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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 11/9/2011 @ 16:22:13, in Vice President Ramblings, read 770 times)
Cathy Fore, who is the Director of Collaborative Initiatives for the Oak Ridge Associated Universities will be on campus on Thursday, 11/10 to speak to any faculty interested in their programs. This will be of primary interest to faculty in sciences and engineering. UNO is a partner in ORAU.
 
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 11/7/2011 @ 13:26:38, in Vice President Ramblings, read 763 times)
The University of New Orleans has been awarded a 10-year $3 million grant as one of three American university partners on a major South Korean initiative in marine structure and shipbuilding. UNO, the University of Michigan and the University of Maryland were selected to work with one of South Korea’s two Global Core Research Centers (GCRC). The UNO principal investigator is Pingsha Dong, the Northrop Grumman Endowed Chair in Shipbuilding and Engineering and director of the Welded Structures Laboratory.
 
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 10/25/2011 @ 11:52:58, in Vice President Ramblings, read 766 times)
The University of New Orleans Department of Computer Science and the Greater New Orleans Center for Information Assurance (GNOCIA) recently received two task orders from the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic (SSC Atlantic) totaling $684,925. The orders are to study Cloud Computing as an Environment ($207,178) and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) as a Service ($477,747). The work is being conducted in association with a local business partner, Geocent, and continues the university’s support of the shared services center in the UNO Research and Technology Park. The objective of the Cloud Computing project is to setup and configure a working cloud infrastructure. The setup of the cloud infrastructure is intended to support the research of a service delivery model and demonstrate the capabilities of moving programs into a cloud environment. Once the cloud computing project has been demonstrated the government will transition to a production environment where clients using the share-services facility can access their software programs from anywhere in a secure, cloud computing environment. The goal of the Service Oriented Architecture project is to design a Platform as a Service (PaaS) which can provide remote clients with a complete IT infrastructure as a set of services which are capable of running their applications over the Internet. Service Oriented Architecture will enable hosting of clients’ applications without requiring the client to change the ownership of their data or their business processes. This model will yield significant cost savings on hardware and software for the client. UNO Vice Chancellor for Research Dr. Scott Whittenburg is the project director. Investigators are Drs. Roussev, Tu, Richard III and Abdelguerfi.
 
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 10/13/2011 @ 08:41:52, in Vice President Ramblings, read 831 times)
The Merritt C. Becker UNO Transportation Institute has a new website. Please visit the website at: http://transportation.uno.edu/ An exciting announcement regarding the UNOTI should be out within a couple of weeks.
 
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 9/28/2011 @ 12:30:47, in Vice President Ramblings, read 876 times)
Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank announced $102 million for three Louisiana projects to restore coastal habitats along the state’s coast at an event held on the University of New Orleans campus. Acting Secretary Blank also visited UNO's Center for Hazards Assessment, Response & Technology and Pontchartrain Institute for Environment Sciences research lab, which provides leading research in the field of coastal protection and restoration, informing policymakers about the most efficient and effective ways to provide the highest level of restoration and protection to Louisiana’s wetlands and communities. Dr. Blank also had an informative discussion with the UNO administration including the Vice Chancellor for Research.
 
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 9/26/2011 @ 08:39:57, in Vice President Ramblings, read 823 times)
EES and PIES faculty member Denise Reed has been named an Arthur Maass-Gilbert White Fellow under the U.S. Army Institute for Water Resources' visiting scholar fellowship program. Congratulations Dr. Reed.
 
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 9/21/2011 @ 12:02:51, in Vice President Ramblings, read 876 times)
Bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., to dedicate at least 80 percent of BP penalties paid under the Clean Water Act to Gulf states to restore coastal ecosystems and rebuild local economies damaged by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill took its first important step toward passage today with approval by a key Senate committee. The RESTORE the Gulf Act of 2011 was reported favorably out of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee and now moves on to the full Senate for final consideration. Senator’s Legislation Would Direct 80% of BP Penalties from Oil Spill to Gulf Coast States
 
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 7/20/2011 @ 09:11:40, in Vice President Ramblings, read 924 times)
The Technology Innovation Program (TIP) actively seeks input from the public, industry, and research communities. These inputs help to keep TIP abreast of societal challenges and help to focus the Program on areas of critical national need. The white papers presented represent one channel through which these groups communicate to TIP the innovation/research issues and needs they see as critical to the nation. Additionally, the publication of these papers serves to foster national discussion and provide the authors and greater scientific community with the opportunity to identify possible synergies for collaboration. The papers are arranged by topic area and the titles of all papers submitted in each topic are listed. Only those papers for which we received publication permissions are available for viewing. The Publicly Submitted White Paper web page can be found at: http://www.nist.gov/tip/wp/pswp/index.cfm
 
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 7/14/2011 @ 11:40:22, in Vice President Ramblings, read 888 times)
Reflecting an overall trend in U.S. export growth, Louisiana’s first quarter 2011 worldwide merchandise exports increased by 47.7 percent in value compared to 2010, according to a report issued today by the World Trade Center of New Orleans. At almost $15 billion, it is the highest single-quarter on record, exceeding the fourth quarter of 2010 by more than $1 billion. Total U.S. exports were up 18 percent for the quarter, with Louisiana surging to 4th in state rankings, compared to 8th for the same period in 2010. Only Texas, California, and New York ranked ahead of Louisiana in value of exports. Among the top ten exporting states, Louisiana had the highest rate of growth. Louisiana’s principal export markets for the first quarter were China ($2.35 billion), Mexico ($1.28 billion), and the Netherlands ($926 million), followed by Japan, Korea, Egypt, and Canada.
 
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 6/28/2011 @ 16:00:35, in Vice President Ramblings, read 968 times)
NSF now requires all proposals to have a data management plan. ORSP has been working with the Library to implement scholarWorks@UNO as part of that plan. To understand data management and for an example plan for your proposal, please check out the new web page at: http://w2.uno.edu/orsp/ORSPHome/DataManagement.aspx
 
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