Feb. 16, 2012 | Research Alert

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Award for Social Work Research Presented to Professor

Namkee ChoiUniversity of Texas at Austin School of Social Work Professor Namkee Choi has received the 2011-2012 David Austin Award for Excellence in Social Work Research.

The award was presented to Dr. Choi by Dr. Mary Velasquez, associate dean for research and director of the school’s Center for Social Work Research, at the annual Field Instructors’ Workshop held January 27.

The purpose of the David Austin Award for Excellence in Social Work Research is to recognize an investigator who has a well-developed and rigorous research plan showing potential to significantly advance the profession.

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Research Excellence Awards Nominations

Nominations for the University Co-op Research Excellence Awards are due by Feb. 20, 2012. Please contact your dean's or vice president's office for internal nomination procedures.

Summer Statistics Institute Returns

The Division of Statistics + Scientific Computation will host the fifth annual UT Summer Statistics Institute May 21-24, 2012. Short courses are offered at all levels including introductory statistics, software, and statistical methods and applications.

Registration is open. UT Austin faculty and staff receive a 50 percent discount, and UT Austin students receive a 70 percent discount.

Go to the Statistics Institute website for more information.

Quoted-UT Researchers in the News

NPR/All Things Considered
Feb. 13, 2012
HEADLINE: U.S. Watches Closely As Oil Drilling Begins Off Cuba

Jorge Pinon (Jorge Pinon, a research fellow in the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy in the Jackson School of Geosciences, talked to NPR about drilling for oil off the coast of Cuba.)

“Complicating matters is the fact that this new well is being drilled in the waters of a country that's under a strict U.S. embargo. Unless they apply for and receive special permission from the government, U.S. companies are banned from doing any work on the well — even if there's a spill.

Jorge Pinon, a former oil company executive and now a research fellow at the University of Texas, says if there's a blowout, the U.S. president is sure to immediately lift the embargo for companies that respond.

Pinon also says the Spanish company doing the drilling, Repsol, has a lot of experience with deep-water drilling in the Gulf. And, he says, the company has upgraded its procedures to incorporate lessons learned in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill.

But Pinon sees another problem. Because of the 50-year-old embargo, the U.S. and Cuban governments have almost no contact. "There is no agreement of cooperation of who's going to do what during an incident like this," he says.

After the Deepwater Horizon blowout, Pinon notes Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen was put in charge of the cleanup — coordinating industry and government efforts.

"That's not going to be the case here," Pinon says. "And here particularly, it's between two countries that have not spoken to each other in 50 years."

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

Office of Naval Research
FY 13 Communications and Networking Discovery and Invention
Deadline: June 29, 2012

Department of Energy

Advanced Manufacturing Program and Building Technologies Program Superior Energy Performance Program Administrator
Deadline: March 21, 2012

National Council on Disability

Effective Communication for People with Disabilities: Before, During, and After Emergencies
Deadline: March 8, 2012

National Institutes of Health

Modeling Social Behavior
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, March 3, 2012; Application, April 3, 2012

Prevention and Management of Healthcare Associated Infections
Deadline: May 25, 2012

AHRQ Small Research Grant Program
Deadline: June 16, 2012

Understanding Clinical Information Needs and Health Care Decision Making Processes in the Context of Health Information Technology
Deadline: June 5, 2012

Understanding and Promoting Health Literacy
Deadline: June 5, 2012

NIDCD Phase III Definitive Clinical Trials in Communication Disorders
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, July 22, 2012; Application, August 22, 2012

Research on Teen Dating Violence
Deadline: June 5, 2012

Phased Services Research Studies of Drug Use Prevention, Addiction Treatment, and HIV in an Era of Health Care Reform
Deadline: June 5, 2012

National Science Foundation

Computing Education for the 21st Century
Deadline: April 9, 2012

Chemistry of Life Processes
Deadline: Oct. 31, 2012

Macromolecular, Supramolecular and Nanochemistry
Deadline: Oct. 31, 2012

Science, Technology, and Society
Deadline: Aug. 1, 2012

Arts, Humanities and Culture

The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition
Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery Fellowship
Deadline: March 1, 2012

American Historical Association
Fellowship in Aerospace History, 2012–13
Deadline: April 1, 2012

American School of Classical Studies at Athens
Research Associateships
Deadline: April 1, 2012

Center for Chinese Studies
Research Grant for Scholars in Chinese Studies
Deadline: May 31, 2012

Other Funding Opportunities

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Request for LOIs: Development of a Rapid Immunity Assessment Tool
Deadline: March 27, 2012

National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment
Athletic Injury Research
Deadline: May 1, 2012

Partnership for Clean Competition
Request for Proposals for the Detection of Human Growth Hormone Use (PDF)
Deadlines: Pre-applications, March 1, 2012; Applications, April 1, 2012

American Society of Human Genetics
Genetics Education Research Program
Deadline: May 18, 2012

Fulbright Scholar Program
2013-2014 Fulbright Scholar Program Competition
Deadline: Aug. 1, 2012
Note: Weekly webinars on the application process can be viewed at the Fulbright website.

Research Project

Using O*NET to Investigate Sources of Educational and Racial Variation in Marriage

Kelly RaleyRESEARCHER: Kelly Raley, professor, Department of Sociology, principal investigator
AGENCY: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
AMOUNT: $168,657

Educational and racial differences in a variety of health-related outcomes are large and, so far, mostly unexplained. Work characteristics serve as one under-explored mechanism that may connect education and race to wide-ranging aspects of well being such as mental health, family stability, physical health, and mortality. As a test case, we propose to investigate the potential for work characteristics to explain educational and racial disparities in marriage and cohabitation by linking data from the O*NET, 2000 Census, and the 1997 National Longitudinal Survey of Youth. Marriage and cohabitation are good outcomes to test given that there is a large literature theorizing a strong influence of paid work on marriage and family life and marriage and cohabitation are linked to other health outcomes ranging from birth weight to adolescent depression to mortality.

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