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By Admin (on 10/26/2013 @ 13:42:37, in Funding Opportunities, read 985 times)
Nov 4, 2013 — Baton Rouge, LA — The Water Institute of the Gulf seeks proposals for numerical modeling of fish and shellfish community dynamics in Louisiana estuaries as part of a number of modeling improvements being conducted in support of Louisiana's 2017 Coastal Master Plan. Model development and testing will initially focus on community interactions among species within the Barataria and Pontchartrain Basins. Calibrated and validated models will be integrated, to the extent possible, with the landscape models (i.e., Integrated Compartment Models) being developed by master plan modeling teams.  The modeling suite will be used to provide CPRA with estimates of fish and shellfish community response to certain kinds of restoration and protection projects as part of the development of the 2017 Coastal Master Plan. 
 
Full information related to modeling needs, timeline, evaluation criteria and proposal submission requirements can be found by clicking here.
 
Deadline for Submission
 
The deadline for submission is November 27, 2013 at 12:00pm (noon) central time.
 
All proposals must be delivered electronically, in .pdf format, to appliedresearch@thewaterinstitute.org.
 
Questions about this RFP
 
To view responses to questions received as of Noon on November 6, 2013 please click here.
 
All questions regarding this project may be directed to appliedresearch@thewaterinstitute.org. Questions must be submitted in writing by November 15, 2013 at 12PM central time.  Responses will be posted on the website www.thewaterinstitute.org no later than 5pm central time on November 20, 2013.
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By Admin (on 11/13/2013 @ 16:00:00, in Funding Opportunities, read 944 times)

Vanderbilt University invites you to participate in a summer seminar for humanities scholars working with XML documents (such as TEI, EAD, or MODS).

The XQuery Summer Institute is designed for scholars with basic experience marking up texts who would like to acquire advanced skills in how to query and computationally analyze XML documents.

We welcome applications from archivists, faculty members, librarians, alt-ac professionals, and advanced graduate students. Over the course of two weeks, we will teach you how to program in XQuery, a language designed for querying and manipulating XML documents. You will leave the Institute knowing how to maximize the value of your XML encoding.

The Institute will take place from Monday, June 9 to Friday, June 20 in 2014 on the campus of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. It will be led by six instructors with experience in the digital humanities (see http://xqueryinstitute.org/instructors), including Jonathan Robie, Lead Editor of the XQuery and XPath specifications at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

There are no registration costs to the Institute thanks to generous support from the Office of Digital Humanities at the National Endowment for the Humanities (see the announcement of Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities http://www.neh.gov/divisions/odh/grant-news/announcing-3-institutes-advanced-topics-awards-july-2013). We will also provide subventions for participants’ travel, lodging, and meals. Participation is limited to twelve. Applications are due by February 14, 2014.

Please join us!  Take your XML skills to the next level in Nashville this summer. For information about the Institute and the application process, see http://xqueryinstitute.org/. Questions? Please email Clifford Anderson, Director for Scholarly Communications, at Vanderbilt University: clifford.anderson@vanderbilt.edu.

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Projects funded as a part of initial investments as a result of criminal charges
against BP and Transocean

 

Louisiana is receiving $67.9 million to advance projects designed to improve the marine and coastal environments, ecosystems, and habitats in the Gulf of Mexico and bordering states harmed by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced today.

The funds were generated by agreements between BP, Transocean, and the U.S. Department of Justice to settle certain criminal charges against both companies in relation to the spill. This is the first approved dedication of the funds, expected to total $2.544 billion for the affected states over a five-year period.


“For decades, we have fought to protect and preserve our home -- the abundant natural resources, coastal areas and unique culture found here in south Louisiana,” said Governor Bobby Jindal. “We’ve certainly faced challenges, but these investments will give us the opportunity to make an historic down payment on a 50-year plan to protect our families and businesses, restore the natural processes that built Louisiana’s delta, and ensure that our coast continues to be both a Sportsman’s Paradise and a hub for commerce and industry.”

The expenditures through the newly-created Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund were approved by NFWF, the fund administrator, which must give appropriate consideration to Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan and the Louisiana Coastal Area Mississippi River Hydrodynamic and Delta Management Study. As required in the settlement agreement, the money will be used for initial planning and engineering on priority barrier islands and projects to reconnect the Mississippi and Atchafalaya Rivers to adjacent coastal wetland areas. The project list includes:

1. Caminada Beach and Dune Increment II: Engineering & Design ($3M): The project will create approximately 489 acres of beach and dune habitat, restoring approximately 8.9 additional miles (supplementing Increment I) of beach with approximately 5.4 million cubic yards of material from Ship Shoal, an offshore submerged sand source.

2. East Timbalier Island: Engineering & Design ($6M): East Timbalier Island is part of a barrier island chain that separates Terrebonne and Timbalier bays from the Gulf of Mexico. The island is currently comprised of two severely degraded segments; the proposed project would re-establish the historic footprint, reconnecting the two segments.

3. Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion: Engineering & Design ($40.4M): This project, designed to mimic delta-building processes in the Atchafalaya River delta and others, is expected to restore significant habitat in the Barataria Basin, including fresh, intermediate, and brackish marshes by re-introducing sediment and nutrients which historically built and maintained the affected area. The project will be instrumental in informing the design of other future diversion projects.


4. Lower Mississippi River Sediment Diversions: Planning ($13.6M): The study will examine additional lower Mississippi River sediment diversions designed to reconnect  the Mississippi River  to  degrading marshes east (Mid Breton and Lower Breton) and west (Lower Barataria), building land in shallow open water and introducing sediment and nutrients to sustain existing stressed wetlands.


5. Increase Atchafalaya Flow to Terrebonne: Planning (4.9M): The project will utilize freshwater and sediment from the Atchafalaya River in order to build, sustain, and maintain wetlands within the Terrebonne Basin.

For additional information, visit coastal.la.gov/nfwf-funded-projects/.


“The work performed with these funds will help to address uncertainties in critical projects related to reconnecting the Mississippi River system with our coast and reestablishing the land building process in south Louisiana,” said Garret Graves, chair of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Board. “These projects are fundamental to the success of the Master Plan. This is the difference between Louisiana’s coast being Plaquemines Parish or the City of Plaquemines in 2100. The barrier island component announced today represents over half a billion dollars in barrier island restoration, our first line of defense under Governor Jindal. The progress is unprecedented.”

"Our barrier islands are our first line of defense and fresh water into other areas of our parish are critical for our future,” said Terrebonne Parish President Michel Claudet. “A win-win for Terrebonne."

“Re-introducing sediments from the Mississippi River and restoring our barrier islands to retain those sediments within the system are key components in restoring our vanishing wetlands,” said Jefferson Parish President John Young. “We all know that sediments are needed to rebuild and sustain our coast, and this funding will allow us to proceed in designing a project that will mimic the natural processes by using river sediments to build land as was done naturally prior to the coastal wetlands being isolated from the Mississippi River by levees. Accordingly, this requires great care, utilizing the best available science and engineering technologies, so that the end results protect and sustain our viable working coastlines to support fisheries and other industries, our people, and our rich cultural heritage. I look forward to information and technical data coming forth during the design phase in order to allay concerns.”

“This in an important source of revenue to address these critical projects,” said Lafourche Parish President Charlotte Randolph. “This is a welcome opportunity to address the coastal restoration that is so badly needed here. The identification of projects to be funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is attributable to Gov. Jindal and the CPRA’s commitment to this region.”

"Today’s announcement is a giant step forward for restoration," said Steven Peyronnin, executive director for the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana. "NFWF and the State of Louisiana deserve tremendous credit for moving quickly to advance key projects that are fundamental to Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan.  By focusing on projects that restore our barrier islands and reconnect our rivers to our coast, NFWF and the State of Louisiana have made a smart investment in a sustainable future for Louisiana."

"Restoring and sustaining the wetlands of the Mississippi River Delta and restoring the unique, essential barrier islands along Louisiana's coast are both vital to the long-term sustainability of productive recreational fisheries in Louisiana and throughout the Gulf," said Chris Macaluso, director of the Center for Marine Fisheries for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. "The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership has been working very closely with recreational fishermen, scientists and researchers, business owners, fisheries managers, and conservation organizations across the Gulf and there has been overwhelming support for projects that build and sustain fisheries habitat among the recreational fishing community. The projects selected by Louisiana and approved by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation are the kinds of projects recreational fishermen have asked for to ensure healthy and sustainable fishing for generations to come."

"A year ago, the Attorney General announced that criminal settlement dollars from BP and Transocean would be dedicated to building diversions and barrier islands in Louisiana. The dream of meaningful large scale restoration took a huge step toward reality," said David Muth, director of the Mississippi River Delta Restoration Program for the National Wildlife Federation. "This announcement by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation of funding for key projects from the Louisiana Master Plan is the next important step toward restoring the Mississippi River Delta. Louisiana’s Mid-Barataria Diversion is an example of the scale of project needed to bring hope for a future to a coastal basin with one of the highest land loss rates in the world."

“Dedication of this first round of funding to planning, design, and engineering of complex restoration projects is significant,” said Cynthia Duet, government relations director for Audubon Louisiana. “These large river diversions and islands require substantial funding and time at the front end of the process if they are to be truly successful coastal habitats for birds, wildlife, and communities into the future. Today’s announcement reflects the collaboration between NFWF and the state of Louisiana, and their true understanding of the needs of our coastal environment.”

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By Admin (on 1/10/2014 @ 12:16:42, in Funding Opportunities, read 903 times)

Dear Entergy Grantee:

 

Shareholders of Entergy Corporation renewed their commitment to improving the communities Entergy serves by investing $3.2 million to fund The Entergy Charitable Foundation grant programs for 2014. The company also announced the consolidation of foundation granting cycles from three cycles to two cycles. Entergy Charitable Foundation 2014 grant application deadlines are Feb. 1 and Aug. 1. To access guidelines and an application from the Entergy Charitable Foundation, go to "Our Community" at http://www.entergy.com/our_community/ECF_grant_guidelines.aspx.

The Entergy Charitable Foundation is dedicated to strengthening communities served by Entergy Corporation through investments in education, poverty solutions and environmental programs. Giving back to the community is an integral part of Entergy's corporate mission. Entergy shareholders annually reinvest more than $16 million in shareholder profits to almost 3,000 nonprofit organizations in communities where Entergy operates.

Entergy is committed to improving our communities through partnerships with our local nonprofit partners. We encourage organizations to submit projects for consideration in February and August. Together, our efforts will boost local economies and benefit all our stakeholders.

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By Carol Lunn (on 1/13/2014 @ 11:17:03, in ORSP Announcements, read 858 times)
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Sponsored Programs Accounting, and Office of Technology Management & Commercialization are now located in the Administration Building, Suite 1005. We are in the space recently vacated by the Financial Aid office when they moved to the PEC. This new central location is meant to benefit faculty researchers across campus and provides one stop service for all sponsored projects services.

Our offices will host an Open House on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 from 2 pm 4 pm. Come check out our new digs!

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Request for Applications (RFA) for the EPSCoR Supervised Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE) program for 2014.  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 Thursday, April 3, 2012. Last day to ask questions is Thursday, March 20. The application is to be prepared using the appropriate LOGAN module; the application form provided with this RFA is offered only as an example of the application elements that will be required in the module.  The SURE module will be available on LOGAN no later than February 7, 2014.

Links: RFA on BOR website

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By Admin (on 1/24/2014 @ 14:33:07, in Funding Opportunities, read 854 times)

It will be held at Argonne National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, June 14-28, 2014.  This school is designed to help introduce graduate students to the capabilities available at the neutron and x-ray user facilities in the United States.  Lectures, presented by researchers from academia, industry, and national laboratories, include basic tutorials on the principles of neutron and x-ray scattering theory, the characteristics of neutron and synchrotron X-ray sources, as well as seminars on the application of scattering methods to a variety of scientific subjects.  As part of the school, students also conduct a series of short experiments to provide some hands-on experience using instruments at neutron and synchrotron sources, at Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source, and Oak Ridge’s Spallation Neutron Source and High Flux Isotope Reactor facilities. Students interested in attending should complete an application at http://neutrons.ornl.gov/nxs2014/ by February 24, 2013.  Please note that all the travel and lodging costs for students accepted to attend will be covered as part of the school.  Part of the application process includes submission of evaluation letters from among the student’s advisor, department chair and other professors.

Links: Application
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By Admin (on 2/6/2014 @ 14:36:45, in Funding Opportunities, read 864 times)

The Louisiana Sea Grant College Program (LSG) is pleased to announce a request for proposals for the NOAA Sea Grant Aquaculture Research Program.  The deadline for preproposals is 4:00 p.m. Central (5:00 p.m. Eastern) February 21, 2014.

The attached Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) describes the priorities and funding level in detail. 

Preproposals are to be emailed by the deadline to oar.hq.sg.aquaculture@noaa.gov  and CC-ed to mbethe3@lsu.edu and klea@lsu.edu.

 The following items must be included in the emailed preproposal submission (as described in FFO attached):

  1. Cover Page
  2. In 3 pages:
    1. Proposal Information (title of project and name and address for the investigators)
    2. Narrative (Background, Rationale, Objectives, Methodology, Performance Measures, Estimated Budget)
  3. One-page CV or biography for each investigator
  4. Identified local Sea Grant Program (MASGC if in Alabama or Mississippi) and a description of interaction with the program in regards to your proposal.

 Investigators will be notified on the status of their submitted preproposals by March 13, 2014.

 Full proposals must be submitted to klea@lsu.edu by May 5, 2014, 4:00 p.m. Central.  LSG will submit your proposal to the National Sea Grant Office via Grants.gov on your behalf.

 

Attached File:  SG.Aquaculture.NSI2014.pdf

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By Admin (on 2/7/2014 @ 16:31:27, in Workshops, read 862 times)

Space Systems Engineering, a new massive open online course or MOOC from NASA and the Saylor Foundation, launches on Monday, March 3, 2014. The six-week general-audience course is available to the public at no cost and provides a unique opportunity to learn from and alongside NASA's engineers. Students who participate can earn a free certificate.

 

Students can enroll prior to March at the course registration page and may also join the course at any point thereafter. Each week, registered students will receive an email detailing their assignments, questions for discussion, and opportunities to interact with one another and course designers, including NASA staff, through discussion forums.

 

Related Links

Enrollment: http://www.saylor.org/sse-enrollment-page/

NASA scientist interviews: http://www.saylor.org/scienceminded/

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By Admin (on 2/14/2014 @ 10:18:06, in ORSP Announcements, read 819 times)

The Merritt C. Becker University of New Orleans Transportation Institute and the Port of New Orleans announced a partnership that will focus on transportation research, community outreach and workforce development. In support of these projects, the Port will provide an in-kind match of organizational resources worth approximately $215,000 to the UNO Transportation Institute.

"This new partnership connects UNO students, faculty and staff with the Port of New Orleans, enabling cutting-edge freight research, outreach activities and workforce development," said John Renne, associate professor and director of the UNO Transportation Institute. "This partnership is a good example of what Governor Jindal is asking of Louisiana universities—to become more engaged with industry to create research and educational opportunities in sectors with strong job growth."

"This partnership with the University of New Orleans will promote economic development throughout the entire maritime community on the Lower Mississippi River," said Gary LaGrange, Port President and CEO. "By collaborating with stakeholders and utilizing the academic expertise of university leaders, we will enhance our community outreach efforts, strengthen the region's competitiveness and address future workforce needs through research and education initiatives. We look forward to continuing and growing our long-standing relationship with UNO."

The UNO Transportation Institute is a partner in two maritime-related University Transportation Centers, established by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The purpose of these centers is to advance U.S. technology and expertise in transportation through research, education and outreach while addressing vital workforce needs for the next generation of transportation leaders.

In order to fulfill its obligation as a member of these University Transportation Centers, the UNO Transportation Institute, in partnership with the Port of New Orleans, will engage in a number of projects including:

  • Investigate the best practices of liquefied natural gas bunkering.
  • Analyze the maritime industry's progress on e-Navigation, a concept designed to bring about increased safety and security in commercial shipping through better organization and exchange of data.
  • Hold a maritime workforce summit to educate high school and college students about maritime careers and connect employers with those seeking jobs in the maritime industry.
  • Develop a web-based K-12 maritime curriculum that will educate students about the history of the Port of New Orleans, its current operations and its international economic impact.
  • Work to establish the state's first chapter of the Women in Transportation Seminar, an international organization dedicated to building the future of transportation through the global advancement of women.
  • The Port of New Orleans' in-kind match of organizational resources includes facility space, personnel time, equipment and software.

The Merritt C. Becker University of New Orleans Transportation Institute focuses on the role of transportation in creating a sustainable, livable and resilient future. Faculty and staff associated with the institute are recognized for their expertise in transportation policy, maritime and port planning, evacuation planning, transit and streetcars, bicycle and pedestrian planning, and transit-oriented development.

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