Research Alert | February 28, 2013

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American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

The University of Texas at Austin Stimulus Package Web page is online.

Funding Sources

Department of Defense

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DoD Peer Reviewed Orthopaedic Clinical Trial Development Award
Deadline: July 18, 2013

DoD Peer Reviewed Orthopaedic Translational Research Award
Deadline: July 18, 2013

Department of Energy

Robust Affordable Next Generation Energy-Storage
Deadline: March 21, 2013

Physics of Reliability: Evaluating Design Insights for Component Technologies in Solar
Deadlines: Concept Paper, March 22, 2013; Application, April 29, 2013

Department of the Interior

Desalination and Water Purification Research and Development
Deadline: April 18, 2013

National Institutes of Health

Mechanistic Insights from Birth Cohorts
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, May 5, 2013; Application, June 5, 2013

Mechanisms Mediating Osteoarthritis in Aging
Deadline: June 5, 2013

Mechanisms of Alcohol-associated Cancers
Deadline: June 5, 2013

National Science Foundation

David Laude

Research Experiences for Undergraduates
Deadlines: Proposals requiring access to Antarctica, May 24, 2013; All Others, Aug. 28, 2013

Water Sustainability and Climate
Deadline: Sept. 10, 2013

Electronics, Photonics, and Magnetic Devices
Deadlines: Supplement, April 1, 2013; Proposals, Nov. 1, 2013

Energy, Power, and Adaptive Systems
Deadlines: Supplement, April 1, 2013; Proposals, Nov. 1, 2013


Arts, Humanities and Culture

Harry Ransom Center
Research Fellowships in the Humanities
Deadline: April 1, 2013

John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising and Marketing History
Travel Grants
Deadline: March 29, 2013

Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations
NDLTD ETD Awards 2013
Deadline: April 15, 2013

Smithsonian Institution’s Gardens
Enid A. Haupt Fellowship In Horticulture
Deadline: May 15, 2013

Other Funding Opportunities

Hampton University Graduate Studies
Summer School at Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility
Deadline: April 2, 2013

Byrd Polar Research Center
2013 Byrd Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Deadline: March 15, 2013

Alternatives Research and Development Foundation
2013 Alternatives Research Grant Program
Deadlines: Notification to submit, April 23, 2013; Proposal, April 30, 2013

Research Prizes and Honors

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Professor Awarded 2013 SPIE Technology Achievement Award

Al BovikAlan Bovik, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been awarded the 2013 SPIE Technology Achievement Award for "Broad and Lasting Contributions to the Field of Perception-Based Image Processing.”

The Achievement Award recognizes outstanding technical accomplishment in optics, electro-optics, photonic engineering or imaging.

News and Information

DOE Official to Address Latin America Energy and Environment Conference

Dr. Phyllis Yoshida, deputy assistant secretary for Asia, Europe and the Americas in the Office of Policy and International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy, is the keynote speaker at the March 5 luncheon session of the 2013 VIII Latin American Forum on Energy and the Environment.

University researchers are invited to attend. There is no cost, but please RSVP to

The noon luncheon will be in the second floor ballroom of the Student Activities Center. Dr. Juan Sanchez, vice president for research, will be the moderator and discussant with Yoshida.

Yoshida is responsible for implementing administration policy for and supporting the development of international cooperation on science and technology issues and energy policy issues.

The address is part of the The Jackson School of Geosciences 2013 VIII Latin American Forum on Energy and the Environment on March 4 and 5, 2013.

Summer Salary Exceeding the NIH or CPRIT Salary Cap

Annually, Congress legislatively mandates a provision limiting (capping) the direct salary that an individual may receive under a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant. Though the rate for calendar year 2013 has yet to be issued, it is anticipated that the calendar year 2012 rates (Executive Level II rate of $179,700; based on 100% effort) will continue. Due to these limitations imposed by the NIH on the ability to fully recapture salary on grant and cooperative agreement awards and extramural research and development contract awards, the university has created a pool to assist faculty who might be affected. Get more information at the website of the Office of Sponsored Projects.


Subvention Funding Available

VPRApplications for 2012-2013 Subventions are being accepted until funds run out. The university's subvention grants program provides a maximum award of $5,000. It is designed to assist faculty authors in the publication of scholarly books. Preference will be given to assistant and associate professors. 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 direct questions to Liza Scarborough, 471-2877.

Funding for another grant program, the Special Research Grants, has been depleted for the academic year.

Quoted-UT Researchers in the News

Los Angeles Times
Feb. 25, 2013
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer causes uproar with telecommuting ban

Jennifer Glass (Jennifer Glass, professor in the Department of Sociology and a researcher in the Population Research Center, defended working at home in an article about a move by to curtail the practice.)

The U.S. already lags behind the rest of the industrialized world in flexible work arrangements, said Jennifer Glass, a sociology professor and research associate in the Population Research Center at the University of Texas, Austin.

"It's sad to see a large employer go in this direction," Glass said. "There is no functional reason that people who work from home can't work just as productively as they do from the office."

Research Project

Collaborative Research: Understanding and Preparing Future Computer Professionals for the Ethical Complexities of a Diverse World

Kenneth FleischmannRESEARCHER: Kenneth Fleischmann, associate professor, School of Information, principal investigator
AGENCY: National Science Foundation
AMOUNT: $84,669

This work will fill an important gap in the research literature about the appropriateness and effectiveness of pedagogical approaches currently used to increase graduate computing students' awareness of ethical issues relative to the challenges that they will face in the workplace. Results of the study will be based on, and thus applicable to, a broad range of stakeholders in graduate computing ethics education, and thus could transform curricular standards promulgated by professional societies such as the ACM and IEEE. The innovative mixed-method approach that will be used has merit not only for this study but could also be applied to future studies in other domains.

For more information, go to the NSF abstract.


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