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Fractured Prism

Welcome to the Fractured Prism. This is my domain (I love the sound of that, kind of like my kingdom), where I will share reflections of the many facets of my life. At the very least, I am a daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, friend, homemaker, teacher, counselor, and grant writer. Through the years, I have been professionally cut and polished or just accidental fractured into thousands of pieces and have thoughts about them all. I have found that I am writing for many reasons but mostly to share my small bits of wisdom. Come back often because each reflection will be different. My ultimate goal is to have a place where grant writers, grant reviewers and funders can network. So if you are into grant writing or grant reviewing please leave your name and email. Linda Beason

Peer Reviews

The peer review section is provided for those who are interested in being peer reviewers. I am not sure that all the contact information is current but you can always call the office and get current information.

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Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) Seeking Peer Reviewers

 The U.S. Department of Justice is recruiting Indian country professionals to serve as peer reviewers for Fiscal Year 2011. The Department is particularly interested in recruiting individuals from the following professions/disciplines:

Law enforcement




Tribal court administrators

Victim advocates

Child welfare professionals


Probation officers

Mental health and substance abuse professionals

Individuals who are interested in being considered as a reviewer must be knowledgeable about tribal cultural beliefs, traditions, and practices, and must be able to demonstrate an expert level of understanding of at least one of the following issues:

Tribal court development and administration;

Community policing;Elder abuse;

Prevention programming for at-risk youth, including truancy and drop-out prevention activities, as well as pro-social skills building for adolescent girls;

Juvenile detention and reentry programming;

Sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking;

Child sexual abuse;

Services for children who witness violence, including trauma education and therapy;

Civil legal assistance needs of victims of violence against women;

Developing and operating safe homes, shelter programs, and transitional housing assistance programs for victims of violence against women; or

Developing and administering drug and alcohol prevention programs

Interested individuals already in the OJP Peer Reviewer Database need only make sure their current profile is up to date reflecting any applicable tribal experience. Individuals new to the peer review process may submit a copy of their curriculum vitae or resume for consideration to


The Department will review your credentials and will contact you if your expertise is needed for this year’s peer review process. All non-federal reviewers will be compensated for their work, and will be expected to commit to participating in a review process that will take place both online as well as by phone.


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The Corporation for National and Community Service (Corporation) is seeking qualified individuals to participate in peer review for the Youth Engagement Zones grant competition!  This competition and consequently the review are subject to the availability of appropriations for fiscal year 2011.

Needed Areas of Expertise

The Corporation is looking for individuals with extensive experience in service-learning, knowledge of programs targeting college access for underrepresented youth, understanding of how to align academic curriculum with content standards, and experience applying positive youth development principles to programming for middle and high school students. 

Because the Youth Engagement Zone Funding Opportunity Notice seeks grant applications that specifically align with the priority areas stated in the Serve America Act; accordingly, reviewers will need five or more years of demonstrated experience in service-learning and Education.

What to Expect

Youth Engagement Zone Peer Review      Monday, April 4 – Wednesday April 20, 2011
(estimated 40-50 hour commitment)   

 Orientation sessions will be held prior to Peer Review. Once confirmed, you will receive updates with additional information.

The FY2011 Youth Engagement Zone grant competition Peer Review is utilizing a distance-based Field Review model, allowing Reviewers to collaborate and complete their review responsibilities remotely, eliminating the need to travel or meet in person for participation in the review.

Each Reviewer will be assigned to a review panel, will read and assess their assigned applications individually, and participate in panel discussions regarding those applications.

Some Review Participants are asked to serve as panel Facilitators who coordinate with Corporation staff to chair their review panel, facilitate panel discussions, and summarize applications’ strengths and weaknesses.

The review process lasts two to three weeks and may require 40-50 hours of work to complete. There are mandatory panel calls and orientation and training sessions that may require alterations to your normal schedule.

Reviewers will download, share, and print the review documents and applications using an online collaboration tool.

The Corporation offers Reviewers and Facilitators an honorarium for their participation in a grant review. The honorarium amount varies, but begins at $700.  Unfortunately, federal employees are not eligible to receive honorarium. 

How to Respond

If you are available and would like to participate as a Peer Reviewer for the FY2011 Youth Engagement Zone Grant Competition, send an email to and we will note your interest for subsequent communications.  Indicating availability does not guarantee selection as a participant.

The Corporation has refined the requirements and qualifications for Review Participants. It is important reviewers’ eGrants profiles reflect their most up-to-date information and experience.  Reviewers will be selected based on the information they provide in eGrants.  Previous participation in Corporation reviews will not guarantee FY2011 recruitment. Please update your Reviewer Profile in eGrants. (eGrants LogIn Page)  If you have trouble accessing your account, please contact the National Service Hotline at 800-942-2677 or on-line at do not create a new account.

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Federal Funding Update for Youth Programs – Your Call to Action!

PLEASE READ!!!!  These are wonderful programs that we need to keep.

On Saturday, February 19 the House passed H.R. 1, its funding proposal for fiscal year (FY) 2011.  The House’s proposal includes $100 billion in cuts compared to the President’s FY 2011 budget. The proposal includes zeroing out the following youth programs: Mentoring Children of Prisoners, YouthBuild, Teen Pregnancy Prevention Community Grants, Teach for America, and State Grants for Incarcerated Youth.  It also significantly cuts the Corporation for National and Community Service, Juvenile Justice programs, Head Start and 21st Century Learning Centers.

For a complete list of cuts and reductions, you can click here:

The steep cuts set up a potential marathon spending battle with the Senate that, if not resolved by March 4th, could result in the first shut-down of the federal government in more than 20 years. 
What Will Happen Next:
According to Youth Today, “Who delivers the message will also matter. It will likely fall to champions of youth programs in the Senate to hold the line on any spending. ‘The Senate’s going to need to buck up, and it’s our responsibility to help them buck up,’ said Seth Turner, senior director of government affairs for Goodwill Industries. ‘Anybody being quiet is going to get creamed’.”
Since the House passed H.R. 1, focus will now turn toward the Senate. It remains to be seen how the two chambers will reconcile their differences. However, youth organizations must ensure that ALL Members of Congress understand how important it is to protect programs serving at-risk youth.
The National Alliance recommends programs  MAKE A LOT OF NOISE, so Congress understands that current allocations are simply not enough to serve this vulnerable population and to address the effects of the recession.  Additional youth advocacy organizations suggest:
Contact the youth/children staff members in your Representatives’ AND Senators’ Washington, DC offices. Call THIS WEEK.  Use a sample letter or sample talking points as a model. For example, or
If you’ve already called, that’s okay – call again! Now that there is a specific bill passed, you have something to respond to.
Report any responses from you or your networks to your national advocacy groups so your voice is part of many.

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Love All My Broken Hearts!

Above all else, guard thy heart for it is the wellspring of life.
Proverbs 4:23

Today is “Wear Red for Women” day.  I discovered this while watching TV this morning and was dismayed to discover that I had nothing red with me.  A vague memory surfaced —my daughter gave me a beautiful red dress pin last year and as I was packing for this trip and I had caught a glimpse of it in the corner of my suitcase and wondered why it was there and not in my jewelry box. I didn’t have time to take it out- so this morning I rummaged around and there it was, bright and shiny.  I proudly pinned it on, proud that I could pay tribute to my own sweet survivor.

 Several years ago on a cold winter night many miles from home, we got a call that our daughter was in the hospital.  We quickly gathered our stuff and started the trip home on a long lonesome road with little traffic and practically no cell service.  I was alone in my car and about an hour out, I got a patchy call and thought I heard “heart attack” before I lost signal.  I told myself that wasn’t possible and went through all of the possible scenarios…appendix, gall bladder, anything but a heart attack.  This was my strong, vibrant daughter, still in her forties.  A heart attack wasn’t possible…or was it?  Her father had survived a heart attack the year before…

 It was indeed a major heart attack and the symptoms had nothing to do with chest or arm pains.  The worst of the pain was over before the ambulance arrived and the EMT crew (as they nonchalantly ambled along) diagnosed it as “indigestion”.   In contrast to the nearly unmistakable “classic” chest-splitting, gasping-for-breath symptoms, many heart attacks (especially in women) present symptoms that are often mistaken for indigestion or muscle aches.  Women can have very atypical symptoms such as dizziness, light headedness or fatigue.  Women also have a habit of getting help for others but not themselves.   

 Heart disease is the number one killer for both men and women, and patients are getting younger.   If your family has a history of heart problems, you should always be aware and go for heart scans.  Our family has luckily been able to put all our broken hearts back together.  Father, husband, daughter, brother and son…

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Peer Reviewers for Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS)

All IMLS competitive awards are reviewed by library and museum professionals who know the needs of communities, can share promising practices, and are well versed in the issues and concerns of museums and libraries today. Peer reviewers dedicate their time and expertise to advance the highest professional practices in the field.

Museum reviewers
The IMLS Office of Museum Services offers opportunities to serve as a field reviewer for the following grant programs: Museums for America, Conservation Project Support; and National Leadership Grants for Museums which includes three categories: Research and Demonstration, Building Digital Resources, Advanced Learning Communities. Applications are reviewed by experts in specific funding categories. If you would like to be in the database of potential reviewers, provide information at

Library reviewers
The IMLS Office of Library Services manages competitive awards in three program areas: Librarians for the 21st Century, and Native American/Native Hawaiian Library Services, and National Leadership Grants for Libraries, which includes three categories: Research and Demonstration, Building Digital Resources, Advanced Learning Communities. If you would like to be in the database of potential reviewers, please provide information at

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Correct SAMHSA link for Peer Reviewers

Sorry the old link did not work so try this one:

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HUD Peer Reviewer Information

This information was for 2010 but I recently applied so the link is still good

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National Institute of Food and Agriculture Peer Review

To be considered as a reviewer, applicants must send an e-mail message noting his/her organization name and area(s) of expertise (limit to 4 or 5 keywords) to

The Peer Review System (PRS) allows reviewers and potential reviewers to update personal information and to complete and submit reviews online.

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Serve As An 2011 National Science Foundation Volunteer Peer Reviewer

This came from the NSF website.  I do not see anywhere that mentions a stipend or payment.  This seems to be voluntary (no pay). 

Reviewers are Essential – NSF needs YOU

The success of the peer review process, which enables NSF to make wise investments in all fields of science and engineering research and education, depends on the willingness of qualified reviewers like you to share your time and expertise. Your experience and up-to-date knowledge enables you to provide helpful advice to NSF program officers on the merits of proposals and constructive comments to proposers that strengthen their projects. In making its decisions on proposals, the counsel of these merit reviewers has proven invaluable to the Foundation in the identification of meritorious projects. The Foundation also may ask reviewers to serve on panels, for which NSF pays travel expenses. 

To implement peer review, NSF depends upon the reviewer community for nearly 240,000 reviews per year. We try to limit the number of requests made to any single individual, recognizing the many demands our reviewers have on their time. Therefore, NSF strives to increase both the size and diversity of the pool of reviewers to ensure that the NSF merit review process benefits by receiving broad input from a variety of different perspectives. You can help by volunteering to review proposals in your area of expertise. 

Benefits to You as a Reviewer

In addition to providing a great service to NSF and the science and engineering community, reviewers benefit from reviewing and serving on panels. For example, reviewers gain first hand knowledge of the peer review process; learn about common problems with proposals; discover strategies to write strong proposals; and, through serving on a panel, meet colleagues and NSF program officers managing programs related to your interests. 

How to Become a Reviewer

To become an NSF reviewer, send an e-mail to the NSF program officer(s) of the program(s) that fits your expertise. Introduce yourself and identify your areas of expertise, and let them know that you are interested in becoming a peer reviewer. It is most helpful if you also attach a 2-page CV with current contact information. We also encourage you to share this request with other colleagues who might be interested in serving as NSF reviewers. NSF welcomes qualified reviewers from the academic, industrial, and government sectors. 

If you are selected as a reviewer, NSF will ask you to provide some demographic information on a voluntary basis. Although submission of demographic information by reviewers is voluntary-and there are no adverse consequences if it is not provided-reviewers are strongly encouraged to provide this information to NSF. These data are used in the design, implementation, and monitoring of NSF efforts to increase the participation of various groups in science and engineering. 

Contact NSF Now

Please take a few minutes now to contact NSF. If you need to find the appropriate NSF Program Officer to contact, just go to the NSF Website: Select one of the program areas listed in the pull down menu on the left side of the home page. This will take you to the selected home page of the NSF Directorate or Office. Select the Staff Directory and you will find names of Program Officers by division or programs they manage. You can then send the Program Officer an email with the information indicated above in the paragraph on “How to Become a Reviewer.” 

Collection of personal information is authorized by the NSF Act of 1950, as amended. The data are protected by the Privacy Act and Public Burden Statements (see, which means NSF will not give this information to anyone outside NSF, unless legally required, or specifically authorized by law.


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Old Friends

Met an old friend at the new Walmart yesterday and barely recognized her.  Then she smiled and I recognized the smile immediately.  She said, “This Walmart is like the sea… you can’t see the end of it.” And I laughed.  I love her quirky sense of humor, why did I lose track of her?  Caught up in the push and shove of life, we lose people who are just an arm’s reach away and forget how unique they are.   Think I will give myself a Christmas gift and get in touch with her.

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