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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 2/14/2011 @ 09:02:18, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1228 times)
We are currently working with IRDM (Institutional Research and Data Management) and SPA to prepare the NSF Expenditure Survey. The survey is used by most people to rank research universities. Historically the UNO numbers were included in the LSU System numbers. Unfortunately when people referred to the LSU numbers it was often not mentioned that UNO was included in those figures. NSF now requires that each campus with a Chancellor be reported separately so UNO will now have its own listing. We are working to ensure those numbers are as accurate as possible.
 
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 2/9/2011 @ 14:17:30, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1146 times)
The ORSP executive staff and I just watched a webinar from SRA International on Research Capacity Building. It's part of a series of webinars we have subscribed to related to our research enterprise. Our research capacity is our ability as a campus to undertake research and disseminate the results effectively and efficiently. The webinar pointed to four fundamentals to capacity building: infrastructure, administrative services, incentives and our resource base (money). ORSP has been working to increase our capacity by funding specific projects to improve our research infrastructure (animal lab renovations, lab build-outs and computer room expansions). We have also increased research incentives including the summer research program, return of overhead to the colleges and centers/institutes. We also have worked to improve our administrative services that we provide to the faculty. Soon we will be conducting a survey to find out other areas we can improve in. I hope you will take the time to fill out the survey so we can get your ideas and feedback.
 
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 2/7/2011 @ 09:11:32, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1194 times)
The Coastal Sustainability Consortium (CSC) is growing. In addition to the four principal university members, UNO, LSU, Tulane and ULL, the CSC now has seven Affiliate Members: LaTech, Loyola, McNeese, Nicholls, Southeastern, SUBR and Xavier.
 
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 1/25/2011 @ 13:30:49, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1235 times)

In the interim report recently distributed to campus there were several points regarding the UNO research enterprise. It may be helpful for us to use this as an opportunity to discuss the "health" of research on campus. I will be doing that over the next several days by postings to this blog.

The data that is provided in the transition report comes from the NSF Expenditure Survey. The years chosen in the interim report give the appearance that the research funding at UNO is decreasing. The data for each of the years since 2006 are given below (dollars in thousands):

Year S&E Federal S&E Total Total Federal Total
2006 12,432 23,897 13,478 26,520
2007 15,075 25,625 15,628 28,972
2008 13,657 24,783 14,346 27,917
2009 13,815 25,382 15,078 30,801
4 yr average 13,745 24,922 14,632 28,552

There are several measures that are provided in the NSF Survey: Science and Engineering (S&E, as defined by NSF) from all Federal sources (S&E Federal), S&E from all funding sources, and similar totals including all disciplines in addition to S&E. As you can see, the funding last year for all of those measures was more than the previous year and higher than the four-year average. It is safe to say that the research funding level has been rather constant over the past several years. That in itself is a rather remarkable achievement considering that 5 of our top 6 funded faculty have left the University and the total number of faculty has decreased by 13% since 2006.

 
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