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March 17th, 2016

Romancing Tradition: Dr. Gans and the Future of Automation

The first roads didn’t belong to that of the Benz Patent-Motorwagen or Tin Lizzie – they belonged to the ships of ancient mariners. In the spirit of the ancient mariners, the world’s love story with transportation and technology continues to propel us through the ages. Moving from ocean to land, one modern vessel – the …read more

March 15th, 2016

Trust, but Verify: Effort Certification

As anyone with a grant will tell you (whether you ask or not), there are a lot of reporting requirements, and it makes sense why. Someone has given you money and probably never sees you, so keeping up on how you are spending that money requires trust as well as some verification. One of those …read more

March 7th, 2016

Limited Submissions Due in March and April

Below are some of the limited submissions with internal deadlines in March and April. To be considered for these opportunities, please send a letter of intent (LOI) to Beth Keithly by the Internal deadline. The LOI for any internal limited submission needs to be a one page document (it may be a bit longer or shorter, …read more

March 1st, 2016

Spin It

Recently, I got to speak at my son’s elementary school’s Career Day. I did it the year before and had a great time, so I signed up again. The format is pretty consistent. I got a few minutes per class to tell them about my career path, focusing heavily on my education, and then what …read more

February 23rd, 2016

10 Books You Ought to Read

I don’t think it will come as a particular shock to anyone that I refer to books when I need to learn something new or increase my current pool of knowledge. As a result, I have quite a collection of books about all kinds of things, and a lot of them are on writing and …read more

February 10th, 2016

Q&A: Zika Virus – Insight From An Epidemic Expert

Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) gathered in Geneva, Switzerland to declare an international public health emergency over the mosquito-borne Zika virus. The response comes after an alarming number of cases were being reported across Latin America, including a worrying number of infants being born with abnormally small brains and skulls, a birth defect …read more

February 2nd, 2016

Proposal Writing Tips for Non-Native English Speakers

Proposals often require specialized language, providing a special challenge for non-native English speakers even though they may be very proficient in English. Because grammatical errors and awkward phrasing can distract reviewers from the content of the proposal, PIs should make every effort to avoid these mistakes. Below are a few mistakes that are commonly made by PIs whose native language is not English.

January 19th, 2016

Upcoming Due Dates for Limited Submissions

Below are some of the limited submissions with internal deadlines in February and March. To be considered for these opportunities, please send a letter of intent (LOI) to Beth Keithly by the internal deadline. The LOI for any internal limited submission needs to be a one page document (it may be a bit longer or shorter, …read more

January 12th, 2016

Q&A: Thoughts on New Elements Added to Periodic Table

Last week, it was announced that four new elements would be added to the periodic table, a collaboration from researchers in Russia, Japan and the U.S. Elements 113, 115, 117, and 118, which will complete the seventh row, are superheavy elements, that have an atomic number greater than 104. UT Dallas Vice President for Research, Dr. …read more

December 8th, 2015

Pulling the Red Lever: Writing in Layperson’s Terms

Summarizing your research in layperson’s terms is a critical skill to get funding. It is also a requirement of nearly all grant applications.  Funding organizations will ask you to summarize your work for the people they answer to, which means you need to be able to explain to Congress (or perhaps a Board of Directors …read more