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Two with UT Ties Named AAAS Fellows

The American Association for the Advancement of Science has appointed as fellows two researchers with UT ties.

The association is honoring C. Neal Stewart Jr. and Parans Paranthaman for their distinguished efforts to advance science and its applications.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal, Science. It was founded in 1848 and includes 254 affiliated societies and academies of science serving 10 million individuals.

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Funding Opportunities Roundup, Nov. 20

Call for Proposals: Marion Milligan Mason Award for Women in the Chemical Sciences

The objective of the Mason Award is to kick-start the research career of promising future senior investigators in the chemical sciences. The Marion Milligan Mason Fund will provide four grants of $50,000 every other year to women researchers engaged in basic research in the chemical sciences. Awards are for women who are starting their academic research careers. In addition to research funding, the program will provide leadership development and mentoring opportunities.
Applicants must have a “full-time” career-track appointment. More than one applicant from the same institution can apply for this award, provided that each application is scientifically distinct.
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Mercer to Join Office of Research and Engagement

Jean Mercer will join the Office of Research and Engagement as assistant vice chancellor for research and director of the Office of Sponsored Programs on January 4, 2016.

Jean MercerMercer has extensive experience in research administration in higher education, most recently serving as the director of grant services in the Office of Research Administration at Indiana University. While there, she supervised and reviewed the processing of all grant and contract applications to external agencies and the receipt of awards and contracts from these organizations, instructed and advised faculty and staff on proposal preparation, and supervised a staff of thirty. Mercer also helped implement a new grant administration software.

“We are so delighted to have Jean join the ORE team,” said Taylor Eighmy, vice chancellor for research and engagement. “She brings a depth and breadth of leadership experience to ORE. She led a very large sponsored programs office at a very large, complex research university. Her acumen and collaborative approach will be apparent on day one.”
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