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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 246 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 509 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 251 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.


 

Notice Number: NOT-OD-14-092

Key Dates Release Date: May 16, 2014

Related Announcements NOT-OD-14-079; NOT-OD-14-026; NOT-OD-13-113; NOT-OD-13-035; NOT-OD-13-061; and, NOT-OD-12-083

Issued by National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Purpose The National Institutes of Health (NIH) will be required the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) for all type 5 non-SNAP progress reports submitted on or after October 17, 2014.

Background NIH requires use of the RPPR module to submit progress reports for Streamlined Non-competing Award Process (SNAP), fellowship, and multi-year funded awards.  NIH has piloted the use of the RPPR for non-snap type 5 awards since November 2013, and is now expanding the requirement to use the RPPR to all type 5 non-SNAP awards. Note: NIH continues development of the RPPR for final progress reports and for administrative extensions (Type 4s; e.g., SBIR/STTR Fast-Track Phase II application) and will update the community as progress is made.

Additional information and resources on the RPPR, including the current RPPR Instruction Guide and training archives, can be found at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/rppr/ .

Inquiries General questions concerning using the eRA Commons and RPPR functionality should be directed to the eRA Commons Helpdesk at:

eRA Commons Help Desk
Web:http://ithelpdesk.nih.gov/eRA/ (Preferred method of contact)
Toll-free: 1-866-504-9552
Phone: 301-402-7469

General inquires about this Notice may be directed to:

Division of Grants Policy
Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration (OPERA)
Phone: 301-435-0938
Email: GrantsPolicy@od.nih.gov

- See more at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-14-092.html#sthash.34SADAtG.dpuf

 

UNO is committed to excellence as an urban, research university.  The concept of research at UNO is a broad one, encompassing creative advances in the science, social sciences, and engineering, as well as scholarly achievements in the education, business, the humanities, and fine arts.  Recognizing and rewarding scholarly excellence in our faculty is essential to maintaining a healthy atmosphere of creativity and innovation—elements crucial to a thriving research university.  Attached are descriptions, criteria, and processes for three new recognition prizes within the domain of research and scholarship, slated to begin in 2014.  Two of these new prizes (the Research Excellence Prize and the Early Career Research Prize) are nomination-based; the third (the Competitive Funding Prize) is based purely on grant success and the calculations will be made by my staff. For more information, please review the attached guidelines.

For the nomination-based prizes, please consider nominating a worthy colleague and/or working with your department chair to secure a nomination for yourself. Nominations should be sent to vpresearch@uno.edu no later than May 16, 2014 May 30, 2014 in order to be eligible, but may be submitted any time between now and then. Awardees will be announced in Fall 2014.

On behalf of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, the Research Council, and myself, we appreciate all that our wonderful researchers do to advance the mission of UNO and to make the learning experience of our students infused with creativity and knowledge creation at the vanguard of the many fields represented at UNO.  We look forward to reviewing the nominations and joining together to celebrate the success of our faculty.

Attached File:  New.Research.Recognition.Prizes.for.FY14.Forward.docx

 
Two leading computer scientists at the University of New Orleans recently received an Outstanding Research Award from the American Academy of Forensic Sciences for research in their field.

The American Academy of Forensic Sciences is a professional society for all who practice the forensic sciences, or the scientific method of gathering and examining information about the past. The AAFS, as the world's most prestigious forensic science organization, promotes education and the elevation of accuracy, precision, and specificity in the forensic sciences, according to the organization's website. The organization publishes the Journal of Forensic Sciences, an internationally recognized journal.

Members presented more than 500 scientific papers, seminars and workshops at the AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting held in February in Washington DC. The annual scientific meeting is designed to gather professionals to present the most current information, research, and updates in this expanding field. Forensics is especially important in law enforcement, where forensics is applied to criminal or civil law, and is used in other fields, such as astronomy, archaeology, biology and geology. The AASF's nearly 6,000 members are divided into 11 sections spanning forensic fields. Included in this membership are physicians, attorneys, dentists, toxicologists, physical anthropologists, document examiners, psychiatrists, engineers, physicists, chemists, criminologists, educators and others who practice forensic science or teach and conduct research in the field.

Professor of Computer Science Golden Richard III, who founded a cutting-edge information assurance program at UNO in 2002, was promoted to Fellow at the annual meeting. Under Richard's direction, UNO founded the Greater New Orleans Center for Information Assurance, a Board of Regents sponsored center with two state-of-the-art computer labs, where researchers have obtained several million dollars in federal research grants and gained certifications from the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

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By Carol Lunn (on 4/9/2014 @ 14:42:02, in ORSP Announcements, read 278 times)
University of New Orleans faculty member John Renne has been named a committee chair of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies. Renne, associate professor of planning and urban studies and director of the Merritt C. Becker UNO Transportation Institute, will chair the Transportation and Land Development Committee for a 3-year term.

"This committee is a leading forum of experts that sets a national agenda on the topic of transportation and land use planning," Renne said. "Given the economic recovery and a renewed interest in cities, transit and sustainable development, I am very excited to be taking over this committee at such a critical time in our nation's history."

Renne's research focuses on sustainable transport, real estate, land use and transportation planning with a focus on transit-oriented development, travel behavior and emergency transportation planning for vulnerable populations. He has co-edited two books, "Transport Beyond Oil: Policy Choices for a Multimodal Future" and "Transit Oriented Development: Making It Happen."

Renne also serves as the chair of the New Orleans Sustainable Transportation Advisory Committee to the City Council and he served on the founding board of Bike Easy, New Orleans' nonprofit bicycle advocacy organization.

The mission of the Transportation Research Board is to promote innovation and progress in transportation through research. It is one of six major divisions of the National Research Council, a private nonprofit institution that is the principal operating agency of the National Academies in providing services to the government, the public, and the scientific and engineering communities.

 
By Admin (on 3/24/2014 @ 14:45:59, in ORSP Announcements, read 344 times)

New Slate of UNO Research Recognition Prizes

For implementation during FY2014

(prizes to be awarded in Fall 2014)

 UNO is committed to excellence as an urban, research university.  The concept of research at UNO is a broad one, encompassing creative advances in the science, social sciences, and engineering, as well as scholarly achievements in the education, business, the humanities, and fine arts.  Recognizing and rewarding scholarly excellence in our faculty is essential to maintaining a healthy atmosphere of creativity and innovation—elements crucial to a thriving research university.  Attached are descriptions, criteria, and processes for three new recognition prizes within the domain of research and scholarship, slated to begin in 2014.  Two of these new prizes (the Research Excellence Prize and the Early Career Research Prize) are nomination-based; the third (the Competitive Funding Prize) is based purely on grant success and the calculations will be made by my staff. For more information, please review the attached guidelines.

 For the nomination-based prizes, please consider nominating a worthy colleague and/or working with your department chair to secure a nomination for yourself. Nominations should be sent to ORSP@uno.edu no later than May 16, 2014 in order to be eligible, but may be submitted any time between now and then. Awardees will be announced in Fall 2014.

 On behalf of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, the Research Council, and myself, we appreciate all that our wonderful researchers do to advance the mission of UNO and to make the learning experience of our students infused with creativity and knowledge creation at the vanguard of the many fields represented at UNO.  We look forward to reviewing the nominations and joining together to celebrate the success of our faculty.

GUIDELINES FOR THE RESEARCH EXCELLENCE PRIZE

 

PURPOSE

The Research Excellence Prize is a recognition for persons who have achieved the rank of Associate Professor or Professor and who have distinguished themselves in their creative and scholarly activities.

 

BENEFITS

The prize consists of the public designation of the prize winner, and a one-time discretionary use allocation of ten thousand dollars ($10,000).  The allocation may be utilized over a one year period as a fixed price award (winner has freedom to purchase equipment and supplies, to hire student assistance or consultants, fund summer salary or extra compensation, etc.).  Note that any salary utilization from the allocation must include the funding of fringe benefits within the allocation added to the recipient’s base salary.  Utilization of this allocation must be compliant with other UNO policies and guidelines, including the Faculty Workload policy, the Extra Compensation policy, university purchasing procedures, and Human Resources processes.

 

Beyond the distinction and the prize itself, the Vice President for Research and Economic Development and the Provost will work with the winners’ chairs and deans to identify external awards and designations for which the winners might be competitive and make efforts to nominate the winners for such awards when possible.

 

LIMITATION ON AWARDS

Generally, one UNO Research Excellence Prize will be awarded per year.  Depending upon the quality of nominations in a given cycle, zero to three prizes may be made per year.

 

CRITERIA

Nominees for UNO Research Excellence Prize must be associate or full professors in one of the academic departments.  Faculty who have received a Research Excellence Prize in the last five years are not eligible (the award initiates in FY14, so this rule is not applicable until FY15). Selection will be based on the candidate's outstanding and sustained record of creative and scholarly activity and on his/her status among experts in the respective field.

 

NOMINATION

The Vice President for Research and Economic Development will announce the dates when the nominations will be accepted.  The nominations should originate with the chair of the candidate's department and be forwarded to the appropriate dean.  Multiple nominations may be made by a department. Those nominations supported by the dean should be sent to the Office of Research.   The Vice President for Research and Economic Development will forward them to the UNO Research Council for review and recommendation to the Vice President for Research and Economic Development.

 

Nomination materials should consist of a letter of nomination from the candidate's department chair explaining why the nominee should receive the honor, a copy of the nominee's curriculum vitae (standard University format), a statement by the nominee of his/her creative and scholarship career achievements, and a list of the names, addresses, and e-mail addresses of six off-campus experts in the nominee's field.  If the nominee's work is interdisciplinary or subdisciplinary, the relevant fields or subfields of the referees should be clearly indicated.  Do not request or send such recommendations.  If needed, they will be solicited by the Research Council from names on the list and from other appropriate sources.

 

FINAL DESIGNATION

The Research Council will make its recommendation to the Vice President for Research and Economic Development.  The Vice President for Research and Economic Development will make the final determination.  Announcement of the winner(s) will take place in the annual researchers’ reception or other such university-level context.


GUIDELINES FOR THE EARLY CAREER RESEARCH PRIZE

 

PURPOSE

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.

 

BENEFITS

The prize consists of the public designation as the prize winner, and a one-time discretionary use allocation of seven thousand five hundred dollars ($7,500).  The allocation may be utilized over a one year period as a fixed price award (winner has freedom to purchase equipment and supplies, to hire student assistance or consultants, fund summer salary or extra compensation, etc.).   Note that any salary utilization from the allocation must include the funding of fringe benefits within the allocation added to the recipient’s base salary.  Utilization of this allocation must be compliant with other UNO policies and guidelines, including the Faculty Workload policy, the Extra Compensation policy, university purchasing procedures, and Human Resources processes.

 

Beyond the distinction and the prize itself, the Vice President for Research and Economic Development and the Provost will work with the winners’ chairs and deans to identify external awards and designations for which the winners might be competitive and make efforts to nominate the winners for such awards when possible.

 

LIMITATION ON AWARDS

Generally, one UNO Early Career Research Prize will be awarded per year.  Depending upon the quality of nominations in a given cycle, zero to three prizes may be made per year.

 

CRITERIA

Nominees for the UNO Early Career Research Prize must be assistant professors at the time of the award in one of the academic departments and must have passed their third-year review.  Faculty who have received a prior Early Career Research Prize are not eligible. Selection will be based on the candidate's outstanding record of creative and scholarly activity.

 

NOMINATION

The Vice President for Research and Economic Development will announce the dates when the nominations will be accepted.  The nominations should originate with the chair of the candidate's department and be forwarded to the appropriate dean.  Multiple nominations may be made by a department. Those nominations supported by the dean should be sent to the Office of Research.   The Vice President for Research and Economic Development will forward them to the UNO Research Council for review and recommendation to the Vice President for Research and Economic Development.

 

Nomination materials should consist of a letter of nomination from the candidate's department chair explaining why the nominee should receive the honor, a copy of the nominee's curriculum vitae (standard University format), a statement by the nominee of his/her creative and scholarship career achievements and future objectives.

 

FINAL DESIGNATION

The Research Council will make its recommendation to the Vice President for Research and Economic Development.  The Vice President for Research and Economic Development will make the final determination.  Announcement of the winner(s) will take place in the annual researchers’ reception or other such university-level context.


  GUIDELINES FOR THE COMPETITIVE FUNDING PRIZE

 

PURPOSE

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 funding awards in the past fiscal year.

 

BENEFITS

The prize consists of the public designation of the prize winner, and a one-time discretionary use allocation of ten thousand dollars ($10,000).  The allocation may be utilized over a one year period as a fixed price award (winner has freedom to purchase equipment and supplies, to hire student assistance or consultants, fund summer salary or extra compensation, etc.).  Note that any salary utilization from the allocation must include the funding of fringe benefits within the allocation added to the recipient’s base salary.  Utilization of this allocation must be compliant with other UNO policies and guidelines, including the Faculty Workload policy, the Extra Compensation policy, university purchasing procedures, and Human Resources processes.

 

 

LIMITATION ON AWARDS

Normally, only one UNO Competitive Funding Prize will be awarded per year.  The Vice President for Research and Economic Development reserves the right to deviate from this norm and award fewer or more than one Competitive Funding Prize in a given year, if circumstances warrant the deviation.

 

CRITERIA

                The calculation will be based on the official award notice of finalized budget from the sponsor(s) in the prior fiscal year.  Multiple awards to the same PI will be added together to determine the value used for the prize determination.  The following examples are offered to clarify the criteria.

 

Example 1

·         NSF award of $200,000 for each of 5 years ($1 million total)

·         Award notice provides authorization for the entire amount

·         The entire amount ($1 million) will be used as criterion value in the fiscal year it was awarded (there will be no additional amount from this award used in the calculation for subsequent years unless a supplemental award budget is granted)

 

Example 2

·         NIH award of $200,000 for year 1 and the possibility of 4 additional years

·         Award notice provides authorization for year 1 only

·         Year 1 budget of $200,000 will be used as criterion value in the fiscal year it was awarded (any future funding within the grant will be counted in the year it is awarded)

 

FINAL DESIGNATION

The Research Council will review the tabulations of external awards provided by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, and may request additional information or review if there are questions of fact or proposed extenuating circumstances.  The Vice President for Research and Economic Development will make the final determination.  Announcement of the winner will take place in the annual researchers’ reception or other such university-level context.

 
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