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NSF has released the Request for Proposal (RFP) for the FY18 Research Infrastructure Improvement Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations (RII T2 FEC) program. RII Track-2 FEC builds interjurisdictional collaborative teams of EPSCoR investigators in scientific focus areas consistent with NSF priorities. Projects are investigator-driven and must include researchers from at least two RII-eligible jurisdictions with complementary expertise and resources necessary to tackle those projects, which neither party could address as well or rapidly alone. The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) research and education activities should seek to broaden participation through the strategic inclusion and integration of different types of individuals,…

The Pythagorean theorem is an important math concept that is applied everywhere in math and technology. The idea is simple in that a2 + b2 = c2 for a right angle triangle that has two sides, a and b, and a hypotenuse of c. There are many proofs proving this is true using squares, trapezoids, and other triangles that can be found here. But with all these math ideas and concepts, how are kids really grasping the idea that two sides of a triangle squared added together always equal the longer side squared? For the children that have more visual needs for…

Two University of South Dakota (USD) researchers have been selected to receive Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Track 4 awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Jing Liu, an Assistant Professor in USD’s Department of Physics received a $153,309 award for his research entitled: Development of high-purity Ge detector technology with LBNL for dark matter and neutrino physics. Guojian Wang, a Research Assistant Professor in USD’s Department of Physics was awarded $155,558 for his research entitled: The distribution and origin of deep level charge trapping centers in large size high-purity germanium crystals. The RII Track-4 is awarded from the NSF’s Established Program…

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