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By Admin (on 8/26/2010 @ 11:10:42, in SPAWAR, read 2093 times)

The University of New Orleans was one of 7 universities who successfully competed for a cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery /indefinite-quantity, multiple award contract recently issued by US Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic in Charleston, SC. Up to $30 million may be requested over the base year and 5 option years, in exchange for ”...technical and maintenance services to obtain analytical and technical support services, and research and development efforts from undergraduate and graduate students and faculty… in support of advanced research and development projects on behalf of multiple customers in the South East region to include, but not limited to, SPAWAR Atlantic.”  The seven universities are: Clemson University, Old Dominion University, Pennsylvania State University, the University of South Alabama, the University of South Carolina, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Institution and the University of New Orleans. These educational institutions will compete for the task orders under the terms and conditions of the awarded contract. Work will be performed in Charleston, SC (40%), Norfolk, VA (30%), and New Orleans, LA (30%). Work is expected to be complete in September 2011, and could continue until September 2015 if all options are exercised. The multiple award contracts were competitively procured by full and open competition via the SPAWAR e-Commerce Central website.

For those UNO researchers interested in participating, here is a little more information on how you may be able to fund your research under this contract.  SSC LANT is a competency aligned organization.  Within their eight defined competencies there are two related to the University, Engineering (5.0) and Science and Technology (7.0).  Across those eight competencies they have identified seven portfolios or areas of work: Decision Superiority; Information Dominance; Business and Force Support; Transport & Computing Infrastructure; Integrated Cyber Operations; Production, Installation & ISEA; and Discovery and Innovation.  Any projects SSC LANT would fund would have to lie at the intersection of one of the eight competencies with one of the seven portfolios.   Effectively, this means that most of the projects of interest to SSC LANT will be in areas of cybersecurity, information assurance, wireless and computer networks, sensors and command and control.    SSC LANT has a new program called Innovation which will fund projects at the intersection of the Science and Technology competency and the Discovery and Innovation portfolio.   More information on the Innovation program will be announced soon.  Periodically over the next five years SSC LANT will issue a Statement of Work (SOW) on projects of interest to SPAWAR.  ORSP will receive the SOW and distribute it to the campus (and potentially other local universities) to find researchers who wish to contribute to a response to the SOW.  We will submit our response to the SOW and compete with the other six universities mentioned above.  Because this is a multiple award contract (MAC) SSC LANT may choose to fund any number of the responses to their SOW and issue a task order (TO) to the University.

In other words, we now have a contract in place that will allow us to compete on any SOW issued by SSC LANT.  As those SOWs are issued ORSP will distribute them to the campus. If you wish to hear more about this process or seek clarification of the SSC LANT competencies and portfolios and how you can prepare for future projects please contact ORSP by emailing vcresearch@uno.edu or by replying to this email.

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By Admin (on 8/26/2010 @ 11:06:48, in Workshops, read 1222 times)
Please be aware of this opportunity being made available at Louisiana Tech. It is open to UNO researchers. See attached image. NSF Day November 30, 2010

Attached File:  nsfday.jpg

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By Admin (on 8/10/2010 @ 11:05:47, in Oil Spill, read 1184 times)

The Office of Research and the Office of External Affairs along with several key faculty members have been working with the other research universities in Louisiana to prepare a proposal to BP to request a share of the $500M that BP has targeted for research related to the oil spill and a resilient Gulf Coast.  That proposal is attached.  Also attached is a letter drafted by the group to explain some of the key points of the proposal.  The proposal: 

(1)    Establishes the Gulf Research Institute for a Resilient Louisiana (GRI-RL) to be housed within the Coastal Sustainability Consortium (CSC).  The CSC is a consortium of the four research universities in Louisiana active in coastal sustainability issues (UNO, LSU, Tulane, ULL)

(2)    Eighty-percent (80%) of the BP funds will be distributed to researchers throughout the state through a peer-reviewed proposal process

(3)    All universities in Louisiana may participate either by becoming affiliate members of the CSC or as principal investigators (or co-PIs) on proposals to the GRI-RL

 The Office of External Affairs is currently working with state officials and our national legislative delegation to help encourage BP to fund the proposal.  We will keep you updated on any news.

Attached File:  Statewide.Proposals.to.BP.zip

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By Admin (on 8/4/2010 @ 11:04:35, in Workshops, read 1201 times)
I would like to bring to your attention the proposed LI/LaSIGMA Seminar Series. The series is intended to allow faculty and staff to present their research which involves high performance computing to other researchers around the state. The series would host speakers from different institutions and each lecture is to be broadcast via the Access Grid to all LI /LaSIGMA sites. Each LI site is required to host at least one speaker per semester. UNO is currently scheduled for October 21 but November 18, December 2 and December 16 are still open and we could schedule our turn on that date. If you are conducting research involving high performance computing and would like to present your research in an approximately 50 minute talk as part of the LI/LaSIGMA Seminar Series please let me know.
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By Admin (on 7/27/2010 @ 11:02:27, in Funding Opportunities, read 1179 times)

The ORAU University Partnerships Office is pleased to provide the information below regarding a program available to all institutions. This notice is a service to ORAU Sponsoring and Associate Institutions.  Please forward within your institution and broadly to colleagues as you feel appropriate.

Internship Program for Postsecondary Students

announceMENT

The Department of Commerce (DOC) will have internships available during the Fall 2010 Session in its Internship for Postsecondary Students Program *.  Internships will be in the Washington, D.C metro area.  Selected applicants will intern for 15 weeks beginning as early as 30 August 2010 or as late as 13 September 2010.   Internships require either part time (20 hours per week) or full time (40 hours per week). These internships offer opportunities to participants for hands-on education and training related to their fields of interest and those of the DOC.

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) manages the Internships for Postsecondary Students. Applications will be accepted through 20 August  2010.

Disciplines of Interest

Examples include the following: business; economics; statistics; international relations; communications and graphic design; computer science; physical sciences; mathematics; and life, health, and medical sciences.

Benefits: 

Undergraduate interns receive a weekly stipend of $500; graduate interns receive $600. In addition, both undergraduate and graduate interns receive a $150 weekly housing allowance, plus limited travel reimbursement and accidental medical expense coverage.

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • ·         US Citizens
  • ·         Enrolled Undergraduates or Graduates
  • ·         Submit a complete application**by no later than 20 August 2010
  • ·         Interested in and  available for a 15-week Internship during Fall 2010

Application form and more information can be found on this web site:

http://see.orau.org/ProgramDescription.aspx?Program=10038

You may submit your application form, unofficial transcript from each college or university attended, resume, and two letters of reference, as pdf attachments to Alicia Wells at Alicia.wells@orau.org   or (865) 241-5220 (FAX).   

*This program is managed by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the Department of Commerce through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). ORISE is managed by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) under DOE contract number DE-AC05-06OR23100.

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By Admin (on 7/23/2010 @ 11:01:29, in Important, read 1255 times)

You may already have received the request below to take a survey for the Office of Research.  ORSP needs to gather information on the number of faculty and staff who are veterans.  For those staff that are veterans we require a little more information.  If you indicate that you are not a veteran, the survey will end at that point.  If you have already taken the survey you do not have to take it again.  We have noticed that the email may go to the Junk mail folder for some users, we are resending the link from a UNO email account.  Because of the importance of the VETS100a form we need to get a high response on the survey.  My apologies for sending this to you a second time.   Again, if you have already completed the survey, you do not need to take it a second time.

The Office of Research at the University of New Orleans needs statistical data from UNO faculty and staff to qualify for an $8M Navy contract.  The required information regarding veterans is not currently collected in PeopleSoft.   By accurately providing the information below in a timely manner you will help the University compete for this contract. 

We ask that you complete the survey by August 1.  The survey is very brief, only 5 questions.

Thank you for your assistance.

http://neworleans.qualtrics.com/SE?SID=SV_cOcbBg3uqSaU3By

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By Admin (on 7/13/2010 @ 11:00:11, in Oil Spill, read 1319 times)

See the attached memo. The matrix template included in the memo is also attached separately as a Word document.   As far as I know, the Steering Committee has not been selected and it will be appointed by the BoR/EPSCoR heads.  I do NOT believe they are requesting nominees for the Steering Committee.  If you wish to suggest topics as a Key Research Topic and provide the additional information requested on that topic please indicate so on the attached Oil Spill Conference matrix and return to vcresearch@uno.edu

Attached File:  Oil Spill Conference.zip

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By Admin (on 7/6/2010 @ 10:57:47, in Oil Spill, read 1262 times)

The research and external affairs administrators from UNO, Tulane, ULL and LSU along with a technical point of contact at each university have been working over the past several weeks to ensure that the $500M over 5 year research funding that BP has committed to efforts related to the oil spill and the future health of the Gulf Coast region will be distributed to researchers in Louisiana using a process that builds a collaborative, multi-institutional approach to the problems and their solution.  While the details of that process have not been finalized we believe that the nature of the problem and the unique expertise that the state’s researchers bring to those problems can be identified by a series of projects within three broad themes:  Energy & Environment, Health & Society, and Safety & Policy.  Within each theme there are specific questions that will be addressed by the BP proposal followed by suggested projects related to the questions (see attached ThemesProjects).

To help in developing the statewide proposal we will select leaders from researchers with expertise in these project areas from each of the four universities plus any other state university.  While I believe we will ultimately end up with a process where proposals will be solicited from researchers in response to an RFP (assuming we are successful in obtaining the BP funding), it is beneficial to include as many UNO researchers as possible in those teams developing the research component of the statewide BP proposal.

If you are doing research in any of the projects under any of the questions within the themes identified in the attached ThemesProjects please send me the following:

(1)   A vitae in two-page NSF format (see attached)

(2)   The theme-question-project (or projects) that you have expertise in.  You MUST use the attached spreadsheet.

(3)   Your contact info including Name, Department, Email, Phone

 

Note that the spreadsheet only lists themes and questions.  Your project should be aligned with one of the projects listed in the attached (ThemesProjects).  I have filled in an example 1.5 on the spreadsheet.  If you do not already have a collaborative team you can list only your own information and we will try to develop the team.  Also, it is beneficial to demonstrate multi-institutional collaboration particularly among other state universities (including those not among the four listed above).  If you have a strong established collaboration with a research in a university outside of Louisiana, you may include them.

We are meeting again at the end of this week or beginning of the next, so it would be best if you can get this information back to me via email at vcresearch@uno.edu by Friday, July 9th.  I will continue to accept your responses after that, but cannot guarantee your information will be included when we begin forming the BP proposal team if I receive it after that date.  Thanks for your help in developing this proposal.

Attached File:  OilSpill.ThemedProjects.zip

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By Admin (on 6/14/2010 @ 10:56:25, in Oil Spill, read 1226 times)

From: David L Nieland [mailto:dniela@LSU.EDU]
Sent: Monday, June 14, 2010 6:52 AM
To: SGRFP-L@LISTSERV.LSU.EDU
Subject: [SGRFP-L] FW: Food and Water Safety Executive Summit Meeting

Subject: Food and Water Safety Executive Summit Meeting

Ladies and Gentlemen

We are pleased to announce that the "Food and Water Safety Executive Summit: exploring analytical methods to address the impact of oil spill contamination on water quality and Marine Life" Has been rescheduled for Friday June 25, 2010 from 8:30 to 3:30.  The meeting will be held in the Knapp Hall Auditorium.  You are invited and please forward the invitation to those who would gain from the scientific discussion. We are asking that there be no reporters or press and the discussions be restricted to scientific issues. Waters Associates have kindly agreed to provide a continental breakfast and lunch. Please let Stephanie Jones know if you are planning to attend and ask any others that you invite to let us know so that we can assure accommodations for all.

If I can provide any further information please let me know

John W. Finley, Head

Department of Food Science

111 Food Science Building

Louisiana State University

Baton Rouge, LA  70803-4200

P: 225-578-5085

Attached File:  oil spill contamination exec summit_v1.docx

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By Admin (on 6/8/2010 @ 10:55:46, in Oil Spill, read 1260 times)

The Bioinnovation Center has requested that we provide them with a list of biological/public health related areas of expertise that our faculty can contribute to address the potential problems associated with the oil spill.  They are looking to submit a collaborative proposal from LSUHSC, Tulane, Xavier and UNO directly to BP in these areas.

Please email me (at vcresearch@uno.edu) a short (up to three sentence) description of a bio/public health related research project related to the affects of the oil spill.  Also include your name, department, phone and email address.  If you have more than one project that fits this description please provide a separate project description for each using the format above.  They can all be provided in the same email.  If you are in doubt as to whether your project qualifies I suggest you send it along.  They can remove any that don’t fit their proposal.

Unfortunately, the time frame is short.  The Bioinnovation Center said they would like our response within a week, so please provide your response to me by Monday, June 14.  

This email has been distributed to all faculty.

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