Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Resources to help with human subjects reviews (IRB)

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) has developed a set of resources that you can use to navigate the human-subjects review process, including the use of the new eIRB submission system. Those resources are at

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Science and the Humanities in Dialogue: Important Event at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Colleagues, Missy Seate (a UNC CH alumna) tipped me off to this event. I think it's very relevant to our work and experiences here, and I think many of us would profit from attending.

Science and the Humanities in Dialogue
Thursday, April 23 | 6-8 p.m.
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Complimentary and open to the public, pre-registration preferred.

RSVP online today!

Recently science and the humanities have been portrayed as adversaries in the search for knowledge despite the fact that both are considered “liberal arts.” The evening will feature a moderated conversation between Joe Templeton, Francis Preston Venable Professor of Chemistry, and Lloyd Kramer, professor of history and faculty director of the Humanities Program, who will explore the relationship between these two areas of human inquiry. Topics for discussion will include: What are the roles of the humanities and sciences in the production of human knowledge? What can they learn from each other? How can these two fields of human inquiry be reconciled in a balanced model of education? The panelists will also take questions from the audience. We invite all alumni and science fans to join us from 6-7 p.m. for a reception.  The formal program will begin at 7 p.m.

For more information, and for the link to RSVP, please visit

Monday, April 6, 2015

Fascinating Event Coming Up: Buchdahl Symposium on Science, Technology, and Human Values -- This Friday, April 10.

Please see information below on Buchdahl Symposium on Science, Technology, and Human Values to be held on Friday, April 10th, from 9 am to 5:30 pm, James Hunt Library Auditorium.  The information for the symposium, including the agenda, can be also at:

One of our symposium speakers, Peter Galison, Physicist and Historian of Science, Harvard University will be speaking on U.S. nuclear materials management at the symposium and will also be premiering his related film, "Containment" at the Full Frame documentary film festival on the evening of Friday, April 10th.  

Please feel free to share this information freely with colleagues and students.

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April 10 deadline: NC Sea Grant Preproposals for 2016-18 Core Funding

North Carolina Sea Grant invites preproposals for coastal and marine research projects for the 2016-2018 core funding cycle. Completed preproposals are due April 10, 2015.

“Preproposals identify coastal research needs and describe the relevance of the research to North Carolina,” explains John Fear, deputy director. “We expect diverse proposals from researchers across the state, yet all focusing on topics that fit within our program’s strategic plan.”

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. North Carolina Sea Grant requires nonfederal matching funds equal to at least 50 percent of the funding requested.

Proposals in a wide range of disciplines are encouraged, as are interdisciplinary and interinstitutional proposals that reflect the linkages within the state. Preproposals must emphasize, and fall under, one of the Focus Areas listed in the North Carolina Sea Grant Strategic Plan, which is included as a link in the application materials.

When preparing a preproposal, the principal investigator also must identify applications for — and measurable impacts of — the project’s results, and explain how those results will be shared with user groups. Prospective applicants are encouraged to discuss topics and potential users of the results with Sea Grant staff.

In the preproposal stage, researchers are not required to have approval through a campus administrative process. Completed preproposals must be entered electronically into the North Carolina Sea Grant eSG system by 5 p.m. on April 10, 2015.

Detailed instructions, including the link to the online eSG system, are included with the application materials at, under Resources.

If you have questions, contact Fear at or 919-515-9104. You may also contact Susan White, North Carolina Sea Grant executive director, at or 919-515-2455.

Annual Army Corps of Engineers Institute for Water Resources Call for Proposals

We have received this year's RFP for the US Army Corps of Engineers Institute for Water Resources. The Institute for Water Resources engages in research relating to water management, including floods. The RFP is available at this link.