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WoWTALK  VI was held on December 5, 2017. 

Presentation and Speakers

Date /Time: Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 4:00- 5:00 pm, with refreshments / lab tour after.
Location:  SEH B1220
Dr. Chris Cahill (Chemistry)
Finding the Names and Addresses of the Atoms in Crystalline Solids
Dr. Saniya LeBlanc (Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering)
Linking Materials, Manufacturing, & System Design for Energy Technologies
George Washington University Nanofabrication Imaging Center
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In our continued effort to support research and scholarship, we would like to create a CCAS Proposal Sharing System to allow faculty to share grant proposals and fellowship applications with their colleagues. We hope this will help to demystify the process for certain grant applications, better enabling our faculty to be more successful in their grant proposals / fellowship applications.
Please note that sample proposals for some funding agencies are already available on their websites. We have collected some of such Sample Proposals by Funding Agencies on our new CCAS research blog. In addition, many colleagues routinely share their proposals with colleagues.  However, our new system will provide additional model proposals that may not be readily available from funding agencies or colleagues around you.
The steps for contributing / requesting proposals are as follows.
  1. The dean’s office will invite faculty volunteers to share their successful proposals.

  2. The ADR (Associate Dean for Research) will collect the proposals from Each colleague who contributes (referred to as “Contributors” here after) can redact their proposal to remove sensitive information, or have dean’s office assist with this. The redacted copy will be password protected so that it can be viewed, but no text or image can be copied electronically.

  3. Any CCAS colleague who requests (referred to as “Requester” here after) a proposal can submit their information via our CCAS Sample Proposal Requesting Form.

  4. The ADR will inform the Contributor with the name of the Requester before releasing the proposal.

  5. The Contributor may request for a copy of the final proposal from the Requester before submission.  This will help prevent plagiarism and allow the Requester to receive valuable comments from the Contributor.

  6. Other components of this system may include various pieces of the proposal, e.g. Postdoc Mentoring Plan.  Those samples can be deposited in a Google drive shared with all CCAS faculty.

To contribute your proposal(s), simply email pdf files to We will then work with you to redact your proposal and set the security protection. If we receive a request for which your proposal is a fit, we will inform you before sharing it with the Requester. You can report your contribution in your Faculty Annual Report
To request a sample proposal, please enter the webform CCAS Sample Proposal Requesting Form.  We will then communicate with the potential Contributor(s) before sending you a pdf file of the sample.


Research Area(s):
Astronomy & Astrophysics, Earth Science, Heliophysics, Instrumentation, Planetary Science, Space Life Sciences, Space Situational Awareness

Suborbital Flight Testing and Flight Experiments with CubeSat Payloads

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Ames Research Center (ARC) is requesting broad community input under a Request for Information (RFI) to determine interest in using high altitude aircraft as a means for flight testing and flight experiments with CubeSat science payloads. The two primary use cases of interest are flight testing CubeSat instruments intended for orbital use and airborne flight experiments that leverage CubeSat technologies for earth observing instruments.

As background for the RFI, the NASA Airborne Science Program (ASP), managed under the Earth Science Division (ESD) within the Science Mission Directorate (SMD), operates a fleet of highly modified aircraft that support NASA satellite missions, technology development, and science investigations. The primary objectives of the program include supporting satellite calibration and validation, new sensor development, process studies of the Earth system, and developing the next generation of scientists and engineers. Additional information on the ASP can be found at:

With this RFI, the NASA Airborne Science Program is exploring community interest in having NASA support the use of CubeSat science payloads in the Airborne Science Program.

The RFI is for information purposes only.

The due date for responses is November 21, 2017 (3:00pm Pacific).

Please see the RFI at the following:

Point of Contact:
Mr. Jeffrey Myers
Airborne Sensor Facility Manager

Dr. David Bell, Director
USRA Research Institute for Advanced Computer Science

This site will serve as a resource for faculty information. Here you will find research and funding resources relevant to CCAS faculty. We will also update regularly with notices of funding opportunities and events.

Since this site is new, and we want it to suit your needs, please don't hesitate to contact us with comments and questions at





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