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By Admin (on 9/14/2010 @ 15:20:20, in ORSP Announcements, read 1396 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 1427 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 1404 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 1242 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 1255 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 1234 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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By Admin (on 8/26/2010 @ 11:10:42, in SPAWAR, read 2119 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 1234 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 1195 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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