Limited Submission: NSF Partnerships for Innovation: (BIC) on Smart Service Systems

The National Science Foundation is currently soliciting proposals for their PFI: Building Innovation Capacity (BIC) program under the topic of Smart Service Systems. This is a limited submission with an institutional limit of two.  Building Innovation Capacity (PFI:BIC) program supports academia-industry partnerships to focus on post-discovery, academic-led research that advances, adapts and integrates technology into a human-centered smart service system and builds innovation capacity:

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David Bates at the Humanities Center PostHUMANities series

The second lecture in the PostHUMANities series organized by Lehigh’s Humanities Center, was given by Prof. David Bates, chair of the Rhetoric Department at Berkeley University. His lecture, part of a project provisionally titled Human Insight: An Artificial History of Natural Intelligence, examined the history of artificial intelligence and cybernetics.

In a talk that spoke to historians of science and technology, media theorists, cognitive scientists, and anyone interested in the relationship between cognition and technology in a digital world, Prof. Bates argued that philosophical and scientific discourses of the mind and of technology both depend on analogies between cognitive processes and computational systems. Professor Bates highlighted the ways in which the brain has been seen to function like a machine and, inversely, machines have been understood to operate much like minds—from the early modern period to today. Continue reading David Bates at the Humanities Center PostHUMANities series

Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) Announcement from DoD

The Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) funding opportunity from the Department of Defense is now accepting white papers for research grants for nineteen listed topics (also copied below). MURI efforts involve teams of researchers (from one or more institutions) investigating high priority topics and opportunities that intersect more than one traditional technical discipline.

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Accelerator Grant Brown Bag TOMORROW, October 8th, at 12 Noon

Tomorrow (Wednesday, 10/8), we will be holding an information session on the Accelerator Grant Program in the Humanities Center (West Packer Avenue, Across from the Packer House).  Light refreshments will be provided.  Please feel free to bring your lunch and your questions about the program.

Also, please be aware that the dates for the Accelerator Grant Program have been updated.  The new dates are:

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Strohl Grants: Guidance for Preparing Stellar Applications

On October 17th, applications are due for the 2014 Fall Strohl Undergraduate Research and Senior Thesis Grants.  The purpose of the Strohl Grant Program is to encourage students in the humanities and/or social sciences to pursue independent, engaged research outside of their normal coursework.  These independent projects should be mentored by a faculty member and should expand the experiences, perspectives, and skills of our students.

As the administrator for this program, I get a lot of questions about the program’s intent and what makes a great Strohl Research Grant proposal.  I’ve sat down to collect some of the best bits of advice to help guide you as a student or a mentor in preparing a successful application.

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Wildly interdisciplinary

Now and then, we hear a great lecture, followed by the discussion it evokes, and tick off a list of people who would have thoroughly appreciated both. Cary Wolfe’s talk this afternoon in the Humanities Center’s series on postHUMANities provided a prime example. Nominally about Wallace Stevens’ use of birds in his poetry, Prof. Wolfe used his discussion of Stevens’ poetics to develop points about, inter alia, ecology (whether it’s at all possible to fully delineate organism from environment, or to argue that organisms truly share the very same environment) and theory of mind (whether a mind develops or exists in an organism’s “wetware,” fully separate from its interactions with the “outside”), with some brief touches on economics, politics and ethics. For me, being weak in humanistic materials in which he assumed the audience would be well versed, yet able to recognize facility with scientific reasoning and results, the session provided a wonderful example of the variety of starting points and paths by which a good scholar can arrive at useful understanding.

Next up, on October 23: David Bates from UC Berkeley, whose interests include modern European intellectual history, history of media and technology and of political thought, cognition, epistemology, and artificial intelligence.

This is going to be an interesting series…

Accelerator grants for Fall, 2014

Guidelines for Accelerator grant applications for Fall 2014 are here.

Accelerator grants support teams of Lehigh investigators in developing multi-investigator research programs in particularly promising areas. Based on a team’s identification of a major, specific area of opportunity and ways in which it can excel in that area, these grants provide significant flexibility in use of the grant funds. Teams are expected to use these grants to broaden and quicken their access to sources of outside support that will enable them to sustain highly productive multi-investigator programs. These grants should enable an already strong group to grow a sustainable program more rapidly than would otherwise have been likely.

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Faculty Research Grants (FRG) Announcement for Fall 2014

Guidelines for Faculty Research Grant (FRG) applications for Fall 2014 are available here.

For returning applicants, guidelines are the same as last year. FRG grants provide up to $6,000 for conduct of research, with emphasis on projects likely to enable development of a new research focus, expand applicants’ research programs beyond their current scope, or enable ongoing programs to have expanded impact. Applications are due on October 10.

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The purpose of this blog is to connect faculty, staff, and students to developments of the research landscape both within Lehigh and beyond.  Our vision is to contribute to a healthy academic environment for original scholarship characterized by rich exchange among disciplines.  As such, we are continually looking at ways to better support the Lehigh community and share the many resources and lessons we’ve collected along the way.  This blog will be sharing everything from learnings gained through conference attendance to perspectives on team building to … well, we’ll see where this takes us.  The takeaway is that this is a space to share, and we hope through our writing and linking we can continue to support that mission of rich disciplinary and interdisciplinary exchange and research.

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