CReSIS Students and Team Members attend the 2013 STC Directors Meeting


By Darryl Monteau
Summer 2013

The 2013 Science and Technology Center (STC) Directors Meeting was held at the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon from August 21-23, 2013. Hosted by the Center for Coastal Margin Observation and Prediction (CMOP), this year’s conference theme was “Charting Today the Science and Technology of Tomorrow.” The agenda featured several prominent speakers and panelists, including U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer (3rd District-OR).

A pre-meeting to discuss collaboration amongst the centers was held on August 21st for STC Education and Diversity directors, coordinators and staff. The regular meeting commenced on August 22nd with speakers, panel presentations, and the introduction of three new STCs:

  • CBMM – The Center for Brains, Minds & Machines, led by MIT. Other institutions involved include Harvard, Cornell.

  • The Study of Biology with X-Ray Lasers, led by the State University of New York.

  • CIQM – Center for Integrated Quantum Materials. Institutions involved include Howard University, Harvard, MIT, and the Museum of Science (Boston).

Dr. Prasad Gogineni, CReSIS Director and University of Kansas School of Engineering Distinguished Professor, was part of a panel discussion titled “Science and Technology: A perspective from the National Science Board.” He was joined by representatives from the National Science Board (NSB) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

National Science Board

Photo 1: National Science Board members discuss science, technology, and the challenges of interdisciplinary collaboration. Photo by Jeff Schilling/Center for Coastal Margin Observation & Prediction.

Other CReSIS members in attendance included Dr. Carl Leuschen, CReSIS Deputy Director; Jerome Mitchell, CReSIS GRA and IU PhD student; Theresa Stumpf, CReSIS GRA and KU PhD student; Jennifer Laverentz, CReSIS Administrative Manager; and Darryl Monteau, KU CReSIS Education Coordinator.

The NSF’s Science and Technology Center (STC) program combines the efforts of scientists and engineers to respond to problems of global significance, supporting the intense, sustained, collaborative work that is required to achieve progress in these areas.

Currently there are 14 active and 35 graduated STCs in the United States.

CReSIS Students

Photo 2: Jerome Mitchell, CReSIS GRA/PhD student at IU and Theresa Stumpf, CReSIS GRA/PhD student at KU at the STC Director’s Meeting in Portland. Photo by Jennifer Laverentz, CReSIS.