May 12, 2011 | Research Alert

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Research Prizes and Honors

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Professor Receives Naval Research Young Investigator Award

Hal AlperHal Alper, assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, has received an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program award for his proposal titled "Establishing a Fungal Platform for Alkane Biosynthesis." Alper was selected from more than 270 applicants for "compelling research that has potential to deliver innovative naval science and technology."

Alper will receive more than $510,000 in total to continue his study on alkane biosynthesis, which will be awarded over three years.

News and Information

Office of Sponsored Projects Holds Open House

The Office of Sponsored Projects and The Office of Industry Engagement will have an open house of their new offices from 3-4:30 p.m., May 18, 2011.

Go to North Office Building A (NOA), room 5.300, to see OSP’s and OIE’s new home and to NOA 4.300 to see Sponsored Projects Award Administration's new home.

Light refreshments will be served.

Quoted-UT Researchers in the News

Chronicle of Higher Education
May 9, 2011
HEADLINE: Researchers at U. of Texas and Yale Use Computers to Simulate Schizophrenia

Risto Miikkulainen(In an article about an experiment that simulated schizophrenia in computers, Risto Miikkulainen, professor in the Department of Computer Science, described the goal of the project).

“We are trying to quantify being delusional,” says Risto Miikkulainen, a professor of computer science and neuroscience at Texas, who designed the computer network on which the hypotheses were tested.

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

Request for Information - 100 Year Starship Study
Deadline: June 3, 2011

Open Manufacturing
Deadline: June 23, 2011

DoD FY11 Prostate Cancer Research Program Impact Award
Deadline: Sept. 1, 2011

Department of Justice

Building Opportunity Out of Science and Technology
Deadline: June 15, 2011

Department of State

Building Opportunity Out of Science and Technology
Deadline: June 23, 2011

National Institutes of Health

Data Concepts and Terminology Standards for Clinical Research and Drug Development
Deadline: Deadlines: June 1, 2011; Nov. 15, 2011

National Science Foundation

NSF logo

Chemical Theory, Models and Computational Methods
Deadline: Aug. 1, 2011

Chemical Oceanography
Deadline: Aug. 15, 2011

Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences: Investigator-initiated research projects
Deadline: Sept. 6, 2011

Science of Science and Innovation Policy
Deadline: Sept. 9, 2011

Elementary Particle Physics
Deadline: Sept. 28, 2011

Manufacturing and Construction Machines and Equipment
Deadline: Oct. 1, 2011

Civil Infrastructure Systems
Deadline: Oct. 1, 2011

Arts, Humanities and Culture

National Endowment for the Humanities
Summer Stipends
Deadline: Sept. 29, 2011

Other Funding Opportunities

Neotropical Grasslands Conservancy
Student Grant Program
Deadline: Aug. 1, 2011

BD Biosciences
Immunology Grants
Deadline: Sept. 2, 2011

Stem Cell Grants
Deadline: Dec. 19, 2011

Grants focusing on Immunotherapy, Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine, and Hematology
Deadline: Sept. 30, 2011

Research Project

Collaborative Research: Incorporating Physiological Variation in Mechanistic Range Models for Ecological Forecasting

Timothy KeittRESEARCHERS: Timothy Keitt, associate professor, Section of Integrative Biology; Michael J. Angilletta Jr., associate professor, Organismal, Integrative and Systems Biology, Arizona State University; and Lauren Buckley, assistant professor, Department of Biology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
AGENCY: National Science Foundation
AMOUNT: $148,091

The scientists will use computer models to investigate the effects of climate change on the continental distribution of a well studied and widespread lizard. The model will link the attributes of individual lizards to assess how whole populations of lizards adapt to specific environmental conditions.

Then the researchers will evaluate how the evolution of physiology would affect the distribution of lizards under various climate change scenarios. This project will set the stage for a new modeling approach that considers how evolutionary adaptation and gene flow can help determine the geographic range of a species.

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