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Dan was publications editor for the College of Natural Sciences from 2006-2013. He is now communications manager for the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health.

Ulrich Mueller and Leafcutter Ants: A Story of Co-Evolution

Ulrich Mueller and Leafcutter Ants: A Story of Co-Evolution

Ulrich Mueller visits leafcutter ant colonies at the Brackenridge Field Laboratory and reflects on what fascinates him about the ants and their co-evolutionary relationship to the fungus species they farm.

The Fish and the Egg: Toward a New Strategy for Fattening Up Red Drum in Texas

The Fish and the Egg: Toward a New Strategy for Fattening Up Red Drum in Texas

New research may eventually make fish farming cheaper and more environmentally friendly.

Boiling Down the Stories That Wearable Cameras Are Telling

Boiling Down the Stories That Wearable Cameras Are Telling

The race is on to develop tools to help sift through the vast quantities of video that are being produced by wearable camera technology like Google Glass and Looxcie. 

Chemistry Department Aims to Improve Diversity with $2.7 Million Grant

Chemistry Department Aims to Improve Diversity with $2.7 Million Grant

The Department of Chemistry in the College of Natural Sciences has received two grants, totaling more than $2.5 million, to help recruit, retain and support graduate and post-doctoral students from groups that are under-represented in the sciences. 

Creating a Social Network for Genes

Creating a Social Network for Genes

Computer scientist Inderjit Dhillon and biochemist Edward Marcotte are combining forces to create the first "social network" for genes, with a focus on finding genes associated with human diseases.  

Biology Major Wins Scholarship for Organizing Blood Drive

Biology Major Wins Scholarship for Organizing Blood Drive

The blood drive was part a national effort to encourage Hispanic/Latino student leaders to take an active role both in raising health awareness within their communities.

Robotic Frogs Help Turn a Boring Mating Call into a Serenade

Robotic Frogs Help Turn a Boring Mating Call into a Serenade

With the help of a robotic frog, biologists at The University of Texas at Austin and Salisbury University have discovered that two wrong mating calls can make a right for female túngara frogs.

Understanding the New Bachelor of Science and Arts (BSA) Degree

Understanding the New Bachelor of Science and Arts (BSA) Degree

Dean Sacha Kopp answers some questions about the BSA, the new interdisciplinary degree in the College of Natural Sciences.

Chemists Work to Desalt the Ocean for Drinking Water, One Nanoliter at a Time

Chemists Work to Desalt the Ocean for Drinking Water, One Nanoliter at a Time

By creating a small electrical field that removes salts from seawater, chemists at The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Marburg in Germany have introduced a new method for the desalination of seawater that consumes less energy and is dramatically simpler than conventional techniques. The new method requires so little energy that it can run on a store-bought battery.

The Superlative Light: The Petawatt Laser as Art Object

The Superlative Light: The Petawatt Laser as Art Object

Photographer Robert Shults looks for the sublime in his images of the Texas Petawatt Laser.