NIFA Update — July 8, 2010
NIFA Update, from the Office of the Director, is a biweekly newsletter for research, education, and extension partners at land-grant universities and other cooperating institutions.
- NIFA Seeks Supervisory Public Affairs Specialist
- President Obama Announces Rural Broadband Projects to Bring Jobs and Economic Opportunity to Rural Communities and Native American Tribal Lands
- Atiles Named Associate Dean of Extension and Engagement
- EPA Science Advisory Board Seeking Nominations for Advisory Councils
Awards and Recognition
- Qureshi Earns PSA Fellow Honor
NIFA Seeks Supervisory Public Affairs Specialist
NIFA is seeking applicants for a supervisory public affairs specialist to become Director of the Communications Staff. Responsibilities include planning, designing, and executing a program to inform and educate the public, news media, and specialized audiences about NIFA programs and outcomes. Visit the USAJobs website to learn more about the position or to apply.
NIFA Lists Open Requests for Grant Applications
NIFA advertises all of its funding opportunities through "Find Grant Opportunities" on the Grants.gov website. This site is searchable and contains summary information on all federal funding opportunities with links to the full announcements. Users can search announcements by topic, funding agency, and date, as well as subscribe to an email notification service based on these parameters.
President Obama Announces Rural Broadband Projects to Bring Jobs and Economic Opportunity to Rural Communities and Native American Tribal Lands
WASHINGTON, July 2, 2010 – Today, President Barack Obama, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced investment in 66 new Recovery Act broadband projects nationwide, including 37 in rural America. According to the grantees, these projects in rural America will not only create over 5,000 jobs, they will help spur economic development in some of the nation's hardest-hit communities. In total, tens of millions of Americans and over 685,000 businesses, 900 healthcare facilities, and 2,400 schools in all 50 states stand to benefit from the awards. The $780 million in grants and loans through the Departments of Commerce and Agriculture have been matched by over $200 million in outside investment, for a total public-private investment of nearly $1 billion. Bringing broadband service to these communities, which currently have little or no access, will help them better compete and do business in the global marketplace. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the entire release.
Atiles Named Associate Dean of Extension and Engagement
Oklahoma State University’s College of Human Environmental Sciences and the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service on July 1 appointed Jorge H. Atiles as the new associate dean for extension and engagement.
Atiles most recently served as the associate dean for outreach and extension in the University of Georgia’s (UGA) College of Family and Consumer Sciences. He was also the family and consumer sciences state program leader for Cooperative Extension and he was a leader in Latino outreach for UGA Extension.
EPA Science Advisory Board Seeking Nominations for Advisory Councils
EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office is seeking nominations for the EPA Advisory Council on Clean Air Compliance Analysis, EPA Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee, and EPA Science Advisory Board. Submit nominations in electronic format through the "Nomination of Experts" link provided on the SAB Web site.
Expertise sought for FY 2011 members on the SAB, CASAC, and Council:
Advisory Council on Clean Air Compliance Analysis (Council): Environmental economics; economic modeling; air quality modeling; atmospheric science and engineering; ecology and ecological risk assessment; epidemiology; environmental health sciences; statistics; and human health risk assessment.
Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC): Air quality modeling and monitoring; public health; environmental medicine; environmental health sciences; ecological sciences, and risk assessment.
Science Advisory Board (SAB): Behavioral and decision sciences; ecological sciences and risk assessment; environmental modeling; industrial ecology; environmental engineering; environmental medicine; pediatrics; public health; and human health risk assessment.
The deadline to submit nominations is July 9.
Qureshi Earns PSA Fellow Honor
Muquarrab Qureshi, director of the Animal Systems section of NIFA’s Plant and Animal Systems unit, has been named a Poultry Science Association (PSA) Fellow, the highest honor the association can bestow. Qureshi will receive his Fellowship July 14 at the PSA annual meeting in Denver. PSA selected Qureshi for Fellowship based upon his contributions to the field of poultry science.
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