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Focusing on education, self-image and aid, a new student organization is working to empower girls in Austin. GirlAdvocates! was started in fall 2013 by biology major Lauren Caton and is dedicated to bringing students and communities together to benefit young girls.

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Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has awarded a $2.4 million grant to The University of Texas at Austin to expand its Freshman Research Initiative, a program that gives students the opportunity to take part in advanced research projects early in their academic careers.

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Erin Dolan has been appointed the first Executive Director of the Texas Institute for Discovery Education in Science (TIDES), a newly formed institute for education innovation in the College of Natural Sciences (CNS) at The University of Texas at Austin. The institute was proposed in the CNS 2013 Strategic Plan as a way to enhance the college’s leading role in STEM education.

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Three faculty members in the College of Natural Sciences have recently been awarded 2014 Sloan Research Fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

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***To view video of Dr. Nelson as the inaugural speaker for the Pioneering Leadership Lecture Series, click HERE ***

Meet alumna Donna Nelson, a chemistry professor at the University of Oklahoma (which we forgive her for) and science advisor for the popular TV show, "Breaking Bad."

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From Costa Rica to Painter Hall, biology faculty member Ruth Buskirk has impacted the lives of countless students.

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Meet senior neuroscience and jazz performance major Mason Hankamer, who sees music in colors.

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A troupe of intrepid Natural Sciences graduate students are DJ's for a KVRX radio show that brings science to a broader audience. 

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Kristen Grauman and Jonathan Pillow have been selected to receive Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research careers.

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Three faculty members from the College of Natural Sciences have been selected to receive the President's Associates Teaching Excellence Award for the 2013-2014 academic year at The University of Texas at Austin.

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It was a big year for science in the College of Natural Sciences. "Aren't they all?" you might be asking yourself. Point taken. Of course our faculty, postdocs, staff and students are at the forefront of discovery.

Though not all of the amazing work happening in the labs around this campus spread across the Interwebs like crazy ants (ahem), here we present the top six stories of 2013 that did. These are the stories that went particularly viral, catching the eyes and minds of many. Hook 'em!

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Two researchers at the Texas Natural Science Center are combining art and science in a unique form that highlights a beauty in dead animals and animal biodiversity in Texas.

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The College of Natural Sciences welcomes twelve new faculty members this fall. Whether studying star formation, unraveling the effects of epigenetics on gene expression, or understanding the dynamics of ionized matter, these innovative faculty members build on the college’s reputation for groundbreaking research and research-based teaching.

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The Board of Regents of The University of Texas System has chosen 26 faculty members from The University of Texas at Austin to receive 2013 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards, its highest teaching honor.