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CENTER FOR SPACE RESEARCH SCIENTIST WINS NASA MEDAL
Dr. John Ries, senior research scientist at the Center for Space Research, has received an Exceptional Technology Achievement medal from NASA.
Ries and collaborator Dr. Jean-Paul Berthias of Centre d’Etudes National Spatiales received the medal for their work in improving precision orbit determination in NASA’s ocean altimetry missions leading to the capability of monitoring global sea level change.
In recognition of Ries, NASA said his accomplishments in the improvement of orbit determination in satellite altimetry have created a profound impact on the success of NASA’s altimetry missions.
FRESHMAN RESEARCH PROGRAM AWARDED $1.6 MILLION
The University of Texas at Austin has received $1.6 million from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to expand the Freshman Research Initiative (FRI), which offers opportunities for authentic research experiences to first-year science students in the College of Natural Sciences.
The FRI is finding ways to engage more students in research earlier, says Sarah Simmons, director of the program and assistant dean in the College of Natural Sciences.
NSF APPLICATIONS SOON MUST INCLUDE DATA SHARING PLANS
Beginning in October, all proposals for funding from the National Science Foundation must include a two-page “supplementary document” describing how research data will be shared, according to the NSF.
The requirement addresses the need for data from publicly funded research to be made available to the public.
Additional guidance from NSF will include the agency’s expectations for the data management plans. This requirement is a departure from NSF’s long-standing policy “requiring grantees to share their data within a reasonable length of time, so long as the cost is modest,” NSF said. The change is also in keeping with “the growing interest from U.S. policymakers in making sure that any data obtained with federal funds be accessible to the general public” and the Obama administration’s efforts to make government “more transparent and more participatory,” the agency said.
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The Wall Street Journal
May 13, 2010
HEADLINE: Transocean Seeks Limit on Liability
Limitation of Liability proceedings not only give the petitioners–in this case Transocean–first say in a venue for litigation, but they also keep the case in front of a judge and away from a jury, said David Robertson, a maritime law professor at the University of Texas in Austin. Juries “tend to favor injured human beings over corporate defendants, and it’s presumed federal district judges have no such inclinations,” Robertson said.
AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT ACT
The University of Texas at Austin Stimulus Package Web page is online.
The University of Texas at Austin received $73.3 million for 166 projects under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act as of May 17, 2010.
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Global Climate Change: Request for Proposals: Economics of Markets for Agricultural Greenhouse Gases
Deadline: June 14, 2010
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
Natural Gas Modeling Support
Deadline: June 15, 2010
DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program (for foreign citizens)
Deadline: June 23, 2010
[Please submit your proposal through the Office of Sponsored Projects via the Proposal Review Form. For questions, please call 471-6424 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.]
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH
Natural History of Disorders Identifiable by Newborn Screening
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, July 2, 2010; Application, Aug. 3, 2010
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Population and Community Ecology
Deadline: July 9, 2010
Improvements to Biological Research Collections
Deadline: July 23, 2010
Expeditions in Computing
Deadlines: Preliminary Proposal, Sept. 10, 2010; Full Proposal, April 10, 2011
Nano and Bio Mechanics
Deadline: Oct. 1, 2010
ARTS, HUMANITIES AND CULTURE
The ASCAP Foundation
Grants (for music education and talent development programs)
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Aug. 1, 2010; Invited Application, tbd for Oct. review
Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation
Grants to support direct costs for catalogus and other publications accompanying contemporary art exhibitions and projects
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Aug. 15, 2010; Application, Sept. 15, 2010
Smithsonian National Postal Museum
Research Scholarships (research on postage stamps or postal history)
Deadline: Sept. 1, 2010
OTHER FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
Innovation Alliance Program – Request for Proposals
Deadlines: Vary according to program
Grants and Fellowships
Deadline: Fall call for proposals, Aug. 15, 2010 (except where otherwise noted)
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Promoting the Health of Cancer Survivors with Pre-Existing Functional Limitations
RESEARCHER: Heather Becker, research scientist, School of Nursing
AGENCY: National Cancer Institute in the National Institutes of Health
This study will provide information that survivors, caregivers, and health care professionals can use to promote the health behaviors of cancer survivors who have limitations in activities of daily living that existed prior to their cancer diagnosis. Such information can lead to the development of programs and policies that help these individuals promote their health after cancer treatment.