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By Admin (on 1/7/2015 @ 15:16:01, in ORSP Announcements, read 1070 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 1033 times)

A revised version of the NSF Application Guide has been posted to the NSF website and is available electronically at:

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

By Carol Lunn (on 11/25/2014 @ 09:30:06, in ORSP Announcements, read 903 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.

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
·          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
·          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
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.
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 949 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
By Admin (on 10/6/2014 @ 14:35:37, in ORSP Announcements, read 831 times)
The Office of Research is pleased to invite you to the Inaugural Summer Research Program Presentation.For several years the Office of Research has operated competitive internal grant programs for researchers; now we are providing them the opportunity to share their research and scholarly activities with the campus. There are currently two summer research internal grant programs:

The Stimulating Competitive Research (SCoRe) program is to enhance researchers ability to successfully competed for extramural sponsored research funding.

The Creative Endeavor Opportunity (CEO) program is to provide support to launch programs of research, scholarship, exhibition or performance that will ultimately result in increased research and creative activity on campus. The proposals for both of the programs are modeled on Board of Regents grants.  That way, once researchers have completed the internal grant process, they have a foundation to use when applying for a Board of Regents grant.

Most of the researchers who received a summer research award this past year will present their findings to the campus at this event. Attached is the agenda, which lists when faculty will present and provides their home department. Also attached is a flyer listing some of the research titles.

I hope you can stop by, even if only briefly, to discover some of the research and creative activities taking place on our campus. Here is the time and location of the event:

Date:  Friday, October 10, 2014

Place:  UC, Room 211B, Innsbruck B

Time:  1:00 pm — 4:30 pm

By Admin (on 9/19/2014 @ 12:35:02, in ORSP Announcements, read 1041 times)

University of New Orleans students aiming to become filmmakers have a chance to visit behind the scenes at a leading film studio in Hollywood South. The University of New Orleans Nims Center Studios has been home to films ranging from Runaway Jury to Dallas Buyers Club -- and tomorrow UNO film students will see the set of NCIS – New Orleans.

"It's a state-of-the-art facility. That's why most big budget films are done there," said Kevin McLin, Vice President of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing at UNO.

Students from the UNO Film Department, the Filmmakers' Club and the Lakefront Players drama club are invited tomorrow for a tour of the Nims Center Studios, located on the Harahan campus. Students will learn more about the filmmaking industry in Hollywood South and spend time behind the scenes on the set of NCIS New Orleans. The event is the first of its kind and administrators are hoping to host similar events at the beginning of each semester.
The informal get-together is a chance for the studios and filmmakers on campus to connect, said Roger Benischek, director of the Nims Center.

"We'll be showing film club students and drama club students what we are doing and getting to know them a little bit," said Benischek. "It's just the first step in some of the activities we're trying to get going between the campus and the NIMS Center."

"The Nims Center Studios are an important asset of the University and a home for filmmakers in Hollywood South," said McLin. "Hollywood South gives our students real-life opportunities to work on actual television series and motion picture sets, gaining valuable career experience as they apply what they've learned in the classroom and hone their crafts."

The Nims Center, a Key Player in Hollywood South

Originally a Campo furniture warehouse and with no production amenities, the Nims Center Studios served 10 years ago as production home for Runaway Jury, a 2003 American drama adapted from a John Grisham novel by the same name. The film, which starred John Cusack, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman and Rachel Weisz, instantly raised the profile of the UNO film program and the Louisiana film industry.

Known formally as the University of Orleans Robert E. Nims Center for Entertainment Arts and Multimedia Technology, the Nims Center Studios subsequently helped to launch the local film industry, drawing major motion picture productions to Louisiana with the emergence of state tax credits for the film industry, now estimated to bring the state more than $1 billion in annual revenues.

Operated under the direction of Roger Benischek, the nearly 100,000-square foot Nims Center Studios boast five stages totaling more than 50,000 square feet, four green screens, 45 production offices, editing suites, a mixing room, state-of-the-art sound and film equipment.

A state-of-the-art sound stage designed for shooting movies built at the Nims Center was completed this year. The Nims Center soundstage and Second Line Stage uptown are the only stages in New Orleans that have been designed as sound stages and built new from ground up. Others in the city are located in modified warehouses.

"This is basically the first six months that it's been in operation. It's more of a state-of-the-art facility than most any stage in the city," said Benischek. "It's not a huge stage but it's a stage that has got extra height and some features that aren't found in stages that are just retrofitted warehouses."

Located in the heart of the Orleans/Jefferson film district in Harahan, La., the studios were expanded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration to include a 5,000-square foot incubator facility where young and talented film industry entrepreneurs now work and UNO students, staff and alumni are able to take advantage of the studios' technology, industry internships and project development opportunities.

Recently, the Nims Center Studios has been the film production home to Oscar-Nominated 12 Years a Slave, which recently won a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Drama and a BAFTA award for Best Picture. The Oscar-nominated Dallas Buyers' Club, which has brought home a raft of critics' awards, was also filmed and produced at the Nims.

Over the last 10 years, the Nims Center Studios has been film home to a variety of other films and popular television series including: the award-winning film Beasts of the Southern Wild, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Failure to Launch, Glory Road, the Gossip Girl CWTV Series and many more.

By Admin (on 9/5/2014 @ 13:59:25, in ORSP Announcements, read 989 times)

The UNO College of Engineering, in collaboration with the Southeast Symposium for Contemporary Engineering Topics (SSCET), is proud to offer the second UNO Engineering Forum (UNO-EF) at the University of New Orleans Research & Technology Park on September 19, 2014.

The events will be held concurrently in Lindy C. Boggs Conference Center and offer seven parallel technical tracks providing solutions to contemporary engineering topics in electrical, naval, mechanical, and civil & environmental engineering.

Parallel Tracks

The seven parallel tracks cover engineering topics in: Power Systems; Civil, Coastal, & Environmental; Mechanical; Naval Architecture; Manage-mint, Education, and Ethics; Systems Engineering and Innovations; Communications; Microelectronics; Energy; and Student Presentations and Projects by presenters from participating universities and industries.

Participants can earn up to 8 Professional Development Hours.

Patronage Opportunities

We appreciate your interest in our event, providing a collaborative opportunity to your company to participate in the joint 2014 Southeast Symposium on Contemporary Engineering Topics (2014 SSCET) and the 2014 UNO Engineering Forum (2014 UNO- EF) that will be held at UNO Re-search & Technology Park on Friday September 19, 2014. The proceeds of the joint collaboration will support University of New Orleans College of Engineering.

We are excited at the possibility of your company sponsoring the Technical Seminars within the structure of the 2014 SSCET & UNO-EF. Our interest in your potential patronage stems from the vital role of your company as a key player in the Engineering profession of metropolitan New Orleans area and the southeastern US region.

We believe that your participation in the forum is a unique opportunity for your company’s representatives to interact with a large community of practicing engineers, students and faculty from academia, government agencies, and professional experts. The Technical Seminars enable your company's technical experts to interact in discussions, workshops, and demonstration forums to increase the technical abilities and skills of the conference attendees. The forum will have a Student track that shall allow industrial participants to assess and perhaps recruit future employees for their company. Additionally, we have been successful in the past to enable companies to sponsor the forum and to engage attendees through your contribution. We encourage and appreciate your help in reaching out to your customers who would find value in attending the technical seminars offered in the five parallel tracks of the forum.

Please kindly consider participating in the forum as a Patron within one (or more) of the patronage levels outlined below. We look forward to your sponsorship, participation, and seeing you at the UNO Research & Technology Park on Friday September 19, 2014.

Attached File:  2014_04_16_UNO_Forum_SSCET_Flyer.pdf

By Admin (on 9/5/2014 @ 13:58:42, in ORSP Announcements, read 878 times)

Innovation Louisiana 2014, a life sciences technology entrepreneurship conference in New Orleans coming up Nov. 17 – 18 (more details at Following up on last year's successful event, this will feature seminars and panels on startup formation, funding, and growth issues with insights from national industry, entrepreneurship, and investment experts. Numerous angel and VC firms from across the country are attending, along with expert speakers with startup and industry experience at the FDA, NIH, Johnson & Johnson, Baxter, Merck, and more.

The 3rd annual BioChallenge launched this week, a pitch competition in which Louisiana life sciences startups compete for a top cash prize of $25,000. In the initial round of competition, an independent panel of judges will score submitted company executive summaries. Top scoring startups will go on to pitch live on November 18 in front of investors and industry experts. More details and application instructions are available at the competition website ( 

Attached File:  InnovLA_BioChallenge.pdf

By Admin (on 8/29/2014 @ 13:41:26, in ORSP Announcements, read 832 times)

Vassil Roussev, a University of New Orleans computer science professor, has received a 2-year $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to offer students cutting-edge training in the field of cybersecurity.

The grant will allow UNO to provide students with a self-contained cybersecurity lab. Students will install special software on their laptops that will enable them to download different lab scenarios that the instructor has prepared. Students will then try to solve realistic cybersecurity problems.

"This is as close as we can get to preparing students for a real job in cybersecurity short of them actually having the job," Roussev said. "Companies strongly prefer graduates with hands-on experience, and this technology will allow our students to get professional-type training."

The NSF's Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace program is extremely competitive; only 10 out of 56 educational proposals received funding.

UNO is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and Research by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

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