May 3, 2012 | Research Alert

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American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

The University of Texas at Austin Stimulus Package Web page is online.

Funding Sources

University of Texas at Austin and Shell

Shell-UT Unconventional Research (SUTUR)
Deadline: May 17, 2012
Send email to Scott Tinker, Eric Potter or Tad Patzek for information about the Request for Proposal.

Department of Defense

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Advanced Propulsion Concepts and Cycles
Deadline: June 25, 2012

Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine
Deadline: July 11, 2012

DoD Ovarian Cancer Teal Innovator Award
Deadline: July 18, 2012

Department of Energy

Hydropower Advancement Project (HAP) - Standard Assessments to Increase Generation and Value
Deadline: June 14, 2012

National Institutes of Health

Alcohol Abuse, Sleep Disorders and Circadian Rhythms
Deadline: June 5, 2012

Planning Grants for Translational Research to Improve Obesity and Diabetes Outcomes
Deadline: July 2, 2012

NIMHD Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Initiative in Reducing and Eliminating Health Disparities: Planning Phase
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, May 27, 2012; Application, June 27, 2012

Pre-Application for the FY13 NIDA Avant-Garde Award Program for HIV/AIDS Research
Deadline: Sept. 13, 2012

Multidisciplinary Studies of HIV/AIDS and Aging
Deadline: Aug. 7, 2012

National Science Foundation

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Failure-Resistant Systems
Deadline: July 26, 2012

Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate
Deadline: See solicitation for deadlines for specific programs

Frontiers in Earth System Dynamics
Deadlines: Preliminary Proposal, July 2, 2012; Proposal (by invitation), March 4, 2013

CISE-MPS Interdisciplinary Faculty Program in Quantum Information Science
Deadline: June 1, 2012

Arts, Humanities and Culture

Briscoe Center for American History
William and Madeline Welder Smith Research Travel Award
Deadline: May 15, 2012

American Musicological Society
Janet Levy Fund for Independent Scholars
Deadline: July 25, 2012

Other Funding Opportunities

American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Centennial Travel Award in Basic Science Tropical Disease Research (PDF)
Deadline: June 27, 2012

Neuroscience Nursing Foundation
Research Grant Programs
Deadline: July 13, 2012

National Ataxia Foundation
Ataxia Research Grants
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, July 15, 2012; Application, Aug. 15, 2012

Research Prizes and Honors

[Have you or a colleague won a research-related prize or honor? Let the Research Alert know.]

Biomedical Engineering Professor Elected to Spain's Royal Academy

Nicholas Peppas Nicholas A. Peppas, chair of the Biomedical Engineering Department, has been elected a Corresponding Member of the Real Academia Nacional de Farmacia (Royal Academy of Pharmacy) of Spain.

As a leader in biomaterials, drug delivery and pharmaceutical bioengineering, Peppas’ research blends modern molecular and cellular biology with engineering to create innovative medical systems and devices for patient treatment.

News and Information

Comptroller to Lead Center’s Task Force to Prevent Child Identity Theft

Suzanne BarberThe Center for Identity at The University of Texas at Austin has launched a new Child Identity Protection Task Force, which will be led by Texas Comptroller Susan Combs.

“Child identity theft and fraud result in a wide range of crimes against children, said Suzanne Barber, director of the Center for Identity, pictured. "This is especially true when the Internet is involved. Kids use other identities to cyberbully. Child predators use fake identities to lure unsuspecting victims. Child identities are stolen for financial gain.”

Children’s online activities can result in real harm — financial, social and physical — for children and parents. The Child Identity Protection Task Force will research solutions to identify and mitigate current and future risks to children’s identities.

Quoted-UT Researchers in the News

NPR: Morning Edition
April 30, 2011
HEADLINE: To Predict Dating Success, The Secret's In The Pronouns

James Pennebaker (NPR reporter Alix Spiegel dug into the research of James Pennebaker, professor of psychology, on a recent edition of Morning Edition. Here, the focus is on matching language styles.)

Specifically, what Pennebaker found was that when the language style of two people matched, when they used pronouns, prepositions, articles and so forth in similar ways at similar rates, they were much more likely to end up on a date.

"The more similar [they were] across all of these function words, the higher the probability that [they] would go on a date in a speed dating context," Pennebaker says. "And this is even cooler: We can even look at ... a young dating couple... [and] the more similar [they] are ... using this language style matching metric, the more likely [they] will still be dating three months from now."

Research Project

Archiving the Terrence Kaufman Collection

Anthony WoodburyRESEARCHERS: Anthony Woodbury, right, professor, Department of Linguistics, principal investigator; Heidi Johnson, program coordinator, Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, Patience Epps, associate professor, Department of Linguistics, co-principal investigators
AGENCY: National Science Foundation
AMOUNT: $245,752

The Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America (AILLA) at the University of Texas at Austin will catalog, digitize and archive the Terrence Kaufman Collection. Kaufman is one of the world's foremost Mesoamericanists. His career spans more than fifty years. His research includes most of the language families in a region of great linguistic, cultural, historical and archaeological importance.

The collection includes more than 100,000 pages of manuscript; 900 CDs of original recordings; 100 boxes of file slips; and 200 digital texts and databases. These materials will be digitized, converted to standard formats, and preserved in AILLA. The collection and the catalog will be available through English and Spanish web-based interfaces. Grammars, dictionaries, and collections of texts can be repurposed for language teaching at all levels. Revitalization efforts are underway for dozens of the languages documented in this collection; these materials will be a treasure trove for such efforts.

Kaufman has always promoted the participation of speakers in all aspects of language documentation. He devised practical orthographies for most of the languages of Mesoamerica that make transcriptions and other data easier for non-specialists to use. Many native-speaker graduates of his projects are now teachers, researchers or directors of institutes who can make immediate use of the resources that will be made available through this project.

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