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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 2/9/2012 @ 15:38:43, in Vice President Ramblings, read 803 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 677 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 792 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 682 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 819 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 789 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 757 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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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 1/24/2012 @ 10:20:14, in Internal Grant Program, read 949 times)
The Center for Computation & Technology (CCT) hosts a nine week Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program where students work collaboratively on a wide variety of computational science projects. Each student receives a stipend of $4,500, free housing in university dormitories, and up to $500 in travel expenses to and from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Nine students will be selected. Qualifications: Interested in a major that is within the computational sciences umbrella (leaves out few majors as it includes all sciences, mathematics, engineering, finance, statistics, etc.) with at least a 2.75 GPA, considering a career in research and/or graduate school in your major, and being a US citizen or permanent resident. Important Dates: March 1, 2012: Application deadline. March 30, 2012: Notification of decision. May 29, 2012 through July 28, 2012: Program dates. The research activities of the CCT are organized into five Focus Areas: Core Computing Sciences, Coast to Cosmos, Material World, Cultural Computing, and System Science and Engineering. These are broad, and sometimes overlapping areas where faculty from diverse departments (Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, Civil Engineering, Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, Petroleum Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computing Engineering, Music, Business, etc.) collaborate in multidisciplinary projects. Our REU students learn how to use some of the nation's largest supercomputers, may participate in the setup and management of large-scale simulations, and may take on an important role in the analysis and visualization of the simulation results. For more information and to apply, visit: http://reu.cct.lsu.edu/
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 1/19/2012 @ 11:14:05, in Important, read 753 times)
The University of New Orleans is a member of a consortium of universities selected to receive a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. UNO is a member of the Southwest Region University Transportation Center, which is led by Texas A&M University and also includes LSU, Texas Southern and the University of Texas at Austin. The consortium is one of 22 University Transportation Centers that will receive federal support to address critical transportation challenges facing the nation. The Southwest Region University Transportation Center will receive $3.5 million, with UNO receiving $250,000. The Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration used a competitive selection process to select the grant recipients.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 1/18/2012 @ 14:43:20, in ORSP Announcements, read 779 times)
An email was sent to the campus requesting nominations for Early, University and President's Research Professors. Please check your campus email for details.
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