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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 5/15/2012 @ 11:32:10, in Important, read 721 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 590 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 5/1/2012 @ 10:39:36, in Workshops, read 720 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. 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 5/1/2012 @ 10:26:42, in Vice President Ramblings, read 587 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 4/30/2012 @ 15:54:30, in Vice President Ramblings, read 625 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 4/23/2012 @ 10:04:44, in Vice President Ramblings, read 646 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 4/19/2012 @ 09:30:04, in Oil Spill, read 987 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 The conference will be held in New Orleans on January 21-23, 2013.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 4/17/2012 @ 10:30:34, in Professional Development, read 829 times)
Below are the final two Professional Development Sessions for the Spring 2012 semester. Subcontract Process: Wednesday, April 18th, 10 am, EN 318 Research Commercialization Webinar – Structuring & Leading the Research-Intensive Company: Monday April 23rd, noon, CERM 438 Registration is recommended but not required. To register for either of these sessions, please follow this link: Professional Development Registrations. (Navigation in SharePoint is: Research, Professional Development, Professional Development Registrations.) You will need to add a new item – click New on the menu bar and then New Item. Fill in the requested information and click OK. You will receive an email stating that your registration is in process. Once approved or rejected (if the session is full) you will receive another email. If you have any questions, please contact Carol Mitton at extension 5546 or
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 4/12/2012 @ 12:29:08, in Vice President Ramblings, read 638 times)
University of New Orleans psychology professor Robert Laird has received a three-year $515,000 grant from the William T. Grant Foundation to study parenting new teen drivers. Laird, an associate professor of psychology, will examine how a new driver in the family changes the dynamics of parent-adolescent interactions. Car crash injuries are the leading cause of death among adolescents and the goal of the study is to understand how parents can make driving safer. Laird will recruit families from driver’s education classes. A sample of 250 racially diverse teen-parent pairs will complete self-report surveys and a series of tasks designed to elicit conversations between parents and teens. Through the lens of an important developmental milestone, Laird hopes to gain a better understanding of how autonomy and independence are negotiated by parents and adolescents. The William T. Grant Foundation supports high-quality research to improve the lives of young people.
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The New Frontiers in Astronomy and Cosmology International Grant Competition is offering opportunities for innovative research on the following topics: (I) What was the earliest state of the universe? (II) Is our universe unique or is it part of a much larger multiverse? (III) What is the origin of the complexity in the universe? (IV) Are we alone in the universe? Or, are there other life and intelligence beyond the solar system? Grants are offered for theoretical work, up to $300,000 for two years; and experimental research, up to $500,000 for two years. REQUIRED ONLINE PRE-APPLICATION FORM IS DUE APRIL 16, NOW AVAILABLE ON AT See for more details.
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