This is the list of all contributions published in this section, in chronological order.
Dr. Steven Johnson is serving as Interim Vice President for Research and Economic Development. Many of you many know him from his term as Dean of the College of Science. He has agreed to serve as Interim Vice President while a national search is underway.
Welcome to the office Dr. Johnson!
It is with some sadness that I write that this is my last blog as Vice President for Research at UNO. After 34 years at the university I am retiring at the end of the fall semester. Starting in January I will be the Vice President for Research and Creative Scholarship at the University of Montana.
During my tenure in this office the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, with the assistance of many units on this campus, has accomplished several notables of which we can be proud:
We have negotiated several large contracts and contract vehicles which have benefitted faculty members in several departments and colleges across campus, including: SPAWAR contract of $50M over 5 years, SPAWAR MAC contract of $30M over 6 years, Medicaid contract of $12.2M over 3 years, DHH IT contract of $13.4M over 3 years.
Working with the University Senate, we established a Summer Research Program which has funded X projects totaling $Y in the CEO, SCORE and SUE programs.
We established a policy on indirect return to the Colleges and Board-Approved Centers and Institutes which has returned $X to those units.
We established the Undergraduate Research Council and helped to initiate the InnovateUNO Student Research event and revamped the Research Council to broaden participation across campus.
Working with the Graduate School, we developed the Dissertation Improvement Grant/Thesis Improvement Grant program to help graduate students complete their studies and to provide training in proposal writing.
Working with the Research Council and the Deans, we have implemented the Faculty Incentive Pay Program (FIPP) which will reward faculty who buy-out of academic year teaching through external grants.
Working with the Research Council, we expanded the research professor title to include Early Research Professor, University Research Professor and President’s Research Professor and acknowledged the outstanding contribution of X such research professors to UNO’s research mission.
Along with the UNO Research and Technology Foundation staff, we have helped to increase the number of business and state government tenants in the UNO Research and Technology Park which now houses nearly 1500 employees.
I know that the UNO research enterprise will flourish. Under the professional direction of Carol Lunn and the staff of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and David Muscarello and the staff of Sponsored Programs Accounting, the transition to a new Vice President for Research and Development will be smooth. UNO will continue to be the Public Urban Research University of Louisiana.
If you are involved in a project that involves research, scholarly work, creative work, or service learning, plan to present your results at UNO’s first ever Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creativity Showcase. Students can present their work in a poster, oral presentation, art display, performance, or screening. Date of the Showcase is March 1, 2013.
Applications will be accepted starting in mid-November. Stay tuned for abstract submission details.
The University of New Orleans will receive $966,350 from the National Science Foundation for its role in a project to conserve biodiversity under climate change in Central Africa. The total grant is for $4.95 million for a period of five years and was awarded through the agency’s program in Partnerships for International Science and Education.
Nicola Anthony, UNO associate professor of biological sciences, is a co-principal investigator on the project, along with Mary Katherine Gonder of the University at Albany, State University of New York. Thomas Smith of the University of California, Los Angeles is the principal investigator.
The Naval Research Laboratory has added an additional $1.432M to the Advanced Forecasting Systems project at UNO. UNO PI is Dr. George Ioup from Physics. Congratulations!
The Office Of Research Awards Ceremony will be from 3 – 5 pm on Tuesday October 16th. Location to be determined.
Just left an very interesting presentation and a one-on-one with Dr. David Campbell, Program Director for one of the programs in the NSF Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR). He updated us on numerous NSF Programs for K-12, undergraduate, graduate, faculty and adult learners. As he was talking I could see strong connections to PIES, CERF, Children's Center, COEHD, and upward bound plus our robotics initiative. I will be making arrangement for him to come to UNO in the early fall.
I had a productive meeting with Dr. Rebecca Boggs, the Senior Program Officer for the NEH Division of Educational Programs. We discussed our recent proposals and how to improve our chances. One suggestion was to become an NEH reviewer. ORSP will be explaining the process and how we can help. We will also try to get one or more NEH program officers to come to campus. If you have questions or comments please send them to vpresearch.
The NEA now has research grants about improving/demonstrating the impacts of the arts. The proposals are related to analysis and presentation of existing data sets related to the arts. I will have an email to the campus when I return. Deadline is Nov. 6, so we have time to prepare some good proposals. Contact vpresearch if you are interested.
NIH presented a lot of data regarding the demographics of who is receiving NIH awards and who is being supported. The data show an aging "workforce". The age at which a PI gets the first NIH award is in the middle to late 30's and the average age of NIH funded PIs is quite old. Finally, NIH is restructuring a few including NCATS which unifies several therapeutic agencies and the Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP).