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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 10/24/2011 @ 13:55:20, in Funding Opportunities, read 1272 times)
The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) is soliciting applications from interested undergraduate students and faculty mentors at all Louisiana universities and colleges. UROP, established in 1992 by the Louisiana Sea Grant (LSG) College Program, offers the Louisiana undergraduate community funding to support hands-on research experience in marine and coastal resource issues. Previously funded projects have dealt with topics such as coastal ecology, fisheries, aquaculture, environmental engineering, and genetics. A maximum of ten projects will be funded for the period March 2012 to December 2012; each will receive $1500-2500 to cover student wages, supplies, and necessary travel. Both student wages and academic credit may be earned concurrently if the policies of your institution allow this practice. Full-time undergraduate students at all Louisiana colleges and universities are eligible. A written final report of research accomplishments and findings is required. Students are also encouraged both to present their findings at regional, national and international conferences and to publish in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Applications will be accepted until 16 December 2011. An Application Form and complete information can be found at the UROP website (click following link) Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 10/21/2011 @ 08:55:28, in Workshops, read 1255 times)
The following meeting will be informative and helpful for those planning on travelling related to research endeavors. Financial Services Travel Office will be hosting a “State Travel Training” Session, Wednesday, October 26, 2011 from 9:30-11:30 am in Kirschman Hall room 223. The State Travel Office will conduct the training to assist UNO employees with compliance to the State Travel Regulations and use of the State Travel Agency, Short’s Travel. Meeting will be very informative and open to all who travel or book travel for others. The Accounts Payable Travel Office will also be available at the end of the seminar to answer any questions.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 10/14/2011 @ 16:42:53, in Workshops, read 1291 times)
The National SBIR Fall Conference that will be held in New Orleans in November. This conference is a great opportunity for Louisiana’s small businesses and university faculty researchers to participate. The SBIR Program is a $2.5 Billion per year R&D program for small businesses. Many of these small businesses work closely with universities to conduct the research. There are 11 federal agencies that participate in the SBIR program. Representatives from all 11 agencies will be attending the conference and there will be opportunities to meet one on one with these program managers. For more info check out
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 10/14/2011 @ 16:38:39, in Board of Regents, read 1350 times)
The BoRSF Question-and-answer documents have been updated to include new questions asked during the current proposal cycle. You and your faculty can access these documents on our website,, under Downloads: RFPs, Policies and Forms.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 10/13/2011 @ 08:41:52, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1336 times)
The Merritt C. Becker UNO Transportation Institute has a new website. Please visit the website at: An exciting announcement regarding the UNOTI should be out within a couple of weeks.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 10/12/2011 @ 15:32:31, in Fellowships, read 1503 times)
Recently your President/Chancellor may have received a letter announcing an opportunity to nominate graduate students to attend the 2012 Nobel Laureate meeting in Lindau, Germany. This year DOE, NSF, ORAU, and Mars, Inc. will nominate at least 85 graduate students to attend the meeting to be held on July 1- July 6, 2012. This program is operated by DOE’s Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, which is managed by ORAU. ORAU will sponsor approximately up to 16 students to participate in the meeting along with the student delegation sponsored by DOE, NSF, and Mars, Inc. As an ORAU Sponsoring Institution, you are invited to make two additional nominations directly to ORAU for this program. This provides your institution the opportunity to make a total of 8 nominations for the program – two for each sponsor. As in past years, all nominations and supporting material should be submitted electronically. Additional information and the nomination form may be found at Since 1951, Nobel Prize winners and students have met annually in Lindau. Each year an international group of students attend the week-long meeting. The Laureates will lecture on topics of their choice in the mornings and participate in less formal discussions with students in the afternoons and evenings. Information on the most recent meeting is available on the web at Please note that the eligibility criteria for the ORAU program is slightly different than for the DOE and NSF sponsored program; ORAU will accept nominations for students participating in research programs supported by public and/or private funding sources. To be eligible, students must have completed by June 2012 at least two years study toward doctoral degree in physics, or in a related discipline, but not planning a dissertation/thesis defense before December 31, 2012; be a U.S. citizen; and be currently enrolled at a university as a full-time graduate student. They must be actively participating in research in the field of physics or a related field. We share our federal partners’ interest in receiving nominations from a diverse group of students, including those underrepresented in physics (for example, women, minorities, or disabled students). All nominations must be submitted at a special website by 4:00 pm on Tuesday, November 15, 2011. Students recommended to the Lindau Meeting Council for the program will be notified by December 31, 2011. If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Monnie Champion at 865-576-3306.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 10/5/2011 @ 12:47:54, in Funding Opportunities, read 2240 times)
A major goal of NASA's Hurricane Science Research Program (HSRP) is to better understand the physical processes that control hurricane intensity change. We define intensity change broadly, including the intensification of a tropical disturbance into a tropical cyclone, further intensification into a hurricane, including the more specific case of rapid intensification, and significant decreases in intensity. Important general science questions that the HSRP seeks to answer include: This amendment presents a new opportunity in Appendix A.44, the Hurricane Science Research Program (HSRP). The due date for Notices of Intent is Tuesday, November 15, 2011. The due date for proposals is Friday, January 6, 2012. Tables 2 and 3 of the Summary of Solicitation for this NRA have been updated to reflect this change On or about October 5, 2011, this Amendment to the NASA Research Announcement "Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2011" (NNH11ZDA001N) will be posted on the NASA research opportunity homepage at (select "Solicitations" then "Open Solicitations" then "NNH11ZDA001N"). You can now track amendments, clarifications, and corrections to ROSES and subscribe to an RSS feed at: Questions concerning A.44 HSRP may be addressed to Ramesh K. Kakar, Earth Science Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546-0001; Telephone: (202) 358-0240; Email:
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 10/4/2011 @ 09:55:27, in Funding Opportunities, read 1339 times)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requests proposals for Community Responses to Human Health Threats from Climate Change in Urban Areas. Work shall include identification of how local decision-makers respond to change, including acute events; what decision-makers view as their vulnerabilities to climate change; development of an evidence-based set of social indicators for climate vulnerability; creation of an in-depth assessment of what constitutes vulnerability, including measures of social capital, social networks, social capacity, education, and awareness of risks; measurement of the effectiveness of outreach and public education measures regarding risks; and assessment of the effects of new programs by local and federal programs. Responses due 10/15/11. For more info, contact Bradley Austin at or go to: Refer to Sol# RFQ-DC-11-00088. (FBO 9/29/11)
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 9/28/2011 @ 12:30:47, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1367 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 1340 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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