Research Prizes and Honors
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Aerospace Engineering Professor Elected to United Kingdom's Royal Society
Faculty member Thomas J. R. Hughes has been elected as a Foreign Member of The Royal Society, the United Kingdom’s national academy of science and the oldest known scientific society in the world.
Hughes, a professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics and the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences, was among 44 Fellows and eight Foreign Members whose induction was announced May 20.
“It is a huge honor to join such a prestigious and respected scientific academy,” Hughes said. “I share the academy’s mission to expand the frontiers of knowledge with science, engineering, medicine and mathematics, and I’m deeply moved to be included in such an outstanding group of scientists.”
News and Information
Laude Named Interim Dean of College of Natural Sciences
David A. Laude, senior associate dean for academic affairs and a University Distinguished Teaching Professor, has been appointed interim dean of the university's College of Natural Sciences.
Dr. Mary Ann Rankin, dean of the college for 17 years, announced recently that she was leaving to lead the National Math and Science Initiative.
Provost Steven W. Leslie said Laude, whose appointment begins Aug. 1, would provide effective guidance and leadership for the college while a national search is conducted to permanently fill the position. Laude was associate dean for undergraduate education from 1997 until 2010, then senior associate dean for academic affairs until his appointment as interim dean.
Quoted-UT Researchers in the News
(In an article about a research paper from David Hillis, a professor in the Section of Integrative Biology, and Shannon Hedtke, a research fellow in the Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, Wired Science quotes Hillis on the creativity of nature.)
“There are all kinds of interesting questions now about asexual systems. A lot of them we don’t know much about, and biologists never even spent any time thinking about them,” said Hillis. “When it comes to sexual systems, almost anything you can imagine, and a lot of things we never imagined, happen somewhere in nature. ”
Important University Research Deadlines
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
The University of Texas at Austin Stimulus Package Web page is online.
Department of Agriculture
Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program: National Integrated Food Safety Initiative
Deadline: June 27, 2011
Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program: National Integrated Water Quality Program
Deadline: July 15, 2011
Department of Defense
Research Interests of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research
FY12 Defense Medical Research and Development Program
Clinical Trial Award - Regenerative Medicine, Pain, Sensory System (PDF)
Deadline: Pre-Application, June 1, 2011; Invitation to Submit an Application, June 2011; Application, Aug. 25, 2011
Department of Energy
Terrestrial Ecosystem Science (PDF)
Deadline: Sept. 12, 2011
National Institutes of Health
Integrating Multi-Dimensional Data to Explore Mechanisms Underlying Mental Disorders
Deadline: Letter of Intent, June 20, 2011; Application, July 20, 2011
NIDCD Research On Hearing Health Care
Deadline: Letter of Intent, Sept. 30, 2011; Application, Oct. 31, 2011
National Science Foundation
Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation Planned Topic Areas for FY 2012 (PDF)
Deadline: July 15, 2011
Deadline: July 15, 2011
Deadlines: Aug. 15 and 16, 2011
Arts, Humanities and Culture
Publishing Historical Records
Deadline: July 7, 2011 (a May 1 deadline for a draft proposal was optional)
American Institute of Indian Studies
Research fellowship programs
Deadline: July 1, 2011
Other Funding Opportunities
2011 Awards in Antibacterial Research: Basic and Translational Research
Deadline: June 15, 2011
MRSA Clinical Research in Specific Patient Populations and Infection Types
Deadline: June 30, 2011
Kornfeld Program in Bioethics and Patient Care
Deadline: Aug. 1, 2011
African Monsoon Systems: Basic Dynamics and Applications to Interannual and Decadal Prediction
RESEARCHERS: Kerry Cook, left, professor, Department of Geological Sciences, principal investigator; Edward Vizy,right, research engineering and scientist associate, Institute for Geophysics, co-principal investigator
AGENCY: National Science Foundation
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.
In West Africa, the research will focus on the role of inertial instability in producing the often abrupt "jump" of the monsoon rains from the Guinea coast to the Sahel. In the GHA, the focus is on understanding the relationship between rainfall distribution and Somali jet, a low-level air current which forms in two distinct stages with are associated with the onset of monsoon rains in their respective subregions. The cold surges are important for rains in the Sahel, as they appear to be linked to the occurrence of break periods during the monsoon season when the rains are suppressed. Much of the work is carried out with a regional climate system model, which is capable of representing the weather and climate of the region, the upper layer of the adjacent oceans, and the land surface and its vegetation. The research seeks to identify the relevant physical mechanisms in present-day climate, and additional experiments will explore the possible effects of anthropogenic global warming on the African monsoon systems. The broader impacts of the work lie in the potential for a better understanding of the dynamics of the African monsoon systems to lead to skill in predicting monsoon variations, and to anticipate the effects of global warming. The principal investigator notes that the populations of the regions considered in this study are extremely vulnerable to climate variability and change, for reasons including food and water security, health risks, and political stability.