Archive for August, 2012

Faculty Development Seminar Series

A new SEAS faculty development seminar series has been organized.  Its focus will be discussion of emerging distributed communication and collaboration solutions in engineering instruction.  All seminars will be held on Fridays, from 10 – 11 a.m. in Rice Hall 032 (directly beneath the auditorium) at the University of Virginia.

The sessions will be available live on the web for those who might like to join the sessions from afar and recorded for those who cannot attend live.  All are welcome.  Details regarding access to the broadcasts will be provided closer to the time of the seminars.

These sessions are intended to be semi-formal presentations with plenty of Q&A throughout.  We hope you will join us.  Finally, note that two of the sessions will be led by our colleagues Malathi, Reid, and Michael who were recently funded by President Sullivan’s Hybrid Course Challenge.

September 14

A preliminary investigation of the MOOC* model of instruction

Led by Ed Berger

October 5

The use of real-time learning environments for international, cross-cultural discussion and learning in STS

Led by Stephanie Moore

October 26

Hybrid Course Development: Computer Networks

Led by Malathi Veeraraghavan

November 16

Hybrid Course Development: Introductory Systems Engineering

Led by Reid Bailey and Michael Smith

December 7

“Flipping” the Classroom: Tools and techniques

Led by James Groves, Ed Berger, Stephanie Moore, and Michael Redwine

* MOOC – massive open on-line course

For more information contact:

James F. Groves, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Engineering & Society
Assistant Dean, Research and Outreach
School of Engineering and Applied Science
University of Virginia
85 Engineer’s Way, 017 Rice Hall
P.O. Box 400235
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4235
Ph: 434-924-6261 Cl: 434-227-1237

Data Management Planning

  • Submitting a grant proposal in the near future?  Need a data management plan?  The Scientific Data Consulting Group consults with researchers on technical and policy aspects and how to make your plan meet both funder requirements and the UVA research environment.  Details here:
  • Scientific data consultants Andrew Sallans and Sherry Lake will be offering a session on “Managing Research Data Along the Graduate Student Lifecycle” in a SEAS Research Skills session, currently planned for Wednesday, Sept. 12, 5pm, Rice Hall Auditorium.
  • Complementing the SEAS Research Skills session, the Scientific Data Consulting Group and Graduate Studies unit of the Office of the Vice President for Research are planning to launch a DIY (Do-It-Yourself) graduate student data management portal by mid-September.  This portal will aim to serve as a place to promote best practices for managing research data and for sharing of experiences and solutions across the graduate student community at UVA.  Stay tuned!

Questions?  Let me know.

Andrew Sallans
Head, Strategic Data Initiatives and the Scientific Data Consulting Group
Charles L. Brown Science and Engineering Library
University of Virginia

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Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts – Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) Competition

Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts – Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) is a student design competition that is sponsored by NASA and managed by the National Institute of Aerospace.  RASC-AL was formed to provide university-level engineering students with the opportunity to design projects based on NASA engineering challenges as well as offer NASA access to new research and design projects by students.

RASC-AL is open to undergraduate and graduate university-level students studying fields with applications to human space exploration (i.e., aerospace, bio-medical, electrical, and mechanical engineering; and life, physical, and computer sciences).  RASC-AL projects allow students to incorporate their coursework into real aerospace design concepts and work together in a team environment. Interdisciplinary teams are encouraged.

Through RASC-AL, student teams and their faculty advisors will work to develop mission architectures to employ innovative solutions in response to one of the 3 following themes:
  • Near Earth Asteroid (NEA) Flexible Mission Architecture Designs
  • Human-Focused Mars Mission Systems and Technologies
  • Human Lunar Access and Initial Exploration

Teams can choose to participate in RASC-AL in one of two different ways:
  1. By developing a complete, integrated, end-to-end architecture addressing one of the three themes listed above (the traditional option); OR
  2. By performing a thorough system design of a supporting element such as a mobility system, habitat or lander (the advanced concept option).
In 2013, up to eighteen will be chosen to compete at the RASC-AL Forum in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Each team will receive a travel stipend to help defray the cost of attending the RASC-AL Forum. The teams with the top two winning papers will be invited to present their design projects to industry experts at a major Aerospace conference, such as Space 2013 (additional travel stipends provided).
Interested in RASC-AL?  Click here for more details.

IEEE Xplore Digital Library Enhancements

This week, the first IEEE documents in HTML became available in IEEE Xplore.

These first HTML articles mark the beginning of weekly additions of thousands of HTML-formatted documents to IEEE Xplore. By the end of 2012, you will see nearly 200,000 articles in this new format.

IEEE Xplore subscribers will automatically have access to the HTML versions of documents, as per existing subscription terms.

The dynamic new design redefines how IEEE publications are displayed online. Presenting cutting-edge IEEE articles from select publications in an elegant, state of the art, HTML layout provides a richer and more interactive research experience that allows you to:

  • Scan and interpret articles in under 60 seconds using “Quick Preview”
  • Navigate between sections of long articles with intuitive floating navigation
  • Effortlessly explore text, figures, equations, and multimedia files
  • Quickly view and copy mathematical equations, expressions, and formulas
  • Enhance your research with recommendations of related articles

The collection of articles available in HTML will build rapidly over the next several months, with a current focus on all IEEE journal content from 2001 to present. You will also start to see conference papers from 2001 and later in the new format by the end of this year. Magazine and Standards will follow in 2013, with over 2 million HTML articles available by the end of 2014.

Other new features also added to IEEE Xplore this month:

  • Share IEEE Xplore documents on social media sites
    Social media buttons now appear on all abstract pages so you can easily share links to IEEE Xplore articles through Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
  • Filter to only show content included in your subscription
    IEEE has expanded the popular search filter that allows users to “show only content in my subscription” to all IEEE Xplore subscriptions. You can find this filter on the search results page and in Advanced Search.
  • View a history for Top 100 Documents Downloaded by month
    Browse the most popular search terms and top downloaded documents by month plus see an archive of top downloaded documents from previous months.
  • Coming Soon: Save documents to Project Folders
    My Projects allows users to create personal project folders within IEEE Xplore to help organize documents by project or topic. Save documents to an unlimited number of folders, personalize with project descriptions, and add notes and tags to individual articles as you save them to projects. Sign in with your personal IEEE Account to access this feature.

University of Virginia readers may access IEEE Xplore from the Library’s Research Portal Page.

Pew Scholars Internal RFP

Pew Scholars Internal RFP

Pew Scholars Program aim:  Candidates should demonstrate outstanding promise as contributors in science relevant to human health.  Strong proposals will incorporate particularly creative and innovative approaches.  Candidates whose work is based on biomedical principles, but brings in concepts and theories from more diverse fields, are encouraged to apply.  Risk-taking is encouraged.  The University of Virginia can nominate one candidate.  For program details see:

Eligibility:  As of 1 November 2012 candidates must hold full-time appointments at the rank of assistant professor or equivalent.  On 1 July 2013 they must not have been in such as appointment for more that three years.

Internal application package:  3-page research narrative that describes (1) research accomplishments to date; (2) three-year project proposed to Searle; (3) long-term research goals.  Chair’s nomination letter.  Names of 3 external references who can—if asked—provide letters.  2-page PI, with additional page listing research funding.

Pew deadline:  1 November 2012.

Internal deadline:  Send internal application package in PDF format to Jeffrey Plank and Meg Harris, by 24 August  4 September at 4:00 pm.

Review and notification:  Review, the week of 13 September; notification, by 17 September.

Questions?  Contact Jeffrey Plank, 4-6901 or

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