Sept. 22, 2011 | Research Alert

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Engineering Professor Wins New IEEE Award

Yale Patt Yale N. Patt, an electrical and computer engineering professor, has been selected as the first recipient of the IEEE Computer Society B. Ramakrishna Rau Award.

For more than four decades Patt has combined an active research program with consulting and teaching. He was recognized "for significant contributions and inspiring leadership in the microarchitecture community with respect to teaching, mentoring, research and service."

The award, which comes with a $2,000 honorarium and a certificate, will be given out at the ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Microarchitecture in December in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

News and Information

UT Austin Hosts National Science Foundation Grants Conference in October

NSF logo The first National Science Foundation Regional Grants Conference of fiscal year 2012 will be held in Austin, Texas and hosted by The University of Texas at Austin on Oct. 17-18, 2011.

Key representatives from the National Science Foundation (NSF) as well as faculty, researchers and grant administrators representing colleges and universities from around the U.S. will participate.

The conference will cover a wide range of current issues at the NSF (PDF) including the state of current funding; new and current policies and procedures; and pertinent administrative issues. NSF program officers representing each NSF directorate will be on hand to provide up-to-date information about specific funding and answer your questions.

The registration fee is $340.

Quoted-UT Researchers in the News

The New York Times
Sept. 19, 2011
HEADLINE: A Mexican Soft Drink Tries to Step Outside Its Niche

Genaro Gutierrez (In an article about an advertising campaign to popularize a Mexican soda in the United States, Genaro Gutierrez, an associate professor at the McCombs School of Business, warned that the soda must be on store shelves when people go to get it.)

Genaro Gutierrez, an associate professor at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, said Novamex must have sufficient distribution of Jarritos for the campaign to succeed.

“If you convince me to buy something and then I don’t find it, I’ll forget it in five minutes,” Mr. Gutierrez said. “If you don’t have the right distribution channels, you are wasting your money.”

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

FY11 Psychological Health/Traumatic Brain Injury Research Program
Basic/Applied Psychological Health Award (PDF)
Deadlines: Pre-Application, Oct. 12, 2011; Application (by invitation), Dec. 30, 2011

Department of Energy

Lawrence Postdoctoral Fellowship
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2011

National Institutes of Health

Oceans, Great Lakes and Human Health
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Oct. 22, 2011; Application, Nov. 22, 2011

Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa): H3Africa Biorepository Grants
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Nov. 2, 2011; Application, Dec. 2, 2011

Collaborative Initiative on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Nov. 14, 2011; Application, Dec. 14, 2011

NIGMS Centers for HIV/AIDS-Related Structural Biology
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Dec. 7, 2011; Application, Jan. 6, 2012

Social Neuroscience and Neuroeconomics of Aging
Deadline: Feb. 5, 2012

National Science Foundation

Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation (SI2) Scientific Software Innovation Institutes
Deadline: Dec. 14, 2011

Discovery Research K-12
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Nov. 17, 2011; Proposal, Jan. 10, 2012

Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering in Mathematical and Statistical Sciences
Deadline: Jan. 23, 2012

Cyberlearning: Transforming Education
Deadlines: Deadlines vary. See application.

Arts, Humanities and Culture

Getty Foundation
Getty Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellowships/GRI-NEH Postdoctoral Fellowships
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2011

American Research Institute in Turkey
Kenan T. Erim Fellowship for Archaeological Research at Aphrodisias, 2012
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2011

National Gallery of Art
Predoctoral Fellowships for Historians of American Art to Travel Abroad, 2012–2013
Deadline: Nov. 15, 2011

Other Funding Opportunities

U.S.-China Economic & Security Review Commission
Research Report on Chinese Investment in the United States (PDF)
Deadline: Oct. 3, 2011

American Federation for Aging Research
Alzheimer's Disease Research
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Dec. 1, 2011; Application (by invitation): Jan. 15, 2012

Save the Redwoods League
Research Grants Program
Deadline: Nov. 4, 2011

Research Project

Worldviews Project

RESEARCHER: Eric McDaniel, associate professor, Department of Government
AGENCY: National Science Foundation
AMOUNT: $40,000

Eric McDanielThe purpose of this project is to examine the role of religious interpretation in shaping political behavior. Building on preliminary results, this project aims to evaluate how the multiple dimensions of religious belief generate convergence and divergence on political values, opinion and partisanship. By better understanding what people believe their religion calls them to do, we can better understand how religion influences political behavior.

Scholars of American society and politics have long noted the importance of religion and have made strides to properly capture it by focusing on three key dimensions: belonging, behaving and believing. The most robust of these dimensions has been beliefs. However, several studies have shown that individual characteristics mitigate the impact of beliefs. This study will allow for these differences to be examined more closely than has been the case previously. The specific goal of this pilot study is to establish valid and reliable measures of the different dimensions. This will be done by implementing a national survey which will allow scholars to examine the extent to which ordinary citizens adhere to various religious interpretations.

The research generated by this project will appeal to scholars interested in religion and politics, political communication, and American political behavior. Beyond academia, the findings from this research can help us better understand the variety of ways that religion intersects with American culture.

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