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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 10/9/2012 @ 09:12:18, in Workshops, read 695 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: For information about CNREP, go to: 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
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 10/4/2012 @ 11:58:40, in Workshops, read 771 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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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 10/2/2012 @ 14:26:31, in Funding Opportunities, read 739 times)
LaSPACE is now accepting proposals for several of their award programs. • The MRS, GSRA, and Higher Education/Senior Design programs are open through the end of the year without a specific due date. Proposals will be reviewed when received and, if meritorious, will be awarded until funds are exhausted. • Proposals for the REA award will be accepted until Friday, November 16, 2012. • Proposals for the LURA award program will be accepted until Wednesday, November 28, 2012. • Guidelines for all proposals are available online at • The guidelines have been UPDATED. Please refer to / use the newest version(s). Of particular note, the LURA submission guidelines and final technical report have an additional component. We need a work plan for and final evaluation for every student we fund. Thus, LURA proposals which include applications from 2 students, must include unique work plans for each student. And final reports must reflect on each student’s work. If you have any questions about the requirements or format, please do not hesitate to contact Colleen at the address below. This email has been distributed to all faculty/staff. 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 ӏ
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 9/20/2012 @ 11:36:45, in Vice President Ramblings, read 882 times)
The Naval Research Laboratory has added an additional $1.432M to the Advanced Forecasting Systems project at UNO. UNO PI is Dr. George Ioup from Physics. Congratulations!
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 9/18/2012 @ 11:34:15, in Vice President Ramblings, read 865 times)
The Office Of Research Awards Ceremony will be from 3 – 5 pm on Tuesday October 16th. Location to be determined.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 8/21/2012 @ 13:51:40, in Vice President Ramblings, read 868 times)
Just left an very interesting presentation and a one-on-one with Dr. David Campbell, Program Director for one of the programs in the NSF Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR). He updated us on numerous NSF Programs for K-12, undergraduate, graduate, faculty and adult learners. As he was talking I could see strong connections to PIES, CERF, Children's Center, COEHD, and upward bound plus our robotics initiative. I will be making arrangement for him to come to UNO in the early fall.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 8/21/2012 @ 10:27:26, in Vice President Ramblings, read 846 times)
I had a productive meeting with Dr. Rebecca Boggs, the Senior Program Officer for the NEH Division of Educational Programs. We discussed our recent proposals and how to improve our chances. One suggestion was to become an NEH reviewer. ORSP will be explaining the process and how we can help. We will also try to get one or more NEH program officers to come to campus. If you have questions or comments please send them to vpresearch.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 8/21/2012 @ 09:41:09, in Vice President Ramblings, read 901 times)
The NEA now has research grants about improving/demonstrating the impacts of the arts. The proposals are related to analysis and presentation of existing data sets related to the arts. I will have an email to the campus when I return. Deadline is Nov. 6, so we have time to prepare some good proposals. Contact vpresearch if you are interested.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 8/21/2012 @ 09:37:35, in Vice President Ramblings, read 851 times)
NIH presented a lot of data regarding the demographics of who is receiving NIH awards and who is being supported. The data show an aging "workforce". The age at which a PI gets the first NIH award is in the middle to late 30's and the average age of NIH funded PIs is quite old. Finally, NIH is restructuring a few including NCATS which unifies several therapeutic agencies and the Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP).
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 8/21/2012 @ 09:33:39, in Vice President Ramblings, read 553 times)
More information from the AASCU Meeting. The NIH success rate is now the lowest every at 17%. NIH has been looking at ways to increase success, including limiting total RPG support to $1M or so, another is to limit the total amount of PI support on NIH funding. A guide notice will be out soon.
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