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Special Announcements

May 2014

May 19-20, 2014, Arlington, VA

Latest News & Events...

New DOE EPSCoR Funding Opportunity for Kansas

The Department of Energy Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DOE EPSCoR) has issued a funding opportunity announcement for Implementation Grants for energy-related research. The State of Kansas has the opportunity to submit one proposal to this program. Please click here to see how to submit.

Climate Change Discussed at Community Events

Kansas NSF EPSCoR is playing an important role in determining how Kansas farmers and policy makers can mitigate the effects of climate change. Part of the process is interacting with the public to discuss the relevance of their work. Several recent community events featured the expertise of KNE researchers on the topic.

KSU to Lead World's First NSF-Established Research Center for Wheat

The National Science Foundation has named Kansas State University as its lead institution for the world's first Industry/University Cooperative Research Center on wheat. The premier center, named the NSF I/UCRC Wheat Genetics Resource Center, is the first National Science Foundation-established research center for any crop plant. It will focus on improving the food production and disease resistance of wheat and other crop plants, as well as serve as a training hub for graduate students and young researchers.

Haskell Environmental Research Studies (HERS) Institute 2013

Learn about this exciting research opportunity for Native undergraduate students.

To apply or get more information please go to

Funding for the HERS Institute is provided by Kansas NSF EPSCoR as part of its Climate and Energy major initiative.

Education and Diversity Awards

The 2012 Education and Diversity awards were made to the following recipients:

  • Paul Adams, Anschutz Endowed Professor of Teacher Education, Fort Hays State University
  • Stephen Angel, Chair and Professor of Chemistry, Washburn University
  • C. Matt Seimears, Associate Professor of Elementary Education, Early Childhood, and Special Education, Emporia State University
  • Elizabeth Yanik, Professor of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Economics, Emporia State University
  • To learn more about these exciting programs, please go to the Education and Diversity Award webpage.

    Judy Wu Honored with the Olin Petefish Award

    Congratulations to Judy Wu, Director of the Nanotechnology for Renewable Energy project through the Kansas Center for Solar Energy Research and a University Distinguished Professor in Physics for winning the Olin Petefish Award in Basic Science, one of the Higuchi-KU Endowment Research Achievement Awards.

    The Higuchi awards were established in 1981 by Takeru Higuchi, a Regents Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Pharmacy 1967-87, and his wife, Aya to recognize the exceptional long-term research accomplishments of faculty at Kansas Board of Regents universities. Judy's award includes a citation and a $10,000 award for ongoing research efforts and will be presented at a ceremony at the Lied Center in November.

    Kansas Climate Atlas Now Online

    Climate scientists in the KNE Climate Change and Renewable Energy major initiative have recently unveiled the Kansas Climate Atlas as part of their research findings. See more about the atlas on their website.

    KS NSF EPSCoR Exhibit at the Flint Hills Discovery Center

    KS NSF EPSCoR has a wonderful exhibit in the Flint Hills Discovery Center in Manhattan Kansas. The museum just opened in April 2012 and includes many interactive exhibits for young and old alike. To visit the museum please check the museum website.

    KS NSF EPSCoR Research Group Discovers Electron-detection Breakthrough

    Dr. Hui Zhao with the University of Kansas Physics and Astronomy Laser Lab have discovered a new method of detecting electric currents based on a process called “second‐harmonic generation,” similar to a radar gun for electrons that can remotely detect their speed. Read more about the discovery.

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