NASA has awarded approximately $19 million to colleges and universities nationwide to conduct research and technology development in areas of importance to NASA’s mission. The University of Vermont was among six schools to be selected for two proposals. In addition, the awards enable faculty development and higher education student support.The selections are part of NASA’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, known as EPSCoR. The program is designed to assist states in establishing an academic research enterprise directed toward a long-term, self-sustaining and competitive capability that will contribute to its economic viability and development. The program helps develop partnerships between NASA research assets, academic institutions and industry. The selected proposals support all four of NASA’s mission directorates: aeronautics, exploration systems, science and space operations.A total of 27 proposals were selected from organizations in Alabama, Arkansas, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont and West Virginia.Two proposals were selected from each of the following colleges and universities:New Mexico State UniversitySouth Dakota School of Mines & TechnologyUniversity of Alabama In HuntsvilleUniversity of Nebraska at OmahaUniversity of Puerto RicoUniversity of Vermont & State Agricultural CollegeWichita State University, KansasOne proposal was selected from each of the following organizations:College of Charleston, South CarolinaLouisiana Board of Regents FoundationMontana State UniversityUniversity of Arkansas at Little RockUniversity of Hawaii SystemsUniversity of IdahoUniversity of MississippiUniversity of North DakotaUniversity of Northern IowaUniversity of OklahomaUniversity of UtahVanderbilt UniversityWest Virginia UniversityProposals were chosen through a merit-based, peer-reviewed competition. The maximum award is $750,000 for a 3-year period. A one-to-one match of funds is required for every NASA dollar awarded.This program and the agency’s other education programs support NASA’s commitment to excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, which will play a key role in preparing, inspiring, encouraging and nurturing the nation’s future workforce.For a list of project descriptions, click on “Selected Proposals” and look for “Competitive Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)” or solicitation NNH09ZNE002C at:http://nspires.nasaprs.com(link is external)For additional information about NASA’s EPSCoR program, visit:http://www.nasa.gov/education/epscor(link is external)For information about NASA’s Education programs, visit:http://www.nasa.gov(link is external)
JOHNSTON — The Iowa Department of Public Health has reported 118 new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the state’s total during the pandemic to 1388. Two more people have died, both in Linn County, to bring the state’s death toll to 31.One more positive COVID-19 case has been identified in our listening area, an adult aged 18-40 in Winnebago County, making for the county’s second case. There’s now been a total of 25 positive cases in our immediate listening area — 13 in Cerro Gordo, three in Hancock, two each in Winnebago and Mitchell, with single cases in Worth, Butler, Franklin, Wright and Kossuth counties. Floyd County still has not had a positive COVID-19 reported to the state.== The state medical director has issued an order that provides new LEGAL immunity for hospitals and other facilities in Iowa’s health care system that make a good faith effort to get face masks and other protective equipment. The order also recommends that hospitals decrease the length of stay for COVID-19 patients once their condition is stable.Iowa Department of Public Health deputy director Sarah Reisetter says the order includes the new federal guidance that face masks may be used if their “use by” date has expired. “Unfortunately, we’re in a position where — like many states and countries across the globe — we are preparing for a time when we might not have enough of these supplies,” Reisetter says.The order notes new recommendations about washing and reusing N-95 face masks used in health care settings. “The order requires all providers to work with our department to further assess, monitor and extend the use of PPE in our state,” Reisetter says, “and is based on guidance that has been provided by the CDC.”According to Reisetter, the order is focused on extending the use of personal protective equipment when demand exceeds supply. “We understand the issuance of this order may be unsettling,” Reisetter says, “but due to the global shortage of PPE supply, we have determined that now is the time to take this action.”Governor Reynolds says inmates in Iowa’s prisons are making a thousand protective gowns a day for health care workers. Reynolds also told reporters late this morning there are NO known cases of COVID-19 in Iowa prisons or jails. The latest figures from the state indicate COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in 81 of Iowa’s 99 counties.