April 7, 2011 | Research Alert

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Research Prizes and Honors

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

Engineering Faculty Member Receives Radio Science Award

Andrea Alu Andrea Alù, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been awarded the Issac Koga Gold Medal from the International Union of Radio Science (URSI).

He was recognized for "contributions to the theory and application of electromagnetic metamaterials, in particular the conception of plasmonic-based cloaking, optical nanocircuits, and anomalous propagation and radiation in metamaterials."

News and Information

"Lonestar 4" Supercomputer Deployed

The Texas Advanced Computing Center on April 4 formally dedicated Lonestar 4, its newest supercomputer.

Lonestar 4 is already being used to model several phenomena in solid earth geophysics, including seismic wave propagation, mantle convection and the dynamics of polar ice sheets.

Makeover: Research Alert Edition

Yes, the Research Alert has undergone a makeover. Now in html format, it is cleaner, brighter and easier to read. There's more about it at Further Findings, the research blog.

Quoted-UT Researchers in the News

The New York Times
April 5, 2011
HEADLINE: Multitude of Species Face Climate Threat

Camille Parmesan[An article in the Science Times section of the New York Times cites work by Camille Parmesan, associate professor in the Section of Integrative Biology, on dealing with species affected by climate change.]

In the journal Nature Climate Change (PDF), Dr. Parmesan and her colleagues argue that trying to attribute specific biological changes to global warming is the wrong way to go. While the global fingerprint of climate change may be clear, the picture can get blurry in individual species. “When you go to the local level, the outcome of climate change on one particular species is not dependent just on what climate change is doing,” said Dr. Parmesan.

Research Opportunities

Important University Research Deadlines

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

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

As of April 4, 2011, the university has received $115.2 million for 217 projects under the ARRA.

Funding Sources

Department of Defense

Biomolecular Systems Cluster
Deadline: July 12, 2009

Department of Education

Office of English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement for Limited English Proficient Students; Overview Information; National Professional Development Program CFDA 84.365Z
Deadline: Letter of Intent, May 2, 2011; Application, June 1, 2011

Environmental Protection Agency

Development of New and Improved Methods for the Characterizations of Nanoparticles in Environmental Media
Deadline: May 30, 2011

National Institutes of Health

Systems Approach to Immunity and Inflammation
Deadline: July 30, 2011

Genetic Screens to Enhance Zebrafish Research
Deadline: Aug. 19, 2011

Zebrafish Research with Research Tools and Techniques
Deadline: Aug. 19, 2011

Translation of Pluripotent Stem Cell Therapies for Blood Diseases
Deadline: Oct. 5, 2011

National Science Foundation

EarthScope
Deadline: July 16, 2011

Manufacturing and Construction Machines and Equipment
Deadline: Oct. 1, 2011

CISE Computing Research Infrastructure
Deadline: Oct. 25, 2011

Arts, Humanities and Culture

National Endowment for the Humanities
Preservation and Access Education and Training
Deadline: June 30, 2011 Richard III Foundation Inc.
John Davey Research Grant for Medieval Studies
Grant is intended for graduate students and independent scholars studying English history from 1450-1485
Deadline: July 1, 2011 American Musicological Society
Janet Levy Fund
for professional travel and research expenses for independent scholars who are members of the American Musicological Society
Deadline: July 25, 2011 Commission for Educational Exchange
Fulbright-Schuman Program
Grants for Postdoctoral Research or University Lecturing or Pre-Doctrral Research or Studying
Deadline: Aug. 1, 2011, for candidates with doctoral degree or comparable professional experience; later October, for candidates without a doctoral degree or limited professional experience

Other Funding Opportunities

Mining History Association
Mining History Association
Deadline: May 1, 2011 Pfizer Corp.
The Global Research Awards for Nicotine Dependence
Grants for Postdoctoral Research or University Lecturing or Pre-Doctrral Research or Studying
Deadline: Deadline: May 9, 2011 Grand Challenges Explorations
Round 7 Grants
Deadline: Deadline: May 19, 2011 The Konosuke Matsushita Memorial Foundation
Research Grants
Deadline: Deadline: May 20, 2011 Research Corporation
Cottrell Scholar Awards

Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation
Postdoctoral Program in Environmental Chemistry
Deadline: Aug. 25, 2011 Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation
Research Grants for research within the equipment lease financing industry

Research Project

Feasibility of a Web-based Smoking Cessation Program for Vocational Students

Alexandra LoukasRESEARCHER: Alexandra Loukas, associate professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, principal investigator
AGENCY: National Institutes of Health
AMOUNT: $372,099

The purpose of this study is to examine the feasibility of a tailored Web-based smoking cessation program for a racially/ethnically diverse sample of young adult smokers from lower socioeconomic status (SES) backgrounds.

Utilization and acceptability will be assessed by randomly assigning individuals either to a tailored Web-based smoking cessation program based on social cognitive theory and studies of persuasive communications or to a control condition comprising a non-tailored Web-based program providing evidence- based smoking cessation information. Both programs will be self-paced, allowing individuals to choose when and where they visit them. Participants will be smokers enrolled in post-secondary vocational/technical programs who want to quit smoking.

The specific aims of the project are to 1) Determine if young adult smokers from low SES backgrounds will use a tailored Web-based cessation program and find it an acceptable means for quitting, 2) Identify the psychosocial variables relevant to young adult smokers from low SES backgrounds (e.g., financial stress, role overload, depressive symptoms) that contribute to variability in utilization and acceptability of the Web-based program, and 3) Use individual interviews to determine how to increase utilization and acceptability of the tailored Web-based program, and maximize its appeal to young adult smokers from low SES backgrounds.

If successful, this project will lead to a multi-year proposal testing the efficacy of a tailored Web-based smoking cessation program in a larger randomized controlled trial. Results from specific aims 2 and 3 will be used to modify the existing Web-based program to further tailor it to the needs of young adults in lower SES categories. The long-term goal of this research is to develop effective smoking cessation programs for young adults from low SES backgrounds that ultimately will decrease disparities in tobacco use and tobacco-related morbidity and mortality.

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