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By Carol Lunn (on 11/20/2015 @ 15:22:00, in ORSP Announcements, read 472 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 414 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 336 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.

 
By Admin (on 1/7/2015 @ 15:16:01, in ORSP Announcements, read 338 times)

We are pleased to announce the 2014 winners of the University of New Orleans Research Recognition Prizes:

Research Excellence Prize

John B. Wiley, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry

 

Early Career Research Prize

Malay Ghose Hajra, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

 

Competitive Funding Prize

Martin T. O’Connell, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Chair of Earth and Environmental Science

Attached are brief descriptions of the award winners’ efforts that led to their selection, as well as brief descriptions of each prize category.

The Research office intends to hold a reception or some other type of event in the Spring, 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.

Attached File:  2014ResearchRecognitionPrizeWinners.pdf

 
By Admin (on 12/17/2014 @ 12:20:43, in ORSP Announcements, read 322 times)

A revised version of the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide has been posted to the NSF website and is available electronically at: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=grantsgovguide1214.

This document is applicable to all applications submitted, or due, to NSF on or after December 26, 2014.  Please refer to Page 2 of the Guide for a summary of the significant changes, clarifications and other changes.   Any questions regarding the new Guide should be submitted electronically to policy@nsf.gov.

 
By Carol Lunn (on 11/25/2014 @ 09:30:06, in ORSP Announcements, read 299 times)
Out of this world!

The University of New Orleans welcomed approximately 150 students from New Orleans area schools to campus on Thursday, to participate in Space Day 2014. The inaugural event was designed to introduce youngsters to the joys and challenges – and especially the important – of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) said Karen Thomas, associate dean of STEM outreach, recruitment, and retention in the College of Sciences.

Seventh and 8th graders from St. Augustine, Archbishop Rummel, Edward Hynes, Holy Cross, and Ursuline, came to UNO to enjoy hands-on activities based on a theme of another dimension: Space.

"It was a nice day," said Travis Mumphrey, 14, of Rummel. "We did a lot of activities. The space launch was one of my favorites."

For months, students, faculty and staff met weekly with representatives from the Boeing Company, NASA, Jacobs Technology and the National Center for Advanced Manufacturing (NCAM) to design the day focused on raising interest in STEM Studies, Thomas said. The Colleges of Science and Engineering and the University's Office of Research and Sponsored Programs coordinated the University's responsibilities. The results were out of this world.

http://www.uno.edu/news/2014/StarrySuccessSpaceDay2014attheUniversityofNewOrleans.aspx

 
The Office of Science / Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications to its 2015 Summer Term internship/fellowship programs. These programs, which offer opportunities for direct engagement in scientific research and technology featuring specialized instrumentation; large-scale, multidisciplinary efforts; and/or scientific user facilities, are available for undergraduate students enrolled at community colleges and/or four-year institutions, and for visiting faculty. Selected students or faculty participate at one of 17 DOE Laboratories/Facilities, receive stipends, and may qualify for travel and housing assistance.
Applications for these competitive programs must be completed and submitted online by 5:00 PM ET on January 9, 2015 (including all required application materials and recommendations). The 2015 Summer Term placements are for 10 weeks duration in a May to August timeframe.
 
The three programs accepting applications are:
 
·          The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences, under the guidance of laboratory/facility staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission.  More information about SULI and access to the online application is at http://science.energy.gov/wdts/suli/
 
·          The Community College Internship (CCI) program encourages community college students to enter technical careers relevant to the DOE mission by providing technical training experiences at the DOE Labs.  Students work on technologies or instrumentation projects or major research facilities related to ongoing R&D programs. More information about CCI and access to the online application is at http://science.energy.gov/wdts/cci/.
 
·          The Visiting Faculty Program (VFP) seeks to increase the research competitiveness of faculty members and their students at institutions historically underrepresented in the research community in order to expand the workforce vital to the DOE mission areas.  In this program, selected university/college faculty members collaborate with DOE laboratory research staff on a research project of mutual interest. Faculty member participants may invite up to two students (one of which may be a graduate student) to participate in the research project. Applicants establish their collaborations with laboratory research staff in advance of applying and must submit a co-developed research proposal as part of the application. Students apply separately at the invitation of the faculty member. More information about the VFP and access to the online application is at http://science.energy.gov/wdts/vfp/.
The SULI, CCI and VFP programs are sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science / Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists. The Department of Energy's Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time.
Please
share this information with potential applicants, as well as faculty or principal investigators. 
 
Thanks very much for your help.
 
Cindy White
Program Manager
Office of Science/Workforce Development
U.S. Department of Energy

 
By Admin (on 11/14/2014 @ 16:21:25, in ORSP Announcements, read 296 times)

Reminder: Louisiana Sea Grant is soliciting applications for out Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP).  The application deadline is December 3, 2014.  Please see the message below for full details.

Dear colleagues:

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) is soliciting applications from interested undergraduate students and faculty mentors at all Louisiana universities and colleges. UROP, established in 1992 by the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program, offers the Louisiana undergraduate community funding to support hands-on research experiences in marine and coastal resource issues. Previously funded projects have dealt with topics such as coastal ecology, fisheries, aquaculture, environmental engineering, and genetics. 

A maximum of ten projects will be funded for the March 2015 to December 2015 period; each faculty member will receive up to $2500 to cover student wages, supplies, and necessary travel.  Both student wages and academic credit may be earned concurrently if the policies of your institution allow this practice. Full-time undergraduate students at all Louisiana colleges and universities are eligible. 

A written final report of research accomplishments and findings is required.  Students are also encouraged both to present their findings at university forums, state, regional, national and international conferences and to publish in peer-reviewed scientific journals.  Louisiana Sea Grant may provide limited travel funds to UROP students to attend these events should a student’s abstract be accepted for presentation.

Applications will be accepted until 3 December 2014. An Application Form and complete information can be found at the UROP website (click following link) Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

Please share this information with any of your colleagues/students who might be interested in UROP. Contact me if you require more information.

Best regards,

Matthew Bethel

Assistant Executive Director of Research

Louisiana Sea Grant College Program
 
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