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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 6/14/2011 @ 09:21:42, in Workshops, read 948 times)
Dr. Golden G. Richard III from our Computer Science Department will be the featured speakerat the Louisiana Technology (LTC) Homeland Security Special Interest Group (SIG) Meeting.  The talk is on:
High and Low-tech Cyberattacks: From Malware to Social Engineering
UNO, Center for Energy Research Management (CERM) Rm #438
5:30PM - 7:30PM
This event is free and open to the public (with registration).  Check out the LTC website at www.ltc-la.org to register.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 6/10/2011 @ 09:56:19, in Vice President Ramblings, read 945 times)
A recent study by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) reports that the United States is falling behind its peers in the amount of government- and business-funded university research. In 2008, the United States ranked 18th out of 30 in terms of growth in government-funded university research as a percentage of GDP. Sweden was ranked the highest. ITIF suggests that the private sector often under-invests in innovation. As a result, university research plays a key role in filling in the gap. Moreover, in the last three decades, the trend has been for large corporations to heavily downsize or repurpose their central research laboratories. Therefore, university-based research has become increasingly important in low TRL (see earlier post on Technology Readiness Levels), as ITIF notes, to expand “the knowledge pool from which the private sector draws ideas and innovation.” UNO through it's research efforts, the UNO Research and Technology Park and the UNO R&T Foundation are working to help fill the gap.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 6/7/2011 @ 11:27:18, in Board of Regents, read 1060 times)
A reminder about Board of Regents funding for travel grants. The TGEF proposals have a high success rate. During the summer months when faculty teaching and other responsibilities are reduced you should consider applying to obtain a TGEF grant and use the funding to visit a federal funding agency. This will help your chances of obtaining federal funding in the future. The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs can help you with the application for the TGEF award and contacting the appropriate federal program officer. If you are interested please contact us at orsp@uno.edu This email has been distributed to all faculty. Travel Grants for Emerging Faculty (TGEF) The TGEF program, which consists of two components (I and II), was established to assist emerging faculty (tenure track but non-tenured) in the science and engineering disciplines by providing travel funds needed to further their research and build strong collaborations. The eligible disciplines include: biological sciences (all); mathematical & computer sciences; earth & environmental sciences (geology, oceanography, environmental); engineering (all); physical sciences (astronomy, chemistry, physics); and the social & behavioral sciences. TGEF I provides up to $1,200 to untenured tenure-track faculty seeking to visit a federal funding agency program officer to discuss their research proposals. The award amount can be increased to $2,400 if the applicant is accompanied by an established tenured professor. TGEF II provides up to $1,200 to untenured tenure-track faculty who have been invited to present plenary or major invited talks at national or international meetings. Open deadline: June 30, 2015 Applicants must submit proposals to LA EPSCoR at the Board of Regents at least 30 days prior to the requested start date of travel. http://web.laregents.org/programs/epscor-programs/travel-grants-for-emerging-faculty-tgef/
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 6/3/2011 @ 08:39:34, in Board of Regents, read 1053 times)
The BoR has announced the SURE award winners. The Supervised Undergraduate Research Experiences grant is for faculty and undergraduates in STEM discplines. UNO had 5 awards, the most by any university. Congratulations to: Dr. Bobby Laird (PSYC) and Jenny Phan, Dr. Kevin Stokes (PHYS) and Sunni Siqueira, Dr. Skip Simmons (EES) and Karen Marchal, Dr. Carla Penz (BIOS) and Susan Frichter, and Dr. John Wiley (CHEM) and Juan Callejas.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 5/30/2011 @ 16:22:20, in Vice President Ramblings, read 941 times)
In order to better "advertise" the research being done at UNO we have recently created a UNO Research web page which will soon be the landing page from the Research button on the UNO home page. The Office of Research and Sponsored Program page will be a link from that web page. If you would like to check it out it can be reached from http://research.uno.edu.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 5/26/2011 @ 09:12:22, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1058 times)

In a recent interview, MIT president Susan Hockfield said: “What’s missing in the United States is a deficit of ambition. I think, as a nation, we hardly celebrate the achievements that one can attain if one has a college education. We are a nation that happily celebrates athletes and entertainers — and I think that’s great… But we do not have heroes that come out of a different kind of life.”

While Dr. Hockfield was referring to a shifting change in the kinds of achievements that the public seems to label as heroic, her phrase "deficit of ambition" struck a nerve.  UNO students, staff, faculty and administators have been through a tumultuous half-decade, starting with Hurricane Kartrina, budget cuts, threatened budget cuts, proposed mergers and system changes, we have continued to demonstrate the overriding characteristic that has always been UNO's trademark, perserverance. As a result, our research enterprise has continued to increase as well as our contribution to local economic development.  At some point, however, we will unable to do "more with less".  I believe that now is the time that we need a little "good news".  Someone needs to step up and say that UNO is vital to the New Orleans region and back up those words with true support.  Otherwise I believe that we may eventually suffer a "deficit of ambition".

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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 5/25/2011 @ 08:46:51, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1049 times)

The IEEE Magnetics Society Summer School started today in the Lindy Boggs Conference Center at UNO in our Research Park.  Hosting this prestigious international program is a real plus for the University.  It will run from May 22 - 28.  Congratulations to Dr. Leonard Spinu from the UNO Physics Department and AMRI for bringing this event to UNO.

Attached File:  IEEE_summer_school_NOLA_2011.pdf

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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 5/24/2011 @ 12:57:20, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1021 times)

You may not have seen the article in New Orleans City Business by Ben Myers titled "Talk of UNO system switch reveals faith in research funding".  Here is a link to the story:

http://neworleanscitybusiness.com/thenewsroom/2011/05/23/talk-of-uno-system-switch-reveals-faith-in-research-funding/

 

The article seeks to answer the question "what will happen to research funding at UNO with the switch to the UL System?".  I believe the answer to that question depends on how our institution is treated in the new system and how our faculty react to the switch.   If the UL System is supportive of our research efforts then we will continue to thrive.  As I have pointed out in the past, our federal research expenditures grew by 27% this year.  A bigger challenge is the changing federal landscape.  Decreasing federal budgets and bans on earmarks will make it tough on all research universities.  If we modify our approach and work more closely with program officers and if our faculty continue seeking local, state and federal research grants, the research enterprise at UNO will continue to support our vision of the university as a graduate, research institution.

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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 5/17/2011 @ 11:00:01, in Board of Regents, read 1074 times)

The DOE has just issued the attached Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for FY2011. This requires revision of the timetable contained in LA EPSCoR DOE EPSCoR Implementation RFP that was issued on March 24. A revised RFP will not be issued. The RFP is still available on the Board's Sponsored Programs website at http://laregents.org. Louisiana EPSCoR may submit only one statewide proposal to this competition. LA EPSCoR will utilize an external review panel to determine which proposal among those submitted under the LA EPSCoR DOE Implementation RFP will be recommended for submission to DOE. A Notice of Intent (NOI) is required before a proposal will be accepted. This NOI must be submitted to LA EPSCoR as noted in the Board's RFP, NOT DOE. Faculty who have already submitted Notices of Intent to this competition should either submit a new Notice of Intent or, if there are no changes, notify our office that the Notice of Intent is still in effect. Please note that the FOA states that "The relevant program office(s) and the associated scientific/technical point(s) of contact on the DOE (and not National Laboratory) staff must be identified on the first page of the application narrative. Applications not meeting this requirement will be deemed ineligible during the initial screening process." Applicants MUST identify the DOE program office/staff in the appropriate area on the NOI that is submitted to our office and provide a written communication expressing support/interest in the proposed research. See NOI.

Some important changes: Notice of Intent now due at BoR by close of business (4:30 pm) on May 23. See instructions in Board's RFP. The proposal is now due at BoR at the close of business (4:30 pm) on June 1. See instructions in Board's RFP. Proposals must request a minimum of $1 million per year and can request up to a maximum of $2.5 million per year for a period of three years. DOE has up to $4 million available for funding projects. The Board of Regents is providing $500,000 per year in cost sharing.

Both Mike Khonsari and I will be out of town attending EPSCoR meetings and will be unavailable to answer written questions until Friday, May 20. Questions will be accepted and answered through May 27. Answers provided in response to those questions will be periodically posted to the BoR website.

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Jim Gershey, Executive Director of Special Programs Louisiana Board of Regents

1201 N. Third Street, Suite 6-200 Baton Rouge, LA 70802 (physical address)

Post Office Box 3677 Baton Rouge, LA 70821-3677 (post office address)

telephone: 225-342-4253 fax: 225-342-3371 jim.gershey@la.gov

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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 5/13/2011 @ 08:36:38, in Funding Opportunities, read 1126 times)

On Monday, C. Reid Nichols President of Marine Information Resources Corporation (MIRC) gave a presentation regarding collaboration opportunities between MIRC and UNO.  I believe we can develop a strong interaction.

During the presentation he mentioned the STEM BAA that has recently been released.  The Office of Naval Research (ONR) will fund  The purpose of this announcement is to receive proposals in support of the Office of Naval Research’s mission of scientific outreach and education in working to develop the next generation of scientists capable of providing support to the continued development of critical technologies in support of the Department of Defense.  This is an excellent chance to fund innovative programs to educate K-12 or college students in STEM disciplines. Please see this link:

       http://www.onr.navy.mil/~/media/Files/Funding-Announcements/BAA/10-023-STEM-BAA.ashx

 

The period of performance of the awards ranges from twelve to thirty-six months. ONR plans to fund individual awards up to $200,000 per year. However, they indicate that cost proposals for larger amounts will be considered, when appropriate.  I will be working with several departments to develop STEM proposals in response to this BAA.  If you are interested please contact me. 

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