Archive for Friday, May 11, 2012

KU researcher receives $410,000 National Science Foundation award

May 11, 2012


A Kansas University researcher is a recipient of the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development Award.

So-Min Cheong, an assistant professor of geography, will use the five-year, $410,000 award to further her research on how people and communities adapt to environmental change, according to a statement from KU.

The award recognizes outstanding junior faculty members who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars.

Cheong has been on the faculty at KU since 2005, serving in the geography department and in the KU Institute for Policy and Social Research.


beeline 6 years ago

410 million (Headline)?? You can fight some science wars with that much money!

yourworstnightmare 6 years ago

Mr. Hyland,

Congrats to Professor Cheong.

However, professors at KU receive CAREER awards every year, as well as other grants that are prestigious and for a lot more money.

$410,000 would not qualify for the Leading Light Award, which was bestowed in April on KU faculty who held grants of a million or more. I think something like 50 faculty were honored with a Leading Light.

How is it that this one winds up on the LJW site, and not all of the others? Is it simply a matter of publicizing?

Brian Laird 6 years ago

Yes, my thoughts exactly. However, I do have a problem with the leading light award in that it seems sort of arbitrary. They give it if you have a grant that by itself is more than 1M, but if you have three grants of 400K totaling 1.2M you are not worthy of it. The problem is that single grants over 1M are more visible and make the administrators look good. Whereas 450K grants, even if you have three of them, are not publicized often and the administrators don't get as much credit, which is all they really care about.

yourworstnightmare 6 years ago

You are correct, but I doubt it was given that much thought. I think the goal was to recognize large grants to encourage faculty to go for large grants. However, I agree it should also include faculty who carry multiple grants totaling $1 million or more.

I think the lesson here is to publicize any grant received, first on the KU site and then hope it is picked up by the LJW.

ashmole 6 years ago

KU doesn't actually get that many CAREER awards: two this year, one last year, and three the year before, according to the NSF database. Given the importance of this recognition for young scholars, surely such an award is deserving of a short notice in the LJW.

yourworstnightmare 6 years ago

Agreed. It is an important award. I might be mistaken, but I don't think past CAREER award winners were publicized in the LJW in this manner. Why this one, and not others?

Cant_have_it_both_ways 6 years ago

What a freekin waste of tax dollars. If this needs to be studied, then study it on your own time then sell it to someone who values your effort more than their cash. Don't waste tax dollars on this kind of crap.

No wonder we are broke.

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