July 7, 2011 | Research Alert

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Professor's Research Team Wins International Supercomputing Scaling Contest

Mary WheelerAn innovative application of cloud computing to enhance oil recovery won first place for researchers at The Institute for Computational Engineering and Science's (ICES) Center for Subsurface Modeling who competed in an international contest highlighting best methods in supercomputing scaling.

The IEEE SCALE 2011 Challenge selected the multi-institutional team from The University of Texas at Austin, Rutgers University and IBM for the honor.

The winning team started with UT Austin's successful enhanced oil recovery supercomputer software that models underground aquifers developed by researchers under Mary F. Wheeler, director of the ICES Center for Subsurface Modeling and professor of aerospace engineering, engineering mechanics, petroleum and geosystems engineering and mathematics. Wheeler also holds the Ernest and Virginia Cockrell Chair in Engineering.

News and Information

We've Moved

The Office of the Vice President for Research and the Office of Research Support are now on the fourth floor of the Flawn Academic Center, FAC 426. The University Mail Codes remain the same: G1400 (VP for Research) and A3200 (Research Support).

Office of Sponsored Projects Offers Classes on the Life Cycle of a Research Grant

Participants in two classes will learn about the services available from the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) which serves as the coordinating office for externally funded research projects submitted by UT Austin.

The classes are:

  • SP101 Life Cycle of a Sponsored Research Grant -- Preaward
    1:30-2:45 p.m., Aug. 23, 2011 at NOA 5.318
  • SP101 Life Cycle of a Sponsored Research Grant -- Postaward
    3-4:15 p.m., Aug. 23, 2011, NOA 5.318

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Quoted-UT Researchers in the News

Associated Press (via Boston.com)
July 5, 2011
HEADLINE: Home birth on the rise by a dramatic 20 percent

Robbie Davis-Floyd(The Associated Press talked to Robbie Davis-Floyd, research affiliate and senior research fellow in the Department of Anthropology, about reasons for the increase in at-homes births in the United States).

Robbie Davis-Floyd, a medical anthropologist at the University of Texas at Austin and researcher on global trends in childbirth, obstetrics and midwifery, said "at first, in the 1970s, it was largely a hippie, countercultural thing to give birth outside of the hospital. Over the years, as the formerly 'lay' midwives have become far more sophisticated, so has their clientele."

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

Basic Scientific Research Opportunities
Deadline: July 27, 2011

FY12 Defense Medical Research and Development Program
Clinical Trial Award - Regenerative Medicine, Pain, Sensory System (PDF)
Deadline: Pre-Application, June 1, 2011; Invitation to Submit an Application, June 2011; Application, Aug. 25, 2011

Department of the Interior

FY 2011 Environmental Studies Program (PDF)
Deadline: July 25, 2011


Ocean Surface Topography Science Team
Deadline: Oct. 31, 2011

National Institutes of Health

Specialized Centers of Research (SCOR) on Sex Differences
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Sept. 4, 2011; Application, Oct. 4, 2011

Research on Alcohol-Related Public Policies such as Those Detailed in the Alcohol Policy Information System
Deadline: Oct. 5, 2011

National Science Foundation

Cultural Anthropology
Deadlines: Aug. 15, 2011 and Aug. 16, 2011

Computing and Communication Foundations: Core Programs
Deadlines: Medium Projects, Sept. 30, 2011; Large Projects, Nov. 28, 2011; Small Projects, Dec. 19, 2011

Joint DMS/NIGMS Initiative to Support Research at the Interface of the Biological and Mathematical Sciences
Deadline: Oct. 3, 2011

Algebra and Number Theory
Deadline: Oct. 4, 2011

Macrosystems Biology
Deadline: April 12, 2012

Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas

Company Commercialization Awards (PDF)
Deadline: Aug. 25, 2011

Company Formation Awards (PDF)
Deadline: Aug. 25, 2011

Arts, Humanities and Culture

Fulbright Association
Selma Jeanne Cohen Fund Lecture
Deadline: Aug. 15, 2011

School for Advanced Research
Resident Scholar Fellowships
For scholars who have completed research and analysis and who need time to think and write about topics important to the understanding of humankind.
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2011

Other Funding Opportunities

Semiconductor Research Corp.
Call for White Papers in Memory Technologies
Deadline: White Papers, Aug. 9, 2011; Proposals, Oct. 24, 2011

Susan G. Komen Foundation
Research Grants

  • Promise Grants
    Deadline: Pre-applicaiton, Aug. 1, 20111
  • Investigator- Initiated Research
    Deadline: Pre-Application, Aug. 10, 2011
  • Career Catalyst Research
    Deadline: Pre-application, Aug. 20, 2011

American Cancer Society
RFA: Pilot and Exploratory Projects in Palliative Care of Cancer Patients and Their Families
Deadline: Oct. 15, 2011

RFA: Pilot Studies Using Community-Based Participatory Research to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities
Deadline: Oct. 15, 2011

Research Project

The topology and invariants of smooth 4-manifolds

Cagri KarakurtRESEARCHER: Cagri Karakurt instructor, Simons Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Mathematics, principal investigator
AGENCY: National Science Foundation
AMOUNT: $23,025

The physical world of space and time is a 4-dimensional space whose local structure is well understood but whose large-scale (or topological) properties remain mysterious. This Focused Research Group will explore the global topology of 4-dimensional spaces, with a goal of understanding what kinds of spaces (called 4-dimensional manifolds) can exist as mathematical objects, and what the properties of such manifolds are.

Of particular interest will be the problem of existence and uniqueness of symplectic structures, as well as that of determining the symmetries of a given manifold. The group will investigate how subtle changes in the smooth structure of a manifold can be achieved by gluing together pieces of different manifolds. Such changes will be detected by combining expertise from several disciplines, including powerful techniques derived from gauge theories of mathematical physics.

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