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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 1/6/2012 @ 11:45:46, in Funding Opportunities, read 1422 times)
Please disseminate the following News Release regarding the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs fiscal year 2012 funding opportunities to researchers at University of New Orleans in medical, biological, and life sciences. Information regarding dates for Program Announcement Releases and deadlines will be forthcoming over the next few months. This news release is also available on the CDMRP website: NEWS RELEASE: January 3, 2012 Department of Defense United States Army Medical Research Materiel Command Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs CDMRP Research Funding for 2012 The Fiscal Year 2012 Department of Defense Appropriations Act provides research funding for the following peer reviewed programs managed by the Department of Defense (DoD) office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP): Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Research Program - $6.4 million Autism Research Program - $5.1 million Bone Marrow Failure Research Program - $3.2 million Breast Cancer Research Program - $120 million Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Research Program - $3.2 million Gulf War Illness Research Program - $10 million Lung Cancer Research Program - $10.2 million Multiple Sclerosis Research Program - $3.8 million Neurofibromatosis Research Program - $12.8 million Ovarian Cancer Research Program - $16 million Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program - $12.8 million Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program - $50 million Peer Reviewed Orthopaedic Research Program - $30 million Prostate Cancer Research Program - $80 million Spinal Cord Injury Research Program - $9.6 million Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program - $5.1 million Comprehensive Program Announcements are expected to be released during winter/spring of 2012.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 1/10/2012 @ 08:18:34, in Fellowships, read 1964 times)
The website is open for applications for summer 2012 internships through the Research Alliance in Math and Science program (
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 1/12/2012 @ 16:56:46, in Workshops, read 1291 times)
The NASA Educator Resource Center (ERC) at Stennis Space Center announces professional development workshops for educators for Spring 2012. K-12 teachers can receive CEUs for these free workshops. Home school educators are welcome, too! Topics include physical science, life science, biology, mathematics, technology and much more. Workshops are available for all grade levels and are held on-site at Stennis Space Center. Additional information is available on the Stennis Education Website at or contact the NASA ERC by phone at (800) 237-1821 (option 2) or (228) 688-3338 or by email at
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 1/17/2012 @ 15:43:30, in Workshops, read 1361 times)
You are cordially invited to the first workshop and forum of the SouthEast Acoustics Consortium (SEAC), March 13-15, 2012, on the Florida International University, Biscayne Bay Campus in North Miami, Florida. The first 2 days of the workshop will include invited and contributed oral and poster presentations along with moderated discussions on research and management applications using active acoustics (e.g., fishery sonar, echosounders). We are also planning a half- or full-day session on March 15th for hands-on demonstrations of the a sample of fishery and imaging sonar technologies offered by manufacturers (and SEAC members). We are hopeful for a diverse roster of participants: academic, government agency, NGO and private industry scientists, product vendors, and especially students. More background information, travel details and registration are available at the Consortium website: Kindly register prior to February 15, 2012 to facilitate planning. There will be a limit of 50 participants. Registration for this meeting is free!
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 1/18/2012 @ 09:34:17, in Workshops, read 1569 times)
Louisiana’s 2012 Coastal Master Plan Predictive Modeling Seminar Series
Friday, January 27, 2012 11:40 am – 12:40 pm Louisiana State University Energy, Coast, and Environment Building- Auditorium Dr. Ehab Meselhe University of Louisiana at Lafayette Eco-Hydrology Model Dr. Jenneke Visser University of Louisiana at Lafayette Vegetation Model
Friday, February 3, 2012 3:00 – 4:00 pm University of New Orleans Geology and Psychology - Room GP 1000 Dr. Greg Steyer U.S. Geological Survey Wetland Morphology Model Dr. Ioannis Georgiou University of New Orleans Barrier Shoreline Morphology Model
Thursday, February 23, 2012 12:00 – 1:00 pm McNeese University Holbrook Student Union- La Jeunesse Room Old Ranch Dr. Andy Nyman Louisiana State University and LSU AgCenter Fish & Wildlife Habitat Suitability Indices Friday, March 2, 2012 10:00 – 11:00 am University of Louisiana at Lafayette Abdalla Hall- Auditorium Hugh Roberts, PE Arcadis Storm Surge and Wave Model Dr. Jordan Fischbach RAND Corp. Risk Assessment (Storm Damage) Model
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 1/18/2012 @ 14:43:20, in ORSP Announcements, read 1299 times)
An email was sent to the campus requesting nominations for Early, University and President's Research Professors. Please check your campus email for details.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 1/19/2012 @ 11:14:05, in Important, read 1257 times)
The University of New Orleans is a member of a consortium of universities selected to receive a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. UNO is a member of the Southwest Region University Transportation Center, which is led by Texas A&M University and also includes LSU, Texas Southern and the University of Texas at Austin. The consortium is one of 22 University Transportation Centers that will receive federal support to address critical transportation challenges facing the nation. The Southwest Region University Transportation Center will receive $3.5 million, with UNO receiving $250,000. The Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration used a competitive selection process to select the grant recipients.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 1/24/2012 @ 10:20:14, in Internal Grant Program, read 1838 times)
The Center for Computation & Technology (CCT) hosts a nine week Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program where students work collaboratively on a wide variety of computational science projects. Each student receives a stipend of $4,500, free housing in university dormitories, and up to $500 in travel expenses to and from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Nine students will be selected. Qualifications: Interested in a major that is within the computational sciences umbrella (leaves out few majors as it includes all sciences, mathematics, engineering, finance, statistics, etc.) with at least a 2.75 GPA, considering a career in research and/or graduate school in your major, and being a US citizen or permanent resident. Important Dates: March 1, 2012: Application deadline. March 30, 2012: Notification of decision. May 29, 2012 through July 28, 2012: Program dates. The research activities of the CCT are organized into five Focus Areas: Core Computing Sciences, Coast to Cosmos, Material World, Cultural Computing, and System Science and Engineering. These are broad, and sometimes overlapping areas where faculty from diverse departments (Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, Civil Engineering, Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, Petroleum Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computing Engineering, Music, Business, etc.) collaborate in multidisciplinary projects. Our REU students learn how to use some of the nation's largest supercomputers, may participate in the setup and management of large-scale simulations, and may take on an important role in the analysis and visualization of the simulation results. For more information and to apply, visit:
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 1/31/2012 @ 14:54:03, in Funding Opportunities, read 1271 times)
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is pleased to announce the opening competition for the 2012 Summer Research Programs. Eligible UNO faculty members are encouraged to apply for one of these awards as a means of honing their grant-making skills, and for the purpose of developing new areas of research or scholarly endeavors. Deadline for submission of applications: February 29, 2012 Please check your campus email for the full announcement or the SRP sharepoint site at:
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 1/31/2012 @ 16:40:21, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1278 times)
Gabriel Caruntu, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Advanced Materials Research Institute (AMRI) at the University of New Orleans, has been awarded a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). This award is considered one of the NSF’s most prestigious awards and is given to “junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research.” The 5-year, $600,000 grant will go to support Prof. Caruntu’s research program which is aimed at developing a robust predictive methodology of polar ordering in nanoscale perovskites by correlating the intimate relationship between their structural, vibrational, electronic and other macroscopic properties. This can potentially result in the improvement of the actual design technologies in smart perovskite materials with programmable ferroelectric, dielectric and piezoelectric properties. Furthermore, this research program involves outreach efforts that will serve to expose and to stimulate interest in minority undergraduate and high school students to basic research, giving them a greater understanding as to what careers in science entail, and promoting the attendance to college in the fields of science.
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