Research Alert | November 15, 2012

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American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

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

Funding Sources

Department of Defense

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Platelet Storage Technologies
Deadlines: Pre-Application, Nov. 29, 2013; Application (by invitation), Jan. 28, 2013

Research Initiatives at The Naval Postgraduate School
Deadline: May 14, 2013

Department of Energy

Computational Science Graduate Fellowship
Deadline: Jan. 8, 2013

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory-WILEY VISITING SCIENTIST PROGRAM
Deadline: Jan. 31, 2013

National Institutes of Health

Research Into The Impact Of Economic Fluctuations On Alcohol Consumption, Drinking Patterns, And Prevention And Treatment Of Problem Drinking And Related Problems
Deadline: Feb. 5, 2013

Drug Abuse Dissertation Research: Epidemiology, Prevention, Treatment, Services, and/or Women and Sex/Gender Differences
Deadline: Feb. 16, 2013

AHRQ Small Research Grant Program
Deadline: Feb. 16, 2013

National Science Foundation

David Laude

Earth Sciences: Instrumentation and Facilities
Deadline: Proposals Accepted Anytime

Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation
Deadline: Feb. 4, 2013

Promoting Research and Innovation in Methodologies for Evaluation
Deadline: Feb. 20, 2013

Division of Environmental Biology
Deadlines: Preliminary Proposal, Jan. 23, 2013, Proposal (by invitation), Aug. 2, 2013

Arts, Humanities and Culture

Holocaust Educational Foundation
Holocaust Educational Foundation Research Grant
Deadline: Feb. 28, 2013

Hagley Museum and Library
Hagley Exploratory Research Grants
Deadline: March 31, 2013

Other Funding Opportunities

W.M. Keck Foundation
Undergradutate Education Program
Deadline: May 1, 2013

Research Prizes and Honors

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21 Mathematicians Named 2013 Fellows of the American Mathematical Society

Twenty-one professors in the Department of Mathematics were named 2013 Fellows of the American Mathematical Society (AMS).

The fellows designation recognizes AMS members who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication and utilization of mathematics. This is the AMS program’s initial year.

The university’s 2013 AMS fellows are: Daniel Allcock, Todd Arbogast, William Beckner, David Ben-Zvi, Lewis Bowen, Luis Caffarelli, Elliott Cheney, Jr., Daniel Freed, Irene Gamba, Robert Gompf, Raymond Heitmann, John Luecke, Edward Odell, Charles Radin, Alan Reid, Haskell Rosenthal, Michael Starbird, John Tate, Karen Uhlenbeck, Jeffrey Vaaler and Robert Williams.

News and Information

Research Funding Available

VPRFunding is available for 2012-2013 Special Research Grants and Subvention Grants. Also, nominations for the Hamilton Book Awards competition and the University Co-op Research Excellence Awards are being accepted.


  • SPECIAL RESEARCH GRANTS for 2012-2013 in amounts up to $750 are awarded to tenured and tenure-track faculty throughout the year until funds are expended. Applications are being accepted.
  • HAMILTON BOOK AWARDS PROGRAM is accepting all books, including scholarly monographs, creative works (e.g., novels and anthologies of poetry), exhibition catalogues, textbooks, and edited collections published in calendar year 2012 by university faculty and staff. Deadline is Jan. 18, 2013.
  • UNIVERSITY CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY RESEARCH EXCELLENCE AWARDS.  Nominations are being accepted for two prizes:  the Career Research Excellence Award (to recognize a faculty member or staff researcher who has maintained a superior research program across many years) and the Best Paper Award (in recognition of a principal or sole author of a peer-reviewed scholarly paper reporting original research).  Deadline is Feb. 18, 2013.
  • SUBVENTION GRANTS. Applications for 2012-2013 Subventions are being accepted until funds run out. The University of Texas at Austin Subvention Grants program, which provides a maximum award of $5,000, is designed to assist faculty authors in the publication of scholarly books. Preference will be given to assistant and associate professors. Frequently, university and other scholarly presses demand that authors provide funds to underwrite the publication of scholarly monographs and books. Subvention awards provide financial assistance to faculty members when departments and deans are unable to provide needed support.

Information and applications for all programs are available at the Vice President for Research website. Early application is recommended. Please direct questions to Liza Scarborough or 471-2877.

Quoted-UT Researchers in the News

Morning Edition/NPR
Nov. 13, 2012
HEADLINE: The FBI's Role in the Petraeus Investigation

Robert Chesney (Robert Chesney, a law professor and expert on national security issues, commented on the FBI investigation of Gen. David Petraeus.)

CARRIE JOHNSON: That requirement is found in the National Security Act and in an executive order on U.S. intelligence activities that dates back to the Ronald Reagan era. Law enforcement officials say they didn't tell Congress because Petraeus was a witness - not a target - in an ongoing criminal investigation. And until very recently, agents were still trying to figure out whether anyone broke any laws.

Under Justice Department guidelines, authorities are barred from sharing information even with most people in the White House, unless there's a national security exception. Bobby Chesney teaches law at The University of Texas. Chesney says there's an obvious national security issue when the CIA director appears on law enforcement radar.

BOBBY CHESNEY: But whether there was ever a formal statutory obligation to give that reporting from the FBI to the intelligence committees, for example, that's far from clear.

Research Project

High School and Beyond: Human Capital over the Life Cycle as a Foundation for Working Longer

Sandra BlackChandra MullerRESEARCHERS: Chandra Muller, left, professor, Department of Sociology; Sandra Black, professor, Department of Economics
AGENCY: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
AMOUNT: $3.2 million

The three-year grant will support a study, led by Muller, that follows 14,825 respondents (born in 1964-65) of the nationally representative “High School and Beyond” survey. Designed and funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the multiphase survey examines educational, vocational and personal development of young people beginning with their elementary or high school years, and following them over time as they begin to enter the workforce.

The findings will provide important insights into three key areas of American public policy — health care, economics and education reform. After the third phase of the study, Muller aims to provide concrete answers for various national concerns, such as the long-term costs of mental illness, the effects of recession and employment on health and mortality, and the benefits of higher education for minority populations.

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