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Projects funded as a part of initial investments as a result of criminal charges
against BP and Transocean


Louisiana is receiving $67.9 million to advance projects designed to improve the marine and coastal environments, ecosystems, and habitats in the Gulf of Mexico and bordering states harmed by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced today.

The funds were generated by agreements between BP, Transocean, and the U.S. Department of Justice to settle certain criminal charges against both companies in relation to the spill. This is the first approved dedication of the funds, expected to total $2.544 billion for the affected states over a five-year period.

“For decades, we have fought to protect and preserve our home -- the abundant natural resources, coastal areas and unique culture found here in south Louisiana,” said Governor Bobby Jindal. “We’ve certainly faced challenges, but these investments will give us the opportunity to make an historic down payment on a 50-year plan to protect our families and businesses, restore the natural processes that built Louisiana’s delta, and ensure that our coast continues to be both a Sportsman’s Paradise and a hub for commerce and industry.”

The expenditures through the newly-created Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund were approved by NFWF, the fund administrator, which must give appropriate consideration to Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan and the Louisiana Coastal Area Mississippi River Hydrodynamic and Delta Management Study. As required in the settlement agreement, the money will be used for initial planning and engineering on priority barrier islands and projects to reconnect the Mississippi and Atchafalaya Rivers to adjacent coastal wetland areas. The project list includes:

1. Caminada Beach and Dune Increment II: Engineering & Design ($3M): The project will create approximately 489 acres of beach and dune habitat, restoring approximately 8.9 additional miles (supplementing Increment I) of beach with approximately 5.4 million cubic yards of material from Ship Shoal, an offshore submerged sand source.

2. East Timbalier Island: Engineering & Design ($6M): East Timbalier Island is part of a barrier island chain that separates Terrebonne and Timbalier bays from the Gulf of Mexico. The island is currently comprised of two severely degraded segments; the proposed project would re-establish the historic footprint, reconnecting the two segments.

3. Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion: Engineering & Design ($40.4M): This project, designed to mimic delta-building processes in the Atchafalaya River delta and others, is expected to restore significant habitat in the Barataria Basin, including fresh, intermediate, and brackish marshes by re-introducing sediment and nutrients which historically built and maintained the affected area. The project will be instrumental in informing the design of other future diversion projects.

4. Lower Mississippi River Sediment Diversions: Planning ($13.6M): The study will examine additional lower Mississippi River sediment diversions designed to reconnect  the Mississippi River  to  degrading marshes east (Mid Breton and Lower Breton) and west (Lower Barataria), building land in shallow open water and introducing sediment and nutrients to sustain existing stressed wetlands.

5. Increase Atchafalaya Flow to Terrebonne: Planning (4.9M): The project will utilize freshwater and sediment from the Atchafalaya River in order to build, sustain, and maintain wetlands within the Terrebonne Basin.

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“The work performed with these funds will help to address uncertainties in critical projects related to reconnecting the Mississippi River system with our coast and reestablishing the land building process in south Louisiana,” said Garret Graves, chair of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Board. “These projects are fundamental to the success of the Master Plan. This is the difference between Louisiana’s coast being Plaquemines Parish or the City of Plaquemines in 2100. The barrier island component announced today represents over half a billion dollars in barrier island restoration, our first line of defense under Governor Jindal. The progress is unprecedented.”

"Our barrier islands are our first line of defense and fresh water into other areas of our parish are critical for our future,” said Terrebonne Parish President Michel Claudet. “A win-win for Terrebonne."

“Re-introducing sediments from the Mississippi River and restoring our barrier islands to retain those sediments within the system are key components in restoring our vanishing wetlands,” said Jefferson Parish President John Young. “We all know that sediments are needed to rebuild and sustain our coast, and this funding will allow us to proceed in designing a project that will mimic the natural processes by using river sediments to build land as was done naturally prior to the coastal wetlands being isolated from the Mississippi River by levees. Accordingly, this requires great care, utilizing the best available science and engineering technologies, so that the end results protect and sustain our viable working coastlines to support fisheries and other industries, our people, and our rich cultural heritage. I look forward to information and technical data coming forth during the design phase in order to allay concerns.”

“This in an important source of revenue to address these critical projects,” said Lafourche Parish President Charlotte Randolph. “This is a welcome opportunity to address the coastal restoration that is so badly needed here. The identification of projects to be funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is attributable to Gov. Jindal and the CPRA’s commitment to this region.”

"Today’s announcement is a giant step forward for restoration," said Steven Peyronnin, executive director for the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana. "NFWF and the State of Louisiana deserve tremendous credit for moving quickly to advance key projects that are fundamental to Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan.  By focusing on projects that restore our barrier islands and reconnect our rivers to our coast, NFWF and the State of Louisiana have made a smart investment in a sustainable future for Louisiana."

"Restoring and sustaining the wetlands of the Mississippi River Delta and restoring the unique, essential barrier islands along Louisiana's coast are both vital to the long-term sustainability of productive recreational fisheries in Louisiana and throughout the Gulf," said Chris Macaluso, director of the Center for Marine Fisheries for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. "The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership has been working very closely with recreational fishermen, scientists and researchers, business owners, fisheries managers, and conservation organizations across the Gulf and there has been overwhelming support for projects that build and sustain fisheries habitat among the recreational fishing community. The projects selected by Louisiana and approved by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation are the kinds of projects recreational fishermen have asked for to ensure healthy and sustainable fishing for generations to come."

"A year ago, the Attorney General announced that criminal settlement dollars from BP and Transocean would be dedicated to building diversions and barrier islands in Louisiana. The dream of meaningful large scale restoration took a huge step toward reality," said David Muth, director of the Mississippi River Delta Restoration Program for the National Wildlife Federation. "This announcement by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation of funding for key projects from the Louisiana Master Plan is the next important step toward restoring the Mississippi River Delta. Louisiana’s Mid-Barataria Diversion is an example of the scale of project needed to bring hope for a future to a coastal basin with one of the highest land loss rates in the world."

“Dedication of this first round of funding to planning, design, and engineering of complex restoration projects is significant,” said Cynthia Duet, government relations director for Audubon Louisiana. “These large river diversions and islands require substantial funding and time at the front end of the process if they are to be truly successful coastal habitats for birds, wildlife, and communities into the future. Today’s announcement reflects the collaboration between NFWF and the state of Louisiana, and their true understanding of the needs of our coastal environment.”

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By Admin (on 11/13/2013 @ 16:00:00, in Funding Opportunities, read 944 times)

Vanderbilt University invites you to participate in a summer seminar for humanities scholars working with XML documents (such as TEI, EAD, or MODS).

The XQuery Summer Institute is designed for scholars with basic experience marking up texts who would like to acquire advanced skills in how to query and computationally analyze XML documents.

We welcome applications from archivists, faculty members, librarians, alt-ac professionals, and advanced graduate students. Over the course of two weeks, we will teach you how to program in XQuery, a language designed for querying and manipulating XML documents. You will leave the Institute knowing how to maximize the value of your XML encoding.

The Institute will take place from Monday, June 9 to Friday, June 20 in 2014 on the campus of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. It will be led by six instructors with experience in the digital humanities (see, including Jonathan Robie, Lead Editor of the XQuery and XPath specifications at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

There are no registration costs to the Institute thanks to generous support from the Office of Digital Humanities at the National Endowment for the Humanities (see the announcement of Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities We will also provide subventions for participants’ travel, lodging, and meals. Participation is limited to twelve. Applications are due by February 14, 2014.

Please join us!  Take your XML skills to the next level in Nashville this summer. For information about the Institute and the application process, see Questions? Please email Clifford Anderson, Director for Scholarly Communications, at Vanderbilt University:

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By Admin (on 10/26/2013 @ 13:42:37, in Funding Opportunities, read 985 times)
Nov 4, 2013 — Baton Rouge, LA — The Water Institute of the Gulf seeks proposals for numerical modeling of fish and shellfish community dynamics in Louisiana estuaries as part of a number of modeling improvements being conducted in support of Louisiana's 2017 Coastal Master Plan. Model development and testing will initially focus on community interactions among species within the Barataria and Pontchartrain Basins. Calibrated and validated models will be integrated, to the extent possible, with the landscape models (i.e., Integrated Compartment Models) being developed by master plan modeling teams.  The modeling suite will be used to provide CPRA with estimates of fish and shellfish community response to certain kinds of restoration and protection projects as part of the development of the 2017 Coastal Master Plan. 
Full information related to modeling needs, timeline, evaluation criteria and proposal submission requirements can be found by clicking here.
Deadline for Submission
The deadline for submission is November 27, 2013 at 12:00pm (noon) central time.
All proposals must be delivered electronically, in .pdf format, to
Questions about this RFP
To view responses to questions received as of Noon on November 6, 2013 please click here.
All questions regarding this project may be directed to Questions must be submitted in writing by November 15, 2013 at 12PM central time.  Responses will be posted on the website no later than 5pm central time on November 20, 2013.
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By Admin (on 10/25/2013 @ 13:41:20, in Important, read 1041 times)

Notice Number: NOT-OD-14-007

Key Dates
Release Date: October 22, 2013

Related Announcements

Issued by
National Institutes of Health (NIH)


This Notice is to inform the community that NIH has revised its approach to resuming operations after the government shutdown. This Notice supersedes NOT-OD-14-003.

Responding to input from applicants and reviewers, NIH has reevaluated the plans for rescheduling initial peer review meetings that were cancelled due to the government shutdown. NIH will now reschedule most of the 200+ missed peer review meetings so that most applications are able to be considered at January 2014 Council meetings.

Rescheduling Peer Review Meetings
Most NIH peer review meetings that occurred during or immediately following the government shutdown will be rescheduled so that as many applications as possible are able to be considered at January 2014 Council meetings.

Opportunity to "Refresh" Applications that are Reassigned to May 2014 Advisory Council
As this is an unprecedented situation where the review meetings are being rescheduled under tight time frames, scheduling complexities may prevent the evaluation of the full complement of applications for this round.  Thus, while it is thought to be a small number, there may be some applications that cannot be reviewed in time for the January 2014 Advisory Council. These applications will be reassigned to the May 2014 Advisory Council and both the principal investigator and the signing official listed on the grant application will receive an email notification alerting them to the change during the week of November 4, 2013. NIH will also adjust the meeting dates listed in the eRA Commons for these refresh-eligible applications to 09/09/9999 so the applications can be easily identified.

Applications reassigned to the May 2014 Advisory Council will proceed to initial peer review in February/March 2014 without any action from the applicant. However, NIH is giving these applicants the option of withdrawing and submitting a refreshed application. If you choose to refresh your application, follow the steps below carefully:

  • Withdraw the existing application by November 15. 
  • Submit the refreshed application to the original funding opportunity announcement (FOA), if possible. If that FOA has closed, submit to the appropriate parent announcement. If there is no parent announcement for that activity code, send an e-mail to with the previous FOA number and we will work with you to get the application submitted.
  • Submit a cover letter with the refreshed application. Indicate that you are refreshing your application for the May 2014 council round, include the previous application number, and provide the previous study section assignment. Applicants are welcome to use the email notification they received from NIH as the cover letter.
  • Make the refreshed application a "new", "resubmission" or "renewal" to match the withdrawn application.
  • All refreshed applications are due by December 11, 2013. No late applications will be accepted for this special receipt date.
  • Only applicants who are reassigned to May 2014 Advisory Council round, and who are notified by NIH of their eligibility to refresh an application, may submit for the December 11 deadline. Any other applications for this deadline will not be reviewed. As always, other applications that are rescheduled for review this round may be withdrawn for any reason, as per our usual process, and submitted for the next standard deadline.

Rescheduling October Application Due Dates

  • All October grant application submission deadlines have been rescheduled as follows (this information has not changed from the previous Notice):

Standard Due Dates:

Activity Code

Original Due Date

New Due Date

R01s, U01s (New)

October 5

November 12

Ks (New)

October 12

November 12

R03s, R21s, R34s, R36s (New)

October 16

November 18

R15s (All)

October 25

November 18


Special Due Dates:

Funding Opportunity

Original Due Date

New Due Date


Due dates not listed above

November  1*



Funding Opportunity

Original Due Date

New Due Date


October 1

November  14


October 23

November 14


October 23

November 14


October 24

November 14


October 24

November 14

 The NIH Loan Repayment Program application deadline has been extended from November 15 to December 2.

  • will continue to accept applications for funding opportunity announcements with October closing dates, even if those dates have passed.

November Application Due Dates
November grant application deadlines will not change (with the exception of the Loan Repayment program deadline listed above).

Refreshing an Application that was Submitted for an October Due Date
Since October 2013 application due dates are moving to November, NIH is giving applicants who have already submitted an application for an October due date the opportunity to replace the submission with a "refreshed" application. These applications should be submitted according to the rescheduled receipt date table, above.  Follow the guidance below if you choose to submit a "refreshed" refreshed application for the rescheduled due dates:  

  • If an application has an image in the eRA Commons and is within the two day viewing window the institutional Signing Official should first reject the application in the Commons to keep it from further processing, then submit the refreshed application.   
  • If there is no option to reject the application in the Commons (meaning the application has moved beyond the viewing window for further processing by NIH), applicants should withdraw the application before submitting a refreshed application.
  • Applications that have been submitted but have errors (thus have no application image), can submit a changed/corrected application. 

    Note: Replacing the application submission with a "refreshed" application does not count as a resubmission (A1), meaning that an application submitted for an October due date as a "new" application should be submitted as a "new" application. A "resubmission" should be submitted again as "resubmission".  A "renewal" should continue to be a "renewal".

Processing of Applications Submitted During the Shutdown
Applications submitted since October 1 that were held at during the period of the shutdown have been processed by NIH's eRA systems.

  • Please proactively check the Commons for the status of any application submission. 
  • All error free applications submitted during or in the two days prior to the shutdown will be held for viewing in the Commons on Tuesday and Wednesday Oct 22 and 23 to ensure applicants have 2 full business days to check their application image before it moves on to NIH's Center of Scientific Review (CSR) for processing.

Rescheduled Research Performance Progress Report Due Dates
Due dates for Research Performance Progress Reports that were due between October 1and October 21 have been extended to November 4, 2013. If you have issues being able to submit on time, contact staff at the NIH funding Institute or Center.

eRA Systems Availability
eRA systems are now fully available.

Early Stage Investigator Eligibility
NIH will automatically adjust the Early Stage Investigator (ESI) status for applicants whose status has changed during the period of delay caused by the shutdown.  

K99/R00 Eligibility
Information on the late resubmission due date for the K99/R00 NIH Pathway to Independence Award program (see NOT-OD-13-050) will be issued in a separate Notice (NOT-OD-14-006). All other K99/R00 application due dates follow the due dates for career development awards (Ks) in the table above.

Payment Management System
Payments through the Payment Management System (PMS) should be processing as usual.  If grantees received a communication during the shutdown that a drawdown request was on hold, please contact PMS directly to determine the status of that pending request.

Award Actions
NIH anticipates beginning to release awards sometime after November 1.

Financial Operations under a Continuing Resolution
NIH soon will publish a Notice on our financial operations under a continuing resolution.

NIH will continue to provide the community with guidance on resumption of extramural activities after the shutdown as necessary.

FAQs will continue to be developed as NIH gets questions. NIH has established a web page to consolidate information on resuming operations after the shutdown. 


Please direct all inquiries to: 

NIH Grants Information
Telephone: 301-435-0714

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By Admin (on 10/24/2013 @ 13:53:07, in Fellowships, read 1430 times)

**Reminder**  Upcoming deadline for proposals for National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program 

 The National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity.  The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions.  The NSF welcomes applications from all qualified students and strongly encourages under-represented populations, including women, under-represented racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities, to apply for this fellowship.

GRFP Fellows Receive the Following:

- Three years of support

- $32,000 annual stipend

- $12,000 cost-of-education allowance to the institution

- International research and professional development opportunities

- XSEDE Supercomputer access


Eligible students:

GRFP Eligibility at a Glance

To be eligible for the NSF GRFP, you must:

§  be a US citizen, US national, or permanent resident

§  intend to pursue a research-based Master's or Ph.D. program in an NSF-supported field

§  be enrolled in an eligible program at an accredited United States graduate institution by Fall 2014

§  have completed no more than twelve months of full-time graduate study (or the equivalent) as of August 1, 2013

§  meet all other eligibility requirements as set forth in the current Program Solicitation

The "no more than twelve months" limit applies to your entire post-baccalaureate career, not just your current program. If you have completed less than twelve months of your Ph.D. but have previously completed a Master's degree, you would not be eligible for the GRFP, unless you meet the criteria for an extenuating circumstance as described in Section IV of the Program Solicitation.

How to Apply


The 2014 GRFP application is now available online at  Deadlines are November 4-8, depending on Field of Study.


2014 NSF GRFP Deadlines

All deadlines are at  8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

November 04, 2013

§  Engineering

§  Computer and Information Science & Engineering

§  Materials Research

November 05, 2013

§  Mathematical Sciences

§  Chemistry

§  Physics & Astronomy

November 07, 2013

§  Social Sciences

§  Psychology

§  STEM Education & Learning Research

November 08, 2013

§  Life Sciences

§  Geosciences

November 14, 2013: Reference letter deadline

This email was sent to all undergrads, grads, faculty and staff.

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By Carol Lunn (on 10/21/2013 @ 14:24:13, in Important, read 1069 times)
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) have released information regarding the resumption of operations since the shutdown ended.


All October grant application due dates have been rescheduled as follows:

R01s, U01s (New) had an original due date of October 5 and a new due date of November 12.

Ks (New) had an original due date of October 12 and a new due date of November 12.

R03s, R21s, R34s, R36s (New) had an original due date of October 16 and a new due date of November 18.

R15s (All) had an original due date of October 25 and a new due date of November 18.

For other opportunities with application due dates not listed above, applications are tentatively due on November 1.

The eRA Commons will be available for public access on October 21. Applications submitted since October 1 have been held at and will be processed by NIH’s eRA systems on October 21, once NIH makes eRA systems available. Also, since October application due dates are moving to November, NIH is giving applicants who have already submitted an application for an October due date the opportunity to replace the submission with a “refreshed” application.

See the notice for more details or contact NIH Grants Information at or 301/435-0714.


Notice from Jean Feldman, head of NSF’s policy office: a new page has been developed directly off the main NSF website that includes both the Important Notice as well as supplemental guidance that addresses grant and cooperative agreement related policy and systems issues. This page will continue to be updated as new information becomes available.

Policy-related questions regarding the shutdown may be addressed to

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By Carol Lunn (on 10/14/2013 @ 16:42:29, in ORSP Announcements, read 1080 times)
The UNO College of Engineering, in collaboration with Southeast Symposium for Contemporary Engineering Topics (SSCET), is proud to establish and offer the first UNO Engineering Forum (UNO-EF) at the University of New Orleans Research Technology Park on November 1, 2013. The events will be held concurrently in Lindy C. Boggs Conference Center and offer five parallel technical tracks providing solutions to contemporary engineering topics in electrical, naval, mechanical, and civil & environmental engineering.

The five parallel tracks cover topics in (1) Engineering Education; (2) Energy; (3) Electric Power Systems; (4) Student Projects; and (5) Civil, Coastal, & Environmental Engineering by presenters from participating universities and industries. Participants can earn up to 6 Professional Development Hours.

For more information please visit their website:

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By Carol Lunn (on 10/4/2013 @ 14:17:11, in Important, read 1100 times)
Our federal sponsors had prepared written procedures for what to expect in the event of a government shut-down, and we hope that the shut-down will be brief. Some of the key items relative to impacts on our campus are:

Proposal submissions to federal agencies - will continue to be functional during a shut-down for receipt of grant proposals. However, will not be delivering the proposals to the sponsoring agencies. Therefore, you will not know until the shutdown concludes whether your proposal made it through all of the error checking for that particular agency’s rules. For NSF proposals, Fastlane will not be available during the shutdown. NSF will provide updated information about any deadlines occurring during a shutdown after business at the agency resumes.

Grant and Contract Funding - Agencies will allow work being performed under already funded awards to continue unless an agency has provide a stop work notice for a particular award. No new awards, award increments, supplements or modifications will be processed during the shutdown. HHS will allow the university to continue to draw down funds on existing awards, but NSF’s payment mechanisms will not be available. Nonetheless, UNO will continue to support existing projects to prevent disruption of research activities. In the event a project account expires while waiting for the next award increment, please utilize the Advance Number Request Form to continue your sponsored research account.

Research Collaborations/subcontracts - Sponsored Programs will not be able to issue (execute) new subawards or subaward amendments on federally funded programs that are expired during the shut- down even if an advance account request is in place. Collaborators should be prepared to utilize their own risk-account processes for the duration of the shut-down in order to continue ongoing research work.

Availability of federal staff - Federal staff will be furloughed for the duration of the shut down and will not be available for questions or discussions or speaking engagements.

Grant and Contract Reporting - NSF and HHS systems for reporting (, RPPR) will not be functional during a shutdown. Federal staff will also not be available to assist with requests for modifications and/or guidance relative to your awards. Please be prepared to submit required reports as soon as the government and its systems are up and running again.

You can find more detailed information about individual agency specifics by following the links below:

Thank you.

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By Carol Lunn (on 10/4/2013 @ 13:51:10, in Important, read 953 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 997 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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