Field Notes: Native Science Report Blog

New Report Examines Language Revitalization on the Fort Berthold Reservation

What does it take to save an endangered language? Is it enough to teach it in the schools? If not, what more is required?

These are some of the questions explored in Taking Back the Language, a new report written by Native Science Report Editor Paul Boyer, and available here. Focusing on over forty years of language revitalization work on the Fort Berthold Reservation of North Dakota, the 20-page report examines the progress made as well as the obstacles encountered by educators and community activists working to teach the tribe’s three languages.

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NSF webinar to discuss funding for Tribal Enterprise Advancement Centers

The National Science Foundation’s Tribal Colleges and Universities Program is hosting a webinar to provide more information about Tribal Enterprise Advancement Centers on Monday, April 30 at 3 p.m. eastern time.

A new addition to TCUP’s solicitation, TEA Centers enable tribal colleges “to become research and development resources for their reservations and communities.”  Specifically, “TEA Centers may address a critical tribal or community need or focus on a realm of STEM research or design that is beyond the scope of individual research grants or that is of interest to multiple tribes.”

The April 30 webinar will discuss what is meant by the term TEA Center, required elements of a center proposal, and examples possible center themes. Chief academic officers are particularly encouraged to participate since they are the suggested PI’s for TEA Center grants, along with other relevant colleagues.

Advance registration for the webinar is not required. Simply use the link below (to see the slides and listen to the conversation) or the call-in number to join.

To join the Webex meeting:

https://nsf.webex.com/nsf/j.php?MTID=mcef28c08888cd8b93ca8e595ac759f5c

Meeting number (access code): 749 044 164 Meeting password: Tcup2018!

Or join by phone:

+1-415-655-0002 US Toll

NSF seeking applicants for temporary position in Division of Research on Learning

The NSF/EHR Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings has a search for a program officer in science education.

This temporary position addresses science education broadly. In other words, the candidate can have a specialization in any science or science-related focus, such as science identity. As stated in the job description, the NSF seeks applicants who are able to demonstrate knowledge of, and a record of contributing to, STEM education in the broad area of science learning and teaching; demonstrate knowledge of research related to how educational experiences in K-12 and/or informal settings can enhance STEM workforce and career development; and demonstrate research, analytical and technical writing expertise as evidenced by publications and other documents.

The job posting can be found here: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/494808400. The closing date for this position is April 23.

 

Submissions invited to NSF “Vizzies Challenge”

The National Science Foundation, in partnership with Popular Science, invites researchers and members of the general public to submit their best science or engineering visualization to this year’s “Vizzies Challenge.”

Visualizations include animations, apps, illustrations, or photographs that help explain scientific or engineering concepts. According to the NSF, they “connect scientists and citizens, creating a universal language that enables people the world over to exchange knowledge and to understand scientific ideas and phenomena.”

Entries may be submitted by individuals or by teams by visiting www.nsf.gov/Vizzies. NSF and PopSci.com will feature the winning entries on their respective web sites. In addition, up to five Experts’ Choice winning entries will receive $2000 each, and up to three People’s Choice winning entries will receive $500 each.

This year’s Vizzies closes April 15.

To learn more about the competition, now in its 16th year, and view previous year’s winners see:  www.nsf.gov/Vizzies.

 

NSF-TCUP program solicitation released; new support for tribal “Enterprise Advancement Centers”

The National Science Foundation’s Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP) has released its new program solicitation, outlining funding opportunities for TCUP-eligible colleges and universities.

A significant new addition to this year’s solicitation is funding for “TCU Enterprise Advancement Centers.” These centers “will enable tribal colleges to become research and development resources for their reservations and communities,” according to the announcement. Specifically, “TEA Centers may address a critical tribal or community need or focus on a realm of STEM research or design that is beyond the scope of individual research grants or that is of interest to multiple tribes.”

Possible research areas include the “environmental sciences, social and behavioral sciences, and engineering, as well as indigenous research, service learning, and STEM entrepreneurship,” among others.

The full solicitation, with additional information about TEA Centers, submission deadlines, and submission requirements can be found here.

 

Administration for Native Americans announces 2018 funding opportunities

The Administration for Native Americans, an office within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has released its 2018 Funding Opportunity Announcements.

The ANA’s mission is to support social and economic self-sufficiency within Native American communities. Funding areas include:

  • Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance
  • Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance – Esther Martinez Immersion
  • Social and Economic Development Strategies Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies
  • Environmental Regulatory Enhancement Social and Economic Development Strategies for Alaska
  • Native Language Community Coordination Demonstration Project Native Youth Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment, and Development

An interactive map of current grantees can be found here.

Visit ANA’s website for further information on the current funding announcements or for technical assistance for applicants. Applications are due April 9, 2018.

 

NSF video highlights work of tribal colleges

How long does it take to explain the value of STEM education within tribally controlled colleges and universities?

About one minute and thirty seconds.

That’s the length of this excellent video, produced by the NSF, which neatly summarizes the variety of STEM programs at tribal and Native-serving institutions and their educational and economic benefits.

Take a look.

TCUP helps tribal college students thrive

#DYK the Tribal Colleges and Universities Program, TCUP, began in the early 2000s as a way to address the lack of science, technology, mathematics and engineering programs and faculty at tribal colleges. Watch (and share!) the video to learn more.

Posted by National Science Foundation (NSF) on Thursday, November 30, 2017

Tribal college student research featured in Geophysical Union publication

Several research projects developed by students at Salish Kootenai College and Northwest Indian College are featured in a publication sponsored by the American Geophysical Union.

A recent article published in The Prow spotlights student-led projects at Salish Kootenai College on the Flathead Reservation of Montana that deepen understanding of traditional foods and environmental factors “that may impact future food availabilities.” Northwest Indian College was cited for its “hands-on research projects related to species protection and restoration along the northernmost coastline of Washington.”

These examples illustrate efforts by Native communities to “combine culture, traditional knowledge and contemporary scientific practices,” according to the article’s authors. “All this happens in the face of longstanding and ongoing challenges to tribal sovereignty established by treaties with the U.S. government.”

The full story can be found here.