Research Prizes and Honors
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School of Nursing Faculty Selected as Fellows of American Academy of Nursing
Three faculty members in the School of Nursing at The University of Texas at Austin have been inducted as Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing, one of the highest honors in nursing.
Dr. Mary Lou Adams, left, Dr. Marilyn Pattillo, center, and Dr. Deborah Volker, right, were among 143 new fellows from around the world. The 2011 class was inducted Oct. 15 in Washington, D.C. at the academy's annual meeting.
The academy, composed of about 1,500 nursing leaders in education, management, practice and research, selects fellows to recognize efforts in advancing the profession of nursing.
News and Information
Event offers insight on licensing technology and forming partnerships with corporations
The Office of Technology Commercialization presents a program on the technology licensing process. It runs 3-6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center.
Faculty (and their graduate and post-doctoral students) are encouraged to attend the session, as the speakers walk inventors through the ins and outs of a licensing agreement.
This is the second event in OTC's Colloquium on Commercialization series. For more information and to register, go to Licensing and Corporate Partnering.
Quoted-UT Researchers in the News
(A column in the New York Times examined using Twitter as a source of data for studying linguistics, sociology and psychology. It cited a study led by David Beaver, left, a professor of linguistics. The column also cited psychology professor James Pennebaker, right, who developed the text-analysis program used for such studies.)
At the University of Texas, for example, a group of linguists and social psychologists has been monitoring Twitter to track on-the-ground sentiment over the course of the Arab Spring, particularly in Egypt and Libya. After the death of Colonel Qaddafi, the linguist David Beaver and his assistants quickly summoned thousands of Arabic-language tweets before and after the event. They zeroed in on messages known to be from Libya by using Twitter’s system of geocoding. (Posts from cellphones, for instance, very often encode the user’s geographic coordinates.) The tweets were then automatically translated from Arabic to English and fed into a text-analysis computer program.
The researchers were able to create a dynamic portrait of Libya’s Twitter traffic. The overall traffic skyrocketed in the hours after Colonel Qaddafi’s death was announced, as did terms related to positive sentiment like “good” and “wonderful.” Religious sentiment was also on display, with a significant increase in the frequency of words like “Allah,” “sacrifice” and “gospel.”
James W. Pennebaker, a social psychologist at the University of Texas who pioneered the text-analysis program often used in this kind of research, warns that positive and negative emotion words are the “low-hanging fruit” in such studies, and that deeper linguistic analysis should be explored to provide a “richer, more nuanced view” of how people present themselves to the world.
Important University Research Deadlines
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
The University of Texas at Austin Stimulus Package Web page is online.
Department of Agriculture
Specialty Crop Research Initiative
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Nov. 25, 2011; Proposal, Jan. 31, 2012
Department of Defense
Nanofilled Dielectrics for High Energy Density Capacitors
Deadline: Dec. 6, 2011
Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program
Defense Coastal/Estuarine Research Program
Deadline: Jan. 5, 2012
Department of the Interior
White-Nose Syndrome Research
Deadline: Dec. 4, 2011
National Institutes of Health
Virtual Reality Technologies for Research and Education in Obesity and Diabetes
Deadline: Feb. 5, 2012
National Cancer Institute Program Project (P01) Applications
Deadline: Jan. 25, 2012
National Science Foundation
Law & Social Sciences
Deadline: Jan. 24, 2012
Promoting Research and Innovation in Methodologies for Evaluation
Deadline: Jan. 25, 2012
Strategic Technologies for CyberInfrastructure
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2012
Arts, Humanities and Culture
Hunting Art Prize
Deadline: Nov. 30, 2011
Digital Media and Learning Competition: Badges, Trophies, and Achievements:
Recognition and Accreditation for Informal and Interest-Driven Learning
Doctoral Student Grants
Deadline: Nov. 28, 2011
Center for the United States and the Cold War
Deadline: Feb. 1, 2012
Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative
SFARI Explorer Award
SFARI Pilot Award
SFARI Research Award
SFARI Simons Simplex Collection Award
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Dec. 12, 2011; Full Proposal (by invitation), March 19, 2012
Other Funding Opportunities
United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation
The Prof. Rahamimoff Travel Grants Program for Young Scientists
Deadline: Dec. 8, 2011
Pfizer Fellowship in Bioethics
Deadline: Feb. 11, 2012
RESEARCHER: Judith Langlois, professor, Department of Psychology, principal investigator
AGENCY: National Institutes of Health
AMOUNT: $1.45 million (five-year grant)
This research program examines the origins, consequences and significance of appearance-based stereotypes. One goal is to understand the cognitive mechanisms underlying the development of the universal preferences shown by infants, children and adults for attractive faces. Why do even young infants prefer to look at attractive rather than unattractive faces and when do stereotypical expectations become attached to these visual preferences? By what processes do infants come to associate attractiveness with positive attributes and to associate unattractiveness with negative attributes? Given infants as young as 12 months of age display differential treatment of attractive and unattractive individuals they may have some primitive knowledge of appearance-based stereotypes much earlier than previously assumed.
A second goal of the research is to form a better understanding of the consequences of appearance-based stereotypes. How do children behave toward others based on appearance? Do non-prototypical faces elicit negative affect from perceivers and, if so, how might this lead to stigmatization? What are the social, physical and mental health risks associated with appearance-based stereotypes? Because the intent of this research is to provide a full understanding of the mechanisms underlying the development of preferences, attitudes and stereotypes based on facial appearance, a multi- method, converging evidence approach, beginning in infancy is required. This project includes standard behavioral measures widely used in the developmental literature including infant looking behavior with physiological measures (EEG, ERP, & EMG). Physiological data (e.g. EEG recorded brain activity) will be correlated with a behavioral response and/or a measure of attitudes. The ultimate goal of this research will be to ameliorate the negative consequences associated with appearance-based stereotypes.