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A Virtual High Five

Dear Students,The past week has been special with several events in CNS celebrating the accomplishments of our undergraduates, including the Aspire Banquet, Honors Day and Second-Year Excellence Awards. It's been inspiring to hear about, celebrate and meet some amazing CNS students. Congratulations to all those who participated!Whether you particip...

Ready, Set... Go!

Dear Students,On Saturday I had the chance to attend my first CNS Science Sprint. A sprint is a one-day event in which teams of undergraduates work together on interesting real-world problems. At the sprint I attended, student teams worked with CNS data scientists to find ways to use data to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in our college. A...

Think About 3 Minutes

Dear Students,Welcome back! I hope spring break offered you a chance to have some fun and recharge. As we dive back in and work to finish the semester strong, I'll share with you a strategy that might help you get on a more consistent study schedule, if you ever struggle with that.A habit change can start with something small. I completely changed ...

Telescopes, Flowers, and AI (Oh, My!)

Dear Students,Last week was a special week for CNS and UT: in case you missed it, there were a lot of events, including a huge concert, to mark the launch of UT's capital campaign. Attending the events reminded me how lucky I am to work in a college and university with many amazing people and opportunities. Here are few of the cool things I heard a...

Lots of Years, Lots of Lessons

Dear Students,Yesterday, on the Welch patio, we gathered to celebrate five CNS staff who recently retired after long careers at UT. At the event, the retirees and colleagues had the opportunity to share tributes and reminiscences about their work together.In their funny and poignant stories, I noticed three themes that reveal something important ab...

Share Your Research

Dear Students,Great news: Today's Health Professions Fair and this year's CNS Undergraduate Research Forum will both be in-person again this spring. If you're doing any kind of research—from working in a faculty research lab, to writing a literature review, to analyzing secondary data—you are invited to submit an abstract by March 4 and present you...

Recognizing Outstanding Students

Dear Students,Each spring, the College of Natural Sciences recognizes some of our outstanding students with special awards, and we need your help to identify these students and amplify all of the incredible work that is happening in our college. Mark the nomination deadline date on your calendar now (Friday, March 11, at 5 p.m.) so you don't miss t...

Celebrating Black History Month

Dear Students,February is Black History Month, and UT has an amazing line-up of events celebrating the contributions and experiences of African Americans on campus and in Austin. In honor of Black History Month, I invite Texas Science students to join me in doing two things.1) First, I hope everyone will participate in at least one of the events ta...

Welcome to a new semester

Dear Students,I hope this email finds you well rested and energized for a new semester. We're starting this semester in a way that has begun to feel all too familiar, with classes meeting remotely. I know that remote classes are a challenge for students and faculty alike, so here are a few tips to help make the most of this current round of remote ...

The neuroscience of learning and memory

​Dear Students, In addition to serving as interim undergraduate dean, I'm a neuroscientist, who, from time to time, uses this space to discuss how neuroscience connects to our lives. Today, I focus on one of my favorite phenomena in the neuroscience of learning and memory: the trial spacing effect.​The trial spacing effect demonstrates that we lear...