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Research Prizes and Honors

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Dr. Hal Alper, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, has been named a recipient of a Camille and Henry Dreyfus New Faculty award. He is one of nine award winners this year.

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation makes the awards to help new researchers initiate their independent research programs. The program provides an unrestricted research grant of $50,000 that is generally approved before the new faculty members formally begin their first tenure-track appointments.

Alper’s research interest is in enhancing metabolic pathways and improving pathway flux through the protein engineering of molecular transporter proteins.

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News and Information


Explore the foundations of safe science, review best practices and engage in professional networking at IBC 201, a seminar on biosafety on Sept. 4, 2008.

The agenda for the conference, which is co-sponsored by the University of Texas System and the Texas AandM University System, is online.

Register online.

For registration after Aug. 20, send an e-mail to ibc201@utsystem.edu or call 512-499-4226.


The University of Texas at Austin requires the use of Cayuse424 to submit NIH proposals through Grants.gov. Cayuse424 is a Web-based system for preparing and submitting Grants.gov proposals that is compatible with both PCs and Macs. Investigators and administrators who plan to submit NIH proposals should enroll in a training session to learn how to use Cayuse424.

Upcoming training sessions are Aug. 21 from 2-4 p.m. and Aug. 28 from 10 a.m.-noon. Both are in Room 5.332 of the North Office (NOA) building.

To enroll in a Cayuse424 training session (SP 110), go to TXClass. Those unable to enroll in training should contact Cathie Simpkins in the Office of Sponsored Projects at osp@mail.utexas.edu or 512-471-6424 to obtain a user ID and password for Cayuse424.

For additional information, go to the OSP Grants.gov information page at: http://www.utexas.edu/research/osp/grantsgov.html


The Office of Sponsored Projects will sponsor a seminar for junior faculty, professional research staff, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and research administrators interested in improving submissions to the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and other funding agencies, as well as those interested in learning about the grant process in general.

It will be held on Sept. 10, 2008, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Avaya Auditorium in the ACES building.

The seminar will be conducted by grant writing consultant David C. Morrison, Ph.D. Morrison is co-founder and a member of Grant Writers’ Seminars and Workshops, LLC, an organization founded by academicians for academicians seeking research funding.

The fee is $35 for faculty members and $25 for postdoctoral professional research staff, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and research administrators. The fee covers registration, an extensive handout and a workbook.

For more information, contact Elena Mota, 512-232-1419.

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QuotedUT Researchers in the News

A sampling of recent quotes by university faculty members and researchers. To be included in this section, let Research Alert know when you or a colleague have been quoted.

The New York Times
Aug. 1, 2008
HEADLINE: First Stars Were Brutes, but Died Young, Astronomers Say

The first stars in the universe were short-lived brutish monsters, and they changed the nature of the cosmos forever, blazing away a dark fog that had smothered space for 300 million years and beginning to enrich the cosmos with the stuff of life.

That is the news from a new computer simulation of the early years of the universe, performed by a group of astronomers led by Naoki Yoshida of Nagoya University in Japan [and published recently in Science Magazine].

Volker Bromm, an astronomer at the University of Texas, Austin, who was not part of the team, said that Dr. Yoshida’s work had taken simulations of the early universe to a new level, although much work remained to be done. “The ultimate goal of predicting the mass and properties of the first stars is now within reach,” he wrote in a commentary that accompanied the Science paper.

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Research Opportunities

Important University Research Deadlines

Collaborative Research in Multidisciplinary Science and Technology Program
Deadline: Sept. 30, 2008

Forecasting Ecosystem Services from Wetland Condition Analyses
Deadline: Nov. 3, 2008

Collaborative Research Grants
Deadline: Nov. 5, 2008

Scholarly Editions Grants
Deadline: Nov. 5, 2008

Using Systems Science Methodologies to Protect and Improve Population Health
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Sept. 16, 2008; Application, Oct. 16, 2008

Fogarty International Research Collaboration – Basic Biomedical Research Award
Deadline: Sept. 29, 2008

Translational Research in Female Pelvic Floor Disorders
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Sept. 30, 2008; Application, Oct. 30, 2008

Quantitative Imaging for Evaluation of Responses to Cancer Therapies
Deadline: Oct. 5, 2008

Translational Research at the Aging/Cancer Interface
Deadline: Oct. 5, 2008

Exploratory/Developmental Projects in Translational Research for Neuromuscular Disease
Deadline: Oct. 16, 2008

National Research Service Award Postdoctoral Fellowships In Epidemiology, Clinical Trials, And Outcomes Research In Skin Diseases
Deadline: Oct. 23, 2008

Data Coordinating Center for the Collaborative Pediatric Critical Care Research Network
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Feb. 28, 2009; Application, March 31, 2009

NINDS Exploratory/Developmental Projects in Translational Research
Deadline: March 16, 2009

Comprehensive Alcohol Research Center on HIV/AIDS
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, April 1, 2009; Application, May 1, 2009

Social and Behavioral Dimensions of National Security, Conflict, and Cooperation
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Sept. 30, 2008; Full Proposal, Oct. 30, 2008

Materials World Network: Cooperative Activity in Materials Research Between U.S. Investigators and their Counterparts Abroad
Deadline: Nov. 17, 2008

Mathematical Biology Program
Deadline: Jan. 13, 2009

Developmental and Learning Sciences
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2009

American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies Fellowships
Deadline: March 2, 2009

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Research Project

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FACULTY: Neil Foley, associate professor, Department of History, principal investigator
AGENCY: National Endowment for the Humanities
AMOUNT: $40,000

This study examines the various strategies — legal, labor and political — of Mexicans and blacks in Texas and the Southwest within the context of World War II, the Cold War, national civil rights struggles, Mexican consular advocacy in the Southwest, the U.S. Good Neighbor Policy with Latin America, and Mexican immigration/Bracero guest worker program (1942-1964).

An important part of this study involves the role of Mexico and the Mexican government in invoking President Franklin Roosevelt’s “Good Neighbor Policy” — hemispheric stability through cooperation and trade with Latin American nations rather than military intervention — during and after World War II to persuade state and federal officials in the U.S. to end formal segregation of Mexican immigrant workers and Mexican Americans.

Cold War realpolitik required that the federal government not ignore the extent to which segregation of African Americans damaged the image of the U.S. abroad. Similarly, Mexican American civil rights activists used awareness of Nazi racism abroad to end racist practices at home.

More broadly, his work examines how continued immigration from Latin America (and Asia) since World War II has fundamentally changed what it means to be “American” today.

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Tim Green, Office of the Vice President for Research, 512-475-6596.