Dr. Dongfang Wang, Assistant Professor of Biology, has been accepted in the Visiting Faculty Program (VFP) which is sponsored and managed by the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS). The VFP seeks to increase the research competitiveness of faculty members and their students at institutions historically underrepresented in the research community in order to expand the workforce vital to the DOE mission areas. As part of the program, Dr. Wang will spend 10 weeks at the Oakridge National Laboratory in Oakridge, Tennessee. The title of her project, “Analysis of Lectin Receptor-Like Kinases during Root-Microbe Interaction in Populus” will focus on the cell signaling events that underly plant-fungi interaction. Mycorrhizal fungi live on the sugars secreted by plant roots. In return, the presence of the fungi helps the plant absorb more nutrients and water from the soil. This symbiosis requires a cell surface receptor produced by the host plant. A better understanding of how this receptor works in cottonwood will further the development of strategies to improve the plants’ health and tolerance to stresses such as drought.
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Join DARPA and the Minority Serving Institutions Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Research and Development Consortium for a Science Forum Webinar to learn about government-sponsored innovative science, technology and research. This forum is a great opportunity to learn about DARPA’s research portfolio, six technical offices which develop breakthrough technologies and two offices that manage special projects and transitioning DARPA-funded technologies into Department of Defense capabilities.
Webinar Topic: DARPA Introduction and Presentations from the Defense Sciences Office (DSO), Biological Technologies Office (BTO), Information Office (I2O), and Contracts Management Office (CMO)
Date: Friday, June 10, 2016
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 EST
The United Negro College Fund is sponsoring the Henry C. McBay Faculty Research Fellowship. It is only open to UNCF faculty and will support any research area of the faculty’s choosing. Fellowships up to $15,000 will be funded and can be used for one summer, one semester, or one academic year (starting dates must be between September and June). The deadline for submission is June 10, 2016. Only five faculty from each institution may submit applications for the competition. Because of the strong interest in this opportunity, interested faculty are being asked to submit a one-page project description by Tuesday, May 31st, 2:00 p.m. Send it as an attachment in a Word or PDF file to Dr. Dolores Bradley Brennan with the Subject Line [UNCF-McBay project description]. Each project description will be reviewed by a selection committee of faculty from across the college. You will be notified by Wednesday, June 1st, of the decision of the faculty committee. To learn more about the McBay fellowship, visit the program website.