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Funding Opportunities Roundup: July 24, 2015

DOD Peer Reviewed Alzheimer’s Research Program

The FY15 Defense Appropriations Act provides $12 million (M) to the Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Alzheimer’s Research Program (PRARP) to support innovative, high-impact Alzheimer’s disease research.  As directed by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, the Defense Health Agency, Research, Development, and Acquisition (DHA RDA) Directorate manages and executes the Defense Health Program (DHP) Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E) appropriation. The executing agent for the anticipated Program Announcements/Funding Opportunities is the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP).
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NSB Opens Nominations for Honorary Awards

Each year, the National Science Board (NSB) pays tribute to remarkable contributions and public service in science and engineering through its Vannevar Bush and Public Service awards. NSB is currently accepting nominations for its 2016 honorary awards through Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015.

NSB LogoNamed after the gifted visionary and dynamic public servant who was behind the creation of the National Science Foundation (NSF), NSB’s Vannevar Bush Award honors life-long leaders who have made exceptional contributions toward the welfare of humankind and the nation through public service activities in science, technology, and public policy. Past recipients include former Lockheed Martin CEO Norman Augustine, former science advisor and NSF director Neal Lane, and Maxine Singer, former Carnegie Institution president. Nomination instructions are available on the Vannevar Bush Award website and all recipients are listed on the NSB site.
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UT Postdoc Leads New Phase of NASA’s Pluto, Spitzer Telescope Observations

NASA scientists will get a deeper look at Pluto thanks to a new round of observations being led by a University of Tennessee, Knoxville, postdoctoral student.

Noemi Pinilla-AlonsoNoemi Pinilla-Alonso, a postdoctoral researcher in earth and planetary sciences, is the lead investigator of the Spitzer Space Telescope observations. The seven-day study, which began Thursday, is gathering infrared data at 18 different longitudes. The information will help scientists better understand the possible changes to the ice on the dwarf planet’s surface over the past 10 years.
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Mark Dadmun Named Fellow of American Chemical Society

Mark DadmunA UT expert in polymers has been named a 2015 fellow of the American Chemical Society.

Mark Dadmun, professor of chemistry, joins a list of seventy-eight distinguished academics who have made significant contributions to science and their profession. The fellows will be celebrated at the society’s national meeting in Boston in August.

Dadmun has a joint faculty appointment at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the Chemical Science Division. He is founding director of the Soft Materials Research in Tennessee (SMART) Center.

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New NSF Award Supports Continued Operations at JICS

The Joint Institute for Computational Sciences (JICS), a partnership between UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), has received $3 million in new funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to continue to provide advanced computing resources through July 2016. The NSF award covers management and operation of machines called Darter and Beacon.

“By virtue of this award to sustain advanced computing resources for a wide spectrum of researchers across the country, JICS is also able to make available these same resources to UT researchers,” said JICS director Tony Mezzacappa.

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