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Introducing Madeline Nykaza to the Washington, D.C. Office

It is with great enthusiasm that I introduce Madeline Nykaza to the University of Michigan’s Washington, DC Office. Madeline most recently worked at the Association for Public & Land Grant Universities (APLU) where she worked on science, technology and manufacturing issues. Prior to APLU, Madeline worked for, now retired, U.S. Senator Carl Levin where she advised him on higher education, health, immigration and agriculture issues.
As the new Federal Relations Associate for the DC office, Madeline will be responsible for helping me expand U-M’s federal research impact in the Administration, Congress, and federal agencies, among other duties. She is also looking at ways we can continue to improve the DC Office of Research newsletter to ensure that we are keeping campus aware of what’s happening in DC and opportunities that both you, your faculty & students could be interested in. The effectiveness of this newsletter is an on-going process – if you have any recommendations/thoughts/comments, please share them with Madeline at
I hope you will help me in welcoming Madeline to the DC federal relations team!

COMPETES Update - UM Submits Feedback
Congress remains in summer recess until Tuesday, September 8. Before adjourning for recess, Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced they will host a series of roundtables to receive feedback before they craft a reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act. Two roundtable discussions have taken place. The first roundtable focused on maximizing basic research and the second focused on STEM education. The final roundtable, which will focus on translating federal research results into commercial applications, will take place after Congress comes back from recess. 

The committee solicited written feedback from stakeholders in addition to the roundtable discussions. The University of Michigan submitted joint comments with Michigan State University and Wayne State University. If you are interested in reading the comments, please reach out to Madeline ( 

Nomination Announcements
The Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is requesting nominations to fill vacancies on a newly established committee, the Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment (Committee). The Committee will provide advice on sustained National Climate Assessment activities and products to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, who will forward the advice to the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). 

OAA is seeking individuals with expertise in communications, engagement, and education; risk management and risk assessment; economics and social sciences; technology, tools, and data systems; and other disciplines relevant to the sustained National Climate Assessment process. In addition, NOAA is seeking individuals with expertise in climate change and variability, spanning the range from climate science (physical, biological, chemical) to impacts and societal responses. Individuals with experience in the private sector, academia, public sector, non-governmental organizations,and others will all be given consideration.

Application deadline: Monday, September 14. Read the full announcement here.    
Fellowship Announcements

Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program
The Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program at the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine is available to graduate and professional school students and individuals who have completed graduate studies (degree awarded) within the past five years. The 12-week program is not a scholarship, but provides a stipend to offset living expenses during the fellowship period. 

Applications deadline: Wednesday, September 9. Read the full announcement here

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)
The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is accepting applications for 2016 class. The GRFP accepts outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and in STEM education. This program provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who demonstrate the potential for significant research achievements in these areas. 

Application deadline: October 26 - 30 (varies based on directorate). Further information available here
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