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Steve is the Communications Specialist for the College of Natural Sciences. He has a BS in Ecology from Evergreen State College and a BS in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior from UT Austin.

Thriving in Our Digital World

Thriving in Our Digital World

Calvin Lin The College Board and the National Science Foundation (NSF) recently announced they will expand their initiative to improve access to computer science education in high schools. Computer science skills are increasingly critical in the world today and the program is designed to strengthen these skills among students, especially gir...
Public Health Program Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

Public Health Program Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

As the College of Natural Sciences’ public health program celebrates its fifth anniversary this year, we visit with some of the people who know the program best.

First Doctoral Degree at UT Awarded 100 Years Ago

First Doctoral Degree at UT Awarded 100 Years Ago

In 1915, The University of Texas at Austin awarded its first Ph.D. ever to zoologist Carl Gottfried Hartman. Hartman would go on to become one of the most renowned researchers in mammalian embryology and reproduction, impacting the understanding of reproduction, fertility and contraception in humans.

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Lester Reed Retrospective: A 'complex' man who loved science

Lester Reed Retrospective: A 'complex' man who loved science

The Department of Molecular Biosciences' Marvin Hackert, Dean Appling, and Alan Lambowitz have written a touching tribute to Lester J. Reed in PNAS Early Edition. Reed, who was a pioneer in the field of biochemistry and a vital member of the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin for over 50 years, passed away on January 14, 2015.
Genetic Road Map May Bring About Better Cotton Crops

Genetic Road Map May Bring About Better Cotton Crops

A University of Texas at Austin scientist, working with an international research team, has developed the most precise sequence map yet of U.S. cotton and will soon create an even more detailed map for navigating the complex cotton genome.

Astronomy Outreach Program Takes Texas Teachers on Trip of a Lifetime

Astronomy Outreach Program Takes Texas Teachers on Trip of a Lifetime

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A Department of Astronomy outreach program achieved the culmination of 17 years of hard work recently when several Texas teachers flew as part of the science team aboard NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA).

Freshman Research Starts at UT, Changes the World

Freshman Research Starts at UT, Changes the World

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Exposing first-year college students to real research experiences alongside faculty scientists is something The University of Texas at Austin has been doing for a decade now through the Freshman Research Initiative.

Unlocking the Mystery of How Memories Are Made

Unlocking the Mystery of How Memories Are Made

A team of neuroscientists at the University of Texas at Austin have won a $150,000 grant from the Brain Research Foundation to visualize synapses in the brain as memories are being created. The team consists of professor Kristen Harris, assistant professor Boris Zemelman, and research associate Masaaki Kuwajima. All three are members of the Center...
Understanding the Prefrontal Cortex

Understanding the Prefrontal Cortex

ZemelmanDendrites.jpgEvery time you need to make plans for the future, like what to do over spring break or which SXSW shows to catch, you're using the prefrontal cortex of your brain.

Fun with Chemistry Inspires Students of All Ages

Fun with Chemistry Inspires Students of All Ages

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A woman in a lab coat, protective goggles, and gloves stands at the front of a packed school auditorium and yells, “Do you like science?” The room full of children screams back, “YES!” The woman dumps a vat of hot water into a bucket of liquid nitrogen; instantly, a cloud of nitrogen gas fills the front of the room as children applaud and cheer. Thus ends another demonstration of Fun with Chemistry.