April 26, 2012 | Research Alert

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Important University Research Deadlines

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

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

Funding Sources

University of Texas at Austin and Shell

Shell-UT Unconventional Research (SUTUR)
Deadline: May 17, 2012
Send email to Scott Tinker, Eric Potter or Tad Patzek for information aboout the Request for Proposal.

Department of Defense

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Acquisition Research Program at the Naval Postgraduate School
Deadline: June 13, 2012

In vivo Nanosensors for Diagnostics
Deadline: June 28, 2012

DOD FY12 Lung Cancer Research Program Idea Development Award
Deadline: Sept. 20, 2012

Department of Energy

Collaborative Research in Fusion Energy Sciences on Foreign Research Facilities
Deadline: June 21, 2012

Advanced Simulations and Computing Predictive Science Academic Alliance Program
Deadline: June 4, 2012


NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics
Deadline: Sept. 30, 2012

National Institutes of Health

NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research Grand Challenge: Discovering Novel Drugs for Disorders of the Nervous System
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Sept. 8, 2012; Application, Oct. 8, 2012

Exploratory Studies in Cancer Detection, Diagnosis and Prognosis
Deadline: June 16, 2012

National Science Foundation

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Research and Evaluation on Education in Science and Engineering
Deadline: July 17, 2012

Arctic SEES
Deadlines: Sept. 14, 2012

Environmental Engineering
Deadline: Feb. 19, 2013

Environmental Sustainability
Deadline: Feb. 19, 2013

Arts, Humanities and Culture

Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung/Foundation
German Chancellor Fellowship for Prospective Leaders
Deadline: Oct. 15, 2012

Institute of Museum and Library Services
Learning Labs in Libraries and Museums
Deadline: June 15, 2012

Other Funding Opportunities

Pfizer/Global Research Awards for Nicotine Dependence
Advancing the Understanding of the Mechanisms of Nicotine Dependence and Its Treatment
Deadline: June 15, 2012

Organic Substances Removal from Wastewater (PDF)
Deadline: May 18, 2012

American Heart Association
National Innovative Research Grant
Deadline: July 17, 2012

American Epilepsy Society
Research Initiative Awards
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Aug. 20, 2012; Application, Nov. 1, 2012 (by invitation)

Semiconductor Research Corp.
White Papers for Focus Center Research Program
Deadlines: White Paper, June 15, 2012; Application, Sept. 14, 2012 (by invitation)

Research Prizes and Honors

[Have you or a colleague won a research-related prize or honor? Let the Research Alert know.]

Three Professors Named Members of Academic Societies

Three professors in the Cockrell School of Engineering were inducted into academic societies:

Arumugam Manthiram, director of the Texas Materials Institute, was elected Fellow of the Electrochemical Society.

Eric Taleff, professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, was inducted into the 2011 class of Fellows of the American Society for Metals.

Rod Ruoff, professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, was inducted into the 2011 class of Fellows of the American Physical Society.

News and Information

Provost Appoints Linda Hicke New Dean of College of Natural Sciences

Linda HickeLinda A. Hicke, associate vice president of research at Northwestern University, has been named dean of the College of Natural Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin.

Hicke's appointment, which is effective July 15, 2012, fills a vacancy created when Mary Ann Rankin announced her departure to lead the National Math and Science Initiative after serving as dean for 16 years.

Hicke is a recognized expert in cell biology. She received her Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of California at Berkeley and completed two postdoctoral fellowships, the first at the University of California at San Francisco and the second at the University of Basel in Switzerland.

Quoted-UT Researchers in the News

NPR: Morning Edition
April 19, 2012
HEADLINE: Anoushka Shankar: A Sitar Player In Andalusia

Sonia Seeman (Sonia Seeman, assistant professor in the School of Music, helps connect the dots between the sitar music of India and the flamenco of Spain in this NPR story about Anoushka Shankar.)

"We tend to overprivilege this time as unique," says Sonia Seeman, an ethnomusicologist at The University of Texas. "That was a period of dramatic exchanges. The 15th century was a period in Europe when great prestige was given to travelers. Pilgrims were considered sacred guests, but they were given safe passage, and also food and places to stay."

Research Project

Collaborative Research: Investigating the Innovation Capabilities of Undergraduate Engineering Students

Carolyn SeepersadRESEARCHER: Carolyn Seepersad, assistant professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
AGENCY: National Science Foundation
AMOUNT: $100,000

This collaborative project between The University of Texas at Austin (a PhD granting university) and the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth (an MS granting institution) is investigating the impact of undergraduate engineering curricula on the innovation capabilities of undergraduate engineering students. The mechanical engineering departments at both universities are studying innovation capability of students and looking for correlations between their curricula and changes in innovation ability.

The goal of the research is to determine to what extent the undergraduate engineering curriculum improves graduate innovation capability. The project is establishing instruments for measuring the innovation capability of students that consist of concept generation exercises where students solve open-ended design problems and a survey to investigate student creative self-efficacy. These instruments contain metrics for assessing the level of originality and technical feasibility of student designs and are being used to determine the effect the complete undergraduate curriculum and the effect of individual courses (design-oriented courses, for example) on student innovation capabilities. This is being accomplished by assessing student innovation capabilities at the entry and exit points of the curriculum and at the beginning and end of selected courses. The research is also correlating innovation capability with student technical performance as measured using the student's grade-point ratio.

Because the work is being carried out using very distinct student populations, the work will have a national impact. Major contributions of the project include an instrument for assessing innovation capabilities and a better understanding of the relationship between engineering curricula and the development of innovative engineers.

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