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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 12/19/2012 @ 17:25:56, in Vice President Ramblings, read 623 times)
It is with some sadness that I write that this is my last blog as Vice President for Research at UNO. After 34 years at the university I am retiring at the end of the fall semester. Starting in January I will be the Vice President for Research and Creative Scholarship at the University of Montana. During my tenure in this office the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, with the assistance of many units on this campus, has accomplished several notables of which we can be proud: We have negotiated several large contracts and contract vehicles which have benefitted faculty members in several departments and colleges across campus, including: SPAWAR contract of $50M over 5 years, SPAWAR MAC contract of $30M over 6 years, Medicaid contract of $12.2M over 3 years, DHH IT contract of $13.4M over 3 years. Working with the University Senate, we established a Summer Research Program which has funded X projects totaling $Y in the CEO, SCORE and SUE programs. We established a policy on indirect return to the Colleges and Board-Approved Centers and Institutes which has returned $X to those units. We established the Undergraduate Research Council and helped to initiate the InnovateUNO Student Research event and revamped the Research Council to broaden participation across campus. Working with the Graduate School, we developed the Dissertation Improvement Grant/Thesis Improvement Grant program to help graduate students complete their studies and to provide training in proposal writing. Working with the Research Council and the Deans, we have implemented the Faculty Incentive Pay Program (FIPP) which will reward faculty who buy-out of academic year teaching through external grants. Working with the Research Council, we expanded the research professor title to include Early Research Professor, University Research Professor and Presidentís Research Professor and acknowledged the outstanding contribution of X such research professors to UNOís research mission. Along with the UNO Research and Technology Foundation staff, we have helped to increase the number of business and state government tenants in the UNO Research and Technology Park which now houses nearly 1500 employees. I know that the UNO research enterprise will flourish. Under the professional direction of Carol Lunn and the staff of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and David Muscarello and the staff of Sponsored Programs Accounting, the transition to a new Vice President for Research and Development will be smooth. UNO will continue to be the Public Urban Research University of Louisiana.