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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 6/13/2012 @ 12:57:23, in Vice President Ramblings, read 494 times)
Dr. Brandon Taravella of the UNO School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering has received a grant of $276,391 from ONR for "Stereoscopic Particle Image Velocimetry for Use in Towing Tank". Congratulations!
 
University of New Orleans Professor Emerita of Sociology Shirley Laska has recently been named to the Science and Engineering Advisory Council of the Water Institute of The Gulf. The newly formed nonprofit organization is expected to play a significant role in determining how coastal restoration funds are used once money starts to flow from fines levied against BP Oil following the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Laska is sociology professor emerita at UNO and founder of UNO's Center for Hazards, Assessment, Response and Technology (CHART), one of the University's most productive research centers.
 
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 5/31/2012 @ 14:01:58, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1296 times)
UNO's Upward Bound Program under the direction of Lynette Bates received a new grant which was covered in NOLA.com today. The University of New Orleans has received $5 million from the federal Education Department's Upward Bound program to help students get ready for college. During the next five years, the grant will go into three UNO programs: Project PASS, Jefferson Upward Bound and Classic Upward Bound.Upward Bound is designed for high-school students from low-income households and for students in that age group whose parents do not have college degrees. In its first year, the UNO grant could help more than 220 students. Project PASS, an acronym for Preparing All Students to Succeed, works with about 70 students, including those with disabilities. The target schools are Eleanor McMain Secondary School and McDonogh No. 35 College Preparatory High School. The Jefferson Upward Bound program will help about 60 students at East Jefferson and Riverdale high schools. The Classic Upward Bound program will assist 98 students at Joseph S. Clark Preparatory High School, KIPP Renaissance High School, Lake Area New Tech Early College High School and Sarah T. Reed High School.
 
The Minority Education through Traveling and Learning in the Sciences (METALS) trip across the Western U.S. runs June 11-24, according to Dr. Ivan Gill, a science education coordinator at UNO who leads the program with Dinah Maygarden of PIES. The grant-funded program is a partnership between UNO and three universities: Purdue University, University of Texas at El Paso and San Francisco State University. Each university selects 10 minority high school students to participate in an approximately two-week field-laboratory geology program sponsored by the National Science Foundation and corporations including ExxonMobil. The program is free to participating students.
 
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 5/16/2012 @ 14:03:12, in Vice President Ramblings, read 516 times)
I just left the Executives Luncheon for the UNO Research and Technology Park. I believe this was the first luncheon and it brought together the staff of the UNO Research and Technology Foundation, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, the Deans of the Colleges and the executives of the businesses located in the Research Park. It was very successful and should increase research and internship opportunities for our faculty and students.
 
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 5/3/2012 @ 13:03:59, in Vice President Ramblings, read 499 times)
A couple of recommendations under "Recognize and Reward Translational Scientists" might be of interest to the faculy. Under the recommendations to individual scientists they suggest that faculty be aware of tenure expectations, clearly articulate their career goals, and negotiate department concurence. Having served on the university promotion and tenure committee I find this to be valuable advice. Translational research often crosses boundaries or resides in unusual surroundings. As a result, the promotion and tenure decision is complicated because the research and publications are often outside of the "mainstream". The faculty member needs to make sure that the committee(s) value the research and subsequent "journals" and not assume that normal processes are sufficient.
 
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 5/1/2012 @ 10:26:42, in Vice President Ramblings, read 498 times)
Under the FASEB recommendations to "Promote Access to Translational Research Collaborators and Resources" there were a couple of interesting suggestions. Among them was a suggestion to establish or support seminars and workshops as well as networking opportunities (which they referred to as research "speed dating"). While many such workshops already exist the concept of speed dating seems novel. I wonder what a conference would look like if you had agencies or business/industry leaders sitting at tables and the faculty or VP Research would have 5 minutes to present joint projects.
 
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 4/30/2012 @ 15:54:30, in Vice President Ramblings, read 534 times)
The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) released their report, Engaging Basic Scientists in Translational Research: Identifying Opportunities, Overcoming Obstacles. For the next week or so I will post some of their recommendations. Under recommendations to Promote Interest, Education, and Training in Translational Science they recommend that institutions provide didactic coursework, provide opportunities and release time for basic scientists and trainees to acquire clinical experiences and facilitate training in the wide range of disciplines and skills needed.
 
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 4/23/2012 @ 10:04:44, in Vice President Ramblings, read 555 times)
The Office of Research recently emailed the first issue of our new "Helpful Hints" to help faculty, staff and students seek external funding. Please check your UNO email for the first issue.
 
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 4/12/2012 @ 12:29:08, in Vice President Ramblings, read 547 times)
University of New Orleans psychology professor Robert Laird has received a three-year $515,000 grant from the William T. Grant Foundation to study parenting new teen drivers. Laird, an associate professor of psychology, will examine how a new driver in the family changes the dynamics of parent-adolescent interactions. Car crash injuries are the leading cause of death among adolescents and the goal of the study is to understand how parents can make driving safer. Laird will recruit families from driverís education classes. A sample of 250 racially diverse teen-parent pairs will complete self-report surveys and a series of tasks designed to elicit conversations between parents and teens. Through the lens of an important developmental milestone, Laird hopes to gain a better understanding of how autonomy and independence are negotiated by parents and adolescents. The William T. Grant Foundation supports high-quality research to improve the lives of young people.
 
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