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By Carol Lunn (on 10/4/2013 @ 13:51:10, in Important, read 368 times)
The University of New Orleans Emergency Preparedness team is currently monitoring Tropical Storm Karen in the Gulf of Mexico. The University is currently operating under normal conditions. At this time, the greater New Orleans metropolitan area remains outside the hurricane watch zone.

For updates please check the UNO homepage.

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By Carol Lunn (on 9/30/2013 @ 13:48:18, in ORSP Announcements, read 381 times)
Last week was the annual reception to celebrate our researchers and to honor our research professor award recipients.

The Early Research Professor Award is recognition for persons who hold the rank of Assistant Professor, who have passed their third-year review and who have distinguished themselves in their creative and scholarly activities.

The winner of the 2013 Early Research Professor Award is: Brandon Taravella, Assistant Professor, Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. Dr. Brandon Taravella joined UNO in the Fall of 2009 as Assistant Professor for Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. Prior to that, he was an adjunct instructor since 2005. In his relatively short time at UNO Dr. Taravella has successfully started and enhanced an externally funded research program exceeding 1.2 million in funding. These awards support UNO students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Brandon has also acquired equipment which greatly enhances the Engineering facilities such as a 3D printer and specialized PIV systems for the towing tank. Dr. Taravella’s robotic eel project has resulted in extremely positive public exposure for the College of Engineering and the University of New Orleans. Brandon’s eel has been featured on television, in the news, and is on the front of the UNO Magazine. His funding sponsors include ONR, Trinity Marine Products, ATI Defense and the Vietnam Education Foundation. The University Research Professor award is recognition for persons who have achieved the rank of Associate Professor or Professor and who have distinguished themselves in their creative and scholarly activities.

The winner of the 2013 University Research Professor Award is: Steven Rick, Professor of Chemistry Professor Steven Rick joined UNO as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry in 2000. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2005 and to Professor in 2010. During his tenure Dr. Rick has created and maintained an active and productive research program with national and international impact.

Dr. Rick has published 51 peer reviewed journal articles. Based on the Science Citation Index, his published work has been cited in scientific literature over 2,500 times, an extraordinary level of impact at his career stage. Dr. Rick’s research group focuses on computational methods for understanding the interactions of molecules, including how water interacts with other molecules. These studies provide important information in understanding how proteins fold, which is important for disease treatment, and how new materials behave in the presence of water. In his 12 years at UNO, Steven has served as the chair of the Chemistry Department’s Graduate Selections Committee and as the department webmaster. He has participated in numerous community outreach programs, providing informal science education opportunities in K-12 schools and other venues. He is an excellent mentor of young scientists and is also involved in the undergraduate research summer program. Dr. Rick has been a successful grant writer who has brought almost 1 million dollars since 2006 as a lead PI. His funding has derived from numerous agencies including the National Science Foundation, Tulane University partnerships, and the Board of Regents.
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By Admin (on 9/6/2013 @ 15:39:24, in Funding Opportunities, read 372 times)

LaSPACE is now accepting proposals for our Research Enhancement Awards’ (REA) program, which provides small 'seed' grants for scientific research at colleges and universities that are participating members of the consortium. Particularly, the REA program is aimed at the emerging researcher and/or the established researcher who wishes to initiate a new research direction for the development of projects, contacts, and collaborations that will bring Louisiana scientists into the mainstream of NASA related research, thereby increasing the chance to fully and successfully compete in the aerospace R & D marketplace.

 Please take note of the details listed below.

·         Proposals will be accepted until Wednesday, October 16, 2013

·         We hope to have external reviews completed and be able to announce the awards by Wednesday, December 11, 2013

·         We anticipate awarded projects will begin at the start of the Spring 2014 semester

·         Complete proposal guidelines for the REA competition are available online at http://laspace.lsu.edu/rfp/index.php#REA

·         Forms within the Guidelines have been recently updated. Proposals must follow the current guidelines and utilize the current forms. Proposals submitted under previous guidelines/outdated forms will NOT be reviewed.

 If you have any questions about the requirements or format, please do not hesitate to contact me. Be sure to share this information with your colleagues across your campus.

 Best,

Colleen

 Colleen H. Fava, LaSPACE Manager

Louisiana Space Grant Consortium

LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy

364 Nicholson Hall ӏ Baton Rouge, LA 70803-4001

ӏ O: 225.578.8680 ӏ F: 225.578.1222 ӏ

fava@phunds.phys.lsu.edu ӏ http://laspace.lsu.edu/

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By Admin (on 9/6/2013 @ 15:36:55, in Professional Development, read 464 times)

FALL 2013 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SCHEDULE

Attached is the Fall 2013 Office of Research Professional Development Schedule.  Please take some time to look over the schedule.  If you are interested in attending any of the sessions, please register on SharePoint.  Registration instructions are on the attached document.  If you have any questions on scheduled sessions, please contact Carol Mitton at extension 5546 or cmitton@uno.edu.

In addition to these scheduled sessions, the Office of Research can provide training at the college and/or department level.  Please contact your college’s Research Administrator for more information:

College of Business:        Carol Mitton, extension 5546, cmitton@uno.edu

College of Education:      Carol Mitton, extension 5546, cmitton@uno.edu

College of Engineering:  Analida Barrera, extension 6835, ambarrer@uno.edu

College of Liberal Arts:   Kendy Martinez, extension  , kbmarti1@uno.edu

College of Sciences:        Rebecca Drake, extension , rdrake@uno.edu

We also have training online through SharePoint (link: https://sharepoint.uno.edu/research/Research%20Training/Forms/MyItems.aspx, click Add Document to open a training form).   You can view any of the training modules without completing the requested information on the top of the form.  You will need to complete the information if you want to take a quiz and receive credit for completing the training.             

Attached File:  Fall.2013.schedule.docx

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Currently, FastLane allows you to start a new proposal by copying from a previously submitted proposal or by using a previously created template.

Starting August 2, applicants will only be able to copy proposals submitted under the current version of NSF's Grant Proposal Guide (GPG).

Additionally, you will no longer be able to create and save templates in FastLane.

However, the standard process for creating a new proposal remains unchanged.

Also, when you create reports, which are now submitted in Research.Gov, you can log in using your Fastlane user ID and password.

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University of New Orleans President Peter J. Fos announced that Kenneth W. Sewell has been named vice president for research and economic development. Sewell was vice president for research and economic development at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas.

Sewell will oversee all research and economic development activities at the University of New Orleans, including those sponsored by the UNO Research and Technology Park, located on the University's Lakefront campus.

"Dr. Sewell brings over five years of experience in administering research and economic development at a major university," said President Peter J. Fos. "His ability to engage faculty in the promotion of research and his industry connections will help serve the mission of the University of New Orleans. I am certain that, with his guidance and leadership, the research portfolio of the University of New Orleans will improve significantly."

As the chief research officer for UNT, Sewell was responsible for promoting research, scholarship and artistic creativity in support of the entire mission of the university. He worked with deans, chairs and faculty, as well as funding agencies and other institutions, to enhance UNT's research profile.

Prior to his post as vice president, Sewell served as associate vice president from 2008 to 2013, and brings additional experience from a variety of administrative positions throughout his career. He has served on numerous key university-level committees and boards since joining UNT, including membership on the University Review Committee, and chairing the Institutional Review Board. Sewell was director of the UNT doctoral program in clinical psychology from 1996 to 2008.

Sewell graduated summa cum laude from Kansas State University with a bachelor's degree in psychology. He received his master's and doctoral degrees in psychology from the University of Kansas. Following a clinical internship with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Sewell joined UNT's Department of Psychology faculty in 1991.

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By Carol Lunn (on 5/31/2013 @ 15:19:19, in Important, read 389 times)
The National Science Foundation (NSF) intends to release a new Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) in October 2013, with an anticipated effective date of January 2014. NSF formally announced our intention to revise the PAPPG in the Federal Register on May 30, 2013. The upcoming release contains revisions across a broad range of topics, such as clarifications on proposal preparation and submission; information on environmental compliance; and updates on reporting requirements and financial payments. A detailed summary of significant proposed revisions is available at the beginning of the draft document.

NSF invites the research and education community to access and review a draft version of the PAPPG. The proposed significant changes are highlighted in yellow throughout the document.

Comments may be submitted as indicated in the Federal Register notice. NSF is accepting comments until COB June 28, 2013.

Any questions should be addressed to the DIAS Policy Office.

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By Carol Lunn (on 5/29/2013 @ 13:35:05, in Professional Development, read 471 times)
Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Researchp

Join the Louisiana Space Grant Management Team for an Informational Session

General Information Session

Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 2 pm

UNO Campus, Oliver St. Pe’ Center, Room 101

Learn more about the goals of NASA EPSCoR and the funding programs available to qualified faculty across the state.

RSVPs to the campus contact appreciated; walk-ins welcome.Campus Contact: Carol J Mitton, 504-280-5546, cmitton@uno.edu

Refreshments served.

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In accordance with changes to the Public Health Services (PHS)’ Conflict of Interest (COI) Policy, UNO implemented a supplemental COI policy for individuals holding a PHS (which includes the National Institutes of Health) award, either direct or pass-thru award.  The policy was distributed last year and is attached for reference.  All individuals who meet the definition of an investigator must comply with the policy.  An investigator is defined as:  

 “any UNO individual (including faculty, staff, post docs, graduate assistants and students) who is responsible for the design, conduct, or reporting of Sponsored Research or for the proposal of such Sponsored Research. For the purpose of this Policy, the term includes the following members of the Investigator’s immediate family: children, spouses of children, siblings, spouses of siblings, parents, spouse and spouse’s parents” (taken from the main COI policy which can be found on the COI website, link: http://www.uno.edu/compliance/conflictofinterest.aspx)

 

Someone who meets the definition of an investigator does not have to be listed as a Co-PI with the sponsor.

All investigators must complete the PHS Investigator COI Report.  If the individual is listed as a Co-PI on the routing form, the COI report is completed through the form.  All other investigators must complete and sign the paper report and either email, fax or send it to the Office of Research (attention Carol Mitton).  The report is attached and can be found on the COI website, link above.

In addition to the COI report, all investigators must complete the COI training; this training must be done before beginning work on the project and must be done every four years.  The training is done on-line through SharePoint (training link:  https://sharepoint.uno.edu/research/Conflict%20of%20Interest%20Training/Forms/AllItems.aspx). To begin the training, click Add Document on the COI training page.  Questions or problems with the training can be directed to Carol Mitton at 280-5546 or cmitton@uno.edu.  If students must take the training, their names must be sent to Carol Mitton to ensure they have access to the training site.

To enforce the report and training requirement, all payroll paperwork (101, Form 6) for individuals being paid from a PHS (such as NIH) direct or pass-thru award must include a statement in the comments section as to whether or not the individual meets the definition of an investigator. The paperwork will not be approved by Sponsored Programs Accounting without that statement.

At the time of a new PHS award, the Office of Research will send a separate email to the PI summarizing the policy, informing them whether they need to complete the training, and requesting a list of known individuals who meet the definition of an investigator. If necessary, these individuals will be notified of the COI requirements and asked to comply.  This is being done to minimize the potential of delay in processing their paperwork at a later date.  Attached is a procedure document that identifies the responsibilities of our office, Sponsored Programs Accounting and the PI.

Questions can be directed to Carol Mitton.

This email was sent to all employees.

Attached File:  ConflictOfInterest.zip

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By Carol Lunn (on 4/17/2013 @ 14:00:14, in Board of Regents, read 582 times)
UNO submitted eight proposals to the Board of Regents Supervised Undergraduate Research Experience program.

This is limited to female undergraduate students or students (male & female) considered underrepresented minorities by NSF or students with disabilities.

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