Jan. 26, 2012 | Research Alert

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Research Prizes and Honors

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Computer Science Professor Selected as ACM Fellow

Stephen Keckler Stephen Keckler, professor in the Department of Computer Science, was recognized as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) with a citation for contributions to computer architectures and technology modeling.

ACM has recognized 46 of its members for their contributions to computing, provided fundamental knowledge to the computing field and generated multiple technology advances in industry, commerce, healthcare, entertainment, and education. The 2011 ACM Fellows, from the world’s leading universities, corporations and research labs, are helping to drive the innovations that will sustain competitiveness in the digital age.

News and Information

Researching overseas? Check with the International Office

The University of Texas System requires all travel to countries with U.S. Department of State Travel Warnings to be reviewed and approved by the University's International Oversight Committee (IOC). If you anticipate international travel to any country on the Restricted Regions List, visit IOC’s website and follow the procedures for advance reviews and approval of travel.

This policy outlines the procedures that all students, faculty and staff must follow to ensure their international travel complies with the UT System directive. These procedures are in addition to all other requirements for travel set forth by the traveler's department or unit.

Note that the Travel Management Services office is the primary contact for faculty and staff travel to restricted regions, and all questions related to the IOC policy and restricted regions travel should be directed to restricted.regions@austin.utexas.edu.

Vice President for Research Fellowship and Award Deadlines

Find information and nomination forms (available in Word or PDF) at the Awards, Fellowships and Grants page.

Quoted-UT Researchers in the News

The New York Times
Jan. 22, 2012
HEADLINE: Half-Truths and Other Fractions

Matthew McGlone (Matthew McGlone, associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies, published an essay on political deception in the New York Times feature, Room for Debate.)

We don’t always see horns and a tail on the teller of half-truths. When we do, our decision to call attention to it depends on who we think is getting forked and how badly. Democrats cry foul when Republican attack ads wrench Democratic candidates’ words out of context to make them appear soft on defense, but stay silent about selective excerpting in Democratic ads that caricature Republicans as cozy with corporations.

Research Opportunities

Important University Research Deadlines

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

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

Funding Sources

Department of Defense

Research Interests of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research
Deadline: Open

Environmental Security Technology Certification Program
Environmental Technology Proposals for FY 2013 Funding
Deadline: March 15, 2012

Department of Energy

Genomic Science: Biosystems Design to Enable Next-Generation Biofuels
Deadline: April 2, 2012

Department of the Interior

Avian Health and Disease Surveillance and Monitoring Support
Deadline: Feb. 24, 2012

National Institutes of Health

Biodemography of Aging
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Feb. 13, 2012; Application, March 13, 2012

Climate Change and Health: Assessing and Modeling Population Vulnerability to Climate Change
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, April 24, 2012; Application, May 24, 2012

Social Network Analysis and Health
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, April 11, 2012; Application, May 11, 2012

National Science Foundation

Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Feb. 27, 2012; Proposal, March 26, 2012
Please submit your proposal through the Office of Sponsored Projects via the Proposal Review Form. For questions, please call 471-6424 or email osp@austin.utexas.edu.

Decadal and Regional Climate Prediction using Earth System Models
Deadline: May 11, 2012

Chemistry and Materials Research in Cultural Heritage Science
Deadline: April 17, 2012

MacroSystems Biology: Research on Biological Systems at Regional to Continental Scales
Deadline: April 18, 2012

Federal Cyber Service: Scholarship for Service
Deadline: April 17, 2012
Please submit your proposal through the Office of Sponsored Projects via the Proposal Review Form. For questions, please call 471-6424 or email osp@austin.utexas.edu.

NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
Deadline: Aug. 14, 2012
Please submit your proposal through the Office of Sponsored Projects via the Proposal Review Form. For questions, please call 471-6424 or email osp@austin.utexas.edu.

United States Agency for International Development

RFA for Comment
USAID University Engagement through Higher Education Institutions (PDF)
Deadline: for final comment, Jan. 31, 2012

Arts, Humanities and Culture

LBJ Library and Museum
The Harry Middleton Fellowship in Presidential Studies
Deadline: March 15, 2012

Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies
Short-term Fellowships
Deadline: April 1, 2012

Other Funding Opportunities

Brady Education Foundation
Early Childhood Grant Application Process
Deadlines: Stage 1 Proposal, April 24, 2012; Stage 2 Proposal (by invitation), Aug. 17, 2012

American Society for Microbiology
Indo-US Professorships in Microbiology
Deadline: April 15, 2012

International Rett Syndrome Foundation
HeART (Help Accelerate RTT Therapeutics) and ANGEL (Advanced Neurotherapeutic Grant of Excellence) grant awards
Deadline: Deadlines: Letter of Intent, March 1, 2012; Application (by invitation), April 20, 2012

Research Project

Postsecondary Pathways into STEM for Students with Disabilities

Chandra MullerRESEARCHER: Chandra Muller, professor, Department of Sociology, principal investigator
AGENCY: National Science Foundation
AMOUNT: $392,628

The "Postsecondary Pathways into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) for Students with Disabilities" is designed to investigate the effects of high school context, social and academic processes and experiences, and institutional context on pathways to postsecondary STEM success and completion of students with disabilities in STEM.

Data analyses will be conducted using information from the Education Longitudinal Study (ELS) of 2002 and the 2004-2009 Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study (BPS); these datasets follow a nationally representative sample of students as they transition from high school into adulthood and post-secondary settings. This research will focus on the diverse postsecondary educational pathways of students with and without disabilities and will address three question sets:

  • College Preparation and the Transition into Postsecondary Education or Work.
  • Postsecondary Pathways into STEM.
  • Postsecondary STEM Attainment.

This project will be evaluated by an independent evaluator utilizing a logic model detailing the anticipated activities, outputs, outcomes and impact of the research. Dissemination activities will target researchers, practitioners, and advocates. Peer-reviewed journals will also advance dissemination to researchers, faculty, employers, and other stakeholders.

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