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Posted January 15th, 2014 by admin

Two funding sources are listed for Nano Technology. One targets Nano Technology in Undergraduate Education and the other is in the area of Nano Biosensing. Both have proposal dead lines in 2014.

Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education (NUE) in Engineering
Anticipated deadline for 2014 proposals is May 22 2014.
This solicitation aims at introducing nanoscale science, engineering, and technology through a variety of interdisciplinary approaches into undergraduate engineering education. The focus of the FY 2013 competition is on nanoscale engineering education with relevance to devices and systems and/or on the societal, ethical, economic and/or environmental issues relevant to nanotechnology.
Related funding opportunities are posted on the web site for the National Nanotechnology Initiative, In addition, research and education projects in nanoscale science and engineering will continue to be supported in the relevant NSF programs and divisions.

Deadline for proposals is Sept 17, 2014
The Nano-Biosensing Program supports fundamental research in engineering areas related to:
- Novel biorecognition elements
- Multifunctional nanomaterials and interfaces for biosensing applications
- Fundamental study of bio-macromolecules confinement and orientation at the micro- and nano-interfaces for biosensing applications
- Nano-biosensors for basic biology applications (protein-protein interactions, cellular signaling and cross talk, as well as other similar topics)
- Integration of nano-biosensors into portable devices for medical applications.
The Nano-Biosensing Program supports innovative, transformative and insightful fundamental investigations of original technologies with broad long term impact and applications that require novel use of bio-inspired engineering principles and sophisticated approaches to meet the engineering and technology needs of the nation. The program is targeting research in the area of the monitoring, identification and/or quantification of biological phenomena and will support potential technological breakthroughs that exist at the intersection of engineering, life science and information technology. Proposals submitted to the Program must advance both engineering and life sciences.

Crowdfunding is new at Elizabethtown College

Posted December 19th, 2013 by admin

Crowdfunding is new at Elizabethtown College

It is a brave new world and it is time to crawl into it. Crowdfunding is new, so new that my spell checker doesn’t recognize the word yet. Elizabethtown College Office of Sponsored Research and Programs has launched crowdfunding as an innovative means to support undergraduate research projects. This is a new program and the first application is targeted to support Recharging The Gambia, a project where undergraduate students from the departments of Engineering and Business are working together to help local Gambians to establish a business that will manufacture and sell cell phone solar chargers in The Gambia.

Dr. Rick Basom leads the innovation to bring crowdfunding to Elizabethtown College. At a recent Innovation Café event sponsored by Penn State Hershey’s Office of Technology Development, Rick was networking to learn about crowdfunding websites. After diligent research and evaluation, Rick selected a website that fits the goals of the program. It creates a webpage that is branded with the Elizabethtown College logo. That is an important feature because students will be using social media to promote funding their projects. The College brand is essential when you’re telling everyone you know to tell everyone they know to participate. While the initial projects that will employ crowdfunding are not for profit, there is a potential to apply it to future commercial endeavors at Elizabethtown College.

Crowdfunding can become a student driven program. Todays’ students embrace social media in their daily routines to communicate and network. Social media can be used to advertise their crowdfunded projects. Starting in the Spring 2014 term, some of the projects in the Summer SCARP program,, will be developing crowdfunding campaigns to provide the funds needed in their research projects. Down the road, a goal may be to make this part of the undergraduate research program as means for students to acquire 21st century skills in creating funding sources. It may also be means to create real world learning teams that include students in business, marketing, graphic arts and technologies. All of these disciplines are important in creating and monitoring a crowdfunding effort to attract contributors whether it be in “real world learning” or the real world!

What’s happening at Messiah College!!

Posted July 26th, 2013 by admin

What’s happening at Messiah College!!

I am Ralph Moyer, a.k.a. Spike Moyer. As a Faculty Liaison with the Innovation Transfer Network, ITN, I travel in our Central PA region and learn about faculty interests. I gain a unique, 10,000 foot view of the academic community. How do I share this with our membership schools and businesses? The idea I have is to write about the major programs at each school and then publish it on our ITN web page. I will advertise using both email and LinkedIn so that our members will know a new post has been generated.

Where do I begin… let us begin with Messiah College in Mechanicsburg. There are some great research and student projects underway at Messiah College that I wanted to share with all of you.

A unique focus of research at Messiah is the Collaboratory for Strategic Partnerships and Applied -Research. The Collaboratory is a center for applied research and project-based learning. Areas of engagement include science, engineering, health, IT, business and education. Their projects enable students to engage classroom fundamentals in an authentic client-provider environment. Please visit the web site: There are several very well done videos that describe the mission of the Collaboratory. Follow the Collaboratory on Twitter: Like the Collaboratory on Facebook:

The Collaboratory is a place where students from many academic areas work toward a common goal. One project I want to tell you about is the IWMS or Intelligent Water Management System. A challenge was presented from field work observations. Did you know that 36% of hand pumps in Sub-Saharan Africa do not deliver water to their communities? In addition, more Africans have access to cell phone coverage than a reliable source of clean water. A program has been initiated that engages 30 students from a wide range of academic specialties. The solution is to use cell phones to collect data from sensors that monitor the well and pumps. Data is automatically sent from the cell phone to a central location. A web based system will show all of the well locations and their operational status and will be used to guide field repairs. There may be commercial applications for this system. A video describing the project can be viewed by going to this link

Messiah College held the Tenth Annual Symposium of the School of Science Engineering and Health on May 3, 2013. Borrowing from the Symposium Coordinator, Larry Mylin, “This symposium continues a strong tradition of annual events designed to showcase student and faculty innovation, creativity and productivity..”
The symposium is presented in the form of a conference with simultaneous sessions presented. I wish I had been able to see all of the sessions from the many departments including, Engineering, Information Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Exercise Science, International Service and Evidence-Based Nursing Care. I’ll make sure to bring my clone next year!
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