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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 6/18/2012 @ 08:56:03, in Vice President Ramblings, read 502 times)

Sabrina Farmer, a former UNO Computer Science student is in the news. Check out:

http://www.computerworlduk.com/news/it-business/3364125/gmail-engineer-women-in-tech-must-overcome-impostor-syndrome/

She is also the founder of UNO's computer science women scholarship: http://wmcn.uno.edu/pdfs/compsci.pdf

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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 6/13/2012 @ 12:57:23, in Vice President Ramblings, read 494 times)
Dr. Brandon Taravella of the UNO School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering has received a grant of $276,391 from ONR for "Stereoscopic Particle Image Velocimetry for Use in Towing Tank". Congratulations!
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University of New Orleans Professor Emerita of Sociology Shirley Laska has recently been named to the Science and Engineering Advisory Council of the Water Institute of The Gulf. The newly formed nonprofit organization is expected to play a significant role in determining how coastal restoration funds are used once money starts to flow from fines levied against BP Oil following the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Laska is sociology professor emerita at UNO and founder of UNO's Center for Hazards, Assessment, Response and Technology (CHART), one of the University's most productive research centers.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 6/1/2012 @ 11:33:26, in Funding Opportunities, read 637 times)
The Fiscal Year 2012 (FY12) Defense Appropriations Act provides $9.6 million to the Department of Defense Spinal Cord Injury Research Program (SCIRP). The SCIRP challenges the scientific community to design innovative research that will foster new directions for and address neglected issues in the field of SCI-focused research. The vision of the SCIRP is to advance the treatment of spinal cord injury and its consequences. This program is administered by the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command through the Office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP). Mechanism-specific Program Announcements/Funding Opportunities, including areas of encouragement, the intent of the award mechanism, eligibility, and submission deadlines, and General Application Instructions, are posted on the Grants.gov and CDMRP websites (http://www.grants.gov and http://cdmrp.army.mil, respectively).
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 5/31/2012 @ 14:01:58, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1296 times)
UNO's Upward Bound Program under the direction of Lynette Bates received a new grant which was covered in NOLA.com today. The University of New Orleans has received $5 million from the federal Education Department's Upward Bound program to help students get ready for college. During the next five years, the grant will go into three UNO programs: Project PASS, Jefferson Upward Bound and Classic Upward Bound.Upward Bound is designed for high-school students from low-income households and for students in that age group whose parents do not have college degrees. In its first year, the UNO grant could help more than 220 students. Project PASS, an acronym for Preparing All Students to Succeed, works with about 70 students, including those with disabilities. The target schools are Eleanor McMain Secondary School and McDonogh No. 35 College Preparatory High School. The Jefferson Upward Bound program will help about 60 students at East Jefferson and Riverdale high schools. The Classic Upward Bound program will assist 98 students at Joseph S. Clark Preparatory High School, KIPP Renaissance High School, Lake Area New Tech Early College High School and Sarah T. Reed High School.
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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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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 5/29/2012 @ 15:07:30, in Board of Regents, read 631 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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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 5/16/2012 @ 14:03:12, in Vice President Ramblings, read 516 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 5/15/2012 @ 11:32:10, in Important, read 631 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 5/3/2012 @ 13:03:59, in Vice President Ramblings, read 499 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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