July 28, 2011 | Research Alert

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Engineering Professor Receives Young Investigator Award

Deji AkinwandeDeji Akinwande, an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been awarded an Army Research Office Young Investigator award for his research on “Supported and Free-Standing 2D Semimetals.”

ARO's Young Investigator Program seeks to identify and support academic scientists who have received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees within the last five years and who show exceptional promise for doing creative research.

News and Information

New Research Center Opens at Marine Science Institute

Estuarine CenterThe University of Texas Marine Science Institute has officially opened its newest campus building, the Estuarine Research Center, this weekend in Port Aransas.

Marine Science Institute faculty, staff and students will continue their groundbreaking research and stewardship activities related to the Texas Gulf coast estuarine environment in the building. They will seek to further understand the role that estuarine ecosystems play for our economy and environment, including serving as fish hatcheries, pollutant filtration systems and buffers from storms.

The building is the first educational facility in South Texas constructed for certification by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) at the silver level, and includes a number of innovative features that decrease its impact on the sensitive coastal environment while also protecting it from hurricanes and extreme coastal temperatures and winds.

Office of Research Support Holds Workshop on Interviews and Surveys

An Office of Research Support workshop addresses issues and regulations related to research involving surveys and interviews. The session will also provide guidance and submission tips for investigators who plan to implement surveys or interviews in their research.

It will be 2-4 p.m. Aug. 17, 2011 in Room 2.401 in the ACE building.

IRB educational sessions and workshops are for investigators and potential Investigators across all disciplines. They are invited to the part or parts of the session suits their needs. The first hour of the session is a presentation. The second hour is a workshop along with a Question-and-Answer session.

Investigators are encouraged to bring laptops or a printed version of the online proposal for face-to-face assistance with their submissions.

Registration through TXClass is encouraged but not required. You also can search for RC 202 in TXClass.

Quoted-UT Researchers in the News

The New York Times
July 24, 2011
HEADLINE: The 14th Amendment, the Debt Ceiling and a Way Out

Sanford Levinson (University of Texas at Austin Law Professor Sanford Levinson commented about the possibility that the 14th amendment to the United States Constitution could be used to break the debt ceiling logjam.)

The words of the provision are in important ways quite vague. “Nobody would argue,” said Sanford Levinson, a law professor at the University of Texas, “that Section 4 is clear in its meaning, other than at the time everyone thought that the South, if they ever got back in control, would not pay Civil War debt.”

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

Department of Defense Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative 11-026
Deadline: Sept. 15, 2011

Minerva Research Initiative
Deadline: White Papers, Sept. 1, 2011; Full Proposal, Nov. 7, 2011

Department of Energy

Administration of a National Clean Energy Business
Deadline: Aug. 22, 2011

Office of Science Early Career Research Program
Deadline: Nov. 29, 2011

National Academies

Pilot Projects to Validate the Results of T-PICS
Deadline: Aug. 31, 2011

National Institutes of Health

Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health
Deadline: Letter of Intent, Aug. 22, 2011; Application, Sept. 20, 2011

Systems Developmental Biology for Understanding Embryonic Development and the Ontogeny of Structural Birth Defects
Deadline: Letter of Intent, Sept. 4, 2011; Application, Oct. 4, 2011

Network Infrastructure Support for Emerging Areas of Research in the Basic Biology of Aging
Deadline: Sept. 24, 2011

Network Infrastructure Support for Emerging Areas of Research in the Basic Biology of Aging
Deadline: Sept. 25, 2011

Social and Behavioral Research on the Elderly in Disasters
Deadline: Oct. 5, 2011

Ethical Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) of Genomic Research Regular Research Program
Deadline: Oct. 5, 2011

National Science Foundation

Metals and Metallic Nanostructures
Deadlines: Oct. 31, 2011

Tectonics
Deadlines: Jan. 6, 2012

Developmental and Learning Sciences
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2012

Social Psychology Program
Deadlines: Jan. 15, 2012

Geomorphology and Land Use Dynamics
Deadlines: Jan. 16, 2012

Arts, Humanities and Culture

College Art Association
Professional Development Fellowships for Graduate Students (PDF)
Deadline: Sept. 30, 2011

Association for Library and Information Science Education
Research Grant Competition
Deadline: Oct. 3, 2011

Other Funding Opportunities

Pfizer
2011 Awards in Antibacterial Research: Basic and Translational Research
Deadline: June 15, 2011

MRSA Clinical Research in Specific Patient Populations and Infection Types
Deadline: June 30, 2011

Greenwall Foundation
Kornfeld Program in Bioethics and Patient Care
Deadline: Aug. 1, 2011

Research Project

Invasive Aspergillosis Diagnosis by Antigen Capture with Lateral-Flow Technology

Nathan WiederholdRESEARCHER: Nathan Wiederhold, associate professor, Division of Pharmacotherapy, principal investigator
AGENCY: National Institutes of Health
AMOUNT: $144,637

Our objective is to assess a new candidate biomarker of invasive aspergillosis, an extracellular glycoprotein antigen secreted during invasive disease caused by Aspergillus, in relation to disease development and time of diagnosis. Furthermore, we will determine the utility of incorporating monoclonal antibodies against this biomarker into lateral-flow devices in order to allow for point-of-care diagnosis of this opportunistic infection. We will also develop enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA) for quantitative analysis as a means of establishing a threshold above which patients are classified as being positive for invasive disease. The ELISA assays will also serve as a confirmatory test to the lateral-flow devices to ensure the accuracy of the diagnosis. The sensitivity and specificity of these assays will be determined in an established animal model of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis as well as in samples collected from patients with proven or probable disease. We will also determine the utility of these assays in following therapeutic response to antifungal agents.

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