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Prof_iles: Steve Finkelstein

Prof_iles: Steve Finkelstein

Assistant professor and astronomer Steve Finkelstein can travel through time. Well, almost. He uses data from the Hubble Space Telescope to gaze beyond to the most distant galaxies in the universe. He studies galaxy evolution, and is on a quest to discover the origins of our Milky Way and life itself.

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CNS Undergraduates Rack Up Research Awards

CNS Undergraduates Rack Up Research Awards

Last week, the College of Natural Sciences celebrated undergraduate student research at the Undergraduate Research Forum.

Married Mathematicians Win Prestigious CAREER Awards

Married Mathematicians Win Prestigious CAREER Awards

An assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics has received a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation, making him the second member of his department — and his household to win the award in the last year.

Undergraduate Takes Mathematical Approach in 3D Filmmaking

Undergraduate Takes Mathematical Approach in 3D Filmmaking

In 2015, the Freshman Research Initiative (FRI) celebrates its 10th anniversary. In honor of that milestone, we are checking in with some of the alumni of the FRI program who use what they learn in interesting ways. Olivia Biehle, an undergraduate double-majoring in Mathematics and Radio-TV-Film, combines her two very different passions through 3D filmmaking. She also used movie-making skills in her involvement with the Cosmic Dawn FRI research stream, as she explains in an interview.

Ebola Expert Speaks on Efforts to Fight Epidemic

Ebola Expert Speaks on Efforts to Fight Epidemic

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, delivered his talk "The Ebola Outbreak: The Perfect Storm" at The University of Texas at Austin on Monday, February 9. Watch video from the event at Time Warner Cable News.

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UT Austin at National Artificial Intelligence Conference

UT Austin at National Artificial Intelligence Conference

Hundreds of students and researchers from around the world arrived in Austin January 25-30 for a national conference on artificial intelligence. The conference for the Association for Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, or AAAI, featured various guest speakers, presenting researchers, demonstrations and games. For more, read our feature story on AI.

Graduate Students from Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences Compete for Venture Capital Prize

Graduate Students from Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences Compete for Venture Capital Prize

Dozens of students gathered at the McCombs School of Business this week to pitch their innovations to investors at the Texas Venture Labs Investment Competition. College of Natural Sciences (CNS) graduate students were among the groups presenting their inventions.

Artifical Intelligence Researcher Predicts the Acceptance of Self-Driving Cars

Artifical Intelligence Researcher Predicts the Acceptance of Self-Driving Cars

The Dallas Observer recently asked scientists around the state to predict what the world might look like 15 years from now. Artificial intelligence researcher Peter Stone talks about the surprisingly fast acceptance of autonomous cars and how dramatically he thinks they will change our lives. Stone also predicts big advances in the application of robots in health and medicine.

Freshman Research Initiative Spotlight: Discovering Antibiotics

Freshman Research Initiative Spotlight: Discovering Antibiotics

With the arrival of the spring semester, hundreds of first-year undergraduates in the College of Natural Sciences will join one of over 27 research streams in the Freshman Research Initiative (FRI), searching for answers to some of modern science's most pressing questions, and gathering important research experience along the way.

Freshman Research Initiative Spotlights: Crystals and Nanoparticles

Freshman Research Initiative Spotlights: Crystals and Nanoparticles

Experiential learning in the College of Natural Sciences includes the nation's largest effort to involve first-year students in meaningful research, the Freshman Research Initiative (FRI). In the spring, hundreds of first-year students join one of over 27 unique research streams for real, hands-on encounters with meaningful research questions that need answering.