Oct. 22, 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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HAMILTON AWARDS HONOR FACULTY AUTHORS AND RESEARCHERS

The grand prize winner of the 2010 Robert Hamilton Book Awards was Shirley Thompson, an associate professor in the Department of American Studies, for her book, "Exiles at Home: The Struggle to Become American in Creole New Orleans." Thompson, who is affiliated with the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies, received $10,000.

The University Co-operative Society sponsors the Hamilton Awards, which recognize faculty and staff who have written books. The awards were presented at a dinner at the Four Season Hotel on Oct. 20.

Four other faculty members received $3,000 prizes as runners up. They were:

*Richard Valencia, professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, for "Chicano Students and the Courts: The Mexican American Legal Struggle for Educational Equality"

*Robin Moore, professor in the Butler School of Music, for "Music in the Hispanic Caribbean"

*Oscar Brockett, professor emeritus in the Department of Theatre and Dance, for "Making the Scene: A History of Stage Design and Technology in Europe and the United States"

*Huaiyin Li, associate professor in the Department of History, for "Village China Under Socialism and Reform: A Micro-History, 1948-2008"

The Career Research Excellence Award went to Toyin Falola, a professor in the Department of History, for his long-term study of Africa. He has written or edited more than 100 books.

The award for Best Research Paper was made to Marie Monfils, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, for her paper, published in Science, called "Extinction-Reconsolidation Boundaries: Key to Persistent Attenuation of Fear Memories."

Teresa Hubbard, an associate professor in the Department of Art and Art History, received the Fine Arts award for her work in photograph and video art.

B.             News and Information
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PROJECT TO STUDY 'DARK ENERGY' RECEIVES $8 MILLION FROM NSF

A project to discover the nature of dark energy, a mysterious force causing the expansion of the universe to speed up, has received an $8 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

The funds will be split among The University of Texas at Austin ($3.6 million), Texas A&M University ($3.9 million) and Penn State University ($.5 million), to support their respective roles in the Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment, or HETDEX. The project will be carried out at The University of Texas at Austin's McDonald Observatory in west Texas.

Read more at: http://www.utexas.edu/news/2010/10/20/dark_energy_nsf/

C.             Quoted—UT Researchers in the News
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Houston Chronicle
Oct. 18, 2010
HEADLINE: Study finds teens, trucks a risky duo
Among the surprises? Big vehicles have a safety drawback: big engines
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/cars/7251562.html
(Chandra Bhat, a professor in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, and graduate students conducted a study about factors involved in traffic accidents. The Houston Chronicle picked up on a finding about pickups.)

Among those findings is that driving a pickup puts teens, especially 16- and 17-year-olds, at far higher risk of injury than driving a car, Bhat said.

"Most of these pickup trucks, they have a very powerful engine, and a powerful engine capability appears to lead to aggressive driving behavior when the pickup is in the hands of a teenager," he 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

Advanced Development of Pharmacotherapeutics for the Treatment of Combat Related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
https://www.fbo.gov/?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=8c04d3764a73e4e1eb52e460523ae69f&tab=core&_cview=0
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2010

---DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Transportation Security Innovative Concepts
https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=54a7fac83dd55ac213adfc6be4065da9&tab=core&_cview=1
Deadline: Sept. 30, 2011

---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

Early Career Award in Chemistry of Drug Abuse and Addiction
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAS-10-274.html
Deadline: Feb. 16, 2011

The Role of Human-Animal Interaction in Child Health and Development
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HD-12-105.html
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Nov. 22, 2010; Application, Dec. 21, 2010

---NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

International Collaboration in Chemistry between US Investigators and their Counterparts Abroad
http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10606/nsf10606.htm
Deadlines: Preliminary Proposal, Nov. 5, 2010; Proposal, Jan. 19, 2011

Applied Mathematics
http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5664
Deadline: Nov. 15, 2010

Virtual Organizations as Sociotechnical Systems
http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11501/nsf11501.htm
Deadline: Jan. 13, 2011

Particulate and Multiphase Processes
http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13364
Deadline: March 3, 2011

---ARTS, HUMANITIES AND CULTURE

National Gallery of Art
Predoctoral Fellowship Program
The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts announces its annual program of support for advanced graduate research in the history, theory, and criticism of art, architecture, urbanism, and photographic media.
http://www.nga.gov/casva/casvapre.shtm
Deadline: Nov. 15, 2010

Puffin Foundation Ltd.
Grants for Fine Arts, Dance, and Video
http://www.puffinfoundation.org/grants/prospectiveapplicant.html
Deadline: Dec. 30, 2010

Council of American Overseas Research Centers
Multi-Country Research Fellowship
http://www.caorc.org/programs/multi.htm
Deadline: Jan. 12, 2011

Smithsonian American Art Museum
Fellowships
http://americanart.si.edu/research/opportunity/fellows/
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2011

---OTHER FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

United Negro College Fund and the Merck Research Laboratories
  UNCF-Merck Graduate Science Research
  http://umsi.uncf.org/ApplyOnline/GraduateInstructions/tabid/211/Default.aspx
  Deadline: Dec. 1, 2010

  UNCF-Merck Postdoctoral Science Research Fellowship
  http://umsi.uncf.org/ApplyOnline/PostdoctoralInstructions/tabid/212/Default.aspx
  Deadline: Dec. 1, 2010

Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program
http://www.kff.org/minorityhealth/bjscholars/
Deadline: Dec. 3, 2010

Japan-United States Friendship Commission
  Public Affairs/Education
  http://www.jusfc.gov/currentprogramguidelines.asp?name=publicaffairs
  Deadline: Aug. 1, 2011

  Japanese Studies in the United States
  http://www.jusfc.gov/currentprogramguidelines.asp?name=japanesestudies
  Deadline: Aug. 1, 2011

E.             Research Project
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Collaborative Research: Confronting the Challenges of Climate Literacy

RESEARCHER: Katherine Ellins, program manager, Institute for Geophysics
AGENCY: National Science Foundation
AMOUNT: $174,312

This project is developing three inquiry-based, lab-focused, online Climate Change EarthLabs modules as a context for ongoing research into how high school students grasp change over time in the Earth System on multiple time scales. Climate literacy has emerged as an important domain of education. Yet it presents real challenges in cognition, perception, and pedagogy, especially in understanding Earth as a dynamic system operating at local to global spatial scales over multiple time scales. This research project confronts these issues by examining the challenges to high-school students' understanding of Earth's complex systems, operating over various temporal and spatial scales, and by developing research-based insights into effective educational tools and approaches that support learning about climate change and Earth Systems Science. The project is a collaborative effort among science educators at TERC, Mississippi State University, and The University of Texas at Austin.

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