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Research Prizes and Honors
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COMPUTER SCIENCE PROFESSOR WINS SLOAN FELLOWSHIP
Brent Waters, an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science, is one of 118 winners of the 2010 Sloan Research Fellowships. The fellowships come with $50,000 over two years.
The Sloan Foundation presents the fellowships to early-career scientists and researchers whose distinguished performance marks a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their fields.
Waters’s primary research is in cryptography and network security.
News and Information
EVALUATE SCIVAL, A RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY DATABASE
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHANGE IN VISITING RESEARCHER/SCHOLAR PROGRAM
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.
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 Washington Post
Feb. 23, 2010
HEADLINE: Olympic champions must train hard, but the right genes are also essential
Beyond these factors, according to the study by University of Texas professor Edward Coyle, the biker’s [Lance Armstrong] edge also has to do with his ability to train smarter and harder than his competitors, improving upon a naturally well-oiled machine.
“Clearly, this champion embodies a phenomenon of both genetic natural selection and the extreme to which the human can adapt to endurance training performed for a decade or more in a person who is truly inspired,” Coyle, who has been measuring Armstrong’s performance for years, wrote in an analysis accompanying his study in the Journal of Applied Physiology.
Important university research deadlines:
Awards and Grants
AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT ACT
The University of Texas at Austin Stimulus Package Web page is online.
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Deadlines: June 24, 2010, Sept. 16, 2010
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
Energy Innovation – Fuels from Sunlight
Deadline: March 29, 2010
Theoretical Research in Magnetic Fusion Energy Science
Deadline: April 5, 2010
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Natural Experiments and Effectiveness Studies to Identify the Best Policy and System Level Practices to Prevent Diabetes and Its Complications (Centers for Disease Control)
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, March 9, 2010; Application, April 15, 2010
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
NIJ 2010 Electronic Crime and Digital Evidence Recovery
Deadline: April 2, 2010
Deadline: Notice of Intent, April 2, 2010; Proposal, May 14, 2010
ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics
Deadline: April 30, 2010
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH
Developing Centers for Intervention and/or Services Research
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, May 21, 2010; Application, June 24, 2010
Identifying and Reducing Diabetes and Obesity Related Health Disparities within Healthcare Systems
Deadline: June 5, 2010
Interdisciplinary Research on Oral Manifestations of HIV/AIDS in Vulnerable Populations
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, July 13, 2010; Application, Aug. 13, 2010
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Petascale Computing Resource Allocations
Deadline: March 17, 2010
Innovations in Biological Imaging and Visualization
Deadlines: Preliminary Proposal, April 12, 2010; Full Proposal, July 15, 2010
Deadline: July 9, 2010
Deadline: July 9, 2010
ARTS, HUMANITIES AND CULTURE
Society for Industrial Archeology
Industrial Heritage Preservation Grants
Deadline: March 31, 2010
The Thomas Jefferson Foundation
Travel Grants for Jefferson-related Projects (travel to Monticello)
Deadline: April 1, 2010
Library of Congress/John Kluge Center
David B. Larson Fellowship in Health and Spirituality (for post-doctoral research)
Deadline: April 17, 2010
OTHER FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
Octapharma 25th Anniversary Grants Program (in Immunotherapy, Coagulation Disorders and Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine)
Deadline: March 31, 2010
[Let the Research Alert know about your research projects.]
Theory and Algorithms for Multicore Computing
RESEARCHER: Vijaya Ramachandran, professor, Department of Computer Science
AGENCY: National Science Foundation
Chip multiprocessors (i.e., multicores) are rapidly emerging as the dominant platform for computing. This computing environment features parallel computing with shared-memory and a hierarchy of caches. This research project will develop a theory of multicore computing, which will include (but is not limited to) the following aspects: Developing and refining abstract theoretical models for multicore computing; designing and analyzing efficient algorithms for multicores for important problems, including cache-oblivious and processor-oblivious algorithms; designing schedulers for efficient execution of parallel algorithms on multicores; and developing lower bounds to delineate the inherent limitations of multicore computing.
The outcome of the project will be a new set of methods for the efficient use of multicores. Since multicores are widely expected to be the dominant computing platform for the foreseeable future, these results are likely to have broad applicability to all fields that rely on compute-intensive tasks.