Speaker: Dr. Audra Wolfe, editor, publishing consultant, and independent scholar.
Date/Times: Friday, April 13, 2018, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm, with 1-1 meetings after.
Location: GW National Churchill Library and Center (NCLC - Gelman 101)
Description: You wrote your dissertation on a topic with legs. Or maybe you’ve written one monograph—a good, old-fashioned, tenure book—and want a bigger audience for your next one. Or maybe you’ve been dabbling with op-ed pieces and short features, and you’d like to replicate the rush of connecting with actual, honest-to-God, readers in your next book-length project. Where do you begin? And more importantly, how do you convince editors and agents that you can write beyond your discipline? This 90-minute workshop, appropriate for faculty at all levels, demystifies the process of envisioning, developing, and pitching ideas for books that can appeal to both scholarly and trade audiences—known to publishers as “crossover books.” Major topics include identifying appropriate topics, approaches, audiences, and presses; whether or not you need an agent; how to write a winning book proposal; and steps all authors can take to generate interest in their books. We’ll also talk about how crossover books differ from more traditional scholarly books and the pros and cons of each approach for authors with academic affiliations. Participants receive two one-page handouts covering various aspects of these topics. One-on-one meetings with the speakers may be requested.
Sign-up is optional but recommended. If you wish to have one-on-one meeting with Dr. Wolfe, you must indicate so on the form.

Date/Time: Friday, April 13, 2018, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Location: GW National Churchill Library and Center (NCLC - Gelman 101)
Description: The CCAS Faculty Book Showcase is a celebration to recognize the achievements in publishing professional books by our faculty. It will feature recent faculty books in display, presence and brief remarks by GW leadership, including President LeBlanc, Provost Maltzmann, Vice President in Research Chalupa, and Dean Vinson. Refreshments will be provided during event.
Sign up is optional and encouraged.

This year, the Foundation is presenting a James P. McGovern Award to Dr. Albert-László Barabási for his distinguished work in the field of network science.
Date /Time: Wednesday, April 4, 6:30 pm
Description: On Wednesday, April 4, at 6:30 p.m., Dr. Barabási will deliver a lecture at the Cosmos Club that is free and open to the public.  If you would like to attend, the Foundation would be honored to host you.  Simply send your name, preferred address, and email to me at gkauvar@gwu.edu asap, the Foundation will gladly mail you an invitation and make the necessary arrangements for you to attend.
The Cosmos Club has a dress code: jacket and collared shirt for men, no jeans or gym shoes; com-parable attire for women.

Date/Time: Thursday, March 29,  2018, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Gelman B02
Two Agenda Items:

Research, Curriculum Development, Summer Programs, Digital Humanities
Dr. Deborah Hurtt, Senior Program Officer at the NEH, will outline key programs for higher ed faculty including Summer Stipends, Fellowships (deadline April 11), and Collaborative Research Grants.

How do I Write an Effective Proposal?
Dr. Deborah Hurtt will share tips for preparing successful NEH proposals.

Sign Up is optional and encouraged.  Sign up is required for 1-1 meetings.

Enhancement for the Enhanced Travel Program
In our effort to provide strong support for our scholarly related travel needs, we are pleased to increase our investment for the CCAS Enhanced Faculty Travel Awards program.  Starting this year, CCAS faculty can request up to $2500 in applying for this award.  The total number of awards will remain to be 30. The detailed description, reflecting this increased funding level, can be found online at our Research Blog. Please also keep in mind that the deadline for this year's competition is March 30, 2018.
As you know, we are constantly seeking ways to provide the best support for the scholarly activities of our faculty.  We are pleased this has led to encouraging returns, and we look forward to the continued success of your academic endeavors.
Ben Vinson III
Yongwu R.

Funding  Opportunities 

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI)
Neurodegeneration Challenge Network                                                                          The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative invites applications to join the CZI Neurodegeneration Challenge Network, an interdisciplinary collaborative initiative to increase understanding of the fundamental biology of neurodegenerative disorders. Applications are being   accepted for two funding mechanisms:   
 -CZI Ben Barres Early Career Acceleration Awards: investigator awards for early career academic investigators, especially those who are new to the field of neurodegeneration. Applications due by 5 pm PT, April 17, 2018. 
 -CZI Collaborative Science Awards: awards for small group interdisciplinary collaborations that include a physician with active clinical engagement. Letters of Intent due by 5 pm PT, April 3.

National Science Foundation (NSF)
Critical Techniques, Technologies and Methodologies, for Advancing Foundations and Applications of Big Data Sciences and Engineering (BIGDATA)                                                                                                                                                                
Proposal Submission Window:  May 7, 2018 - May 14, 2018