Thursday, March 28, 2013

Event on "Big Data"

Colleagues, many you have raised an interest in the idea of "big data," which involves the collection, storage, curation, and analysis of very large sets of data. Big data ideas are important to commerce and industry, but also to government, national security, social service provision, and, indeed, any human endeavor (including the humanities).

This announcement is taken direction from The Bulletin, at

The text of that announcement is listed below. If you attend this event, or any part of it, please let me know what you learned.



Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend an informational program on big data analytics next month that kicks off the spring meeting of the Center for Innovation Management Studies. “Big Data for Fun & Profits: Your Guide to Top-Line Growth in the 21st Century” will be held 9–11 a.m. Tuesday, April 16, in the Hunt Library.  Register in advance for the free event.
The program includes:

Postdoctoral Native American Studies Research Fellowship

Colleagues, I received this information from Ray Fornes in Physics, who is NCSU's point of contact with Oak Ridge Affiliated Universities (ORAU). This may be a very good opportunity for CHASS. Please share with any colleagues who may find this interesting.


Dear Colleagues:
The National Institute of Justice is seeking proposals for the funding of one or more postdoctoral Native American Studies Research Fellowships to applicants who show the greatest potential for future achievement as scholars and researchers, and who can demonstrate experience relevant to the unique demands of working with tribal communities, including experience working in Indian Country and Alaska Native villages. As the principal research agency within the Department, NIJ is dedicated to improving knowledge and understanding of crime and justice issues through science. The program offers scientists an opportunity to participate full-time on research addressing tribal crime, victimization, and justice issues relevant to the work of NIJ and public policy.
For assistance with substantive requirements of this solicitation, contact Christine Crossland, Senior Social Science Analyst, by telephone at 202–616–5166or by e-mail at 

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Fuqua School of Business Roundtable: Immigration and Visa Policies on US Competitiveness

People who study labor force, competitiveness, and immigration may find this interesting.

This is a reminder that we hope you can join us for a March 28 roundtable discussion at the Fuqua School of Business on the impact of American immigration and visa policies on U.S. competitiveness, hosted by the NFTC Foundation, Duke University, the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce and the Partnership for a New American Economy. 

Discussants include Madhu Beriwal, President and CEO, IEM; Aaron “Ronnie” Chatterji, Associate Professor, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University; Judith Cone, Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Chris Hare, Founder, The nTeTe Group; Nicole Hedrick, Director, Global Immigration, IBM; Jeremy Robbins, Director of the Partnership for a New American Economy; and Michael Schoenfeld, Vice President, Public Affairs and Government Relations, Duke University.


Jake Colvin
Vice President, Global Trade Issues
National Foreign Trade Council
Tel: (202) 887-0278 x2025 / / /

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

University of New Hampshire: 1st Annual Seminar in Culture and Sustainability

Colleagues, this is relevant to the humanities, not just social scientists. Indeed, it is aimed and humanists, and many of you will find this interesting.

This July, UNH will offer what we hope will be the first annual seminar in Culture and Sustainability.  
(Deadline extended!)

UNH is a nationally recognized leader in sustainability, especially in the areas of climate & energy, biodiversity, and food systems.  We now want to ramp up the participation of humanities scholars in sustainability. For a week, you can join us in Durham to discuss readings and work on a writing or teaching project in the company of like-minded people at our new summer seminar, "Ecology and Ethnicity: Sustainability Studies' Contributions to Place." 

I hope you'll take a look and think creatively about how your work might apply. You do NOT need to be researching and writing about "nature": to us, "sustainability" means attending to "coupled human-natural systems," meaning that it is not solely about ecological issues but also calls for attention to historic preservation, public memory, digital cultures, as well as to the questions around gender, ethnicity and power that are the mainstay of much of the best humanities scholarship.  So, for instance, we have invited one seminar leader (Angel Nieves, Hamilton College) who's an architectural historian working with black diasporic public memory projects, and another (Darren Ranco, University of Maine) who's a cultural anthropologist working with Maine Indian basket makers and cultural revitalization.

Send a 1-page c.v. and 1-page statement describing your current scholarship to our our faculty fellow Siobhan Senior

Please spread the word, and consider joining us.  And if you have an idea you'd like to run past us, please don't hesitate to be in touch with Siobhan.

Siobhan Senier
Associate Professor, English
Faculty Fellow, Sustainability Institute
James H. and Claire Short Hayes Chair in the Humanities
University of New Hampshire
95 Main St.
Durham NH 03824-3574

Friday, March 15, 2013

Research Funding Workshop for Early-Career Faculty

Colleagues, please share this announcement with your junior colleagues--this is an excellent opportunity to learn how to use COS Pivot to find research funding opportunities, including those in the humanities and social sciences. This is the same tool we use in the Research Office to find opportunities for research funding. It's a very powerful tool, and well worth learning.

Research Funding Workshop:
A hands-on opportunity for
early career faculty, co-presented 
by Chris Horn of Refworks' Pivot 
and Carol Ashcraft of NC State 

March 22, 2013 
9:30 a.m., repeat session at 1:30 p.m.
Room 3412 College of Textiles
Centennial Campus

Early career faculty are invited to a workshop by Customer Education and Training Manager Chris Horn of RefWorks, developer of COS Pivot, and NC State’s Research Development Office, with Carol Ashcraft co-presenting.  

The workshop is intended to equip participants with the knowledge and skills they need to:
·       Create, refine and save customized funding alerts
·       Track specific opportunities to receive immediate, automated alerts for any changes in those programs
·       Share opportunities with colleagues
·       Create, claim and effectively update a research profile
·       Identify prospective collaborators inside and outside NC State
·       Use help and support resources

Individual assistance will also be provided.

The workshop is free, but reservations are required because space is limited.  Please RSVP to and specify which session you prefer to attend.   Detailed directions to Room 3412 will be provided.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Presentation on Fulbright Programs for Faculty

Interesting in Teaching or 
Doing Research Abroad?


Presentation on Fulbright Programs for Faculty
Panel Discussion with Recent Fulbright Scholars
Light lunch will be provided

Friday, March 22
11:30 am-1:00 pm
126 Witherspoon
(Cates Ave and Dan Allen Drive)
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
Sponsored by:

NC State Office of Faculty Development
NC Fulbright Association
Information: 919-513-3636 or contact
Directions: 126 Witherspoon Student Center (click on link for map.  See Bldg. # 81)

Available Parking (for a small fee):
Reynolds Coliseum Deck     (Click on link. See Bldg. #99)

Dan Allen Drive Deck
Note: Dan Allen Drive is closed to thru traffic from 9 a.m. -5 p.m.  Approach must be from Hillsborough St. only.
Click on link.  See Bldg. # 60

Please RSVP by opening the link below.

Follow this link to the Survey:
Take the Survey

Or copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser:

If this link doesn't work, please direct your inquiries to the number and email listed above.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

North Carolina Sea Grant Request for Preproposals

North Carolina Sea Grant Opens New Funding Cycle
Preproposals Due April 5, 2013

North Carolina Sea Grant invites preproposals for coastal and marine research projects for the 2014-2016 core funding cycle.  Completed preproposals are due April 5, 2013.

"Preproposals identify coastal research priorities and describe the relevance of the research to North Carolina," explains Susan White, executive director.  "We expect a wide range of topics for projects seeking improved understanding, utilization and management of marine and coastal resources, particularly relating to coastal North Carolina and adjacent regions."

Full proposals will be requested later this year only from investigators who have submitted preproposals.  Maximum Sea Grant funding for the two-year funding period will be $100,000 per project.  Sea Grant requires nonfederal matching funds for at least one-third of the project's total costs.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Joint EPA & NCSU Poster Session for EPA and NCSU Researchers on Thursday, March 28

Research Collaboration Event
Between EPA-RTP and NCSU
You are invited to attend

The Second Joint EPA & NCSU Poster Session for EPA and NCSU Researchers on Thursday, March 28 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the US EPA-RTP Auditorium –Main Building C Room 111, Research Triangle Park (flyer is attached)

This event is a major collaboration effort between EPA-RTP and NCSU. It is a follow up to the poster session hosted by NC State on Centennial Campus in Spring 2012 attended by 84 NCSU and EPA researchers presenting 57 posters.

EPA-RTP will host this next event with the continuing effort to accomplish the following objectives: