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Outreach: Bringing Order to the List

September 20, 2016
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I suspect this conversation happens regularly: Grant proposal writer: I am writing a grant and I have to write an outreach section. Any tips on what I should put in? Writer’s colleague: You do a ton with the camps and departmental programming, so just list all of the stuff you do over the summer, and… read more



Q&A with ATEC Educator and Game Lab Creator

September 6, 2016
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If you’ve ever wondered who the first ever Ph.D. graduate from UT Dallas’ School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication (ATEC) is, the answer is faculty member Dr. Monica Evans. Since graduating in 2007, her contributions in developing the game studies program on campus has played a part in the success of UT Dallas’ top… read more


Q&A with AVS Chair, Process Engineer, & Neuroscientist

August 23, 2016
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A doctoral student in the School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics at UT Dallas, Audrey Hammack’s research with Dr. Bruce Gnade is shedding light on neural networks in the brain. With an internship at Qorvo, her current project with microelectrode arrays (MEAs) aims to answer questions that can potentially assist patients with brain… read more


Visiting A Program Director This Fall? Your Texas Driver’s License May Not Be Enough Identification.

August 16, 2016
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Starting on October 10, 2016, federal agencies will not accept Texas driver’s licenses to access their offices. So, you are going to visit a program director’s office, military base, or federal lab this fall, you will need another form of identification to gain access. This is because October 10, 2016 is the day Texas falls… read more


Young Investigator Programs for Early Career Researchers

August 10, 2016
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As most people will tell you, relationships are key to getting Department of Defense (DoD) funding. So, how do you build these relationships when you are new to research, funding, and your entire career? It turns out, the DoD has something to help in the form of their early career research program known as a… read more


The Importance of Simple Writing

August 2, 2016
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I had one of my favorite conversations recently. A faculty member walked up to me and said he had recently landed a grant from a new (to him) sponsor, in part, he believed because he had worked so hard on his writing. “Too often, you think that the scientific value will speak for itself even… read more


The Importance of Logistics

July 28, 2016
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On the advice of several good friends, I started The Flash, a show about the DC Comics superhero by that name. My friends were right; it is a fun show. But, I want to reflect on one thing about the show’s first season that made me crazy and how you can make sure you don’t… read more


Federal Funding Opportunities for New and Young Faculty

July 13, 2016
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A quick search of research opportunities for new faculty/investigators in the grant searching database Pivot yielded 6,544 results. That is a lot of opportunities and they vary in sponsor types (federal government, private institutions, and professional societies), areas of research, and practically every other area in which they can vary. So, the… read more