Research Alert | May 9, 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 Agriculture

Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program
2013 Research and Education Grant Request for Pre-Proposals (Word)
Deadline: Pre-Proposal, June 3, 2013; Proposals, by invitation in August

Department of Defense

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Arrays at Commercial Timescales
Deadline: June 17, 2013

Defense Sciences Research and Technology
Deadline: May 22, 2014

Department of Justice

An Evidence-Based Approach to Understanding and Addressing Vicarious Trauma in Victim Assistance Professionals, Law Enforcement Officers and Other First Responders
Deadline: June 13, 2013

Department of State

FY 2013 Funding Opportunity Announcement for Research Projects to Strengthen Evidence-Based Humanitarian Decision Making by PRM and its Partners Worldwide
Deadline: May 30, 2013


Carbon Monitoring System: Continuing Prototype Product Development, Research and Scoping
Deadlines: Notice of Intent, May 30, 2013. Proposal, June 28, 2013

National Institutes of Health

Research on Autism Spectrum Disorders
Deadline: June 5, 2013

Development of Novel and Emerging Technologies for the Accurate Detection and Diagnosis of Polymicrobial Infections in Biomedical Laboratory Animal Models (SBIR)
Deadline: Dec. 5, 2013

Closing the Gap in Healthcare Disparities through Dissemination and Implementation of Patient Centered Outcomes Research
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, June 14, 2013; Application, July 31, 2013

Methodologies and Formative Work for Combination HIV Prevention Approaches
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Aug. 3, 2013; Application, Sept. 3, 2013

National Science Foundation

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Instrument Development for Biological Research
Deadline: July 31, 2013

Law & Social Sciences
Deadline: Aug. 1, 2013

Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases
Deadlines: Dec. 4, 2013

Arts, Humanities and Culture

Briscoe Center for American History
William and Madeline Welder Smith Research Travel Award
Deadline: May 31, 2013

American Musicological Society
AMS Subventions for Publications
Deadline: Aug. 15, 2013

Other Funding Opportunities

National Endowment for Financial Education
Research Grants
Deadline: June 4, 2013

Yelp Dataset Challenge
Deadline: May 20, 2013

Gilead Sciences Inc.
Gilead Sciences Research Scholars Program in Cystic Fibrosis
Deadline: July 26, 2013

Research Prizes and Honors

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Markey Wins Medtronic Prize for Women's Health

Mia MarkeyThe Society of Women’s Health Research (SWHR) awarded Mia Markey, associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, the Medtronic Prize for Scientific Contributions to Women’s Health. Markey is the first engineer to receive this award.

The SWHR Medtronic Prize, which includes a $75,000 award, is given annually to a female scientist in her early to mid-career who has devoted a significant part of her work to sex differences research and who has served as a role model and mentor for both colleagues and students.

Markey leads a collaborative multi-institutional research team that is developing a decision support system for breast cancer survivors. Markey’s decision support system will help survivors understand their likely appearance changes following breast reconstruction, enabling patients to determine the optimal surgery option for them. She has mentored numerous students, engaging many of them in activities related to advancing women’s health.

News and Information

Texas Advanced Computing Center Hires Director of Data Intensive Computing

Niall Gaffney

The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) announced that Niall Gaffney has joined the center in the newly created position of director of data intensive computing. Gaffney most recently served as the principal computer scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) for the Hubble Space Telescope data archive and the Hubble Legacy Archive Project. A University of Texas at Austin graduate, he began his new role May 1.

Gaffney has managed some of the richest astronomical data ever recorded in terms of scientific and public impact. In his new role at TACC, Gaffney will oversee the center’s “Big Data” strategy, which includes storage and storage systems, data collections, analytics (data mining and statistics), and architectures for data-driven science and data-intensive computing.

Nominations Open for 2012-2013 University Co-operative Society Creative Research Award

The Vice President for Research is seeking nominations for the University Co-operative Society Creative Research Award. Nominations can be made by deans, the Provost and each vice president to whom an organized research unit reports. Each dean or vice president may submit one nominee for consideration. Eligible are tenured and tenure-track faculty, senior lecturers and lecturers, and members of the research staff (Code 1000 personnel and postdoctoral fellows).

The award comes with a certificate and $5,000. The winner will be announced at a banquet to be hosted by the University Co-operative Society in October 2013.

The nomination deadline is May 13, 2013. For more information, see the Awards, Fellowships and Grant page on the Vice President for Research website.

This award is made possible by a generous gift from the University Co-operative Society, which has made it possible for The University of Texas at Austin to recognize and reward truly outstanding creative scholarly efforts of our faculty and research staff.

Quoted-UT Researchers in the News

Detroit Free Press
May 3, 2013
Is antibacterial soap safe? Regulators just now deciding

Andrea Gore (Andrea Gore, professor in the College of Pharmacy, was quoted in an article about issues concerning antibacterial soap.)

U.S. scientists agree that the FDA’s review is overdue. The Endocrine Society, a group of doctors and scientists who specialize in the hormone system, flagged triclosan four years ago as an ingredient that alters levels of thyroid hormones and reproductive hormones like testosterone and estrogen.

“I think the FDA is behind the curve,” said Dr. Andrea Gore of the University of Texas at Austin, who was the lead author of the Endocrine Society’s statement on hormone disrupting chemicals. “At what point do you draw a line and say we need to take this out of products that are being applied to our skin? What is enough evidence?”

Research Project

Bayesian Methods for (Incomplete) Longitudinal Cancer Data

Michael DanielsRESEARCHER: Michael Daniels, professor, Section of Integrative Biology
AGENCY: National Cancer Institute
AMOUNT: $90,829

Research conducted in this project will address the basic dynamics of monsoon systems in Africa, focusing on West Africa, the Greater Horn of Africa (GHA), and the influence of "cold surges" moving across North Africa from the Mediterranean.

The first aim of this proposal will introduce a new parameterization for a correlation matrix for longitudinal responses that offers considerable benefits with respect to prior specification and modeling. We will explore several models and priors and their associated properties, computational issues and strategies both with respect to automated parsimonious modeling, posterior sampling, and high-dimensional problems, and their implementation in a wide array of longitudinal models with applications.

The second aim will explore the extension of these models to multivariate longitudinal data. In particular, we will explore the 'ordering' of the multivariate longitudinal response vector with regards to parsimonious models and prior specification and correlation/covariance structures for which this ordering is not an issue.

In the third aim, we will develop new Bayesian approaches for causal inference in longitudinal cancer studies in which repeatedly measured outcomes may be informatively missing due to loss to follow-up or protocol-defined events (progression or death).

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