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Certifications to Fill Growing Demand, Position Louisiana as Leader in Restoration

The University of New Orleans (UNO) and Greater New Orleans, Inc. (GNO, Inc.) announced the establishment of a Graduate Certificate in Coastal Engineering and a Graduate Certificate in Coastal Sciences. Both certificates were approved by the Louisiana Board of Regents today. The establishment of these certificates will fill a growing market demand by focusing on coastal environments like those found in the Gulf Coast. Both certificate courses will be offered online beginning in the spring 2015 semester.

"The New Orleans region has a chance to turn one of its greatest challenges – stabilizing the coast – into one of its greatest strengths," said Michael Hecht, president and CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc. "As we proceed with restoring our own coastline, communities from around the world will seek our services to solve their own water challenges. UNO students with Coastal Engineering and Science Certificates will be there to meet this demand. Further, Southeast Louisiana will be positioned as the epicenter of coastal restoration and water management."

"Students who enroll in these certificate programs will benefit from the deep expertise of our College of Engineering and College of Sciences in the area of coastal restoration," said UNO President Peter J. Fos. "The University is committed to helping solve the critical challenges of our region, and these programs will provide professional-level preparation to the men and women who work in coastal sciences and engineering. We are looking forward to working closely with GNO, Inc. to promote these important credentials."

Nine months ago, GNO, Inc., began to gather information from civil engineering and other related firms involved in coastal restoration to assess critical workforce needs. The findings indicated a high demand for coastal delta engineering and sciences, both from students entering the workforce and for current working professionals. Using this information, UNO was able to draw on its existing knowledge base to craft the certificates' format and curriculum. The certificates will be offered both locally to students in the classroom and globally to working professionals via an online platform.

"Educating our local student population and the wider professional community about the unique challenges brought about by a deltaic coastal environment is crucial for ensuring we have the talent to restore our coast," said Jerome Zeringue, chair of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority and the governor's executive assistant for coastal activities. "Given the 50-year timeline of Louisiana's Coastal Master Plan, we anticipate that the need for professionals with this knowledge base will be in demand for the long-term. It will be a natural fit for UNO and the CPRA to develop partnerships going forward to mentor, guide and employ students in the Coastal Certificate programs."

"Given the deterioration of the Louisiana coastline and the state's Coastal Master Plan, there is a present and long-term need for educated professionals with knowledge of coastal sciences and engineering," said Scott Kirkpatrick, president of the Coast Builders Coalition. "The curriculum set forth in both certificates will be vitally important given its specialization on soft soil deltaic coastal zones found here in Louisiana. These certificates will allow us to more easily recruit talent from the university and provide a means for our members' existing employees to gain this vital knowledge through the online teaching platform."

GNO, Inc. will work with UNO and industry partners to develop a marketing plan to promote these courses and drive participation from local businesses, as well as national and international businesses.

 

Certifications to Fill Growing Demand, Position Louisiana as Leader in Restoration

The University of New Orleans (UNO) and Greater New Orleans, Inc. (GNO, Inc.) announced the establishment of a Graduate Certificate in Coastal Engineering and a Graduate Certificate in Coastal Sciences. Both certificates were approved by the Louisiana Board of Regents today. The establishment of these certificates will fill a growing market demand by focusing on coastal environments like those found in the Gulf Coast. Both certificate courses will be offered online beginning in the spring 2015 semester.

"The New Orleans region has a chance to turn one of its greatest challenges – stabilizing the coast – into one of its greatest strengths," said Michael Hecht, president and CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc. "As we proceed with restoring our own coastline, communities from around the world will seek our services to solve their own water challenges. UNO students with Coastal Engineering and Science Certificates will be there to meet this demand. Further, Southeast Louisiana will be positioned as the epicenter of coastal restoration and water management."

"Students who enroll in these certificate programs will benefit from the deep expertise of our College of Engineering and College of Sciences in the area of coastal restoration," said UNO President Peter J. Fos. "The University is committed to helping solve the critical challenges of our region, and these programs will provide professional-level preparation to the men and women who work in coastal sciences and engineering. We are looking forward to working closely with GNO, Inc. to promote these important credentials."

Nine months ago, GNO, Inc., began to gather information from civil engineering and other related firms involved in coastal restoration to assess critical workforce needs. The findings indicated a high demand for coastal delta engineering and sciences, both from students entering the workforce and for current working professionals. Using this information, UNO was able to draw on its existing knowledge base to craft the certificates' format and curriculum. The certificates will be offered both locally to students in the classroom and globally to working professionals via an online platform.

"Educating our local student population and the wider professional community about the unique challenges brought about by a deltaic coastal environment is crucial for ensuring we have the talent to restore our coast," said Jerome Zeringue, chair of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority and the governor's executive assistant for coastal activities. "Given the 50-year timeline of Louisiana's Coastal Master Plan, we anticipate that the need for professionals with this knowledge base will be in demand for the long-term. It will be a natural fit for UNO and the CPRA to develop partnerships going forward to mentor, guide and employ students in the Coastal Certificate programs."

"Given the deterioration of the Louisiana coastline and the state's Coastal Master Plan, there is a present and long-term need for educated professionals with knowledge of coastal sciences and engineering," said Scott Kirkpatrick, president of the Coast Builders Coalition. "The curriculum set forth in both certificates will be vitally important given its specialization on soft soil deltaic coastal zones found here in Louisiana. These certificates will allow us to more easily recruit talent from the university and provide a means for our members' existing employees to gain this vital knowledge through the online teaching platform."

GNO, Inc. will work with UNO and industry partners to develop a marketing plan to promote these courses and drive participation from local businesses, as well as national and international businesses.

 
By Admin (on 8/8/2014 @ 14:45:00, in ORSP Announcements, read 662 times)

The National Security Agency announced last week that five new schools have been selected for the NSA's National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations Program. The University of New Orleans is among them.

UNO has boasted an elite cyber operations program for nearly a dozen years and joins the nation's finest in receiving this top honor, University officials said. Since 2002, the University of New Orleans has been home to a cutting-edge information assurance program that has drawn national attention. The University's information assurance program is the only information assurance program in the state that has gained certifications from the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. Researchers have attained more than $5 million in grants and founded the Greater New Orleans Center for Information Assurance, a Board of Regents sponsored center, which boasts two state-of-the-art computer labs.

The NSA's National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations program was "designed to cultivate more U.S. cyber professionals in an increasingly demanding and ever-changing global environment," NSA officials said in a release.

Cyber security, also known as information technology security, is the science of protecting computers, networks, programs and data from unintended or unauthorized access, change or destruction. This growing field is critical to operations in federal, state and local governments; military, corporations, financial institutions, hospitals; insurance companies; banks and other businesses that store vast amounts of information that must be kept confidential. Since 2010, the U.S. federal government alone has allotted more than $13 billion annually to cyber security.

The CAE-Cyber Operations designation is awarded annually and the NSA has created a rigorous application and screening process for selecting honored schools, officials said. Only five schools qualified as centers of excellence for the next five years and the University of New Orleans stands in elite company:

  • New York University (New York);
  • Towson University (Maryland);
  • The United States Military Academy (New York);
  • The University of Cincinnati (Ohio); and
  • The University of New Orleans (Louisiana).

The elite CAE program, which now includes a total of 13 schools, "complements the more than 100 existing centers of academic excellence in information assurance research and information assurance education - jointly overseen by NSA and the Department of Homeland Security," NSA administrators said in a release.

The Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations Program, an outgrowth of President Barack Obama's National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), "identifies institutions that have a deeply technical, interdisciplinary curriculum centered on fields such as computer science, computer engineering, and electrical engineering."

Participants in the Cyber Operations Program may apply their learning or enhance their teaching in a summer internship program at NSA. Participating students and faculty members do not engage in actual U.S. government intelligence activities, administrators said. Yet the internship program offers valuable learning experience.

The agency has long worked with schools to improve education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), officials said. While many higher education institutions offer elements of cyber security, schools selected as centers of excellence meet stringent criteria and offer a "holistic" program that covers a variety of critical aspects.

Legal and ethical issues in cybersecurity are "a mandatory and vital part of becoming a CAE in Cyber Operations," said Steven LaFountain, the Dean of NSA's College of Cyber Operations.

"In the application process and in all collaboration with selected schools, the importance of integrity and compliance is always paramount," he said. "Cybersecurity technical skills are increasingly important in national defense, but it's equally important to operate within the bounds of the law and Constitution."

 

A University of New Orleans chemistry professor has been awarded a 3-year $405,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to support his research of fabricating microscopic structures that mimic peas in a pod.
John Wiley, a professor of chemistry and the associate director of UNO's Advanced Materials Research Institute, began the research in 2011.

These very tiny—also known as nanoscale—structures are about 10,000 times smaller than a human hair. They consist of chains of particles (the peas) surrounded by a ceramic-like sheet (the pod).

The research could lead to advances in developing new optical, electronic or medical devices with particularly promising applications in using sunlight to convert water to hydrogen gas, a clean fuel source, according to Wiley.

"This new funding will allow us to examine putting different combinations of peas in the same pod," Wiley said. "The ability to organize small scale objects into ordered arrays is important to the development of new technologies."

The ongoing project also contains an educational component; undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students will be involved in all aspects of the research and local high school students will participate in the research during an annual summer program.

Wiley's research in this area received initial funding from a Louisiana Board of Regents Post-Katrina Support Fund grant.

 
By Admin (on 7/23/2014 @ 13:34:38, in ORSP Announcements, read 696 times)

In response to a shortage of cyber professionals in the U.S., the National Security Administration is reaching out to a younger crowd: college students.

Beginning in 2012, the NSA started its National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations Program at select universities across the nation to attract students to the field.

On July 14, the agency announced that five new schools would join the program, bringing the number of participating universities to 13. The new recruits include New York University, Towson University in Maryland, The United States Military Academy, University of Cincinnati and University of New Orleans.

read the rest of the article here.

 

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) are pleased to announce that nearly 50 grants are available in the 2015-16 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program competition for U.S. academics, professionals and researchers to teach and/or conduct research in Brazil.

Emerging from the Education Partnership for the 21st Century, the governments of the United States and Brazil, through the U.S.-Brazil Fulbright Commission, have expanded teaching and research exchange opportunities for U.S. scholars at all career levels in the areas of science, technology and innovation through the Fulbright-Brazil Scientific Mobility core and Distinguished Chair awards.

U.S. scholars will be affiliated with top Brazilian universities and research centers in their areas of specialization, fostering increased cooperation and institutional collaboration between applied researchers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Proficiency in Portuguese or Spanish is not required for Fulbright-Scientific Mobility applicants.

Other opportunities for U.S. academics and professionals include grants in Social Sciences and Humanities, as well as Distinguished Chair awards in the following fields: American Studies; Environmental Sciences and Engineering; Oil and Gas Sciences and Engineering; and Visual Arts.

CIES recently hosted a webinar on Fulbright Opportunities in Brazil; feel free to listen to the podcast at the Fulbright Scholar website. To learn more about these opportunities and to find out how to apply to the 2015-16 Fulbright U.S. Scholar competition, please contact Alisha Scott at ascott@iie.org or visit http://www.cies.org/us_scholars/us_awards/.

The deadline to apply for the 2015-16 Fulbright U.S. Scholar competition is August 1, 2014.

 

 
By Admin (on 6/26/2014 @ 11:54:47, in ORSP Announcements, read 668 times)

To: Faculty and Staff

From: Office of Business Affairs

Effective Date: 7/1/14

RE: Computer System Purchases

It is our mission to provide standard technology throughout the University to ensure a reduction in the overall cost as well as to remain in compliance with state guidelines.

The University of New Orleans has established a standardized configuration for laptops and desktops that will fit the needs of individuals and departments on campus.  University Computing and Communications (UCC) is responsible for providing the UNO community with computer system recommendations that will provide a secure and stable networking environment. 

All laptop and desktop computers that access UNO computing systems are required to be on the UNO network domain, to have updated operating systems and virus protection, and to follow the hardware standards indicated in this document.  A list of recommended standards has been developed for networked computers based on the Louisiana Office of Information Technology (OIT) current guidelines.  This list can be found in the UCC site under Purchasing Equipment

All computer requests should be emailed to UCC at projectsgroup@uno.edu prior to submitting a requisition to the Purchasing department. Once the request has been reviewed and approved by the UCC department, the end user will pick up from the approved tier computer listing and submit a requisition to Purchasing.  Any requests that go directly to Purchasing without prior UCC approval will be returned.  Make sure that UCC approval is tied to the purchase requisition.

Attached File:  Tiered.Computer.System.docx

 


The University of New Orleans has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Operations by the National Security Agency for a period of five years. UNO is the first university in Louisiana to achieve the designation.

The CAE-Cyber Operations designation is reserved for a deeply technical, interdisciplinary, higher education program firmly grounded in the computer science, computer engineering or electrical engineering disciplines with extensive opportunities for hands-on applications. The program is in support of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, and furthers the goal to broaden the pool of skilled workers capable of a cyber-secure nation.

"This is a huge honor for the University of New Orleans," said Golden Richard, professor of computer science and director of the Greater New Orleans Center for Information Assurance at UNO. "This designation places strong emphasis on academic programs that prepare students to tackle real challenges in cybersecurity, meaning they have extensive skills in digital forensics, reverse engineering, network security and other areas."

During the rigorous application process, UNO computer science faculty members mapped out curricula that were aligned with standards created by the NSA, according to Richard. A team of four experts from the NSA also participated in two day-long visits to the University.

Nationally there are fewer than 15 institutions to hold the CAE-Cyber Operations designation—others include Carnegie Mellon University, Auburn University and Northeastern University.

The designation certificate will be presented at an awards ceremony at the 18th Annual Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education on June 16 in San Diego, Calif.

The University of New Orleans' Department of Computer Science is already a designated National Center of Academic Excellence in both Information Assurance Education and Information Assurance Research.

 
By Admin (on 6/3/2014 @ 12:34:48, in ORSP Announcements, read 937 times)

Louisiana Economic Development (LED) and the Louisiana Innovation Council (LIC) are delighted that this upcoming November will be the first-ever Louisiana Innovation Month. We are asking the higher education community to participate as a partner in the celebration.

 

Louisiana Innovation Month will provide an opportunity for the entire State of Louisiana to celebrate business creativity and innovation that builds upon existing innovation-related events (e.g., the New Orleans BioInnovation Center’s Innovation Louisiana Week, the Louisiana Technology Council’s Governor’s Technology Awards, Baton Rouge Entrepreneurship Week, and other events scheduled around the state, including at higher education institutions). We envision that Innovation Month will provide an occasion to coordinate currently disparate efforts, positioning LED, LIC, regional economic development allies, and higher education as important partner catalysts for the development of a more diverse knowledge-sector based economy.

 

We ask that higher education institutions coordinate with LED on scheduling, when possible, innovation and entrepreneurship related activities that they may be planning or could plan during the month of November to maximize the visibility and collaboration potential for this first annual Louisiana Innovation Month. The innovative people, research, programs, and services at our States higher education institutions play a significant role in its vibrant economy and in the future that will result from the innovations being developed today.

 

Louisiana Economic Development’s contribution: In addition to coordinating the event, LED will highlight one Louisiana innovative company, person, or organization each business day (Note: Nomination does not guarantee selection.) in November on its website, OpportunityLouisiana.com. In addition, selected innovators will be subjects of articles in LEDs Louisiana Economic Quarterly (EQ) magazine, read by over 10,000 business decision makers and company relocation influencers nationally and internationally. We invite nominations from the higher education community.

 

For purposes of nominations, we define innovation as follows: born from creativity and ingenuity, Louisiana innovation addresses problems, meets previously unmet needs, and/or spurs new thinking through creating something new and different, altering the use of existing forms or ideas, or expanding/redefining  the bounds of the possible or feasible. Nominations are due Wednesday, July 2, 2014.

 

NOMINATION SURVEY LINK: http://opportunitylouisiana.com/index.cfm/form/home/15

 

We look forward to working with you and your teams on this exciting endeavor and welcome any questions you may have. Dr. Jenee Slocum will coordinate the month on behalf of the LIC and nominations on behalf of LED. She can be reached at 225.342.5393 or  jenee.slocum@la.gov.

 
By Admin (on 5/29/2014 @ 11:50:06, in ORSP Announcements, read 672 times)

The University of New Orleans is the recipient of a 5-year $1.5 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The grant is aimed at helping research universities improve persistence of students studying science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and reinvigorating introductory science courses.

UNO is one of 37 institutions and the only one in Louisiana to receive a grant. Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) invited 203 research universities from across the country to apply for the grants.

"This grant will allow us to address some critical barriers to our students' success in STEM majors," said Wendy Schluchter, professor and chair of biological sciences, and the grant's principal investigator.

According to Schluchter, UNO will offer week-long boot camps in math and biology for up to 150 freshmen who want to major in science and engineering to refresh their math skills and explain professors' expectations. These students will be invited to participate in learning communities to help develop their critical thinking skills and encourage them to start identifying themselves as scientists. There will also be a shift in the math and science curricula to emphasize problem solving and active-learning approaches over lectures, Schluchter said.

"The award is a testament to our outstanding faculty," said Steve Johnson, dean of the College of Sciences. "Their innovative approaches to gateway courses in biology and mathematics, and the emphasis on summer advising camps and STEM learning communities will enhance retention of students and continue the long tradition of curriculum innovation in the College of Sciences."

The co-principal investigators on the grant are Tumulesh Solanky, professor and chair of mathematics, and Jerry Howard, associate professor of biological sciences.

A 2012 report from the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology singled out a troubling trend among students interested in STEM disciplines: Today fewer than 40 percent of students who enter college with the intention of majoring in a STEM field complete a STEM degree. Additionally, because of the rapidly changing racial demographics of the nation's talent pool, only about 20 percent of students from underrepresented ethnic groups persist in STEM.

"In the United States, sustaining excellence in science depends on research universities, which are small in number but large in impact," said Sean Carroll, vice president for science education at HHMI. "HHMI wants to encourage these excellent institutions to achieve more."

Since 1988, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute has awarded more than $935 million in grants to 274 public and private colleges and universities to support science education in the United States.


 
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