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By Carol Lunn (on 4/5/2017 @ 17:02:19, in ORSP Announcements, read 85 times)
Reminder that this Friday is the Inaugural Research & Scholarly Activity Day at UNO!

There is participation from our scholars from areas all across campus. All students and employees are encouraged to attend and support their colleagues. Authors, Artists, Researchers, Performers and Scholars are sharing their research and creativity efforts with the university community. There will even be a cooking demonstration in the morning.

Date of event: April 7, 2017

Time: 9 am to 3 pm

Location: the newly renovated 4th floor of the Library

A schedule of events is available online at http://www.uno.edu/orsp/schedule.aspx

 
Brian Seeger once called his old guitar teacher to tell her thank you. She’d given him lessons for six months when he was 11. When she found out her former student had become a professional guitarist she was, in his words, “distraught.” It just didn’t seem like a suitable profession, she told him. Seeger, associate professor of music at the University of New Orleans and noted jazz guitarist, now laughs about the conversation—and, of course, he begs to differ.

At 56, Seeger has carved out a life packed with teaching, recording, playing, touring and helping others find their way in the changing world of music. His band, Organic Trio, last week charted No. 7 on the U.S. Jazz Radio Charts with its second album, Saturn’s Spell. It’s an exciting development, especially for an album that was only released Jan. 27. At the same time it charted No. 7, it also was the “most reported,” according to Jazz Week. That means that more stations reported playing the album than any other album. “People I know who have been in the business for a while are somewhat in shock,” he said. “It is pretty unheard of for a band that mostly tours in Europe to chart in the US so high and so quickly … I’m just super thrilled to know folks are hearing it.”

Made with the help a $5,000 grant from the University of New Orleans Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Saturn’s Spell features the smooth musicianship of Jean-Yves Jung of France on Hammond organ and Paul Wiltgen of New York on drums—a three-person combo that started eight years ago thanks, in part, to connections made through the University of New Orleans.

Seeger said the internal grant provided the flexibility the band needed to afford high-end mastering. It also gave him leverage to seek additional grant money for the project, including from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation and the Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music. “I’m proud to have the University of New Orleans logo on the back of that CD,” he said. “I’m proud of where I work and what I do. We’re a vital, contemporary program.”

 
By Carol Lunn (on 10/7/2016 @ 09:24:24, in ORSP Announcements, read 153 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 236 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 435 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 418 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 455 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 394 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.

 
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