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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 9/18/2012 @ 11:34:15, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1589 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 1518 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 1486 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 1596 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 1501 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 943 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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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 8/20/2012 @ 12:40:53, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1035 times)
More information from Jean Feldman from NSF from the AASCU Meeting (see Post 1). A Proposal Review Workshop was held previously, mainly to deal with the increased number of proposals received. Some suggestions include: increased virtual panels, streamlined ad hoc reviews, more preproposals, asynchronous panels, automated checking of compliance. Jean also stressed the importance of the Facilities, Equipment and Resource section of the NSF Proposal. It's a way to show institutional support without indicating voluntary cost-sharing (which is not allowed).
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 8/20/2012 @ 12:35:49, in Vice President Ramblings, read 877 times)
I will be posting materials I have gleaned from the AASCU (American Association of State Colleges and Universities, pronounced askew)meeting. This morning we heard from Jean Feldman from NSF. The 2013 Budget Request is $7.373B. Target research areas include clean energy, critical infrastructure, new materials, robotics, cyber, next generation scientific technologies and graduate research fellows. Long discussion on the merit review process. New guidelines will be out January, 2013. More details in next post.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 8/13/2012 @ 13:46:43, in Oil Spill, read 1580 times)
The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative, or GoMRI, announced the results of RFP-II with funding for 19 grants that will support studies of the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico. Total amount of the funding is roughly $20 million over three years. Of those 19 awards, 6 were to institutions in Louisiana, including LUMCON, LSU, Tulane, ULL and UNO. The UNO project is on “Effect of Photochemistry on Biotransformation of Crude Oil” and the Principal Investigator is Dr. Matthew A. Tarr. Other universities on the project are Tulane University and the University of Oklahoma.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 8/9/2012 @ 16:22:16, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1056 times)
A five-year, $1.2 million grant to the University of New Orleans from the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will underwrite a study of blue crabs, brown shrimp and white shrimp in the northern Gulf of Mexico. UNO PI is Marty O'Connel. Partnering institutions include USM and USA. Check out the story at: http://www.nola.com/education/index.ssf/2012/08/uno_scientists_given_12_millio.html#incart_river_default
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