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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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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 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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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 7/16/2012 @ 11:15:45, in Oil Spill, read 1545 times)
U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) has introduced legislation to jumpstart research and development into new oil spill response technology, bringing oil spill response into the 21st century. Her bill – the Oil Spill Research and Technology Act of 2012 (S. 3298) – would create grants to support the research and development of new technologies to better contain and clean up all types of oil spills. In addition, the bill requires the United States Coast Guard to establish a program to evaluate and implement ‘best available technology’ to effectively respond to and clean up oil spills. --
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Undergraduate Computational Engineering and Sciences (UCES) Award Applications for 2012 award due Tue July 31 2012 The Undergraduate Computational Engineering and Sciences (UCES) Award Program is seeking applications for the 2012 awards.Sponsored by the Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship Program administered by the Krell Institute, the UCES Award Program seeks to recognize innovations in computational science education. Four finalists will be invited to present their work at a symposium.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 7/10/2012 @ 12:44:10, in Board of Regents, read 1135 times)
The BOR EPSCoR Committee met this morning. Of potential interest were two items. There will be a slight change to the scoring of the SURE proposals. Please check the RFP carefully when the call comes out in the fall. Also, there will be an extra effort to get more OPT-IN proposals funded in the future. OPT-IN funds a joint business-university project with a match from the business. Success rate on these is very high. I will be trying to advertise the program to local businesses and then find a partner on campus.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 6/20/2012 @ 09:10:37, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1116 times)
The Water Institute of the Gulf has named Denise Reed, Ph.D., as its chief scientist. Reed will provide guidance and oversight in the development of the Water Institute’s science and engineering research programs while seeking opportunities for research projects. She will also collaborate with outside organizations with similar goals and interests. Previously, she served as interim director of the Pontchartrain Institute for Environmental Sciences at the University of New Orleans, where she has been a faculty member since 1998. Her research has focused on sediment dynamics in coastal wetlands.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 6/19/2012 @ 11:26:20, in Vice President Ramblings, read 963 times)
New Scientist magazine published an article on Thursday highlighting the work of UNO Assistant Professor of Biology Simon Lailvaux. The article was entitled:“Angry Lizard Starts Fight for No Reason.” Lailvaux studies the interface between function and behavior of animal species. He is particularly interested in how physiological capacities affect the evolution of reproductive strategies and associated traits. In his work, he studies lizards, insects, crabs and fish to address behavioural and evolutionary hypotheses regarding reproductive success.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 6/18/2012 @ 08:56:03, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1128 times)

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

She is also the founder of UNO's computer science women scholarship:

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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 6/13/2012 @ 12:57:23, in Vice President Ramblings, read 988 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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