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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 7/27/2012 @ 13:28:33, in Vice President Ramblings, read 960 times)
Manuel Zubeita, who completed two bachelor of science degrees at UNO, one in computer science and one in mathematics, and is pursuing his doctoral degree at UNO placed first last week at a national science and engineering conference. Now in its 12th year, The Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) 12 Student Programming Contest is a competitive programming event which took place on July 17 in Chicago, IL, as part of the XSEDE12 Conference. The competition consisted of 13 teams, one from the University of Michigan, two from Notre Dame and nine from the XSEDE Scholars program. Each team was filled with graduates and undergraduates from noteworthy institutions such as Stanford University, University of California at San Diego, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and University of Texas at Austin.
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UNO was the lead institution on an NCAM proposal submitted to EDA: Louisiana Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (LAMP) for Aerospace & Maritime. The team members are the University of New Orleans, New Orleans Regional Planning Commission, Manufacturing Extension Partnership of Louisiana (MEPoL), Louisiana State University, and Louisiana Business and Technology Center. The proposal is for $2.3M over three years with approximately $1.2M coming to UNO. UNO is the lead on the overall proposal and is being submitted as an NCAM associated proposal because it brings together advanced manufacturing with aerospace (NASA and Boeing) and maritime (HII and Dr. Dong’s work with shipbuilding). UNO is the lead on the EDA and ETA subproposals, LSU is the lead on the DOE, MEPol on the NIST and LBTC on the SBA.
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By Carol Lunn (on 8/8/2012 @ 13:57:46, in Funding Opportunities, read 934 times)
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) now has a membership to the Grant Resource Center (GRC). GRC is a not-for-profit service of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities ( They offer access to information on funding opportunities from public and private sources. ORSP will compile GRC’s funding information into a weekly notice for the campus. Information from, the Federal Register, and Federal Business Opportunities has been broken into four categories: Arts, Humanities, and International; Education and Economic and Community Development; Health and Mental Health; and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Weekly funding opportunities newsletters will be archived on the ORSP website:
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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:
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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 8/20/2012 @ 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 8/20/2012 @ 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 8/21/2012 @ 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 8/21/2012 @ 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 @ 09:41:09, 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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