Jan. 19, 2012 | Research Alert

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Social Work Professor Wins Award from Palliative Care Network

Barbara JonesDr. Barbara Jones, associate professor in the School of Social Work, has won an International Palliative Care Network Poster Exhibition 2011 Award.

Jones’ presentation titled “Psychosocial Needs of Children with Cancer and Their Families at the End of Life: Insights from Social Work” (PDF) is online.

Jones is co-director of the Institute for Grief, Loss and Family Survival in the School of Social Work. She is also a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics, University of Texas Medical Branch–School of Medicine.

News and Information

Vice President for Research Fellowship and Award Deadlines

Find information and nomination forms (available in Word or PDF) at the Awards, Fellowships and Grants page.

OSP Offers Grant Workshops

SP110 Grants.gov Proposal Submission with Cayuse
10 a.m.–noon
Jan. 23, 2012
NOA 5.318

Attend this free introductory course to learn how to use Cayuse424 to prepare proposals for Grants.gov submissions. The Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) requires Cayuse424 for all Grants.gov opportunities supported by Cayuse.

This course is open to everyone and is ideal for principal investigators, departmental staff, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and others who are new to Cayuse and the Grants.gov submission process. It is also ideal for those who would like a refresher.

Sign up via TXClass.

SP101 Life Cycle of a Sponsored Research Grant - Preaward
9–10:15 a.m.
Feb. 22, 2012
NOA 5.318

Participants will learn about the services available from the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP), which serves as the coordinating office for externally funded research projects submitted by The University of Texas at Austin. OSP assists faculty and professional research staff in their efforts to secure external funding for their research interests. This presentation will provide an overview of the grant award process and will include information and tips on using electronic research administration tools, budget development, and other pre-award issues. Related university policies and procedures will also be discussed. This class is open to everyone but is most appropriate for entry-level research administrators.

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SP102 Life Cycle of a Sponsored Research Grant - Postaward
10:30–11:45 a.m.
Feb. 22, 2012
NOA 5.318

Participants will learn about the services available from Sponsored Projects Award Administration (SPAA), a section of the Office of Sponsored Projects. This presentation will provide an overview of grant account administration issues. Related university policies and procedures will also be discussed. This class is open to everyone but is most appropriate for entry-level research administrators.

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Quoted-UT Researchers in the News

New York Times
Jan. 13, 2012
HEADLINE: For Many Latinos, Racial Identity Is More Culture Than Color

Stephen Trejo (An article about ways Latinos are defining themselves quoted Stephen Trejo, associate professor of economics, concerning a research paper he co-authored.)

“Some of the latest research, however, shows that many Latinos — like Irish and Italian immigrants before them — drop the Latino label to call themselves simply “white.” A study published last year in the Journal of Labor Economics found that the parents of more than a quarter of third-generation children with Mexican ancestry do not identify their children as Latino on census forms.

Most of this ethnic attrition occurs among the offspring of parents or grandparents married to non-Mexicans, usually non-Hispanic whites. These Latinos tend to have high education, high earnings and high levels of English fluency. That means that many successful Latinos are no longer present in statistics tracking Latino economic and social progress across generations, hence many studies showing little or no progress for third-generation Mexican immigrants, said Stephen J. Trejo, an economist at The University of Texas at Austin and co-author of the study.

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

Measurement and Signature Intelligence (MASINT) Research Program (PDF)
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2012

Department of Education

Unsolicited Grant Opportunities (PDF)
Deadline: March 6, 2012 (for FY 2012 funding)

Department of Homeland Security

National Nuclear Forensics Expertise Development Program
Deadline: Feb. 24, 2012

National Institutes of Health

Midcareer Investigator Award in Mouse Pathobiology and Comprehensive Phenotyping Research
Deadline: Feb. 12, 2012

Targeted Analyses of Jackson Heart Study Data
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Jan. 28, 2012; Application, March 9, 2012

National Science Foundation

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

Macrosystems Biology
Deadline: April 2, 2012

Continental Dynamics
Deadline: Nov. 15, 2012

Arctic Research Opportunities
Deadline: Oct. 18, 2012

Arts, Humanities and Culture

Naval History and Heritage Command
The Rear Admiral Ernest M. Eller Graduate Research Grant
Deadline: March 30, 2012

Samuel Eliot Morison Naval History Scholarship
Deadline: March 30, 2012

BMI Foundation
Woody Guthrie Fellowship Program
Deadline: Jan. 31, 2012

Wenner-Gren Foundation
Post-Ph.D. Research Grants
Deadline: May 1, 2012

Social Science Research Council
Postdoctoral Fellowship for Transregional Research: Inter-Asian Contexts and Connections
Deadlines: Preliminary pre-proposal, Feb. 13, 2012; Proposal, May 1, 2012

Other Funding Opportunities

Cleantech Conference and Showcase 2012
Utility Technology Challenge & Awards
Deadline: Jan. 31, 2012

Research Project

The Use of Light to Predict and Prevent Future Heart Attacks and Strokes

RESEARCHERS: Thomas Milner, top, professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, principal investigator; Marc Feldman, professor, School of Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
AGENCY: Clayton Foundation
AMOUNT: $300,000

Thomas MilnerAtherosclerosis and plaque rupture leading to myocardial infarction, stroke and progression of peripheral artery disease remain the leading cause of death worldwide, far surpassing both infectious diseases and cancer.

Macrophages are an important early cellular marker that indicate and contribute to increased risk of plaque remodeling and subsequent rupture in the coronary, cerebral and peripheral circulations. The primary hypothesis of our Clayton-sponsored research is that an approach that can simultaneously image both thin-cap fibroatheromas and macrophages will have decided advantages and will provide the cardiologist important information that will – over time – improve treatment for patients suffering from coronary artery disease.

Marc Feldman

The objective of our proposal is to develop and demonstrate an optical approach that can simultaneously image both thin-cap fibroatheromas and macrophages. Our approach uses a small-sized nanoparticle contrast agent and can provide high sensitivity and specificity to detect and image macrophages.

Successful development and demonstration of our approach that can simultaneously image thin-cap fibroatheromas and macrophages will provide cardiologists a powerful diagnostic technique that can substantially improve the prognosis of cardiovascular interventions.

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