Feb. 9, 2012 | Research Alert

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School of Social Work Professor Appointed Co-editor of Journal

Noel Busch-ArmendarizNoël Busch-Armendariz, associate professor and director of the Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault at The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work, has been appointed co-editor-in-chief of AFFILIA: Journal of Women and Social Work.

AFFILIA is dedicated to the discussion and development of feminist values, theories, and knowledge as they relate to social work and social welfare research, education, and practice. It is the only scholarly social work journal that addresses the concerns of social workers and their clients from a feminist point of view, offering a unique mix of research reports, new theory, and creative approaches to the challenges confronting women.

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Workshops Offered on Managing Data

Researchers and students conduct research that uses, gathers and creates data. As data grow in size and complexity, so does the infrastructure needed to support and study it. Major funding agencies require researchers to include data management plans in their grant proposals including best-practices for creating and developing data, as well as plans for long-term accessibility and archiving when applicable.

A multidisciplinary team including UT Libraries, the Texas Advanced Computing Center and Information Technology Services offer resources and consulting to UT researchers who use and create data.

Learn about the resources and consulting services available to help in the development and stewardship of research data.

Open to all members of the research community at UT Austin. There is no cost.

  • Session 1:
    9:30–10:30 a.m.
    Feb. 22, 2012
    ACE 2.402
  • Session 2:
    2–3 p.m.
    Feb. 28, 2012
    ACE 2.402  

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Quoted-UT Researchers in the News

Washington Post
Feb. 6, 2012
HEADLINE: Obama: The most polarizing moderate ever?

Sean Theriault (In a column about changes in the political spectrum, Sean Theriault, associate professor in the Department of Government, calibrated how far off center the major political parties have moved.)

“Over the past century, DW-Nominate has shown a steady increase in congressional polarization. Democrats have moved to the left while Republicans have moved to the right. But Republicans have moved a lot further than Democrats. “Republicans in both chambers are polarizing more quickly than Democrats,” said Sean Theriault, a political scientist at the University of Texas at Austin. “If the Democratic senators have taken one step toward their ideological home, House Democrats have taken two steps, Senate Republicans three steps and House Republicans four steps.”

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 Commerce

National Institute of Standards and Technology
National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) Pilot Grant Program
Deadline: March 7, 2012

Department of Defense

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Deadline: May 15, 2012

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Academic Research Program
Deadline: Sept. 30, 2012

Department of Energy

Stewardship Science Academic Alliances Program
Deadline: March 12, 2012

Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative: High Operating Temperature Fluids
Deadline: April 19, 2012

Department of the Interior

Proposed Research on Oil Spill Response Operations
Deadline: March 1, 2012

Department of Justice

Basic Scientific Research to Support Forensic Science for Criminal Justice Purposes(PDF)
Deadline: April 20, 2012

National Institutes of Health

NIBIB Research Education Programs for Residents and Clinical Fellows
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, April 23, 2012; Application, May 23, 2012

Leadership Group for a Clinical Research Network on Microbicides to Prevent HIV Infection
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Aug. 28, 2012; Application, Sept. 28, 2012

Bioengineering Nanotechnology Initiative
Deadline: April 5, 2012

National Science Foundation

Integrative Paleoanthropology Grants
Deadline: April 18, 2012

Pan-American Advanced Studies Institutes Program
Deadline: April 24, 2012

Arts, Humanities and Culture

National Geographic
All Roads Film Project
Deadline: March 15, 2012

American Council of Learned Societies
ACLS Public Fellows
Deadline: March 21, 2012

Wenner-Gren Foundation
Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowships
Deadline: May 1, 2012

Other Funding Opportunities

Qualcomm Tricorder X-Prize
Deadline: See website for details

American Geophysical Union
2012 Horton (Hydrology) Research Grant for Ph.D. Candidates (PDF)
Deadline: May 1, 2012

Research Project

FESD Type I: A Delta Dynamics Collaboratory

David MohrigRESEARCHER: David Mohrig, professor, Department of Geological Sciences, principal investigator
AGENCY: National Science Foundation
AMOUNT: $3,020,001

River deltas represent a major Earth-surface system with societal need. Low-lying, ecologically productive, and inhabited by millions of people, deltas also lie directly in the path of a confluence of ongoing changes: nutrient overloading from agriculture; accelerated subsidence and sea-level rise; effects of land use and navigation; and changing hydrology and sediment supply.

The overall objective of this proposal is to develop tested, high-resolution, quantitative models incorporating morphodynamics, ecology, and stratigraphy to predict river delta dynamics over engineering to geologic time-scales, and to specifically address questions of system dynamics, resiliency, and sustainability.

We will do this by establishing the Delta Dynamics Collaboratory (DDC) for multi-investigator, interdisciplinary investigations of river delta sedimentary and ecologic dynamics. The lead institution for DDC will be The University of Texas at Austin.

The collaboratory will comprise two main work centers: a field observatory and a virtual modeling center, together with supporting experimental facilities. The observatory will be at Wax Lake Delta, a manageably small, growing delta about 100 km west of the main Mississippi Delta birdsfoot.

The main observational goal will be to create a network of self-activating sensors to monitor delta behavior during major events (storms, river floods) that will complement an intensive survey program to measure ecosystem properties and relate them to high-resolution topography, bathymetry, and flow fields.

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