Nov. 4, 2010 | Research Alert

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A.             Research Prizes and Honors
B.             News and Information
C.             Quoted
D.             Research Opportunities
E.             Research Project

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A.             Research Prizes and Honors


Eiichiro Komatsu, professor in the Department of Astronomy, has been awarded the 25th annual Nishinomiya-Yukawa Memorial Prize for physics.

Komatsu, director of the Texas Cosmology Center, is being honored for his studies of the early universe as a member of NASA's Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe science team.

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B.             News and Information


The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy, the Austin Technology Incubator (ATI) and the city of Austin have announced the creation of the UTech Dorm Room, a cooperative research laboratory designed to provide laboratory space for entrepreneurs to develop life-sciences technologies and evaluate their commercialization potential.

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Special Research Grants (SRG) provide modest research support (up to $750) for specific projects of individual tenured and tenure-track faculty members. These grants are intended to cover unanticipated costs or special needs and should not be considered a means of supporting on-going projects. Funds for special research grants are provided by regental appropriation and are administered by the Office of the Vice President for Research. These grants are competitive and funding is limited; applications received earlier in the academic year will have a better chance of being funded. Please see
for more information.

The University Co-operative Society Subvention Grants program is designed to assist faculty authors in the publication of scholarly books. Frequently university and other scholarly presses demand that authors provide funds to underwrite the publication of scholarly monographs and books. Subvention awards provide financial assistance to faculty members when departments and deans are unable to provide needed support. Please see for more information.

C.             Quoted—UT Researchers in the News

Washington Post
Oct. 25, 2010
HEADLINE: How and Why: Graphene seems valuable for computers, batteries and other uses
[This article followed the Nobel Prize in Physics to pioneers in developing graphene, the material that's one-atom thick. It holds promise for developments in an array of technologies. The article addressed the manufacture of graphene in sheets, a step necessary for industrial production. It cited UT Austin research that might take that step.]

There are some promising techniques out there. Rodney S. Ruoff, a University of Texas professor, is pioneering a chemical vapor method for creating larger pieces of graphene that has attracted interest from IBM and Texas Instruments, among others. He heats up methane (a molecule made of only carbon atoms) and hydrogen to 1,040 degrees Celsius and lets the chemicals react with a copper sheet, leaving behind a layer of graphene. It's currently the most promising method for making graphene on an industrial scale.

D.             Research Opportunities



The University of Texas at Austin Recovery Act Web page is online at:



Support of Advanced Coal Research at U.S. Colleges and Universities
Deadline: Dec. 9, 2010


Research Initiatives at the Naval Postgraduate School
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2010

Pharmacy on Demand
Deadline: Jan. 11, 2011

Single Chip Timing and Inertial Measurement Unit
Deadlines: Abstract, Nov. 24, 2010; Proposal, Jan. 25, 2011


Centers of Excellence to Promote a Healthier Workforce
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Nov. 15, 2010; Application, Dec. 17, 2010

Utilization of a Human Lung Tissue Resource for Vascular Research
Deadline: Letter of Intent, Dec. 14, 2010; Application, Jan. 14, 2011


Science, Technology, and Society
Deadline: Feb. 1, 2011

Biomedical Engineering
Deadline: March 3, 2011

Combustion, Fire, and Plasma Systems
Deadline: March 3, 2011

Interfacial Processes and Thermodynamics
Deadline: March 3, 2011

Environmental Health and Safety of Nanotechnology
Deadline: March 3, 2011

Partnerships for Enhancing Expertise in Taxonomy
Deadline: March 7, 2011


National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
Literature Fellowships: Translation Projects
Deadline: Jan. 6, 2011
[Please submit your proposal through the Office of Sponsored Projects via the Proposal Review Form. For questions, please call 471-6424 or email]

American Antiquarian Society
Short-Term Visiting Academic Research Fellowships
Deadlines: Jan. 15, 2011

Dole Institute
2010-2012 Research Fellowship and Travel Grants for the study of Congress, politics or policy issues
Deadlines: Research Fellowship, Feb. 1, 2011; Travel Grants, no deadline, applications accepted until funds are exhausted


Dana Foundation
Clinical Neuroscience Research
Deadline: none, reviews requests and will invite proposals

Baxter Healthcare Corp.
Bacter BioScience Research Grants
Non-clinical Research (interest is in Immunology, Neurology, Hematology, BioSurgery, Pulmonology, Cellular Therapy / Regenerative Medicine)
Deadline: Dec. 30, 2010

William T. Grant Foundation
Investigator Initiated Grants (on youth settings)
Deadline: Letter of Inquiry, early January 2011

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Executive Nurse Fellows
Deadline: Jan. 18, 2011

American Chemical Society
SCI Scholars — Industrial Internships for Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Undergraduates
(for exceptional sophomores and juniors majoring in chemistry and chemical engineering)
Deadline: Dec. 15, 2010

Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT)
Funding Opportunities (for research, commercialization, and prevention)
Deadlines: various

E.             Research Project

Quantum Field Theory of Elementary Particles

RESEARCHER: Steven Weinberg, Department of Physics and Department of Astronomy, principal investigator; and co-principal investigators Jacques Distler, Willy Fischler, Vadim Kaplunovsky and Sonia Paban, all professors in the Department of Physics
AGENCY: National Science Foundation
AMOUNT: $230,000

For the past two decades, string theory has been one of the most intensely investigated areas of theoretical high-energy physics. This is true chiefly because string theory offers what is currently the most successful method of unifying gravity with the other fundamental forces (strong, weak, and electromagnetic). Results from string theory have also spilled over into many other branches of physics, leading to improved understanding of gauge theories, condensed-matter physics, and heavy-ion physics. String theory has also led to powerful new insights in mathematics.

In this project, the Texas high-energy theory group proposes to continue its quest for a deeper understanding of string theory, focusing, in particular, on its connection with cosmology. Making progress in this field requires a many-pronged approach, and the Texas high-energy theory group plans to probe issues ranging from the proper mathematical formulation of the theory to extracting its implications for low-energy physics. At the same time they also propose to proceed by following a pragmatic phenomenological approach to questions in cosmology and physics beyond the Standard Model.

The envisioned broader impact activities of the members of the group include the professional training of graduate students and postdocs. They also intend to continue outreach and education activities. For example, Weinberg has recently authored a number of extremely well-received textbooks which are widely viewed as major contributions to the dissemination of knowledge in the scientific community. He also gives numerous public lectures. Likewise, Professor Distler authors a blog which discusses and elucidates many of the important research papers which appear on the daily arXiv listings, and he plans to continue this activity.

Tim Green
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