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The Louisiana Board of Regents and Louisiana EPSCOR are planning to submit a joint proposal to the National Science Foundation and BP to fund a research conference designed to address the breath of scientific, technical, and other issues raised by the the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.   

A memo from Kerry Davidson, Deputy Commissioner for Sponsored Programs at the Board of Regents, and Michael Khonsari, EPSCoR Project Director, is attached.  The attachment also includes a two page white paper submitted to NSF by Dr. Khonsari describing the proposed conference.

The Board of Regents is inviting suggestions related to the content of the proposal and the organization, themes and desired outcomes of the proposed conference.  If you have any insight to provide, please submit your ideas to me at (vcresearch@uno.edu )  by noon on June 7, 2010.   

This message has been distributed to all faculty.

Attached File:  Gulf Oil Spill Research Conference DOC001.PDF

 
By Admin (on 6/8/2010 @ 10:55:46, in Oil Spill, read 1260 times)

The Bioinnovation Center has requested that we provide them with a list of biological/public health related areas of expertise that our faculty can contribute to address the potential problems associated with the oil spill.  They are looking to submit a collaborative proposal from LSUHSC, Tulane, Xavier and UNO directly to BP in these areas.

Please email me (at vcresearch@uno.edu) a short (up to three sentence) description of a bio/public health related research project related to the affects of the oil spill.  Also include your name, department, phone and email address.  If you have more than one project that fits this description please provide a separate project description for each using the format above.  They can all be provided in the same email.  If you are in doubt as to whether your project qualifies I suggest you send it along.  They can remove any that don’t fit their proposal.

Unfortunately, the time frame is short.  The Bioinnovation Center said they would like our response within a week, so please provide your response to me by Monday, June 14.  

This email has been distributed to all faculty.

 
By Admin (on 6/14/2010 @ 10:56:25, in Oil Spill, read 1226 times)

From: David L Nieland [mailto:dniela@LSU.EDU]
Sent: Monday, June 14, 2010 6:52 AM
To: SGRFP-L@LISTSERV.LSU.EDU
Subject: [SGRFP-L] FW: Food and Water Safety Executive Summit Meeting

Subject: Food and Water Safety Executive Summit Meeting

Ladies and Gentlemen

We are pleased to announce that the "Food and Water Safety Executive Summit: exploring analytical methods to address the impact of oil spill contamination on water quality and Marine Life" Has been rescheduled for Friday June 25, 2010 from 8:30 to 3:30.  The meeting will be held in the Knapp Hall Auditorium.  You are invited and please forward the invitation to those who would gain from the scientific discussion. We are asking that there be no reporters or press and the discussions be restricted to scientific issues. Waters Associates have kindly agreed to provide a continental breakfast and lunch. Please let Stephanie Jones know if you are planning to attend and ask any others that you invite to let us know so that we can assure accommodations for all.

If I can provide any further information please let me know

John W. Finley, Head

Department of Food Science

111 Food Science Building

Louisiana State University

Baton Rouge, LA  70803-4200

P: 225-578-5085

Attached File:  oil spill contamination exec summit_v1.docx

 
By Admin (on 7/6/2010 @ 10:57:47, in Oil Spill, read 1262 times)

The research and external affairs administrators from UNO, Tulane, ULL and LSU along with a technical point of contact at each university have been working over the past several weeks to ensure that the $500M over 5 year research funding that BP has committed to efforts related to the oil spill and the future health of the Gulf Coast region will be distributed to researchers in Louisiana using a process that builds a collaborative, multi-institutional approach to the problems and their solution.  While the details of that process have not been finalized we believe that the nature of the problem and the unique expertise that the state’s researchers bring to those problems can be identified by a series of projects within three broad themes:  Energy & Environment, Health & Society, and Safety & Policy.  Within each theme there are specific questions that will be addressed by the BP proposal followed by suggested projects related to the questions (see attached ThemesProjects).

To help in developing the statewide proposal we will select leaders from researchers with expertise in these project areas from each of the four universities plus any other state university.  While I believe we will ultimately end up with a process where proposals will be solicited from researchers in response to an RFP (assuming we are successful in obtaining the BP funding), it is beneficial to include as many UNO researchers as possible in those teams developing the research component of the statewide BP proposal.

If you are doing research in any of the projects under any of the questions within the themes identified in the attached ThemesProjects please send me the following:

(1)   A vitae in two-page NSF format (see attached)

(2)   The theme-question-project (or projects) that you have expertise in.  You MUST use the attached spreadsheet.

(3)   Your contact info including Name, Department, Email, Phone

 

Note that the spreadsheet only lists themes and questions.  Your project should be aligned with one of the projects listed in the attached (ThemesProjects).  I have filled in an example 1.5 on the spreadsheet.  If you do not already have a collaborative team you can list only your own information and we will try to develop the team.  Also, it is beneficial to demonstrate multi-institutional collaboration particularly among other state universities (including those not among the four listed above).  If you have a strong established collaboration with a research in a university outside of Louisiana, you may include them.

We are meeting again at the end of this week or beginning of the next, so it would be best if you can get this information back to me via email at vcresearch@uno.edu by Friday, July 9th.  I will continue to accept your responses after that, but cannot guarantee your information will be included when we begin forming the BP proposal team if I receive it after that date.  Thanks for your help in developing this proposal.

Attached File:  OilSpill.ThemedProjects.zip

 
By Admin (on 7/13/2010 @ 11:00:11, in Oil Spill, read 1319 times)

See the attached memo. The matrix template included in the memo is also attached separately as a Word document.   As far as I know, the Steering Committee has not been selected and it will be appointed by the BoR/EPSCoR heads.  I do NOT believe they are requesting nominees for the Steering Committee.  If you wish to suggest topics as a Key Research Topic and provide the additional information requested on that topic please indicate so on the attached Oil Spill Conference matrix and return to vcresearch@uno.edu

Attached File:  Oil Spill Conference.zip

 
By Admin (on 8/10/2010 @ 11:05:47, in Oil Spill, read 1184 times)

The Office of Research and the Office of External Affairs along with several key faculty members have been working with the other research universities in Louisiana to prepare a proposal to BP to request a share of the $500M that BP has targeted for research related to the oil spill and a resilient Gulf Coast.  That proposal is attached.  Also attached is a letter drafted by the group to explain some of the key points of the proposal.  The proposal: 

(1)    Establishes the Gulf Research Institute for a Resilient Louisiana (GRI-RL) to be housed within the Coastal Sustainability Consortium (CSC).  The CSC is a consortium of the four research universities in Louisiana active in coastal sustainability issues (UNO, LSU, Tulane, ULL)

(2)    Eighty-percent (80%) of the BP funds will be distributed to researchers throughout the state through a peer-reviewed proposal process

(3)    All universities in Louisiana may participate either by becoming affiliate members of the CSC or as principal investigators (or co-PIs) on proposals to the GRI-RL

 The Office of External Affairs is currently working with state officials and our national legislative delegation to help encourage BP to fund the proposal.  We will keep you updated on any news.

Attached File:  Statewide.Proposals.to.BP.zip

 

Please note the announcement of the meeting at Tulane regarding the Unified Command plan related to sub-surface oil and dispersant monitoring.  Parking and shuttle information is provided at the bottom the email.  This message has been distributed to all faculty/staff.

From: Burton, Loula M [mailto:lburton@tulane.edu]
Sent: Thursday, August 26, 2010 11:35 AM
Subject: Invitation from Dr. Laura Levy, Tulane VP for Research - Unified Command Meeting for BP Oil Spill

Dear Colleagues:
On behalf of Vijay John, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Tulane University, I write to let you know about an important upcoming meeting.  The Unified Command for the BP Oil Spill will be holding a meeting in the Rogers Memorial Chapel at Tulane University on Thursday, September 2nd from 1-3 pm.  Professor John will host the meeting, whose purpose is to seek input and inform the academic research community about the goals, strategies and implementation of the sub-surface oil and dispersant monitoring plan being developed by the Unified Command. This draft plan responds to a tasking by the National Incident Commander, Admiral Thad Allen, for a comprehensive plan to determine the distribution and concentration of oil and dispersants in nearshore and offshore waters and sediments of the Gulf of Mexico.  This meeting will seek input relative to the scope (variables to be monitored), scale (spatial distribution), intensity, and frequency of sampling to assure careful monitoring of the fate and distribution of DWH oil and related dispersants released into the environment.  This plan specifically targets the fate of oil and dispersants, levels of dissolved oxygen and other key physical and chemical parameters. This plan is focused on the near term and does not consider the wider ecological effects per se, although input on these subjects may be discussed in the meetings.  Participants should be prepared to offer suggestions on the proposed program, understanding the existing constraints (e.g., what is covered by Response and Restoration, and duration), as well as the potential roles academic partners can play in the design, collection and interpretation of data.  Participants should also be prepared to hear from the Unified command as to the boundaries set on this specific effort. The draft plan is attached.
Please share this invitation with investigators at your institution who may be interested in attending.  Logistical information about the meeting may be found below.
Sincerely,
--
Laura S. Levy, Ph.D.
Professor of Microbiology & Immunology
Vice President for Research
Tulane University
E-mail:  llevy@tulane.edu

PARKING & DIRECTIONS:

The meeting will be held in the Rogers Memorial Chapel on Tulane’s uptown campus. Parking will be extremely tight but may be found near the campus on the Broadway Street side.  A good alternative is to take the shuttle from University Square at 200 Broadway Street.
Please find a campus map here: http://tulane.edu/about/visiting/uptown-campus-map.cfm
(the Chapel is Building 73 at the top of the map, 1100 block of Broadway Street)
Parking is readily available at University Square (http://tulane.edu/about/visiting/university-square-map.cfm). There is a free shuttle to campus that leaves at 12:20pm and will arrive in front of Howard Tilton Library at 12:35pm. The chapel is a short walk away. Return shuttles will leave Howard Tilton Library at regular intervals, including at 3:15, 3:35 and 3:55 to return to the University Square parking lot. (Complete shuttle schedule: http://tulane.edu/studentaffairs/tom/transportation/upload/Blue-Line-Fall10-Spr11.pdf)
General visitor information, including maps and driving directions, can be found at http://tulane.edu/about/visiting/campus-maps.cfm

Attached File:  SubSurfaceDirStrategy8.18.pdf

 
By Admin (on 10/19/2010 @ 15:35:54, in Oil Spill, read 1236 times)

SEMINAR ANNOUNCEMENT

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ORLEANS

DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS

SPEAKER:     Toby Roesler, Southeastern Geophysical Society

TOPIC:           The Causes of the Deepwater Horizon Blowout:

Technological Failure or Human Error?

DATE:            Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010

TIME:             3:00 PM

PLACE:          SC 1053

ALL INTERESTED PARTIES ARE INVITED

COFFEE SERVED

 

 
By Admin (on 11/3/2010 @ 15:40:01, in Oil Spill, read 1165 times)

As you may be aware, BP has announced more details of their Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GRI), which will provide $500 million in competitive research awards to academia and industry research organizations over the next ten years.  That announcement is attached.  A workshop was recently held at Dillard at which time more details were released.  BP is working with the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (http://gulfofmexicoalliance.org/) which is a partnership of the states of AL, FL, LA, MS and TX through the respective Governor’s Offices.
Some of those details are:

The GRI will establish a GRI Executive Committee (anticipated by the end of November) which will consist of 20 members (10 chosen by BP and 10 by the Alliance).  We have nominated two possible members of the Executive Committee from UNO.

Once the Executive Committee is finalized an RFP will be released. The Executive Committee will have final approval over the RFP. The goal is to release the solicitation by early December. The Alliance will widely advertise the RFP once it is released, including on a new GRI website that is currently under development.

Researchers will be given about 45 days to submit a proposal electronically to the Alliance (the due date will be around February 1, 2011).  The Alliance will oversee a peer review process similar to the National Science Foundation.

Chosen projects will be determined by the Executive Committee and announced around April 1. Funding will be provided to the awardees around June 1.  Research teams receiving GRI funding will be expected to publish their research results in scholarly journals and make their data transparent and accessible. Research findings will not need to be reviewed by BP or the Alliance prior to publication.  This first competitive RFP will be used to fund projects for up to three years. Each project will have to be approved annually for renewal (i.e. funding will not be provided upfront for three years of research, but projects can be renewed for up to three years based on performance). Funding cannot be used for acquisition, infrastructure or education/community outreach activities.

Project proposals must fall into one of the five identified research themes, listed below. These themes will be revisited in year four of GRI, once the first three years of competitive projects initiated by the upcoming RFP have concluded.

  • The physical distribution and ultimate fate of contaminants associated with the Deepwater Horizon incident.
  • The chemical evolution and biological degradation of the contaminants.
  • The environmental effects of the contaminants on Gulf of Mexico ecosystems, and the science of ecosystem recovery.
  • Technology developments for improved detection, characterization, mitigation, and remediation of offshore oil spills.
  •  Integration of the previous four themes in the context of human health.

Given the expected quick turnaround once the RFP is released in December, I encourage UNO researchers to start organizing their teams and ideas now according to the above five themes.  Monday and Tuesday of this week the BoR held a conference in New Orleans related to research and the Horizon Oil Spill.  The list of attendees and posters from that conference may be helpful in finding collaborators. If you need help identifying possible research partners please let me know.  Although researchers in the Gulf region are expected to receive preference for funding, proposals will be accepted from across the country. Additionally, partnerships with industry and state or national labs are not precluded from receiving funding.

Attached File:  BP GOMA Press Release.pdf

 
By Admin (on 12/2/2010 @ 15:48:37, in Oil Spill, read 1144 times)

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) has reserved room 438 in the CERM building for the webinar detailed below on BP funding on December 9, 2010. Individuals may register and watch on their own computer, or can attend the webinar in the conference room we have reserved. If you would like to attend the webinar with ORSP please r.s.v.p. at orsp@uno.edu so we can ensure the room is large enough to accommodate everyone.

On December 9, 2010, a workshop on the "EPA Office of Research and Development's Grant Process: How It Works and How Best to Compete" will be held at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida. This workshop will be available via web and representatives of the National Science Foundation and the British Petroleum (BP) Corporation will also participate in this event.  This workshop will be similar to the workshop held at Dillard University on October 28, 2010.

This workshop is being offered to share with you oil spill-related research needs resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  Responding to this unprecedented disaster has revealed numerous research needs in the areas of oil spill response, remediation, and restoration.  The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Science Foundation will be independently soliciting research grant applications in the near future from eligible organizations, universities, and colleges located in the Gulf Coast Region to conduct much needed research that addresses the many gaps that have become apparent in dealing with the oil spill.  BP will also be soliciting research proposals for research projects under its own competitive process.

In addition to describing oil spill-related research needs, the workshop will include presentations on the grant competition process and the time lines for soliciting applications and awarding the grants.  Time will also be allotted to respond to questions and discussing topics of interest to potential applicants.  
Included please find the formal invitation with more information from Mr. Christopher Zarba, Deputy Center Director for EPA's National Center for Environmental Research, and a draft agenda.  Please also go to  http://www.scgcorp.com/Reg4_grantwkshp/index.htm.

 

Attached File:  ORD Workshop at FAMU.pdf

 
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