Aug. 25, 2011 | Research Alert

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History Professor's Book Wins Foundation Prize

Philippa Levine Dr. Philippa Levine, professor in the Department of History, and Alison Bashford, the University of Sydney, received the Berendel Foundation’s 2011 Cantemir Prize for their book "The Oxford Handbook of the History of Eugenics." It's the first comprehensively global collection of essays on the subject of improving the human race through controlled breeding. Levine is the Mary Helen Thompson Centennial Professor in the Humanities and co-director of the British Studies Program.

The Berendel Foundation is a private foundation based in London.

Law Professor Wins Book Award from American Political Science Association

Karen engle A book written by Karen Engle, professor in the School of Law, received the 2010 Best Book Award prize from the American Political Science Association Section on Human Rights. Engle is the Cecil D. Redford Professor in Law and director of the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice.

The book, "The Elusive Promise of Indigenous Development: Rights, Culture, Strategy," explores the international legal frameworks and strategies used to pursue indigenous peoples’ claims to heritage, territory, and economic development.

News and Information

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.

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Quoted-UT Researchers in the News

The New York Times Green blog
Aug. 19, 2011
HEADLINE: Tracking Species as They Flee Ever Higher

Camille Parmesan (This week's quote is not so much of a quote, but a reference to the research of Camille Parmesan, associate professor in the Section of Integrative Biology.)

In the early nineties, a young Ph.D. student at The University of Texas at Austin spent four and a half years following a small black butterfly with red and yellow spots up and down the west coast, from southern California in March to Canada in August. In 1996 she published the results of her laborious fieldwork in a paper titled “Climate and Species Range” in the journal Nature.

The Ph.D. student’s name was Camille Parmesan, and her paper offered one of the first documented examples of a species’ having shifted its range in response to climate change. Dr. Parmesan’s work (she is now an associate professor at the university) showed that over the previous 100 years, the entire range of the butterfly, the Edith’s Checkerspot, had moved northward and to higher elevations. In fact, 80 percent of the populations in Mexico and Southern California had disappeared.

Dr. Parmesan’s pioneering work helped to unleash a flood of similar research documenting the geographical adaptations of plants and animals to a warming world.

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 Defense

Military Infectious Diseases Basic Research Award
Deadline: Dec. 7, 2011

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency - RFI: Transformational Change in Drug Discovery: Overcoming Antibiotic Resistant Microbes
Deadline: Sept. 15, 2011

Department of Health and Human Services

Global Nurse Capacity Building Program
Deadline: Oct. 17, 2011

Department of Homeland Security

International Research in Homeland Security Science & Technology Mission Areas
Deadline: Oct. 11, 2011

National Institutes of Health

Systems Science and Health in the Behavioral and Social Sciences
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Sept. 5, 2011; Application, Oct. 5, 2011

Discovery of Genetic Basis of Mendelian or Monogenic Heart, Lung, and Blood Disorders
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Sept. 19, 2011; Application, Oct. 18, 2011

Innovative Pilot Studies of Novel Mechanism of Action Compounds for Treating Psychiatric Disorders
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Sept. 5, 2011; Application, Oct. 5, 2011

National Science Foundation

Division of Integrative Organismal Systems
Deadline: Jan. 12, 2012

Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation 2012
Deadlines: Sept. 30, 2011; Nov. 9, 2011; and March 30, 2012
[This is a limited submission. For more information, contact]

Materials World Network: Cooperative Activity in Materials Research Between US Investigators and their Counterparts Abroad
Deadline: Nov. 10, 2011

Sustainability Research Networks Competition
Deadline: Dec. 1, 2011

Division of Environmental Biology
Deadline: Jan. 9, 2012

Broadening Participation Research Initiation Grants in Engineering
Deadline: Jan. 20, 2012

Arts, Humanities and Culture

Institute of Museum and Library Services
Museums for America
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2011

American Institute of Indian Studies
Research fellowship programs
Deadline: July 1, 2011

Other Funding Opportunities

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Grand Challenges Explorations, Round 8
Deadline: Nov. 17, 2011

United States - Israel Binational Science Foundation
Regular Research Grants
Deadline: Mid-November 2011 (The organization's Web site recommends checking back for a specific date.)

Research Project

Mechanism of Vascular Morphogenesis from Mesenchymal Stem Cells

Laura SuggsRESEARCHER: Laura Suggs, assistant professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, principal investigator
AGENCY: American Heart Association
AMOUNT: $140,000

Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine has the potential to replace and restore diseased or damaged tissue for millions of individuals. The most significant obstacle to the widespread application of regenerative medicine strategies is the inability to promote, maintain, and control neovascularization, or the development of new blood vessels. A major challenge to the development of clinical applied stem cell therapy remains the incomplete understanding of how stem cells contribute to blood vessel development. In particular, an understanding of the matrix-integrin-cytoskeletal (MIC) signaling axis is critical in defining the mechanism of morphogenesis. It is, therefore, the specific objective of the current proposal to investigate the MIC signaling axis in the process of vasculogenesis from MSCs within a three-dimensional hydrogel matrix.

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