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By Carol Lunn (on 4/9/2014 @ 14:42:02, in ORSP Announcements, read 383 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 471 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.

 
By Admin (on 2/28/2014 @ 15:44:53, in ORSP Announcements, read 338 times)

The University of New Orleans and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced a partnership with the goal of encouraging and enhancing study in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines for UNO students and faculty.

UNO and the Corps of Engineers will collaborate on research projects of mutual interest which may include soil testing, water quality testing, coastal dredging, land loss prevention and surge modeling.

"This partnership is an important step forward for the UNO College of Engineering in its commitment to being a resource and collaborator with local, state and federal entities," said Norm Whitley, dean of the College of Engineering. "The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is a critical player in the future of the city of New Orleans and all of south Louisiana. We are excited about working with the Corps on the important environmental and infrastructure issues that challenge our community's existence and prosperity."

"We are proud to establish a partnership agreement with the University of New Orleans," said Col. Rick Hansen, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New Orleans District. "This mutually supportive relationship underscores the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs in the future of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the nation."

Some examples of how the agreement will be enacted include:

  • The Corps of Engineers will hire UNO students to work on projects through internships and other cooperative agreements at the Corps of Engineers New Orleans District.
  • The Corps of Engineers and UNO faculty will identify specific areas of research where UNO students can obtain academic credit for work on Corps projects.
  • The Corps of Engineers will involve UNO faculty on specific research projects through cooperative agreements.
  • The Corps of Engineers will loan or donate equipment to UNO.
  • The Corps of Engineers will establish a list of volunteer professionals—including Corps employees, contractors, vendors and other associates—to support mentoring and specialized teaching activities for UNO students.
 
By Admin (on 2/21/2014 @ 16:18:13, in ORSP Announcements, read 381 times)

NPR has an interesting piece on their website concerning recent allegations that a Chinese spy was trying to steal technology and that these allegations are in fact nothing new. Audie Cornish talks to James Lewis, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, about protecting U.S. technology from spying abroad.

You can listen to the story or read the transcript here: http://www.npr.org/2014/02/17/278667332/the-art-and-practice-of-protecting-american-technology

 
By Admin (on 2/14/2014 @ 10:18:06, in ORSP Announcements, read 362 times)

The Merritt C. Becker University of New Orleans Transportation Institute and the Port of New Orleans announced a partnership that will focus on transportation research, community outreach and workforce development. In support of these projects, the Port will provide an in-kind match of organizational resources worth approximately $215,000 to the UNO Transportation Institute.

"This new partnership connects UNO students, faculty and staff with the Port of New Orleans, enabling cutting-edge freight research, outreach activities and workforce development," said John Renne, associate professor and director of the UNO Transportation Institute. "This partnership is a good example of what Governor Jindal is asking of Louisiana universities—to become more engaged with industry to create research and educational opportunities in sectors with strong job growth."

"This partnership with the University of New Orleans will promote economic development throughout the entire maritime community on the Lower Mississippi River," said Gary LaGrange, Port President and CEO. "By collaborating with stakeholders and utilizing the academic expertise of university leaders, we will enhance our community outreach efforts, strengthen the region's competitiveness and address future workforce needs through research and education initiatives. We look forward to continuing and growing our long-standing relationship with UNO."

The UNO Transportation Institute is a partner in two maritime-related University Transportation Centers, established by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The purpose of these centers is to advance U.S. technology and expertise in transportation through research, education and outreach while addressing vital workforce needs for the next generation of transportation leaders.

In order to fulfill its obligation as a member of these University Transportation Centers, the UNO Transportation Institute, in partnership with the Port of New Orleans, will engage in a number of projects including:

  • Investigate the best practices of liquefied natural gas bunkering.
  • Analyze the maritime industry's progress on e-Navigation, a concept designed to bring about increased safety and security in commercial shipping through better organization and exchange of data.
  • Hold a maritime workforce summit to educate high school and college students about maritime careers and connect employers with those seeking jobs in the maritime industry.
  • Develop a web-based K-12 maritime curriculum that will educate students about the history of the Port of New Orleans, its current operations and its international economic impact.
  • Work to establish the state's first chapter of the Women in Transportation Seminar, an international organization dedicated to building the future of transportation through the global advancement of women.
  • The Port of New Orleans' in-kind match of organizational resources includes facility space, personnel time, equipment and software.

The Merritt C. Becker University of New Orleans Transportation Institute focuses on the role of transportation in creating a sustainable, livable and resilient future. Faculty and staff associated with the institute are recognized for their expertise in transportation policy, maritime and port planning, evacuation planning, transit and streetcars, bicycle and pedestrian planning, and transit-oriented development.

 
By Carol Lunn (on 1/13/2014 @ 11:17:03, in ORSP Announcements, read 397 times)
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Sponsored Programs Accounting, and Office of Technology Management & Commercialization are now located in the Administration Building, Suite 1005. We are in the space recently vacated by the Financial Aid office when they moved to the PEC. This new central location is meant to benefit faculty researchers across campus and provides one stop service for all sponsored projects services.

Our offices will host an Open House on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 from 2 pm – 4 pm. Come check out our new digs!

 
By Carol Lunn (on 10/14/2013 @ 16:42:29, in ORSP Announcements, read 607 times)
The UNO College of Engineering, in collaboration with Southeast Symposium for Contemporary Engineering Topics (SSCET), is proud to establish and offer the first UNO Engineering Forum (UNO-EF) at the University of New Orleans Research Technology Park on November 1, 2013. The events will be held concurrently in Lindy C. Boggs Conference Center and offer five parallel technical tracks providing solutions to contemporary engineering topics in electrical, naval, mechanical, and civil & environmental engineering.

The five parallel tracks cover topics in (1) Engineering Education; (2) Energy; (3) Electric Power Systems; (4) Student Projects; and (5) Civil, Coastal, & Environmental Engineering by presenters from participating universities and industries. Participants can earn up to 6 Professional Development Hours.

For more information please visit their website: http://www.uno-ef.org/

 
By Carol Lunn (on 9/30/2013 @ 13:48:18, in ORSP Announcements, read 553 times)
Last week was the annual reception to celebrate our researchers and to honor our research professor award recipients.

The Early Research Professor Award is recognition for persons who hold the rank of Assistant Professor, who have passed their third-year review and who have distinguished themselves in their creative and scholarly activities.

The winner of the 2013 Early Research Professor Award is: Brandon Taravella, Assistant Professor, Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. Dr. Brandon Taravella joined UNO in the Fall of 2009 as Assistant Professor for Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. Prior to that, he was an adjunct instructor since 2005. In his relatively short time at UNO Dr. Taravella has successfully started and enhanced an externally funded research program exceeding 1.2 million in funding. These awards support UNO students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Brandon has also acquired equipment which greatly enhances the Engineering facilities such as a 3D printer and specialized PIV systems for the towing tank. Dr. Taravella’s robotic eel project has resulted in extremely positive public exposure for the College of Engineering and the University of New Orleans. Brandon’s eel has been featured on television, in the news, and is on the front of the UNO Magazine. His funding sponsors include ONR, Trinity Marine Products, ATI Defense and the Vietnam Education Foundation. The University Research Professor award is recognition for persons who have achieved the rank of Associate Professor or Professor and who have distinguished themselves in their creative and scholarly activities.

The winner of the 2013 University Research Professor Award is: Steven Rick, Professor of Chemistry Professor Steven Rick joined UNO as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry in 2000. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2005 and to Professor in 2010. During his tenure Dr. Rick has created and maintained an active and productive research program with national and international impact.

Dr. Rick has published 51 peer reviewed journal articles. Based on the Science Citation Index, his published work has been cited in scientific literature over 2,500 times, an extraordinary level of impact at his career stage. Dr. Rick’s research group focuses on computational methods for understanding the interactions of molecules, including how water interacts with other molecules. These studies provide important information in understanding how proteins fold, which is important for disease treatment, and how new materials behave in the presence of water. In his 12 years at UNO, Steven has served as the chair of the Chemistry Department’s Graduate Selections Committee and as the department webmaster. He has participated in numerous community outreach programs, providing informal science education opportunities in K-12 schools and other venues. He is an excellent mentor of young scientists and is also involved in the undergraduate research summer program. Dr. Rick has been a successful grant writer who has brought almost 1 million dollars since 2006 as a lead PI. His funding has derived from numerous agencies including the National Science Foundation, Tulane University partnerships, and the Board of Regents.
 
Currently, FastLane allows you to start a new proposal by copying from a previously submitted proposal or by using a previously created template.

Starting August 2, applicants will only be able to copy proposals submitted under the current version of NSF's Grant Proposal Guide (GPG).

Additionally, you will no longer be able to create and save templates in FastLane.

However, the standard process for creating a new proposal remains unchanged.

Also, when you create reports, which are now submitted in Research.Gov, you can log in using your Fastlane user ID and password.

 
University of New Orleans President Peter J. Fos announced that Kenneth W. Sewell has been named vice president for research and economic development. Sewell was vice president for research and economic development at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas.

Sewell will oversee all research and economic development activities at the University of New Orleans, including those sponsored by the UNO Research and Technology Park, located on the University's Lakefront campus.

"Dr. Sewell brings over five years of experience in administering research and economic development at a major university," said President Peter J. Fos. "His ability to engage faculty in the promotion of research and his industry connections will help serve the mission of the University of New Orleans. I am certain that, with his guidance and leadership, the research portfolio of the University of New Orleans will improve significantly."

As the chief research officer for UNT, Sewell was responsible for promoting research, scholarship and artistic creativity in support of the entire mission of the university. He worked with deans, chairs and faculty, as well as funding agencies and other institutions, to enhance UNT's research profile.

Prior to his post as vice president, Sewell served as associate vice president from 2008 to 2013, and brings additional experience from a variety of administrative positions throughout his career. He has served on numerous key university-level committees and boards since joining UNT, including membership on the University Review Committee, and chairing the Institutional Review Board. Sewell was director of the UNT doctoral program in clinical psychology from 1996 to 2008.

Sewell graduated summa cum laude from Kansas State University with a bachelor's degree in psychology. He received his master's and doctoral degrees in psychology from the University of Kansas. Following a clinical internship with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Sewell joined UNT's Department of Psychology faculty in 1991.

 
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