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History Professor's Book Wins Elsa Goveia Prize

Frank Guridy The Association of Caribbean Historians, the leading association in the field of Caribbean history, has awarded Frank Guridy, associate professor in the Department of History and African and African Diaspora Studies Department, the Elsa Goveia Book Prize for his book, "Forging Diaspora: Afro-Cubans and African Americans in a World of Empire and Jim Crow," (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2010).

In "Forging Diaspora," Guridy shows that the cross-national relationships nurtured by Afro-Cubans and black Americans helped shape the political strategies of both groups as they attempted to overcome a shared history of oppression and enslavement.

News and Information

New Health IT Learning Center Opens

Leanne FieldThe College of Natural Sciences’ Health Information Technology program had a grand opening of its new learning center in the Norman Hackerman Building, the university's newest science building. The program offers an intensive nine-week certification program that prepares students for a technology-driven medical workplace.

Leanne Field, distinguished senior lecturer and faculty adviser for Clinical Laboratory Science, is the director of the Health IT program.

Quoted-UT Researchers in the News

NPR: Talk of the Nation
June 2, 2011
HEADLINE: Fracking Brings Jobs And Pollution To Town

Charles Groat (Charles Groat, associate director of the university's Energy Institute, participated in a discussion of hydraulic fracturing, called fracking, a method used to drill for natural gas, on NPR's Talk of the Nation program).

Neal CONAN (host): And again, it might be just the felicity of the phrase, but one issue I was really interested in is fugitive methane. What is fugitive methane?

Dr. GROAT: It's been interesting to see how the concerns have evolved. Initially it was principally water quality and attributed to fracking affecting groundwater. Then we've really seen a wave of interest more recently in some of the air quality issues, that methane that escapes unintentionally therefore is fugitive and gets away, not captured. It's been caused as a - it's been expressed as a major concern to the - adding to greenhouse gases in the atmosphere because methane is a more significant greenhouse gas in the short term than carbon dioxide.

So how much do we know about the amount of fugitive methane that actually escapes not only from wells drilled for fracking, but from transmission lines, from traditional fields? And what is the body of knowledge in terms of the contributions of fugitive methane to the atmosphere and its ultimate effects?

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

Human Social Cultural and Behavioral Sciences (HSBC) Applied Research and Advanced Technology Development
Deadline: July 6, 2011

Velocity, Ion, Density & Irregularities
Deadline: July 15, 2011

FY11 Spinal Cord Injury Research Program
Deadlines: Pre-Application: July 15, 2011; Invitation to Submit Application: September 2011; Application: Dec. 1, 2011

  • Clinical Trial Award - Rehabilitation
  • Investigator-Initiated Research Award
  • Qualitative Research Award
  • Translational Research Partnership Award

Department of Energy

Isotope Production (PDF)
Pre-applications, June 17, 2011; Application, Aug. 5, 2011

Terrestrial Ecosystem Science (PDF)
Deadline: Pre-applications, June 17, 2011; Application: Sept. 12, 2011

Continuation of Solicitation for the Office of Science Financial Assistance Program (PDF)
Deadline: Sept. 30, 2011

FY2011 Annual Notice Submission of Renewal and Supplemental Applications for the Office of Science Grants and Cooperative Agreements (PDF)
Deadline: Sept. 30, 2011

Department of Homeland Security

International Research in Homeland Security Science & Technology Mission Areas (PDF)
Deadline: Sept. 22, 2011

National Institutes of Health

Reducing the Impact of Hypertension in Low and Middle Income Countries
Deadline: Letter of Intent, July 10, 2011; Application, Aug. 10, 2011

Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Centers
Deadline: Aug. 15, 2011
[This is a limited submission. For more information, contact limitedsub@austin.utexas.edu.]

Specialized Programs of Research Excellence in Human Cancer for Years 2010, 2011 and 2012
Deadline: Letter of Intent, Aug. 20, 2011; Application, Sept. 20, 2011

Collaborative Interdisciplinary Team Science in NIDDK Research Areas
Deadline: Nov. 15, 2011

National Science Foundation

Cooperative Studies Of The Earth's Deep Interior
Deadline: Sept. 26, 2011

NSF/DOE Partnership in Basic Plasma Science and Engineering
Deadline: Oct. 7, 2011

Arts, Humanities and Culture

National Endowment for the Humanities
Bridging Cultures initiative
Deadline: Aug. 2, 2011

National Endowment for the Arts
The Arts in Media
Deadline: Sept. 1, 2011

Other Funding Opportunities

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative
Request for Proposals
Deadline: June 17, 2011

American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

  • Burroughs Wellcome Fund/ASTMH Postdoctoral Fellowship in Tropical Infectious Diseases
    Deadline: Sept. 1, 2011
  • Gorgas Memorial Institute Research Award
    Deadline: August 2011
  • Centennial Travel Award in Basic Science Tropical Disease Research
    Deadline: July 20, 2011

American Health Assistance Foundation
Macular Degeneration Standard Awards
Deadline: Letter of Intent: July 11, 2011; Application: Nov. 9, 2011

United States Institute for Peace
Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowship Program
(Provides scholars, policy analysts, policymakers, and other experts with opportunities to spend time in residence at the institute, reflecting and writing on pressing international peace and security challenges.)
Deadline: Sept. 8, 2011

Research Project

ENSO and West Pacific Warm Pool Climate Variability over the Last Three Centuries

Terry QuinnRESEARCHERS: Terrence Quinn, director and professor, Institute of Geophysics
AGENCY: National Science Foundation
AMOUNT: $288,125

The Western Pacific Warm Pool (WPWP) is a component of the largest mode of inter-annual climate variability on the planet, El-Niño Southern-Oscillation (ENSO). Despite the importance of climate variability in the WPWP, the climatology of the region over the last three centuries is largely unknown. This project, involving researchers from the University of Texas at Austin, aims to produce the first sub-annually resolved, multi-century record of ENSO and WPWP climate variability utilizing corals from the Western Province, Solomon Islands. By measuring oxygen isotopes in three cores of the slow-growing coral species Diploastrea heliopora, the researchers seek to generate a record of sea surface temperature and hydrologic variability spanning the last three centuries in the WPWP. These records will enable assessment of changes in WPWP and ENSO variability from pre-industrial through modern times.

In terms of broader impact, funding supports education and training of a graduate student and an undergraduate student. The research will also develop a potentially important, high-resolution data series that would provide an observational basis for relating WPWP changes to global climate conditions and may find changes in the mean state of the WPWP and ENSO as a result of anthropogenic climate forcing in the modern era.

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