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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 5/24/2011 @ 12:57:20, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1551 times)

You may not have seen the article in New Orleans City Business by Ben Myers titled "Talk of UNO system switch reveals faith in research funding".  Here is a link to the story:

http://neworleanscitybusiness.com/thenewsroom/2011/05/23/talk-of-uno-system-switch-reveals-faith-in-research-funding/

 

The article seeks to answer the question "what will happen to research funding at UNO with the switch to the UL System?".  I believe the answer to that question depends on how our institution is treated in the new system and how our faculty react to the switch.   If the UL System is supportive of our research efforts then we will continue to thrive.  As I have pointed out in the past, our federal research expenditures grew by 27% this year.  A bigger challenge is the changing federal landscape.  Decreasing federal budgets and bans on earmarks will make it tough on all research universities.  If we modify our approach and work more closely with program officers and if our faculty continue seeking local, state and federal research grants, the research enterprise at UNO will continue to support our vision of the university as a graduate, research institution.

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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 5/25/2011 @ 08:46:51, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1551 times)

The IEEE Magnetics Society Summer School started today in the Lindy Boggs Conference Center at UNO in our Research Park.  Hosting this prestigious international program is a real plus for the University.  It will run from May 22 - 28.  Congratulations to Dr. Leonard Spinu from the UNO Physics Department and AMRI for bringing this event to UNO.

Attached File:  IEEE_summer_school_NOLA_2011.pdf

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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 5/26/2011 @ 09:12:22, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1562 times)

In a recent interview, MIT president Susan Hockfield said: “What’s missing in the United States is a deficit of ambition. I think, as a nation, we hardly celebrate the achievements that one can attain if one has a college education. We are a nation that happily celebrates athletes and entertainers — and I think that’s great… But we do not have heroes that come out of a different kind of life.”

While Dr. Hockfield was referring to a shifting change in the kinds of achievements that the public seems to label as heroic, her phrase "deficit of ambition" struck a nerve.  UNO students, staff, faculty and administators have been through a tumultuous half-decade, starting with Hurricane Kartrina, budget cuts, threatened budget cuts, proposed mergers and system changes, we have continued to demonstrate the overriding characteristic that has always been UNO's trademark, perserverance. As a result, our research enterprise has continued to increase as well as our contribution to local economic development.  At some point, however, we will unable to do "more with less".  I believe that now is the time that we need a little "good news".  Someone needs to step up and say that UNO is vital to the New Orleans region and back up those words with true support.  Otherwise I believe that we may eventually suffer a "deficit of ambition".

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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 5/30/2011 @ 16:22:20, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1473 times)
In order to better "advertise" the research being done at UNO we have recently created a UNO Research web page which will soon be the landing page from the Research button on the UNO home page. The Office of Research and Sponsored Program page will be a link from that web page. If you would like to check it out it can be reached from http://research.uno.edu.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 6/3/2011 @ 08:39:34, in Board of Regents, read 1548 times)
The BoR has announced the SURE award winners. The Supervised Undergraduate Research Experiences grant is for faculty and undergraduates in STEM discplines. UNO had 5 awards, the most by any university. Congratulations to: Dr. Bobby Laird (PSYC) and Jenny Phan, Dr. Kevin Stokes (PHYS) and Sunni Siqueira, Dr. Skip Simmons (EES) and Karen Marchal, Dr. Carla Penz (BIOS) and Susan Frichter, and Dr. John Wiley (CHEM) and Juan Callejas.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 6/7/2011 @ 11:27:18, in Board of Regents, read 1639 times)
A reminder about Board of Regents funding for travel grants. The TGEF proposals have a high success rate. During the summer months when faculty teaching and other responsibilities are reduced you should consider applying to obtain a TGEF grant and use the funding to visit a federal funding agency. This will help your chances of obtaining federal funding in the future. The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs can help you with the application for the TGEF award and contacting the appropriate federal program officer. If you are interested please contact us at orsp@uno.edu This email has been distributed to all faculty. Travel Grants for Emerging Faculty (TGEF) The TGEF program, which consists of two components (I and II), was established to assist emerging faculty (tenure track but non-tenured) in the science and engineering disciplines by providing travel funds needed to further their research and build strong collaborations. The eligible disciplines include: biological sciences (all); mathematical & computer sciences; earth & environmental sciences (geology, oceanography, environmental); engineering (all); physical sciences (astronomy, chemistry, physics); and the social & behavioral sciences. TGEF I provides up to $1,200 to untenured tenure-track faculty seeking to visit a federal funding agency program officer to discuss their research proposals. The award amount can be increased to $2,400 if the applicant is accompanied by an established tenured professor. TGEF II provides up to $1,200 to untenured tenure-track faculty who have been invited to present plenary or major invited talks at national or international meetings. Open deadline: June 30, 2015 Applicants must submit proposals to LA EPSCoR at the Board of Regents at least 30 days prior to the requested start date of travel. http://web.laregents.org/programs/epscor-programs/travel-grants-for-emerging-faculty-tgef/
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 6/10/2011 @ 09:56:19, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1464 times)
A recent study by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) reports that the United States is falling behind its peers in the amount of government- and business-funded university research. In 2008, the United States ranked 18th out of 30 in terms of growth in government-funded university research as a percentage of GDP. Sweden was ranked the highest. ITIF suggests that the private sector often under-invests in innovation. As a result, university research plays a key role in filling in the gap. Moreover, in the last three decades, the trend has been for large corporations to heavily downsize or repurpose their central research laboratories. Therefore, university-based research has become increasingly important in low TRL (see earlier post on Technology Readiness Levels), as ITIF notes, to expand “the knowledge pool from which the private sector draws ideas and innovation.” UNO through it's research efforts, the UNO Research and Technology Park and the UNO R&T Foundation are working to help fill the gap.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 6/14/2011 @ 09:21:42, in Workshops, read 1486 times)
Dr. Golden G. Richard III from our Computer Science Department will be the featured speakerat the Louisiana Technology (LTC) Homeland Security Special Interest Group (SIG) Meeting.  The talk is on:
High and Low-tech Cyberattacks: From Malware to Social Engineering
UNO, Center for Energy Research Management (CERM) Rm #438
5:30PM - 7:30PM
This event is free and open to the public (with registration).  Check out the LTC website at www.ltc-la.org to register.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 6/14/2011 @ 09:27:24, in ORSP Announcements, read 1479 times)
Office of Research Responsible Conduct of Research Training
 
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs has scheduled another session to satisfy the in-person Responsible Conduct of Research training requirement.  The session will be a discussion of ethics cases led by Dr. Edward Johnson; it will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday June 27th in KH 228.  Note:  You only need to attend one session this calendar year to satisfy the requirement; also, only those individuals who receive funding the from the National Science Foundation or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (which includes The National Institutes of Health) must attend. 
 
Space is limited to promote discussion, so please register for this session by following this link:Professional Development Registrations. (Navigation in SharePoint is: Research, Professional Development, Professional Development Registrations; you can also select Register for Training Session under links on the Research page in SharePoint.)  Other sessions will be added as necessary.
 
You will need to add a new item – click New on the menu bar and then New Item. Fill in the requested information and click OK. You will receive an email stating that your registration is in process. Once approved or rejected (if the session is full) you will receive another email.
 
If your department or college already conducts an ethics related meeting periodically, please contact Carol Mitton (cmitton@uno.edu or extension 5546) to determine if this will satisfy the requirement of live ethics training. If you have any questions, please contact Carol Mitton.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 6/21/2011 @ 11:38:46, in Funding Opportunities, read 1366 times)
I recently distributed to those on campus that I feel are eligible to respond to the NIH IDeA Call for Papers and Limited Competition. Below is the eligibility section. Some of our eligible disciplines would be bioengineering, Medicinal Chemistry, Bioinformatics, PSYC and BIOS. If you are interested and did not receive notice, please contact me at vcresearch@uno.edu. The applicant institution for an IDeA-CTR Program will be an Academic Health Center in an IDeA-eligible state (the list of states and other eligibility requirements can be found in Section III. Eligibility Information). For the purposes of this FOA, an Academic Health Center is defined as a post-baccalaureate graduate degree granting institution, or an affiliated organization, with ongoing research and/or academic programs in the biomedical sciences (e.g., medicine and its related basic and clinical specialties, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, public health, biostatistics, epidemiology, and/or bioengineering).
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