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From the College of Natural Sciences

Sacha Kopp is a former associate dean for undergraduate education in the College of Natural Sciences. These are posts from his blog, Kopp's Weekly written from August 2011 to April 2014.

Kopp's Weekly - Final Exams

Standing in between us all and the holiday is the final exam period which starts tomorrow.

Kopp's Weekly - Graduation and Thanksgiving

As Isaac Newton once said, "If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants."

Kopp's Weekly - National Discussion on Education

Kopp ponders the NYT's assertion that science is just too hard, highlighting programs we have to make that hard work more fun and rewarding.

Kopp's Weekly - Take the Survey!

Take the survey on computer facilities and campus study lounge needs

Kopp's Weekly - Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

Dean Kopp invites all students to attend the Fall 2011 CNS Town Hall Meeting Monday at 5 p.m.

Kopp's Weekly - Finding Your First Job

I still remember getting my first job. My high school girlfriend set me up with the owner of a restaurant so I could wash dishes.

Finding Your Way

It's not the case that every career has a linear path to it, says Dean Sacha Kopp.

Nobel News

Dear Students, Some big science news this past week was the announcements of the Nobel Prizes.  The chemistry prize went to Dan Shechtman for the discovery of quasicrystals; the physics prize went to Saul Perlmutter, Brian Schmidt, and Adam G. Riess for their discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe, the prize i...

Graduation and Rain

Dear Students, The science story this week is La Nina climate patterns and how a little warmer ocean temperature in the Pacific can lead to less precipitation in the Midwestern U.S. We got a little relief from La Nina this weekend, and it rained in Austin, a big deal when you consider that the last serious rain was in June and our rainfall for th...

Kopp's Weekly - The World Is Flat

Dear Students, "The World is Flat!"So declared author Tom Friedman in his book of the same title. Today, the order you place at a McDonald's drive-through is probably being taken by a call center in Kansas City and being sent back to the cooks in Austin. The X-ray that your dentist takes is analyzed overnight by a specialist in Bangalore, India, ...