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Marc Airhart is the Communications Coordinator for the College of Natural Sciences. A long time member of the National Association of Science Writers, he has written for national publications including Scientific American, Mercury, The Earth Scientist, Environmental Engineer & Scientist, and StarDate Magazine. He also spent 11 years as a writer and producer for the Earth & Sky radio series.
UT Austin Computer Science Program Ranked Sixth in the World

UT Austin Computer Science Program Ranked Sixth in the World

GatesBldg.jpgThe University of Texas of Austin's computer science program is the 6th best in the world, according to the 2014 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) compiled by the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Five Natural Sciences Faculty Receive 2014 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards

Five Natural Sciences Faculty Receive 2014 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards

b2ap3_thumbnail_regents_award_20130903-200933_1.jpgThe Board of Regents of The University of Texas System has chosen 27 faculty members from The University of Texas at Austin to receive 2014 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards, its highest teaching honor.

Mars-Venus Effect on Gut Microbes

Mars-Venus Effect on Gut Microbes

Daniel Bolnick, professor of integrative biology, and his colleagues have shown that men and women's gut microbes are different, even when they eat the same diet. Several outlets reported on the findings on July 30: The Calcutta Telegraph: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1140730/jsp/nation/story_18667828.jsp Medical Daily: http://www.medicaldaily.co...
Backstage Pass to the Texas Pettawatt Laser

Backstage Pass to the Texas Pettawatt Laser

Science writer and UT Austin alumnus Joe Hanson (Ph.D. '13) takes us on a tour of the Texas Center for High Intensity Laser Science, home of the Texas Pettawatt Laser. Photos by Robert Schults evoke the awe and mystery of this fundamental research. Read the article in the July/August 2014 edition of the Alcalde: 1,000,000,000,000,000 Wat...
Eel Genome Unlocks Mysteries of Electric Fish

Eel Genome Unlocks Mysteries of Electric Fish

Harold Zakon, professor of neuroscience and integrative biology, and his colleagues published new research demonstrating that the six electric fish lineages, all of which evolved independently, used essentially the same genes and developmental and cellular pathways to make an electricity-generating organ for defense, predation, navigation and ...
How Electric Fish Evolved Their Shocking Skills Independently at Six Different Times

How Electric Fish Evolved Their Shocking Skills Independently at Six Different Times

New research demonstrates that the six electric fish lineages, all of which evolved independently, used essentially the same genes and developmental and cellular pathways to make an electricity-generating organ for defense, predation, navigation and communication.

Head Room: McDonald Observatory

Head Room: McDonald Observatory

Take a trip out to Fort Davis, under some of the darkest skies in North America, and meet the telescopes that are making astronomical history. Learn more at McDonald Observatory's websiteVideo by Jeff Mertz.

$2.4 Million Grant Expands UT Austin’s Freshman Research Initiative

$2.4 Million Grant Expands UT Austin’s Freshman Research Initiative

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has awarded a $2.4 million grant to The University of Texas at Austin to expand its Freshman Research Initiative, a program that gives students the opportunity to take part in advanced research projects early in their academic careers.

Head Room: The UT Austin Greenhouses

Head Room: The UT Austin Greenhouses

Take a glimpse into two of UT's biggest and brightest (literally!) greenhouses. The BOT greenhouse holds a number of exotic plants for taxonomic study, while the Welch greenhouse hosts a variety of rich and important agricultural projects. As these horticulturalists make clear, no two greenhouses are ever the same!

Brain Control in a Flash of Light

Brain Control in a Flash of Light

One of the most exciting new tools to be developed in neuroscience in the past decade is called optogenetics. It allows researchers to turn individual neurons in the brain of a living human subject off and on without surgery or other invasive procedures. Researchers around the world are now using it in the hopes of unlocking countless mysteries of ...