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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 9/14/2011 @ 09:19:58, in Funding Opportunities, read 1381 times)
For specific details on this opportunity, please refer to the full Federal Funding Opportunity announcement found at Search for Funding Opportunity Number NOAA-NOS-IPO-2012-2003117 or CFDA Number 11.482. Please note that the pre-application is NOT to be submitted through

Pre-applications must be submitted by 5 p.m., U.S. Eastern Standard Time, on Friday, November 18, 2011, preferably by email to  Final applications, by invitation only, must be received by 5 p.m., U.S. Eastern Time, on Friday, February 17, 2012 through

Approximately $300,000 may be available in FY 2012 to support cooperative agreements under this program including approximately $150,000 for the first12 months of a 24-month cooperative agreement in the Wider Caribbean and approximately $150,000 for the first 12 months of a 24-month cooperative agreement in independent Samoa and the Southwest Pacific. Funding for both years will be subject to the availability of Federal appropriations and program priorities.
In FY 2012, the CRCP seeks to develop cooperative agreements that will build capacity for the development and effective implementation of marine protected areas (MPAs) as outlined in the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program International Strategy 2010-2015 (International Strategy) which can be found at:

Eligible applicants are limited to the following categories: institutions of higher education, U.S. and international non-profit organizations, non-US government authorities, and commercial organizations. Individuals and U.S. federal agencies are not eligible. For specific country eligibility, please refer to Section III.A of the FFO. The proposed work must be conducted at non-U.S. sites as described in Section I.B of the FFO.

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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 9/15/2011 @ 09:05:52, in Workshops, read 1432 times)
Last year the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs instituted the online Responsible Conduct of Research Training for anyone receiving National Science Foundation (NSF) or Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) including National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding. Both of these agencies recommend that the training not be done strictly online. Therefore, the Office of Research has been conducting discussion sessions of research ethics cases to meet this requirement. Individuals who receive some form of compensation from either NSF or DHHS must attend - this includes faculty, staff, graduate assistants and student workers. The fall session will be led by Dr. Johnson from the Philosophy Department on Thursday September 29th from 2 to 3 p.m. in LA 312. 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 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 another session is added, an announcement will be made. You must attend one session this calendar year to meet the training requirement. If your department/college would like to conduct their own session, please contact Carol Mitton ( or extension 5546) to learn more. If you have any questions, please contact Carol Mitton. This email has been distributed to all faculty/staff.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 9/21/2011 @ 12:02:51, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1415 times)
Bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., to dedicate at least 80 percent of BP penalties paid under the Clean Water Act to Gulf states to restore coastal ecosystems and rebuild local economies damaged by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill took its first important step toward passage today with approval by a key Senate committee. The RESTORE the Gulf Act of 2011 was reported favorably out of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee and now moves on to the full Senate for final consideration. Senator’s Legislation Would Direct 80% of BP Penalties from Oil Spill to Gulf Coast States
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 9/26/2011 @ 08:39:57, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1348 times)
EES and PIES faculty member Denise Reed has been named an Arthur Maass-Gilbert White Fellow under the U.S. Army Institute for Water Resources' visiting scholar fellowship program. Congratulations Dr. Reed.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 9/28/2011 @ 12:30:47, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1375 times)
Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank announced $102 million for three Louisiana projects to restore coastal habitats along the state’s coast at an event held on the University of New Orleans campus. Acting Secretary Blank also visited UNO's Center for Hazards Assessment, Response & Technology and Pontchartrain Institute for Environment Sciences research lab, which provides leading research in the field of coastal protection and restoration, informing policymakers about the most efficient and effective ways to provide the highest level of restoration and protection to Louisiana’s wetlands and communities. Dr. Blank also had an informative discussion with the UNO administration including the Vice Chancellor for Research.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 10/4/2011 @ 09:55:27, in Funding Opportunities, read 1348 times)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requests proposals for Community Responses to Human Health Threats from Climate Change in Urban Areas. Work shall include identification of how local decision-makers respond to change, including acute events; what decision-makers view as their vulnerabilities to climate change; development of an evidence-based set of social indicators for climate vulnerability; creation of an in-depth assessment of what constitutes vulnerability, including measures of social capital, social networks, social capacity, education, and awareness of risks; measurement of the effectiveness of outreach and public education measures regarding risks; and assessment of the effects of new programs by local and federal programs. Responses due 10/15/11. For more info, contact Bradley Austin at or go to: Refer to Sol# RFQ-DC-11-00088. (FBO 9/29/11)
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 10/5/2011 @ 12:47:54, in Funding Opportunities, read 2249 times)
A major goal of NASA's Hurricane Science Research Program (HSRP) is to better understand the physical processes that control hurricane intensity change. We define intensity change broadly, including the intensification of a tropical disturbance into a tropical cyclone, further intensification into a hurricane, including the more specific case of rapid intensification, and significant decreases in intensity. Important general science questions that the HSRP seeks to answer include: This amendment presents a new opportunity in Appendix A.44, the Hurricane Science Research Program (HSRP). The due date for Notices of Intent is Tuesday, November 15, 2011. The due date for proposals is Friday, January 6, 2012. Tables 2 and 3 of the Summary of Solicitation for this NRA have been updated to reflect this change On or about October 5, 2011, this Amendment to the NASA Research Announcement "Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2011" (NNH11ZDA001N) will be posted on the NASA research opportunity homepage at (select "Solicitations" then "Open Solicitations" then "NNH11ZDA001N"). You can now track amendments, clarifications, and corrections to ROSES and subscribe to an RSS feed at: Questions concerning A.44 HSRP may be addressed to Ramesh K. Kakar, Earth Science Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546-0001; Telephone: (202) 358-0240; Email:
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 10/12/2011 @ 15:32:31, in Fellowships, read 1513 times)
Recently your President/Chancellor may have received a letter announcing an opportunity to nominate graduate students to attend the 2012 Nobel Laureate meeting in Lindau, Germany. This year DOE, NSF, ORAU, and Mars, Inc. will nominate at least 85 graduate students to attend the meeting to be held on July 1- July 6, 2012. This program is operated by DOE’s Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, which is managed by ORAU. ORAU will sponsor approximately up to 16 students to participate in the meeting along with the student delegation sponsored by DOE, NSF, and Mars, Inc. As an ORAU Sponsoring Institution, you are invited to make two additional nominations directly to ORAU for this program. This provides your institution the opportunity to make a total of 8 nominations for the program – two for each sponsor. As in past years, all nominations and supporting material should be submitted electronically. Additional information and the nomination form may be found at Since 1951, Nobel Prize winners and students have met annually in Lindau. Each year an international group of students attend the week-long meeting. The Laureates will lecture on topics of their choice in the mornings and participate in less formal discussions with students in the afternoons and evenings. Information on the most recent meeting is available on the web at Please note that the eligibility criteria for the ORAU program is slightly different than for the DOE and NSF sponsored program; ORAU will accept nominations for students participating in research programs supported by public and/or private funding sources. To be eligible, students must have completed by June 2012 at least two years study toward doctoral degree in physics, or in a related discipline, but not planning a dissertation/thesis defense before December 31, 2012; be a U.S. citizen; and be currently enrolled at a university as a full-time graduate student. They must be actively participating in research in the field of physics or a related field. We share our federal partners’ interest in receiving nominations from a diverse group of students, including those underrepresented in physics (for example, women, minorities, or disabled students). All nominations must be submitted at a special website by 4:00 pm on Tuesday, November 15, 2011. Students recommended to the Lindau Meeting Council for the program will be notified by December 31, 2011. If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Monnie Champion at 865-576-3306.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 10/13/2011 @ 08:41:52, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1344 times)
The Merritt C. Becker UNO Transportation Institute has a new website. Please visit the website at: An exciting announcement regarding the UNOTI should be out within a couple of weeks.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 10/14/2011 @ 16:38:39, in Board of Regents, read 1359 times)
The BoRSF Question-and-answer documents have been updated to include new questions asked during the current proposal cycle. You and your faculty can access these documents on our website,, under Downloads: RFPs, Policies and Forms.
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