Grand Challenge Workshop 2015


This year marks the inauguration of the Grand Challenge Workshop (GCW), organized by the NSF-funded Research Coordination Network (RCN), “Supporting, Highlighting and Advancing Recent Developments in EPR” (SHARED EPR).

The Grand Challenge Workshop will take place on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning, July 30-31. The subject of this year’s Workshop is “EPR on a Chip: Development and Applications of Micro EPR.” Program content will be posted here in the near future.

The National Science Foundation has awarded funds to establish a Research Coordination Network (RCN) named “Supporting, Highlighting and Advancing Recent Developments in Electron Paramagnetic Resonance” (SHARED EPR) to promote the development and dissemination of innovative instrumentation and techniques in the area of Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) research. The Primary Goals of the five year network grant will be to 1) facilitate the advancement of EPR methodology, instrumentation and techniques; 2) foster cross-fertilization and establish new collaborative research opportunities within the U.S. EPR community and 3) establish international collaborations. The Network will achieve these goals by spearheading the following network activities. An annual Grand Challenge Workshop will be organized in conjunction with a national scientific meeting, which will bring together a diverse range of EPR researchers to identify and address major issues facing the field of EPR spectroscopy. A web portal will be developed which will provide a centralized location for information regarding EPR research and resources and serve as a gateway to the EPR community for non-specialists. Tutorials and other educational material will be developed for the website to provide an interactive learning experience. The Network will sponsor EPR Technology Transfer Experiences (ETTE) in which students and postdocs spend time doing experiments in other labs to learn new EPR techniques which they will bring back and implement in their home labs. Awards will be provided to students for attendance at national meetings. Pre-college minority students will be supported to participate in a research-based science experience at the Steppingstone Magnetic Resonance Training (SMART) Center in the Detroit area. And international collaboration will be fostered through the interaction of the SHARED EPR Network with the German Priority Program SPP 1601 consortium titled “New Frontiers in Sensitivity for EPR Spectroscopy: From Biological Cells to Nano Materials

SharedEPR Network supported by the NSF