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Archive for March, 2009


Monday, March 30, 2009

With the stickleback, its lake can be a lab

Dan Bolnick

Dan Bolnick

The threespine stickleback is a fish biologists use as a model organism and have for about a century.

Dan Bolnick, an assistant professor in the Section of Integrative Biology, is a stickleback scientist who’s starting to use the fish in a new way to research relationships between organisms and parasites.

Bolnick’s work earned him selection as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Early Career Scientist. John Wallingford, an associate professor of molecular cell and developmental biology, also was selected.

They are among 50
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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Follow data, find frogs

Dendrobates mysteriosus is from the transition between the Andes Mountains to Amazonia in northeastern Perus.

Dendrobates mysteriosus is from the transition between the Andes Mountains to Amazonia in northeastern Perus.

Detectives follow the evidence. Reporters follow the money. Scientists follow the data.

They might not know where these things will lead, but, one way or another, it should be the truth—or at least as close to it as they can get.

Juan Santos, a Ph.D. student in integrative biology, followed the data from the Amazon River basin up into the Andes Mountains and back to the Amazon to
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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The book on botany

James Mauseth

James Mauseth

James Mauseth, a professor in the Section of Integrative Biology, has published the fourth edition of his textbook, “Botany: An Introduction to Plant Biology.” Daniel Oppenheimer, a writer in the College of Natural Sciences, talked to Mauseth about the book and cacti, the main interest of Mauseth’s research. Below is an excerpt from the interview. Click here for the full interview and here for a cactus slideshow.

Speaking of stories, why did you decide to study cacti in the first place?

It would
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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Recovery and Reinvestment Act Opportunities

NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH

NIH – Recovery Act Limited Competition: Extramural Research Facilities Improvement Program (C06)
http://www.utexas.edu/research/admin/limited/nih_recovery_c06.php
Deadline: March 25, 2009 (Office of the Vice President of Research)

Recovery Act Limited Competition: Core Facility Renovation, Repair, and Improvement
http://www.utexas.edu/research/admin/limited/nih_recovery_g20.php
Deadline: May 22, 2009, (Office of the Vice President of Research); Sept. 17, 2009

NIH Challenge Grants in Health and Science Research
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/challenge%5Faward/

NIH Challenge Grants in Health and Science Research – NCRR Topics
http://www.ncrr.nih.gov/the_american_recovery_and_reinvestment_act/challenge_grant_initiative/

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funding for SmartWay Clean Diesel Finance Program
http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&flag2006=false&oppId=45797

American Recovery and Reinvestment
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Friday, March 6, 2009

Clarifying a climate debate

LeeAnn Kahlor

LeeAnn Kahlor

Those tracking the Earth’s temperatures might want to make a notation of a heat spike in February 2009.

That’s when newspaper columnist George Will wrote about his skepticism on global warming and the role of humans. He cited scientific data that he said supported his conclusions. Others said that Will misread, misinterpreted and mischaracterized the data, not least of all the scientists who compiled that data. More about the ruckus can be found at http://ksjtracker.mit.edu/?p=8707.

Argument, some of it heated, ensued in newspapers
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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Recovery and Reinvestment Act Opportunities

Recovery Act Limited Competition: Extramural Research Facilities Improvement Program
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RR-09-008.html
Deadlines: May 6, 2009 (projects between $2M and $5M); June 17, 2009 (projects between $10M and $15M), July 17, 2009 (projects between $5M and $10M)

Recovery Act Limited Competition: Core Facility Renovation, Repair, and Improvement
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RR-09-007.html
Deadline: Sept. 17, 2009

Recovery Act Limited Competition: High-End Instrumentation Grant Program
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-09-118.html
Deadline: Sept. 17, 2009

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Recovery and Reinvestment Act News and Opportunities

Recovery Act of 2009: NIH Review Criteria, Scoring System, and Suspension of Appeals Process
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-09-054.html

The “Recovery Act Limited Competition: NIH Challenge Grants in Health and Science Research (RC1)” which is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 is fully supported in Cayuse424. This funding opportunity is currently available for download and development in Cayuse424.

Recovery Act Limited Competition: NIH Challenge Grants in Health and Science Research
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-OD-09-003.html
Deadline: April 27, 2009

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Behind NUMB3RS

“Murder and math. What could be better?”

That’s how Michael Starbird, professor of mathematics, describes his appreciation for the CBS show “Numb3rs.”

Starbird and “Numb3rs” (on CBS at 9 p.m. Fridays) came together at a recent Science Study Break, a series that connects the science in movies and television shows to real science. Past lectures include anthropologist John Kappelman on “Bones” and biologist David Hillis on “CSI.”

“Numb3rs,” in its fifth season, chronicles the adventures of Charles Eppes, a math genius and professor
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