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Pamela Padilla's NSF CAHLLH
award will fund her studies
of oxygen deprivation in
Two UNT faculty mem-
bers - Rada Mihalcea, assis-
tant professor of computer
science and engineering, and
Pamela Padilla, assistant profes-
sor of biological sciences -
have received National Science
Foundation CAREER awards,
the NSF's most prestigious
awards in support of the early
of researchers and educators.
Mihalcea's grant will support
her research in the semantic
interpretation of text for lan-
Anyone who has used a search
engine to find information or
translate a web page knows that
understanding the meanings and
similarities of words is impor-
tant for effective information
retrieval and translation. These
use to respond to and survive
environmental stress, particularly
the stress of oxygen depriva-
- ' - -tion. She will use the NSF
award to continue her studies
of oxygen deprivation in
SCaenorhabditis elegans, or nema-
todes, identifying the gene
products required for oxygen
~" . .deprivation survival.
Oxygen deprivation is central
to human health conditions such
as myocardial infarction, pul-
language-processing applications monary disorders, solid tumor
use lexical resources such as progression and trauma because
dictionaries or thesauruses to of blood loss or drowning.
understand word meanings, but The research of Padilla and
distinctions in meaning differ the students in her lab will
from one resource to another. begin to explain at the genetic
By combining a number of level why some organisms or
these one-language and multi- tissues are more resistant to
language resources, Mihalcea oxygen deprivation. It may one
will create flexible word meaning day lead to better treatment
representations that can be for organs, tissues or cells that
adapted to specific language- have been deprived of oxygen.
processing areas such as word
and text translation and text- \i-
to-text similarity. She plans to Three faculty members
integrate these models into representing history, business
educational applications and and art were named Fulbright
build a tool to help Spanish- Scholars in 2007.
speaking students comprehend
English texts by providing
simpler English synonyms or
translation into Spanish.
The goal of PadillA'
research is to understand thel
molecular mechanisms animals
Rada Mihalcea's NSF CAREER
vd w s4iuif; ts hcr research in tht ,4
semantic interpretation of text for .4
Ted Farris, associate profes-
sor of marketing and logistics,
will be based in Austria in
spring and summer 2008,
researching cash-to-cash finan-
cial flows of European business
as the first key measurement
of the supply chain. He will
speak at top universities
Constance Hilliard, associate
professor of history, is spending
the 2007-08 year teaching
African American cultural
history at the University of the
Ryukyus in Okinawa, Japan.
Her research interests include
the legacy of slavery in con-
temporary American society,
race science, and African and
African American spirituality.
Nada Shabout, assistant
professor of visual arts, will
spend fall 2008 in Amman,
Jordan, teaching contemporary
Arab art history while con-
ducting research on the topic
for a book and continuing her
efforts to document missing
Iraqi modern art. She is teach-
ing at MIT this spring.
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