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2021-22 Data Science Ambassadors Program: Call for Nominations for all UArizona Colleges

Note: This program requires each college to coordinate nominations from their departments or divisions. Please share with department heads, chairs, and PhD students

We are seeking nominations for enthusiastic PhD students to support data science literacy at the University of Arizona. Selected applicants will develop a program of support and engagement that reflects and advances the data science needs of their college. All ambassadors will receive training and support in order to foster data science literacy in their respective college and compensation of a $1000 stipend for an academic year commitment. Nominations are due by May 1, 2021.


The Data Science Ambassadors (DSA) program capitalizes on domain knowledge and data science expertise in the UA graduate/professional student population. DSAs serve as a resource within their college to help researchers and educators with (1) data science related questions through consults, training, and/or referrals to the right resource and experts on-campus or online and (2) developing training or other data literacy programs that are specific to needs to you and your discipline/college. In short, DSAs are champions for data science literacy in their college!


Priority will be given to PhD Students who have:

  • Completed at least one year of their program
  • Demonstrated an interest in data science literacy
  • Support from the nominating college

Application Process

Each college will coordinate nominations and submit a single PDF containing the three items listed below to Nominations are due May 1, 2021. The Data Science Institute will provide one half of the $1000 stipend, while the second half ($500) is expected from the nominating college. There is no limit to the number of students a college can nominate.

  1. A letter of endorsement from the nominating unit stating college-level support for the ambassador(s), a list of nominees (their full name, e-mail address, major and department, year in the program), and contact information of a point person who can provide an account number for supporting funds. 
  2. Current resume or CV of each nominee (3 page limit)
  3. A statement from each nominee (1 page limit) describing (a) their motivation behind and interest in data science and the data science ambassadorship (b) their background and prior relevant experiences such as applications of data science and activities promoting data science literacy, and (c) preliminary ideas on how they would like engage with and/or serve their college or UArizona in the context of data science training and literacy.

Please see FAQ section here for more information. For inquiries, please e-mail

Jeffrey C. Oliver & Vignesh Subbian


Data Science Ambassadors Program

Data Science Institute

Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) Faculty Seed Grant Program

Research, Innovation and Impact (RII) and the Office of the Provost are excited to announce the Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) Faculty Seed Grant Program. The goal of the program is to support scholarly research and creative work among faculty that enrich the University’s designation as an HSI, advance scholarship that directly impacts BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) populations, and align with the University’s Purpose and Values.

Applications from single investigators for up to $15,000 are welcomed. Multidisciplinary applications from two or more eligible investigators representing different departments and disciplines may request up to $25,000. A total of $100,000 is committed to funding for AY 2021-2022.

The full Request for Proposals can be found here. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. on April 23, 2021, and must be submitted through UA Competition Space. Funds must be spent between Aug. 1, 2021, and July 31, 2022.  

The Seed Grant Program is open to all faculty, including tenure-eligible/tenured, continuing-eligible/continuing status, and career-track faculty across all disciplines and ranks. Early-career scholars will be prioritized. Proposals are reviewed on their commitment to advance scholarly research and creative work impacting BIPOC populations, and merit. The selection process is guided by a commitment to a shared governance faculty peer review process. The members of the faculty advisory committee will be selected based on their own scholarship or creative work dedicated to racial justice. 

Questions can be directed to Dr. Judy Marquez Kiyama, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development at

Deadline: April 23, 2021

Council for International Exchange of Scholars - Fulbright Scholar Programs

Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. In addition to several new program models designed to meet the changing needs of U.S. academics and professionals, Fulbright is offering more opportunities for flexible, multi-country grants. Fulbright grants are budgeted to cover travel and living costs in-country for the grantee and their accompanying dependents.

Deadline: September 15, 2021

Council for International Exchange of Scholars - Fulbright Scholar - Early Career

These awards present an opportunity for new scholars to deepen their expertise, acquire new skills, work with additional resources and make connections with leading scholars in their field.

Deadline: September 15, 2021

NSF Announces Call for Center for Advancement and Synthesis of Open Environmental Data and Sciences
The National Sciences Foundation (NSF) has released a call for applications to establish a Center for Advancement and Synthesis of Open Environmental Data and Sciences to improve the availability and usability of related information for the broader scientific enterprise. The lead of the center will be expected to build cyberinfrastructure for the input, storage, maintenance, and access of environmental data.  Information from the center will be able to enhance open scientific communication, visualization, and collaboration, and data from other NSF funded environmental and biological centers such as the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI), the Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) network will be integrated into the center’s cyberinfrastructure.  The center will be expected to be a catalyst for innovative and interconnected data usage including hosting incubator groups and other means of encouraging cutting edge research.

Institutions of Higher Education as well as other non-profit, non-academic institutions are eligible to apply and there is no limit on the number of proposals per institution. Letters of intent are due on April 1, 2021, preliminary proposals are due on April 29, 2021, and the full proposal is due at 5:00 pm on September 15, 2021. Funding for the project will be $20 million over five years with the possibility of another five-year renewal.
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Materials Research Society - Fellow

MRS seeks to recognize as MRS Fellows outstanding members whose sustained and distinguished contributions to the advancement of materials research are internationally recognized. It is intended that by representing excellence in science and engineering and dedication to the advancement of materials research, the MRS Fellows will exemplify the highest ideals of accomplishment and service embodied in the MRS Mission. 

Deadline: August 1, 2021

Materials Research Society - Innovation in Materials Characterization Award

The Innovation in Materials Characterization Award honors an outstanding advance in materials characterization that notably increases the knowledge of the structure, composition, in situ behavior under outside stimulus, electronic, mechanical, or chemical behavior, or other characterization feature, of materials. It is not limited to the method of characterization or the class of material observed. Impact of the advance on materials research will be the primary consideration in making the award. Nominations for this award may be made for scientists and engineers in all areas of materials research.

Award: $5,000

Deadline: August 1, 2021

Materials Research Society - Outstanding Young Investigator Award

The Outstanding Young Investigator Award recognizes outstanding, interdisciplinary scientific work in materials research by a young scientist or engineer. The award recipient must show exceptional promise as a developing leader in the materials area. 

Award: $5,000

Deadline: August 1, 2021

Materials Research Society (MRS) - Impact Award

The MRS Impact Award honors outstanding individuals who have displayed excellence in areas of science communication, education, advancing diversity, mentoring, or community engagement, which reflect the Society's pursuit to advance materials science and technology to improve the quality of life. 

Award: $5,000

Deadline: August 1, 2021

Materials Research Society (MRS) - Innovation in Materials Characterization Award

The MRS is seeking to honor an outstanding advance in materials characterization that notably increases the knowledge of the structure, composition, in situ behavior under outside stimulus, electronic, mechanical, or chemical behavior, or other characterization feature, of materials. The award is not limited to the method of characterization or the class of material observed. Impact of the advance on materials research will be the primary consideration in awarding this honor.

Award: $5,000

Deadline: August 1, 2021

Materials Research Society (MRS) - Mid-Career Researcher Award

The Mid-Career Researcher Award recognizes exceptional achievements in materials research made by mid-career professionals. Nomination is open to scientists and engineers who have made exceptional advances in the middle part of their career and have become recognized leaders in the materials area. It is intended to honor an individual aged 40 to 52 at the time of nomination.  The award recipient must also demonstrate notable leadership in the materials area.

Award: $5,000

Deadline: August 1, 2021

Society of Architectural Historians - SAH Membership Grant for Emerging Professionals

SAH Membership Grants provide emerging scholars with a one-year digital SAH Individual membership to bridge the gap between the Society's subsidized student memberships and the full-cost SAH memberships. These grants are intended to open membership in SAH to emerging scholars who are engaged in the study of architectural history and its related disciplines. 

Deadline: August 31, 2021

Society of Architectural Historians - Alice Davis Hitchcock Book Award

Established in 1949, the Alice Davis Hitchcock Book Award aims to annually recognize the most, “distinguished work of scholarship in the history of architecture published by a North American scholar.”

Deadline: July 31, 2021

Society of Architectural Historians - Spiro Kostof Book Award

This award is given for interdisciplinary studies of urban history that make the greatest contribution to our understanding of the growth and development of cities.

Deadline: July 31, 2021

Urban Communication Foundation - Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Book Award

The annual Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Book Award recognizes an outstanding book, published in English, which exhibits excellence in addressing issues of urban communication.

Deadline: July 15, 2021

Award Amount: $500.00

Arizona Technology Council - Governor's Celebration of Innovation

The Governor’s Celebration of Innovation (GCOI) is an annual awards gala honoring technology leaders, innovators, and academics from across the state. Nominations should be coordinated through Tech Launch.

Deadline: July 26, 2021


University of Nebraska & Western History Association (WHA)

David J. Weber-Clements Center Prize

The WHA announces the David J. Weber-Clements Center Prize given annually for the best non-fiction book on Southwestern America. The competition will be open to any non-fiction book, including biography, on any aspect of Southwestern life, past or present with a 2019 copyright. The purpose of the prize is to promote fine writing and original research on the American Southwest. The author will receive $2500 and an invitation to give the annual Weber-Clements Prize Lecture at Southern Methodist University. 

All submissions must have a 2019 publication date. Presses should submit nominations and a copy of the book to each member of the award committee listed below. While the formal process requires presses/journals to submit the work of their authors, the WHA strongly recommends that authors check with the award committee chair a week before the deadline to see if they received a copy of their work.

-2020 Awards Cycle opens January 25, 2020

-2020 Award Submission (Postmark) Deadline: April 15, 2021

For more information see

US Water Alliance - US Water Prize 2020

Awarded on an annual basis, the US Water Prize celebrates outstanding achievement in the advancement of sustainable, integrated, and inclusive solutions to our nation's water challenges. It is the preeminent national recognition program for exemplary efforts to secure a sustainable water future for all.  The US Water Prize celebrates the breadth of creative collaboration and the partnerships that are making significant contributions to advancing One Water across America.  Annually, there are different prize categories.  In the past, universities have won the prize for innovation in facilities, and for collaborative research projects. 

Deadline: April 15, 2021

For more information see

National Endowment for the Humanities - NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication

Support individual scholars pursuing interpretive research projects that require digital expression and digital publication.

Grant Snapshot

Maximum award amount: $5,000 per month

Open to: Individuals

Expected output:Digital Material and Publication

Application available: February 26, 2021

Application due: April 28, 2021

Expected notification date: December 17, 2021

Project start date: January 1, 2022

For more information see


National Civic League - RWJF-National Civic League Health Equity Award

This Award presented by the National Civic League recognizes and honors individuals that have successfully implemented a systems change approach within the past two years to improve health outcomes for those most impacted by health disparities.

Deadline: April 15, 2021

Award: $3000

See more information at

Lewis-Burke Announcements: 

Lewis-Burke Provides Resources on DOD Environmental Research Program     
Lewis-Burke has compiled resources for faculty interested in conducting environmental research to support the Department of Defense (DOD) under the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) and Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP).  These programs support DOD’s efforts to address environmental and sustainability challenges stemming from DOD’s platforms and installations.  SERDP funds basic and applied research to address these challenges, while ESTCP demonstrates promising and cost-effective technologies that address high-priority environmental requirements.  These programs are managed jointly by the DOD, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Department of Energy (DOE).  Faculty interested in working with these programs should review their “core statements of need,” which are released every summer and dictate DOD’s investment priorities for environmental R&D and technology demonstration.  Lewis-Burke’s analysis of this program can be found here.  More information about SERDP and ESTCP can be found here, and the statements of need can be found here

Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI Program
This National Science Foundation (NSF) program focuses on increasing participation, retention, and graduation rates of underrepresented minorities in STEM fields.  There are three tracks available to applicants: Track 1: Planning or Pilot Projects (PPP) and Track 2: Implementation and Evaluation Projects (IEP) with a deadline of January 13, 2021 and August 25, 2021 (and annually in August thereafter).; and Track 3: Institutional Transformation Projects (ITP) with a deadline of February 10, 2021 (and annually thereafter).  NSF has $11 million funding available for the HSI program in FY 2021 that will be distributed as follows: 15-25 PPP awards at $200,000 to $300,000 for two-years; up to 10 IEP awards at $500,000 to $800,000 for three- to five-year projects; and 1-2 ITPs up to $3 million over five-years.  Additional information is available here


Conference Opportunities, Workshops and Calls for Papers


RESTRUCT is BACK in partnership with the Arizona Institutes for Resilience and the Collaborative for Global Adaptive Pandemic Solutions

RESTRUCT Symposium - Built Environment + Data + Post Pandemic Solutions

May 17 & 18, 2021 Watch for Call for Presentations and Registration HERE!

National Academies Seeks Nominations for the Committee to Advise the US Global Change Research Program 
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is seeking thought leaders to fill approximately 10 vacancies on the Committee to Advise U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP).  The USGCRP coordinates federal research and investment into Earth’s systems and their impacts on humanity, working with 13 federal agencies.  The Committee advises USGCRP by providing strategic advice, reviewing draft plans, and by taking on specific tasks in response to Program requests.  Desirable candidates should have expertise in the areas of climate variability and change; human dimensions of global change; adaptation and mitigation approaches and technologies; observations, monitoring, and data management; ecosystem impacts and interactions; water cycle; carbon cycle; atmospheric composition; climate modeling; land use and land cover change; decision support tools; program management and evaluation; risk characterization and communication.  The Academies encourages the nomination of candidates from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, women, and early- and mid-career professionals.  Members would serve on the committee for a 3-year term with an option to be reappointed.  Those interested in being nominated should submit their nomination to the National Academies using the link below by Friday, February 12, 2021.
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Environmental Protection Agency Seeks Nominations for the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council 
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has requested nominations for appointments to its National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) for terms through September 2022.  The NEJAC is a federal advisory committee established September 30, 1993 to provide advice and recommendations to the EPA Administrator about broad, cross-cutting issues related to environmental justice.  Of the approximately seven vacancies to be filled, one position will represent academia.  All nominations must be submitted by Wednesday, March 24 at the link below, with positions anticipated to be filled beginning in September 2021.  Any person or organization may nominate qualified individuals to serve on the NEJAC.  Self-nominations are also welcome.

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Technology | Architecture + Design Editorial Board Call for Candidates (TAD)

TAD is entering its fifth year of publication and is growing in its manuscript volume and readership. It is also getting added to the most competitive journal indexes, such as Web of Science and Scopus. 

The Editorial Board is a highly collaborative group that involves all of its members in various aspects of the peer review and publication process. TAD continues to demonstrate a commitment to rigorous peer review as well as a highly reflective editorial process that attends to TAD's role in advancing research and scholarship in the discipline. One of TAD's great strengths is that it provides opportunities for a wide range of research and scholarly approaches, using the intersection of technology and design as the point of departure. Editorial Board members gain exposure to this range of research within the discipline and work closely with colleagues across the country.  Leadership opportunities in the issue editorial teams are regularly available.

I invite you to review the first eight TAD issues on its new website,, to see that service on the TAD Editorial Board could be a great opportunity for faculty from across the spectrum of architectural research and education. 

The deadline for submissions is April 4, 2021. The complete call for candidates is available on the TAD website. 


Register now for the April 22, 3:00 pm Zoom fireside chat with Elizabeth "Betsy" Cantwell, senior vice president for research and innovation. The discussion will focus on sentient tools that can leverage artificial intelligence, robotics, intelligent mobility, Internet of Things, Smart Cities, and cloud intelligence. This interactive discussion will help you turn a futurecasting lens on your own thinking, potentially driving the kinds of impacts your research can have.

Cyndi Coon, founder and CEO of Laboratory5 Inc., will lead the discussion and provide a demonstration of threatcasting, a conceptual methodology that enables multidisciplinary groups to envision and plan systematically against threats ten years in the future and uses inputs from social science, technical research, cultural history, economics, trends, expert interviews, and even a little science fiction to explore how to transform the future they desire into reality while avoiding an undesired future. A human-centric process, it allows decision-makers and practitioners to imagine what needs to be done today, as well as four and eight years into the future, to empower or disrupt targeted future scenarios.

Additionally, SVP Cantwell will be joined by RII Chief of Staff John O'Neil; Vice President of Operations Sangita Pawar; and Assistant Vice President of Research Intelligence Lori Schultz.

WHAT: A monthly fireside chat
WHEN: Thursday, April 22, 3:00 p.m. 
TOPIC: Futurecasting Your Research


  • Cyndi Coon, founder and CEO of Laboratory5 Inc.



A NEW REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED for this and every new Convo with Cantwell webinar going forward. Note that you must use your official University of Arizona email address to be approved. Sign-in details, including a password, will be emailed to you after your registration is processed. Even if you have already registered and attended a Convo with Cantwell in the past, you must register again.

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Additional Information or Assistance

For additional information or assistance, please contact Barbara Bryson, Associate Dean for Research, at 520-621-0854.