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The University of New Orleans has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Operations by the National Security Agency for a period of five years. UNO is the first university in Louisiana to achieve the designation.

The CAE-Cyber Operations designation is reserved for a deeply technical, interdisciplinary, higher education program firmly grounded in the computer science, computer engineering or electrical engineering disciplines with extensive opportunities for hands-on applications. The program is in support of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, and furthers the goal to broaden the pool of skilled workers capable of a cyber-secure nation.

"This is a huge honor for the University of New Orleans," said Golden Richard, professor of computer science and director of the Greater New Orleans Center for Information Assurance at UNO. "This designation places strong emphasis on academic programs that prepare students to tackle real challenges in cybersecurity, meaning they have extensive skills in digital forensics, reverse engineering, network security and other areas."

During the rigorous application process, UNO computer science faculty members mapped out curricula that were aligned with standards created by the NSA, according to Richard. A team of four experts from the NSA also participated in two day-long visits to the University.

Nationally there are fewer than 15 institutions to hold the CAE-Cyber Operations designation—others include Carnegie Mellon University, Auburn University and Northeastern University.

The designation certificate will be presented at an awards ceremony at the 18th Annual Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education on June 16 in San Diego, Calif.

The University of New Orleans' Department of Computer Science is already a designated National Center of Academic Excellence in both Information Assurance Education and Information Assurance Research.

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By Admin (on 6/3/2014 @ 12:34:48, in ORSP Announcements, read 509 times)

Louisiana Economic Development (LED) and the Louisiana Innovation Council (LIC) are delighted that this upcoming November will be the first-ever Louisiana Innovation Month. We are asking the higher education community to participate as a partner in the celebration.

 

Louisiana Innovation Month will provide an opportunity for the entire State of Louisiana to celebrate business creativity and innovation that builds upon existing innovation-related events (e.g., the New Orleans BioInnovation Center’s Innovation Louisiana Week, the Louisiana Technology Council’s Governor’s Technology Awards, Baton Rouge Entrepreneurship Week, and other events scheduled around the state, including at higher education institutions). We envision that Innovation Month will provide an occasion to coordinate currently disparate efforts, positioning LED, LIC, regional economic development allies, and higher education as important partner catalysts for the development of a more diverse knowledge-sector based economy.

 

We ask that higher education institutions coordinate with LED on scheduling, when possible, innovation and entrepreneurship related activities that they may be planning or could plan during the month of November to maximize the visibility and collaboration potential for this first annual Louisiana Innovation Month. The innovative people, research, programs, and services at our States higher education institutions play a significant role in its vibrant economy and in the future that will result from the innovations being developed today.

 

Louisiana Economic Development’s contribution: In addition to coordinating the event, LED will highlight one Louisiana innovative company, person, or organization each business day (Note: Nomination does not guarantee selection.) in November on its website, OpportunityLouisiana.com. In addition, selected innovators will be subjects of articles in LEDs Louisiana Economic Quarterly (EQ) magazine, read by over 10,000 business decision makers and company relocation influencers nationally and internationally. We invite nominations from the higher education community.

 

For purposes of nominations, we define innovation as follows: born from creativity and ingenuity, Louisiana innovation addresses problems, meets previously unmet needs, and/or spurs new thinking through creating something new and different, altering the use of existing forms or ideas, or expanding/redefining  the bounds of the possible or feasible. Nominations are due Wednesday, July 2, 2014.

 

NOMINATION SURVEY LINK: http://opportunitylouisiana.com/index.cfm/form/home/15

 

We look forward to working with you and your teams on this exciting endeavor and welcome any questions you may have. Dr. Jenee Slocum will coordinate the month on behalf of the LIC and nominations on behalf of LED. She can be reached at 225.342.5393 or  jenee.slocum@la.gov.

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By Admin (on 5/29/2014 @ 11:50:06, in ORSP Announcements, read 251 times)

The University of New Orleans is the recipient of a 5-year $1.5 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The grant is aimed at helping research universities improve persistence of students studying science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and reinvigorating introductory science courses.

UNO is one of 37 institutions and the only one in Louisiana to receive a grant. Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) invited 203 research universities from across the country to apply for the grants.

"This grant will allow us to address some critical barriers to our students' success in STEM majors," said Wendy Schluchter, professor and chair of biological sciences, and the grant's principal investigator.

According to Schluchter, UNO will offer week-long boot camps in math and biology for up to 150 freshmen who want to major in science and engineering to refresh their math skills and explain professors' expectations. These students will be invited to participate in learning communities to help develop their critical thinking skills and encourage them to start identifying themselves as scientists. There will also be a shift in the math and science curricula to emphasize problem solving and active-learning approaches over lectures, Schluchter said.

"The award is a testament to our outstanding faculty," said Steve Johnson, dean of the College of Sciences. "Their innovative approaches to gateway courses in biology and mathematics, and the emphasis on summer advising camps and STEM learning communities will enhance retention of students and continue the long tradition of curriculum innovation in the College of Sciences."

The co-principal investigators on the grant are Tumulesh Solanky, professor and chair of mathematics, and Jerry Howard, associate professor of biological sciences.

A 2012 report from the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology singled out a troubling trend among students interested in STEM disciplines: Today fewer than 40 percent of students who enter college with the intention of majoring in a STEM field complete a STEM degree. Additionally, because of the rapidly changing racial demographics of the nation's talent pool, only about 20 percent of students from underrepresented ethnic groups persist in STEM.

"In the United States, sustaining excellence in science depends on research universities, which are small in number but large in impact," said Sean Carroll, vice president for science education at HHMI. "HHMI wants to encourage these excellent institutions to achieve more."

Since 1988, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute has awarded more than $935 million in grants to 274 public and private colleges and universities to support science education in the United States.


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Notice Number: NOT-OD-14-092

Key Dates Release Date: May 16, 2014

Related Announcements NOT-OD-14-079; NOT-OD-14-026; NOT-OD-13-113; NOT-OD-13-035; NOT-OD-13-061; and, NOT-OD-12-083

Issued by National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Purpose The National Institutes of Health (NIH) will be required the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) for all type 5 non-SNAP progress reports submitted on or after October 17, 2014.

Background NIH requires use of the RPPR module to submit progress reports for Streamlined Non-competing Award Process (SNAP), fellowship, and multi-year funded awards.  NIH has piloted the use of the RPPR for non-snap type 5 awards since November 2013, and is now expanding the requirement to use the RPPR to all type 5 non-SNAP awards. Note: NIH continues development of the RPPR for final progress reports and for administrative extensions (Type 4s; e.g., SBIR/STTR Fast-Track Phase II application) and will update the community as progress is made.

Additional information and resources on the RPPR, including the current RPPR Instruction Guide and training archives, can be found at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/rppr/ .

Inquiries General questions concerning using the eRA Commons and RPPR functionality should be directed to the eRA Commons Helpdesk at:

eRA Commons Help Desk
Web:http://ithelpdesk.nih.gov/eRA/ (Preferred method of contact)
Toll-free: 1-866-504-9552
Phone: 301-402-7469

General inquires about this Notice may be directed to:

Division of Grants Policy
Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration (OPERA)
Phone: 301-435-0938
Email: GrantsPolicy@od.nih.gov

- See more at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-14-092.html#sthash.34SADAtG.dpuf

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By Admin (on 5/16/2014 @ 13:36:35, in Workshops, read 594 times)

The UNO College of Engineering, in collaboration with the Southeast Symposium for Contemporary Engineering Topics (SSCET), is proud to offer the second UNO Engineering Forum (UNO-EF) at the University of New Orleans Research & Technology Park on September 19, 2014.

The events will be held concurrently in Lindy C. Boggs Conference Center and offer seven parallel technical tracks providing solutions to contemporary engineering topics in electrical, naval, mechanical, and civil & environmental engineering.

Parallel Tracks

The seven parallel tracks cover engineering topics in: Power Systems; Civil, Coastal, & Environmental; Mechanical; Naval Architecture; Manage-mint, Education, and Ethics; Systems Engineering and Innovations; Communications; Microelectronics; Energy; and Student Presentations and Projects by presenters from participating universities and industries.

Participants can earn up to 6 Professional Development Hours.

Patronage Opportunities

We appreciate your interest in our event, providing a collaborative opportunity to your company to participate in the joint 2014 Southeast Symposium on Contemporary Engineering Topics (2014 SSCET) and the 2014 UNO Engineering Forum (2014 UNO- EF) that will be held at UNO Re-search & Technology Park on Friday September 19, 2014. The proceeds of the joint collaboration will support University of New Orleans College of Engineering.

We are excited at the possibility of your company sponsoring the Technical Seminars within the structure of the 2014 SSCET & UNO-EF. Our interest in your potential patronage stems from the vital role of your company as a key player in the Engineering profession of metropolitan New Orleans area and the southeastern US region.

We believe that your participation in the forum is a unique opportunity for your company’s representatives to interact with a large community of practicing engineers, students and faculty from academia, government agencies, and professional experts. The Technical Seminars enable your company's technical experts to interact in discussions, workshops, and demonstration forums to increase the technical abilities and skills of the conference attendees. The forum will have a Student track that shall allow industrial participants to assess and perhaps recruit future employees for their company. Additionally, we have been successful in the past to enable companies to sponsor the forum and to engage attendees through your contribution. We encourage and appreciate your help in reaching out to your customers who would find value in attending the technical seminars offered in the five parallel tracks of the forum.

Please kindly consider participating in the forum as a Patron within one (or more) of the patronage levels outlined below. We look forward to your sponsorship, participation, and seeing you at the UNO Research & Technology Park on Friday September 19, 2014. 

Attached File:  2014_04_16_UNO_Forum_SSCET_Flyer.pdf

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UNO is committed to excellence as an urban, research university.† The concept of research at UNO is a broad one, encompassing creative advances in the science, social sciences, and engineering, as well as scholarly achievements in the education, business, the humanities, and fine arts. †Recognizing and rewarding scholarly excellence in our faculty is essential to maintaining a healthy atmosphere of creativity and innovationóelements crucial to a thriving research university.† Attached are descriptions, criteria, and processes for three new recognition prizes within the domain of research and scholarship, slated to begin in 2014.† Two of these new prizes (the Research Excellence Prize and the Early Career Research Prize) are nomination-based; the third (the Competitive Funding Prize) is based purely on grant success and the calculations will be made by my staff. For more information, please review the attached guidelines.

For the nomination-based prizes, please consider nominating a worthy colleague and/or working with your department chair to secure a nomination for yourself. Nominations should be sent to vpresearch@uno.edu no later than May 16, 2014 May 30, 2014 in order to be eligible, but may be submitted any time between now and then. Awardees will be announced in Fall 2014.

On behalf of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, the Research Council, and myself, we appreciate all that our wonderful researchers do to advance the mission of UNO and to make the learning experience of our students infused with creativity and knowledge creation at the vanguard of the many fields represented at UNO.† We look forward to reviewing the nominations and joining together to celebrate the success of our faculty.

Attached File:  New.Research.Recognition.Prizes.for.FY14.Forward.docx

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Two leading computer scientists at the University of New Orleans recently received an Outstanding Research Award from the American Academy of Forensic Sciences for research in their field.

The American Academy of Forensic Sciences is a professional society for all who practice the forensic sciences, or the scientific method of gathering and examining information about the past. The AAFS, as the world's most prestigious forensic science organization, promotes education and the elevation of accuracy, precision, and specificity in the forensic sciences, according to the organization's website. The organization publishes the Journal of Forensic Sciences, an internationally recognized journal.

Members presented more than 500 scientific papers, seminars and workshops at the AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting held in February in Washington DC. The annual scientific meeting is designed to gather professionals to present the most current information, research, and updates in this expanding field. Forensics is especially important in law enforcement, where forensics is applied to criminal or civil law, and is used in other fields, such as astronomy, archaeology, biology and geology. The AASF's nearly 6,000 members are divided into 11 sections spanning forensic fields. Included in this membership are physicians, attorneys, dentists, toxicologists, physical anthropologists, document examiners, psychiatrists, engineers, physicists, chemists, criminologists, educators and others who practice forensic science or teach and conduct research in the field.

Professor of Computer Science Golden Richard III, who founded a cutting-edge information assurance program at UNO in 2002, was promoted to Fellow at the annual meeting. Under Richard's direction, UNO founded the Greater New Orleans Center for Information Assurance, a Board of Regents sponsored center with two state-of-the-art computer labs, where researchers have obtained several million dollars in federal research grants and gained certifications from the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

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By Carol Lunn (on 4/9/2014 @ 14:42:02, in ORSP Announcements, read 278 times)
University of New Orleans faculty member John Renne has been named a committee chair of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies. Renne, associate professor of planning and urban studies and director of the Merritt C. Becker UNO Transportation Institute, will chair the Transportation and Land Development Committee for a 3-year term.

"This committee is a leading forum of experts that sets a national agenda on the topic of transportation and land use planning," Renne said. "Given the economic recovery and a renewed interest in cities, transit and sustainable development, I am very excited to be taking over this committee at such a critical time in our nation's history."

Renne's research focuses on sustainable transport, real estate, land use and transportation planning with a focus on transit-oriented development, travel behavior and emergency transportation planning for vulnerable populations. He has co-edited two books, "Transport Beyond Oil: Policy Choices for a Multimodal Future" and "Transit Oriented Development: Making It Happen."

Renne also serves as the chair of the New Orleans Sustainable Transportation Advisory Committee to the City Council and he served on the founding board of Bike Easy, New Orleans' nonprofit bicycle advocacy organization.

The mission of the Transportation Research Board is to promote innovation and progress in transportation through research. It is one of six major divisions of the National Research Council, a private nonprofit institution that is the principal operating agency of the National Academies in providing services to the government, the public, and the scientific and engineering communities.

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By Carol Lunn (on 4/7/2014 @ 15:49:58, in Funding Opportunities, read 288 times)
The purpose of this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) is to inform the natural hazards engineering research community of two forthcoming program solicitations anticipated to be issued by the National Science Foundationís (NSF) Directorate for Engineering, Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation, between April and June 2014, for the following: (1) operations of natural hazards engineering research infrastructure for FY 2015-FY 2019 and (2) research on multi-hazard resilient and sustainable civil infrastructure. NSF does not intend to provide additional information beyond this DCL until the program solicitations and any accompanying Frequently Asked Questions are issued, as those will be the official issuances for these competitions and take precedence over the information in this DCL. The anticipated due dates for full proposals submitted to these solicitations will be 90 days following the publication date.

Operations of Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) for FY 2015-2019

NHERI will be an NSF-supported multi-user facility operating earthquake engineering and wind engineering research infrastructure. The NHERI solicitation will replace solicitation NSF 13-537, George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation Operations FY 2015-FY 2019 (NEES2 Ops), to broaden support for natural hazards research infrastructure. NEES2 will now be recompeted as part of the larger NHERI.

Research on Multi-hazard Resilient and Sustainable Civil Infrastructure

Interdisciplinary research is needed to advance the fundamental engineering science base for our nationís next generation civil infrastructure (e.g., buildings and other structures) to achieve lifecycle performance goals for multi-hazard resilience and sustainability. Such research involves the integration of research on single- and multi-hazard resilience of civil infrastructure with research on sustainable civil infrastructure such as green design, construction, maintenance, operations, and deconstruction for recycle/reuse; alternative energy resources and efficiencies for civil infrastructure; and sustainable construction materials. This research may use NHERI experimental facilities and cyberinfrastructure resources when operational. This solicitation will replace solicitation NSF 13-544, NEES Research (NEESR) Planning Grants, and support up to 10 awards.

The entire announcement is available online: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14054/nsf14054.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

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By Admin (on 4/4/2014 @ 13:21:57, in Workshops, read 720 times)

Here is a description and the link to the website: http://www.cs.uno.edu/~golden/intensive-ia-training.html

An NSA/NSF funded, two-week, intensive training program in cybersecurity for high school teachers will be held at the University of New Orleans from July 7 - July 18, 2014.  This training is funded by the GenCyber program and participation is by invitation only, but is free for invited participants, with lodging and travel (as required) and meals paid for by the grant.  The training will be provided by Prof. Golden G. Richard III, Director of the Greater New Orleans Center for Information Assurance (GNOCIA) and Professor of Computer Science at the University of New Orleans.  The goals of this program are to increase cybersecurity awareness and expertise among high school teachers, to facilitate integration of cybersecurity topics into high school curricula, to increase awareness among students of the importance of cybersecurity and associated career opportunities, and to increase enrollment in cybersecurity at the University of New Orleans and other universities nationwide.  The latter goal is primary and supports a clear need for increasing the number of high school students interested in cybersecurity, to meet huge demands in both the public and private sectors for well-trained cybersecurity professionals.

Teachers attending the training can expect to significantly deepen their knowledge of cybersecurity, to prepare them to transition their experiences and the materials they receive into their classrooms.  Participants will receive a complete set of the instructional materials from the training, including Powerpoint slide sets, lab exercises, activities, etc. and are encouraged to use these materials to introduce aspects of cybersecurity into new courses or existing courses in science or technology.

A draft list of the topics that will be covered during the training is available.  These include:

o A Broad Introduction to Information Assurance and Cybersecurity

o Social Engineering

o Digital Forensics

o Malware (Computer Viruses, Worms, etc.)

o Network Security (Defending Networks, Penetration Testing)

o Cryptography

o Career Opportunities in Cybersecurity and Important Prerequisite Training

Requirements for Participation:

To be considered for the program, applicants must:

o Commit to full participation in the program, which runs from July 7 - July 17, 2014 in New Orleans, LA.  Remote or partial participation is not possible in this pilot run of the program.

o Seriously commit to integrating cybersecurity topics into new or existing courses in science, technology, or computing.

o Commit to prepare and submit a detailed report, within one year of the end of the training session, describing the steps taken to integrate cybersecurity topics into their high school's curricula, outcomes, perceived student interest, etc.  This feedback is essential and will be used to tune future editions of the training program.  A small financial incentive will be provided upon  submission of this report.

o Submit a signed letter from their principal, on school letterhead, which illustrates strong support for the teacher's participation in this program and for the goals of the program.  This letter should be scanned and emailed to Professor Richard via golden@cs.uno.edu.

o Prepare a formal application.  CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE FORM.

Reasonable travel expenses, lodging, and meals will be reimbursed for invited participants.  Full details will be provided if you are invited to participate.  Please feel free to email me at golden@cs.uno.edu if you have any questions.

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