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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 12/19/2012 @ 17:25:56, in Vice President Ramblings, read 620 times)
It is with some sadness that I write that this is my last blog as Vice President for Research at UNO. After 34 years at the university I am retiring at the end of the fall semester. Starting in January I will be the Vice President for Research and Creative Scholarship at the University of Montana. During my tenure in this office the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, with the assistance of many units on this campus, has accomplished several notables of which we can be proud: We have negotiated several large contracts and contract vehicles which have benefitted faculty members in several departments and colleges across campus, including: SPAWAR contract of $50M over 5 years, SPAWAR MAC contract of $30M over 6 years, Medicaid contract of $12.2M over 3 years, DHH IT contract of $13.4M over 3 years. Working with the University Senate, we established a Summer Research Program which has funded X projects totaling $Y in the CEO, SCORE and SUE programs. We established a policy on indirect return to the Colleges and Board-Approved Centers and Institutes which has returned $X to those units. We established the Undergraduate Research Council and helped to initiate the InnovateUNO Student Research event and revamped the Research Council to broaden participation across campus. Working with the Graduate School, we developed the Dissertation Improvement Grant/Thesis Improvement Grant program to help graduate students complete their studies and to provide training in proposal writing. Working with the Research Council and the Deans, we have implemented the Faculty Incentive Pay Program (FIPP) which will reward faculty who buy-out of academic year teaching through external grants. Working with the Research Council, we expanded the research professor title to include Early Research Professor, University Research Professor and President’s Research Professor and acknowledged the outstanding contribution of X such research professors to UNO’s research mission. Along with the UNO Research and Technology Foundation staff, we have helped to increase the number of business and state government tenants in the UNO Research and Technology Park which now houses nearly 1500 employees. I know that the UNO research enterprise will flourish. Under the professional direction of Carol Lunn and the staff of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and David Muscarello and the staff of Sponsored Programs Accounting, the transition to a new Vice President for Research and Development will be smooth. UNO will continue to be the Public Urban Research University of Louisiana.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 11/7/2012 @ 08:35:53, in Funding Opportunities, read 526 times)
ORAU is announcing a Call for Proposals for the FY 2013 ORAU/ORNL High Performance Computing Program. The plan is to award two new grants. The FY 2013 Call for Proposals is similar to the FY 2012 program. Proposals must be submitted by an ORAU member institution faculty member in collaboration with an Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) research staff member listed as a principal investigator on one of the ORNL 2013 Research Projects. Information on how to apply, the proposal requirements, and the list of ORNL research projects is available on the Members Only web site. Enter your Members Only user-id and password, and under the Apply for Faculty and Student Programs menu on the right, select ORAU/ORNL High Performance Computing Grant Program. Proposals are due by noon EST on Monday, December 17, 2012, and must be endorsed and submitted by the institution’s ORAU Councilor. Only one faculty proposal per institution will be considered. This program provides ORAU member institutions with a potential of $75K in funding (over three years) for research using ORNL's supercomputing resources in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Please share this preliminary call for proposals with interested faculty at your institution. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or e-mail Cathy Fore at 865-241-8158, cathy.fore@orau.org.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 11/5/2012 @ 14:17:17, in Funding Opportunities, read 729 times)
TOPIC: RESEARCH FUNDING OPPORTUNITES AT LTRC FOR UNIVERSITY FACULTY IN VARIOUS DISCIPLINE AREAS TIME: 2:30 DATE: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2012 VENUE: Amphitheater Room 154 Lindy Boggs Conference Center, UNO Research Park BACKGROUND: SENIOR LTRC ADMINISTRATORS – MR. SKIP PAUL, DIRECTOR & DR. VJ GOPU, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR -- WILL PRESENT AN OVERVIEW OF RESEARCH FUNDING OPPORTUNITES FOR FACULTY AND ANSWER QUESTIONS. LTRC FUNDS RESEARCH EFFORTS RELATED TO THE BROAD FIELD OF TRANSPORTATION THAT ENGAGE/SUPPORT FACULTY IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS: ENGINEERING: CIVIL, MECHANICAL & ELECTRICAL SCIENCES: PHYSICS, CHEMISTRY, MATHEMATICS, STATISTICS, PHYSCHOLOLGY & COMPUTER SCIENCE LIBERAL ARTS: URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING, GEOGRAPHY, SOCIOLOGY & PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION: ECONOMICS AND FINANCE, MANAGEMENT & MARKETING
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 11/1/2012 @ 12:35:06, in Funding Opportunities, read 771 times)
The Department of Defense (DoD) manages 425 Federally-listed species and more than 520 species at-risk on its 29 million acres of public lands. Included are 110 of the 251 “Multi-District Litigation” (MDL) candidate species for which the USFWS must make listing decisions no later than September 2017. DoD is interested in developing and enhancing ecoregional-based (environmental) projects and partnerships. For more information see below and visit www.DoDNaturalResources.net/ESA-links.html If you are interested in pursuing environmental R&D funding from the SERDP program please email us at orsp@uno.edu. This email has been distributed to all faculty/staff.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 10/26/2012 @ 13:59:24, in Vice President Ramblings, read 804 times)
UNO Undergraduates: If you are involved in a project that involves research, scholarly work, creative work, or service learning, plan to present your results at UNO’s first ever Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creativity Showcase. Students can present their work in a poster, oral presentation, art display, performance, or screening. Date of the Showcase is March 1, 2013. Applications will be accepted starting in mid-November. Stay tuned for abstract submission details.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 10/18/2012 @ 10:43:05, in Workshops, read 608 times)
Data Management at UNO – Brown Bag Discussion Thursday, October 18, 2012, 12:3-1:30pm, Library Room 407
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 10/10/2012 @ 13:07:00, in Vice President Ramblings, read 651 times)
The University of New Orleans will receive $966,350 from the National Science Foundation for its role in a project to conserve biodiversity under climate change in Central Africa. The total grant is for $4.95 million for a period of five years and was awarded through the agency’s program in Partnerships for International Science and Education. Nicola Anthony, UNO associate professor of biological sciences, is a co-principal investigator on the project, along with Mary Katherine Gonder of the University at Albany, State University of New York. Thomas Smith of the University of California, Los Angeles is the principal investigator.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 10/9/2012 @ 10:08:30, in Workshops, read 935 times)
Disaster Resistant University Workshop 2013 At The University of New Orleans Linking Mitigation and Resilience Everyone wishing to present at the DRU Workshop must submit an abstract describing the material to be presented and its relevance to the workshop theme. Session rooms will be equipped with an LCD projector, screen, and presentation clicker. Each selected presenter will be notified by December 3rd, 2012 via email and must plan to register for the workshop. Please contact Monica Farris at chart@uno.edu or (504) 280-4016 with any questions.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 10/9/2012 @ 09:12:18, in Workshops, read 528 times)
The Center for Natural Resource Economics and Policy (CNREP) is announcing a second call for abstracts for: CNREP 2013: Challenges of Natural Resource Economics & Policy, the 4th National Forum on Socioeconomic Research in Coastal Systems. The conference will be held March 24-26, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. This triennial forum focuses on the opportunities and challenges of socioeconomic research in the development and evaluation of coastal resource restoration and management. Potential session topics include, but are not limited to, market and nonmarket valuation of ecosystem services and coastal resources, environmental benefit-cost analyses, economic linkage/impact assessment, input-output modeling, and comparative assessments of resource management and restoration policy. Basic and applied research, extension-oriented, and policy discussion submissions are all welcome. The deadline for abstract submission is November 12, 2012. The call for abstracts is available at: http://www.cnrep.lsu.edu For information about CNREP, go to: http://www.cnrep.lsu.edu/AboutCNREP.html For additional information, contact: Rex H. Caffey, Professor and Director Center for Natural Resource Economics & Policy Louisiana Sea Grant and LSU AgCenter 179 Woodin Hall Louisiana State University 225-578-2393 rcaffey@agcenter.lsu.edu
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 10/4/2012 @ 11:58:40, in Workshops, read 590 times)
Data Management at UNO – Brown Bag Discussion October 18, 2012 – 12:30-1:30, Library Room 407 Join the Library and the ORSP for a brown bag lunch discussion about Data Management at UNO. A brief review of resources for supporting the development of Data Management Plans (including the DMPTool) will be offered, followed by an open discussion of data management questions and issues, including requirements from NIH, NSF, NEH, and other grant funders. Feel free to bring your lunch. Drinks and dessert will be provided.
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