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By Admin (on 9/7/2010 @ 11:14:58, in Workshops, read 1734 times)

The first speaker for the LONI/LASiGMA seminar series is scheduled for the 9th of Sept at 3:30 pm. UNO's Access Grid room, SC2002, has been reserved so that you can view the talk from the UNO campus.

Dorel Moldovan will present his talk titled,

"Atomistic Simulation Studies Of Interfacial Phenomena In Biomolecular Systems"

More information can be found at,

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By Admin (on 9/7/2010 @ 11:15:54, in Funding Opportunities, read 1815 times)

Please see the announcement below about a new submissions from the Defense Department towards the site asking the public to provide innovative solutions to vexing challenges.  Given below are links to three of the challenges.  Some of the challenge areas match the research expertise of our faculty and students.

Department Joins in Call for Innovative Solutions
Tue, 07 Sep 2010 16:12:00 -0500

Department Joins in Call for Innovative Solutions

By Lisa Daniel
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 7, 2010 - The Defense Department is putting some of its most vexing challenges on the Internet for the public to help solve as part of a new initiative to invite creative solutions to government problems.

Pentagon officials submitted four challenges to the website that launched today. The site, a White House initiative administered by the General Services Administration, offers millions of dollars in prizes to those who find solutions to challenges that span all areas of government, from improving health and public schools to advancing science, technology and the environment.

The administration's chief technology officer, Aneesh Chopra, announced the launch at the 2010 Gov 2.0 Summit here today. Speaking alongside the administration's chief information officer, Vivek Kundra, Chopra said the site is an example of the administration's efforts to close the technology gap between the public and private sectors, bring the two together to solve the nation's problems, and reward innovation.

"We wanted an organizational model to take all the components we describe to engage the American people in problem solving," Chopra said.

Part of the reason for the technology gap, Chopra said, is that the private sector has moved forward with open-architecture Internet models, while the government has remained closed. is designed for long-term success because of its "grassroots, bottom-up" architecture for inviting public input, he said.

Posted Defense Department challenges include:

-- A challenge from the Office of Naval Research, with more than $1 million in prizes, for white papers that solve problems in one of seven areas: enhanced perception systems for autonomous ground navigation, compressive sensing for urban warfare, flow noise mitigation by fish, chlorine-resistant sea water, reverse-osmosis membranes, measurement technology for high-noise assessments, and directed energy in maritime environments. Papers must be submitted by Nov. 10.

-- A challenge from the Air Force, in partnership with the Defense Department's Cyber Crime Center, to pioneer new investigative tools, techniques and methodologies. Fifteen prizes will be awarded. The deadline is Nov. 2.

-- A challenge from the Army Research Lab to create innovative and interactive solutions in virtual environments, with a focus on artificial intelligence. Entries must be submitted by Dec. 6, and prizes total $25,000.

-- The Defense Department's Technical Information Center offers a challenge for papers to be submitted by Feb. 7 to support the center's customer needs with the use of Web 2.0 and 3.0 technologies, delivering technical information to mobile devices and experimenting with tool suites.

Other challenges among more than three dozen posted today include:

-- A NASA challenge to build an aircraft that can fly 200 miles in less than two hours using the energy equivalent of less than a gallon of gasoline per occupant. The team with the best combination of efficiency and speed will win $1.5 million.

-- An Agriculture Department challenge, as part of First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign, to create healthy – and tasty – new recipes for school lunches. Winners in various categories will share $12,000 in prizes.

-- The Education Department and National Education Association Foundation are challenging public school educators to identify their most pressing classroom problem, and propose a solution. More than $67,000 in prizes is available.

The site offers details for responding to challenges, and challenges can be searched by topic or department.
Related Sites:

Defense Department News Through Facebook On American Forces Press Service's Facebook page, you can post comments and share news, photos and videos. Go to or search for American Forces Press Service at

Update your subscriptions, modify your password or e-mail address, or stop subscriptions at any time by clicking on your 'User Profile' page at You will need to use your e-mail address to log in. If you have questions or problems with the subscription service, please e-mail

Have another inquiry? Visit the online FAQ at for up-to-date information.

Get the help you, your family, and fellow servicemembers need, when you need it. Visit to learn more.

Check out the National Resource Directory at, a new web-based resource for wounded, ill and injured service members, veterans, their families, families of the fallen and those who support them from the Departments of Defense, Labor, and Veterans Affairs.

This service is provided to you at no charge by U.S. Department of Defense. Visit us on the web at


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By Admin (on 9/8/2010 @ 11:18:34, in Professional Development, read 1869 times)

Fall 2010 ORSP Professional Development Schedule

Attached is the Fall 2010 Professional Development Schedule for the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.  Please take some time to look at the attached schedule.  If you are interested in attending any of the sessions, please register on SharePoint.  Registration instructions are on the attached document.  If you have any questions about the sessions, please contact Carol Mitton at 280-5546 or

The Office of Research is working on converting the Professional Development Sessions into on-line sessions to be used along with the live sessions. An announcement will be made when the on-line versions will be available.


Attached File:  Fall 2010 ORSP development schedule.pdf

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By Admin (on 9/8/2010 @ 15:15:26, in Fellowships, read 2007 times)

The Humboldt Research Fellowship enables highly-qualified scientists and scholars of all nationalities and all disciplines to carry out research projects for extended periods of time in cooperation with academic hosts at research institutions in Germany.

Fellowships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, the quality and fea­sibility of the proposed research and the applicant's publications.

Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers

Postdoctoral scientists and scholars who have completed a doctoral degree within four years prior to the application submission date are eligible.
This fellowship:

  • Allows for a stay of 6-24 months in Germany.
  • Provides a monthly stipend of 2,250 EUR.

Application materials and detailed information
are available on the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation webpage

Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers

Scientists and scholars who have completed a doctoral degree within twelve years prior to the application submission date are eligible.
This fellowship:

  • Allows for a stay of 6-18 months in Germany.
  • May be divided into a maximum of three visits of at least three months each.
  • Provides a monthly stipend of 2,450 EUR.

Application materials and detailed information
are available on the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation webpage

Additional Information

Additional allowances are available for accompanying family mem­bers, travel expenses, and German language instruction.
Applications may be submitted at any time
to the Humboldt Foundation in Bonn.
The review process takes several months, and the
selection committee meets three times a year to review applications.

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By Admin (on 9/14/2010 @ 15:20:20, in ORSP Announcements, read 1883 times)

The Office of Research requests the honor of

your presence at the 2010-2011 award ceremony on

Monday September 20, 2010

From 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

in the Homer L. Hitt Grand ballroom

Early Research Professor:

Ferdinand Poudeu (Department of Chemistry)

University  Research Professor:

Christopher Saucedo (Department of Fine Arts)

Matt Tarr (Department of Chemistry)

Fredrick Barton (Department of English)

Chancellor’s Research Professor:

Xiao-Rong Li  (Department of Electrical Engineering)

Mark Trudell (Department of Chemistry)

Please RSVP

** refreshments will be provided **

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By Admin (on 9/20/2010 @ 15:21:21, in ORSP Announcements, read 1802 times)

The Office of Research requests the honor of

your presence at the 2010-2011 award ceremony on

Monday September 20, 2010

From 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

in the Homer L. Hitt Grand ballroom

Early Research Professor:

Ferdinand Poudeu (Department of Chemistry)

University  Research Professor:

Christopher Saucedo (Department of Fine Arts)

Matt Tarr (Department of Chemistry)

Fredrick Barton (Department of English)

Chancellor’s Research Professor:

Xiao-Rong Li  (Department of Electrical Engineering)

Mark Trudell (Department of Chemistry)

Please RSVP

** refreshments will be provided **

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By Admin (on 9/21/2010 @ 15:21:52, in Fellowships, read 1759 times)

(Link: )
The National Science Foundation (NSF) East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI) is a flagship international fellowship program for developing the next generation of globally  engaged U.S. scientists and engineers knowledgeable about the Asian and Pacific regions. The Summer Institutes are hosted by foreign counterparts committed to increasing opportunities for young U.S. researchers to work in research facilities and with host mentors abroad. Fellows are supported to participate in eight-week research experiences at host laboratories in Australia, China, Japan (10 weeks), Korea, New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan from June to August. The program provides a $5,000 summer stipend, round-trip airfare to the host location, living expenses abroad, and an introduction to the society, culture, language, and research environment of the host location.
The 2011 application is now open and will close at 5:00 pm local time on November 10, 2010.  Application instructions are available online at For further information concerning benefits, eligibility, and tips on applying, applicants are encouraged to visit or
NSF recognizes the importance of enabling U.S. researchers and educators to advance their work through international collaborations and the value of ensuring that future generations of U.S. scientists and engineers gain professional experience beyond this nation's borders early in their careers. The program is intended for U.S. graduate students pursuing studies in fields supported by the National Science Foundation. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply for the EAPSI. Applicants must be enrolled in a research-oriented master's or PhD program and be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents by the application deadline date. Students in combined bachelor/master degree programs must have matriculated from the undergraduate degree program by the application deadline date.
The first Summer Institutes began in Japan in 1990, and to date over 2,000 U.S. graduate students have participated in the program.
Should you have any questions, please contact the EAPSI Help Desk by email at or by phone at 1-866-501-2922.

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By Admin (on 9/24/2010 @ 15:22:44, in Fellowships, read 1712 times)
Attached please find the announcements for the Ford Foundation Fellowship Program and the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowships (NDSEG). The Ford Foundation Fellowship is predoctoral, dissertation and postdoctoral and is for students planning a career in teaching and research at the college or university level. The NDSEG Fellowships are intended for students at or near the beginning of their graduate studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

Attached File:

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By Admin (on 9/29/2010 @ 15:24:33, in Workshops, read 1775 times)
Please note the attached announcement for the first Louisiana Industry ¬Academia Collaborative Workshop. Louisiana EPSCoR and the Board of Regents plan to host a series of these workshops with this first one focused on Materials and Energy. The purpose of the workshop is to foster interactions between some of Louisiana’s leading researchers and representatives of Louisiana’s industrial R&D community. We also hope to identify and begin to address policies and mechanisms that may advance fruitful synergisms between academia and industry.

The first workshop is scheduled for October 15, 2010, from noon to 5:30 PM with a reception following in the Marriott in Baton Rouge, LA. The Materials and Energy workshop will feature speakers from industry and academia. Industry representatives will provide insights into their research needs and challenges and university intellectual property officers will describe research innovations that could be particularly relevant to Louisiana's business and industry. University researchers will have posters that describe some of their research programs and related innovations. Lunch will be provided. Seating is limited. Registration required (deadline: October 8, 2010). Please see attached registration form.

This message has been distributed to all faculty.

Attached File:  Registration Industry Academia Workshop1 and Agenda3.pdf

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By Admin (on 10/4/2010 @ 15:25:33, in Fellowships, read 1779 times)

Given below are details about the EPA STAR program which provides Graduate Fellowships of up to $42,000 per year of support.  More details are provided below.  A link to the program announcement is also given. 

If you are interested in applying and either need more information or help in filling out the application material, please contact the Graduate School at

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is offering Graduate Fellowships for master’s and doctoral level students in environmental fields of study. The deadline is November 5, 2010 at 4:00 PM for receipt of paper applications, and November 5, 2010 at 11:59:59 PM ET for submittal of electronic applications to Subject to availability of funding, the Agency plans to award approximately 105 new fellowships by June 30, 2011. Master's level students may receive support for a maximum of two years. Doctoral students may be supported for a maximum of three years, usable over a period of five years. The fellowship program provides up to $42,000 per year of support per fellowship.

If selected to receive a fellowship, you will be contacted no later than April 1, 2011 and should subsequently receive your official notification of award by June 30, 2011, for the fall term. Please note that this schedule may be changed without notification due to factors that were not anticipated at the time of announcement. The earliest anticipated start date for these awards is September 1, 2011.

Eligibility Information:

1.     Students must attend a fully accredited U.S. college or university (located in the U.S. or its territories) for their graduate studies.

2.     Applicants must also be citizens of the U.S. or its territories or possessions, or be lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence. Resident aliens must include their green card number in their application (you must have your green card at the time of application to be eligible for this Fellowship opportunity). EPA may verify this number with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service of the Department of Homeland Security.

Topic Areas:

EPA-F2011-STAR-A1     Emerging Environmental Approaches & Challenges: Innovative Investigations for Oil Spill Impacts (A1)

EPA-F2011-STAR-A2     Emerging Environmental Approaches & Challenges: Social Sciences (A2)

EPA-F2011-STAR-A3     Emerging Environmental Approaches & Challenges: Information Science (A3)

EPA-F2011-STAR-B1     Tribes and American Indian/Alaska Native/Pacific Islander Communities (B1)

EPA-F2011-STAR-C1     Nanotechnology (C1)

EPA-F2011-STAR-D1     Science & Technology for Sustainability: Environmental Entrepreneurship (D1)

EPA-F2011-STAR-D2     Science & Technology for Sustainability: Green Engineering/Building/Chemical Products & Processes/Materials Development  (D2)

EPA-F2011-STAR-D3     Science & Technology for Sustainability: Green Energy/Natural Resources Production & Use (D3)

EPA-F2011-STAR-E1     Global Change (E1)

EPA-F2011-STAR-F1     Clean Air (F1)

EPA-F2011-STAR-G1     Drinking Water (G1)

EPA-F2011-STAR-H1     Water Quality: Hydrogeology and Surface Water (H1)

EPA-F2011-STAR-H2     Water Quality: Coastal and Estuarine Processes (H2)

EPA-F2011-STAR-I1      Human Health: Public Health (I1)

EPA-F2011-STAR-I2      Human Health: Risk Assessment and Risk Management (I2)

EPA-F2011-STAR-J1     Ecosystem Services: Aquatic Systems Ecology (J1)

EPA-F2011-STAR-J2     Ecosystem Services: Terrestrial Systems Soil and Plant Ecology (J2)

EPA-F2011-STAR-J3     Ecosystem Services: Terrestrial Systems Animal Ecology (J3)

EPA-F2011-STAR-K1     Pesticides and Toxic Substances (K1)

EPA-F2011-STAR-L1     Land Protection (L1)

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