September 7th, 2004


NSF Frontiers in Integrative Biological Research

(Back-dated a bit.)

Good news, part one of two, possibly three in a few months:

The National Science Foundation Frontiers in Integrative Biological Research (FIBR)1 grant for our project, "Molecular Evolutionary Ecology of Developmental Signaling Pathways in Complex Environments", is now official!

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Four universities were jointly awarded this $5M, 5-year grant: Brown University, Kansas State University, the University of Wisconsin - Madison, and North Carolina State University. K-State's component accounts for $1.4M of the anticipated funding over 5 years.

The grant is one of six FIBR awards so far this year.

Today the padawan1 and new student (Waleed Al-Jandal) came over to meet the KSU FIBR team for the first time:

We spent about 10 minutes meeting with our NSF EPSCoR3 bigwig, who told us it was OK to go ahead and announce4 the grant tomorrow at the EPSCoR Statewide Conference.

Then the students went back to their cubicular activities and we met for another hour with Mary Lou Peter, the news director for the K-State Extension office. I got to talk for a couple of minutes about how Grid computing works and how it compares to SETI@Home and I don't know how many of my 5-6 sentences will get used in the press release, but my guess is: not more than a couple. Even when deliberately couched in lay terms, CS wibble has a high eye-glaze factor, or so the reporters say.

1 You can see the 2003 FIBR awards here.
2 'k, he may be a Ph.D. student in computer science, but he can't make a home page worth trask. Somewizard put the dude's page out of its misery! I mean it, istari_ala... if only for charity! :-P
3 Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research
4 Edit, 03:30 CDT Thu 16 Sep 2004: See, see, this, too, is why we roleplay with others. jackrenardine's player remembered not to blab stuff all over the place.

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