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Biologist, Biomed Engineer Receive Presidential Early Careers Awards

Ali KhademhosseiniSara SawyerTwo scientists from The University of Texas at Austin are among the 2011 recipients of Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.

The recipients are Sara Sawyer, assistant professor of molecular genetics and microbiology and member of the Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology in the College of Natural Sciences, and Ali Khademhosseini, a 2011 Donald D. Harrington Faculty Fellow in the Cockrell School of Engineering's Biomedical Engineering Department.

News and Information

Zayas named Dean of the School of Social Work

Luis Zayas Luis H. Zayas, a professor at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, has been appointed dean of the School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin.

Zayas' appointment, which is effective Jan. 1, 2012, fills a vacancy created when Dean Barbara White announced her decision to step down after having served as dean since 1993.

"One of the great honors of this position is to continue to build on the enormous legacy that Dean Barbara White has so firmly established. Joining one of the great faculties of social work as dean is the highlight of my career," Zayas said.

National Startup Experts Come to Campus for 'Startup to IPO' on Oct. 14

ipostartupThe Office of Technology Commercialization hosts a commercialization colloquium exclusively for University of Texas at Austin faculty on Oct. 14. There is no cost for faculty to attend.

"Startup to IPO: Building for Success" features discussions by attorneys, investment bankers, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists from around the country including Silicon Valley. They'll provide insight into creating and sustaining quality companies.

The event runs from 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center.

For more information and registration, visit Startup to IPO.

This is the first of a series sponsored by OTC on the discovery and commercialization process. The programs will address challenges facing technology, business, new ventures and funding in today's marketplace.

National Institutes of Health Revises Multiple Investigator Policy

The National Institutes of Health has amended its policy concerning changes in multiple investigators during a project. The changes are detailed at the NIH Web site.

Texas Advanced Computing Center to Build Supercomputer with Federal Grant

Jay BoisseauThe Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin will build and support a world-class supercomputer with comprehensive computing and visualization capabilities as part of a National Science Foundation grant.

The new system, called Stampede, will support the nation's scientists in addressing the most challenging scientific and engineering problems over the next four years, such as weather forecasting, climate modeling, energy exploration and production, drug discovery, developing new materials and building more efficient and safer automobiles and airplanes.

It will be built by TACC in partnership with Dell and Intel and will be the most powerful system in the NSF's eXtreme Digital program, which enables scientists to interactively share computing resources, data and expertise.

"Stampede will be one of the most powerful systems in the world and will be uniquely comprehensive in its technological capabilities," said TACC Director Jay Boisseau.

Quoted-UT Researchers in the News

The New York Times
Sept. 30, 2011
HEADLINE: Judging a Long, Deadly Reach

Robert Chesney (Law Professor Robert Chesney commented on the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen and Al Qaeda leader, by a drone strike in Yemen. There is a question as to whether the strike against in American citizen was legal.)

The legal debate is complicated by the fact that precedents involve the military detention of Americans who sided with the enemy during World War II — not the killing of Americans in a highly unconventional war against terrorists.

“What’s tricky here is that many people don’t accept that this is a war,” Professor Chesney said. “I don’t think there has ever been a case quite like this.”

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

Saving lives with Emergency Medical Perfluorocarbons in the Field
Deadline: Nov. 8, 2011

Department of Energy

Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing Institutes: Scientific Data Management, Analysis and Visualizatio (PDF)
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Oct. 12, 2011; Proposal, Nov. 9, 2011

Environmental Protection Agency

Arctic Black Carbon: Reduction of Black Carbon from Diesel Sources (PDF)
Deadline: Dec. 5, 2011


Science Applications: Wildland Fires
Deadline: Notice of Intent, Oct. 27, 2011; Proposal, Dec. 16, 2011

National Institutes of Health

NIBIB Biomedical Technology Resource Centers
Deadline: Jan. 25, 2012

Dynamics of Host-Associated Microbial Communities
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Dec. 13, 2011; Application, Jan. 13, 2012

National Science Foundation

Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation Planned Topic Areas for FY 2012 (PDF)

Sustainable Energy Pathways
Deadline: Feb. 1, 2012

Supplemental Opportunity for SBIR/STTR Memberships in I/UCRCs
Deadline: Supplements accepted anytime

Arts, Humanities and Culture

Puffin Foundation
Grants for theater, photography and music
Deadline: Dec. 30, 2011

Nathan and Jeanette Miller Center for Historical Studies and McKeldin Library
Twentieth Century Japan Research Award for 2011-2012 (PDF)
Deadline: Nov. 18, 2011

Other Funding Opportunities

Carnegie Institution for Science
The Carnegie Fellowship at the Carnegie Observatories
Deadline: Nov. 15, 2011

McKnight Foundation
Research Foundation
2012 McKnight Technological Innovations in Neuroscience Awards
Deadline: Dec. 1, 2011

Oak Ridge Associated Universities
Research Foundation
Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards
Deadline: Jan. 13, 2012

Gustavus and Louise Pfeiffer
Research Foundation
Research Grants (for improvement of public health through the advancement of medicine and pharmacy)
Deadline: Letter of Inquiry, Jan. 8, 2012

American Heart Association
SouthWest Affiliate Beginning Grant-in-Aid
Deadline: Jan. 13, 2012

SouthWest Affiliate Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Deadline: Jan. 13, 2012

National Fellow to Faculty Transition Award
Deadline: Jan. 26, 2012

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows
Deadline: Jan. 18, 2012

Research Project

Testing a Liquidity Sensitive Market Maker for a Prediction Market on the UT Austin CS Building Opening

RESEARCHER: Peter Stone, associate professor, Department of Computer Science
AGENCY: Yahoo! Faculty Research and Engagement Program
AMOUNT: $10,000

Peter StonePeter Stone has been named a 2011 Yahoo! Faculty Research and Engagement Program (FREP) recipient and has been granted a $10,000 gift for his proposal titled "Testing a Liquidity Sensitive Market Maker for a Prediction Market on the UT Austin CS Building Opening."

Stone’s research will build upon a research project performed by a Carnegie-Mellon University (CMU) student from 2008 to 2009 that ran a prediction market to forecast when CMU’s two new computer science buildings would be open.

Stone’s project seeks to repeat the experiment on the new Bill & Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex at UT Austin under construction. The results of this research will test whether a new automated market maker algorithm jointly developed by Yahoo! and CMU can improve the performance of the market. The prediction market is planned to be highlighted on the building progress page of the UTCS Web site.

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