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Research Prizes and Honors
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BIOLOGIST WINS E.O. WILSON AWARD
Michael Ryan, Clark Hubbs Regents Professor in Zoology in the Section of Integrative Biology, is receiving the E.O. Wilson Naturalist Award from the American Society of Naturalists.
The award is to an active investigator in mid-career who has made significant contributions to the knowledge of a particular ecosystem or group of organisms. Individuals whose research and writing illuminate principles of evolutionary biology and an enhanced aesthetic appreciation of natural history will merit special consideration.
News and Information
NSF APPLICATIONS SOON MUST INCLUDE DATA SHARING PLANS
Beginning in October, all proposals for funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) 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.” 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.
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 28, 2010
HEADLINE: Behind the Special ‘Drilling Mud’ That Helps Clog the Oil Leak
The mud is probably made with a sea water base, fortified with the mineral barite and bentonite clay to make it more viscous, said Martin Chenevert, a petroleum engineering senior lecturer who specializes in drilling fluids at The University of Texas at Austin.
“This particular type of mud is classified as non-toxic,” he said. “Certain types of muds that we use, we are not allowed to use offshore. The type of mud that is acceptable, you don’t have to have any special permission to dump it if you had to. If you spill a little bit, it’s OK. I don’t think that mud is going to be damaging to the ocean fish or wildlife.”
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 THE INTERIOR
Desalination and Water Purification Research and Development
Deadline: July 7, 2010
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness
Deadline: July 12, 2010
Centers of Excellence in Early Childhood
Deadline: July 12, 2010
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH
Next Generation PrEP
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Oct. 2, 2010; Application, Nov. 2, 2010
The Role of Microbial Metabolites in Cancer Prevention and Etiology
Deadlines: Letter of Intent, Oct. 15, 2010; Application, Nov. 15, 2010
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Research Coordination Networks
Deadline: Aug. 18, 2010
Advances in Biological Informatics
Deadline: Aug. 23, 2010
ARTS, HUMANITIES AND CULTURE
FOUNDATION FOR JEWISH CULTURE
The Lynn and Jules Kroll Fund for Jewish Documentary Film
Deadline: July 27, 2010
OTHER FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program
Deadline: Sept. 15, 2010
RENEWABLE FUELS FOUNDATION
Grants (in the science of ethanol production)
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Efficacy of an Acute Exercise Intervention for Side Effects of Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors
RESEARCHER: Tierney Ahrold, graduate student, Department of Psychology, principal investigator
AGENCY: National Institutes of Health
In terms of public health, the proposed study’s aim of testing the efficacy of an exercise-based intervention for side effects of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) has the potential not only to develop an inexpensive, easily accessible management system for side effects but also to further our understanding of the underlying biological and psychological mechanisms which give rise to these effects. This knowledge may help doctors advise and treat patients who take these drugs, and may help scientists create new drugs with mitigated side effect profiles.
The results of this study will provide the theoretical knowledge base needed to develop future interventions addressing health disparities in disablement among Mexican American women.