March 31, 2011 | Research Alert

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Neurobiology Professor Wins Vision Sciences Society Young Investigator Award

Alexander HukAlexander Huk, an associate professor of neurobiology in the Center for Perceptual Systems, has been chosen as the 2011 winner of the Elsevier/Vision Sciences Society Young Investigator Award.

He received the award for the broad range of techniques he has brought to bear on fundamental questions of visual processing and decision making.

News and Information

Engineering Department Chair Named to National Offshore Drilling Safety Advisory Committee

Tad PatzekTad Patzek, chair of the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, has been appointed to a national advisory committee charged with providing guidance to the federal government on how to improve offshore drilling safety, well containment and spill response as the United States explores new energy frontiers.

The committee will also foster collaborative research and development, training and execution in areas related to offshore energy safety.

Quoted-UT Researchers in the News

The New York Times
March 25, 2011
Headline: Aging Without Children

[In an article about the anxiety of some people facing old age without children to take care for them, Debra Umberson, a professor in the Department of Sociology, said that should not have to be a part of the social safety net.]

Debra UmbersonFor Ms. Logan and others in her situation, the research on childlessness should bring both angst and comfort. For starters, seniors without children do have higher rates of institutionalization. Historically, childlessness “has been a consistent predictor of whether you end up in a nursing home,” Dr. Silverstein said.

It shouldn’t be that way, argued Debra Umberson, a sociologist at the University of Texas at Austin, who has written about childlessness and parenthood: “We shouldn’t have to have kids who work for us for free so we don’t have to go to a nursing home.”

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

Council on Environmental Quality/The White House

CEQ National Environmental Policy Act Pilot Program
Deadline: June 16, 2011

Department of Defense

Strategic Social Interaction Modules (DARPA)
Deadline: May 10, 2011

Human Social Cultural and Behavioral Sciences Applied Research and Advanced Technology Development (Opens pdf)
Deadlines: White Paper, April 18, 2011; Proposal, June 13, 2011 Research in Prevention and Treatment of Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (Opens pdf)
Deadlines: White Paper, May 2, 2011; Proposal, July 3, 2011

Department of Education

Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE)--Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE)--Comprehensive Program CFDA Number 84.116B
Deadline: May 23, 2011

Department of Energy

Theoretical Research in Magnetic Fusion Energy Science
Deadline: Deadline: May 26, 2011

Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity Sirius Program (to create experimental Serious Games to train participants in intelligence analysis)
Deadline: May 16, 2011

National Institutes of Health

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Program Project Grant
(To conduct innovative, interactive research to answer significant scientific questions that are important for the mission of NINDS)
Deadline: May 25, 2011

Program Project on Alcohol-Related Research
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, April 25, 2011; Application, May 25, 2011

NIA Alzheimer's Disease Genetics Data Warehouse
Deadline: Deadline: May 25, 2011

Circadian Rhythms and Alcohol-induced Tissue Injury
Deadline: May 25, 2011

Translational Research for the Development of Novel Interventions for Mental Disorders
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, May 16, 2011; Application, June 16, 2011

Research on Teen Dating Violence
Deadline: June 5, 2011

Neuroscience Research on Drug Abuse
Deadline: Deadline: June 5, 2011

National Science Foundation

Assembling, Visualizing, and Analyzing the Tree of Life (AVAToL)
Deadlines: Preliminary Proposal, May 10, 2011; Full Proposal, Nov. 4, 2011

Deadline: Aug. 18, 2011 Innovation and Organizational Sciences
Deadline: Sept. 3, 2011 Environmental Health and Safety of Nanotechnology
Deadline: Sept. 15, 2011

Arts, Humanities and Culture

National Endowment for the Humanities
Preservation and Access Research and Development
Deadline: June 16, 2009 National Archives
National Historical Publications and Records Commission
Publishing Historical Records
Colonial and Early National Period (projects preparing publications whose documents fall predominantly prior to 1820),Draft (optional), May 1, 2011; Final, July 7, 2011
New Republic through the Modern Era (projects preparing publications whose documents fall predominantly after 1820), Draft (optional), Aug. 2, 2011; Final, Oct. 6, 2011

Other Funding Opportunities

Borchard Foundation Center on Law & Aging
Fellowship in Law & Aging
Deadline: April 25, 2011

Research Project

Open Access: Conservation, Digitization and Interoperability of the Historic Non-Vertebrate Collections of the Texas Natural Science Center

Ann MolineuxRESEARCHERS: Ann Molineux, curator and collection manager, Non-vertebrate Paleontology, Texas Natural Science Center, principal investigator; and James Sprinkle, professor, Department of Geological Sciences, and Unmil Karadkar, lecturer, School of Information.
AGENCY: National Science Foundation
AMOUNT: $357,569

This project will protect and provide open access to a rare collection for both research and education. It is a series of historic recent and fossil collections held in the non-vertebrate paleontology repository of the Texas Natural Science Center. Many of these specimens are fragile, currently located in unsuitable storage conditions with much of their related data written on deteriorating paper labels. This project will conserve and relocate that material, and make it physically and digitally accessible for research and education.

Key specimens will be digitally imaged along with related labels, field notes or diagrams. All information about the specimens, including collection localities, will added to an NSF-sponsored open source database and be made accessible via the Web, where the user can view all or query for specific groups or time frames, and map their selections on Google Earth against today's geography or that of the relevant time frame in geologic history.

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