As most parts of the federal government remain closed, debate in Washington has shifted to addressing the debt ceiling.
According to Congressional Quarterly (CQ), White House and Congressional staff-level discussions continued into the night Thursday after House Republicans and President Barack Obama met for 90-minutes yesterday. “Republicans appear to be moving toward a hybrid solution that combines reopening the government with an increase in the debt ceiling leading to broader budget negotiations. Meanwhile, a plan by Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, that’s under consideration in that chamber would do both and also repeal or delay the health care law’s medical device tax and give federal agencies flexibility to deal with the decade-long automatic spending cuts under sequestration during the next two years. Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., filed for cloture on a bill that would just raise the debt limit, setting up a potential Saturday vote on whether to proceed to the measure.”
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN UPDATE
Impact of the Shutdown on Research:Current federally funded research grants should not be impacted because the money was forward funded earlier this year. However, in general, the processing of awards of new grant money will be postponed until the federal government is up and running again.
Impact of the Shutdown on Student Aid: Most federal student financial aid will continue. Pell Grants and federal direct student loans are expected to continue to be allocated. The funds for these loans come from permanent and multi-year funding. Specifically, the Department of Education website states that “In the event of a government shutdown, we anticipate that there will be limited impact to the federal student aid application process, to the delivery of federal student aid, or to the federal student loan repayment functions.”
MSU Vice President of Research and Graduate Students Stephen Hsu has sent out a memo today on “Information Resources for Research Impacts of the Government Shutdown.”
On October 5, Secretary of Defense Hagel, upon consultation with the Department of Justice, announced that most Department of Defense employees would return to work on October 7.
Measured in planted acres, rice, peanuts and barley could fit in the back pasture of most farm bills. Measured in politics, they crowd right up to the road. Rice is big for Arkansas where the farm bill is already an issue between Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor and his Republican challenger, Rep. Tom Cotton, in the 2014 election. Peanuts are a cash crop important to Georgia and its Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss — Speaker John Boehner’s old pal and a veteran deal maker who came up through agriculture in his early years in the House. And barley? Well, barley is literally its own political brew: selling for animal feed at one price but also capable of earning as much as one-third higher when “malted” — an important ingredient for beer. Northwest Minnesota is barley country and home to Rep. Collin Peterson, the top Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee and driving force now behind plans to almost double the barley target price in support of the richer malted market. All this history is again relevant this week as the House-Senate farm bill talks begin to heat up — with Boehner saying privately that he will finally appoint House conferees.
HOUSE POISED TO NAME FARM BILL CONFEREES FOLLOWING RULES COMMITTEE MEETING
The House could appoint farm bill conferees by this weekend after a Rules Committee meeting this afternoon on a motion to go to conference with the Senate. All of the conferees except one are expected to come from the House Agriculture Committee. Rep. Steve Southerland II, whose proposal to tighten work requirements for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients angered House Democrats, is expected to be a representative for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the conference. Cantor, R-Va., divided the House farm bill into an agriculture-only portion and a nutrition bill after the House rejected the original committee bill (HR 1947). The House passed the agriculture-only bill (HR 2642) in July and a revised nutrition bill that includes the Southerland proposal as well as one that would enforce time limits for SNAP benefits provided to childless single able-bodied adults. That bill (HR 3210) calls for nearly $40 billion in SNAP cuts over 10 years while the Senate bill (S 954) proposes $4 billion in SNAP reductions over the next decade. The committee also is expected to consider nonbinding motions to instruct for House negotiators on the chamber’s farm bill. Budget Chairman Paul D. Ryan has said he wants to underscore the need for means-testing for federal subsidies of crop insurance premiums for farmers. Ryan, R-Wis., is a long-time advocate of reductions in farm program subsidies and has joined in the past with other House members in proposing limits. Ryan’s proposal is likely to reflect language in the Senate farm bill (S 954) that would reduce the federal share of crop insurance premiums by 15 percentage points for farmers with adjusted gross income of more than $750,000. House Agriculture Chairman Frank D. Lucas has opposed such means testing as does the crop insurance industry. Ryan, in a statement, praised Lucas, R-Okla., and ranking Democrat Collin C. Peterson of Minnesota for other significant changes in farm policy in their bill. However, he added, the federal government should not be in the business of aiding wealthy farm operations. “We need these AGI limitations to maintain a safety net for small farmers and to ensure that large agribusinesses do not continue to receive taxpayer support,” Ryan said. The Rules Committee is scheduled to consider a motion by Reps. Joe Pitts, R-Pa., and Danny K. Davis, D-Ill., directing conferees to support repeal of U.S. sugar tariffs and a revamp of federal policy to allow more imported sugar into the United States. The pair lost a July vote on a broader amendment to revise the sugar program, but apparently believe they can muster enough votes to send negotiators a message. The proposal would have allowed the Agriculture Department to suspend or modify market allotments based on consumer interests and domestic competition. Supporters of the amendment argued that it is the only major crop in the farm bill whose price support system remains unchanged. Agriculture Committee leaders opposed the language and argued that it could raise the price of sugar.
Are you a student in the United States with an idea that could improve the global food system? A 2-page business plan, and a presentation with up to 10 slides, could win you the first Agricultural Innovation Prize. The competition was announced in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. The new prize stems from a 2012 report by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology about the ability of the United States to cope with agricultural challenges of the 21st century, such as climate change. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy came up with the idea of using a cash prize for students to encourage early collaborations between disciplines and highlight the potential of businesses to quickly to improve the food system. Brief proposals must focus on developing a business, which can be a nonprofit, that would have a positive social or environmental impact. Proposals are due 28 February.
By Allie Grasgreen, Inside Higher Ed, October 11, 2013
An athletics watchdog group plans to pursue federal legislation that would dramatically restructure the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) by giving the sports governing body a “limited antitrust exemption,” allowing colleges to cap spending and redirect revenue toward athletes in the form of educational and medical benefits, Inside Higher Ed has learned. The proposal, which is still in the early draft stages, would probably be introduced as an amendment when Congress renews the Higher Education Act of 1965, a process that has begun but is unlikely to unfold at a quick pace.
NCI SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENTS
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Policy Update, October 9, 2013
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is seeking public input on its draft policy to ensure the public availability of results from all NCI-supported clinical trials. NCI notes that it “expects funded grantees, contractors and supported principal investigators conducting interventional clinical trials to find other ways to make their results publicly available when the traditional route - peer-reviewed publication - is not available…whether or not completed or positive.” Public comment must be received by November 20, 2013.
By Paul Basken, The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 7, 2013
Donald E. Ingber, a professor at Harvard University, has combined advanced electronics and biology to create a “lung on a chip,” a breakthrough device that could safely allow precise tests of risky new medical treatments before they are tried out on humans. Just as eye-opening as his work, however, may be his source of federal financing. [I]t’s the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, an agency one-tenth as large as NIH and responsible primarily for meeting the military’s technological needs.
According to The Boston Globe, ClinicalTrials.gov, the clinical trials database run by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is up and running again after it had initially ceased updates as a result of the government shutdown. Last week the Globe reported that a patient from the Boston area was shut out of receiving an experimental treatment because the clinical trial had not yet been entered into the federal registry. Rep. William Keating (D-MA) heard of the patient’s plight and reached out to NIH Director Francis Collins. The Health and Human Services Department then told NIH it could deem the website operations as an essential function during the shutdown. However, patients hoping to join trials at NIH’s Clinical Center continue to be in limbo until the shutdown ends.
President Obama and Congressional Republicans prepared Friday to continue pushing toward a stopgap budget and debt deal that might reopen the federal government and lift the threat of a first-ever American default. Though failing to reach agreement during a 90-minute meeting at the White House on Thursday, both sides described the gathering as constructive, and talks among top aides continued overnight.
By Kelly Field, Andy Thomason, and Jennifer Howard, The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 9, 2013
The government shutdown that began last week is already taking a toll on higher education, despite assurances from policy makers that colleges and students would be largely spared in the short term. Research projects have been interrupted, academic meetings have been postponed or canceled, and some students are being urged to put off their educations until the federal-budget impasse ends. Such disruptions will only multiply as the shutdown drags on. Grant competitions could be delayed, payments to programs serving disadvantaged students may lapse, and funds for veterans’ tuition and housing will be exhausted. But the most severe consequences for higher education will come if Congress fails to increase the nation’s borrowing limit, and the government defaults on its debt.
By Lindsay Ellis, The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 3, 2013
…In response to a question The Chronicle posted on Facebook, many academics listed the effects of the shutdown on their day-to-day lives. Thomas F. Wolff, associate dean of undergraduate studies at Michigan State University’s College of Engineering, is one teacher in a course on civil and environmental engineering. His class of about 60 undergraduates must create a site plan for an 8,000-student university in a designated area of Michigan, using information from the Department of Agriculture and the National Resources Conservation Service to find the best place to build. On Wednesday a student approached Mr. Wolff, saying he could not get access to the data. Mr. Wolff extended a project deadline and then asked if students knew how to find the library. (They did.) ”In practice, all sorts of unexpected things happen, and you have to go to Plan B,” he said. ”It was interesting and ironic that this reached all the way down to a routine homework assignment.”
The federal government shutdown is threatening a project at Michigan State University that could be critical to the future of agriculture in the U.S. It’s one of many university research projects affected by the shutdown. MSU researchers are working with counterparts at other universities and private industry groups to look for new ways to pollinate crops. Declining bee populations in the U.S. make this kind of research critical.
While federal financial aid continues, the vast majority of the U.S. Education Department has come to a halt, according to a contingency plan posted on the department’s official website September 27. More than 90% of the department’s 4,225 total employees are furloughed.
MANY VETERANS FACE LOSS OF EDUCATION BENEFITS UNDER SHOWDOWN
Tuition for 500,000 veterans and their family members could stop November 1, and others also may face the loss of their education benefits if the partial government shutdown continues. Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki told a House panel Wednesday that the VA has been paying those and other benefits since the October 1 shutdown using leftover funds not spent during fiscal 2013 and mandatory funding. But that money will run out sometime near the end of this month, Shinseki added. Veterans’ education benefits are paid under different laws. Tuition benefits paid under what is commonly known as the Post-9/11 GI bill (PL 110-252), which are the most generous, are paid upon verification of enrollment at the start of each academic term — semester, quarter, rolling basis or some other term. “For students who have already registered and had their tuition and fees paid up front, I think they’re going to be okay,” Shinseki said. But tuition benefits paid under other programs, including the Montgomery GI bill (PL 98-525), require verification every month. Those benefits were paid October 1 but likely will not be paid in November if the government remains closed. Colleges have been working with veterans, as well as active-duty military members whose tuition benefits were not paid beginning October 1, to find ways to allow the veterans and service members to remain in school, said Anne Hickey, director of government relations at the American Council on Education, the largest higher education advocacy group. For example, Northeastern University in Boston said it will provide “whatever financial assistance was needed” to allow 100 or so active-duty military students to continue their educations. Columbia College in Missouri will allow students to withdraw from classes through the end of November with no penalties, Hickey said. Other schools have created grant programs for the affected students. Shinseki said that the VA is contacting all the schools where veterans are enrolled. “In my past experience, the schools have been quite cooperative. But there are 6,000 of them, and so we want to be sure that, you know, we have contacted all of them,” he said. Although only some veterans are at risk of losing tuition benefits, all are at risk of losing their housing subsidies because those benefits are verified and paid out monthly. Unlike tuition benefits, housing benefits are paid directly from the VA to the student, “so that is an issue,” Shinseki said.
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SHUTDOWN SAGA, DAY 11: OF RATS AND…RESEARCH?
By Libby Nelson, Politico’s Morning Education, October 11, 2013
In thousands of tiny ways, the federal shutdown has become a headache for researchers, faculty and graduate students at universities around the country who depend on federal agencies, federal money, federal buildings or federal equipment to do their work. A doctoral student at Johns Hopkins University hasn’t been able to spend time at his lab at the NIH to work with the rats he painstakingly trained for an experiment on aging - and while Congress stalls, the rats aren’t getting any younger. Meanwhile, a big team of researchers planning a trip to Antarctica to drill through the ice has stalled out, unable to finish planning a trip that has taken four years to map out. The National Science Foundation (NSF) suspended the U.S. Antarctic research program, saying it would run out of money next week.
Uh-oh, this could get a whole lot worse. That’s what many U.S. scientists are realizing as a government shutdown stretches into its second week with no end in sight. The shutdown, which began 1 October after Congress could not agree on spending for the 2014 fiscal year, immediately idled hundreds of thousands of government employees, paralyzed grantmaking by key science agencies, and disrupted countless research projects and meetings. But last week, the longer-term peril posed by the crisis came into focus, as some heavily used science facilities began to run out of money.
Confirming earlier press reports, the NSF today said that it will have to close its research programs in Antarctica if the U.S. government shutdown continues beyond 14 October. “All field and research activities not essential to human safety and preservation of property will be suspended,” the agency said in a statement. “[F]unds for [the program] will be depleted on or about October 14, 2013.” In a separate development, NSF has informed researchers that it will have to suspend work on several major construction projects if the shutdown continues beyond 31 October. Included on that list are a solar telescope, a gravity wave observatory, and ecological and ocean-observing networks.
With no end in sight for the US government shutdown that began on 1 October, the DOE is now preparing to shut down the sprawling complex of national laboratories that maintains nuclear weapons and performs a range of basic and applied research.
By David Malakoff, ScienceInsider, October 4, 2013
U.S. radio telescopes are going off the air as a result of the government shutdown. The National Radio Astronomy Observatory is turning off its three U.S.-based facilities today because of a lack of funds, although it will be able to continue supporting a fourth international telescope based in Chile for a short while longer.
SHUTDOWN WEEK TWO - MORE AGENCIES PLAN TO GO DARK
By Alex Guillén, Politico’s Morning Energy, October 7, 2013
As the shutdown enters its second week, some agencies that have been operating off of rainy day funds are going to start feeling the effects. The Energy Department and FERC are continuing with normal operations, at least for now, using leftover money — but it’s not clear how long those agencies can remain open without FY 2014 appropriations. An Energy Information Administration official said last week that the agency - which provides many of the market statistics and inventory data industry relies on - has enough money to keep going through Friday, October 11. And the NRC on Friday said that, absent a congressional deal on funding, the agency starting mid-week will have to go into shutdown mode (leaving just a few hundred employees working, mostly resident inspectors and operations personnel at headquarters).
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THE INEVITABLE SHUTDOWN CONNECTION
By Alex Guillén, Politico’s Morning Energy, October 9, 2013
The Daily Camera in Colorado notes that last year’s physics Nobel winner, David Vineland of the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the University of Colorado, has been furloughed under the shutdown.
The government shutdown is likely to mean an early death for thousands of mice used in research on diseases such as diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer’s. Federal research centers including the NIH will have to kill some mice to avoid overcrowding, researchers say. Others will die because it is impossible to maintain certain lines of genetically altered mice without constant monitoring by scientists. And most federal scientists have been banned from their own labs since October 1.
By Jocelyn Kaiser, ScienceInsider, October 8, 2013
Even Austrian research fruit flies are feeling the effects of the U.S. government shutdown. The flies are unable to enter the country in shipments bound for U.S. research labs because border inspectors are on furlough, speakers at a Washington, D.C., press conference said today.
SHUTDOWN HURTS SCIENCE OVER LONG TERM – NATURE
By Alex Guillén, Politico’s Morning Energy, October 9, 2013
The shutdown is threatening scientific discovery, and not just in the short-term threats of cancelled experiments or evacuated Arctic bases, the journal Nature's editorial board says. ”The damage being done to science - the slow business of meticulous data gathering - is not as immediately apparent as in other arenas. But it is insidious. A missed moment in a data campaign may not reveal its importance until much later. A talented scientist, fed up with budget vagaries, might seek greener pastures.”
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BY THE LOCKS OF IT
By Adam Snider, Politico’s Morning Transportation, October 9, 2013
Army Corps of Engineers workers are maintaining the nation’s locks and dams without pay during the shutdown, keeping agricultural commodities moving through the vital harvest.
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NOMINATIONS AND HEARINGS AFFECTED BY SHUTDOWN
AAAS Policy Update, October 9, 2013
While both chambers of Congress have continued to conduct legislative business on the floor, a number of hearings and nominations have been impacted by the government shutdown. On October 3, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation (CST) Committee had to cancel an executive session meeting to vote on the nominations of Drs. Jo Handelsman and Bob Simon for positions at the Office of Science and Technology Policy as well as the nomination of Dr. Kathryn Sullivan as Administrator to NOAA. The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee canceled two tentative hearings on the long-awaited reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act. The Senate CST Committee, however, is still hoping to conduct a hearing this week on the impact of the government shutdown to economic security.
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AND IN HIGHER ED
By Libby Nelson, Politico’s Morning Education, October 9, 2013
The full effects of the shutdown haven’t yet been felt on campus at federal research universities. But it’s caused serious headaches because fall is deadline season for applying for new grants. Faculty can’t submit new grant applications, can’t call with questions about existing grants, and are “feeling stymied,” Tim Leshan, president of the Science Coalition, told Morning Education. Leshan compared the shutdown to a massive Internet crash. ”We could all work around it for a little while,” he said. ”But we’ve all become dependent on it.” In the same way, “the research community is dependent on the partnership of the federal government to get the funding to do the work that will have an impact for human health and for the security of the nation.”
By Eric Kelderman, The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 11, 2013
The six major associations representing higher education on Thursday released a joint response to the federal-government shutdown. Instead of calling on lawmakers to resolve the situation, the groups suggest a sort-of nationwide teach-in as an antidote to the political dysfunction that threatens to throw the economy into a tailspin.
By Robert Barnes, The Washington Post, October 6, 2013
The Supreme Court on Monday resumes its role as the uneasy arbiter of America’s intractable social conflicts with a new docket that features battles over affirmative action, campaign finance and abortion, among other divisive issues. No single case may thrust the court into the national spotlight as did its cliffhanger ruling on the constitutionality of President Obama’s signature health-care law in 2012 or June’s victories for advocates of same-sex marriage. The court will again examine the use of race in university admissions and will almost certainly revisit the health-care law, called the Affordable Care Act, this time to rule on its requirement that insurance plans offered by private employers cover contraceptives.
Amid a slew of actions on the first day of its 2014 term, the U.S. Supreme Court let stand two appeals court rulings that raised free speech issues on college campuses. In one, Crystal Dixon v. University of Toledo, the justices declined to hear a challenge to a 2012 decision in which the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upheld Toledo’s firing of a former human resources administrator who had made comments some viewed as anti-gay. The Sixth Circuit panel ruled that Dixon was a policy maker who engaged in speech on a policy issue related to her position, and that the university’s interests in upholding its equal opportunity polices outweighed her interests in commenting on a matter of public concern. The Supreme Court also declined to hear Ed Ray v. OSU Student Alliance, in which the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit last year ruled that student journalists at Oregon State University had provided sufficient evidence to prove a free speech violation by administrators who signed off on the seizure of a conservative publication’s distribution bin…
A trio of polls in key GOP-held House districts being released Thursday show that voters overwhelmingly back immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship, and suggest the Republican Party would improve its image in these predominantly Latino areas if Congress passes a rewrite of U.S. immigration laws.
INTERNATIONAL POLICY & INITIATIVES
NEW REPORT FORECASTS GROWTH OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Inside Higher Ed Quick Takes, October 8, 2013
A new report from the British Council forecasting the growth in international students finds that over the next decade growth in higher education enrollments will slow from about 5.0 to 1.4 percent per year. India, Indonesia, Brazil, Nigeria and China will dominate that growth. Students from China and India will continue to make up more than a third of all outwardly mobile students, while Germany, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria and Turkey will also send significant numbers of students overseas. The United States and the United Kingdom will retain their positions as leading destinations for international students through 2024.
Innovation and entrepreneurship are cornerstones of the U.S. economy. The Obama Administration has actively supported small businesses and individuals in the United States looking to launch new enterprises. In developing countries and emerging markets, entrepreneurship can serve as the key to unlocking economic potential and lifting people out of poverty. We have seen this dynamic at work in many countries around the world, including in Southeast Asia and the Middle East and North Africa, where the creativity and dynamism of their populations create the foundation for entrepreneurial activities to flourish. Since President Obama announced the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in his Cairo speech in 2009, the United States has expanded programs and built a broad coalition of governments, business people, civil society, investors, and academics to educate and support entrepreneurs around the world.
PHYSICAL SCIENCES & ENGINEERING
AIP ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR STATE DEPARTMENT SCIENCE FELLOWSHIP
Council of Graduate Schools Mailer, October 4, 2013
The American Institute of Physics (AIP) is accepting applications for the 2014-15 State Department Science Fellowship until November 1st. The person selected for the fellowship will work at the State Department’s Washington, DC headquarters and earn a $70,000 stipend. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in physics or a closely-related field. Since AIP will be reviewing the applications, this process is not affected by the government shutdown.
PRESIDENT SIGNS HELIUM BILL
AAAS Policy Update, October 9, 2013
On October 3, President Obama signed into the law the Responsible Helium Administration and Stewardship Act (H.R. 527) in time to avoid a closure of the federal helium reserve. Under the act, the government will continue to sell helium from the reserve, and will draw down the reserve to a specified level starting in 2015.
By Michael Stratford, Inside Higher Ed, October 11, 2013
The leaders of American research universities may be well-advised to shift some of their energy away from lobbying Congress and focus more on partnerships with state governments and businesses, several higher education leaders said Thursday. Research universities need more funding to remain competitive, they said, but given the political dysfunction in Washington it may be time to look outside of the federal government for support. Leaders of research universities gathered [in Washington] at an event sponsored by the National Academies to take stock of how the group’s wide-ranging report released last year had been received across the country and to identify priorities for carrying out its recommendations. The report, produced by the National Research Council, the policy arm of the National Academies, offered 10 broad suggestions for how research universities can remain competitive in the world.
The NIH and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have formed an interagency partnership to foster research relevant to FDA’s tobacco regulatory authorities. The activities are coordinated by the FDA Center for Tobacco Products and by the Tobacco Regulatory Science Program in the NIH Office of Disease Prevention. The two agencies share an interest in supporting research that could inform the development and evaluation of tobacco product regulatory activities and actions.
Sarah Walter Associate Vice President for Governmental Affairs Michigan State University firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope everyone had an awesome weekend! Here is the is a link to the Podcast that Sarah Bohan (MSU VP Corporate Relations) and Stephen Fletcher recorded for the WDBM radio show ‘Exposure’ about the MSUFCU/VPRGS/COGS partnership on conference grants. The whole Podcast is super interesting but Sarah and Stephen’s segment starts at 31:33.
Call for applications/nominations: COGS Disciplinary Leadership Award
COGS Disciplinary Leadership Award
In 2010, the MSU Council of Graduate Students (COGS) established an endowment to recognize disciplinary leadership by graduate and grad-professional students. The Graduate School provides additional funds (2011-2015) to increase the number of awards as this initiative begins.
Eligibility and description of the program: Graduate students regularly (not provisional or lifelong) enrolled in a graduate or grad-professional program at MSU and who are in good standing in their programs may apply. Faculty or others are encouraged to nominate a graduate student. Students must be enrolled for the minimum credits to be in full-time status or provide a justification for less than full-time status. The attached application form must be filled out completely and submitted electronically along with the required letter of recommendation by November 26, 2013 for the 2013-14 awards.
Consideration will be given to students who have clearly demonstrated leadership in their respective disciplines and/or professional societies at the local, state, regional, national, or international levels while a student at MSU. Examples include: an award from the disciplinary or professional society, invited participation in a panel, presentation or poster session at a disciplinary society meeting, service or leadership on a disciplinary society committee, or leadership role in a nationally-recognized graduate student organization linked to or sponsored by a disciplinary society. This award is not for leadership on MSU committees or governance bodies, even though those are important contributions.
Awards will be provided as an MSU fellowship. COGS prefers that the award is used to further the leadership skill development of the awardee. The number of awards will depend on the funds available and the pool of candidates. MSU must follow federal awarding rules. If you have federal aid, including loans, a fellowship award may result in a reduction of your federal loans. However, this is a benefit in that you will need to repay less after graduation.
A committee consisting of a representative from the Graduate School, 3 members of the COGS membership at large, and 2 faculty members from graduate programs at MSU will review applications. The committee will select 3-5 candidates and forward to the Dean of the Graduate School who will make the final decision. The Dean may also consider any remaining candidates in the pool.
Awardees will be expected to express acceptance and appreciation of the award within 6 weeks of notification by writing a letter to COGS, 316 Student Services, MSU, 48824.
PRESS RELEASE: COGS TO PARTNER WITH MSUFCU & MSU VP OF RESEARCH AND GRADUATE STUDIES TO INCREASE FUNDING FOR CONFERENCE GRANT PROGRAM
EAST LANSING, MI - - The Council of Graduate Students (COGS) is to partner with the Michigan State University Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) and the MSU Vice President of Research and Graduate Studies (VPRGS), Dr. Stephen Hsu, to further support academic and career development opportunities for MSU graduate and professional students.
The partnership will see an extra $10,000 per year over three years being allocated to the COGS conference grant program, helping to send graduate and professional students to conferences in their disciplines. The additional funds will be split equally between MSUFCU and VPRGS. COGS awards $300 grants to assist advanced degree students who are looking to attend or present at such conferences. The extra $30,000 will be added to the $33,551 annually that, on average, COGS has allocated to the program. Increasing the amount of funding for the conference grant program was one of the strategic objectives approved by the COGS Full Council in Spring 2013.
“The conference grant program is one of our most popular programs,” stated COGS President Stefan Fletcher. “There has been notable demand from graduate and professional students for such grants to help reduce the expense of traveling to conferences and, despite a large percentage of the COGS budget going towards the program, we have only been able to fund a little over half of all the applications we have received since 2006. We are very grateful to MSUFCU and Dr. Hsu for recognizing the importance of graduate and professional students being able to go to such conferences in order to fulfill their academic, professional, and career goals.”
Sarah Bohan, the Vice President of Corporate Relations at MSUFCU added: “As a university-based credit union, education is a top priority for MSUFCU. We are proud to partner with the Council of Graduate Students at MSU to enable graduate and professional students to attend key conferences in their fields of study and share world-class knowledge and research through the conference grant program.
"Our office is pleased to support graduate student participation in research conferences,” remarked Dr. Hsu. “These meetings are an exciting way for students to get up to speed on the latest developments at the frontiers of knowledge, and to meet other researchers with similar interests. I still remember with great fondness the first meetings I attended as a student."
The partnership will be formally announced at the first COGS Full Council meeting of the year, to be held today (Wednesday, September 4th) inside the Brody Hall Cafeteria Conference Room.
The Council of Graduate Students (COGS) is the official student governance organization that represents the 11,000+ graduate and professional students at Michigan State University (MSU). Our mission is to improve and advance graduate education in order to ensure the vitality of intellectual discovery. COGS accomplishes its mission through advocacy, innovative research, and the development and dissemination of best practices. Supporting education is critical to achieving the highly skilled workforce needed for the U.S. to compete effectively in the global economy.
Deadline for Fall 2013 semester applications (for conference dates 8/28/13 - 1/6/14) is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 30, 2013. The maximum amount awarded is $300.00. All graduate and professional students are limited to one COGS Conference Grant during their MSU academic career.
Time and Conflict Management Skills to Increase Research Productivity
Friday, April 5th, 2013
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Big Ten C, Kellogg Center
Two common enemies of research productivity are poor time management skills and the mishandling of conflicts and expectation-setting among members of research teams. This one-day institute sponsored by the NSF funded CAFFE combines those themes in a workshop presented by Dr. Greg Lambeth from the University of Illinois and Dr. Antonio Nunez, Associate Dean of the MSU Graduate School. The morning features a discussion of strategies for optimal time management and will cover how perfectionism, procrastination and electronic distractions work against meeting research deadlines and completing large projects. The afternoon will be devoted to learning conflict management and conflict prevention skills, particularly the use of an interest-based approach to set expectations and handle conflicts in the context of research teams.
A light lunch will be provided to all participants.
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Spaces are offered on a first-come first-served basis. To register, go to: http://grad.msu.edu/workshops/workshops.aspx?id=44 You will receive an e-mail confirmation if seats are available. Persons with disabilities should contact the Graduate School at 517-353-4738 to request accommodations no later than two weeks prior to the session date. Requests received after this date will be met when possible.
Some great student ticket opportunities coming up at Wharton Center
The Garden of Joy: Celebrating the Harlem Renaissance
A New Play by Ken LaZebnick
Alvin Waddles, Musical Director
Friday and Saturday, March 15 & 16, 8 pm
Student tickets just $10!
New Year’s Eve 1929! Harlem’s hottest night club, the Garden of Joy, is ringing in the New Year with a live radio broadcast celebrating the decade of the Harlem Renaissance. Part play, part musical variety show, this original Wharton Center commissioned work features electrifying live jazz, blues and classical music by keyboard artist Alvin Waddles and his band. THE GARDEN OF JOY infuses the writings of Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, Zora Neale Hurston and W.E.B. DuBois with the music of Fats Waller, Duke Ellington and more to bring the joy, humor, struggle and energy of this astonishing moment in American history and culture.
Revolutionary dance-illusionist company MOMIX defies categorization as it transports audiences to a different world in its endless search for another gravity. Mesmerizing, magical and imaginative, MOMIX’s newest creation, Botanica, has performed to packed houses and rave reviews around the world. With a score ranging from Peter Gabriel to Vivaldi, Botanica uses larger-than-life props, the interplay between light and shadow, humor and the human body to create a breathtaking show of fantasy, wit and captivating beauty. “Their audience floats out on a dizzying high of pleasure.” -Chicago Tribune
Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour 55th Anniversary Celebration
with Dee Dee Bridgewater, Christian McBride, Benny Green, Chris Potter, Lewis Nash and Ambrose Akinmusire
Featuring an opening set with the MSU Jazz Orchestra I, Rodney Whitaker, Conductor
Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 7:30 pm
An all-star lineup of jazz artists on one stage! The legendary Monterey Jazz Festival comes to East Lansing led by vocal wonder and Tony and Grammy winning Michigan native Dee Dee Bridgewater. This stunning group also includes Grammy-winning bassistChristian McBride; Oscar Peterson protégé Benny Green on piano; saxophonist Chris Potter, who The Detroit Free Press called “easily the most compelling saxophonist of his generation;” drummer Lewis Nash, who has performed on over 400 albums, and trumpeter AmbroseAkinmusire, named one of the Los Angeles Times’ “Faces to Watch” for 2011.
The Monterey Jazz Festival kicked off in 1958 with artists like Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday. Come celebrate the longest-running jazz festival in the world in this star-studded performance, spotlighting the jazz-with-a-purpose exuberance and joyful fun that continue to be the hallmarks of the festival to this day.
"The Acting Company endures as the major touring classical theater in the United States." - The New York Times
“The best laid plans of mice and men…”
Following sell-outs in 2011, the ensemble returns with one of America’s most famous stories: Nobel and Pulitzer-prize winner John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. This brilliant stage production tells the story of two migrant workers during the Great Depression, George and Lennie. The themes are universal – the comfort of friendship, compassion, loneliness, and dreams - offering insight into the human heart, and what it means to be human.
America’s premier touring repertory theater and multi award-winning ensemble, The Acting Company was founded by the venerable John Houseman with alumni including Kevin Kline, Patti LuPone, Jesse L. Martin, Rainn Wilson and more.
ASMSU Hiring Graduate Student for Administrative Assistant Position
ASMSU is looking for a graduate student to fill the Administrative Assistant position starting this upcoming Spring (2013).
The job description is as followed:
Title: ASMSU Assistant Director of Advertising
Compensation: $1,440 for the spring semester
Term of Office: One semester beginning the first day of summer semester and ending the last day of spring semester
Office Hours: 12 per week during the spring semester. In the Student Services Building or in another location necessary to carry out the goals and objectives of ASMSU as deemed appropriate by the supervisors.
Supervised by: Director of Communications and Event Planning
Assists in maintaining relationships with businesses and organizations in the greater East Lansing community in order to facilitate information exchange
Develops a marketing policy and suggests strategies for promotion and outreach of client businesses and organizations
Assists in the creation of an over-arching strategic marketing plan
Developing new advertising strategies and opportunities
Initiates sales process of prospecting, scheduling appointments, making initial presentation, understanding business needs, developing proposals and closing sales
Expands sales in existing accounts by introducing additional solutions
Prospecting and developing new client relationships within the greater East Lansing community
Provides regular two-way communication between the client and ASMSU, to provide strong team representation and set proper client expectations
Understanding ASMSU’s capabilities and services and effectively communicating all offerings to clients
All other matters delegated by the Director of Communications and the ASMSU Chief of Staff
Assists Director of Communication in administrative tasks as necessary
- Excellent Presentation skills
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Ability to comprehend and understand the structure and function of ASMSU
- Ability to exhibit behavior and conduct reflecting the mission of ASMSU
- Knowledge and understanding of marketing techniques and grass-roots organizing skills
- Evaluation and analytical skills to interpret qualitative and quantitative data
COGS Disciplinary Leadership Award Applications are being accepted NOW! Fall 2012 Applications and Nominations are due by NOVEMBER 26, 2012 . Applications are due electronically only by email to: email@example.com For more information visit
Thanksgiving is about giving back, and this is YOUR opportunity to volunteer for a cause that makes a difference to mid-Michigan! WKAR Public Television is having a fundraising drive and is looking for volunteers on November 10, 24, or 25, 2012! You will be behind the scenes in our TV studios and answering call-in pledges of support from live viewers. The money raised during fundraising campaigns brings important programs and services to the community.
Location: WKAR-TV, Communication Arts & Sciences Building, 404 Wilson Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824
Dates: Saturday, November 10th OR Saturday, November 24th OR Sunday, November 25th
Times: 5:30PM - 11:00PM on 11/10
5:30PM - 11:00PM on 11/24
or 5:30PM - 11:30PM on 11/25
Available Spots: 6 volunteers per shift
Dinner will be provided.
To take advantage of this fun volunteer opportunity in your community, please contact Liz Austin at firstname.lastname@example.org or (517) 884-4789.
Resident’s of Spartan Village are concerned regarding the closure of the communities fitness center. They expect to open a new fitness center in January 2013 under new management, Residence Education and Housing Services. During the closure, students can stay active by attending exercise classes and other activities run by IM Sports facilities.