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From the College of Natural Sciences

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.

Students Showcase Research at the Capitol

Two students have been selected to represent The University of Texas at Austin during an event at the Texas Capitol today that showcases ground-breaking undergraduate research and its impact on Texans.

Building Your Own Spin Zone

When Professor Alex de Lozanne was a boy he made things with Tinker Toys, went on to a mechanical version of Tinker Toys and just kept on tinkering. Even as a physicist at The University of Texas at Austin, he’s built instruments used in his laboratory. For his latest project, de Lozanne and members of his lab are building a spin-polarized scanni...

Fueled by the Sun: Mimicking Plants

Chemist Allen Bard looks to harness the power of sunlight to produce fuels that can substitute for oil.

Lion Trackers

Nomadic male lions play a minor role in spreading disease among lion prides in the Serengeti, finds mathematical biologist Lauren Ancel Meyers.

Podcast: Tough Talk on the Hard Science of Climate Change

Ray Orbach, director of the Energy Institute, breaks down the science, and the politics of the science, on climate change.

Securing the Cloud

The future of the Internet could look like this: The bulk of the world’s computing is outsourced to “the cloud”―to massive data centers that house tens or even hundreds of thousands of computers.

Welcome to Spring, 2011

A Message from College of Natural Sciences Advising: Welcome to the Spring 2011 semester. Please review the following information to make sure that your semester gets off to a great start. QUESTIONS, CONCERNS, PROBLEMS: For non-academic concerns, contact a counselor in the CNS Dean's office, WCH 1.106, 512-471-4536, as soon as possible. DO NOT ...
Better Animation Through Body Part Recycling

Better Animation Through Body Part Recycling

For all the power that computers have brought to the process of animation, it remains the human eye that’s the best judge of whether animated things moving in space look real. “People intuitively know exactly what to draw to evoke realism,” says Don Fussell, professor of computer science. “Computers don’t have that luxury.” What computers can do,...

Seeing Dark Matter in the Ice

Buried beneath more than a kilometer of ice in the Antarctic may lie answers, or least insights, into one of the great questions confronting 21st century astrophysics: What is dark matter?

Listen. Let Go. Love.

David Laude, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, contemplates the task of parenting a college student.