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By Admin (on 10/5/2010 @ 15:26:59, in Workshops, read 1749 times)

Thursday, October 21

ED 103

12:15-1:45

Join the staff of the Graduate School and the Office of Research to learn:

  •  Where to find funding to support your research
  • What to consider before applying for a grant or fellowship
  • Best practices for applying for external funding

A light lunch will be provided

RSVP:  gradschool@uno.edu

 

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By Admin (on 10/6/2010 @ 15:28:30, in Fellowships, read 2070 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 10/6/2010 @ 15:29:24, in Funding Opportunities, read 1747 times)
Attached is a new Request for Proposals for the Pilot Funding for New Research (Pfund) program. Proposals submitted under this RFP are due Monday, December 6, 2010. The RFP is also available in both MS Word and PDF on the Board's Sponsored Programs website at http://web.laregents.org/ This email has been distributed to all faculty.

Attached File:  pfund_rfp_2011.pdf

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By Admin (on 10/13/2010 @ 15:30:14, in Workshops, read 2389 times)

The University of New Orleans Center for Hazards Assessment, Response and Technology (UNO-CHART) has received funding from FEMA through GOHSEP to host a Disaster Resistant University Workshop on its main campus in New Orleans, LA. This workshop will allow members of the higher education community to engage and share ideas related to mitigation and disaster resilience

Workshop topics will include mitigation planning, conducting risk assessments, developing partnerships with community stakeholders, short- and long-term recovery planning, integrating resilience into the curriculum, CERT, protecting critical information systems, conducting outreach within and outside of campus, identifying funding sources formitigation activities, linking planning to implementation, preparing for pandemics, campus violence, involving students in mitigation planning and more!

The deadline for submission of proposals is Friday, November 5, 2010. Submission forms can be found at www.chart.uno.edu

Registration is $25

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By Admin (on 10/14/2010 @ 15:34:10, in ORSP Newsletter, read 2362 times)

Attached please find the Fall 2010 Newsletter from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.   In this issue:

  •  UNO faculty member receives an NSF CAREER Award
  •  Latest SPAWAR $30M over 6 year contract
  • Coverage of various UNO faculty research efforts in the BP Oil Spill
  • UNO’s participation in two BoR-EPSCoR NSF RII awards
  •  UNO Transportation Institute
  • Our participation in the Gulf Coast Government Contractors Association
  • Library efforts in the School Board Collection
  •  Research Professorships
  • Professional Development for Research
  • Summer Research Program Awards

Plus, a listing of all new UNO research awards.  I hope you will take time to see what your colleagues have accomplished!

Attached File:  FALL 2010 Newsletter.pdf

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By Admin (on 10/19/2010 @ 15:35:54, in Oil Spill, read 1750 times)

SEMINAR ANNOUNCEMENT

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ORLEANS

DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS

SPEAKER:     Toby Roesler, Southeastern Geophysical Society

TOPIC:           The Causes of the Deepwater Horizon Blowout:

Technological Failure or Human Error?

DATE:            Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010

TIME:             3:00 PM

PLACE:          SC 1053

ALL INTERESTED PARTIES ARE INVITED

COFFEE SERVED

 

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By Admin (on 10/25/2010 @ 15:36:40, in Workshops, read 1911 times)

SEMINAR ANNOUNCEMENT

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ORLEANS

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

With CENTER AUSTRIA and DIVISION OF INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION

SPEAKER:                  Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Feist, Building Physics, Institute of Construction and Materials Science, University of Innsbruck

TOPIC:                       “The Philosophy of ‘Passive House’ Building”

(Energy Efficient Green Buildings to Minimize the Environmental Footprint)

DATE:                         Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010

TIME:                         12:30 – 1:30 PM

PLACE:                       Engineering Building, EN 101 (Conf. Room)

Coffee and cookies will be provided.

1-hr Professional Development Hour (1-hr PDH) towards P.E. licensure

 ALL INTERESTED PARTIES ARE INVITED

About Dr Feist: 

Dr. Feist is an expert on “passive houses,” which are highly energy efficient buildings (green buildings) with a reduced environmental foot print.  More about his work can be gleaned from visiting the following URLs:

http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolfgang_Feist

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passive_house

http://www.scribd.com/doc/24078390/FEIST-Passive-House-Myths-Dispelled

 

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By Admin (on 10/27/2010 @ 15:37:38, in Workshops, read 1866 times)

Please allow this email as a reminder of NSF Day at Louisiana Tech University on November 30, 2010.

We hope you will take advantage of this special opportunity as NSF representatives from seven NSF directorates and the Office of International Science and Engineering will make cross-disciplinary presentations on their programs; provide an overview of the Foundation, its mission. priorities and budget; and concurrent breakout sessions are planned for:

Biological Sciences

Computer & Info. Science & Engr.

Education & Human Resources

Engineering

Geosciences

Mathematical & Physical Sciences

Social, Behavioral, & Economic Sciences

For registering and additional information please access the following link—

http://www.nsf.gov/events/event_summ.jsp?cntn_id=117779&org=NSF

Thank you!

Martha Stevens

Louisiana Tech University

 

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By Admin (on 11/2/2010 @ 15:38:24, in ORSP Announcements, read 1875 times)

Attached (and provided below) please find the announcement of the UNO Graduate Student Open House.  This is a chance for undergraduates (Juniors and Seniors preferred) to find out everything you would like to know about graduate programs at UNO, including scholarships, fellowships and student financial aid.  Representatives from 24 of our graduate programs will be there to answer your questions about individual programs.  Open House is Wednesday, November 3 starting at 4:00 pm in Kirschmann Hall 137.  Reservations are not required, but helpful.

RSVP now:  http://admissions.uno.edu/rsvp.cfm

Attached File:  OpenHouse2010Flyer.pdf

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By Admin (on 11/3/2010 @ 15:40:01, in Oil Spill, read 1717 times)

As you may be aware, BP has announced more details of their Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GRI), which will provide $500 million in competitive research awards to academia and industry research organizations over the next ten years.  That announcement is attached.  A workshop was recently held at Dillard at which time more details were released.  BP is working with the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (http://gulfofmexicoalliance.org/) which is a partnership of the states of AL, FL, LA, MS and TX through the respective Governor’s Offices.
Some of those details are:

The GRI will establish a GRI Executive Committee (anticipated by the end of November) which will consist of 20 members (10 chosen by BP and 10 by the Alliance).  We have nominated two possible members of the Executive Committee from UNO.

Once the Executive Committee is finalized an RFP will be released. The Executive Committee will have final approval over the RFP. The goal is to release the solicitation by early December. The Alliance will widely advertise the RFP once it is released, including on a new GRI website that is currently under development.

Researchers will be given about 45 days to submit a proposal electronically to the Alliance (the due date will be around February 1, 2011).  The Alliance will oversee a peer review process similar to the National Science Foundation.

Chosen projects will be determined by the Executive Committee and announced around April 1. Funding will be provided to the awardees around June 1.  Research teams receiving GRI funding will be expected to publish their research results in scholarly journals and make their data transparent and accessible. Research findings will not need to be reviewed by BP or the Alliance prior to publication.  This first competitive RFP will be used to fund projects for up to three years. Each project will have to be approved annually for renewal (i.e. funding will not be provided upfront for three years of research, but projects can be renewed for up to three years based on performance). Funding cannot be used for acquisition, infrastructure or education/community outreach activities.

Project proposals must fall into one of the five identified research themes, listed below. These themes will be revisited in year four of GRI, once the first three years of competitive projects initiated by the upcoming RFP have concluded.

  • The physical distribution and ultimate fate of contaminants associated with the Deepwater Horizon incident.
  • The chemical evolution and biological degradation of the contaminants.
  • The environmental effects of the contaminants on Gulf of Mexico ecosystems, and the science of ecosystem recovery.
  • Technology developments for improved detection, characterization, mitigation, and remediation of offshore oil spills.
  •  Integration of the previous four themes in the context of human health.

Given the expected quick turnaround once the RFP is released in December, I encourage UNO researchers to start organizing their teams and ideas now according to the above five themes.  Monday and Tuesday of this week the BoR held a conference in New Orleans related to research and the Horizon Oil Spill.  The list of attendees and posters from that conference may be helpful in finding collaborators. If you need help identifying possible research partners please let me know.  Although researchers in the Gulf region are expected to receive preference for funding, proposals will be accepted from across the country. Additionally, partnerships with industry and state or national labs are not precluded from receiving funding.

Attached File:  BP GOMA Press Release.pdf

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