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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 2/15/2012 @ 16:20:03, in Board of Regents, read 887 times)
The BoR has issued the Request for Applications (RFA) for the EPSCoR Supervised Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE) program for 2012. This program provides opportunities for female and underrepresented minority undergraduate students to participate in research with faculty mentors. Students accepted into the program will receive a stipend of $4,000, while the faculty mentor will receive $500 per student for costs associated with the research experience. Applications are due April 17, 2012. Please note that minor changes have been made to this RFA; the application submission process is somewhat different from that used for the last competition, so the application form that accompanied the previous SURE RFA cannot be used. The RFA is also available on the Board's Sponsored Programs website at http://laregents.org.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 2/15/2012 @ 12:56:11, in Vice President Ramblings, read 612 times)
The research of some University of New Orleans scientists is published in and highlighted on the cover of this week’s Journal of the American Chemical Society—the nation’s most prestigious chemistry journal. The researchers reported making very small materials with unique structures that could lead to technological advances in areas including computers, medicine and energy. The UNO researchers developed methods for the fabrication of nanoscale peapod structures—peapods with diameters about 5,000 times smaller than a human hair. By combining chains of small round magnetic crystals and very thin metal oxide sheets only a few atoms thick, the chemists were able to get the sheets to curl around and encase the magnetic chains to form peapod-like structures. Such materials are significant because they demonstrate not only the ability to make such small structures but they could lead to technological advances in various areas such as computer memory, medical imaging and energy production. The work was done by Yuan Yao, Girija Chaubey and John Wiley. Wiley is a university research professor of chemistry and the associate director of UNO’s Advanced Materials Research Institute.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 2/10/2012 @ 08:40:55, in Fellowships, read 1043 times)
The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2012-2013 California Science and Technology Policy Fellowships based in Sacramento. The S&T Policy Fellowship, a unique one-year professional development opportunity, provides the selected fellows with hands-on experience working with the California Legislature to incorporate science and technology into public policy. Eligible applicants will be Ph.D.-level (or equivalent) scientists and engineers who have a sincere interest in California current events, the state legislative process, and a strong desire to learn how policy decisions are made.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 2/9/2012 @ 15:38:43, in Vice President Ramblings, read 795 times)
This was important enough, I thought it was worth posting. I comes from the Report on Research Compliance which is cosponsored by NCURA and AIS. Former Penn State Prof Faces Indictment for $3 Million Grant Fraud Craig Grimes, formerly a professor of material science and engineering at Penn State University, was charged Jan. 31 with "wire fraud, [making] false statements, and money laundering," according to the U.S. attorney for the Department of Justice's Middle District of Pennsylvania. Grimes is alleged to have accepted a $1.196 million NIH grant and failing to "direct" some $509,000 of the total to Hershey Medical Center as intended. Instead, he kept the money "for his own use." Grimes is also accused of receiving a $1.2 million Department of Energy grant meant for organizations without other resources, without revealing in his application that he had already received funding from the National Science Foundation. Grimes faces a maximum of 35 years in prison and a fine of $750,000. Link: http://www.justice.gov/usao/pam/news/2012/Grimes_01_31_2012.htm
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 2/7/2012 @ 14:34:30, in Workshops, read 669 times)
The second biennial National Evacuation Conference will be held February 7-9, 2012 in New Orleans, La. at the Hilton Riverside hotel. Stephen Flynn, professor of political science and the founding co-director of the George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security at Northeastern University, will headline an impressive lineup of keynote speakers and panelists set to appear. The conference is organized by the Stephenson Disaster Management Institute and the Gulf Coast Research Center for Evacuation and Transportation Resiliency (CETR), which is housed at both LSU and the University of New Orleans within the UNO Transportation Institute (UNOTI).
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 2/6/2012 @ 11:02:25, in Professional Development, read 782 times)
Tomorrow, February 7th, at 10 am in KH 219 the Office of Research is conducting Part I of the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training; Part II will be held on Thursday February 9th at 10 am in KH 219. Attendance at both sessions is required to receive credit for completing this portion of the RCR training. Anyone receiving funding from the National Science Foundation or Department of Health and Human Services, including National Institutes of Health, must complete this training; all others are encouraged to complete the training. Please note, this training can be done on-line if desired (link: RCR Training. Select new, enter the requested information and then begin the training).
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 2/2/2012 @ 13:29:15, in Workshops, read 674 times)
Population growth, coastal and watershed engineering, fisheries yield, oil and gas production, nutrient discharge from large rivers and climate change have resulted in long-term, chronic pressure on Gulf of Mexico ecosystems. The Gulf has also experienced a number of acute natural and human-caused injuries. As policy-makers move toward implementing long-term Gulf of Mexico restoration strategies, there remains a critical need for comprehensive, long-term science, monitoring, mapping and observation that is planned, operated and managed with input from the scientific community. Please consider joining us for this Town Hall discussion at the upcoming 2012 Ocean Sciences Meeting in Salt Lake City: “Developing Strategies for Long-Term Research in the Gulf of Mexico” Monday February 20, 6:00pm – 9:00pm Ballroom B
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 2/1/2012 @ 17:13:45, in Board of Regents, read 811 times)
All three proposals from UNO in the BoR Opportunities for Partnership in Technology with Industry (OPT-IN) were selected for funding. Congratulations to Drs. Humin Chen (ENEE), Ting Wang (ECCC) and Weilie Zhou (AMRI)!
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 1/31/2012 @ 16:40:21, in Vice President Ramblings, read 781 times)
Gabriel Caruntu, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Advanced Materials Research Institute (AMRI) at the University of New Orleans, has been awarded a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). This award is considered one of the NSF’s most prestigious awards and is given to “junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research.” The 5-year, $600,000 grant will go to support Prof. Caruntu’s research program which is aimed at developing a robust predictive methodology of polar ordering in nanoscale perovskites by correlating the intimate relationship between their structural, vibrational, electronic and other macroscopic properties. This can potentially result in the improvement of the actual design technologies in smart perovskite materials with programmable ferroelectric, dielectric and piezoelectric properties. Furthermore, this research program involves outreach efforts that will serve to expose and to stimulate interest in minority undergraduate and high school students to basic research, giving them a greater understanding as to what careers in science entail, and promoting the attendance to college in the fields of science.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 1/31/2012 @ 14:54:03, in Funding Opportunities, read 728 times)
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is pleased to announce the opening competition for the 2012 Summer Research Programs. Eligible UNO faculty members are encouraged to apply for one of these awards as a means of honing their grant-making skills, and for the purpose of developing new areas of research or scholarly endeavors. Deadline for submission of applications: February 29, 2012 Please check your campus email for the full announcement or the SRP sharepoint site at: https://sharepoint.uno.edu/research/srp/default.aspx.
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