- Associated Press - Thursday, October 13, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The University of New Orleans is honoring three of its faculty members for research in their respective fields.

The university announced the awards Wednesday.

Leonard Spinu, a professor of physics, won the Research Excellence Prize of $10,000. The university cited his published works and role in research projects garnering more than $15 million in awards.

Computer science assistant professor Irfan Ahmed won the Early Career Research Prize. The university says in the past three years, he’s been part of awards from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, and the Office of Naval Research. His grant is $7,500.

Professor of biological sciences Wendy Schluchter was given the Competitive Funding Prize of $10,000 for the UNO researcher who has been awarded the most external funding in the last fiscal year.

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