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Read the research blog Further Findings.

Research Prizes and Honors

[Have you or a colleague won a research-related prize or honor? Let the Research Alert know.]


History Professor David Oshinsky has been awarded the Cartwright Prize from Columbia University Medical Center for his book, “Polio: An American Story.”

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News and Information


The Texas Department of State Health Services, the Texas Council on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders and the Alzheimer’s Associations in Texas will hold a State Plan Town Hall/Public Input meeting to provide the public an opportunity to review and comment on the state’s recommended strategies for comprehensively addressing Alzheimer’s disease in Texas.

The meeting is from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. April 23, 2010, at the Department of State Health Services in Austin, Texas.

This meeting provides an opportunity to review the plan, make comments, and hear from a panel of Texas research and medical experts on Alzheimer’s disease.

Find more information on the conference and registration at the department’s Web site.

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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.]

Associated Press Online
April 7, 2010
HEADLINE: Giant lizard discovered in the Philippines

(From an article about the confirmed discovery of a new species of giant, golden-spotted monitor lizard.)

Eric R. Pianka, a lizard expert at The University of Texas at Austin [and professor in the Section of Integrative Biology], said in an e-mail interview that it was an “incredible find.”

“This is truly a spectacular discovery,” Pianka said. “Worldwide, there are about 60-plus species of monitor lizards. In all probability, some as yet undescribed species will be found on various islands in Indonesia,” he said.

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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.

Defense University Research Instrumentation Program
Deadline: Aug. 26, 2008


Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program
Find information about the following opportunities at: http://cdmrp.army.mil/funding/bcrp.htm

Idea Award
Deadlines: Pre-Application, April 21, 2010; Application, May 5, 2010

Idea Award- Collaborative Option
Deadlines: Pre-Application, April 21, 2010; Application, May 5, 2010

Inter-Institutional Training Award
Deadlines: Pre-Application, May 13, 2010; Invited Application, May 27, 2010

Research and Evaluation on Sexual Violence, Stalking, and Teen Dating Violence (Opens pdf)
Deadline: June 1, 2010

Research and Evaluation on Children Exposed to Family Violence (Opens pdf)
Deadline: June 1, 2010

Research on Sentencing and Community-Based Alternatives to Incarceration (Opens pdf)
Deadline: June 1, 2010

Research on Foreclosures and Crime (Opens pdf)
Deadline: June 1, 2010

Research to Improve Risk Communication Strategies During and After the Decontamination/Clearance Phase of an Intentional Biological Release
Deadline: July 8, 2010

Social Network Analysis and Health
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, May 3, 2010; Application, June 3, 2010

Coupling, Energetics and Dynamics of Atmospheric Regions
Deadline: May 10, 2010

Partnerships in Astronomy and Astrophysics Research and Education\
Deadline: Aug. 3, 2010

Cognitive Neuroscience
Deadline: Aug. 27, 2010

Deadline: Sept. 23, 2010

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Park Service

Save America’s Treasures Grant Program
Deadline: May 21, 2010

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

Bridging Cultures: Planning and Implementation Grants for Academic Forums and Program Development Workshops
Deadline: June 1, 2010

Preservation and Access Education and Training
Deadline: July 1, 2010

Preservation and Access Research and Development
Deadline: July 1, 2010

Challenge Grants
Deadlines: OSP (Internal), April 28, 2010; Agency, May 5, 2010
[This is a limited submission. For more information, contact limitedsub@austin.utexas.edu.]

Association for Computing Machinery
ACM History Committee Fellowships in ACM History
Deadline: April 30, 2010

Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas
Recruitment of Missing Links(Opens pdf)
Deadline: Continuous
This award mechanism seeks to support the recruitment of critically important researchers who are needed to complete existing, excellent teams (“missing links”). Institutions must apply for a specific candidate who must hold an appropriate appointment at an accredited academic or research institution. The candidate must not reside in Texas at the time the application is submitted

Dreyfus Foundation

Postdoctoral Program in Environmental Chemistry
Deadline: Aug. 12, 2010

Special Grant Program in the Chemical Sciences
Deadlines: Initial Inquiry: June 3, 2010; Proposal: Nov. 11, 2010

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Research Project

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

Collaborative Research: Computational Methods for Coupled Wave, Current, Sediment Transport and Morphological Evolution

RESEARCHER: Clinton Dawson, Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics and Institute for Computational and Engineering Sciences, principal investigator
AGENCY: National Science Foundation
AMOUNT: $90,468

The erosion and deposition of bed sediment can have a major detrimental impact on the coastal population, infrastructure and environment. For example, during Hurricane Katrina, four major levee breaches that occurred during the storm were a result of foundation-induced failures caused by scour. The transport of sediment is closely tied to a number of other issues in the coastal zone, including water quality and related ecological concerns, beach and shoreline erosion, and the maintenance of navigation channels and harbors through dredging activities. Accurate estimates of expected sediment transport and bed morphological changes can aid greatly in the long-range planning and management of coastal and estuarine environments.

In this project, the investigators will develop a fully coupled wave, current, sediment transport and bed morphology model system. Such a system will significantly advance the capability to accurately predict sediment transport and seabed morphology in coastal and estuarine environments.

From this research, a better scientific understanding of the complex interrelations among hydrodynamic, transport and morphodynamic processes in the coastal zone will emerge, which can lead to more informed decision-making that will help protect the coastal population and infrastructure. The developed software of the project will also provide a computational infrastructure that can be used in many other applications within the area of computational modeling. Furthermore, the technology developed under this project will be disseminated to government agencies such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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