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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 4/19/2012 @ 09:30:04, in Oil Spill, read 1687 times)
The Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Conference announces an open call for proposals for conference sessions. The deadline is May 10, 2012. The URL is http://www.gulfresearchinitiative.org/news-and-events/gulf-of-mexico-oil-spill-ecosystem-science-conference/ The conference will be held in New Orleans on January 21-23, 2013.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 4/23/2012 @ 10:04:44, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1042 times)
The Office of Research recently emailed the first issue of our new "Helpful Hints" to help faculty, staff and students seek external funding. Please check your UNO email for the first issue.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 4/30/2012 @ 15:54:30, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1003 times)
The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) released their report, Engaging Basic Scientists in Translational Research: Identifying Opportunities, Overcoming Obstacles. For the next week or so I will post some of their recommendations. Under recommendations to Promote Interest, Education, and Training in Translational Science they recommend that institutions provide didactic coursework, provide opportunities and release time for basic scientists and trainees to acquire clinical experiences and facilitate training in the wide range of disciplines and skills needed.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 5/1/2012 @ 10:26:42, in Vice President Ramblings, read 982 times)
Under the FASEB recommendations to "Promote Access to Translational Research Collaborators and Resources" there were a couple of interesting suggestions. Among them was a suggestion to establish or support seminars and workshops as well as networking opportunities (which they referred to as research "speed dating"). While many such workshops already exist the concept of speed dating seems novel. I wonder what a conference would look like if you had agencies or business/industry leaders sitting at tables and the faculty or VP Research would have 5 minutes to present joint projects.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 5/1/2012 @ 10:39:36, in Workshops, read 1092 times)
The Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group, NIH Center for Macromolecular Modeling and Bioinformatics, is pleased to announce: "In-Residence Training at the Theoretical & Computational Biophysics Group", July 16-27, 2012, at the Beckman Institute in Urbana, Illinois. http://www.ks.uiuc.edu/Training/Workshop/inresidence/July2012/ For anyone interested in learning more about MD simulations and jump starting their research this is an EXCELLENT opportunity... these are the creators of NAMD and VMD.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 5/3/2012 @ 13:03:59, in Vice President Ramblings, read 955 times)
A couple of recommendations under "Recognize and Reward Translational Scientists" might be of interest to the faculy. Under the recommendations to individual scientists they suggest that faculty be aware of tenure expectations, clearly articulate their career goals, and negotiate department concurence. Having served on the university promotion and tenure committee I find this to be valuable advice. Translational research often crosses boundaries or resides in unusual surroundings. As a result, the promotion and tenure decision is complicated because the research and publications are often outside of the "mainstream". The faculty member needs to make sure that the committee(s) value the research and subsequent "journals" and not assume that normal processes are sufficient.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 5/15/2012 @ 11:32:10, in Important, read 1093 times)
The University of New Orleans has been selected to receive a grant worth approximately $280,000 from the Department of Defense to buy state-of-the-art defense research equipment. The grant will be used to support an Office of Naval Research project in which UNO researchers are designing and building a new type of robotic “eel” that is capable of operating in shallow water environments where Navy personnel could be at risk. UNO is the only university in Louisiana to receive a portion of the $54.7 million in grants given to 100 universities through the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program. The PI is Professor Brandon Taravella.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 5/16/2012 @ 14:03:12, in Vice President Ramblings, read 983 times)
I just left the Executives Luncheon for the UNO Research and Technology Park. I believe this was the first luncheon and it brought together the staff of the UNO Research and Technology Foundation, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, the Deans of the Colleges and the executives of the businesses located in the Research Park. It was very successful and should increase research and internship opportunities for our faculty and students.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 5/29/2012 @ 15:07:30, in Board of Regents, read 1096 times)
We recently received notice that three of the five SURE applications submitted by UNO faculty were awarded. The SURE award supports undergraduate research for minority students. The BOR received 137 applications and awarded only 43, which is a 31% success rate. UNO’s success rate was 60%. We have a new initiative that will be announced at the end of the summer to increase the number of SURE applicants from UNO, stay tuned...
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The Minority Education through Traveling and Learning in the Sciences (METALS) trip across the Western U.S. runs June 11-24, according to Dr. Ivan Gill, a science education coordinator at UNO who leads the program with Dinah Maygarden of PIES. The grant-funded program is a partnership between UNO and three universities: Purdue University, University of Texas at El Paso and San Francisco State University. Each university selects 10 minority high school students to participate in an approximately two-week field-laboratory geology program sponsored by the National Science Foundation and corporations including ExxonMobil. The program is free to participating students.
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