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Turning the Tide: How the Marine Science Institute is Building a Bluer Future

Turning the Tide: How the Marine Science Institute is Building a Bluer Future

Photo by Richard Barnden.

The University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute can feel like the edge of the world. It stands on a corner of Mustang Island, surrounded by windswept grassy dunes and a seemingly endless expanse of Gulf water. But this unassuming campus is perfectly positioned to study our planet's largest resource. MSI isn't an edge; it's a forefront.

National Instruments Co-Founders Inducted into Inventors Hall of Fame

National Instruments Co-Founders Inducted into Inventors Hall of Fame

Paul Goldbart, Dean of the College of Natural Sciences, and Sharon Wood, Dean of the Cockrell School of Engineering, (back row, right) were among a group celebrating UT Austin alumni Jeff Kodosky and James Truchard at the National Inventors Hall of Fame induction ceremony May 2.

National Instruments co-founders James Truchard and Jeff Kodosky, who founded one the country's pioneering technology companies while working at The University of Texas at Austin, have been selected as 2019 inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Together, the two software pioneers invented LabVIEWTM (Laboratory Virtual Instrumentation Engineering Workbench) — a programming language that revolutionized the way engineers and scientists measure, test and control applications.

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Congratulations 2019 President's Staff Service and Outstanding Staff Award Winners

Congratulations 2019 President's Staff Service and Outstanding Staff Award Winners

This message acknowledges President's Staff Awards, which is celebrated on campus in April 25.

Meet Jacob Van Geffen, Dean's Scholars Grad

Meet Jacob Van Geffen, Dean's Scholars Grad

Jacob Van Geffen graduated in 2018 as a Dean's Honored Graduate in Computer Science with Honors, receiving a B.S. in Computer Science and a B.S. in Mathematics, with the Pure Mathematics option. A member of both Dean's and Turing Scholars, he was recognized for his achievements in research, academics and leadership. Today, he is on fellowship in the University of Washington's computer science graduate program.

Meet Sana Saboowala, Polymathic Scholars Alum

Meet Sana Saboowala, Polymathic Scholars Alum

Sana Saboowala graduated in 2018 as a Dean's Honored Graduate in Biology. She received an Honors B.S.A. in Biology, an Honors B.A. in Anthropology, and a Bioarchaeology in Museums Certificate through the Polymathic Scholars Honors program. Sana was recognized for her excellence in research and her thesis, "Ankh-Hap: A Case Study on the Display of Egyptian Mummies in America."

Meet Wesley Godfrey, Health Science Scholars Alum

Meet Wesley Godfrey, Health Science Scholars Alum

Wesley Godfrey graduated in 2018 as a Dean's Honored Graduate in Biology. He was recognized for his excellence in research and his thesis, "Myeloid Cells Support Murine T-ALL Growth In Vivo." Today he is enrolled in the M.D./Ph.D. program at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, with full funding awarded through the NIH's Medical Scientist Training Program.

Dean's Scholars Parents' Letter

Dean's Scholars Parents' Letter

Dear Parents:

I am pleased to reflect on another great year for the Dean's Scholars Honors Program. We have continued many of the DS traditions that generations of Dean's Scholars have enjoyed, as well as broken new ground. Each Friday, we continue to meet with leading UT scholars to eat lunch and discuss exciting research. DSers also meet to discuss their own research at RESULTS, and also for regular DS outings, game nights, sports events, high-school tutoring, and other activities.

Polymathic Scholars Parents' Letter

Polymathic Scholars Parents' Letter

Dear Parents:

Polymathic Scholars (PS) are the newest members of the College of Natural Sciences honors programs. I'm grateful for the experience of being the associated Faculty Director, and also for having the opportunity to introduce the program to you in general, along with some recent news.​

Health Science Scholars Parents' Letter

Health Science Scholars Parents' Letter

Dear Parents:

Health Science Scholars is old enough now to have three years of alumni who have graduated from UT-Austin! As the second-oldest college-wide honors program in the College of Natural Sciences, HSS was founded to provide a unique niche for highly accomplished and motivated students who are interested in health careers and who are dedicated to community service.

Announcing a New Chair for the Department of Astronomy

This message from Dean Paul Goldbart, announcing Volker Bromm will be the next chair for the Department of Astronomy, was sent to members of the faculty and staff this week.