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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 9/28/2011 @ 12:30:47, in Vice President Ramblings, read 876 times)
Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank announced $102 million for three Louisiana projects to restore coastal habitats along the state’s coast at an event held on the University of New Orleans campus. Acting Secretary Blank also visited UNO's Center for Hazards Assessment, Response & Technology and Pontchartrain Institute for Environment Sciences research lab, which provides leading research in the field of coastal protection and restoration, informing policymakers about the most efficient and effective ways to provide the highest level of restoration and protection to Louisiana’s wetlands and communities. Dr. Blank also had an informative discussion with the UNO administration including the Vice Chancellor for Research.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 9/26/2011 @ 08:39:57, in Vice President Ramblings, read 823 times)
EES and PIES faculty member Denise Reed has been named an Arthur Maass-Gilbert White Fellow under the U.S. Army Institute for Water Resources' visiting scholar fellowship program. Congratulations Dr. Reed.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 9/21/2011 @ 12:02:51, in Vice President Ramblings, read 876 times)
Bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., to dedicate at least 80 percent of BP penalties paid under the Clean Water Act to Gulf states to restore coastal ecosystems and rebuild local economies damaged by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill took its first important step toward passage today with approval by a key Senate committee. The RESTORE the Gulf Act of 2011 was reported favorably out of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee and now moves on to the full Senate for final consideration. Senator’s Legislation Would Direct 80% of BP Penalties from Oil Spill to Gulf Coast States
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 9/15/2011 @ 09:05:52, in Workshops, read 923 times)
Last year the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs instituted the online Responsible Conduct of Research Training for anyone receiving National Science Foundation (NSF) or Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) including National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding. Both of these agencies recommend that the training not be done strictly online. Therefore, the Office of Research has been conducting discussion sessions of research ethics cases to meet this requirement. Individuals who receive some form of compensation from either NSF or DHHS must attend - this includes faculty, staff, graduate assistants and student workers. The fall session will be led by Dr. Johnson from the Philosophy Department on Thursday September 29th from 2 to 3 p.m. in LA 312. Space is limited to promote discussion so please register for this session by following 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 another session is added, an announcement will be made. You must attend one session this calendar year to meet the training requirement. If your department/college would like to conduct their own session, please contact Carol Mitton (cmitton@uno.edu or extension 5546) to learn more. If you have any questions, please contact Carol Mitton. This email has been distributed to all faculty/staff.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 9/14/2011 @ 09:19:58, in Funding Opportunities, read 834 times)
For specific details on this opportunity, please refer to the full Federal Funding Opportunity announcement found at http://www.grants.gov/search/basic.do. Search for Funding Opportunity Number NOAA-NOS-IPO-2012-2003117 or CFDA Number 11.482. Please note that the pre-application is NOT to be submitted through Grants.gov.

Pre-applications must be submitted by 5 p.m., U.S. Eastern Standard Time, on Friday, November 18, 2011, preferably by email to coral.grants@noaa.gov.  Final applications, by invitation only, must be received by 5 p.m., U.S. Eastern Time, on Friday, February 17, 2012 through www.grants.gov

Approximately $300,000 may be available in FY 2012 to support cooperative agreements under this program including approximately $150,000 for the first12 months of a 24-month cooperative agreement in the Wider Caribbean and approximately $150,000 for the first 12 months of a 24-month cooperative agreement in independent Samoa and the Southwest Pacific. Funding for both years will be subject to the availability of Federal appropriations and program priorities.
 
In FY 2012, the CRCP seeks to develop cooperative agreements that will build capacity for the development and effective implementation of marine protected areas (MPAs) as outlined in the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program International Strategy 2010-2015 (International Strategy) which can be found at: http://coralreef.noaa.gov/aboutcrcp/strategy/currentgoals/resources/intl_strategy.pdf

Eligible applicants are limited to the following categories: institutions of higher education, U.S. and international non-profit organizations, non-US government authorities, and commercial organizations. Individuals and U.S. federal agencies are not eligible. For specific country eligibility, please refer to Section III.A of the FFO. The proposed work must be conducted at non-U.S. sites as described in Section I.B of the FFO.

FOR FURTHER QUESTIONS WRITE TO: International.coral.grants@noaa.gov.
 
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 9/9/2011 @ 15:05:19, in Funding Opportunities, read 867 times)
The Engineering Design and Innovation program supports research leading to design theory and to tools and methods that enable implementation of the principles of design theory in the practice of design across the full spectrum of engineered products. The program focus is on gaining an understanding of the basic processes and phenomena underlying a holistic, life-cycle view of design where the total system life-cycle context recognizes the need for advanced understanding of the identification and definition of preferences, analysis of alternatives, effective accommodation of uncertainty in decision-making, and the relationship between data and knowledge in a digitally-supported process. The program funds advances in basic design theory, tools, and software to implement design theory and new design methods that span multiple domains, such as design for the environment and for manufacturability. Additional information can be found online at http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13340&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click. The current proposal window closes on October 1, 2011. The point of contact for this opportunity is Dr. Christina L. Bloebaum at (703) 292-8330 or cbloebau@nsf.gov.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 9/6/2011 @ 08:08:35, in Funding Opportunities, read 836 times)
The goals of the Nancy Grace Roman Technology Fellowship (RTF) program in Astrophysics are to give early career researchers the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to lead astrophysics flight instruments/projects and become principal investigators (PIs) of future astrophysics missions; to develop innovative technologies that have the potential to enable major scientific breakthroughs; and to foster new talent by putting early-career instrument builders on a trajectory towards long-term positions.

To be eligible for an RTF award, proposal PIs must: 1. Be a recent Ph.D. recipient (no more than seven years before the issuance date of this ROSES NRA), 2. Be in an early career position such as a postdoctoral, tenure-track, term civil service, or an equivalent nontenured position, 3) Be a U.S. citizen or have lawful status of permanent residency, 4) Not hold or have held a career civil service tenure or equivalent position, and 5) Not be a current or former recipient of the RTF or a PECASE award.

Notices of Intent to propose are due October 7, 2011, and proposals are due November 18, 2011.

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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 9/1/2011 @ 08:57:29, in Oil Spill, read 1198 times)
The proposals to be funded under RFP-1 for the BP oil spill money have been selected for funding. For Louisiana only two proposals were selected, one led by LUMCON and the other by Vijay John from Tulane. Unfortunately, neither proposal from LUGRC was chosen. The next opportunity for funding will be in response to RFP-2 which should be out sometime this year and will be for individual PIs and groups of collaborators.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 8/23/2011 @ 09:31:52, in Funding Opportunities, read 1109 times)
URL: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2012/2012_gro_undergrad.html Open Date: 08/22/2011 - Close Date: 12/12/2011 Summary: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowships program, is offering Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) undergraduate fellowships for bachelor level students in environmental fields of study. The deadline for receipt of applications is December 12, 2011 4:00 PM ET for receipt of paper applications, and December 12, 2011, at 11:59:59 PM ET for submittal of electronic applications to Grants.gov. Subject to availability of funding, and other applicable considerations, the Agency plans to award approximately 40 new fellowships by July 30, 2012. Eligible students will receive support for their junior and senior years of undergraduate study and for an internship at an EPA facility during the summer of their junior year. The fellowship provides up to $19,700 per academic year of support and $9,500 of support for a three-month summer internship.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 8/18/2011 @ 08:42:24, in Funding Opportunities, read 1456 times)
Gulf of Mexico Regional Partnerships Request for Proposals (RFP) 2011

On, August 16, 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency), announced the release of the “Gulf of Mexico Regional Partnerships RFP 2011”.  The RFP is posted on the Gulf of Mexico Program’s website at:
http://www.epa.gov/gmpo/, and at: http://www.epa.gov/gmpo/pdf/gm-regional-partnerships-rfp-2011.pdf.  

The RFP is also posted at Grants.gov at:
http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=vg0hTLxdmRG7rJCJ11Gd8ScC3jhbtRc3RLhK1mmG7GwN2MKshxCx!-2068522047?oppId=115073&mode=VIEW

Applicants can download individual grant application forms from EPA’s Office of Grants and Debarment website at:
http://www.epa.gov/ogd/AppKit/application.htm.

Proposals must be received by the Agency Contact by hard copy through the mail or commercial delivery service or through electronic submission to:
http://www.grants.gov.  The Agency Contact is Gerry Martin, martin.gerry@epa.gov, 228-688-1281.  The address for hard copy submission is:

EPA/Gulf of Mexico Program Office
ATTN: Gerry Martin
Mail Code: EPA/GMPO
Building 1100, Room 232
Stennis Space Center, MS 39529

The deadline for submissions is 5:00 P.M. Central Standard Time (CST), Friday, September 30, 2011.

This notice announces the availability of funds and solicits proposals for projects that improve the health of the Gulf of Mexico by addressing improved water quality and public health, priority coastal habitat conservation and restoration, more effective coastal environmental education, improved ecosystems integration and assessment, strategic nutrient reductions and coastal community resilience. Projects must actively involve stakeholders and focus on one of the six priority issue areas contained in the announcement; and/or the goals and objectives of the EPA Gulf of Mexico Program (acres restored, impaired stream/river segments removed and water quality improved.)

The total estimated funding for this competitive opportunity is approximately $3,000,000. EPA anticipates awarding approximately 10 - 50 cooperative agreement(s) from this announcement, subject to availability of funds, the quality of proposals received and other applicable considerations.
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