Christopher D’Elia, University of South Florida St. Petersburg
Clinton Grubbs, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Michael J. Friedlander, Baylor College of Medicine
Information Technology (8 proposals)
John T. Gorgone, Bentley College, Chair
Sartaj Sahni, University of Florida
Phil Andrews, San Diego Supercomputer Center
Materials Science (8 proposals)
Paul Peercy, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Chair
David J. Duquette, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Angela M. Belcher, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Primarily Research Subprogram Final Review Panel May 2 - 4
Winfred Phillips , Vice President for Research & Dean of the Graduate School, University of Florida
John Cidlowski , Head of the Molecular Endocrinology Group and Chief of the Laboratory of Signal Transduction, National Institute of Environmental Health Studies, National Institutes of Health
Jordan Konisky , Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies, Rice University
Jack Dongarra , Director of the Innovative Computing Laboratory and Center for Information Technology, University of Tennessee
J. Trent Williams , Principal, Research Technology Strategies, Inc.
PRS Summary Funding Recommendations
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR FUNDING
(PRIORITY I) (4)
* Includes $600,000 in ESIP monies $21,100,000 $34,380,683 TOTAL $5,000,000* $8,800,000 Charles O’Connor UNO 032 4 $7,000,000 $14,730,021 Edward Seidel LSU-BR 005 3 $3,600,000* $3,638,104 Vir Phoha LA Tech 011 2 $5,500,000 $7,212,558 Alistair Ramsay LSUHSC-NO 008 1 Total Recommended Total Requested Principal Investigator Lead Institution # Rank
FINAL PANEL COMMENT HIGH QUALITY OF INVESTIGATORS For diverse audiences it is important to emphasize that all proposals considered are led by nationally recognized and established researchers.
PRS Summary Funding Recommendations
RECOMMENDED FOR FUNDING IF ADDITIONAL MONIES
BECOME AVAILABLE (PRIORITY II) (5)
$3,000,000 $6,554,925 Dmitri Perkins ULL 029 8 $20,250,000 $38,740,575 TOTAL $1,250,000 $2,500,000 Hilary Thompson LSUHSC-NO 009 9 $5,000,000 $13,000,000 Wayne Reed TULANE 021 7 $6,000,000 $9,450,000 Nicolas Bazan LSUHSC-NO 007 6 $5,000,000 $7,235,650 Steven Pruett LSUHSC-S 010 5 Total Recommended Total Requested Principal Investigator Lead Institution # Rank
PRS -- RANK #1 “ Center of Excellence for Vaccine Development” Alistair Ramsay Professor of Medicine LSUHSC-NO Paula Gregory Associate Professor of Genetics LSUHSC-NO Tarun Mandal Professor of Pharmacy Xavier Aaron Miscenich Executive Director New Orleans BioInnovation Ctr. Interviewees Joseph Moerschbaecher V.C. for Academic Affairs LSUHSC-NO
SELECTED PANEL COMMENTS “ Center of Excellence for Vaccine Development” -- #1 ● These well-funded, productive, and outstanding researchers have the expertise to make the program successful. ● This is an outstanding proposal to develop a vaccine center for the State of Louisiana which could have national and international prominence.
PANEL FUNDING RECOMMENDATIONS PRS -- Rank #1 Due to budgetary limitations, the panel recommends that funding be reduced from the requested level of $7.2 million to $5.5 million, of which $600,000 is to come from ESIP. Matching funds should remain at the level indicated in the proposal. $1,014,658 $1,013,368 $1,012,117 $1,010,901 $1,448,956 Year 5 Year 4 Year 3 Year 2 Year 1
PRS -- RANK #2 “ Center for Excellence in Integrated Smart Sensor Surveillance System” Vir V. Phoha Professor of Computer Science LA Tech Kody Varahramyan Professor Electrical Engineering & Director IfM LA Tech Dave Norris Director, Enterprise Ctr. LA Tech S. S. Iyengar Professor Computer Science LSU-BR Interviewees Les Guice V.P., Research & Development LA Tech Peter Chen Professor Computer Science LSU-BR Gabrielle Allen Assoc. Prof. LSU-BR Brooks Keel V.C., Research & Eco. Development LSU-BR
SELECTED PANEL COMMENTS “ Center for Excellence in Integrated Smart Sensor Surveillance System” -- #2 ● Faculty expertise and experience is outstanding. ● The research is significant, innovative, and important. ● This project achieves the goals of the P-KSFI PRS.
PANEL FUNDING RECOMMENDATIONS PRS -- Rank #2 The budget is justified and matching commitments are appropriate. The final panel recommends full five-year funding at a level of $3.6 million. $741,145 $845,146 $827,455 $805,620 $380,634 Year 5 Year 4 Year 3 Year 2 Year 1
PRS -- RANK #3 “ The LONI Institute: Advancing Biology, Materials and Computational Sciences for Research, Education, and Economic Development ” Ed Seidel Director, Ctr. for Computation & Technology LSU-BR Don Gaver Professor Biomedical Engineering Tulane Les Guice V.P. of Research & Development LA Tech Habib Mohamadian Dean of Engineering SU-BR Interviewees Harold Silverman V.C. of Academic Affairs & Dean, Graduate Sch. LSU-BR Mike Stubblefield Director, CEES SU-BR Scott Whittenberg Professor of Chemistry UNO Joe Neigel Instructor, Biology ULL
SELECTED PANEL COMMENTS “ The LONI Institute” -- #3 ● If successful, this could become a world-class center. ● LONI is an excellent cooperative and multi-institutional partnership with which to further the State’s research and educational missions. ● The investigators have done an outstanding job of raising federal and other dollars to support this initiative.
PANEL FUNDING RECOMMENDATIONS PRS -- Rank #3 The panel unanimously recommends that the proposal be funded at a level of $7 million for a five-year period. $1,377,907 $1,359,589 $1,339,074 $1,322,040 $1,601,390 Year 5 Year 4 Year 3 Year 2 Year 1
PRS -- RANK #4 “ A Center for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology in AMRI at the University of New Orleans” Charles O’Connor Advanced Research Materials Inst. UNO John Wiley AMRI UNO Kevin Stokes AMRI UNO Matthew Tarr AMRI UNO Interviewees W. L. Zhou ARMI UNO Norma Grace V.C. for Tech. & Eco. Dev. UNO Scott Whittenberg Professor of Chemistry UNO Mark DeCoster IfM LA Tech Yuri Lvov LA Tech Gabriel Caruntu NanoPrism Technologies, Inc. Robert Cashner V.C. for Research UNO Joe King Dean, Col. of Sci. UNO
SELECTED PANEL COMMENTS “ A Center for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology” -- #4 ● This is a very strong group of well-established and productive investigators, many of whom have worked together previously. ● The proposal presents very solid technology transfer and commercialization plans which are comprehensive in scope and well supported. ● This proposal contains compelling and innovative research ideas, especially in the energy storage work. ● This program has the potential to become a center of excellence in Louisiana.
PANEL FUNDING RECOMMENDATIONS PRS -- Rank #4 The panel recommends that the proposal be funded at a level of $5 million over 5 years and that the institutional match be maintained at the proposed level. The panel recommends that $600,000 come from ESIP funds. $909,091 $909,091 $909,091 $909,091 $1,363,636 Year 5 Year 4 Year 3 Year 2 Year 1
July 10, 2006 White Papers Submitted 78 March 15, 2007 Proposals Submitted 32 April 23, 2007 Proposals Selected for Final Review 9 Proposals Recommended for Funding May 23–24, 2007 4
DISTRIBUTION OF P-KSFI MONEY BY YEAR BY INSTITUTION ______________________ *The lead institution is indicated in red.
STAFF FUNDING RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE PRIMARILY RESEARCH SUBPROGRAM The staff recommends that the Board approve the four (4) Post-Katrina Support Fund Initiative (P-KSFI) Primarily Research Subprogram (PRS) proposals recommended by consultants for funding at the levels and durations and with the stipulations provided by consultants.
REVIEW AND RECOMMENDED FUNDING FOR PRIMARILY EDUCATION SUBPROGRAM (PES) PROPOSALS
Primarily Education Subprogram Funding Requests Overall Total (Total + ESIP): $10,790,887 $1,062,902 $9,727,985 $2,666,837 TOTAL $122,125 $58,400 $764,496 $959,600 $124,630 $6,500 $255,278 $133,175 $242,633 Year 1 $1,487,785 $496,400 $2,128,991 $1,924,550 $623,150 $52,710 $1,329,902 $406,075 $1,278,422 Total $99,892 Delgado Xavier SELU Our Lady of Holy Cross Nunez Nicholls McNeese Loyola LSU-S Lead Institution $150,000 $0 $600,000 $0 $0 $163,010 $50,000 $0 ESIP
Primarily Education Subprogram Review Process
Primarily Education Subprogram Review Panel May 6 - 8
George Watson , Senior Associate Dean of Natural Sciences and Mathematics University of Delaware
David Van Wylen , Associate Dean of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, St. Olaf College
Glenda Gentile , Director of Undergraduate Research, University of Arizona
PROPOSALS RECOMMENDED FOR FUNDING
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR FUNDING
(PRIORITY I) (7)
$4,131,210 $5,784,752 TOTAL $163,010 $163,010 Luther Stevenson McNeese 004 7 $625,000 $1,329,902 Frank Jordan Loyola 003 6 $500,000 $623,150 Raj Boopathy Nicholls 005 5 $965,000 $1,278,422 Warren Duclos Delgado CC 001 4 $425,000 $496,408 David Norwood SELU 008 3 $1,047,125 $1,487,785 Shubha Ireland Xavier 009 2 $406,075 $406,075 Nathan Hutchings LSU-S 002 1 Total Recommended Total Requested Principal Investigator Lead Institution # Rank
PES – RANK #1 “ Shreveport/Bossier SciNet: Using Information Technology Resources to Develop Interdisciplinary Life Science Education Enhancements in Freshman/Sophomore Life Science and High School Curricula” Nathan Hutchings Chair, Dept. of Biology LSU-S Paul Sisson Dean College of Science LSU-S Jeff Roberts Math Science Technology Caddo Parish School Board INTERVIEWEES
SELECTED PANEL COMMENTS “ Shreveport/Bossier SciNet” -- #1 ● This is a comprehensive, interactive plan for curriculum development, high school teacher workshops, and research experiences that is likely to measurably improve student preparedness at multiple levels in the STEM pipeline, from high school through undergraduate education. ● This project is led by a dynamic and committed team, and includes an effective collaboration between LSU-S and regional high schools.
FUNDING RECOMMENDATIONS PES -- Rank #1 The panel recommends full funding at the level of $406,075, with annual allocations as proposed. $32,625 $73,900 $87,400 $78,975 $133,175 Year 5 Year 4 Year 3 Year 2 Year 1
PES – RANK #2 “ P-KSFI/Xavier Biothrust 21: Rebounding from Katrina and Achieving New Heights in Educating a 21 st Century Biosciences Workforce” Shubha Ireland Chair, Dept. of Biology Xavier Michelle Boissiere Coordinator, Biology Xavier Mary Carmichael Coordinator, Biology Xavier INTERVIEWEES Gene D’Amour V.P. Office of Resource Development Xavier Cecile Brookover Assist. Professor Dept. of Psychology Xavier
SELECTED PANEL COMMENTS “ P-KSFI/Xavier Biothrust 21” – #2 ● This comprehensive project addresses the problem of sizable failure rates of students in introductory biology courses through laboratory and curriculum revision, tutoring and mentoring, and internships. ● Xavier has a long tradition of success in educating science graduates. This project’s role in continuing that tradition will yield broad impact in the region.
FUNDING RECOMMENDATIONS PES -- Rank #2 The panel recommends funding at the full level of $272,125 for the first year, including $150,000 in ESIP funds, but also recommends reducing the award to $250,000 for years 2 and 3, $150,000 for year 4, and $125,000 for year 5. In each year, reductions should be made in requests for summer salaries and funding for support staff. The pledged level of institutional matching must be maintained in full throughout the project’s duration. $125,000 $150,000 $250,000 $250,000 $272,125 Year 5 Year 4 Year 3 Year 2 Year 1
PES – RANK #3 “ Leveraging Louisiana’s Industrial and Human Resources for Post-Katrina Recovery” David Norwood Assoc. Professor Physics Southeastern Dan McCarthy Dean, College of Science & Technology Southeastern Debra Dolliver Assist. Professor Chemistry Southeastern INTERVIEWEES
SELECTED PANEL COMMENTS “ Leveraging Louisiana’s Industrial and Human Resources for Post-Katrina Recovery” -- #3 ● The Student Entrepreneurs as Active Leaders (SEAL) program is modeled after a successful program at Virginia Commonwealth University. ● This proposal is led by a strong interdisciplinary team of research-active faculty who will develop industrial collaborations and involve science majors in solving real-world problems. ● The program leadership is particularly strong, which indicates that success is likely....
FUNDING RECOMMENDATIONS PES -- Rank #3 The panel recommends funding for the first year at the level of $50,000; $75,000 for year 2; and $100,000 per year for the remaining three years. The pledged level of institutional match is a positive element of the proposal and should be maintained in full. $100,000 $100,000 $100,000 $75,000 $50,000 Year 5 Year 4 Year 3 Year 2 Year 1
PES – RANK #4 “ Revised and New Curricula to Meet Post-Katrina Employment Development Needs of the Region” Warren Duclos Chair, Computer Information Tech. Delgado CC Warren Puneky Dean, Business & Technology Delgado CC Cris Koutsougeras Chair, Computer Sci. & Industrial Tech. Southeastern INTERVIEWEES Troy Kammerdiener Assist. Prof., Col. of Sci. & Tech. Southeastern Daniel McCarthy Dean, College of Sci. & Tech. Southeastern
SELECTED PANEL COMMENTS “ Revised and New Curricula to Meet Post-Katrina Employment” – #4 ● Curriculum alignment will aid in the student transition from Delgado, a two-year institution, to Southeastern’s four-year degree program. ● This proposal institutionalizes the collaboration of Delgado and Southeastern to address the IT needs of the regional business community. ● With the establishment of new curricula and the equipment to support them, the programs in computer information technology at both institutions will be strengthened.
FUNDING RECOMMENDATIONS PES -- Rank #4 The panel recommends funding Delgado at the level of $235,000 for the first year, with $135,000 coming from ESIP funding. In year 2, the panel recommends that Delgado be funded at the level of $100,000. Further, the panel recommends funding Southeastern at the level of $65,000 per year for the first two years for equipping and initiating the Network Systems Administration Laboratory (NetSal). In years 3 and 4, the panel recommends that Delgado and Southeastern be funded at the combined level of $250,000. $250,000 $250,000 $165,000 $300,000 Year 4 Year 3 Year 2 Year 1
PES – RANK #5 “ Laboratory Education Experiences for Freshman and Sophomore Level Undergraduate Students in Biological Sciences” Rajkumar Nathaniel Asst. Prof. Biological Sciences Nicholls John Doucet Assoc. Prof. Biological Sciences Nicholls Earl Melancon Head, Biological Sciences Nicholls INTERVIEWEES Larry Howell Assoc. Provost Nicholls Carroll Falcon Provost Nicholls Debi Benoit, Director Research & Sponsored Prog. Nicholls
SELECTED PANEL COMMENTS “ Laboratory Education Experiences for Freshman and Sophomore” -- #5 ● This project is designed to ensure student access and success in biology by bolstering the performance of C-grade students through a two-pronged plan to reform the laboratory experience and establish a mentoring program. ● The emphasis of this project is on providing an undergraduate research experience that is bolstered by broad faculty participation with strong administrative support and a committed leadership team, including an eager cohort of junior faculty participants.
FUNDING RECOMMENDATIONS PES -- Rank #5 The panel recommends funding at a level of $100,000 per year for five years. Because the undergraduate research program operates only during the academic year, faculty salary support for summer work does not seem warranted and should be eliminated. Institutional support is strong and should be maintained in full. $100,000 $100,000 $100,000 $100,000 Year 4 Year 3 Year 2 Year 1
PES – RANK #6 “ An Interdisciplinary and Experimental Approach to Strengthen Recruitment, Retention, and training in Biological and Materials Sciences in Post-Katrina New Orleans” Frank Jordan Chair Dept. of Biological Sciences Loyola George Capowich Special Assist. to Provost for Research & Development Loyola INTERVIEWEES
SELECTED PANEL COMMENTS “ An Interdisciplinary and Experimental Approach” -- #6 ● The proposal uses an interdisciplinary approach to target STEM pipeline gaps in student transition from high school to post-secondary education by improving the mentoring culture and incorporating more experiential learning. ● Both Loyola and New Orleans could benefit substantially from this project.
FUNDING RECOMMENDATIONS PES -- Rank #6 The panel recommends that funding be reduced from the requested $175,000 to a level of $100,000 per year, except for year 1. In year 1, the PES commitment of $100,000 will be supplemented by $125,000 of ESIP funds for a total of $225,000. The panel recommends that the request for faculty and staff salaries be reduced by half, and that the number and size of teams be reduced accordingly. $100,000 $100,000 $100,000 $225,000 Year 4 Year 3 Year 2 Year 1
PES – RANK #7 “ Mentoring at McNeese State University (McMentor)” Harold Stevenson Professor Environmental Sci. McNeese Nikos Kiritsis Dean, Col. of Engineering & Eng. Technology McNeese Janet Woolman Director, Office of Research Services & Sponsored Programs McNeese INTERVIEWEES
SELETED PANEL COMMENTS “ Mentoring at McNeese State University (McMentor)” – #7 ● This proposal focuses on changing student behavior through peer mentoring and has excellent plans for implementing a student-to-student mentoring program for the STEM disciplines. ● If the project is successful, student retention is likely to increase.
FUNDING RECOMMENDATIONS PES -- Rank #7 The panel recommends funding at the requested level of $59,210 from ESIP funds for the first year. The remaining three years should be supported with PES funds, at the level of $34,600 per year. $34,600 $34,600 $34,600 $59,210 Year 4 Year 3 Year 2 Year 1
DISTRIBUTION OF P-KSFI MONEY BY YEAR BY INSTITUTION ______________________ *Institutions where not required to partner when submitting applications to the PES.
STAFF FUNDING RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE PRIMARILY EDUCATION SUBPROGRAM The staff recommends that the Board approve the seven (7) Post-Katrina Support Fund Initiative (P-KSFI) Primarily Education Subprogram (PES) proposals recommended by consultants for funding at the levels and durations and with the stipulations provided by consultants.