June 23, 2011 | Research Alert

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Business Professor Honored For Contributions To Accounting

Eric HirstEric Hirst, professor in the Department of Accounting, will receive the 2011 American Accounting Association Distinguished Contributions to Accounting Literature Award for his publication, "Comprehensive Income Reporting and Analysts’ Valuation Judgments.

The award recognizes contributions to accounting literature published within the last 5-15 years.

Hirst has taught accounting at the McCombs School of Business since 1991 and serves as associate dean for graduate programs. He is also the John Arch White Professor of Business. His research interests include financial accounting, auditing, decision theory and financial statement analysis.

News and Information

Office of the Vice President for Research Moving Next Door

The Office of the Vice President for Research has a new office. Beginning July 5, 2011, the office will be on the fourth floor of the Flawn Academic Center, FAC 426. The mailing address is 2400 Inner Campus Drive; FAC 29; Campus mail code: G1400 (same as before), Austin, TX 78712.

The Office has been at 302 Main since 1995. The move comes as part of remodeling of the third floor of the Main Building.

OSP Advises on Crowded Early July Submission Schedule

Researchers planning to submit proposals in early July should be aware of factors affecting the Office of Sponsored Projects' workload:

OSP will be closed for the Fourth of July holiday on Monday, July 4. No staff will be available to review/endorse proposals.

During this time, several major sponsors, including the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and Department of Defense, have deadlines between July 2, 2011 and July 6, 2011. These are programs that UT Austin investigators generally target so OSP expects a high number of proposals.

To ensure timely submission of proposals, OSP asks that researchers work with the office as early as possible.

Quoted-UT Researchers in the News

Bloomberg BusinessWeek
June 20, 2011
Headline: Par for the Course

Emily Amanatullah(A roundup of business school studies on office relationships included a study co-authored by McCombs School faculty member Emily T. Amanatullah.)

"The presence of others can affect a person's performance on tasks, even individual tasks," says Amanatullah, whose research was published online in the Journal of Organizational Behavior and Human Processes last summer. "The layout of the office—who is sitting next to whom—can make a difference."

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

FY11 Lung Cancer Research Program

  • Early Investigator Synergistic Idea Award
  • Investigator-Initiated Translational Research Award
  • Promising Clinician Research Award

Deadlines: Pre-application, Aug. 3, 2011; Application, Nov. 9, 2011

Department of Energy

High Energy Advanced Thermal Storage
Deadline: July 18, 2011

Rare Earth Alternatives in Critical Technologies
Deadline: July 18, 2011

Subsurface Biogeochemical Research
Deadline: Sept. 19, 2011

National Institutes of Health

Lab to Marketplace: Tools for Brain and Behavioral Research (SBIR)
Deadline: Aug. 5, 2011

Enhancing Tumoricidal Activity of Natural Killer Cells by Dietary Components for Cancer Prevention
Deadline: Oct. 5, 2011

Impact of Health Communication Strategies on Dietary Behaviors
Deadline: Oct. 5, 2011

National Science Foundation

Chemistry of Life Processes
Deadlines: July 31, 2011 and Nov. 30, 2011

Antarctic Artists and Writers Program
Deadline: Sept. 12, 2011

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

Arts, Humanities and Culture

Folger Shakespeare Library
American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS)/Folger Institute Fellowship
Deadline: Sept. 1, 2011

American Council of Learned Societies
ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowships
Deadline: Sept. 29, 2011

Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars
Deadline: Sept. 29, 2011

Other Funding Opportunities

Sociological Initiatives Foundation
Research Grants
Deadline: Concept, Aug. 15, 2011; Proposal, Nov. 15, 2011

PhRMA Foundation
Post Doctoral Program - Informatics
Deadline: Sept. 1, 2011

American Academy of Audiology
Research Grants in Hearing and Balance

  • New Investigator Research Grant
  • Student Investigator Research Grant
  • Student Summer Research Fellowship
  • Vestibular Research Grant for Student Investigator or Summer Fellowship

Deadline: Oct. 3, 2011

Research Project


Sharon HornerRESEARCHER: Sharon Horner, professor, Department of Nursing
AGENCY: National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Nursing Research)
AMOUNT: $435,245

Asthma is the most common chronic childhood illness and disproportionately affects children who are ethnic minorities and poor. Few studies of childhood asthma have been conducted with children who live in rural areas or have included Mexican American children in their samples.

In an NIH/NINR-funded study (Enhancing Children's and Parents' Asthma Management, R01 NR00770), the Asthma Plan for Kids was used to teach rural school-age children how to manage their asthma and parents received an individualized educational session during a home visit. Study findings demonstrated the intervention could improve children's asthma self-management, asthma knowledge, metered dose inhaler skill, asthma severity, and parents' asthma management and access to care. In this continuation, we add a third arm to the current research design with schools randomized into either an in-school asthma intervention, an in-school attention-control intervention, or an alternate intervention-delivery format of a single 5.5-hour asthma day camp. The tri-ethnic sample will be composed of 320 Mexican-American, African-American, and White rural school-aged children (grades 2-5) who have asthma and their parents. In addition, we propose adding a non-invasive measure of chronic airway inflammation (exhaled nitric oxide) to assess the impact of changes in asthma management on airway inflammation. Families will be followed for a full year with data collection at baseline and at one-month, four-months, and seven-months after the intervention to assess improvement in children's asthma morbidity, asthma severity, airway inflammation, family asthma management and quality of life. The proposed Camp-Workshop format may be a more efficient way to deliver the intervention and if it proves to be equally as effective as the School-Home format in improving asthma management and health outcomes it may have greater potential for translation to practice in that it increases the options for intervention delivery.

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