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By Admin (on 7/8/2014 @ 12:32:49, in Workshops, read 1117 times)

The Foundation Center is holding a FREE webinar, Grantseeking Basics, on July 9, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., ET.  

Though geared toward a non-profit audience, the webinar may provide grantseeking tips of interest to new staff or faculty at colleges and universities. The webinar will provide an overview of the grantseeking process, an introduction to the world of grantmakers, and a list of helpful tools and resources. Registration is required.

By Admin (on 6/12/2014 @ 14:58:34, in Workshops, read 1531 times)

This is a reminder, registration ending soon! Our Lunch & Learn speaker for the Month of June will be Andrea Thomson, Business Development Director, National Governments for CH2M Hill. CH2M HILL is a global leader in consulting, design, design-build, operations management, and program management for government, civil, industrial and energy clients. Our work is concentrated in the areas of water, transportation, environment, nuclear, energy, facilities and urban environments. With $6.6 billion in revenue and 26,000 employee owners, CH2M HILL is an industry-leading program management, construction management and design firm, as ranked by Engineering News-Record, and has been named a leader in sustainable engineering by Verdantix.

CH2M HILL is performing architect-engineer services at NASA's Stennis Space Center, and a variety of engineering and technical services at our 11 Gulf Coast offices within a 300-mile radius of Stennis. We have partnered with NASA since 1987 at the Marshall Space Flight Center, where we perform environmental engineering and logistics support services. CH2M HILL is currently leading a team to pursue the NASA SACOM opportunity at Stennis and the Michoud Assembly Facility.

CH2M HILL is committed to providing meaningful subcontracting opportunities to all types of small businesses.  Join us to learn about a few examples of our 14,000 projects currently underway all over the world, and how to work with CH2M HILL.


If you currently hold a Stennis Space Center security badge, please register no later than noon on Tuesday, June 17, 2014. This helps us determine our numbers for lunch.


If you do not hold a Stennis Space Center security badge, please register for this event no later than noon on Tuesday June 17, 2014 in order to ensure that a visitor's pass is authorized for you at the security office in time for your arrival.


You will have the choice when registering to bring a brown bag lunch or sign up for the $12.00 lunch that will be provided, payable at the door via check or cash.


By registering for the $12.00 provided lunch, you are making a commitment. If your attendance plans change please notify Belinda Gill at 228-688-3144 or by June 17 so the food order can be modified. Those that register and do not give a cancellation notice by this date will be invoiced for the registration cost.


Register for this event by clicking  Register Now!

If you have any questions on how to register please contact Belinda Gill in our office. Belinda can be reached by email at, or by phone at (228) 688-3144.  


Driving Directions can be found in the left hand column of this announcement. Just click on the directions needed.


If you are with the media or are an elected official please notify our office in advance.


Foreign Nationals must register a month in advance.
By Admin (on 5/16/2014 @ 13:36:35, in Workshops, read 1419 times)

The UNO College of Engineering, in collaboration with the Southeast Symposium for Contemporary Engineering Topics (SSCET), is proud to offer the second UNO Engineering Forum (UNO-EF) at the University of New Orleans Research & Technology Park on September 19, 2014.

The events will be held concurrently in Lindy C. Boggs Conference Center and offer seven parallel technical tracks providing solutions to contemporary engineering topics in electrical, naval, mechanical, and civil & environmental engineering.

Parallel Tracks

The seven parallel tracks cover engineering topics in: Power Systems; Civil, Coastal, & Environmental; Mechanical; Naval Architecture; Manage-mint, Education, and Ethics; Systems Engineering and Innovations; Communications; Microelectronics; Energy; and Student Presentations and Projects by presenters from participating universities and industries.

Participants can earn up to 6 Professional Development Hours.

Patronage Opportunities

We appreciate your interest in our event, providing a collaborative opportunity to your company to participate in the joint 2014 Southeast Symposium on Contemporary Engineering Topics (2014 SSCET) and the 2014 UNO Engineering Forum (2014 UNO- EF) that will be held at UNO Re-search & Technology Park on Friday September 19, 2014. The proceeds of the joint collaboration will support University of New Orleans College of Engineering.

We are excited at the possibility of your company sponsoring the Technical Seminars within the structure of the 2014 SSCET & UNO-EF. Our interest in your potential patronage stems from the vital role of your company as a key player in the Engineering profession of metropolitan New Orleans area and the southeastern US region.

We believe that your participation in the forum is a unique opportunity for your company’s representatives to interact with a large community of practicing engineers, students and faculty from academia, government agencies, and professional experts. The Technical Seminars enable your company's technical experts to interact in discussions, workshops, and demonstration forums to increase the technical abilities and skills of the conference attendees. The forum will have a Student track that shall allow industrial participants to assess and perhaps recruit future employees for their company. Additionally, we have been successful in the past to enable companies to sponsor the forum and to engage attendees through your contribution. We encourage and appreciate your help in reaching out to your customers who would find value in attending the technical seminars offered in the five parallel tracks of the forum.

Please kindly consider participating in the forum as a Patron within one (or more) of the patronage levels outlined below. We look forward to your sponsorship, participation, and seeing you at the UNO Research & Technology Park on Friday September 19, 2014. 

Attached File:  2014_04_16_UNO_Forum_SSCET_Flyer.pdf

By Admin (on 4/4/2014 @ 13:21:57, in Workshops, read 1427 times)

Here is a description and the link to the website:

An NSA/NSF funded, two-week, intensive training program in cybersecurity for high school teachers will be held at the University of New Orleans from July 7 - July 18, 2014.  This training is funded by the GenCyber program and participation is by invitation only, but is free for invited participants, with lodging and travel (as required) and meals paid for by the grant.  The training will be provided by Prof. Golden G. Richard III, Director of the Greater New Orleans Center for Information Assurance (GNOCIA) and Professor of Computer Science at the University of New Orleans.  The goals of this program are to increase cybersecurity awareness and expertise among high school teachers, to facilitate integration of cybersecurity topics into high school curricula, to increase awareness among students of the importance of cybersecurity and associated career opportunities, and to increase enrollment in cybersecurity at the University of New Orleans and other universities nationwide.  The latter goal is primary and supports a clear need for increasing the number of high school students interested in cybersecurity, to meet huge demands in both the public and private sectors for well-trained cybersecurity professionals.

Teachers attending the training can expect to significantly deepen their knowledge of cybersecurity, to prepare them to transition their experiences and the materials they receive into their classrooms.  Participants will receive a complete set of the instructional materials from the training, including Powerpoint slide sets, lab exercises, activities, etc. and are encouraged to use these materials to introduce aspects of cybersecurity into new courses or existing courses in science or technology.

A draft list of the topics that will be covered during the training is available.  These include:

o A Broad Introduction to Information Assurance and Cybersecurity

o Social Engineering

o Digital Forensics

o Malware (Computer Viruses, Worms, etc.)

o Network Security (Defending Networks, Penetration Testing)

o Cryptography

o Career Opportunities in Cybersecurity and Important Prerequisite Training

Requirements for Participation:

To be considered for the program, applicants must:

o Commit to full participation in the program, which runs from July 7 - July 17, 2014 in New Orleans, LA.  Remote or partial participation is not possible in this pilot run of the program.

o Seriously commit to integrating cybersecurity topics into new or existing courses in science, technology, or computing.

o Commit to prepare and submit a detailed report, within one year of the end of the training session, describing the steps taken to integrate cybersecurity topics into their high school's curricula, outcomes, perceived student interest, etc.  This feedback is essential and will be used to tune future editions of the training program.  A small financial incentive will be provided upon  submission of this report.

o Submit a signed letter from their principal, on school letterhead, which illustrates strong support for the teacher's participation in this program and for the goals of the program.  This letter should be scanned and emailed to Professor Richard via

o Prepare a formal application.  CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE FORM.

Reasonable travel expenses, lodging, and meals will be reimbursed for invited participants.  Full details will be provided if you are invited to participate.  Please feel free to email me at if you have any questions.

By Admin (on 3/28/2014 @ 14:36:55, in Workshops, read 1226 times)


Education Opportunities in NASA STEM (EONS) 2014:

Educator Professional Development Solicitation (EPD)

 NASA's Office of Education is accepting new proposals under the Education Opportunities in NASA STEM (EONS) 2014 Omnibus NASA Research Announcement for Educator Professional Development (EPD).

A pre-proposal workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 3:00pm EST.

To participate in the workshop follow the instructions below.

To join the web conference:

  Click this link Educator Professional Development Web Conference.

To join the conference call:

  Dial 877-449-9072, and enter 8125991 for the participant passcode.

 If you have questions about the solicitation or process you can send them to Depending on the subject matter, questions received might be addressed during the conference call.

 It is important that you check back prior to the workshop for additional or updated information.

By Admin (on 2/18/2014 @ 11:17:02, in Workshops, read 1064 times)
Just a reminder that this afternoon the Office of Research is conducting an ORSP Open Discussion on Budgets; the session will be held in AD 102 and will start at 2 pm. In this session, a brief discussion of the ORSP budget template will be provided by Carol Mitton, Research Administrator for the Colleges of Business and Education, and then the attendees can ask questions related to grant/award budgeting issues. David Muscarello, Director of Sponsored Programs Accounting will be present as well as Carol Lunn, Executive Director of ORSP. Questions can be on topics such as fringe benefits, GAs, indirect cost, cost share, budget adjustments, etc. If you have any questions, please contact Carol Mitton at or extension 5546.
By Admin (on 2/7/2014 @ 16:31:27, in Workshops, read 870 times)

Space Systems Engineering, a new massive open online course or MOOC from NASA and the Saylor Foundation, launches on Monday, March 3, 2014. The six-week general-audience course is available to the public at no cost and provides a unique opportunity to learn from and alongside NASA's engineers. Students who participate can earn a free certificate.


Students can enroll prior to March at the course registration page and may also join the course at any point thereafter. Each week, registered students will receive an email detailing their assignments, questions for discussion, and opportunities to interact with one another and course designers, including NASA staff, through discussion forums.


Related Links


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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 10/18/2012 @ 10:43:05, in Workshops, read 1274 times)
Data Management at UNO Brown Bag Discussion Thursday, October 18, 2012, 12:3-1:30pm, Library Room 407
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 10/9/2012 @ 10:08:30, in Workshops, read 1618 times)
Disaster Resistant University Workshop 2013 At The University of New Orleans Linking Mitigation and Resilience Everyone wishing to present at the DRU Workshop must submit an abstract describing the material to be presented and its relevance to the workshop theme. Session rooms will be equipped with an LCD projector, screen, and presentation clicker. Each selected presenter will be notified by December 3rd, 2012 via email and must plan to register for the workshop. Please contact Monica Farris at or (504) 280-4016 with any questions.
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 10/9/2012 @ 09:12:18, in Workshops, read 1242 times)
The Center for Natural Resource Economics and Policy (CNREP) is announcing a second call for abstracts for: CNREP 2013: Challenges of Natural Resource Economics & Policy, the 4th National Forum on Socioeconomic Research in Coastal Systems. The conference will be held March 24-26, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. This triennial forum focuses on the opportunities and challenges of socioeconomic research in the development and evaluation of coastal resource restoration and management. Potential session topics include, but are not limited to, market and nonmarket valuation of ecosystem services and coastal resources, environmental benefit-cost analyses, economic linkage/impact assessment, input-output modeling, and comparative assessments of resource management and restoration policy. Basic and applied research, extension-oriented, and policy discussion submissions are all welcome. The deadline for abstract submission is November 12, 2012. The call for abstracts is available at: For information about CNREP, go to: For additional information, contact: Rex H. Caffey, Professor and Director Center for Natural Resource Economics & Policy Louisiana Sea Grant and LSU AgCenter 179 Woodin Hall Louisiana State University 225-578-2393
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