University of New Orleans President Peter J. Fos and his wife, Lori, have established a $25,000 scholarship to help support female students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in education at UNO.

The Lori A. and Peter J. Fos Endowed Scholarship in Education is designed to support women studying education, with priority given to student-athletes. Beneficiaries will receive a $500 scholarship award for both the fall and spring semesters to help cover their expenses.

“As first-generation students and UNO graduates ourselves, Lori and I are firm believers in the power of higher education,” Fos said. “If this scholarship can help a student, in some small way, achieve her goal of earning a college degree, it will be well worth it.”

Recipients must be full-time female students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in education and in good academic standing. The first recipient is expected to be named during the fall semester.

It was reported Saturday that Fos is expected to announce soon that he is stepping down as president of UNO.

LSU professor elected president of society

The gavel of the American Physiological Society has passed to Patricia Molina, the director of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Center of Excellence at the LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine.

Molina is the first Hispanic female president of the APS, one of the nation’s oldest and largest scientific societies. She will serve a one-year term followed by a one-year term as past president.

The society is a nonprofit group devoted to fostering education, scientific research and dissemination of information in the physiological sciences. It was founded in 1887 with 28 members and now has more than 10,500.

UNO faculty member gets naval grant

University of New Orleans faculty member Christine Ikeda has been awarded a three-year, $510,000 grant from the Office of Naval Research.

Ikeda, an assistant professor of naval architecture and marine engineering, is one of 36 researchers around the country to be named a 2015 Young Investigator, which is one of the oldest and most selective scientific research advancement programs in the country.

Ikeda’s grant will fund her research on how the hulls of high-speed watercraft interact with waves. High-speed craft undergo repeated slams into waves that not only lead to discomfort and injury for those on board but also damage the craft itself.

The goal of Ikeda’s research will be to gain a basic scientific understanding of what happens to the hull of a craft when it is subjected to slam events in the water.

The 2015 Young Investigators were selected from 383 research proposals based on merit and potential breakthrough advances for the Navy and Marine Corps. All recipients are college or university faculty members who have obtained tenure-track positions within the past five years.

Ikeda, who joined the UNO faculty in 2014 from the U.S. Naval Academy, holds bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland.

“These recipients demonstrate the type of visionary, multidisciplinary thought that helps the U.S. Navy anticipate and adapt to a dynamic battlespace,” said Larry Schuette, director of research for the Office of Naval Research.