Thursday, December 18, 2014

UNO Awards Research Prizes to Three Faculty Members

John Wiley, chemistry professor at the University of New Orleans Advanced Materials Research InstituteJohn Wiley

Wiley, Ghose Hajra and O'Connell bring home top prizes for research in science and engineering

The University of New Orleans announced that it has bestowed the 2014 UNO Research Recognition Prizes upon three faculty members.

John Wiley, professor of chemistry, won the Research Excellence Prize; Malay Ghose Hajra, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, won the Early Career Research Prize; and Martin O'Connell, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences, won the Competitive Funding Prize.

Wiley, a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry since 1993, has published 116 peer reviewed journal articles. He has also been an active and important member of UNO's Advanced Materials Research Institute. He has secured numerous grants through the Louisiana Board of Regents and the National Science Foundation.

The Research Excellence Prize is given to faculty members who have achieved the rank of associate professor or professor and who have an outstanding and sustained record of creative and scholarly activities. Wiley will receive a $10,000 grant for winning the prize.

UNO Assistant Professor of Engineering Malay Ghose HajraMalay Ghose Hajra

Ghose Hajra joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering as an assistant professor in 2011. Since then, he has been actively involved in research activities in the areas of geotechnical and geo-environmental engineering.

Ghose Hajra has secured numerous grants from local and regional agencies.

Ghose Hajra acts as a faculty advisor to the UNO chapters of the American Concrete Institute and Engineers Without Borders.

The Early Career Research Prize is awarded to faculty members who hold the rank of assistant professor and who have distinguished themselves in their creative and scholarly activities. Ghose Hajra will receive a $7,500 grant.

O'Connell joined the UNO faculty in 2006 as an assistant professor. He is now chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

O'Connell is a prolific researcher who had more than $700,000 in additional funding added to his portfolio of existing grants during the past year.

UNO Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences Martin O'ConnellMartin O'Connell

O'Connell, who oversees the Nekton Research Laboratory, an active laboratory within the Pontchartrain Institute for Environmental Sciences, earned grants from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, among others.

The Competitive Funding Prize recognizes the UNO researcher who has achieved the highest amount of competitive external funding awards in the past fiscal year. O'Connell will receive a $10,000 grant.


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