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  March 2013  |  Volume 4, Issue 2
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NEON Moves Forward with Construction and Recruiting

After more than a decade of planning, NEON construction has begun. NEON, the National Ecological Observatory Network, invites qualified potential applicants to consider applying for the Domain 9 Field Operations Manager, a new position whose primary location is near Jamestown, ND. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, NEON is a $430 million dollar observatory project dedicated to understanding how changes in climate, land use and invasive species impact ecology.

For the next three decades, using cutting edge technology, NEON will collect a comprehensive range of ecological data on a continential scale across 20 eco-climatic domains representing U.S. ecosystems. Domain 9, the Northern Plains Domain, includes all of North Dakota and parts of Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Montana, with the Domain 9 core wildland site located in North Dakota close to Woodworth, north of Jamestown. There will also be two relocatable sites in North Dakota: one located about 5 miles from the core site near Woodworth and a second one at the USDA Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory (NGPRL) at Mandan, ND.

NDSU is the lead coordinating institution for Domain 9, the Northern Plains, and Dr. Wei Lin, Asssociate Professor of Civil Engineering, has been the contact for Domain 9 activity. Civil construction is currently underway at the Woodworth site, as well as at other domains' core sites around the U.S. Following civil construction, the next phase for Domain 9 will be sensor installation and testing.

The Field Operations Manager position will be key to domain activity. It will include recruiting and supervising all regular and seasonal field personnel supporting the field office, lab and collection sites. This person will administer the operation of the office and laboratory and coordinate logistics and schedules for all maintenance, repair and field activities, using NEON scientific protocols. It will also include performing assignments and recording activities, communication with NEON, Inc., and preparation of an annual operating budget. For more information about the position, see http://www.neoninc.org/jobs/northernplains.

NEON is an integrated observatory that will enable research at continental to regional scales. "It's critical to begin and complete the NEON project as soon as possible," said former NEON Chief Science Officer Dave Schimel. "Our living world is changing rapidly, and NEON's early observations will provide the continental baseline we need to understand and forecast the likely environmental changes we could see over the coming decades."

RCATT Offers Resource for New Faculty

RCATT recently purchased an additional resource intended to help new faculty get started with their research programs. The New Faculty Guide to Competing for Research Funding, available on the RCATT Web site, addresses the key competitive strategies and grant writing skills new faculty need to master for funding success at federal agencies and foundations. Step-by-step tips for planning and writing a grant proposal are included. To access the guide, you must log in using your NDSU email username and password. Click here to log in: The New Faculty Guide to Competing for Research Funding

COS Pivot Adds Enhancements

Regular users of COS Pivot to do grant searches may have noticed recent changes in how Pivot screens look. These enhancements, based on lots of customer feedback, improve the look and feel of Pivot and are designed to make it easier to navigate and use Pivot. This new interface also paves the way for improved profile updating and other enhancements coming later this year. An overview of the new interface is offered as a recorded webinar which can be viewed at any time.

As always, the Pivot Quick Start Guide, short youtube videos, printable articles, and free 30-60 minute webinars are available to help you understand how to use Pivot at your convenience. Contact the Pivot Help Desk with questions or for assistance, or here at NDSU, you may email kay.sizer@ndsu.edu for guidance or to find out your login and password.

Upcoming Events

Monthly COS Pivot Labs
COS Pivot is an online tool for conducting customized searches for grants and collaborators. Monthly COS Pivot labs are offered where NDSU faculty, staff, and students can come to a computer cluster and get hands-on help setting up grant searches and updating their Pivot account and profile. 
March 12, 2013, 3:00-4:00p.m. - EML Rm. 377
April 10, 2013, 3:00-4:00p.m. - Ehly Hall Rm. 119

Please Register >>

Gear Up for Grants Seminar
"Compliance and Grants: What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You"
April 2, 2013, 3:00–4:30 p.m.
EML Rm 378
Presented by Evie Myers, VP for Equity, Diversity, & Global Outreach; and Sponsored Programs Administration staff.
This seminar will cover the compliance areas that grant proposal writers should be aware of as they plan research projects and other activities. Also covered will be an overview of the resources available to address these topics. Please Register >>

Strategic Patent Management Workshop
Hosted by the Red River Valley Research Corridor
April 17, 2013, 8:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.
Center for Innovation-Grand Forks, ND
High tech entrepreneurs need a strong patent portfolio to support product development, partnering, and fundraising. But many entrepreneurs lack the experience to forge and manage a strong patent strategy, especially when juggling multiple competing priorities. This half-day workshop explores how to develop a strong patent strategy, work effectively with patent attorneys, understand and manage risks, and ultimately make solid patent investment decisions. See more information >>

Gear Up for Grants Workshop
"Preparing Your NSF-CAREER Proposal"
April 18, 2013, 9:00 A.M. – 3:00 p.m.
NDSU Memorial Union-Rose Room
Presented by The Implementation Group (TIG), a consulting firm from Washington, D.C.
This all-day workshop is especially for faculty and postdocs who are or will be potential applicants for the NSF-CAREER grants program. The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a highly competitive program that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research. CAREER grant awards provide five years of funding support. New proposals are accepted annually in the last week of July. Please Register >>

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