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Research Prizes and Honors

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The American Society of Civil Engineers awarded the 2009 J. James R. Croes Medal to Gregory Fenves, dean of the Cockrell School of Engineering and professor of civil engineering.

The medal recognizes the significant contribution to engineering science provided by his paper “Software Patterns for Nonlinear Beam-Column Models.” The paper presents a software framework with broad applications for simulating the material and geometric nonlinear response of construction frame members.

The co-authors who share the medal are Michael H. Scott, Frank McKenna, and Filip Filippou from the University of California, Berkeley.

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News and Information


The Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) and the Sponsored Projects Award Administration (SPAA) will be closed for winter break from Dec. 22, 2009-Jan. 1, 2010. Researchers must work with OSP to submit proposals and finalize award actions prior to the close of business on Dec. 21, 2009.

A skeleton crew will not be available during the break. All inquiries can be sent to osp@austin.utexas.edu. The OSP mailbox and OSP voicemail will be checked on limited days during the winter break, and someone will respond only to emergency requests.


The National Institutes of Health has changed application forms for proposals, with due dates on or after Jan. 25, 2010, due to changes resulting from the Enhancing Peer Review initiative. These changes will affect all competing applications, including new, renewal, revision and resubmission applications.

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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 the Research Alert know when you or a colleague have been quoted.]

Science News
Dec. 5, 2009
HEADLINE: Breaking the Speed Limit
Studies examine physiology and technology to better foresee the ultimate edge of human performance

Technological innovations that confer a competitive edge have paralleled advances in understanding the physiology of human athletic performance, says Rick Neptune, a mechanical engineer at The University of Texas at Austin. “When they intersect, you start to see world records get broken,” he says. “We can’t say in the future which will matter more, as the rules of competition adjust.” In the current issue of Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering, Neptune chronicles how improvements in equipment design have a history of pushing racing past its natural boundaries.

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Research Opportunities

Important university research deadlines:
Awards and Grants
Limited Submissions

The University of Texas at Austin Stimulus Package Web page is online.

ARPA-E Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy
Second Rounding Funding
$100 million available for research on new approaches for biofuels, carbon capture and batteries for electric cars
Deadlines: Concept Paper Registration, Jan. 15, 2010; Concept Paper Upload to DOE, Jan. 15, 2010


Fiscal Year 2010 Office of Naval Research Young Investor Program
(Opens PDF)
Deadline: Jan. 29, 2010

Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative
(Opens PDF)
Deadline: March 2, 2010 (Optional white papers due Dec. 11, 2009)

Development of New Tools for Computational Analysis of Human Microbiome Project Data
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Jan. 4, 2010; Application, Feb. 1, 2010

Developing Technologies for Improved In Vivo Epigenetic Imaging or Analysis
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Jan. 4, 2010; Application, Feb. 3, 2010

Development of Multifunctional Drug and Gene Delivery Systems
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Jan. 5, 2010; Application, Feb. 5, 2010

Human Brown Adipose Tissue: Methods for Measurement of Mass and Activity
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Feb. 10, 2010; Application, March 10, 2010

Research on Integrity in Collaborative Research
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, March 7, 2010; Application, April 7, 2010

Support Opportunity for Addiction Research (SOAR) for New Investigators
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, March 16, 2010; Application, April 16, 2010

Biomedical Engineering
Deadline: March 3, 2010


America’s Historical and Cultural Organizations: Implementation Grants
Deadline: Jan. 13, 2010

America’s Historical and Cultural Organizations: Planning Grants
Deadline: Jan. 13, 2010

America’s Media Makers: Development Grants
Deadline: Jan. 13, 2010

America’s Media Makers: Production Grants
Deadline: Jan. 13, 2010

Interpreting America’s Historic Places: Implementation Grants
Deadline: Jan. 13, 2010

Interpreting America’s Historic Places: Planning Grants
Deadline: Jan. 13, 2010

Sundance Documentary Fund
Deadline: Feb. 9, 2010


Requests for Applications for Prevention Grants
Note: Proposals for these grants should be submitted through the Office of Sponsored Projects via the Proposal Review Form. For questions, please call 471-6424 or email osp@austin.utexas.edu.

Community Collaborative Prevention Programs and Services for Breast, Cervical, and Colorectal Cancers (Opens pdf)
Deadlines: Preapplication (if requesting over $1 M), Jan. 18, 2010; Planning Award, Feb. 8, 2010; Full Application, March 1, 2010

Health Care Professional Education and Training (Opens pdf)
Deadline: March 1, 2010

Health Promotion, Public Education, and Outreach Programs (Opens pdf)
Deadline: March 1, 2010

Innovation Awards for Cancer Prevention Programs and Services (Opens pdf)
Deadline: March 1, 2010

William T. Grant Foundation
William T. Grant Distinguished Fellows Program (for influential mid-career professionals)
Deadlines: Letter of Inquiry, Jan. 6, 2010; Invited Proposal, April 27, 2010

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Research Project

[Let the Research Alert know about your research projects.]

Expert-Based Development of a Standard in CO2 Sequestration Monitoring Technology

RESEARCHER: Jean-Philippe Nicot, Bureau of Economic Geology, principal investigator
AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency
AMOUNT: $899,958

The purpose of this project is to help regulators and operators to determine the most appropriate monitoring approaches and strategy for a given carbon dioxide sequestration site.

The monitoring strategy should be tailored to the sequestration site and based on the extensive site characterization that is the main tool to ensure that CO2 is retained in zone. However, no guidance currently exists for the site operator or regulator to determine how to match the site with the technologies.

The research will:
Quantitatively evaluate potential monitoring strategies to select an array of strategies and guidelines for application to specific sites; Test the results of evaluation against the growing array of field measurements, gathered from past and current BEG test sites, DOE partnership program and elsewhere, especially abroad; Develop widespread consensus that these strategies are adequate when properly applied; Compile a test/teaching set of cases for testing strategies and then train practitioners in applying the strategies to an array of sites.

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