April 19, 2012 | Research Alert

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American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

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

Funding Sources

University of Texas at Austin and Shell

Shell-UT Unconventional Research (SUTUR)
Deadline: May 17, 2012
Send email to Scott Tinker, Eric Potter or Tad Patzek for information aboout the Request for Proposal.

Department of Agriculture

Childhood Obesity Prevention (PDF)
Deadline: June 5, 2012

Department of Defense

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Quick Reaction USAFSAM Assessments, Studies, Analysis, Evaluation and Research (QUASAR)
Deadline: June 8, 2012

Department of Energy

Wireless Charging for Electric Vehicles (PDF)
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, April 25, 2012; Application, May 31, 2012

Department of the Interior

2012 National Geological & Geophysical Data Preservation Program
Deadline: May 21, 2012

National Institutes of Health

Pilot and Feasibility Clinical Research Grants in Diabetes, and Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases
Deadline: June 16, 2012

Research Supplements to Promote Re-Entry into Biomedical and Behavioral Research Careers (Administrative Supplement)
Deadlines: Institutes and centers involved have different dates

Limited Competition: Addressing Health Disparities in Maternal and Child Health Through Community-Based Participatory Research
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, July 19, 2012; Application, Aug. 19, 2012

National Science Foundation

David Laude

Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering in Engineering
Deadline: July 3, 2012

EarthScope
Deadline: July 16, 2012

International Research Experiences for Students
Deadline: Aug. 21, 2012

Innovation Corps Program
Deadline: June 15, 2012

Arts, Humanities and Culture

Hagley Museum and Library
Hagley Exploratory Research Grants
Deadline: June 30, 2012

German Academic Exchange Service
German Studies Research Grant
Deadline: May 1, 2012

American Council on Germany
Dr. Richard M. Hunt Fellowship for the Study of German History, Politics, Society and Culture
Deadline: June 29, 2012

Other Funding Opportunities

American Cancer Society
Clinical Research Professor
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Aug. 1, 2012; Application, Oct. 15, 2012

Einstein Forum
The Einstein Fellowship
Deadline: May 14, 2012

American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Young Investigator Award 2012 (PDF)
Deadline: May 10, 2012

Research Prizes and Honors

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Education Professor to Receive Research Award from Council for Exceptional Children

Sharon VaughnSharon Vaughn, executive director for the College of Education’s Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk, has been honored with the 2012 Council for Exceptional Children’s (CEC) Special Education Research Award.

According to the CEC, the Special Education Research Award recognizes an individual whose “research has significantly advanced the education of children and youth with exceptionalities.”

For the past 30 years, Vaughn’s research has significantly expanded the knowledge base in special education and has been instrumental in developing educational interventions and practices that improve outcomes for students with disabilities.

News and Information

Professorship and Center Posthumously Honor Theater Historian

A new professorship honoring theater historian Oscar G. Brockett has been established in the Department of Theatre and Dance. The Oscar and Lenyth Brockett Professorship in Theatre History is the first endowment to support the creation of the Oscar G. Brockett Center for Theatre History and Criticism. The professorship will fund faculty and student research in theater history.

Quoted-UT Researchers in the News

Austin American-Statesman
April 14, 2012
HEADLINE: Family of murder victim has their say

Marilyn Armour (Marilyn Armour, associate professor in the School of Social Work and director of The Institute for Restorative Justice and Restorative Dialogue, explained the need for crime victims and their survivors to have their say in court.)

Marilyn Armour, an associate professor at the School of Social Work at the University of Texas who works with homicide survivors, said some research shows that navigating through the criminal justice system can be traumatizing for family members. They experience what few ever will, she said.

"People hold their breath until the trial, and so in a sense whatever they need is suspended until the trial is over," she said. "Healing, if you want to call it that, is protracted, and part of that is how long they wait for the justice system."

With a trial done and justice meted out, survivors can move on, Armour said, but slowly. Unlike deaths that result from natural causes, a homicide doesn't move into the past, she said.

"It stays present, it stays alive, but it changes shape," she said. "There is in fact no closure."

Research Project

FRG: Collaborative Research: In and Around Theory X

Daniel FreedRESEARCHERS: Daniel Freed, right, professor, Department of Mathematics, principal investigator, and David Ben-Zvi, associate professor, Department of Mathematics, and Andrew Neitzke, assistant professor, Department of Mathematics, co-principal investigators
AGENCY: National Science Foundation
AMOUNT: $466,862

This Focused Research Group brings together researchers working in diverse parts of mathematics and physics to study these theories. They originally arose as limits of string theories and are usually called 'superconformal (2,0)-theories' to call attention to their symmetries. The simpler appellation 'Theory X' emphasizes how little is known. The projects undertaken here have two overall goals.

First, we will make inroads on the structure of Theory X by applying the detailed and profound mathematical understanding of topological and conformal quantum field theories obtained over the past 25 years. Second, we will use expected properties of Theory X and its compactifications to lower dimensions to deduce new conjectures and new organizing principles in geometric representation theory.

The rapidly developing web of interactions between the six-dimensional quantum Theory X and a host of central topics in twenty-first century geometry, topology, and geometric representation theory indicates that we are seeing the beginnings of a new revolution, one in which Theory X plays the dominant physical role. Progress towards unraveling its structure and its consequences will have broad ramifications.

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