Research Alert | May 24, 2012

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American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

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

Funding Sources

Department of Defense

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Orthopaedic Translational Research Partnership Award
Deadline: Sept. 25, 2012

Research Initiatives at The Naval Postgraduate School
Deadline: May 14, 2013

Department of Education

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship Program
Deadline: June 14, 2012

Department of Energy

Novel Sensing and Monitoring Technologies for Subsurface Detection of CO2
Deadline: June 18, 2012

FY2012 Unconventional Gas and Oil Technologies
Deadline: June 28, 2012

National Institutes of Health

Synthesis and Preclinical Evaluation of Medications to Treat Substance Use Disorders
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, July 15, 2012; Application, Aug. 15, 2012

Identifying Health Outcomes Associated with Changes in Use of Illicit Drugs
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, July 22, 2012; Application, Aug. 22, 2012

National Science Foundation

David Laude

Mathematical Biology
Deadline: Nov. 15, 2012

Particle Astrophysics
Deadline: Oct. 31, 2012

Energy for Sustainability
Deadline: Feb. 19, 2013

Arts, Humanities and Culture

National Endowment for the Humanities
America's Media Makers
Deadline: Aug. 15, 2012 for development and production grants

Other Funding Opportunities

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization
Deadline: Submit anytime

Novo Nordisk
Diabetes Innovation Awards
Deadline: Aug. 1, 2012

Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant
Gulf of Mexico Hydrological Restoration Inventory and Prioritization Project
Deadline: Aug. 17, 2012
Proposals for this grant should be submitted through the Office of Sponsored Projects via the Proposal Review Form.  For questions, please call 471-6424 or email

Research Prizes and Honors

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Astronomy Student Wins Grand Prize for Undergraduate Research from the University Co-op

George MIller The $20,000 Grand Prize winner of the University Co-op George H. Mitchell Student Awards for Academic Excellence was George F. Miller, an Astronomy and Plan II Honors student who just graduated. According to Don Winget, professor in the Department of Astronomy who nominated Miller, he stood out from a group of Dean's Scholars and high achievers in the astronomy stream.

Three other undergraduate students, Seth Whitsitt, a Physics major; Ramu Kharel, an Asian Studies major; and Ryan Truby, a Biomedical Engineering major, won the second prize and received $5,000 each.

The three winners of the $2,000 awards were James W. Salazar, a Biomedical Engineering major; Jillian Owens, a Religious Studies and Plan II major; and Jean Nava, a Sociology, Mathematics, and Economics major.

News and Information

Financial Conflict of Interest Policy Change Forthcoming

As Public Health Service-funded investigators may be aware, the PHS (which includes the National Institutes of Health) has implemented a new regulation that governs Financial Conflict of Interest policies at institutions that accept PHS research funds. In order to ensure a continuous and seamless flow of proposal submissions and of award processing, The University of Texas at Austin will implement a revised Objectivity in Research policy and new procedures that incorporate necessary changes to meet the federal requirements.  

The university’s revised policy requiring disclosure of financial interests applies to all individuals who are involved in the design, conduct or reporting of research with additional disclosure requirements for PHS-funded researchers and staff working on PHS-funded studies. For more information on the new PHS policy, go to Frequently Asked Questions.

All future announcements pertaining to the policy and procedure change will be disseminated through Deans, Associate Deans for Research, Directors and Chairs; announced in the Research Alert; communicated via the Principal Investigator Network and Research Administrator Network listservs; and will be posted on the Conflict of Interest website with a link from the Office of Sponsored Projects website.

Imaging Research Center Opens, Bringing New Level of Neuroscience Research to The University of Texas at Austin

image ircThe University of Texas at Austin’s Imaging Research Center (IRC) has opened, ushering in new research capacities for neuroscience and cancer research at the university.

The facility includes a state-of-the-art magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner that is dedicated to research and promises to accelerate the translation of basic research to the clinic.

In the photo are, from left, Jeff Luci, research assistant professor of neurobiology, Russ Poldrack, neurobiology professor and director of the Imaging Research Center, and Sen. Kirk Watson at the grand-opening ceremony for the IRC on May 10, 2012.

Quoted-UT Researchers in the News

Bloomberg BusinessWeek
May 21, 2012
HEADLINE: WWII Chemical Exposure May Pass Down Disease, Study Finds

David Crews (David Crews, professor in the Section of Integrative Biology talked about the impact of chemicals and contamination in light of a study he and colleagues published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.)

“This, I think, is the first causal demonstration that environmental contamination may be the root cause of the great increase in obesity and the great increase in mental disorders,” Crews said in a telephone interview. “It’s as if the exposure three generations before has reprogrammed the brain so it responds in a different way to a life challenge.”

Research Project

Violence in Urban Communities

RESEARCHER: Javier Auyero,professor, Department of Sociology, principal investigator
AGENCY: National Science Foundation
AMOUNT: $62,469

Javier Auyero

In almost every country of the Latin American sub-continent, there is a palpable contradiction between the persistent and pervasive insecurity and violence that shapes daily life and the peace and equality that, after years of dictatorship or civil war, defined democratic promise.

This project will lend further ethnographic detail to a trend identified by current scholarship on Latin America: urban violence is besieging many of the new democracies, affecting the most disadvantaged populations in disproportionate ways.

The project seeks not only to describe the life-threatening effects of different forms of violence currently ravaging daily life in territories of urban relegation, but also to dissect the causal mechanisms behind their increase, and to examine the strategies (individual and collective) poor residents deploy to deal with them. In other words, this project seeks to address the hows, whys and whats of violence: How is daily violence manifested in poor people's experiences? Why has daily violence grown?

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