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University of New Orleans Researchers Reduce High Cost of Low Temperature Research
A multidisciplinary team of researchers at the University of New Orleans received a $125,000 award from the Louisiana Board of Regents for a helium recovery system that will be housed at the University's Advanced Materials Research Institute (AMRI). The project is significant because the new system will drastically reduce the cost of studying applications for helium, which plays a critical role in the cooling of scientific and medical instrumentation.
Thursday, May 24, 2018 12:10:48 PM

University of New Orleans Chemistry Professor Wins Grant for Research to Improve Climate Modeling
David Podgorski, assistant professor of chemistry at the University of New Orleans, has been awarded a three-year $129,000 grant by the Louisiana Board of Regents. The grant funds a laboratory study that will attempt to improve science's capability to understand relationships between the chemical composition of organic carbon and its reactivity. This information will be used in climate models and studying the fate of contaminates in the environment.
Monday, May 21, 2018 3:22:29 PM

In Memoriam: Longtime Accounting Professor Joseph Razek
Joseph Robert Razek, who taught accounting at the University of New Orleans for more than 25 years, died on April 17 in Georgetown, Texas. He was 78. Razek joined the University of New Orleans in 1977 as an associate professor and was promoted to professor seven years later. Originally from Landsdowne, Penn., he received his bachelor's degree from Ohio Wesleyan University, an MBA from University of Michigan and a doctorate from the University of Illinois. Razek also served in the U.S. Air Force. Philip Harmelink, chair of the Department of Accounting, recalled Razek as "a very dedicated accounting teacher and faculty member."
Monday, May 21, 2018 8:32:37 AM

In Memoriam: University of New Orleans Jazz Pioneer Charles Blancq III
Charles Clement Blancq III, a devoted jazz musician, historian and professor who taught at the University of New Orleans for 38 years, died May 7 in New Orleans. He was 77. Blancq joined the University of New Orleans in 1970 and, according to professor Steve Masakowski, became the first faculty member to teach jazz in the Department of Music, setting the stage for the establishment of the University's renowned jazz program. Blancq had a strong conviction that New Orleans jazz was something to be preserved and taught to future generations. In a 1974 article in The Times-Picayune, he reflected on the role universities play in helping "serious jazz musicians" learn their trade.
Thursday, May 17, 2018 3:48:00 PM

University of New Orleans Professor Wins Grant to Support Research on Philosophy of Criminal Justice Reform
Chris W. Surprenant, associate professor of philosophy at the University of New Orleans, has been awarded $47,000 from the Louisiana Board of Regents through its Awards to Louisiana Artists and Scholars (ATLAS) program. The award will support the completion of a forthcoming book examining the role financial incentives have played in criminal justice and outlining what Surprenant believes are the critical first steps toward meaningful reform.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 1:27:24 PM

Google's Sabrina Farmer to University of New Orleans Class of 2018: 'Know your own truth'
Twenty-three years ago, Google engineer Sabrina Farmer walked into the UNO Lakefront Arena wearing her commencement cap and gown with one memorable life goal: to make twice her mother's salary. When Farmer received her degree in computer science from the University of New Orleans that day, she became the first woman in her family to graduate from college. Farmer had been raised one of four girls in a single-income household in Marrero, La. Her mother worked paycheck-to-paycheck. Success, she thought, would be making enough to live in an apartment where she would be able to follow her own rules. Within a year of her graduation, Farmer accepted a job in Silicon Valley that paid twice her mother's salary. "Clearly, I met my expectations," Farmer said Friday, delivering the commencement address to more than 900 University of New Orleans graduates and their loved ones. "But, also, clearly, I underestimated myself."
Monday, May 14, 2018 1:39:28 PM

Graduate Profile: Chemistry Standout Alana Dixon Took a Circuitous Path to Finding Her Passion
Alana Dixon changed her major five times and transferred universities twice before she discovered exactly what she wanted to study (chemistry) and where (the University of New Orleans). But as this 22-year-old New Orleans native prepares to graduate today with a bachelor of science degree and heads for doctoral study at the University of California-Santa Barbara in the fall, she says she wouldn't trade the circuitous path she's taken to get here.
Friday, May 11, 2018 1:57:00 PM

University of New Orleans Receives Healthy Business Award from Jefferson Chamber for New Workplace Wellness Program
The University of New Orleans received a Healthy Business Award from the Jefferson Chamber during the economic development organization's Business Leadership Awards luncheon held Wednesday, May 9 at the Hilton New Orleans Airport Hotel.
Thursday, May 10, 2018 4:07:38 PM

Graduate Profile: With Determination and Grit, Cordell Williams Sets the Stage for a Career in Hospitality Administration
Cordell Williams graduates from the University of New Orleans Friday with a job in hand. As one would expect, he's thrilled. Among the reasons: It will mean he can take a little break. Emphasis on the word "little." For the past four years, this hotel, restaurant and tourism administration major has worked two jobs while navigating life as a college student in the city where he was born. When Williams crosses the stage at the UNO Lakefront Arena, he will be the first from his immediate family to graduate from college.
"The University of New Orleans has helped shape my vision of my future and what exactly I want to do," Williams said.

Thursday, May 10, 2018 3:41:21 PM

Student and Faculty Member from University of New Orleans Counselor Education Program Receive Awards From Major Professional Organizations
Two prominent professional counseling organizations have recognized and awarded a student and faculty member from the University of New Orleans counselor education master's degree program.
Tuesday, May 08, 2018 2:55:11 PM

Silver & Blue Magazine Celebrates 60 Years of the University of New Orleans 'By the Numbers'
This year marks 60 years of the University of New Orleans. The spring 2018 issue of Silver & Blue magazine--the University's publication for alumni, students and friends--celebrates this anniversary by looking back at some of the trajectory-shaping numbers that have made New Orleans' only public research university a place where people come together to put their ideas into action.
Tuesday, May 08, 2018 12:15:48 PM

University of New Orleans Department of English and Foreign Languages Awarded $613K to Enhance Online Instruction and Expand Course Offerings
The University of New Orleans Department of English and Foreign Languages has been awarded $613,000 to revolutionize the way it delivers digital content for online courses while also expanding instruction in professional writing. Funding for the five-year comprehensive enhancement project comes from the Louisiana Board of Regents.
Monday, May 07, 2018 1:19:09 PM

Seven University of New Orleans Students Named UNCF Koch Scholars, Receive Scholarships Totaling $140,000
Seven University of New Orleans students have been awarded $20,000 scholarships through the United Negro College Fund's Koch Scholars program. Dominique Scott, Marvin Kador Jr., Garret McNally, Destiny Porter, Kayla Daigle, James Compton V and Kholbey Reid, all of whom entered the University as freshmen during the 2017-18 academic year, receive $5,000 per year for four years. The highly competitive program supports African-American college students who are interested in entrepreneurship, innovation and economics.
Friday, May 04, 2018 1:23:03 PM

Krishnaswami, Steeby, Bates and Hansen Win Faculty Excellence Awards at the University of New Orleans
Sudha Krishnaswami's finance classes are so incredible, she has been known to convert non-finance majors to embrace, love and major in the subject. Elizabeth Steeby and Randy Bates propelled their work as professors of literature and writing to launch an ongoing service learning project that brings student teachers into New Orleans' jail every week to teach literacy and creative writing to female inmates. Erik Hansen is known to be a talented screenwriting instructor, but his colleagues say his phenomenal commitment to student development underpins that work. His mentorship gives students confidence to teach, write, fail and improve. University of New Orleans Provost Mahyar Amouzegar on April 24 honored these four outstanding faculty members with the institution's inaugural Faculty Excellence Awards.
Wednesday, May 02, 2018 3:19:39 PM

Mark Slessinger Named University of New Orleans Employee of the Year
Privateers Head Basketball Coach Mark Slessinger has been named the University of New Orleans 2017 Service with Jazz Employee of the Year. The award is given annually to one person who demonstrates strong characteristics in work ethic, customer service, commitment, loyalty and motivation.
Slessinger, who joined the University in June of 2011, lead the men's basketball team to a conference championship in the spring of 2017, making UNO the only Louisiana school to participate in March Madness. He is a tireless champion for all things Privateer and has become known as much for his coaching as his commitment to mentorship and volunteerism.

Tuesday, May 01, 2018 3:20:14 PM

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