How do you obtain research funding? Science Café answers question

WHAT: University of Nebraska at Kearney Science Café

HOSTED BY: Sigma Xi The Scientific Research Honor Society

TITLE: “Playing at the Politics of Science”

Martin Frank
Martin Frank

TOPIC: In 1854, Louis Pasteur was credited with saying, “In the fields of observation, chance favors only the prepared mind.” This statement applies equally well to the investigations in our laboratories, as well as to advocacy for our science. In the early days of science, much of what was discovered was observational in nature, requiring support for the individual, not necessarily support for the science. Such was the case for Da Vinci, Darwin and many others. However, as science has become more complex, there has been an increased reliance on funding for one’s research. No longer can one publish a strictly observational study. One needs research funding to develop the mechanistic understanding of how things work. Such funding is available from multiple sources, but the question is how to obtain those funds. How does one play the politics of science to ensure funds are available for research? The goal of this Science Café presentation is to provide some of the answers to your questions.

PRESENTER: Martin Frank received his doctorate in physiology and biophysics from the University of Illinois, Urbana, in 1973. He served as a research associate in the Michigan Cancer Foundation Cellular Physiology Laboratory and in the Michigan State University Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. From 1978-85, he was an executive secretary in the Division of Research Grants, Physiology Study Section, at the National Institutes of Health. In 1985, Frank became executive director of the American Physiological Society, a position he held until his retirement in June 2018.

TIME: 5:30 p.m.

DATE: Monday, Oct. 26

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CONTACT: Evan Hill, president, UNK chapter of Sigma Xi, 308.865.8241,