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PROFESSORS RECEIVE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY AWARDS
Drs. Paul Barbara and Alan Cowley, professors in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, have been recognized for awards from the American Chemical Society (ACS).
Barbara received the 2009 E. Bright Wilson Award in Spectroscopy and Cowley has been awarded the 2009 Distinguished Service Award in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry.
The E. Bright Wilson Award in Spectroscopy recognizes outstanding accomplishments in fundamental or applied spectroscopy in chemistry. Barbara was recognized for seminal contributions to the chemical application of many of the most important techniques in modern spectroscopy, including ultrafast spectroscopy, single molecule spectroscopy and near field scanning optical microscopy/spectroscopy.
The ACS Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry recognizes individuals who have advanced inorganic chemistry by significant service in addition to conducting outstanding research. A recipient must have demonstrated extensive contributions to the advancement of inorganic chemistry. Activities recognized by the award include teaching, writing, research and administration.
GOVERNMENT PROFESSOR WINS 2008 BEST BOOK AWARD FROM APSA
Dr. Kenneth Greene, assistant professor in the Department of Government, has won the 2008 Best Book Award from the American Political Science Association’s Democratization Section. The book, Why Dominant Parties Lose, was published by Cambridge University Press. Greene has also won a Best Paper Award from APSA in 2007.
Greene and his book were featured on the Research Web site.
OSP SETS DEADLINES FOR PROCESSING NSF, NIH PROPOSALS
The Office of Sponsored Projects asks researchers submitting proposals to the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health in early October to get the proposals to OSP a week ahead of the agencies’ deadlines. OSP expects the number of proposals to be higher than usual.
The OSP deadline is Sept. 24, 2008 for proposals due to NSF on Oct. 1, 2008.
The OSP deadline is Sept. 29, 2008 for proposals dues to NIH on Oct. 5, 2008.
Please submit a Proposal Review Form as soon as possible via the Research Management System.
FEDERAL RELATIONS OFFICE SEEKS PROPOSALS
The Vice President for Research – Office of Federal Relations, along with The University of Texas System, is calling for proposals for new and continuing federal initiatives for fiscal year 2010. This opportunity is ideal for advanced research that may not be eligible for smaller grants. Funding requests that focus on issues of current national significance and have institutional and regional economic development potential will have a higher probability of success.
Proposals should first be submitted to your dean, who will prioritize three to five new requests and forward those to the Federal Relations Office for further consideration. If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please see the detailed instructions at the following Web site and download the UT System FY 2010 Appropriations Request form.
Contact Ellyn Perrone or Michelle Lee at 471-5925 with questions.
UNDERSTANDING U.S. EXPORT CONTROL REGULATIONS’ IMPACT
ON THE UT RESEARCH COMMUNITY
9 – 11 a.m.
The seminar is free, but seating is limited. Please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a place.
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 Washington Post
Sept. 11, 2008
HEADLINE: A Bid to Rescue Homeownership
[From an article about the government intervention with the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. (Freddie Mac) and the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae).]
In 2007, the two companies reported a combined loss of just under $5.2 billion, according to a congressional report.
Until then, they had not reported a combined loss since 1982.
But the larger question is: Should Fannie and Freddie continue to exist at all?
Absolutely, says economist James K. Galbraith, the Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. chair in government and business relations at the University of Texas at Austin.
The government bailout is a good thing, said Galbraith, the author of “The Predator State: How Conservatives Abandoned the Free Market and Why Liberals Should Too.”
“It’s hard to see how it could have been avoided,” Galbraith said in an interview. “These institutions created American homeownership as we know it. They created a flow of money to the housing market. All of us who are homeowners will be high and dry if this function gets taken away.”
—DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
Coal To Liquids
Deadlines: Proposal Abstract, Sept. 24, 2008; Full Proposal, Nov. 12, 2008
Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative
Deadlines: White Paper, Oct. 31, 2008; Full Proposal, Jan. 9, 2009
—DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
—INSTITUTE OF MUSEUM AND LIBRARY SERVICES
Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program
Deadline: Dec. 15, 2008
—NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS AND THE HUMANITIES
Enduring Questions: Pilot Course Grants
Deadline: Nov. 13, 2008
—NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH
Aging Research Dissertation Awards to Increase Diversity
Deadline: Oct. 16, 2008
International Cooperative Biodiversity Groups
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Oct. 21, 2008; Application, Nov. 20, 2008
The Interaction of HIV, Drug Use, and the Criminal Justice System
Deadlines: Letter of intent, Oct. 27, 2008; Application, Nov. 25, 2008
Using Proven Factors in Risk Prevention to Promote Protection from HIV Transmission
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Nov. 12, 2008; Application, Dec. 11, 2008
Biomedical Technology Research Resource
Deadline: Jan. 25, 2009
—NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Opportunities for Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Nov. 11, 2008; Full Proposals, various deadlines
Note: This is a Limited Submission for the University. Please contact Courtney Frazier in OSP at email@example.com or 471-6424.
Broadening Participation Research Initiation Grants in Engineering
Deadline: Feb. 13, 2009
Plant Genome Research Program
Deadline: Jan. 20, 2009
—OTHER FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
Metanexus Global Network Initiative Catalyst Grant
[Let Research Alert know about your research projects.]
CREDIT SCORING AND COMPETITIVE PRICING DEFAULT RISK: POSITIVE AND NORMATIVE IMPLICATIONS
AGENCY: National Science Foundation
The goal of this project is to understand consumer bankruptcy. As is clear from the meltdown in the subprime mortgage market beginning in late 2006, consumer bankruptcy has important implications for the health of the U.S. economy and in turn government responses to the crisis. This research provides an economic framework to understand the reasons households default and how financial institutions price their consumer loans when there is risk of default.
The intellectual merit of the research is the development of what may be the first quantitative model linking general equilibrium theory with data on credit scoring and consumer bankruptcy. The broader impact of the proposal may be of use to policymakers trying to understand how bankruptcy law affects the extension of credit to households and to lending institutions trying to assess household creditworthiness.