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Elaborate Komodo Dragon Armor Defends Against Other Dragons

Elaborate Komodo Dragon Armor Defends Against Other Dragons

Just beneath their scales, Komodo dragons wear a suit of armor made of tiny bones. These bones cover the dragons from head to tail, creating a "chain mail" that protects the giant predators. However, the armor raises a question: What does the world's largest lizard – the dominant predator in its natural habitat – need protection from?

A Growth Mindset Intervention Can Change Students’ Grades if School Culture is Supportive

A Growth Mindset Intervention Can Change Students’ Grades if School Culture is Supportive

Boosting academic success does not have to derive from new teachers or curriculum; it can also come from changing students' attitudes about their abilities through a short online intervention, according to the latest findings from the National Study of Learning Mindsets published in Nature on Aug. 7. Faculty in the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences contributed to the research.

Making UT Austin Even More Affordable for Students and Families

Making UT Austin Even More Affordable for Students and Families

Dean Paul Goldbart sent a message to supporters of the College of Natural Sciences serving on its Advisory Council, in light of a University of Texas Regents decision that will allow students from households earning $65,000 or less to have their tuition at UT Austin fully covered beginning in fall 2020.

Donation to UT Will Expand View of the Universe

Donation to UT Will Expand View of the Universe

Artist’s concept of the Giant Magellan Telescope, shown with beams creating artificial guide stars that the telescope’s adaptive optics system will use to compensate for turbulence in the atmosphere, ensuring extremely clear images. (GMTO Corporation)

David Booth, co-founder and executive chairman of Austin-based Dimensional Fund Advisors and a visionary philanthropist, has committed a $10 million gift to The University of Texas at Austin. His philanthropic investment will be used to advance Texas Science and the construction of the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT). Once completed, the GMT will be the world's largest telescope and have the capability to provide unprecedented views of the universe.

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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

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.