Research Alert | February 7, 2013

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Important University Research Deadlines

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

The University of Texas at Austin Stimulus Package Web page is online.

Funding Sources

Department of Commerce

Measurement Science and Engineering (MSE) Research Grant
Deadlines: NIST MSE Research Grant Programs, Continuing Deadline; Engineering Laboratory, March 1, 2013

Department of Education

Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities: Preparation of Special Education, Early Intervention, and Related services Leadership Personnel
Deadline: March 1, 2013

Department of Energy

Advanced Biomass Feedstock Logistics Systems II
Deadlines: Concept Paper, Feb. 15, 2013; Application, March 22, 2013

Crosscutting Research: Development of Novel Architecture for Optimization of Advanced Energy Systems
Deadline: March 14, 2013

Department of Justice

Research and Evaluation on the Impact of Social Media on Policing (PDF)
Deadline: April 26, 2013


Ocean Color Remote Sensing Vicarious In-Situ Calibration Instruments (PDF)
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2013

Hubble Space Telescope Call for Proposals for Cycle 21
Deadlines: Phase I proposal, March 1, 2013; Phase II proposal, June 27, 2013; E/PO proposal, Aug. 21, 2013

National Institutes of Health

Differentiation and Integration of Stem Cells (Embryonic and Induced-Pluripotent) Into Developing or Damaged Tissues
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, May 5, 2013; Application, June 5, 2013

Disorders of Human Communication: Effectiveness, Outcomes and Health Services Research
Deadline: June 5, 2013

Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa): Ethical, Legal, and Societal Issues (ELSI) Research Program
Deadline: June 5, 2013

National Science Foundation

David Laude

Broadening Participation Research Initiation Grants in Engineering
Deadline: April 29, 2013

Deadline: July 6, 2013

Decision, Risk and Management Sciences
Deadline: Aug. 18, 2013

Expeditions in Computing
Deadline: Sept. 10, 2013

General & Age-Related Disabilities Engineering
Deadline: Sept. 17, 2013

Arts, Humanities and Culture

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens
Advanced Fellowships, 2013-2014 (PDF)
Deadline: Feb. 19, 2013

National Archives
2013 Regional Residency Fellowship: Request for Proposals
Deadline: March 15, 2013

Council on Library and Information Resources
Hidden Collections
Deadline: March 22, 2013

Other Funding Opportunities

Earthwatch Institute
Request for Research Proposals
Deadline: June 15, 2013

Research Prizes and Honors

[Have you or a colleague won a research-related prize or honor? Let the Research Alert know.]

National Medal of Science presented to Bard, Goodenough

Allen BardJohn GoodenoughProf. Allen Bard of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Prof. John Goodenough of the Department of Mechanical Engineering received the National Medal of Science from President Obama on Feb. 1, 2013 at the White House.

Astronomer Wins Annie Jump Cannon Award

Sally Dodson-RobinsonThe American Astronomical Society has awarded Sally Dodson-Robinson, assistant professor of astronomy at The University of Texas at Austin, its Annie Jump Cannon Award for outstanding research and promise for future research by a woman. The prize was awarded at the society's 221st semiannual meeting in Long Beach, Calif.

Dodson-Robinson was cited for her contributions to the study of the formation of planetary systems, the society said. The award noted that her "insights into giant planet formation in our own solar system and in exoplanetary systems arise from combining theoretical modeling with observations of stars and circumstellar disks. She showed that both core accretion and gravitational instability may operate in different regions around stars of different masses to form giant planets."

News and Information

Research Funding Available and Award Deadline Approaching

VPRFunding is still available for 2012-2013 Special Research Grants.The awards of up to $750 are made to tenured and tenure-track faculty. And nominations for the University Co-op Research Excellence Awards are being accepted through Feb. 18, 2013.


Find information about these programs at Resources for Researchers page on the Vice President for Research website.

Please direct questions to Liza Scarborough or 471-2877.


Training Session on Responsible Conduct of Research to be Held

A training session on Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) will be 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 15, 2013 in Avaya Auditorium in the ACE building.

The training, sponsored by the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP), is part of an effort by the university to provide undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty who require the training with superior educational opportunities for professional growth. This training has been developed to increase awareness of ethical issues that may occur while conducting research. At the end of this training, participants will have acquired skills that will help identify ethical dilemmas and resources available to you to help.

Quoted-UT Researchers in the News

The New York Times
Feb. 3, 2013
Morton’s Murder Conviction Comes to Define Anderson

Jennifer_Laurin (Jennifer Laurin, an assistant professor in the School of Law, commented on the significance of a hearing about the prosecutor in the Michael Morton wrongful conviction case.)

“Not only is this a prosecutor being practically put on trial, but it’s a sitting judge,” said Jennifer Laurin, an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. “This is a person of enormous stature in the criminal justice system who is being called to account.”

Research Project

Identifying Mutations That Promote Microbial Evolvability

Jeffrey BarrickRESEARCHER: Jeffrey Barrick, assistant professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, principal investigator
AGENCY: National Institute of General Medical Sciences
AMOUNT: $215,028

The proposed research systematically investigates how different kinds of mutations affect the evolvability of Escherichia coli in laboratory evolution experiments.

The first aim is to test three strain series differing by predominantly deleterious, beneficial, or random mutations to establish baseline expectations. The second aim is to recover genotypes that eventually prevail over competitors of higher fitness because they are more evolvable by chronicling mutation dynamics in evolution experiments using deep sequencing, high throughput genotyping, and deletion and microsatellite markers. The third aim is to construct chromosomal reporters with selectable markers for measuring gene amplification and deletion rates. These reporters will be used to isolate new kinds of genomic instability mutators and to examine whether a similar defect potentiated the evolution of a rare metabolic innovation in a 20-year evolution experiment.

Throughout, evolvability will be measured on multiple time scales by comparing the initial divergence of marker trajectories in replicate evolution experiments to population genetic simulations and by performing co-culture competition assays between endpoint isolates and a reference strain. When a strain is found with unusually high or low evolvability, the causal mutation will be identified by genome re-sequencing, and its physiological consequences will be investigated to find out why it affects evolutionary potential.

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