I received the announcements below from Kerry Bolognese, Mason's 
Director of Federal Relations.

The first announcement is for a MURI networking event.  Registration is 
required, and these events often fill up quickly, so register now if you 
are interested.

The other two announcements may also be of interest to VSE faculty. Stephen

*Muri Program Review*- DOD’s Basic Research Office circulated an 
announcement for the 2016 Multidisciplinary University Research 
Initiative (MURI) program review, August 22-23.  The offices says that 
this will likely be a good networking event as well as learning 
experience for faculty who want to know what kind of proposals end up 
winning MURI awards.The event will be in Arlington, at the Executive 
Conference room near the Ballston Metro station, DARPA, and 
ONR.The review will include MURI projects initiated as a result of the 
2014 MURI FOA. You and your colleagues are welcome to attend and welcome 
to share the information with anyone you think would be interested. 
Prospective attendees are asked to register at the website: ID: MURIPassword: Arlington

*NSF FAQ on Overtime Rule*- The National Science Foundation released an 
FAQ document on its implementation of Dept. of Labor’s overtime 
rule.Among the questions it addresses are the following: What does the 
FLSA final overtime rule mean for postdoctoral researchers on NSF-funded 
projects? I am a postdoctoral researcher on a standard NSF research 
grant. Will NSF increase my salary? I am a grantee - can I re-budget an 
existing award in order to comply with the final overtime rule? The new 
rule goes into effect on December 1, 2016 - when can an NSF grantee 
re-budget as a result of the FLSA final overtime rule? Would 
re-budgeting from another budget category, e.g., materials and supplies, 
to cover the increased cost of a postdoctoral researcher violate NSF’s 
cost sharing policy? What if there is not enough money left in the 
budget to comply with the final overtime rule? For the FAQ see

*Advanced Wireless Research*- On July 15, the White House announced a 
new initiative for Advanced Wireless Research.The Initiative is intended 
to result in super-fast, ultra-low latency, high-capacity networks which 
are up to 100 times faster than what is available today.  The 
announcement cited a lead role by the NSF in investing up to $400 
million over the next 7 years in academic research that can utilize 
advanced wireless testing platforms developed by private-public 
partnerships. The NSF has announced the establishment of a /Platforms 
for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) Project Office/ to manage the 
development of these platforms and carry out fundamental research on 
communications technologies, networking architectures and new 
applications. For more information on the White House Initiative: 
the NSF Announcement:



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Volgenau School of Engineering
George Mason University
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