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Research development is a set of strategic, proactive, catalytic, and capacity-building activities designed to facilitate individual faculty members, teams of researchers, and central research administrations in attracting extramural research funding, creating relationships, and developing and implementing strategies that increase institutional competitiveness.[http://www.nordp.org/about-us]
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How long is the average PhD dissertation?

How long is the average PhD dissertation? | Research Development | Scoop.it
Though page number is obviously far less important than the content and quality of one's work, it is nevertheless very common for PhD candidates to obsess over the length of their theses. How many pages should it be?
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A+ for constructive prograstination during the ABD phase! Beck took the pressure of readying for his defense and channeled it toward an incredibly interesting (if entirely thesis-unrelated) side project. He coding a data scraper that could gather information about students' dissertations (page-length, year and month of graduation, research focus, etc.) from the University of Minnesota's electronic thesis database. He then singled out the fifty majors with the highest number of dissertations and charted them to boxplots to illustrate their relative distributions. Voilá! A sexy data-mining/visualization project. 

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Qatar Foundation | Fireside Chats At The World’s Foremost Forum

Qatar Foundation | Fireside Chats At The World’s Foremost Forum | Research Development | Scoop.it
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Fascinating and succinct history of the G8.

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Hip-hip-Hadoop: Data mining for science

Hip-hip-Hadoop: Data mining for science | Research Development | Scoop.it
The model of distributed calculations, where a problem is broken down into distinct parts that can be solved individually on a computer and then recombined, has been around for decades.
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Big Data is developing so rapidly. Apache Hadoop is an open-source software framework that evolved from Google's MapReduce algorithm. Many Internet giants—Facebook, Yahoo, eBay, Twitter—rely on Hadoop to crunch data across thousands of computer servers in order to quickly identify and serve customized data to consumers.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-05-hip-hip-hadoop-science.html#jCp

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Making Virtual Teams Work: Ten Basic Principles

How to build the foundation for superior performance.
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The importance of 'Readability' in Academic Research

As a precursor to a readability metric, Tim thinks tracking how his document views vary across papers could tip off researchers and academics on how to better communicate with, and educate, the public.

"Through Academia.edu, I’ve started seeing how many views my papers are getting, and then I start considering the ones with lower views— are they too technical or too dense?" says Tim.

"If it’s really readable,” he adds, “that means someone with an 8th or 10th grade education would have no problem reading along. If it’s technical and scientifically dense, that might lower the readability and might not be a winner in the public eye." - See more at: http://blog.academia.edu/post/44234021556/a-measure-of-readability#sthash.RFUc7lPI.dpuf

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This is a topic we frequently address with faculty. Is the document accessible to the intended reader? Is there too much jargon? Parenthetical statements are quite difficult to follow in some cases. The article shares one professor's approach to improving the readability of his own work.

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Sequestration Cuts To Research 'Like A Slowly Growing Cancer' - Huffington Post

Sequestration Cuts To Research 'Like A Slowly Growing Cancer' - Huffington Post | Research Development | Scoop.it
Sequestration Cuts To Research 'Like A Slowly Growing Cancer'
Huffington Post
"It is like a slowly growing cancer," said Steven Warren, vice chancellor for research at University of Kansas. "It is going to do a lot of destruction over time.
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Getting a research career established with small babies ...

but I got the grant written and it was funded. This meant I came back from maternity leave to a fully funded research project with a post-doc and I lived off data collected from that grant pretty much until he started school.
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I do observe challenges faced by some faculty who are parents of young children. This blog post offers some nice perspective and a few tips.

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A good reason to collaborate with younger researchers: Millennials Think They Can Change The World

A good reason to collaborate with younger researchers: Millennials Think They Can Change The World | Research Development | Scoop.it
Young people in the U.S. care less about the environment and are more optimistic than their counterparts in other countries.
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The study looked in detail at millennials all over the world: North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East and Africa. Here are some of the highlights.

American millennials are worried about the effects of globalization; 58% believe that globalization only generates opportunities for select individuals. And 76% think outsourcing is bad for the U.S. economy.Millennials all over the world can agree on the value of technology: 83% think technology has made it easier to get a job, and 87% say that technology has made it easier to overcome barriers. At the same time, however, 62% think technology has widened the gap between rich and poor.In most of the world, millennials are more concerned about the economy than all other issues. But in the U.S. they’re the most concerned: 46% of respondents think the economy is the most pressing issue, while 12% think education is the biggest problem. In Western Europe, people are concerned about the economy (34%) and social inequality (15%). In the Middle East and Africa, respondents are most worried about terrorism (19%) and political unrest (13%).Here’s something else millennials can agree on: problems with government. In every region surveyed, most respondents said that the government doesn’t reflect their values and beliefs.Overall, millennials believe the best way to make a difference in the world is to improve education, followed by protecting the environment and eliminating poverty.An impressive 62% of respondents believe they can make a local difference, and 40% think they can make a global difference. But in most of the world--outside parts of Europe and Asia--the majority of millennials believe they can make a global difference.
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Institute of Education Sciences Updated International Data Table Library

International Surveys and Assessments include Mathematics & Science: Trends in International Mathematics & Science Study (TIMSS) and Program for International Student Assessment (PISA); Reading: Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) ...
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NCES has added 30 tables to the International Data Table Library, including new tables on school expenditure by the following criteria: 

 

• core and ancillary services

• level of student education 

• public and private educational institutions

• core and ancillary services

• student and school expenditures

• financial aid, tuition and fees 

• service category of educational institutions 

• resources for staff compensation

 

Other tables include those related to in-school instructional time per year; student participation in after-school lessons; information on teaching staff (i.e., ratio to students; teacher salaries; teaching hours per year; age and gender distribution; and student graduation rates). 

 

The International Data Table Library now includes over 250 statistical tables with data that compare facets of education in the United States with those of other countries. More tables will be added in the future and data will be updated regularly. The library tables include data collected by NCES as well as data from other organizations, including the OECD and the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA). The complete library will include tables addressing five areas: (1) participation in education, (2) education outcomes, (3) school contexts, (4) students’ experiences and attitudes about education, and (5) education system characteristics. The new tables are in areas 3 and 5 and, for the first time, reference statistics providing an overview of economic contexts. 

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Marilyn Korhonen's comment, June 28, 2013 10:35 AM
These data provide a ready source for researchers and are related to multiple disciplines.
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Developing Sustainable Diversity and Inclusion Strategies – Part 7: Strategic Benchmarks

Developing Sustainable Diversity and Inclusion Strategies – Part 7: Strategic Benchmarks | Research Development | Scoop.it
Last week I explored the elements of a comprehensive cultural audit.  Once the audit is complete, it is time to give your organization a grade on where you stand on various diversity and inclusion indicators.  The Winters Group advisory board...
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Some metrics to consider in assessing diversity within research.

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Searle Scholars career development program; internal deadline Aug. 2

Searle Scholars career development program; internal deadline Aug. 2 | Research Development | Scoop.it
The Searle Scholars Program is a highly competitive program designed to support exceptional, new junior faculty.

Via Susan Dubbs
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Interested University of Oklahoma faculty, please contact us early if you would like assistance from the Center for Research Program Development and Enrichment on this opportunity (crpde@ou.edu).

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Researchers Create Complete Map Of The Human Brain - Medical News Today

Researchers Create Complete Map Of The Human Brain - Medical News Today | Research Development | Scoop.it
Researchers Create Complete Map Of The Human Brain Medical News Today Lead author, Katrin Amunts, from the Research Centre Jülich, Germany, said that "it is a common basis for scientific discussions because everybody can work with this brain...
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BigBrain is a 3D digital reconstruction of the brain of a 65-year-old woman with microscopic precision. 

BigBrain enables scientists to see cerebral neuronal distribution with greater detail using this new model.  The finding is published in the journal Science.

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Bird deaths from colliding with wind turbines may be 30% higher than expected - Study Findings

Bird deaths from colliding with wind turbines may be 30% higher than expected - Study Findings | Research Development | Scoop.it
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Bird deaths were found to be 30 percent higher than previous estimates given by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2009. “I estimated 888,000 bat and 573,000 bird fatalities/year (including 83,000 raptor fatalities) at 51,630 megawatt (MW) of installed wind-energy capacity in the United States in 2012,” writes K. Shawn Smallwood, author of the study that was published in the Wildlife Society Bulletin.



Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/07/23/study-feds-underestimated-how-many-birds-get-killed-by-wind-turbines/#ixzz2ZyqgNVGE

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OU awarded OCAST applied research grant

OU awarded OCAST applied research grant | Research Development | Scoop.it
Phys.org Science News Wire : OU awarded OCAST applied research grant -- a press release is provided to you ìas isî with little or no review from Phys.org staff.
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Congratulations to OU professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Zhisheng Shi, whose research team has received a $236,000 applied research grant from the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology for development and commercialization of IV-VI semiconductor mid-infrared detectors. Mid-infrared sensing and imaging have widespread military and industrial applications, and the OU team recently developed detectors which offer a competitive advantage over other detectors.

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Collective IQ - Doug Engelbart Institute

Collective IQ - Doug Engelbart Institute | Research Development | Scoop.it

"In Doug Engelbart's words, Collective IQ is a measure of how well people can work on important problems and opportunities collectively – how quickly and intelligently they can anticipate or respond to a situation, leveraging their collective perception, memory, insight, planning, reasoning, foresight, and experience into applicable knowledge. Collective IQ is ultimately a measure of effectiveness. It's also a measure of how effective they are at tackling the complex, urgent problem of how to raise their Collective IQ to the highest potential, so they will be that much more effective at solving complex, urgent problems. As the rate and scale of change around the world increases exponentially, so must our collective ability to dramatically increase our Collective IQ to stay ahead of the curve and thrive."


Via Howard Rheingold
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Interesting concept. This is definitely relevant to collaborative research.
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Ness Crouch's curator insight, July 23, 2013 5:15 AM

Sounds like PLTs or PLCs at work here!

Muriel Flanagan's curator insight, July 23, 2013 8:48 AM

Engelbart's Collective IQ should resonate with all of us who are interdependant in our workflows - and that means all of us.  Individuals need to be able to work as effectively as possible with others, as that allows for leveraging the collective intelligence.  As important as individualism is, one cannot underscore the power and importance of collaborating to the most appropriate conclusion in an increasingly fast-paced world.

Jan Schwartz's curator insight, July 23, 2013 10:40 AM

Not necessary about technology, but certainly about education.  Thanks to Howard Reingold for the scoop.

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The Bittersweet Task of Running a Grant Program

The Bittersweet Task of Running a Grant Program | Research Development | Scoop.it
From drafting the call for proposals to announcing the results, here's what you need to know.
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Running a grant program for the first time can feel overwhelming. The work is time-consuming, requires attention to many details, and is accompanied by pressure from applicants who are desperate for money and prompt decisions. This article provides a list of all the factors you will have to consider and the advice from a seasoned faculty-member and grant manager.

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Congratulations to the University of Oklahoma NASA EPSCoR Team for the Award of: A Nanostructured Energy Harvesting and Storage System for Space and Terrestrial Applications

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PI Victoria Duca Snowden, University of Oklahoma - Norman Campus
Sc-I Dale C Teeters, University of Tulsa
Co-I Nicholas F Materer, Oklahoma State University
Co-I Ian R Sellers, University of Oklahoma
Co-I Michael Wade Keller, University of Tulsa
Co-I Sanwu Wang, University of Tulsa
Co-I Allen W Apblett, Oklahoma State University
Co-I Kenneth P Roberts, University of Tulsa
Co-I Parameswar Hari, University of Tulsa
Co-I Peter J Hawrylak, University of Tulsa


NASA Research Area of Interest: Identification, development, and validation of exploration systems and technologies

Key, central objectives of the proposal:
a. Fabrication of nanostructured photovoltaic devices made from ZnO and decorated with nanoparticles. We believe that with the nanoengineering, we can increase the efficiency to as high as 4-6% while maintaining the low cost per watt for these systems.
b. Further development and characterization of nanobattery systems tuned for photovoltaic interfacing. We have already made substantial increases in battery performance. Our metrics for this work include batteries that have charge/discharge rates as high as 200 C with capacities that are able to exceed theoretical values. Nanostructuring will allow us to reach these values.
c. Computational modeling of the proposed system to maximize energy production, storage and system durability.
d. Integration of the PV and nanobatteries into a highly efficient light-harvesting system.

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NCSES Federal Funds for Research and Development: Fiscal Years 2010–12 - NSF

NCSES Federal Funds for Research and Development: Fiscal Years 2010–12 - NSF | Research Development | Scoop.it
[NSF 13-326] This report provides detailed tabular data on the research and development obligations and outlays of federal agencies.
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Texas Tech University Opens Wind Research Facility

Texas Tech University Opens Wind Research Facility | Research Development | Scoop.it
With officials on hand from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Sandia National Laboratories, Vestas and Group NIRE, Texas Tech University (TTU) opened the Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) research facility.
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TT has plenty wind!

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How is your Emotional Intelligence? Collaborative Research

How is your Emotional Intelligence? Collaborative Research | Research Development | Scoop.it
‘What you need now is emotional intelligence,’ was what China’s new president told a graduating class last month at their top tech school.Now Bloomberg’s Businessweek tells us
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Researchers who have emotional intelligence are more likely to be successful members of collaborative research teams. How do you stack up? Here are some questions that will help you reflect on your own mix of strengths and limits in EI. This is not a “test” of EI, but a “taste” to get you thinking about your own competencies:

 

1) Are you usually aware of your feelings and why you feel that way?

2) Are you aware of your limitations, as well as your personal strengths, as a leader?

3) Can you manage your distressing emotions well – e.g., recover quickly when you get upset or stressed?

4) Can you adapt smoothly to changing realities?

5) Do you keep your focus on your main goals, and know the steps it takes to get there?

6) Can you usually sense the feelings of the people you interact with and understand their way of seeing things?

7) Do you have a knack for persuasion and using your influence effectively?

8) Can you guide a negotiation to a satisfactory agreement, and help settle conflicts?

9) Do you work well on a team, or prefer to work on your own?

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Texas A&M System leading joint initiative on genomic research - Bryan-College Station Eagle

Texas A&M System leading joint initiative on genomic research - Bryan-College Station Eagle | Research Development | Scoop.it
Texas A&M System leading joint initiative on genomic research Bryan-College Station Eagle "Genomic science, as the newest frontier in scholarly research, is throwing open the door to a revolutionary way of approaching our health, the health and...
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The Whole Systems Genomics Initiative, or WSGI, will bring together 184 faculty members in 39 departments and units across nine colleges, the Texas A&M Health Science Center and other A&M System agencies with the goal of research into the genetics of organisms and their DNA sequences.

  
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Sample NIH Funding Proposals and Summary Statements -- NIAID Research Funding

It is always useful to see examples of successful proposals. It is equally important to recognize each proposal is quite unique and these do not serve as templates or guides, but as examples.

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DoD-funded research: Can climate change heat up conflict?

DoD-funded research: Can climate change heat up conflict? | Research Development | Scoop.it
DoD-funded research: Can climate change heat up conflict?
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Marilyn Korhonen's curator insight, June 25, 2013 2:32 PM
A University of Maryland-led team of policy experts and scientists is seeking to understand how the impacts of climate change could affect civil conflicts. The team will develop new models of the relationship between conflict, socio-economic conditions and climate. They will use these to project future conflict and develop interventions.

 

The U.S. Department of Defense is funding the research through a new three-year, $1.9 million grant – part of its highly selective Minerva program of social science research.