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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 4/9/2012 @ 12:46:16, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1074 times)
UNO Researchers again met the GRAD Act metrics. Federal research in the categories defined within the GRAD Act increased from $10.6M to $10.7M (five-year rolling average) and total research increased from $17.4M to $17.7M even though the number of research/instructional faculty (FTE) dropped from 418 to 368. The percent of faculty that are either PIs or Co-PIs on grants rose from 26.3% to 28.0% during the past year.
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 4/4/2012 @ 12:52:33, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1215 times)
The University of New Orleans has achieved a milestone in titanium shipbuilding research at its National Center for Advanced Manufacturing (NCAM), located at the NASA Michoud Facility in New Orleans East. Engineers are pioneering a technique called friction stir welding, in which metal pieces are welded together without melting them, causing less damage to the materials. The longest of the welds is more than 16 feet, which is more than twice as long as the previous record for a continuous titanium friction stir weld. The titanium shipbuilding project is being financed by a three-year $4.8 million dollar grant from the Office of Naval Research. The purpose of the research is to advance the science and technology of titanium shipbuilding. Using a special robotic welding tool at NCAM, engineers produced a completed titanium panel, approximately 20-feet by 10-feet. The panel will be part of an experimental, full-scale titanium mid-ship section. Titanium alloys offer advantages over steels and aluminum alloys traditionally used in shipbuilding. They are more resistant to corrosion, have a high strength-to-weight ratio and have a high resistance to fatigue. Pingsha Dong, a professor in UNO’s School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and director of UNO’s Welded Structures Laboratory, says that despite these advantages, the cost of materials and the lack of robust welding and joining techniques have prevented the shipbuilding industry from realizing the potential of titanium for shipbuilding applications. The progress of UNO’s titanium shipbuilding project has earned considerable attention in the maritime media including Maritime Reporter & Engineering News and Seapower magazine.
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 4/4/2012 @ 11:53:52, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1104 times)
April’s topic for NASA’s Year of the Solar System (YSS) – Ice! Join us in April as we explore ice and its properties, locations, and what it tells us about the solar system. This month, we will also celebrate Earth Day on April 22!
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 3/20/2012 @ 14:23:43, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1329 times)
The latest issue of Maritime Reporter features an article on our Ti Ship Structure Workshop at UNO. The story is on page 58 of the print version, and page 60 of the online version. Examining the Business Case for a Titanium Ship By Edward Lundquist Maritime Reporter March 2012
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 3/13/2012 @ 16:17:12, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1156 times)
UNO has two graduate programs listed in the new U.S. News & World Report national rankings. Our MPA program is now rated #121, up from #148 and Psychology which is rated #178.
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 3/9/2012 @ 09:30:41, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1175 times)
Senate passed S1813 with S1822, Gulf Restoration Act, amendment. Follow Bill at
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 2/15/2012 @ 12:56:11, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1106 times)
The research of some University of New Orleans scientists is published in and highlighted on the cover of this week’s Journal of the American Chemical Society—the nation’s most prestigious chemistry journal. The researchers reported making very small materials with unique structures that could lead to technological advances in areas including computers, medicine and energy. The UNO researchers developed methods for the fabrication of nanoscale peapod structures—peapods with diameters about 5,000 times smaller than a human hair. By combining chains of small round magnetic crystals and very thin metal oxide sheets only a few atoms thick, the chemists were able to get the sheets to curl around and encase the magnetic chains to form peapod-like structures. Such materials are significant because they demonstrate not only the ability to make such small structures but they could lead to technological advances in various areas such as computer memory, medical imaging and energy production. The work was done by Yuan Yao, Girija Chaubey and John Wiley. Wiley is a university research professor of chemistry and the associate director of UNO’s Advanced Materials Research Institute.
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 2/9/2012 @ 15:38:43, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1291 times)
This was important enough, I thought it was worth posting. I comes from the Report on Research Compliance which is cosponsored by NCURA and AIS. Former Penn State Prof Faces Indictment for $3 Million Grant Fraud Craig Grimes, formerly a professor of material science and engineering at Penn State University, was charged Jan. 31 with "wire fraud, [making] false statements, and money laundering," according to the U.S. attorney for the Department of Justice's Middle District of Pennsylvania. Grimes is alleged to have accepted a $1.196 million NIH grant and failing to "direct" some $509,000 of the total to Hershey Medical Center as intended. Instead, he kept the money "for his own use." Grimes is also accused of receiving a $1.2 million Department of Energy grant meant for organizations without other resources, without revealing in his application that he had already received funding from the National Science Foundation. Grimes faces a maximum of 35 years in prison and a fine of $750,000. Link:
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 1/31/2012 @ 16:40:21, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1286 times)
Gabriel Caruntu, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Advanced Materials Research Institute (AMRI) at the University of New Orleans, has been awarded a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). This award is considered one of the NSF’s most prestigious awards and is given to “junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research.” The 5-year, $600,000 grant will go to support Prof. Caruntu’s research program which is aimed at developing a robust predictive methodology of polar ordering in nanoscale perovskites by correlating the intimate relationship between their structural, vibrational, electronic and other macroscopic properties. This can potentially result in the improvement of the actual design technologies in smart perovskite materials with programmable ferroelectric, dielectric and piezoelectric properties. Furthermore, this research program involves outreach efforts that will serve to expose and to stimulate interest in minority undergraduate and high school students to basic research, giving them a greater understanding as to what careers in science entail, and promoting the attendance to college in the fields of science.
By Admin (on 1/5/2012 @ 11:11:49, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1200 times)
The local ABC affiliate,WGNO-TV, aired a news story focused on the exciting research being conducted on a robotic eel project in the School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. It’s rare when a local news outlet devotes nearly 3 minutes to a research-oriented story. It’ s a great showcase of the kind of cutting edge research that we are doing here at UNO.,0,3396190.story
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