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By Carol Lunn (on 10/7/2016 @ 09:24:24, in ORSP Announcements, read 80 times)
Research Excellence Prize

Leonard Spinu, Ph.D.

Professor of Physics

The Research Excellence Prize is a recognition for persons who have achieved the rank of Associate Professor or the full rank of Professor and who have distinguished themselves in their creative and scholarly activities.The prize consists of the public designation of the prize winner and a one-time fixed price grant award of ten thousand dollars ($10,000), administered through the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

Early Career Research Prize

Irfan Ahmed, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Computer Science

The UNO Early Career Research Prize is a recognition for persons who hold the rank of Assistant Professor at the time of their award, and who have distinguished themselves in their creative and scholarly activities. The prize consists of the public designation of the prize winner and a one-time fixed price grant award of seven thousand five hundred dollars ($7,500), administered through the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

Competitive Funding Prize

Wendy Schluchter, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair of Biological Sciences

The Competitive Funding Prize is a recognition for the UNO researcher who, as a Principal Investigator (PI), has achieved the highest of amount of competitive external funding awards in the past fiscal year. The prize consists of the public designation of the prize winner and a one-time fixed price grant award of ten thousand dollars ($10,000), administered through the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

This email was emailed to all faculty and staff by the Provost on October 7, 2016.

 
In Fiscal Year 2016 Principal Investigators began receiving a 5% return of recovered indirect on sponsored projects. The policy is being amended in Fiscal Year 2017 so that Principal Investigators can receive 10% return of recovered indirect on sponsored projects. The effective date of the updated policy is July 1, 2016 which is the beginning of the new fiscal year.

This policy update was recommended by Research Council and approved by Provost Whitley and President Nicklow. The funds are in a dedicated PI return of indirect account in the college office, which each dean is managing. Beginning in Fiscal Year 2016 indirect cost returns were provided on a quarterly basis and that will be continued this year.

All internal management directives are posted on the policies and procedures page of our website: http://www.uno.edu/orsp/PoliciesProcedures/index.aspx

This was sent as an email to all faculty and staff on October 5, 2016.

 
By Carol Lunn (on 6/22/2016 @ 13:39:29, in ORSP Announcements, read 175 times)
Awards honor contributions and public service in science and engineering

Each year, the National Science Board (NSB) pays tribute to remarkable contributions and public service in science and engineering through its Vannevar Bush and Public Service awards. NSB welcomes nominations for its 2017 honorary awards through Monday, Oct. 3, 2016.

Named after the gifted visionary and dynamic public servant who was behind the creation of the National Science Foundation (NSF), NSB's Vannevar Bush Award honors life-long leaders who have made exceptional contributions toward the welfare of humankind and the nation through public service activities in science, technology, and public policy. Nomination instructions are available on the Vannevar Bush Award website and all recipients are listed on the NSB site.

NSB's Public Service Award honors individuals and groups for substantial contributions to increasing public understanding of science and engineering in the United States. These contributions may be in a wide variety of areas, including mass media, social media, education, training programs and entertainment. A complete list of recipients, as well as nomination instructions, can be found on the award website.

Leaders in the higher education, scientific society and association, congressional, federal, and private industry communities celebrate the accomplishments of NSB awardees during an awards ceremony held each May.

Questions? Please contact NSB Communications Director Nadine Lymn, (703) 292-2490, nlymn@nsf.gov

About the National Science Board

The NSB is the policymaking body for the National Science Foundation. NSB also advises the President and Congress on science and engineering policy issues. The Board's 24 members are drawn primarily from universities and industry and represent a variety of science and engineering disciplines. Selected for their eminence in research, education or public service and records of distinguished service, Board members serve six-year terms. NSF's director is an ex officio 25th member of the Board.

 
By Carol Lunn (on 2/10/2016 @ 10:49:12, in ORSP Announcements, read 345 times)
The UNO College of Engineering is proud to offer the 2016 UNO Engineering Forum (UNO-EF) at the University of New Orleans Lakefront Campus on September 16, 2016.

The event will be held in the University Student Center of the Lakefront Campus and offers multiple parallel technical tracks providing solutions to contemporary engineering topics in electrical, naval, mechanical, civil & environmental, chemical, petroleum, and systems engineering and engineering management.

Participants can earn up to 8 Professional Development Hours.

Please consider participating in the Forum as a Patron.

More information is available online at: http://uno-ef.org/

 
By Carol Lunn (on 2/5/2016 @ 16:10:55, in ORSP Announcements, read 355 times)
In the new 2015 Carnegie Classification, four Louisiana universities retained their classification. LSU-Baton Rouge and Tulane University remained in the R1 spot (“Highest Research Activity”), while the University of Louisiana Lafayette and the University of New Orleans remained in the R2 spot (“Higher Research Activity”). Louisiana Tech University was reclassified from R2 (“Higher Research Activity”) to R3 (“Moderate Research Activity”). ULM was the only university in the state to be promoted to the “Doctoral University” category. Grambling State University, Xavier University, and Louisiana College all moved up in the “Master’s Colleges and Universities” category.

http://www.myarklamiss.com/news/local-news/ulm-earns-elite-doctoral-designation-by-carnegie-classification

 
By Carol Lunn (on 11/20/2015 @ 15:22:00, in ORSP Announcements, read 408 times)
Nearly 170 middle schoolers converged on University of New Orleans’ campus Nov. 17 with their eyes toward space.

During UNO’s second annual Space Day event, teens from six local schools heard from and interacted with NASA experts, UNO scientists and engineers and other leaders in science, technology and math as they tackled a series of challenges designed to inspire them to consider STEM studies.

Participating seventh- and eighth-graders came from Holy Cross High School, St. Augustine High School, Archbishop Rummel High School, Edward Hynes Charter School, Mount Carmel Academy and Eleanor McMain Secondary School.

The students competed in hands-on challenges that required them to work in teams. They had to build rockets from paper tape and PVC pipe and compete to see whose would travel the farthest distance. They had to design towers using uncooked spaghetti and marshmallows, with the winners of the contest having the tallest structure. They struggled to create balloon propulsion devices using straws and tapes that would travel horizontally across down a string the length of a room without deflating before reaching a make-believe "docking station."

Schools who won the challenges were as follows: Space Day poster contest, Mount Carmel Academy; Planetary Structure Build (spaghetti towers), Eleanor McMain Secondary School; Stomp Rockets, Holy Cross High School; Space Docking Simulator (balloon propulsion): Hynes Charter School.

For more information: http://www.uno.edu/news/2015/UNOSpaceDayPlantsSTEMSeedsAmongAreaMiddleSchoolers.aspx

 
We are pleased to announce the 2015 winners of the University of New Orleans Research Recognition Prizes:

Research Excellence Prize

Matthew A. Tarr, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry

 

Early Career Research Prize

Elliott Beaton, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology

 

Competitive Funding Prize

Mahdi Abdelguerfi, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair of Computer Science

The Research office intends to hold a reception or some other type of event in the Fall, during which these prize winners will be honored further. But we did not want to delay this announcement until an event could be finalized.The Research office intends to hold a reception or some other type of event in the Fall, during which these prize winners will be honored further. But we did not want to delay this announcement until an event could be finalized.

Please join us in congratulating these accomplished colleagues on their achievements that are reflected in these designations.

Finally, we wish to thank all those who nominated colleagues for these awards, the nominees who provided important details for the process, and the members of the University of New Orleans Research Council who evaluated and ranked the nominations. It is clear that we have excellent researchers at the University of New Orleans, as well as committed and appreciative colleagues to support and laud their accomplishments.

Please join us in congratulating these accomplished colleagues on their achievements that are reflected in these designations.

Finally, we wish to thank all those who nominated colleagues for these awards, the nominees who provided important details for the process, and the members of the University of New Orleans Research Council who evaluated and ranked the nominations. It is clear that we have excellent researchers at the University of New Orleans, as well as committed and appreciative colleagues to support and laud their accomplishments.

 
By Carol Lunn (on 6/16/2015 @ 09:57:24, in ORSP Announcements, read 338 times)
TO: All Faculty and Staff

FROM: Peter J. Fos, Ph.D., M.P.H., President

DATE: June 16, 2015

RE: Office of Research

As you may know, yesterday (June 15th) was Dr. Kenneth Sewell's last day at the University of New Orleans. He has accepted a position at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Sewell worked diligently for the past two years to advance the University's research portfolio. Please join me in thanking him for all he did while here and in wishing him all the best in his new position.

Effective today, the Office of Research will report to the Office of Academic Affairs. Dr. Sharpton (until June 30th), then Dr. Nicklow, will be responsible for the research activities on campus. Also, effective today, Dr. Emir Macari will have the additional responsibilities of Interim Director of Research. After Dr. Nicklow begins his position of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs he will conduct an internal search for a permanent director of research. The Vice Presidential position that Dr. Sewell held has been eliminated.

I am certain that you will give Dr. Macari your full support as Interim Director of Research.

 
By Carol Lunn (on 2/20/2015 @ 12:35:49, in ORSP Announcements, read 296 times)
The CERF 2015 Scientific Program Committee invites you to submit an abstract for an oral or poster presentation for CERF 2015. The Federation is committed to bringing scientists and students from around the world together to exchange information and ideas about the science and management of coastal ecosystems. CERF conferences provide outstanding opportunities for professionals at all stages in their career for continuing education and development.

There will be over 100 sessions at CERF 2015! Please consider submitting an abstract that examines new findings within CERF’s traditional scientific, education and management disciplines and encourages interaction among coastal and estuarine scientists and managers.

Additionally, the Scientific Program Committee encourages abstracts that promote intellectually stimulating discussions of the Grand Challenges in estuarine and coastal science including:

• Managing and mitigating the risks of climate change

• Synergistic effects of ocean acidification with hypoxia, eutrophication or other conditions

• Polar estuaries and coasts

• Making data work

• Cities by the sea

• Estuaries under threat and

• Multiple uses of coastal resources

Visit the website (http://www.erf.org/call-for-abstracts) for full information on sessions and procedures surrounding how to submit an abstract for CERF 2015.

Please contact the office conference@erf.org or (206) 209-2562 with questions.

 
University of New Orleans computer science professor Stephen Ware has been awarded a two-year $138,000 grant by the National Science Foundation to develop artificial intelligence systems that interact more naturally with people.

Ware, an assistant professor of computer science, does research on computational models of narrative, meaning he studies how insights about human storytelling and story understanding can be better integrated into artificial intelligence systems. This grant will enable researchers in Ware’s Narrative Intelligence Lab to study how people reason hypothetically when reading and writing stories.

“Imagine a video game that tells a story, or an intelligent tutoring system that adapts to the individual needs of the student, or a military training simulation that responds to the choices of the trainee,” Ware said. “All of these systems need to change the narrative as they are used, and to make those changes they need some way to reason about narrative.”

Ware teaches classes at UNO on artificial intelligence and game development.

 
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