Nov. 17, 2011 | Research Alert

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Costume Designer Susan Mickey Wins Joseph Jefferson Award

Thomas HughesDepartment of Theatre and Dance Professor Susan E. Mickey received the 2011 Joseph Jefferson Award this week for her costume design for the Chicago Shakespeare Theater's production of "The Madness of George III."

Mickey joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin in 2004 and has more than 25 years of professional experience as a costume designer. Her extensive credits include design for almost every major regional theater in the country.

News and Information

Describing the Conduct of Science in the Information Age

The National Science Foundation has issued a "Dear Colleague" letter asking for ideas for workshops that would help collect and disseminate data using digital technologies.

The agency has funding opportunities for workshops for advancing scientific communication and advancing the measurement of scientific activity nationally and internationally.

For more information, see the NSF letter.

Ranger's lifespan extended one year

David LaudeThe Texas Advanced Computing Center's Ranger supercomputer will receive operational funding extending its lifespan through Feb. 4, 2013.

This extension will allow Ranger to continue supporting world-class science until the center's next large high performance computing system, Stampede, is deployed as part of the National Science Foundation's (NSF) eXtreme Digital (XD) program.

Quoted-UT Researchers in the News

The New York Times
Nov. 14, 2011
HEADLINE: Pitfalls on the Road to Tapping New Energy

David Hillis (In an article about drilling for natural gas, Eric Potter, Jackson School of Geosciences and the Bureau of Economic Geology, says that the unconventional is becoming the usual.)

“It’s almost not worth calling it unconventional at the moment because so much of it has become the norm,” said Eric C. Potter, the program director for energy research at the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin. “Although we’ve only begun to scratch the surface of what it’s going to take to extract these resources.”

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 Agriculture

Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants Program
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Dec. 1, 2011; Application, Feb. 1, 2012

Department of Defense

Developer Tools for Medical Education Public Physiology Research Platform
Deadline: April 26, 2012

FY2012 High Energy Laser Multidisciplinary Research Initiative
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2012

Department of Energy

Support of Advanced Coal Research at U.S. Colleges and Universities
Deadline: Dec. 19, 2011

National Institutes of Health

NIH Director's Early Independence Awards
Deadline: Letter of Intent, Dec. 30, 2011; Application, Jan. 30, 2012

Innovative Pilot Studies of Novel Mechanism of Action Compounds for Treating Psychiatric Disorders
Deadline: Letter of Intent, Jan. 5, 2012; Application, Feb. 5, 2012

National Science Foundation

Research Initiation Grants in Engineering Education
Deadline: March 31, 2012

Smart Health and Wellbeing
Deadlines:Feb. 6, 2012 for Type I: Exploratory Projects; Feb. 21, 2012 for Type II: Integrative Projects

Partnerships for Innovation
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Jan. 4, 2012; Full Proposal, March 1, 2012

Arts, Humanities and Culture

American Institute for Yemeni Studies
Competitions for Fellowships for Study and Research in Yemen
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2011

Modern Humanities Research Association
Research Associateships
Deadline: Jan. 31, 2012

Council for European Studies
Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowships
Deadline: Feb. 1, 2012

Partner University Fund
Research and Graduate Education Partnerships Between French and American Universities
Deadline: Feb. 6, 2012

Social Science Research Council
New Directions in the Study of Prayer
Deadline: Letter of Intent, Dec. 1, 2011

Other Funding Opportunities

Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Collaborative Research Travel Grants
Deadline: Dec. 1, 2011

(Although not limited, this award requires pre-submission through the Office of Sponsored Projects, no later than Nov. 23, 2011.

To have the proposal reviewed and signed, applicants must submit a proposal review form to OSP (authorization required).

Graduate students and postdocs need to have a faculty mentor create the proposal review form. The mentor – in the OSP internal system – would be listed as the PI. The postdoc or graduate student’s name is then placed in the section called “PI of Record” – meaning for the agency. Again, the mentor is necessary for processing the proposal internally.

Reminder: OSP is closed Nov. 23 and 24 for Thanksgiving.)

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
Dissertation Fellowship Award
Deadline: Feb. 3, 2012

Dana Foundation
Program in the Neuroimmunology of Brain Cancers and Infections: Request for Proposals
Deadline: Feb. 22, 2012

Research Project

Bringing What Works to Youth in Prison: An Evidence-based Trauma Intervention

Molly LopezRESEARCHERS: Molly Lopez, research scientist, Center for Social Work Research in the School of Social Work, principal investigator
AGENCY: National Institutes of Health
AMOUNT: $697,000

Lopez will conduct a study to determine whether an effective behavioral therapy can be used in correctional facilities for young people.

Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) is for young people with emotional problems stemming from post-traumatic stress, fear, anxiety, or depression related to traumatic events. Such trauma could be family violence, physical or sexual abuse or disasters.

This intervention, however, has elements that may prove challenging in a correctional setting.

For example, caregivers are an important part of the therapy, Lopez said. It calls for caregivers to sharpen parenting skills and learn supportive responses to the youth’s description of the trauma.

For the person being treated, the therapy has several components.

They include relaxation and other coping techniques to reduce stress and anxiety related to the traumatic event and developing a trauma narrative in which children describe the distressing event.

Lopez will work with the Texas Youth Commission in adapting the therapy for a correctional facility. She’ll also work with Dr. Anthony Mannarino of Drexel University, a prime developer of the therapy, to assure fidelity to the intervention. This research will ultimately inform the field on how to best improve the lives of incarcerated youth with trauma-related disorders.

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