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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 442 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.

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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 or visit

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 368 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 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 643 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, 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.




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

By Admin (on 5/29/2014 @ 11:50:06, in ORSP Announcements, read 368 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: .

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: (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

- See more at:


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 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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