First Fridays Are a Hit!
If you haven't attended one of our First Fridays yet, you've missed some fantastic and absolutely fascinating presentations by faculty and staff regarding the work with which they are engaged throughout our institution and beyond. First Fridays is our monthly opportunity for faculty and staff to gather, listen, learn and engage in an interdisciplinary exchange with the potential not only for the development of new knowledge but for new and exciting collaborations as well.
Pictured above is Dr. Channa DeSilva, Assistant Professor of Bioinorganic Chemistry of the Chemistry and Physics Department during his presentation on March 1 entitled "Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials Research at WCU." Dr. DeSilva's research is focused upon developing novel materials with enhanced capabilities for biomedical and clinical applications and he did a splendid job of explaining this to those of us in the standing room only crowd who were not chemists or engineers!
On March 13, we initiated our first First Friday (yes, on a Wednesday) at Biltmore Park with Dr. Shawn Collins, Assistant Professor and Interim Assistant Director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program (pictured below). His presentation, entitled "Emotional Intelligence in Professional Life" gave the audience insight into the use of emotional intelligence in higher education and the health professions as well as in leadership.
Watch your e-mail and our News and Events page for First Fridays Interdisciplinary Research Exchange announcements every month. If you would like to present your research (sponsored or not) or would like to nominate a colleague for a presentation, please contact Ms. Andrea Moshier in our office.
Good News- More Resources Have Been Added!
We have just added more resources to our web pages to assist you with developing your own highly competitive grant or contract proposal.
You can now quickly browse through links to searchable databases of grant awards by foundation, state and federal sponsors when you're making plans for your project! You'll find the link to this new resource on both our Proposal Development page and our PI Toolkit page but for a look right now, click here.
You can also read through the very brief but highly informative Ten Simple Rules for Getting Grants by Phillip E. Bourne and Leo M. Chalupa linked on both pages. "At the present time, US funding is frequently below 10% for a given grant program. Today, more than ever, we need all the help we can get in writing successful grant proposals. We hope you find these rules useful in reaching your research career goals."