The application period for the 5th annual NIGHTSEA/EMS (Electron Microscopy Sciences) KEY Award for New Faculty is now open! The KEY Award is an annual equipment grant to an individual entering their first faculty position at a college or university. Originally open only to those entering US institutions, we have expanded the eligibility to those entering any academic institution worldwide.
The award consists of:
Fluorescence is increasingly central to many fields of research, most notably in the life sciences but also in other disciplines. New faculty start-up budgets are limited and fluorescence microscopy equipment can be very expensive. Immediately after the introduction of the economical NIGHTSEA Stereo Microscope Fluorescence Adapter (SFA) system we realized that it was popular among researchers entering their first faculty position because it provides an economical way to implement a fluorescence capability at a reasonable cost.
NIGHTSEA founder Dr. Charles Mazel’s R&D career owes much to the inspiration and support of many people. The KEY Award is a way of giving back to the community and honors several of those individuals.
According to Dr. Mazel:
‘K‘ is for Dr. Les Kaufman, Professor of Biology at Boston University. I met Les when he was Director of Research at the New England Aquarium and I was just a SCUBA diver walking in off the street with a 35mm slide deck of photographs of fluorescing corals. His excitement and encouragement led me back to university to pursue research into the meaning of the phenomenon and ultimately to a rewarding research career. ‘E‘ represents two people – Dr. Harold E. ‘Doc’ Edgerton of MIT and Dr. Thomas Eisner of Cornell University. I was privileged to know both of these great men. Doc was a pioneer in both high speed imaging and underwater search, and an inspiration to all who met him. Tom was a great entomologist, the ‘father of chemical ecology’, and absolutely brilliant at using photographic imagery to communicate his observations of nature and the novel scientific investigations that they inspired. ‘Y‘ also represents two people – the remarkable husband and wife team of Drs. Charlie and Clarice Yentsch. I met this inspirational pair of scientists when I entered my PhD program, and Charlie was soon added to my thesis committee. I was privileged to spend a summer conducting research at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, which they founded, and working side by side with them on numerous field projects.
The KEY Award is open to individuals entering their first faculty position at a non-profit college or university any time in the academic calendar year 2018-2019, worldwide. That includes starts in Fall 2018, winter/spring 2019, and new hires for Fall 2019.
Entries will be read and ranked by an evaluation panel of scientists and non-scientists.
If you have any questions please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Use the form below to submit the requested information, including a copy of a published paper. Be concise! The categories are listed in order of significance for evaluation. Note that the second item is a very close second in significance to the first and will play a major role in the evaluation.
Read carefully – At NIGHTSEA we believe strongly in communicating science beyond the community of your peers. When you write about your research, please do so with language and style that are accessible to an educated person who is not a professional scientist. Tell us concisely WHAT you are pursuing, WHY that is important, and HOW you go about it.
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