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By Admin (on 9/24/2010 @ 15:22:44, in Fellowships, read 1217 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:  FellowshipOpportunities.zip

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By Admin (on 9/21/2010 @ 15:21:52, in Fellowships, read 1184 times)

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION EAST ASIA AND PACIFIC SUMMER INSTITUTES FOR U.S. GRADUATE STUDENTS - 2011 APPLICATION NOW OPEN
(Link: www.nsfsi.org )
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 www.nsfsi.org. For further information concerning benefits, eligibility, and tips on applying, applicants are encouraged to visit www.nsf.gov/eapsi or www.nsfsi.org.
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 eapsi@nsfsi.org or by phone at 1-866-501-2922.

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By Admin (on 9/20/2010 @ 15:21:21, in ORSP Announcements, read 1320 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 orsp@uno.edu

** refreshments will be provided **

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By Admin (on 9/14/2010 @ 15:20:20, in ORSP Announcements, read 1389 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 orsp@uno.edu

** refreshments will be provided **

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By Admin (on 9/8/2010 @ 15:15:26, in Fellowships, read 1414 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 fea≠sibility 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 mem≠bers, 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 9/8/2010 @ 11:18:34, in Professional Development, read 1397 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 cmitton@uno.edu.

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 9/7/2010 @ 11:15:54, in Funding Opportunities, read 1232 times)

Please see the announcement below about a new submissions from the Defense Department towards the Challenge.gov 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.

http://challenge.gov/Navy/

http://challenge.gov/Army/

http://challenge.gov/AirForce

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

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 http://www.facebook.com/pages/American-Forces-Press-Service/65137437532 or search for American Forces Press Service at Facebook.com.

Update your subscriptions, modify your password or e-mail address, or stop subscriptions at any time by clicking on your 'User Profile' page at https://service.govdelivery.com/service/user.html?code=USDOD. 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 support@govdelivery.com.

Have another inquiry? Visit the online FAQ at http://www.defense.gov/landing/questions.aspx for up-to-date information.

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

Check out the National Resource Directory at www.nationalresourcedirectory.org, 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 http://www.defense.gov/.

 

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By Admin (on 9/7/2010 @ 11:14:58, in Workshops, read 1246 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,

http://www.cct.lsu.edu/events/talks/528

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By Admin (on 9/2/2010 @ 11:13:23, in Workshops, read 1225 times)

Statistics Orientation for Graduate Students

(Masterís and Doctoral)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

2:00 pm Ė 4:00 pm

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Instructor: Dr Linxiong Li, Professor of Mathematics

The Graduate School and Department of Mathematics would like to invite Masterís and Doctoral students to attend the Statistics Orientation for Graduate Students

Not sure how to get started with your data?† Since writing a thesis/dissertation often requires collection of data and its statistical analysis to draw conclusions and make projections let us introduce you to what statistical assistance UNO has to offer and how to access it.

Topics To be Covered:

†††††††† Introduction to statistical software packages available for student use at UNO

†††††††† How/where to access the statistical programs on campus

†††††††† Suggestions on types of statistical analyses that are best for your data set

Please RSVP to gradschool@uno.edu by September 15

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Please note the announcement of the meeting at Tulane regarding the Unified Command plan related to sub-surface oil and dispersant monitoring.  Parking and shuttle information is provided at the bottom the email.  This message has been distributed to all faculty/staff.

From: Burton, Loula M [mailto:lburton@tulane.edu]
Sent: Thursday, August 26, 2010 11:35 AM
Subject: Invitation from Dr. Laura Levy, Tulane VP for Research - Unified Command Meeting for BP Oil Spill

Dear Colleagues:
On behalf of Vijay John, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Tulane University, I write to let you know about an important upcoming meeting.  The Unified Command for the BP Oil Spill will be holding a meeting in the Rogers Memorial Chapel at Tulane University on Thursday, September 2nd from 1-3 pm.  Professor John will host the meeting, whose purpose is to seek input and inform the academic research community about the goals, strategies and implementation of the sub-surface oil and dispersant monitoring plan being developed by the Unified Command. This draft plan responds to a tasking by the National Incident Commander, Admiral Thad Allen, for a comprehensive plan to determine the distribution and concentration of oil and dispersants in nearshore and offshore waters and sediments of the Gulf of Mexico.  This meeting will seek input relative to the scope (variables to be monitored), scale (spatial distribution), intensity, and frequency of sampling to assure careful monitoring of the fate and distribution of DWH oil and related dispersants released into the environment.  This plan specifically targets the fate of oil and dispersants, levels of dissolved oxygen and other key physical and chemical parameters. This plan is focused on the near term and does not consider the wider ecological effects per se, although input on these subjects may be discussed in the meetings.  Participants should be prepared to offer suggestions on the proposed program, understanding the existing constraints (e.g., what is covered by Response and Restoration, and duration), as well as the potential roles academic partners can play in the design, collection and interpretation of data.  Participants should also be prepared to hear from the Unified command as to the boundaries set on this specific effort. The draft plan is attached.
Please share this invitation with investigators at your institution who may be interested in attending.  Logistical information about the meeting may be found below.
Sincerely,
--
Laura S. Levy, Ph.D.
Professor of Microbiology & Immunology
Vice President for Research
Tulane University
E-mail:  llevy@tulane.edu

PARKING & DIRECTIONS:

The meeting will be held in the Rogers Memorial Chapel on Tulane’s uptown campus. Parking will be extremely tight but may be found near the campus on the Broadway Street side.  A good alternative is to take the shuttle from University Square at 200 Broadway Street.
Please find a campus map here: http://tulane.edu/about/visiting/uptown-campus-map.cfm
(the Chapel is Building 73 at the top of the map, 1100 block of Broadway Street)
Parking is readily available at University Square (http://tulane.edu/about/visiting/university-square-map.cfm). There is a free shuttle to campus that leaves at 12:20pm and will arrive in front of Howard Tilton Library at 12:35pm. The chapel is a short walk away. Return shuttles will leave Howard Tilton Library at regular intervals, including at 3:15, 3:35 and 3:55 to return to the University Square parking lot. (Complete shuttle schedule: http://tulane.edu/studentaffairs/tom/transportation/upload/Blue-Line-Fall10-Spr11.pdf)
General visitor information, including maps and driving directions, can be found at http://tulane.edu/about/visiting/campus-maps.cfm

Attached File:  SubSurfaceDirStrategy8.18.pdf

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