June 2, 2011 | Research Alert

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History Professor's Books Wins Texas Institute of Letters Award

Neil FoleyProfessor Neil Foley’s book, "Quest for Equality: The Failed Promise of Black-Brown Solidarity" (Harvard University Press, May 2010), was named most significant scholarly book for 2010 by the Texas Institute of Letters.

The prize comes with a monetary award of $3,000.

The book examines the complicated relationship between African Americans and Mexican Americans in Texas and California during World War II and the post-war era.

News and Information

Austin Forum: Future Shock: What Does the Day After Tomorrow Look Like?

The Austin Forum, organized by the Texas Advanced Computing Center, presents Dr. Dan Reed, corporate vice president in the Technology Policy and Strategy and eXtreme Computing Group of Microsoft Corp. He'll talk about disruptive technology trends as well as the opportunities and challenges that they present from business, technical and social and policy perspectives.

The forum is Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center. It starts at 5:45 p.m. with a networking reception. The presentation starts at 6:30 p.m.

Quoted-UT Researchers in the News

The New York Times
May 29, 2011
HEADLINE: The Fitness Revolution Will Be Televised (After Leno)

Harold Kohl (An article about the intersection of exercise, video and infomercials quotes Harold W. "Bill" Kohl, professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, on the value of exercise-at-home products. Kohl's research has been featured on the university's Web site.)

Harold W. Kohl, a professor of epidemiology and kinesiology at the University of Texas in Austin, says such at-home programs probably help people who stick to them. But he suspects these DVDs are more valuable to the people who sell them.

“The ideal that is being conveyed in these tapes is not attainable for many, many people,” Mr. Kohl says. “So it very quickly goes into the dustbin with the exercise equipment in the corner.”

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 Agriculture

Rangeland Research Program
Deadline: July 6, 2011

Department of Commerce

NOAA
Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research, Fiscal Year 2012, National Competitive Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Programs
Deadline: Aug. 24, 2011

Department of Defense

Metaphor Program Broad Agency Announcement
Deadline: July 19, 2011

FY11 Autism Research Program

  • Clinical Trial Award
    Deadlines: Pre-Application, July 20, 2011; Application (by invitation only): Nov. 30, 2011
  • Idea Development Award
    Deadlines: Pre-Application, July 20, 2011; Application (by invitation only): Nov. 30, 2011
  • Pilot Award
    Deadlines: Pre-Application, July 20, 2011; Application (by invitation only): Nov. 9, 2011

Department of Education

Technology and Media Services for Individuals With Disabilities --Research and Development Center on the Use of Emerging Technologies To Improve Literacy Achievement for Students With Disabilities in Middle School CDFA 84.327M (PDF)
Deadline: July 25, 2011

Department of Energy

Energy Efficiency and Reliable Energy
Unsolicited Proposals (PDF)
Deadline: Rolling

National Institutes of Health

Global Network for Women’s and Children’s Health Research Data Coordinating Center
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, July 11, 2011; Application, Aug. 11, 2011

Predictive Biodosimetry: Discovery and Development of Biomarkers for Acute and Delayed Radiation Injuries
Deadline: Letter of Intent, Oct. 3, 2011; Application, Nov. 2, 2011

National Science Foundation

Biomedical Engineering
Deadline: Sept. 15, 2011

Interfacial Processes and Thermodynamics
Deadline: Sept. 15, 2011

Combustion, Fire, and Plasma Systems
Deadline: Sept. 15, 2011

NSF/DOE Partnership in Basic Plasma Science and Engineering
Deadline: Oct. 7, 2011

Experimental Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics
Deadline: Oct. 26, 2011

Physics at the Information Frontier
Deadline: Nov. 18, 2011

Arts, Humanities and Culture

Fulbright Scholar Program
Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program
Deadline: Aug. 1, 2011

Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation
Grants for catalogues and other publications accompanying contemporary art exhibitions and projects
Deadlines: Letter of Inquiry, Aug. 15, 2011; Application (by invitation): Sept. 15, 2011

Other Funding Opportunities

Upjohn Institute
2011 Dissertation Award for the best Ph.D. dissertation on employment-related issues
Deadline: July 8, 2011

Sociological Initiatives Foundation
Grants
Deadlines: Concept Application, Aug. 15, 2011; Proposal, Nov. 15, 2011

Research Project

Research Experience for Undergraduates: Research in Subtropical Marine Ecosystems

Edward BuskeyDeana ErdnerRESEARCHERS: Deana Erdner, left, assistant professor, Marine Science Institute, principal investigator, and Edward Buskey, right, professor, Marine Science Institute, co-principal investigator
AGENCY: National Science Foundation
AMOUNT: $96,438

Research conducted in this project will address the basic dynamics of monsoon systems in Africa, focusing on West Africa, the Greater Horn of Africa (GHA), and the influence of "cold surges" moving across North Africa from the Mediterranean.

This award provides renewed funding for a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI), in Port Aransas, Texas.

Eight students are supported during a 10-week summer research program. The program recruits nationally and from many Texas universities and colleges. The main focus of the program is independent research projects by the students, but the program includes a two-day research cruise at the start of the program, a series of seminars in marine sciences, Web-based communication and career workshops. At the end of the summer, REU students present their results during a student research symposium. Students also will be encouraged to present their results at national research conferences.

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