Research Alert | October 11, 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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FY12 Militarily Relevant Peer Reviewed Alzheimer’s Disease Research Program: Military Risk Factors Research Award
Deadlines: Pre-application, Oct. 29, 2012; Application, Feb. 4, 2013

Breast Cancer Research Program: Postdoctoral Fellowship Award
Deadlines: Pre-Application, Dec. 4, 2012; Application, Dec. 18, 2012


Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Navy and Marine Corps Science and Technology
Deadline: Response Date, Sept. 30, 2013

National Institutes of Health

Paul B. Beeson Clinical Scientist Development Award in Aging
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Nov. 6, 2012; Application, Dec. 6, 2012

Effects of In Utero Alcohol Exposure on Adult Health and Disease
Deadline: Feb. 5, 2013

Functional Assays to Screen Genomic Hits
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Dec. 23, 2012; Application, Jan. 23, 2013

Countermeasures Against Chemical Threats (CounterACT) Exploratory/Developmental Projects in Translational Research
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Dec. 30, 2012; Application, Jan. 30, 2013

Immunity in the Elderly
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Jan. 18, 2013; Application, Feb. 20, 2013

National Science Foundation

David Laude

Cyber-Enabled Sustainability Science and Engineering
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Dec. 4, 2012; Proposal, Feb. 5, 2013

Cyber-Physical Systems
Deadline: Jan. 29, 2013

Control Systems
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2013

Arts, Humanities and Culture

Council on Library and Information Resources
Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources
Deadlines: Submission of reference letters, Nov. 8, 2012; Application, Nov. 15, 2012

The Playwrights' Center
McKnight National Residency and Commission
Deadline: Nov. 15, 2012

National Endowment for the Humanities
America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Planning Grants
Deadline: Jan. 9, 2013

Other Funding Opportunities

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Reinvent the Toilet Challenge, 
Round 3
Deadline: Nov. 8, 2012

Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative
Research Grants
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Nov. 30, 2012; Proposal, March 8, 2013

March of Dimes
Continuing Nursing Education
Deadline: Jan. 13, 2013

Research Prizes and Honors

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow Award

Linda YoderLinda Yoder, associate professor and director of the nursing administration graduate concentration, was named an Executive Nurse Fellow by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which recognizes the effectiveness of nurse leaders in improving the nation’s health-care system.

In addition to her responsibilities at the School of Nursing, Yoder collaborates with the Seton Family of Hospitals and the St. David’s Hospital System on nursing research and evidence-based practice initiatives. She is completing a longitudinal study examining quality of life experienced by burn survivors after they are discharged from the Military Burn Unit at the San Antonio Military Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.


News and Information

Lab Crucial to Drug Development Process Opens

Janet WalkowAlan WattsThe University of Texas at Austin is opening a laboratory that fills a critical gap in the process of developing new drugs and biotechnology products.

Potential drugs will be tested for effectiveness and safety under rigorous conditions in the facility. Passing such a test is required before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allows a drug into human clinical trials. The tests could also aid in filing for patents and reaching commercialization agreements for pharmaceuticals and biomedical technology.

The laboratory, called UT Advance, is at the Dell Pediatric Research Institute near the Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas.

Janet Walkow, executive director of the Drug Dynamics Institute in the College of Pharmacy, and Alan Watts, assistant director, will oversee the lab.

Research Funding Available

VPRFunding is available for 2012-2013 Special Research Grants. Also, nominations for the Hamilton Book Award competition 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.

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

Oct. 4, 2012
HEADLINE: Meningitis outbreak shines light on 'compounding pharmacies'

Jim Karboski(James Karboski, clinical professor in the College of Pharmacy, was quoted in a Marketplace report about drug compounding laboratories in connection with a recent meningitis outbreak.)

Today, there are more than 7,500 compounding pharmacies in the U.S. Karboski says some of them are like “miniature manufacturers.” But they are not technically manufacturers.

“The difference between compounding and manufacturing has always been a bit of a battle between the Food and Drug Administration and pharmacy organizations,” Karboski says.

Research Project

Anthropogenic nutrient input drives genetic, functional and taxonomic biodiversity in hypereutrophic Lake Taihu, China

Wayne GardnerRESEARCHER: Wayne Gardner, professor, Department of Marine Science, principal investigator
AGENCY: National Science Foundation
AMOUNT: $499,980

Human activities have dramatically increased nitrogen inputs into many rivers and lakes, causing algal blooms that threaten economic and recreational uses of those waters.

Lake Taihu, the third largest lake in China, experiences damaging blooms of toxic cyanobacteria as a result of excessive nutrient inputs. The identities, nitrogen processing capabilities and activities of microbial communities in Lake Taihu will be examined to determine if nitrogen processing can be predicted from knowledge of the identity and genetic makeup of those communities.

This project will have broad applicability to the management of aquatic systems that are threatened by excessive nutrient inputs, a problem that is increasing worldwide. Additional broader impacts will include training of high school, undergraduate, and graduate students, international student exchanges, training of a postdoctoral researcher, and incorporation of science journalism students into field studies to promote adult scientific literacy.

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