Sept. 29, 2011 | Research Alert

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Professor Elected Fellow of Gerontological Society of America

Debra Umberson Dr. Debra Umberson, a professor in the Department of Sociology and a faculty research associate in the Population Research Center, was elected a 2011 Fellow to the Gerontological Society of America. The society is the nation's largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging. Umberson was one of 37 fellows elected this year. The GSA's membership consists of more than 5,400 researchers, educators, and practitioners.

News and Information

Commercialization office offers "Startup to IPO" Colloquium

Startup to IPOThe 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.

Office of Research Support Offers Workshops for Researchers

Multi-discipline educational sessions and workshops are available from the Office of Research Support (ORS) to assist with Institutional Review Board submissions. The first hour of each session is a presentation; the second hour is a workshop along with a Q&A session. For more information and registration, visit the ORS Web site.

Upcoming Topics:

  • IRB Special Topics: Using Children as Subjects
  • IRB Special Topics: Secondary Data Analysis
  • IRB Special Topics: Conducting Research Online

Quoted-UT Researchers in the News

The New York Times
Sept. 25, 2011
Headline: In North Dakota, Flames of Wasted Natural Gas Light the Prairie

Michael Webber (Michael Webber, an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, commented on the flaring of large amounts of natural gas in North Dakota fields.)

“North Dakota is not as bad as Kazakhstan, but this is not what you would expect a civilized, efficient society to do: to flare off a perfectly good product just because it’s expensive to bring to market,” said Michael E. Webber, associate director of the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy at the University of Texas at Austin.

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

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Sustainable Bioenergy
Deadline: Dec. 15, 2011

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Agriculture and Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and Change
Deadline: Dec. 16, 2011

Department of Energy

Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing: Scientific Computation Application Partnerships in Earth System Science
Deadline: Dec. 5, 2011

Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing: Computational High Energy Physics
Deadline: Jan. 9, 2012


Concepts for the NASA Gravitational-Wave Mission
Deadline: Nov. 4, 2011

Research Opportunities in Space Biology (pre-solicitation notice)

National Institutes of Health

Mechanistic Pathways Linking Psychosocial Stress and Behavior
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Nov. 19, 2011; Application, Dec. 19, 2011

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

National Science Foundation

Sustainability Research Networks Competition
Deadlines: Preliminary Proposal, Dec. 1, 2011; Proposal, April 1, 2012

Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation
Deadline: Dec. 14, 2011

Social Psychology
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2012

Arts, Humanities and Culture

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Research Competition: Call for Proposals –– Badges, Trophies and Achievements: Recognition and Accreditation for Informal and Interest-Driven Learning
Deadline: Nov. 28, 2011

National Endowment for the Humanities
Collaborative Research Grants
Deadline: Dec. 8, 2011

Other Funding Opportunities

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation
Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program
Deadline: Feb. 9, 2012

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

Career Guidance for Trainees
Deadline: March 15, 2012

Research Project

MIRT: Exploring Unusual Properties of Transition-Metal Oxides

Edward VizyRESEARCHERS: Arumugam Manthiram, professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering and director of the Texas Materials Institute; Jianshi Zhou, research professor in the Texas Materials Institute and Department of Mechanical Engineering; John B. Goodenough, professor in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering; Gyeong S. Hwang, professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering; Alejandro L. de Lozanne, professor in the Department of Physics; and Allan H. MacDonald, professor in the Department of Physics.
AGENCY: National Science Foundation
AMOUNT: $3 million

An interdisciplinary team of researchers at Texas Materials Institute (TMI) will study materials that are vital to the development of a broad range of technologies, including everything from cell phones to large-scale energy storage.

The research will team faculty and students from across disciplines. The goal is to gain a profound fundamental understanding of the physics and chemistry involved in controlling the properties of transition-metal oxides, a complex class of materials essential for many modern technologies. The oxides exhibit many unusual properties, ranging from best electrical insulators to best conductors, including high-temperature superconductors. Several of these properties are yet to be described by existing theoretical models.

The project will also provide hands-on interdisciplinary research training for up to seven graduate students, two post-doctoral fellows, and eight undergraduate students — many of whom will be recruited through the Graduates Linked with Undergraduates in Engineering program and the Cockrell School’s Women in Engineering Program. Recruiting and mentoring are also planned for minority undergraduates.

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