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Professors Wins Distinguished Researchers awards

Leszek DemkowiczClint DawsonTodd Arbogast Three faculty members of The University of Texas at Austin's Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences(ICES) have received inaugural $100,000 ICES Distinguished Research Awards from the institute.

Recipients of the first-ever awards are:

  • Todd Arbogast, left, professor of mathematics and holder of a Frank E. Gerth III Faculty Fellowship,
  • Clint Dawson, center, professor of aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics and holder of the Joe King Professorship, and
  • Leszek Demkowicz, right, professor of aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics and holder of the J. H. Herring Centennial Professorship in Engineering.

An ICES evaluation and selection committee granted the awards, the first of their kind, to ICES faculty who have demonstrated a sustained level of distinguished research in computational sciences and engineering. The award includes funds of $25,000 per year for up to four years to support research within the institute. The new awards are funded through a private endowment.

"The award recognizes outstanding research records, impressive and sustained contributions to ICES and the graduate program in Computational Sciences, Engineering and Math (CSEM), dedication to CSEM students, and the distinction the faculty's work and reputation brings to ICES and the university," said Dr. Tinsley Oden, associate vice president of research and director of ICES.

News and Information

Vice President for Research Fellowship and Award Deadlines

  • RESEARCH GRANT proposals are due Sept. 6, 2011
  • UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS fall deadline is Sept. 12, 2011
  • SPECIAL RESEARCH GRANTS are now available for the 2011-2012 academic year, until funding is expended
  • SUBVENTION GRANTS applications for 2011-12 are now being accepted. Awards not expected to begin until mid-October

Find information and nomination forms (available in Word or PDF) at the Awards, Fellowships and Grants page.

A reminder: The Office of the Vice President for Research is now in Room 426 in the Flawn Academic Center.

Porter Becomes Acting Director of the University of Texas Marine Science Institute

Skip PorterLee FuimanW. Arthur "Skip" Porter, left, has been named acting director of the University of Texas Marine Science Institute and chair of the Department of Marine Science beginning in September.

He takes the helm from Lee Fuiman, who has served as director and chair since 2004. Fuiman will continue his position as professor of marine science and become the director of the institute's Fisheries and Mariculture Laboratory.

Quoted-UT Researchers in the News

Austin American-Statesman
Aug. 26, 2011
HEADLINE: Buzzwords: impactful dialoguing for those who have issues with speaking English

Matthew McGlone (Matthew McGlone, associate professor of communication studies, shared some of the words that he considers overused, misused and abused in an Austin American-Statesman article.)

Some buzzwords start out as legitimate words and then "come into general usage in a sloppy way," says University of Texas associate professor of communication studies Matthew McGlone. An example: monetize, which originally meant converting currency or notes into legal tender and now winds up in ads: "Monetize your website!"

One of McGlone's specialties is the study of euphemisms, and some buzzwords qualify, such as "circle around" and "reach out" for e-mailing or telephoning somebody.

"Sometimes it's obsequious and a little unctuous," McGlone says. "It adds this touchy-feely element to something that isn't touch-feely."

One of McGlone's least favorite buzzwords is "impactful."

"You hear it and your blood pressure starts to rise," he says. "I first heard it when I did some consulting for advertising, and it struck me as suspicious to start with."

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 Commerce

FY12 Coral Reef Conservation Program Domestic Coral Reef Conservation Grants
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2011

Department of Energy

FY 2012 Research Opportunities in High Energy Physics
Deadline: Nov. 15, 2011

National Institutes of Health

Mentored Career Development Award to Promote Faculty Diversity/Re-Entry in Biomedical Research
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Sept. 26, 2011; Application, Oct. 26, 2011

NIDCD Research On Hearing Health Care
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Sept. 30, 2011; Application, Oct. 31, 2011

Behavioral and Social Genomics of Aging: Opportunities in the Health and Retirement Study
Deadline: Oct. 5, 2011

Economic Research on Incentives for Efficient Use of Preventive Services
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Oct. 15, 2011; Application, Nov. 15, 2011

The Role of Microbial Metabolites in Cancer Prevention and Etiology
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Oct. 15, 2011; Application, Nov. 15, 2011

National Science Foundation

Deadline: Jan. 13, 2012

Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development
Deadline: Nov. 22, 2011

NSF Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability Fellows
Deadline: Dec. 5, 2011

Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases (with the National Institutes of Health and Department of Agriculture)
Deadline: Dec. 7, 2011

Arts, Humanities and Culture

Harry Ransom Center
2012-2013 Research Fellowships in the Humanities
Deadline: Feb. 1, 2012

National Parks Service
2011 Prisoner of War Research Grant Program
Deadline: Oct. 15, 2011

National Endowment for the Arts
Research: Art Works
Deadline: Nov. 8, 2011

National Academies/Ford Foundation
Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships
Deadline: Nov. 14, 2011

Georgia O'Keefe Museum
Research Opportunities in American Modernism-Stipends
Deadline: Nov. 28, 2011

Other Funding Opportunities

Deadline: Rolling

AFCEA Cyber Studies & Intelligence Scholarships
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2011

Research Project

Estrogen Influence on Neuroendocrine Aging

Andrea GoreRESEARCHER: Andrea Gore, professor, College of Pharmacy
AGENCY: National Institutes of Health
AMOUNT: $1,091,704 (for third five-year cycle of grant)

Dr. Andrea Gore's project is part of a long-term study that is to elucidate how menopausal changes in estrogen affect neurobiological functions.

Her proposed studies address the critical question of whether, for how long, and when, estrogen treatments should be given at menopause. Studies being conducted in laboratory rats are designed to test different timings and durations of estrogen treatments, given at the time of estrogen depletion in mid-life.

Endpoints of analysis include how these different estrogen regimens affect behavioral outcomes, molecular gene expression in a part of the brain called the hypothalamus, and protein expression in hypothalamic regions. The neurotransmitter and receptor targets of estrogen will be a particular focus of the analyses, as estrogen receptors in the brain are located in many different neural and glial cells and in this way affect their functions.

Overall, these studies are relevant to understanding normal neuroendocrine aging processes, and will provide insights into new therapeutics for the treatment of neurobiological symptoms associated with the loss of hormones at menopause.

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