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Join The Conversation: New Partnership Will Introduce National Audiences to Boise State Faculty Research

Boise State University has become a supporting member of The Conversation, an independent, nonprofit publisher of commentary and analysis, authored by academics and edited by journalists for the general public.

This exciting new partnership will allow Boise State faculty to work one-on-one with Conversation editors to write and publish short articles (800-1,000 words) on topics related to their research, while potentially reaching millions of readers.

Several Boise State faculty already have contributed to The Conversation, including: Brittany Brand on the unexpected eruption of Chile’s Calbuco volcano; Steven Feldstein on fatal U.S. airstrikes under the Trump administration; Jen Schneider on the coal industry’s rhetorical playbook; Jodi Brandt on our global sand crisis; John Freemuth (a prolific contributor) most recently on Interior Sec. Zinke’s proposal to shrink national monuments; Troy Rohn on public fears about early-onset Alzheimer’s; Justin Vaughn on George W.’s legacy during Jeb Bush’s presidential run; and Shelton Woods on the history behind Philippine President Duterte’s Obama insult.

This is just a sample of the great work faculty have already published on The Conversation; for a complete list of Boise State contributions, see The Conversation: Boise State.

Now that Boise State is a supporting member, The Conversation wants to hear from you: our faculty and academic researchers. Boise State will be hosting a few information sessions on campus, dates TBA. In the meantime, please see below on how to pitch a story, or contact Cienna Madrid at with questions.

How to Pitch a Story

The Conversation reacts to current and breaking news with expert analysis and help set the news agenda with ideas originating in academia. Their editors consider four things in a pitch:

  • Is it of interest to a general audience? Our articles are read across the United States and internationally by non-academics. What does a lay person want or need to know?
  • Is the idea timely? Timeliness can mean many things: new research, analysis of something in the news, commentary pegged to historic anniversaries. Why should a reader care now?
  • Is the academic an expert in what they are writing about?
  • Can the academic cover the topic in 1,000 words or fewer? Articles are not comprehensive, but rather make critical points that the public needs to be aware of.

The Conversation is looking for academics to pitch articles. This means you write a four-to-five sentence description of the article and they give you feedback prior to you investing any time in writing an article. The best way to do so is through their pitch form here:

Benefits of Writing for The Conversation

Each published faculty member has access to a personal dashboard that allows them to monitor the number of reads the article has received, the geographic location of those readers and by what media outlets the article has been republished. Dashboards also monitor all engagement on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn as well as comments on site. These metrics can be used to demonstrate public engagement and education.

Unlike scholarly and research journals, The Conversation is written for the general public. The website publishes roughly eight articles per day and attract up to seven million reads per month through their website and news outlets that republish their articles – including The Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, CNN and Scientific American, among others. This is because articles published on The Conversation are free to read and free to republish through a Creative Commons license.

In addition, through The Conversation’s partnerships with The Associated Press and Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc., articles often are picked up in local newspapers – providing analysis in communities hat would not otherwise been able to hear from academics. By writing, academics can reach audiences in publications locally, nationally and internationally.

Using Alternative Metrics in the NIH Biosketch

Click on the provided link to access a YouTube video detailing how to use alternative metrics to describe the impact of your work on NIH biosketches: v=HyQwUbTLKQU&

New Certificates of Confidentiality Policy in Effect

Resubmitted from: NIH Extramural Nexus 

by NIH Staff

As discussed in recent Open Mike blog posts, NIH issued a new policy to enhance the privacy protections of individuals participating in NIH funded research studies. The policy eliminates the need for NIH funded investigators to apply for a certificate of confidentiality (CoC). As of October 1, 2017, NIH funded researchers no longer have to request a CoC. The CoC will be issued automatically to awards funded wholly or in part by the NIH that collect or use identifiable, sensitive information.

We encourage you to visit our Certificates of Confidentiality website which we have recently updated to reflect the new CoC policy and the disclosure rules that apply to those that hold CoCs.

NRHA’s Scholarly Journal Seeks Editorial Board Volunteers

The National Rural Health Association’s (NRHA) scholarly journal, the Journal of Rural Health, is accepting applications for its editorial board. Three-year terms for open positions of the editorial board will begin on January 1, 2017. Applications will be accepted through November 30, 2017.

Select link for more information.

NRHA’s Scholarly Journal Seeks Editorial Board Volunteers 


National Institute on Aging


Marie A. Bernard, NIA Deputy Director
The National Advisory Council on Aging met here on the NIH campus on September 26–27. Among several actions by the Council was the approval of eight new concepts for Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs). The lively discussion around these concepts is always one of the highlights of this two-day meeting, with conversations and conjecture often continuing into the corridors. Read the full blog post.



STTI Accepting Applications for Global Research Grants

Deadline: May 1, 2018.

Founded in 1922, Sigma Theta Tau International supports the learning, knowledge, and professional development of nurses making a difference in global health.

To that end, the organization is inviting applications from registered nurses to its Global Nursing Research Grant program. Through the program, a single grant of up to $10,000 will be awarded to encourage a nurse-investigator to focus on addressing health disparities globally.

To be eligible, the principal investigator(s) should be a registered nurse (or country equivalent) with a current license and have at least a master’s in nursing (or equivalent). Preference will be given to Sigma Theta Tau members.

See the STTI website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

Link to Complete RFP

Cheryl Albright Offers Works Research Workshops October 2-4

Cheryl Albright, professor at University of Hawaii’s School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene , will visit Boise State to offer faculty research workshops.

From 1:30-3:00 PM on Monday, October 2 in Norco 431, Albright will present “Deeper than a Biosketch.” She’ll address how to choose the best research team members, how to articulate team contribution in a grant proposal, and how to link team contributions to grant specific aims.

From 11:30-12:30 PM on Wednesday, October 4 in Norco 408A, Albright will discuss tips for writing a compelling description of undergraduate student research involvement in study.

To attend either of Albright’s presentations, please RSVP to Jane Grassley, Albright’s visit is sponsored by Boise State’s School of Nursing.

Albright is a funded NIH researcher and grants reviewer. Albright conducts transdisciplinary research spanning the fields of nursing, pediatric oncology, behavioral medicine, health psychology, internal medicine, nutrition, organ donation / transplantation, exercise science, and epidemiology. She has almost 30 years of research experience focused on innovative strategies to promote modification of behavioral risk factors in adults and adolescents. Before coming to the University of Hawaii, she was a senior research scientist at Stanford University School of Medicine’s Prevention Research Center (1984-2003). In 2008, she was elected as a Fellow in the Society of Behavioral Medicine.

Download a flyer for Albright’s presentations (PDF).

AHRQ and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Learning Health Systems Mentored Career Development Program (K12)

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), in partnership with the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), invites applications for funding to support institutional career development awards designed to train clinician and research scientists to conduct PCOR research within learning health systems (LHS) focused on generation, adoption, and application of evidence in order to improve the quality and safety of care.

Application Due Date: January 24, 2018 by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow adequate time to make any corrections to errors found in the application during the submission process by the due date.

Required Application Instructions:
It is critical that applicants follow the instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide, except where instructed to do otherwise (in this FOA or in a Notice from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts). Conformance to all requirements (both in the Application Guide and the FOA) is required and strictly enforced. Applicants must read and follow all application instructions in the Application Guide as well as any program-specific instructions noted in Section IV, and follow the AHRQ Grants Policy and Guidance found on the AHRQ website at When the program-specific instructions deviate from those in the Application Guide, follow the program-specific instructions. Applications that do not comply with these instructions may be delayed or not accepted for review.

There are several options available to submit your application through to NIH and Department of Health and Human Services partners. You must use one of these submission options to access the application forms for this opportunity.

Use the NIH ASSIST system to prepare, submit and track your application online.
Apply Online Using ASSIST
Use an institutional system-to-system (S2S) solution to prepare and submit your application to and eRA Commons to track your application. Check with your institutional officials regarding availability.

Go to to download an application package to complete the application forms offline or create a Workspace to complete the forms online; submit your application to; and track your application in eRA Commons.

Visit website for further details.

American Association of University Women Accepting Applications for Short-term Research publication grants

American Summer/Short-Term Research Publication Grants: Summer/Short-Term Research Publication grants provide funds for women college and university faculty and independent researchers to prepare research for publication. Time must be available for eight consecutive weeks of final writing and editing in response to issues raised in critical reviews. These grants can be awarded to both tenure-track and part-time faculty, and new and established researchers. The grants are designed to assist the candidate in obtaining tenure and other promotions. Tenured professors are not eligible.
Amount: $6,000
Deadline: November 15th

Reposted from: Philanthropy News Digest

Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation Seeks Applications for Mental Health Research

Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation is accepting applications from behavioral or psychological research studies based in the United States or Canada.

Through its Faculty/Post-Doctoral Fellows program, the fund will award grants of up to $20,000 in support of studies aimed at developing, refining, evaluating, or disseminating innovative interventions designed to prevent or ameliorate major social, psychological, behavioral, or public health problems affecting children, adults, couples, families, or communities. The fund will also consider studies that have the potential for adding significantly to knowledge about such problems. Projects must be focused on the United States or Canada or on a comparison between the U.S. or Canada and one (or more) other country.

To be eligible, applicants must be a faculty member at an accredited college or university or an individual affiliated with an accredited human service organization that is tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. In addition, the principal investigator must have an earned doctorate in a relevant discipline and relevant experience.

See the Fahs-Beck Fund website for eligibility and application guidelines

Link to Complete RFP