH shorter proposal requirements.

Can’t Find What You Need?

We encourage you to become familiar with the RCATT website at www.ndsu.edu/research. You can also access the website from NDSU’s homepage (www.ndsu.edu) by clicking on RESEARCH at the top of the screen. Over the summer, some behind-the-scenes work was completed on the RCATT website. URLs that point to RCATT web pages that formerly ended in .php now end in .html. The landing pages of the site are redirected automatically to the new URLs. If you are unable to access web pages that were previously bookmarked or marked in your favorites, please change the .php at the end of the URL to .html. If you continue to have RCATT website access problems, please email us at NDSU.Research.Update@ndsu.edu.

Office of Research, Creative
Activities & Technology Transfer
1735 NDSU Research Park Drive
P.O. Box 6050—Dept. 4000
Fargo, ND 58108-6050


Phone 701.231.8045
Fax 701.231.8098