Aug. 11, 2011 | Research Alert

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Sociologist Mark Hayward Named to Prestigious National Advisory Committee

Mark HaywardMark Hayward, professor of sociology and director of the Population Research Center, has been named to the National Advisory Committee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars, a program dedicated to enhancing and broadening cross-disciplinary research in health and healthcare for Americans.

Hayward joins a group of distinguished representatives from higher education, government agencies and public policy. He will take part in the application review and selection of finalists for the program’s tenth cohort of scholars this fall.

News and Information

Texas Advanced Computing Center a Major Partner in $121 Million Advanced Computing Project

Maytal Dahan A partnership among the National Science Foundation (NSF) and 17 institutions, including the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), today announced the debut of the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), the most advanced and powerful collection of integrated advanced digital resources and services in the world.

Academic scientists and engineers use these resources and services — supercomputers, visualization and data analysis systems and tools, and data collections — to propel scientific discovery and improve our lives. They are a crucial part of research in fields like earthquake modeling, materials science, medicine, epidemiology, genomics, astronomy, and biology.

TACC leads User Services for XSEDE, which includes allocations, user information and interfaces, user engagement and training. The XSEDE User Portal (XUP), a functional extension of the TeraGrid User Portal, provides direct command line access to computational resources and data management tools, such as information about services, user jobs, accounts, projects and allocations.

"TACC's unique portal expertise will continue to provide tools that enable researchers to utilize XSEDE almost as easily as they manage their personal online accounts at home," said Maytal Dahan, manager of User Information and Interfaces for XSEDE. "Other than the continuing operation of systems and services, there was nothing more critical to provide to users than the Web-based user portal."

Intro to Cayuse424 Offered

Attend a free introductory course to learn how to use Cayuse424 to prepare proposals for submissions. The Office of Sponsored Projects requires Cayuse424, a Web-based application, for all opportunities supported by Cayuse.

Open to all, the course suits the needs of principal investigators, departmental staff, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and others who are new to Cayuse and the submission process. The course also serves as a Cayuse424 refresher.

The course runs 9:30-11:30 a.m., Aug. 30, 2011 in NOA 5.318.

Sign up with TxClass.

Another OSP course on tap: SP101/SP102 - Life Cycle of a Sponsored Research Grant Pre-award and Postaward, held Aug. 23, 2011.

UT Austin Hosts National Science Foundation Grants Conference in October

NSF logo The first National Science Foundation Regional Grants Conference of fiscal year 2012 will be held in Austin, Texas and hosted by The University of Texas at Austin on Oct. 17-18, 2011.


Key representatives from the National Science Foundation (NSF) as well as faculty, researchers and grant administrators representing colleges and universities from around the U.S. will participate.

The conference will cover a wide range of current issues at the NSF (PDF) including the state of current funding; new and current policies and procedures; and pertinent administrative issues. NSF program officers representing each NSF directorate will be on hand to provide up-to-date information about specific funding and answer your questions.

The registration fee is $340.

Quoted-UT Researchers in the News

Los Angeles Times
Aug. 7, 2011
HEADLINE: TV in a Lone Star state of mind

Joshua Gunn (Television shows with Texas connections are gushing out of Hollywood, according to an article in the Los Angeles Times. Joshua Gunn, associate professor of communication studies, has an explanation and a concern.)

"The vastness, the opulence, the wealth and the grandiloquent way it's often expressed are kind of hard to resist," said Joshua Gunn, associate professor of communication studies at the University of Texas at Austin. "The regional mythology has been rooted deep into popular culture for generations."

Gunn said he's less concerned with those tropes (Texas stereotypes) — reality show participants always get mocked — than with the class-conscious "whitewashing" of Texas in most modern media portrayals. "It's a multicultural society, with all the flavor and challenges that brings," Gunn said. "You'd never know that from watching a lot of the TV or movies that are supposedly authentic."

Research Opportunities

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 Agriculture

Critical Agricultural Materials
Deadline: Sept. 2, 2011

Department of Energy

Development of Novel Composite Materials from High Explosive Consolidation and Self-Propagating High Temperature Synthesis
Deadline: Sept. 2, 2011

Terrestrial Ecosystem Science (PDF)
Deadline: Sept. 12, 2011

National Institutes of Health

Secondary Analyses and Archiving of Social and Behavioral Datasets in Aging
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Oct. 3, 2011; Application, Nov. 3, 2011

NIDCD Phase I/II Preliminary Clinical Trials in Communication Disorders
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Sept. 4, 2011; Application, Oct. 4, 2011

Alliance of Glycobiologists for Detection of Cancer
Deadline: Letter of Intent, Sept. 7, 2011; Application, Oct. 7, 2011

Health Promotion for Children With Physical Disabilities Through Physical Activity and Diet: Developing An Evidence Base
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Sept. 5, 2011; Application, Oct. 5, 2011

Secondary Analyses and Archiving of Social and Behavioral Datasets in Aging
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Oct. 3, 2011; Application, Nov. 3, 2011

Research to Advance Vaccine Safety
Deadline: Oct. 5, 2011

Translational Scholar Career Awards in Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Medicine
Deadline: Oct. 12, 2011

National Science Foundation

Advancing Digitization of Biological Collections
Deadline: Oct. 31, 2011

George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation
Deadline: Nov. 2, 2011

George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation
Deadline: Nov. 2, 2011

Science of Organizations
Deadline: Feb. 2, 2012

Arts, Humanities and Culture

National Endowment for the Arts
Research: Art Works
Deadline: Nov. 8, 2011

American Philosophical Society
Phillips Fund for Native American Research
Deadline: March 1, 2012

American Council of Learned Societies
Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art
Deadline: Nov. 9, 2011

Harry Ransom Center
2012-2013 Research Fellowship
Deadline: Feb. 1, 2012

Other Funding Opportunities

NFL Charities
Medical Research
Deadline: Sept. 15, 2011

American Society for Mass Spectrometry
Research Awards
Deadline: Nov. 30, 2011

Bikes Belong Foundation
Research Grants
Deadline: Sept. 30, 2011

Research Project

Collaborative Research: Incorporating Physiological Variation in Mechanistic Range Models for Ecological Forecasting

Timothy KeittRESEARCHER: Timothy Keitt, associate professor, Section of Integrative Biology
AGENCY: National Science Foundation
AMOUNT: $148,091

Computer models will be used to study the effects of climate change on the distribution of a widespread lizard. The models will link attributes of individual lizards to see how whole populations of lizards adapt to specific environmental conditions. For example, the models consider how temperature and rainfall limit lizard activity, such as feeding. Feeding is then related in the models to survival and reproduction. By monitoring the behavior and measuring activity of lizards across the entire United States, these scientists will be able to determine how climate in different regions affects lizards.

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