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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 2/24/2012 @ 14:21:11, in Oil Spill, read 1812 times)
If you submitted a letter of intent for the GoMRI RFP II and plan to submit a full proposal, but have not contacted ORSP please do so before Wednesday, February 29. A Letter of Intent must have been submitted by January 17, 2012 in order to apply for funding. A final grant application will not be accepted by GoMRI if you did not submit a Letter of Intent. If you did not submit a letter of intent you will need to wait until the next round of proposals to apply. The following items have been prepared to assist with your application: 1. Boilerplate language is available for a description of departments, infrastructure and experience available for procuring and administering government and non-government contracts and grants. 2. A template for the commitment letter is available. 3. UNO has an example data management plan on the proposal development site: If you have questions or need assistance with your application please contact Ana Barrera: extension 6835.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 2/27/2012 @ 13:48:24, in Oil Spill, read 2019 times)
NOAA maintains a site for soliciting Gulf Spill Restoration project ideas at According to page, these ideas are entered into database and "evaluated by the trustees for consideration in project-specific restoration plans."
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 3/2/2012 @ 13:22:11, in Board of Regents, read 1339 times)
The EPSCoR Committee met yesterday and here's a few items of interest: the Acting Director of NSF EPSCoR is Denise Barnes (who happens to be from New Orleans), regarding the NASA EPSCoR program even though the proposals were due yesterday the RFP from NASA is not out yet, the second round of the SURE program has a due date of April 17th and the second round of the OPT-IN program will be due May 15. Finally, faculty are encouraged to participate in the Third Industry/Academia Workshop (on Biosciences) here in New Orleans at the end of April. A campus email blast will go out next week.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 3/2/2012 @ 16:08:11, in Fellowships, read 1724 times)
LaSPACE has opened the 2012 competition for new Graduate Fellowships, Graduate Student Research Assistance (GSRA), LaSPACE Undergraduate Research Assistantships (LURA), and Research Enhancement Awards (REA) proposals. Further details about these programs, the proposal guidelines, and proposal deadlines can be found on the LaSPACE website For your convenience, the most important links and dates are included below. Please contact me (, Ernecia Guidry ( or John Wefel ( if you have any questions. T. Gregory Guzik, Assistant Director Louisiana Space Consortium Graduate Fellowships: Deadline April 30, 2012 Graduate Student Research Assistance: Deadline April 27, 2012 LaSPACE Undergraduate Research Assistantships: Deadline April 27, 2012 Research Enhancement Award: Deadline May 4, 2012
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 3/5/2012 @ 09:44:51, in Workshops, read 1428 times)
27th Annual Hampton University Graduate Studies (HUGS) at The Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility June 4 - June 22, 2012. To apply to HUGS 2012 at Jefferson Lab summer school, submit to the address below a completed application, letter of request for consideration of acceptance into the program, and at least one letter of recommendation. Submission as such will automatically place the student in the fellowship competition. The deadline for application submittal is April 2, 2012. Applications will still be accepted after this date but fellowships will only be awarded to students submitting applications by the April 2 deadline. All students will be notified by April 30, 2012 of acceptance. Forward all queries and applications to: HUGS 2012 Jefferson Laboratory Attn: Tanya-Gaye N. Stewart 12000 Jefferson Avenue Ste. 15 Newport News, VA 23606
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 3/9/2012 @ 09:30:41, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1166 times)
Senate passed S1813 with S1822, Gulf Restoration Act, amendment. Follow Bill at
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 3/13/2012 @ 16:17:12, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1147 times)
UNO has two graduate programs listed in the new U.S. News & World Report national rankings. Our MPA program is now rated #121, up from #148 and Psychology which is rated #178.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 3/19/2012 @ 15:34:39, in Workshops, read 1187 times)
Coastal Marine Institute (CMI) Research and Energy Industry Symposium Monday, April 23, 9am-5:30pm LSU Energy, Coast, and Environment Building Dalton J. Woods Auditorium This important milestone event hosted by the LSU Center for Energy Studies, the LSU School of the Coast & Environment, and the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will include: Retrospectives by Principle Investigators (PIs) on 20 years of valuable research Discussions on current offshore energy trends and ideas for solving energy issues facing Louisiana Perspectives on the future of the offshore energy industry, specifically Louisiana's oil, gas, and marine minerals resources At the heart of this event is the research conducted by CMI, a highly productive and cost-effective collaboration among Louisiana State University, BOEM-formerly the Minerals Management Service, and the State of Louisiana. Through CMI, over $26 million in research contracts have been awarded to researchers at LSU, LUMCON, UNO, and ULL-producing pivotal and foundational research, as well as positively affecting the scholarly development of more than 100 graduate and undergraduate students. Register now at or call (225)578-3948.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 3/20/2012 @ 14:23:43, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1319 times)
The latest issue of Maritime Reporter features an article on our Ti Ship Structure Workshop at UNO. The story is on page 58 of the print version, and page 60 of the online version. Examining the Business Case for a Titanium Ship By Edward Lundquist Maritime Reporter March 2012
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By Carol Lunn (on 3/21/2012 @ 09:12:35, in Important, read 1251 times)

Fringe Benefits are calculated on all regular employees of the University, including postdoctoral research associates and intermittent employees. Benefits are not calculated on graduate assistants or student workers. The fringe benefit rate is never negotiable.

The fringe benefit rate is projected to be 39% effective July 1, 2012. Please begin to use 39% for full time employees on all proposal budgets and continue to use 8.2% for intermittent wage employees. You should continue to include a 1% fringe increase in your annual budgets for future fiscal years. We recommend you use a 40% fringe benefit rate for fiscal year 2013-2014 and beyond.

This is the rate to use until a new fringe benefit rate is negotiated. We will send the approved rate agreement and post on the ORSP Proposal Development website when Financial Services receives it from the Department of Health and Human Services.

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