Oct. 14, 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
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PROFESSOR RECEIVES CUATRECASAS MEDAL

Dr. Beryl Simpson, a professor in the Section of Integrative Biology and director of the Plant Resources Center, received the Cuatrecasas Medal at the Smithsonian Botanical Symposium in September.

The medal is presented for significant contributions to advancing the tropical botany.

For more about the award, see: http://botany.si.edu/cuatrecasas/cuatrecasasMedal.cfm

Find more about Simpson at: http://www.sbs.utexas.edu/simpsonlab/berylcurr.html

B.             News and Information
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NIH'S "ERROR CORRECTION WINDOW" ON ITS WAY DOWN

Beginning with due dates on or after Jan. 25, 2011, NIH, AHRQ and NIOSH will eliminate the error correction window from the application submission process. NIH will continue to make accommodations for Federal system issues that threaten or prevent on-time submission of an individual application, if appropriately documented and verified by NIH support staff. Moreover, NIH still will determine and implement contingency plans on an as-needed basis for widespread system issues and natural disasters. The elimination of the error correction window does not affect the two-business-day application viewing window.

For more information, see NOT-OD-10-123 at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-10-123.html

C.             Quoted—UT Researchers in the News
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The New York Times
Oct. 12, 2010
For Tsunamis, a New Tectonic Suspect
http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/10/12/for-tsunamis-a-new-tectonic-suspect/
(Dr. Matt Hornbach, a researcher at the Institute for Geophysics, was the lead author of a paper in Nature Geoscience that reported that several cities, including Los Angeles, Istanbul and Kingston, Jamaica, have higher-than-thought risks for tsunamis generated by earthquakes.)

“Already in Turkey they’ve had a few tsunamis that they’ve had a hard time explaining,” he said. He said that less historical information was available for Los Angeles, but that the new study greatly raises the probability that a giant wave could occur on the beaches there as well.

“If I was on the beach and there was an earthquake, I would start heading uphill,” Dr. Hornbach said.

D.             Research Opportunities
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IMPORTANT UNIVERSITY RESEARCH DEADLINES
http://www.utexas.edu/research/vp/awards/

LIMITED SUBMISSION UNIVERSITY DEADLINES
http://www.utexas.edu/research/osp/limited_submission/index.html

AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT ACT
The University of Texas at Austin Recovery Act Web page is online at: http://www.utexas.edu/research/resources/recovery/index.php

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

---DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

DoD Breast Cancer Postdoctoral Fellowship Award
http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=58437
Deadline: Dec. 2, 2010

MesoDynamic Architectures (DARPA)
http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=58372
Deadline: Dec. 15, 2010

---DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Institute on Technology Effectiveness for Children With Disabilities: Web-Supported Instructional Approaches
http://www2.ed.gov/programs/oseptms/applicant.html#84327w
Deadline: Nov. 29, 2010

---INSTITUTE FOR MUSEUM AND LIBRARY SERVICES

Museums for America
http://www.imls.gov/applicants/grants/forAmerica.shtm
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2010

---NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH

Identifying and Understanding Effective Interventions for Orphans and Vulnerable Children Affected by HIV/AIDS
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HD-10-017.html
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Nov. 30, 2010; Application, Dec. 30, 2010

NIMH Research Education Programs for HIV/AIDS Research
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-11-002.html
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Dec. 7, 2010; Application, Jan. 7, 2011

NIDCD Research Grants for Translating Basic Research into Clinical Tools
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-11-003.html
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Jan. 22, 2011; Application, Feb. 22, 2011

---NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

Materials Processing and Manufacturing
http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13344
Deadline: Proposal Window, Jan. 15, 2011-Feb. 15, 2011

Strategic Technologies for CyberInfrastructure
http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503475
Deadline: Proposal Window, Jan. 3, 2011-Jan. 18, 2011

---ARTS, HUMANITIES AND CULTURE

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Institutional Grants Program
http://www.oscars.org/education-outreach/grants/institutional/index.html
Deadline: Dec. 15, 2010

Tribeca Film Institute
TFI Documentary Fund
http://www.tribecafilminstitute.org/tfi_documentary/
Deadlines: Early, Nov. 8, 2010; Final, Dec. 8, 2010

Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program (graduate students and post-docs)
http://www.si.edu/ofg/Applications/SIFELL/SIFELLapp.htm
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2011

National Endowment for the Humanities
Preservation and Access Research and Development
http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/PARD.html
Deadline: May 19, 2011

---OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

Georgia-Pacific Chemicals
Request for Proposal: NAF––No Added Formaldehyde Material/Technology
Georgia-Pacific Chemicals LLC seeks adhesive materials/technologies (at any stage of development) that do not contain formaldehyde which can be used for multiple substrates in the building products markets.
For details, contact Dawn Sanchez, assistant director for development, at dsanchez@austin.utexas.edu
Deadline: Oct. 31, 2010

E.             Research Project
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Elevated Temperature Performance of Shear Connectors for Composite Beams

RESEARCHER: Michael Engelhardt, professor, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
AGENCY: National Science Foundation
AMOUNT: $279,904

The objective of this research is to develop experimental data, analytical models, and design models for the performance of composite shear connectors at elevated temperatures representative of severe fires in buildings. Composite beams play a key role in the performance of steel buildings in fire, and composite shear connectors, in turn, play a critical role in the performance of composite beams. The ability to predict composite beam performance at elevated temperature requires knowledge of shear connector capacity and load-slip response at elevated temperature. There is, however, virtually no data on the elevated temperature behavior of shear connectors, particularly for the important case of formed metal deck slabs, which is by far the most common case encountered in steel building construction practice in the U.S.

This research will include both experimental and computational studies on the elevated temperature response of composite shear connectors. The focus of the project will be an extensive series of well-instrumented and carefully controlled experiments on shear connectors embedded within concrete slabs. Tests will be conducted at temperatures ranging from 20 degrees to 1000 degrees Celsius. The experiments will be supplemented by computational simulations and by the development of analytical and design models for shear connector response.

This research will fill an important gap in the current knowledge base on the performance of structural building components exposed to fire and will contribute towards enabling performance-based engineered fire protection of building structures in the U.S., with an ultimate goal of providing safer and more cost-effective buildings. This project will also contribute towards training of structural engineering students and of fire fighters on structural fire safety.

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