Share your ideas TODAY to inform the emerging research frontiers of tomorrow!

National Science Foundation

Every two years, the National Science Foundation solicits suggestions from its research community for topics to support through the Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation Program (EFRI).

What defines an "Emerging Frontier" idea? With high-risk and high-potential payoff, these are ideas that would be difficult to fund otherwise because they push the limits of research, and overlap multiple fields.

They are ideas that can direct research to new places, foster new industries, create leadership opportunities, or enable significant progress on recognized national Grand Challenges.

They are the kinds of ideas that iCons students are passionate about.

If you have an idea for a forward-looking topic in transformational research and innovation, this could be your year. The next round of EFRI submission are due on December 19th, 2014.

Contact iCons Program Director Professor Scott Auerbach to share your idea and discuss the possibility of developing a collaborative proposal:

At iCons Fall Workshop, energy experts discuss new model for sustainability at Mass Military Reservation

iCons Fall Workshop panel 2014

At this year's annual iCons Integrative Science Workshop, the iCons community engaged with the issue of clean energy through an interactive panel discussion about a new sustainability initiative taking root in an unexpected location: The Massachusetts Military Reservation.

Headlining the event were three guests panelists who offered insight and expertise from the energy field: David O'Connor, Senior VP of Energy and Clean Technology at ML Strategies, Carter Wall, Managing Director of Franklin Beach Energy, and Mike Kearney, Corporate Development Principal at Ambri Inc.

More than 100 students turned out for the workshop - including members of all four iCons cohorts, and applicants for the next class - posing thoughtful questions and ideas for how to scale up this unique model for clean energy.

Photo caption: Professor Scott Auerbach, iCons Program Director; David O'Connor, Senior VP of Energy and Clean Technology at ML Strategies; Carter Wall, Managing Director of Franklin Beach Energy; Mike Kearney, Corporate Development Principal at Ambri Inc.; and Dean Steve Goodwin, College of Natural Sciences, UMass Amherst.

iCons approach goes global

iCons meets with delegate from Chinese university

The iCons mission to provide integrative education on global issues is beginning to attract global attention, and foster global partnerships.

On Monday, September 15th, iCons faculty and staff met with Dr. Yan Zhu of the Communication University of China in Beijing to share ideas on integrative education. The round table featured iCons director Scott Auerbach, program manager Jane Markarian, and collaborators Xian Liu, Jack Mino, and Kate Maiolatesi from Holyoke Community College, Dr. Zhu's host institution during her visit to the United States.

Covering topics from different models for integrative learning, to the detailed structure of the iCons Program, to a vision for the future the iCons at UMass Amherst, the lively discussion was just the beginning of what promises to be a fruitful cultural exchange. Dr. Zhu has plans to visit campus again twice during the fall semester before returning to China in early November.

Photo caption: Xian Liu, Jack Mino, Kate Maiolatesi, Yan Zhu, Scott Auerbach, and Jane Markarian after their cross-cutting discussion on integrative science.

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