The staff at MSRDC wants to keep you updated with timely information relevant to the development activities conducted on behalf of the Consortium. Therefore, we identify stakeholders, conduct meetings, take the notes and share them with you. All of our activities are conducted with our Consortium Members’ interests in mind and we will make every effort to update you on these pages.
Chemical and Biological Defense Science & Technology Conference to be held in St. Louis, MO, May 12-14, 2015
Senior leadership from defense, industry, and academia will convene in St. Louis for the Chemical and Biological Defense Science & Technology Conference. This conference will highlight several science and technology topics of interest within key Defense agencies. Attendees will have the opportunity to interact and collaborate with other researchers concerning the medical and physical sciences related to chemical and biological defense. Attendees will also be able to network with Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) science and technology managers and other members of the chem-bio technologies team. “This is an outstanding opportunity for the MSI research community to engage one on one with leading scientist, engineers, and managers,” said Lamont Hames, MSRDC Senior Vice President for Strategy and Development. For more information: https://www.cbdstconference.com/
April 2, 2015 – Edgewood Chemical and Biological Center (ECBC) Leadership host MSRDC Working Group Meeting
ECBC and MSRDC Leadership held a working group meeting in Aberdeen, MD this week to discuss several critical items to ensure that Minority Serving Institutions are fully included in Army Research Laboratory priorities. “Army’s most senior leadership is looking at ways to tap into the STEM talent pool at MSIs and we are making investments to ensure this really happens,” said Dr. Corriveau, Director of ECBC. The first funded research topics were recently released in the areas of Predictive Toxicology. All Consortium members who have an interest may submit their white papers during the open period. Dr. Robert Kristovich, Branch Chief for Molecular Toxicology and technical monitor for the research topic said he looks forward to the responses and is available to collaborate with interested institutions. “We intend to make these [opportunities] for Consortium members happen in a big way,” said Michael Hester, President & CEO of the Consortium. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
March 30, 2015 – MSRDC attends National Science Foundation STEM meeting at Bowie State University
The National Science Foundation (NSF) held a workshop for faculty and research staff members from area HBCUs, highlighting STEM-oriented research funding opportunities and technical assistance. Enhancing the quality of undergraduate STEM education and research at HBCUs as a means to broaden participation in the nation’s STEM workforce makes our nation more competitive was the overarching theme of the meeting. Area HBCU Sponsored Program officers were in attendance at host Bowie State University. Glenn Hames, MSRDC Engagement Manager shared Edgewood Chemical and Biological Center’s recent cooperative agreement and existing research and development opportunities listed on the MSRDC website. Dr. Anika Bissahoyo, Director, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs expressed that she was excited that the Consortium was finally operational and that it offered a mechanism for HBCUs to receive additional research opportunities that typically get awarded to predominately larger institutions. Ms. Claudia Rankins, NSF Program Officer, likened the Consortium to some of NSF programs and stressed the necessity for HBCUs to pursue these opportunities. For more information, contact email@example.com.
March 23, 2015 – MSRDC attends the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) National Capitol Forum on Hispanic Higher Education
Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) and other higher education advocates participated in HACUs annual meeting in Washington, DC to share their views on a wide range of issues including building stronger partnerships to expand STEM funding. MSRDC’s Glenn Hames shared details of the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical and Biological Center’s cooperative agreement where several HSIs are consortium members. In attendance was Ted Mitchell, Undersecretary for the Department of Education, who remarked that he was glad to see such a program aimed at helping not only HSIs but also all MSIs within the higher education community. HACU President, Antonio R. Flores, stated, “This is the perfect opportunity for our schools and should be promoted throughout all of our events.” For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 23, 2015 – Survey Results Indicate that Higher Education Leaders favor Consortiums to Spur STEM Funding
MSRDC conducted a survey at the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities National Capitol Forum to assess interest and value of Consortiums that are focused on STEM Research & Development (R&D) projects in the Federal Government. 83% of those surveyed agreed that participating in a Consortium where they could lead STEM R&D projects would be of value to their institution. However, almost 40% rated their institutions’ expertise in securing Federal and Defense STEM R&D funding as Average. Additionally, only 55% indicated that their institution had a strategy for increasing federally funded STEM R&D. Representatives from St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX and Vaughn College in Flushing, NY commented that their institutions have expanded their R&D capabilities through other consortiums and recognize the value of the MSRDC. Dr. Agnes Mojica, Chancellor of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, San German Campus stated, “I’m familiar with HSIs already involved and eager to learn how my campus can participate.” For more information contact: email@example.com.
March 13, 2015 – Dr. Joseph Corriveau, Director, ECBC briefs Department of Defense Office of Diversity Management & Equal Opportunity
Dr. Joseph Corriveau, Director of ECBC in Aberdeen, MD set aside time in his busy schedule to meet with Mr. Clarence Johnson, Director of Diversity Management & Equal Opportunity at the Pentagon to share his commitment to advancing science and technology opportunities for HBCU’s and MSI’s. “I am wholly committed to this [MSRDC] program and excited about the possibilities, ” said Dr. Corriveau. The purpose of the meeting was to share the benefits of the program and to enlist other Defense organizations to partner with ECBC as sponsors of research and development opportunities. Mr. Johnson added, “this program addresses several Presidential Executive Orders…” The Department of Defense has been looking at various ways to engage MSI’s including the “Pentagon to the People” program where senior officials share opportunities to work with MSI’s. “We visited Tuskegee University, Morgan State University and University of Texas San Antonio recently and several neighboring MSI’s also attended the meeting. All expressed a deeper desire to work more closely with DoD. I think the MSRDC is a great opportunity…” he added.
March 13, 2015 – MSRDC Visits with U.S. Air Force Office of Diversity & Inclusion
ECBC representatives met with newly appointed U.S. Air Force Director of Diversity & Inclusion’s Mr. Chevalier Cleaves to share information about the MSRDC. Mr. Cleaves is responsible for ensuring that the U.S. Air Force has a wide base to recruit talent from the next generation workforce. We are interested in research and development of STEM disciplines that would be of particular interest at Air Force Research Laboratory. “Before returning to the U.S. Air Force, I visited N.C. A&T State University in Greensboro, NC, when I was in industry and was very impressed with their nanotechnology program which is one of the best in the nation” said Mr. Cleaves. “I would like to see that the U.S. Air Force takes full advantage of opportunities to work with MSI’s and for MSI’s to take advantage of an abundance of opportunities within the Air Force” he added. Mr. Cleaves indicated that he looked forward to MSRDC being an advisor and partner with the U.S. Air Force Office of Diversity & Inclusion to achieve mutually beneficial goals.