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Certifications to Fill Growing Demand, Position Louisiana as Leader in Restoration

The University of New Orleans (UNO) and Greater New Orleans, Inc. (GNO, Inc.) announced the establishment of a Graduate Certificate in Coastal Engineering and a Graduate Certificate in Coastal Sciences. Both certificates were approved by the Louisiana Board of Regents today. The establishment of these certificates will fill a growing market demand by focusing on coastal environments like those found in the Gulf Coast. Both certificate courses will be offered online beginning in the spring 2015 semester.

"The New Orleans region has a chance to turn one of its greatest challenges – stabilizing the coast – into one of its greatest strengths," said Michael Hecht, president and CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc. "As we proceed with restoring our own coastline, communities from around the world will seek our services to solve their own water challenges. UNO students with Coastal Engineering and Science Certificates will be there to meet this demand. Further, Southeast Louisiana will be positioned as the epicenter of coastal restoration and water management."

"Students who enroll in these certificate programs will benefit from the deep expertise of our College of Engineering and College of Sciences in the area of coastal restoration," said UNO President Peter J. Fos. "The University is committed to helping solve the critical challenges of our region, and these programs will provide professional-level preparation to the men and women who work in coastal sciences and engineering. We are looking forward to working closely with GNO, Inc. to promote these important credentials."

Nine months ago, GNO, Inc., began to gather information from civil engineering and other related firms involved in coastal restoration to assess critical workforce needs. The findings indicated a high demand for coastal delta engineering and sciences, both from students entering the workforce and for current working professionals. Using this information, UNO was able to draw on its existing knowledge base to craft the certificates' format and curriculum. The certificates will be offered both locally to students in the classroom and globally to working professionals via an online platform.

"Educating our local student population and the wider professional community about the unique challenges brought about by a deltaic coastal environment is crucial for ensuring we have the talent to restore our coast," said Jerome Zeringue, chair of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority and the governor's executive assistant for coastal activities. "Given the 50-year timeline of Louisiana's Coastal Master Plan, we anticipate that the need for professionals with this knowledge base will be in demand for the long-term. It will be a natural fit for UNO and the CPRA to develop partnerships going forward to mentor, guide and employ students in the Coastal Certificate programs."

"Given the deterioration of the Louisiana coastline and the state's Coastal Master Plan, there is a present and long-term need for educated professionals with knowledge of coastal sciences and engineering," said Scott Kirkpatrick, president of the Coast Builders Coalition. "The curriculum set forth in both certificates will be vitally important given its specialization on soft soil deltaic coastal zones found here in Louisiana. These certificates will allow us to more easily recruit talent from the university and provide a means for our members' existing employees to gain this vital knowledge through the online teaching platform."

GNO, Inc. will work with UNO and industry partners to develop a marketing plan to promote these courses and drive participation from local businesses, as well as national and international businesses.

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By Admin (on 8/8/2014 @ 14:45:00, in ORSP Announcements, read 866 times)

The National Security Agency announced last week that five new schools have been selected for the NSA's National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations Program. The University of New Orleans is among them.

UNO has boasted an elite cyber operations program for nearly a dozen years and joins the nation's finest in receiving this top honor, University officials said. Since 2002, the University of New Orleans has been home to a cutting-edge information assurance program that has drawn national attention. The University's information assurance program is the only information assurance program in the state that has gained certifications from the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. Researchers have attained more than $5 million in grants and founded the Greater New Orleans Center for Information Assurance, a Board of Regents sponsored center, which boasts two state-of-the-art computer labs.

The NSA's National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations program was "designed to cultivate more U.S. cyber professionals in an increasingly demanding and ever-changing global environment," NSA officials said in a release.

Cyber security, also known as information technology security, is the science of protecting computers, networks, programs and data from unintended or unauthorized access, change or destruction. This growing field is critical to operations in federal, state and local governments; military, corporations, financial institutions, hospitals; insurance companies; banks and other businesses that store vast amounts of information that must be kept confidential. Since 2010, the U.S. federal government alone has allotted more than $13 billion annually to cyber security.

The CAE-Cyber Operations designation is awarded annually and the NSA has created a rigorous application and screening process for selecting honored schools, officials said. Only five schools qualified as centers of excellence for the next five years and the University of New Orleans stands in elite company:

  • New York University (New York);
  • Towson University (Maryland);
  • The United States Military Academy (New York);
  • The University of Cincinnati (Ohio); and
  • The University of New Orleans (Louisiana).

The elite CAE program, which now includes a total of 13 schools, "complements the more than 100 existing centers of academic excellence in information assurance research and information assurance education - jointly overseen by NSA and the Department of Homeland Security," NSA administrators said in a release.

The Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations Program, an outgrowth of President Barack Obama's National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), "identifies institutions that have a deeply technical, interdisciplinary curriculum centered on fields such as computer science, computer engineering, and electrical engineering."

Participants in the Cyber Operations Program may apply their learning or enhance their teaching in a summer internship program at NSA. Participating students and faculty members do not engage in actual U.S. government intelligence activities, administrators said. Yet the internship program offers valuable learning experience.

The agency has long worked with schools to improve education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), officials said. While many higher education institutions offer elements of cyber security, schools selected as centers of excellence meet stringent criteria and offer a "holistic" program that covers a variety of critical aspects.

Legal and ethical issues in cybersecurity are "a mandatory and vital part of becoming a CAE in Cyber Operations," said Steven LaFountain, the Dean of NSA's College of Cyber Operations.

"In the application process and in all collaboration with selected schools, the importance of integrity and compliance is always paramount," he said. "Cybersecurity technical skills are increasingly important in national defense, but it's equally important to operate within the bounds of the law and Constitution."

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A University of New Orleans chemistry professor has been awarded a 3-year $405,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to support his research of fabricating microscopic structures that mimic peas in a pod.
John Wiley, a professor of chemistry and the associate director of UNO's Advanced Materials Research Institute, began the research in 2011.

These very tiny—also known as nanoscale—structures are about 10,000 times smaller than a human hair. They consist of chains of particles (the peas) surrounded by a ceramic-like sheet (the pod).

The research could lead to advances in developing new optical, electronic or medical devices with particularly promising applications in using sunlight to convert water to hydrogen gas, a clean fuel source, according to Wiley.

"This new funding will allow us to examine putting different combinations of peas in the same pod," Wiley said. "The ability to organize small scale objects into ordered arrays is important to the development of new technologies."

The ongoing project also contains an educational component; undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students will be involved in all aspects of the research and local high school students will participate in the research during an annual summer program.

Wiley's research in this area received initial funding from a Louisiana Board of Regents Post-Katrina Support Fund grant.

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By Admin (on 7/23/2014 @ 13:36:41, in Workshops, read 1283 times)

We are pleased to announce that UNO graduate (2000), Yvette Pearson Weatherton, Ph.D., P.E., Program Director in the Division of Undergraduate Education Directorate for Education and Human Resources at the National Science Foundation will be on campus Monday, July 28th.

 Dr. Weatherton will present: 

Proposal Writing Strategies and Funding Opportunities

Date: Monday, July 28, 2014

Time: 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Location: University of New Orleans

Building: Engineering

Room: EN 101

This workshop will give prospective Principal Investigators an overview of strategies to enhance the quality of proposals submitted to various funding opportunities at the National Science Foundation. It is designed to be interactive in nature and includes activities related to key elements of competitive proposals such as objectives and outcomes, rationale, evaluation and effectively addressing merit review criteria. The workshop will culminate with a session on helpful hints and fatal flaws to consider when developing proposals.

Please RSVP Ms. Julia Futrell ( by Friday, July 25th at noon if you will attend. Light refreshments will be served.

Feel free to forward this email to colleagues at local colleges and universities, including the request to RSVP.

Thank you and hope to see you there.

Attached File:  ProposalWritingStrategiesFlyer-UNO.PDF

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By Admin (on 7/23/2014 @ 13:34:38, in ORSP Announcements, read 895 times)

In response to a shortage of cyber professionals in the U.S., the National Security Administration is reaching out to a younger crowd: college students.

Beginning in 2012, the NSA started its National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations Program at select universities across the nation to attract students to the field.

On July 14, the agency announced that five new schools would join the program, bringing the number of participating universities to 13. The new recruits include New York University, Towson University in Maryland, The United States Military Academy, University of Cincinnati and University of New Orleans.

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By Admin (on 7/21/2014 @ 15:33:22, in Funding Opportunities, read 822 times)

ORAU is pleased to provide the information below regarding an opportunity available to all institutions. This notice is a service to ORAU Sponsoring and Associate Institutions.  Please forward within your institution and broadly to colleagues as you feel appropriate.

ORNL Neutron Sciences Call for Proposals

Proposals for beam time at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) and Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) will be accepted via the web-based proposal system until 11:59 a.m. (NOON) EASTERN TIME, Wednesday, October 15, 2014 This call is for experiments anticipated to run from January through June 2015.

Proposals will be reviewed for feasibility, safety, and potential for high-impact science. Users for approved projects must complete access and training requirements prior to beginning experiments. Specific information about this call and about each of the instruments available during this experimental period is included on the ORNL Neutron Sciences web site at  To learn more about submitting a proposal for beam time, go to or directly to the proposal system at   Previously submitted proposals may be used as the basis for new proposals.

All questions pertaining to this Call for Proposals should be addressed to the Neutron Scattering Science User Office, or 865-574-4600.    


University Partnerships Office

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The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) are pleased to announce that nearly 50 grants are available in the 2015-16 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program competition for U.S. academics, professionals and researchers to teach and/or conduct research in Brazil.

Emerging from the Education Partnership for the 21st Century, the governments of the United States and Brazil, through the U.S.-Brazil Fulbright Commission, have expanded teaching and research exchange opportunities for U.S. scholars at all career levels in the areas of science, technology and innovation through the Fulbright-Brazil Scientific Mobility core and Distinguished Chair awards.

U.S. scholars will be affiliated with top Brazilian universities and research centers in their areas of specialization, fostering increased cooperation and institutional collaboration between applied researchers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Proficiency in Portuguese or Spanish is not required for Fulbright-Scientific Mobility applicants.

Other opportunities for U.S. academics and professionals include grants in Social Sciences and Humanities, as well as Distinguished Chair awards in the following fields: American Studies; Environmental Sciences and Engineering; Oil and Gas Sciences and Engineering; and Visual Arts.

CIES recently hosted a webinar on Fulbright Opportunities in Brazil; feel free to listen to the podcast at the Fulbright Scholar website. To learn more about these opportunities and to find out how to apply to the 2015-16 Fulbright U.S. Scholar competition, please contact Alisha Scott at or visit

The deadline to apply for the 2015-16 Fulbright U.S. Scholar competition is August 1, 2014.


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By Admin (on 7/14/2014 @ 16:29:30, in Workshops, read 1352 times)

On August 21st, the Mississippi Enterprise for Technology (MSET) will be hosting business matchmaking sessions at the Marine Technology Society's Oceans In Action Workshop. Oceans In Action focuses on the accomplishments of the government agencies, universities, and other industry organizations within the Gulf South region, featuring how marine technology is applied to real-world issues. Matchmaking "anchors" will be those Federal agencies and large prime contractors involved in marine technology in and around Stennis.

Who should participate in these free matchmaking sessions?

  • Small companies looking for business supplying marine products or services to local agencies and prime contractors
  • Organizations looking to expand their business in any aspect of marine technology
  • Providers of marine supplies, equipment, or related products and services
  • Individuals looking to license and commercialize patented marine-related technologies
  • Businesses interested in learning more about partnering with Canadian companies for export opportunities
One-on-one matchmaking meetings will begin at 3:00pm on August 21st in the atrium of Building 1100. Register below to select agency and prime contractor representatives to meet with. Brief descriptions of these organizations can be found below.

Meeting times are limited and will be assigned based on a first-come/first-serve basis. The deadline to schedule your meeting in advance is August 15th. After that date, meetings can be scheduled at the workshop, provided appointments are still available. Once the advanced meetings have been assigned, you will receive an email confirming your scheduled meeting(s). Depending on the requests received for each organization, the duration of these meetings may vary. The estimated time allotted for each meeting will be 10 minutes.

Registration in business matchmaking is free; however, does not include participation in the Oceans In Action workshop itself. To register for the Oceans In Action workshop visit the Marine Technology Society website (

Matchmaking anchors available at this event are:

  • A2Research
  • Canadian Consulate General in Atlanta: Trade Commissioner Service/Ocean Networks Canada
  • General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT)
  • Ingalls Shipbuilding - A Division of Huntington-Ingalls Industries
  • Lockheed Martin Company (LMCO)
  • NASA Stennis Office of the Chief Technologist and Small Business Specialists
  • Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command/Naval Oceanographic Office
  • Naval Research Laboratory (NRL)
  • Pacific Architects and Engineers (PAE)
  • The SI (formerly QinetiQ North America)

 "Brief Descriptions"

Select Meetings Now!

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Requests for proposals (RFPs) for FY 2014-15 are now available on the Sponsored Programs website ( for the following Board of Regents Support Fund (BoRSF) competitive grants programs and subprograms: (1) Traditional and Undergraduate Enhancement; (2) Enhancement for Two-Year Institutions; (3) Research and Development (RCS and ITRS); (4) Awards to Louisiana Artists and Scholars; (5) Traditional Graduate Fellowships and Graduate Fellowships for Teachers; (6) BoR/SREB Graduate Fellowships to Promote Diversity; and (7) Endowed Chairs for Eminent Scholars. We would appreciate your disseminating this notice as widely as possible on your campus. Across all programs, the BoRSF is particularly interested in encouraging the development of projects that have statewide implications and benefits.




A. Deadline for Research & Development (RCS and ITRS) Notices of Intent: Thursday, September 11, 2014 Applicants who wish to submit proposals under either the Research Competitiveness Subprogram (RCS) or the Industrial Ties Research Subprogram (ITRS) must first submit a notice of intent in accordance with guidelines in the R&D RFP.

B. Deadline for Awards to Louisiana Artists and Scholars (ATLAS) Notices of Intent: Friday, October 10, 2014

Applicants who wish to submit proposals under the ATLAS Subprogram must first submit a notice of intent in accordance with guidelines in the ATLAS RFP.

C. Deadline for Asking Questions about these RFPs: Wednesday, October 15, 2014


In accordance with R.S. 39:1503, a deadline of October 15, 2014 has been established for receipt of questions related to these RFPs.  After this date, no further inquiries can be accepted. All questions posed and answers provided by Board staff will be posted on the Sponsored Programs website as soon as possible after the deadline. Operating in this manner ensures that all potential applicants receive the same information.


D. Deadlines for Submission of Full Proposals


October 24, 2014
Traditional and Undergraduate Enhancement andEnhancement Subprogram for Two-Year Institutions


October 31, 2014

Industrial Ties Research Subprogram


November 7, 2014

Research Competitiveness Subprogram


November 21, 2014  

Awards to Louisiana Artists and Scholars Subprogram


February 2, 2015     

Endowed Chairs for Eminent Scholars Program


Attached File:  RFP.Release.Memo.2014.pdf

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By Admin (on 7/8/2014 @ 12:32:49, in Workshops, read 1108 times)

The Foundation Center is holding a FREE webinar, Grantseeking Basics, on July 9, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., ET.  

Though geared toward a non-profit audience, the webinar may provide grantseeking tips of interest to new staff or faculty at colleges and universities. The webinar will provide an overview of the grantseeking process, an introduction to the world of grantmakers, and a list of helpful tools and resources. Registration is required.

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