Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Early Head Start University Partnerships: Building the Evidence Base for Infant/Toddler Center-based Programs

Early Head Start University Partnerships: Building the Evidence Base for Infant/Toddler Center-based Programs

The full announcement for “Early Head Start University Partnerships: Building the Evidence Base for Infant/Toddler Center-based Programs” is available online at:http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/foa/index.cfm?switch=foa&fon=HHS-2015-ACF-OPRE-YR-1010 OPRE intends to award up to four cooperative agreements to fund projects that will contribute understanding and knowledge of how Early Head Start and other early care and education programs can promote and improve early child development by supporting both parenting and caregiving.
Projects must be led by researchers working in partnership with one or more EHS center-based programs and/or EHS-CC Partnership programs. Together, they will identify or develop, implement and examine promising integrated parent and teacher intervention models, curricula, or programs. Evaluation activities will include an implementation study and a rigorous test of the effectiveness of the intervention in one or more settings. Results of these studies are expected to provide valuable information that can help guide center-based programs in their decisions regarding interventions to promote and improve early child development.
Applicants may apply for project periods up to 60 months with five 12-month budget periods. Up to $500,000 may be awarded for each budget period. Letters of intent are dueJune 5, 2015 and applications are due July 6, 2015.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Register Now for Data Matters Short Course Series at RENCI (UNC Chapel Hill)

This appears to be an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in learning about data analytics and "big data." Your colleagues and graduate students might find this useful. 

Important Update: May 16, 2015: In response to faculty interest in this training, my office will make available up to $3000 total to support faculty who wish to attend these workshops. To request the funding, please send an email message to tabirkla@ncsu.edu and include in your note the following: (1) the course you plan to register for (I will fund no more than one two-day course per person), (2) the reason why you believe taking the course will be valuable to you, (3) how the course will enable you to expand your research skills and capabilities and (4) how you plan to bring back what you learned to the college to teach and mentor graduate students and colleagues. I will accept applications until the funds are spent. I will favor support for departments that offer to share the costs of registration, but will not require cost sharing. 

Register Now for Data Matters Short Course Series

Early registration discounts last through May 15 for the second annual Data Matters Short Course Series, courses aimed at business managers, data analytics specialists, academic researchers, data center administrators, and anyone else who grapples with big data issues. The courses will be held June 22 – 26 at the Friday Center for Continuing Education, 100 Friday Center Drive, Chapel Hill.

Last year’s workshop series attracted participants from across the country, including academics, business professionals, and government officials. Data Matters will feature two-day courses on Monday and Tuesday (June 22 and 23) and Thursday and Friday (June 25 and 26), and one-day courses on Wednesday (June 24).  Participants will be able to choose from topics such as Information Visualization, Data Sharing and Reuse, the Internet of Things, Data Creation and Use, Big Data in Health and Medicine, and more.

Data Matters is sponsored by the National Consortium for Data Science (NCDS), the Odum Institute for Social Science Research at UNC Chapel Hill, and the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI).  Registration includes lunch each day and an evening reception with food and refreshments at the DuBose House on Thursday, June 25.  For course descriptions, registration, and more information, visit www.datamatters.org.
Karen Green
Director, Communications and Outreach
Renaissance Computing Institute
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
100 Europa Drive, Suite 540
Chapel Hill, NC 27517-7583
ph: 919-445-9648
mobile: 919-619-8213

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Water Resources Research Institute Request for Faculty Pre-Proposals and Student Proposals for the FY 2016-2107 Competitive Grants Program

Annual Request for Proposals

The FY 2016-2017 request for proposals is now open.  For reference and preparation for this year's call, please see the document linked here.  Note that WRRI is accepting both faculty and student submissions for this call.

For questions, please contact:

John Fear, Deputy Director, 919-515-9104

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Useful Listing of Federal Administrative Data Sets

Colleagues, I received an excellent list of data sources from a representative of the Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics (COPAFS), at the Midwest Political Science Association meeting last month. This list contains links to federal data sets on a very wide range of topics. You and your students may find this very useful.

The list is in a PDF document here. COPAFS's website is www.copafs.org. Let me know if you find this helpful.