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Research Prizes and Honors
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COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGIST WINS GUGGENHEIM FELLOWSHIP
Tandy Warnow, professor of computer science, has been awarded a Guggenheim fellowship for developing algorithms that enable an accounting of 3.5 billion years of evolutionary relationships.
With help from the Guggenheim, Warnow plans to take a year away from her normal academic routine. Her goal is simple: She wants to continue to improve her algorithms for estimating the evolutionary relationships between species.
ICES DIRECTOR RECEIVES DEGREE FROM OHIO STATE
J. Tinsley Oden, director of the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences, has received an honorary doctor of engineering degree from Ohio State University.
The degree recognizes Oden’s distinguished career as an engineer and his pioneering contributions to the research and study of computational engineering and sciences. He will receive the degree in December at OSU.
News and Information
SYMPOSIUM SET FOR UT SYSTEM ENERGY RESEARCHERS
The University of Texas System is sponsoring a meeting for energy researchers from the system’s academic institutions on May 19-20 at the University of Texas at Dallas.
The symposium will allow self-selected energy researchers from the academic institutions including students, faculty, and staff to meet each other, share ideas, and develop plans for future collaborations. The featured speaker is to be Dr. Steven E. Koonin, under secretary of science in the U.S. Department of Energy.
NIH PROGRESS REPORTS GOING PAPERLESS
The National Institutes of Health will accept only electronically submitted Streamlined Noncompeting Award Process (eSNAP) reports beginning Aug. 1, 2010.
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.]
May 6, 2010
HEADLINE: Review prioritizes NASA’s astrophysics missions
In estimating ‘science per dollar’, the review committee looked at the quality and quantity of science publications and the numbers of astronomers wanting to use the telescopes. It also tried to gauge the capabilities of the satellites for the next two years. “This sort of process of peer review is not perfect, but like democracy, it’s a heck of a lot better than the next best thing,” says J. Craig Wheeler, an astronomer at The University of Texas at Austin and chairman of the 12-person committee.
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 AGRICULTURE
Rangeland Research Program
Deadline: July 7, 2010
Climate and Biological Response: Research and Applications
Deadlines: Notice of Intent, June 11, 2010; Proposal, July 20, 2010
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH
Assay Development for High Throughput Molecular Screening
Deadline: June 29, 2010
NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research Grand Challenge: Developing Novel Drugs for Disorders of the Nervous System
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, July 10, 2010; Application, Aug. 10, 2010
NLM Independent Career Development Award for Biomedical Informatics
Deadline: June 12, 2010
Program Project on Alcohol-Related Research
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Nov. 2, 2010; Application, Dec. 2, 2010
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Strategic Technologies for CyberInfrastructure
Deadline: Aug. 5, 2010
Instrument Development for Biological Research
Deadline: Aug. 27, 2010
ARTS, HUMANITIES AND CULTURE
National Endowment for the Arts
Project 20/20 (contemporary innovative films and cultural outreach)
Deadline: June 4, 2010
National Endowment for the Humanities
Preservation and Access Education and Training
Deadline: July 1, 2010
Preservation and Access Research and Development
Deadline: July 1, 2010
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Deadline: July 15, 2010
Deadline: Apply for existing grant programs at their deadlines
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A 3-D seismic investigation of the transition to seismogenic behavior along the southern Costa Rica subduction zone
RESEARCHERS: Nathan Bangs, senior research scientist, Institute for Geophysics, principal investigator, and Kirk McIntosh, research scientist, Institute for Geophysics, co-principal investigator
AGENCY: National Science Foundation under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
The proposed work is to examine changes in structural and physical properties along the southern Costa Rica subduction zone using 3D seismic imaging. At this location the plate boundary transitions from stable sliding to unstable sliding. Understanding subduction zone processes is important for assessing geologic hazards such as earthquakes and tsunamis in these environments.
In the proposed work, seismically imaged structures will be used to address several fundamental problems such as 1) the structure and nature of large sediment lenses that are being subducted; b) the effects of existing seafloor topography on subduction processes; c) the changes in plate boundary fault geometry along the trench; and d) the variations in the structure of the upper plate along the subduction zone.
This work will support the education and training of graduate students. There is international collaboration with scientists from Spain, Germany and Costa Rica. There is also a component of industry support.