RFA: Combating Zika and Future Threats: A Grand Challenge for Development

To stop the spread of Zika and prevent other infectious disease outbreaks, USAID launched Combating Zika and Future Threats: A Grand Challenge for Development. The challenge calls upon the global innovator community to generate cutting-edge approaches to fight the current Zika outbreak and to help strengthen the world’s response to infectious diseases in the future.

The Challenge seeks to spur innovation for interventions like vector control, personal protection, surveillance, sample transport, and community engagement.

USAID will invest up to $30 million in the Challenge, and has also partnered with OpenIDEO to launch an open innovation platform that crowdsources insights and ideas to inform, inspire and guide creative solutions to the Grand Challenge that are deeply grounded in what communities want and need.


Corruption is over?

TRAC tells us that corruption prosecutions are at a 20-year low:

The latest available data from the Justice Department indicates that the long-term decline in federal criminal prosecutions for official corruption has continued. During FY 2015 the government reported 505 new official corruption prosecutions. Early information indicates that just 140 new corruption prosecutions have been filed during the first four months of FY 2016. According to the case-by-case information analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), the total for FY 2015 is down 3.6 percent over the previous 2014 fiscal year total of 524 such prosecutions.


This is the lowest level for official corruption prosecutions over the past 20 years. Compared to five years ago when there were 727, the number of FY 2015 prosecutions of this type is down 30.5 percent. Prosecutions over the past year are lower than they were ten years ago. Overall, the data show that prosecutions of this type are down 23.6 percent from the level of 661 reported in 2005 and down 38.1 percent from the level of 816 reported in 1995. Also see earlier 2014 TRAC report on this trend.

Nominate someone for an award here

Man in a swimming costume standing with two trophies

From AOM’s Organizations and the Natural Environment (ONE) Division:

The ONE Awards Committee has posted calls for nominations and submission for the following ONE Awards:

ONE Dissertation Award
ONE Book Award
ONE Emerging Scholar Award
ONE Distinguished Scholar Award
ONE-NBS Research Impact on Practice Award

A more detailed description of and the submission process for each award can be found on the ONE home page at http://one.aom.org/

We encourage qualified applicants to send in their materials by April 30th to the respective award committee (see each individual Awards Call for details), and copying the Sukhbir Sandhu of the ONE Awards Committee – sukhbir.sandhu@unisa.edu.au.

Thank you for your interest!

Judith Walls, Sukhbir Sandhu, & Raymond Paquin

ONE Awards Committee

Funding opportunity using test score data

April, 2011 Dive presentation for Earth Day

New from Russell Sage Foundation and WT Grant Foundation:

The Educational Opportunity Monitoring Project: Learning how to Reduce Educational Inequality from Detailed Educational Data

Sean Reardon (Stanford University)

Reardon and his colleagues have assembled a large-scale administrative database that covers every public school and school district in the United States and includes 200 million test scores from all public school students in grades 3-8 from 2009-2012. Reardon will fund a number of researchers using this data to investigate issues and policies relevant to educational inequalities.