Focus on Broader Impacts: Dr. William Gilly at Stanford University

Welcome again to a new feature of our blog, Focus on Broader Impacts.  As you all (hopefully!) know, each proposal submitted here at IOS requires both an “Intellectual Merit (IM)” and a “Broader Impacts (BI)” section. We see a wide array of distinctive but equally outstanding strategies to address these requirements from successful PIs. Some PIs choose …

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Focus on Broader Impacts: Dr. Matt Rutter, College of Charleston

Welcome to a new feature of our blog, Focus on Broader Impacts.  As you all (hopefully!) know, each proposal submitted here at IOS requires both an “Intellectual Merit (IM)” and a “Broader Impacts (BI)” section. We see a wide array of distinctive but equally outstanding strategies to address these requirements from successful PIs. Some PIs …

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Ask a Program Director: Why did my proposal do worse, not better, than last time?

IOS in Focus will occasionally feature IOS Program Director answering frequently asked questions.  Here is the first, from Dr. Tamra Mendelson, a program director in the Behavioral Systems Cluster. Why did my proposal do worse, not better, than last time? As a principal investigator, the most depressing email I ever shudder to open is the …

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BIO News: A Shifting Landscape for International Biology-related Research

Our friends in the Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) have posted some very useful and interesting information about the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing of Genetic Resources.  The Nagoya Protocol is a new international agreement affecting research that involves non-human biological material in or from other countries.  This post was authored by Dr. …

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Watch NSF Director France Córdova present the agency’s FY2016 budget request

Dr. France Córdova, NSF director, recently presented a summary of the President’s budget request to Congress for NSF in fiscal year 2016 (FY2016).  Some highlights of the budget request relevant to IOS science include increased funding for Understanding the Brain (NSF’s contribution to the BRAIN Initiative) and Broadening Participation.  View the video of her presentation …

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IOS Workshop Report: How Organisms Walk the Tightrope between Stability and Change

In early 2013, IOS sponsored a workshop addressing a grand challenge in organismal biology: understanding how organisms balance the need to adapt to changing environments with the need to maintain their function. A workshop report written by the participants can be found here. A summary of that report has recently been published in BioScience and …

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