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Chemistry Lecturer’s Science Demonstrations Ignite STEM Interest

Chemistry Lecturer’s Science Demonstrations Ignite STEM Interest

What's the best way to carve a pumpkin? If you ask chemistry lecturer Kate Biberdorf, she might tell you to let the pumpkin carve itself, just as she does in recent media coverage of her Fun with Chemistry outreach program.

Women in Natural Sciences Inspire a New Generation

Women in Natural Sciences Inspire a New Generation

Women in Natural Sciences students demonstrate some explosive chemistry at an adult event at Thinkery, Austin’s children’s museum.

Amid the national debate about the lack of women in science, experts often cite the need for more female role models to inspire a new generation. Today, there are signs that the public face of science is changing. In Austin, among the vanguard are young women scientists.

How a Tech Sector Friendlier to Women Can Start in the Classroom

How a Tech Sector Friendlier to Women Can Start in the Classroom

Photo by Marsha Miller.

With recent talk of a "bro culture" in Silicon Valley and accusations of sex discrimination in the technology sector, some in the College of Natural Sciences' Department of Computer Science are taking it upon themselves to build a culture of inclusion.

UT Austin Mourns Death of Groundbreaking Physicist Cécile DeWitt-Morette

UT Austin Mourns Death of Groundbreaking Physicist Cécile DeWitt-Morette

The University of Texas at Austin mourns the loss of renowned physicist and professor emerita Cécile DeWitt-Morette, who was a faculty member in the Department of Astronomy and the Department of Physics. DeWitt-Morette received international acclaim for her work in theoretical physics and for the educational institution she established in Europe, L'École de Physique des Houches, which helped launch many of the world's leading physicists and mathematicians.

Meet Six Incredible Women from UT Austin Science History

Meet Six Incredible Women from UT Austin Science History

Today is the 103rd anniversary of the birth of Lorene Rogers, a notable alumna and scientist who also was the first woman ever to lead a major U.S. university (which just happened to be The University of Texas at Austin)! In honor of her and our year-long campaign celebrating women in science, we are telling the stories of six incredible women scientists and mathematicians with a history right here on the Forty Acres. 

International Women's Day Kick-Off for Crowdfunding Campaign

International Women's Day Kick-Off for Crowdfunding Campaign

Women in Natural Sciences, a small learning community within the College, has been raising retention rates in science and the academic success rates of its students for years. Now it's looking to the community to help raise support and capacity in the program.

Overcoming Women’s Hurdles in Science Will Stimulate the Economy

Overcoming Women’s Hurdles in Science Will Stimulate the Economy

In a recent op-ed appearing in the Dallas Morning News, Psychology Today and the Rio Grande Guardian, Shelley Payne provides evidence that both society and science will benefit by removing barriers that discourage women and people of color from pursuing a path in science, technology, engineering and math. Payne, a professor in molecular biosciences, is also the College of Natural Sciences' Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin.

A Year for Recognizing Achievements by Women in Science

A Year for Recognizing Achievements by Women in Science

We in the sciences love our milestones. We see occasions for celebration in the 50th anniversary of Moore's Law, the 100th anniversary of the Theory of General Relativity, and the centennial commemoration of the first Longhorn getting a science Ph.D. at UT Austin. In that spirit, we find a whole host of reasons in 2017 to recognize and honor a growing segment of the world's scientific leaders—women.

Gender Bias Common in STEM Classrooms

Gender Bias Common in STEM Classrooms

​Male biology students tended to have 19 times more gender bias when nominating the smartest person in the class as opposed to female students, according to recent research done jointly by Sarah Eddy of  the Texas Institute for Discovery Education in Science (TIDES) and Dan Grunspan of the University of Washington.