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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 8/21/2012 @ 09:33:39, in Vice President Ramblings, read 952 times)
More information from the AASCU Meeting. The NIH success rate is now the lowest every at 17%. NIH has been looking at ways to increase success, including limiting total RPG support to $1M or so, another is to limit the total amount of PI support on NIH funding. A guide notice will be out soon.
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 8/20/2012 @ 12:40:53, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1044 times)
More information from Jean Feldman from NSF from the AASCU Meeting (see Post 1). A Proposal Review Workshop was held previously, mainly to deal with the increased number of proposals received. Some suggestions include: increased virtual panels, streamlined ad hoc reviews, more preproposals, asynchronous panels, automated checking of compliance. Jean also stressed the importance of the Facilities, Equipment and Resource section of the NSF Proposal. It's a way to show institutional support without indicating voluntary cost-sharing (which is not allowed).
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 8/20/2012 @ 12:35:49, in Vice President Ramblings, read 886 times)
I will be posting materials I have gleaned from the AASCU (American Association of State Colleges and Universities, pronounced askew)meeting. This morning we heard from Jean Feldman from NSF. The 2013 Budget Request is $7.373B. Target research areas include clean energy, critical infrastructure, new materials, robotics, cyber, next generation scientific technologies and graduate research fellows. Long discussion on the merit review process. New guidelines will be out January, 2013. More details in next post.
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 8/9/2012 @ 16:22:16, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1065 times)
A five-year, $1.2 million grant to the University of New Orleans from the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will underwrite a study of blue crabs, brown shrimp and white shrimp in the northern Gulf of Mexico. UNO PI is Marty O'Connel. Partnering institutions include USM and USA. Check out the story at:
UNO was the lead institution on an NCAM proposal submitted to EDA: Louisiana Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (LAMP) for Aerospace & Maritime. The team members are the University of New Orleans, New Orleans Regional Planning Commission, Manufacturing Extension Partnership of Louisiana (MEPoL), Louisiana State University, and Louisiana Business and Technology Center. The proposal is for $2.3M over three years with approximately $1.2M coming to UNO. UNO is the lead on the overall proposal and is being submitted as an NCAM associated proposal because it brings together advanced manufacturing with aerospace (NASA and Boeing) and maritime (HII and Dr. Dong’s work with shipbuilding). UNO is the lead on the EDA and ETA subproposals, LSU is the lead on the DOE, MEPol on the NIST and LBTC on the SBA.
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 7/27/2012 @ 13:28:33, in Vice President Ramblings, read 969 times)
Manuel Zubeita, who completed two bachelor of science degrees at UNO, one in computer science and one in mathematics, and is pursuing his doctoral degree at UNO placed first last week at a national science and engineering conference. Now in its 12th year, The Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) 12 Student Programming Contest is a competitive programming event which took place on July 17 in Chicago, IL, as part of the XSEDE12 Conference. The competition consisted of 13 teams, one from the University of Michigan, two from Notre Dame and nine from the XSEDE Scholars program. Each team was filled with graduates and undergraduates from noteworthy institutions such as Stanford University, University of California at San Diego, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and University of Texas at Austin.
Undergraduate Computational Engineering and Sciences (UCES) Award Applications for 2012 award due Tue July 31 2012 The Undergraduate Computational Engineering and Sciences (UCES) Award Program is seeking applications for the 2012 awards.Sponsored by the Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship Program administered by the Krell Institute, the UCES Award Program seeks to recognize innovations in computational science education. Four finalists will be invited to present their work at a symposium.
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 6/20/2012 @ 09:10:37, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1125 times)
The Water Institute of the Gulf has named Denise Reed, Ph.D., as its chief scientist. Reed will provide guidance and oversight in the development of the Water Institute’s science and engineering research programs while seeking opportunities for research projects. She will also collaborate with outside organizations with similar goals and interests. Previously, she served as interim director of the Pontchartrain Institute for Environmental Sciences at the University of New Orleans, where she has been a faculty member since 1998. Her research has focused on sediment dynamics in coastal wetlands.
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 6/19/2012 @ 11:26:20, in Vice President Ramblings, read 974 times)
New Scientist magazine published an article on Thursday highlighting the work of UNO Assistant Professor of Biology Simon Lailvaux. The article was entitled:“Angry Lizard Starts Fight for No Reason.” Lailvaux studies the interface between function and behavior of animal species. He is particularly interested in how physiological capacities affect the evolution of reproductive strategies and associated traits. In his work, he studies lizards, insects, crabs and fish to address behavioural and evolutionary hypotheses regarding reproductive success.
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 6/18/2012 @ 08:56:03, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1137 times)

Sabrina Farmer, a former UNO Computer Science student is in the news. Check out:

She is also the founder of UNO's computer science women scholarship:

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