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  September 2013  |  Volume 4, Issue 5
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With a new academic year and many exciting changes, the Office of Research and Creative Activity (RCA) extends a warm welcome to faculty, staff and students! For those of you who are new to campus, RCA is the central administrative office for all research conducted at NDSU.

We have new leadership. Dr. Kelly Rusch will join NDSU as Vice President for Research and Creative Activity beginning September 27. You will soon notice a change in the title of our division. The former title of Research, Creative Activities and Technology Transfer (RCATT) is being shortened to Research and Creative Activity (RCA).

Once Vice President Rusch begins, former Vice President Philip Boudjouk, who has served as NDSU's first Vice President for Research since 2000, will move into a new role within the division as Executive Director of Corporate Research Relations. He will be working closely with Dennis Anderson, Associate Vice President for Business Development and Industrial Relations, to concentrate on further developing NDSU's relationships with the private sector. Their offices will be located in the new Research 1 Addition.

The Research 1 Addition is getting finishing touches and will soon be home to a number of researchers. The building addition is composed largely of wet labs and will be focused on income-generating research activities in partnership with private sector companies and the federal government.

Use PIVOT to Find Grant Opportunities

Time is a precious commodity for faculty who are expected to conduct research and participate in other scholarly activity in addition to teaching. To save time on the task of grant seeking, NDSU researchers are advised to take a little time to learn to use Pivot. Set up customized grant searches that will find grants in your discipline and send email alerts to you when those grant cycles are approaching. Grant email alerts are an efficient way to find out about programs in your field without the need to go online regularly and spend considerable time searching.

There are multiple options for learning to use Pivot. Free webinars, either live or pre-recorded, are available at your desktop and provide information regarding use of Pivot. Find 3- to 5- minute training videos on specific tasks on the Pivot YouTube Channel. Check out the Pivot Support webpage to find "getting started" and additional how-to information. Contact Kay Sizer at NDSU to ask questions about your Pivot account or request a group demo. As you have success with Pivot, please share the information with others!

PIVOT USER TIP: Add Funding Opportunity Deadlines to Your Calendar.  Pivot has made it easier for users to monitor upcoming alert deadlines. From any tracked or active opportunities in your Pivot account, you can add the next deadline for a funding opp to either Outlook, Google calendar, iCal, or Yahoo calendar. Pivot will include the funding opp title, what's due, and the date. Now there's no reason to miss a grant deadline!

Do You Blog or Tweet About Research?

Do you blog or tweet about your discoveries and achievements? The NDSU Office of Research is compiling information about science outreach efforts. Please let us know your Twitter handle or where to find you in the blogosphere. When we receive inquiries about the types of research done at NDSU, we can also refer people to your blog or Twitter feed as you communicate your research and scholarly achievements.

Researchers In the News

Interest continues in research underway at NDSU. Here’s just a sample of media coverage. Some links to these news outlets are available for a limited time.

Bobcat Partners with NDSU

Protecting Bronze Art and Monuments

Crippled by Nostalgia: The Fraud of Retro-Gaming

NDSU Reseacher Studies Gamesmanship

ND Lieutenant Gov. Promotes State for Drones

RFID Sensors in the Round

Study: Williston Population Growth to Continue

If you’d like to suggest a story highlighting NDSU research, let us know. While we may not be able to use every suggestion, we would like to hear from you.

Upcoming Events

Preparing Large Center Proposals - a Workshop
Sponsored by ND EPSCoR; Presented by The Implementation Group (TIG), a consulting firm from Washington, D.C.
October 7, 2013, 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
NDSU Memorial Union
This workshop will focus on writing group grant proposals for large center program opportunities from such agencies as National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. Open to all interested faculty, the workshop will be led by Joseph Danek from TIG in collaboration with Dr. Greg Salamo, University of Arkansas, and Dr. Mark McCourt, NDSU Psychology Department, who will provide valuable advice and insights based on years of experience writing proposals and managing centers. Lunch will be provided. Please Register >>

Gear Up for Grants
"Meet and Greet the New Vice President - Dr. Kelly Rusch"
October 15, 2013, 3:00–4:00 p.m.
NDSU Memorial Union-Hidatsa Room
The first of the Gear Up for Grants events this year allows for the campus community to meet the new Vice President for Research and Creative Activity, Dr. Kelly Rusch. Originally from Wisconsin, Dr. Rusch was a faculty member and administrator at Louisiana State University before taking this position at NDSU. She is a civil engineer with an emphasis on environment. Please join us, even if only for a few minutes! Refreshments will be available. New and junior faculty are especially encouraged to attend. No registration necessary.

2013 Small Business Innovations Summit
Co-Hosted by the Red River Valley Research Corridor, U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp, and U.S. Senator John Hoeven
October 18, 2013, 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Holiday Inn-Fargo, ND
The small business summit will bring together entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders to discuss challenges, opportunities and solutions related to policy and best practices. Companies at every stage of development will interact with experts and experienced professionals from business, government and education/training to share ideas, learn about and discuss strategies and next steps for improving their businesses. Participants will engage in discussions with experts spanning a wide variety of topics including Finance and Access to Capital, Women in Small Business, International Trade, Health Care, Marketing and Sales and many other compelling topics. See more information >>

Gear Up for Grants
"Grant Roundtables"
November 19, 2013, 3:00–4:30 p.m.
NDSU Memorial Union-Prairie Room
The November Gear Up for Grants event will feature Grant Roundtables, an informal way for Sponsored Programs Administration staff and Grant & Contract Accounting staff to interact with faculty and staff about various topics related to grants. Each round table will feature a different topic with an "expert," and attendees will be able to move from table to table to ask questions and get information of their choosing. Tables will feature such topics as proposal processing, budget development, grants.gov, grants management, and effort reporting. Newer faculty are especially encouraged to attend and bring any grant-related questions. Please Register >>

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


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