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Research Prizes and Honors

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Four faculty members received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the foundation announced this week.

The new fellows from The University of Texas at Austin are:

Ricardo Ainslie, professor, Department of Educational Psychology
Troy Brauntuch, associate professor, Department of Art and Art History
Laurence McFarland, professor, Department of Art and Art History
Tandy Warnow, professor, Department of Computer Science

In its 86th annual competition for the United States and Canada, the Guggenhein Foundation has awarded 180 Fellowships to artists, scientists and scholars.

Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.

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News and Information


The Office of the Vice President for Research no longer has funding for Special Research Grants for this fiscal year. We will announce in the Research Alert and on our Web site when funds become available again.

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QuotedUT Researchers in the News

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Chemical and Engineering News
April 12, 2010
HEADLINE: Cigarette Butts Yield A Chemical Rebuttal
Recycling: Extracting anticorrosion compounds from spent cigarettes could benefit the environment and steel

The paper on cigarette butts caught the attention of IandECR Editor Donald R. Paul, a chemical engineer at The University of Texas, Austin. “There has been much research on developing corrosion inhibitors to combat the costly corrosion of metals,” Paul says. “A few surprising reports and patents suggest tobacco products have some anticorrosion benefits. This paper adds further evidence for and details about potential corrosion inhibition by tobacco and suggests an interesting use for discarded cigarette butts.”

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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.



Air Force Fiscal Year 2011 Young Investigator Research Program
Deadline: July 28, 2010


Special Education Research Grants: Cognition and Student Learning and other topics
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, April 29, 2010; Application, June 24, 2010

Special Education Research Grants: Transition Outcomes for Special Education Secondary Students and other topics
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, April 29, 2010; Application, June 24, 2010

Observational Studies To Characterize The Determinants Of Exposure To Chemicals In The Environment For Early-Lifestage Age Groups
Deadline: Sept. 3, 2008

Earth Science U.S. Participating Investigator
Deadlines: Notice of Intent, May 3, 2010; Proposal, July 1, 2010

Identification and Characterization of Molecular Targets Within the mTOR Pathway With Potential to Impact Healthspan and Lifespan
Deadline: June 16, 2010

International Neuroscience Fellowship
Deadlines: Letter of Intent: July 16, 2010; Application, August 16, 2010

Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems
Deadline: Nov. 16, 2010

Biotechnology, Biochemical, and Biomass Engineering
Deadline: Sept. 23, 2010

Center for Craft Creativity and Design
Craft Research Grants
Deadline: July 1, 2010

Institute for Research on Gambling Disorders
The Institute awards grants in three categories:
Exploration Grants (up to $5,000 for one year)
Seed Grants (up to $25,000 for one year)
Large Grants (up to $75,000 per year for two years)
Deadlines: various, May-September 2010 depending on grant

David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Funding Opportunities available in Conservation and Science (Coastal Systems, Marine Birds, Science, Agriculture, Western Conservation); Population and Reproductive Health; Children, Families, and Communities
Deadline: send Letter of Interest

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Grants
The Sloan Foundation provides grants in six major program areas: Basic Research, Science Education, Public Understanding of Science, Economic Performance and the Quality of Life, Select National Issues, and Civic Initiatives.
http://www.sloan.org/program/1 (program areas) or
http://www.sloan.org/apply/page/3 (letter of inquiry instructions)
Deadline: none, submit Letter of Inquiry
[Please submit your proposal through the Office of Sponsored Projects via the Proposal Review Form. For questions, please call 471-6424 or email osp@austin.utexas.edu.]

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB)
Perkins Closing the Gaps in Career and Technical Education for 2010-2011

Perkins State Leadership Projects
Deadlines: Notice of Intent, May 3, 2010; Application, May 17, 2010

Perkins Tech-Prep Projects
Deadline: May 17, 2010

Perkins Basic Grant
Deadline: May 17, 2010

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Research Project

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RESEARCHER: Timothy Loving, assistant professor, School of Human Ecology, principal investigator
AGENCY: National Institutes of Health
AMOUNT: $220,096

The overall objective of this application, which represents an important first step in this endeavor, is to determine how transitioning into and out of non-marital romances affects never-married emerging adults’ acute stress reactivity, physical health, and mental health outcomes as a function of the qualitative nature of the transition. The central hypothesis of this application is that non-marital relationship transitions differentially affect individuals’ physical and mental health outcomes.

This hypothesis will be tested by pursuing three specific aims: (1) To examine the effect of transitions into and out of non-marital romances on individuals’ acute stress reactivity, physical health and mental health; (2) To assess the extent to which dependence on a relationship moderates the effects of relationship termination; (3) To assess the extent to which gender moderates the effects of each transition.

Never-married emerging adults in the early developmental phase of their non-marital romances will be exposed to a standardized acute stress task during either the beginning of their relationship, after it ends, or after the relationship has persevered for at least 9 months. Cortisol responses will be assessed during exposure to the acute stress task. Additionally, participants will provide self-assessments of their current physical and mental health at the start of the study and after their relationships has persevered or terminated.

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