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Research Prizes and Honors

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Read the research blog Further Findings.

Research Prizes and Honors

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Emilio Zamora, a professor in the Department of History, will receive the Coral Horton Tullis Memorial Prize for 2009 from the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) for his book on Mexican workers, “Claiming Rights and Righting Wrongs in Texas: Mexican Workers and Job Politics during World War II” (Texas AandM University Press, 2009). Professor Zamora will receive the prize during the association’s 2010 meeting in Dallas.

It is the first book-length study that joins diplomatic, Mexican-American and Texas history to examine home-front experiences in the United States during World War II.

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News and Information


We want to make sure that the listings on the Vice President for Research “Research Recognition” page are up-to-date and accurate. Please let us know if your name is missing from the listing of an award you received, or if you are not listed as a member for an organization or honorary society. Send any corrections or additions to vpr@www.utexas.edu.


The university is in the process of evaluating a new research database called SciVal, which provides a service similar to that of the Community of Science. The system will remain open to UT free of charge through April 30, 2010. The information is live and current. Send feedback about SciVal to vp-research-sr@mail.utexas.edu.


The Visiting Researcher/Scholar program is now managed through the Human Resource Management System (HRMS), under the Affiliated Worker Module. The HRMS document serves as the nominating instrument, with a curriculum vitae, Agreement and HRMS Addendum required as backup documentation.

Find more information about the Visiting Researcher/Scholar program and download recently updated forms online.

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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.]

The New York Times
Feb. 4, 2010
HEADLINE: Slimmer Doesn’t Always Mean Fitter

There have been few direct tests of the body-weight effect, said Hirofumi Tanaka, an exercise physiologist at The University of Texas at Austin. Most of them were done in the 1970s and involved subjects who were asked to run with weights on their backs or ankles. Sure enough, the heavier the people were, the tests showed, the harder they had to work to run at a given speed.

But the runners’ forms were not affected by the extra weight, Dr. Tanaka said. That means that you would probably run the same way if you were heavier. But it would be a lot harder to run at your usual pace, and you’d end up running more slowly.

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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.

Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants Program
Deadline: March 17, 2010

Advanced Architectures and Critical Technologies for Exascale Computing
Deadline: March 26, 2010

Radiochemistry and Radionuclide Imaging Instrumentation Research
Deadline: April 19, 2010

Biometrics Research and Development (Opens pdf)
Deadline: March 22, 2010

NIJ Ph.D. Graduate Research Fellowship Program (Opens pdf)
Application Deadline: April 2, 2010

ARMD Research Opportunities In Aeronautics
Deadline: April 30, 2010

Stand Alone Missions of Opportunity Notice
Deadline: Closes Sept. 2, 2013

Science of Behavior Change: Finding Mechanisms of Change in the Laboratory and the Field
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, March 29, 2010; Application, April 26, 2010

Research On Ethical Issues In Human Subjects Research
Deadline: June 5, 2010

Chemistry and Materials Research at the Interface between Science and Art
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, March 12, 2010; Full Proposal, May 4, 2010

Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education in Engineering
Deadline: May 7, 2010
[This is a Limited Submission. Please contact limitedsub@austin.utexas.edu.]

CubeSat-based Science Missions for Space Weather and Atmospheric Research
Deadline: May 18, 2010

Women in German Studies
WIGS Small Travel Grants (for funding to present work at conferences, carry out research abroad and for postgraduate WIGS meeting travel)
Deadline: March 1, 2010

Smithsonian Institution Libraries
Baird Society Resident Scholar Program (for research with SI Special Collections)
Deadline: April 1, 2010

Smithsonian Institution Libraries
Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology Resident Scholar Program (for research in the Dibner Library)
Deadline: April 1, 2010

Global Polio Eradication Initiative
Polio Research Committee Call for Research Proposals
Research Area 1: Understand Mucosal Immunity in India
Research Area 2: Address Low Vaccine Coverage in Nigeria
Deadline: March 30, 2010

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.
Dreyfus Special Grant Program in the Chemical Sciences
Deadlines: Initial Inquiry, June 3, 2010; Proposal, Nov. 11, 2010

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.
Dreyfus Postdoctoral Program in Environmental Chemistry
Deadline: Aug. 12, 2010

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Research Project

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Excavations at Bosutswe, Kaitshe and Lose: Transformations in Political Economy along an Important Early Trade Corridor from the East Coast to the Far Interior

FACULTY: Tracie Harrison, assistant professor, Adult Health Nursing, School of Nursing, principal investigator
AGENCY: National Institutes of Health
Amount: $334,672

RESEARCHER: James Denbow, associate professor, Department of Anthropology
AGENCY: National Science Foundation
AMOUNT: $279,873

With National Science Foundation Support, Dr. James Denbow and an international team from the United States, Botswana, and South Africa will conduct three field seasons of archaeological research in eastern and central Botswana. The team brings together specialists in ceramic and lithic analysis, multi-stable isotope analysis, archeo-zoology, optical petrography, and metallurgical analysis to address the impact of intra- and intercontinental trade and climate change and their impact on processes of ethnic and state formation.

Three deeply stratified sites will be excavated, each spanning the important period between CE 900 and 1600 when the first regional states of Mapungubwe and Great Zimbabwe developed from earlier chiefdoms based on control over cattle. While these large centers controlled the flow of gold, ivory, and other luxury commodities from the interior to the coast, little is known about how they impacted the political and social dynamics of regional settlements on their margins. The excavations will provide the first detailed knowledge of how such relations were negotiated between emerging states and smaller sub-regional polities.

The research is particularly important because earlier excavations at Bosutswe produced tentative evidence that commoditized inter-continental slavery may have impacted the region as early as CE 1000. This would have had profound implications on the social and political development of the sub-continent, casting new light on the political economy of early state formation.

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