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Recognize Excellent Alumni and Friends of Texas Science

This message to the College of Natural Sciences community invites nominations for individuals to induct into the college's 2019 Hall of Honor.

Do you know the common thread that ties together two recent winners of the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, the only woman to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate, the leader of NASA's New Horizons Space mission and a famous 97-year-old style icon?

A Special Message for College of Natural Sciences Undergraduates

This message was sent to current CNS undergraduate students in the weekly email from the college, prior to an evening with the dean especially for students.

Biologists Receive $2 Million to Classify the Microbial World

Biologists Receive $2 Million to Classify the Microbial World

UT Austin biologists have received funding to classify the world’s microbes based on genetics, function and ecology. This image is a tree of life for one group of microbes called archaea. In this case, they are all found in the guts of great apes. Credit: Howard Ochman/University of Texas at Austin.

The National Science Foundation has awarded a team of four researchers, including University of Texas at Austin biologists Howard Ochman and Mark Kirkpatrick, approximately $2 million over three years to classify the entire microbial world into genetic, ecological and functional units. The researchers also aim to understand how diversity originates and to analyze the genetic basis of functional and ecological differences between emerging species.

Voting App “BeVote” Programmed by UT Students

Voting App “BeVote” Programmed by UT Students

Students at The University of Texas at Austin have a new tool to help them become better informed as voters. BeVote is a free cellphone app designed exclusively for UT students that provides accurate, nonpartisan information and was programmed by UT students.

Preparing for Workday

This message was sent from Dean Goldbart to college faculty and staff ahead of the transition in some business services systems.

Computer Scientists Receive $1.7 Million Grant to Make Chip Design Easier

Computer Scientists Receive $1.7 Million Grant to Make Chip Design Easier

Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin, Yale University and Texas State University have been awarded $5 million by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) as part of a program designed to spark the next wave of semiconductor innovation and circuit design in the U.S.

Scientists Discover Why Some Bacteria Turn Bad

Scientists Discover Why Some Bacteria Turn Bad

Enterotoxigenic E. coli (ETEC) bacteria approach intestinal epithelial cells during human infection. When in close proximity to the host epithelium ETEC senses oxygen seeping (blue) from intestinal epithelial cells to increase expression of adhesins and secreted toxins (magenta). Image Credit: Brad Gilleland

Every year, millions of people have vacations and business trips ruined when they succumb to "traveler's diarrhea" during their journeys. A major cause of traveler's diarrhea is bacteria called Enterotoxigenic E. coli, or ETEC. A joint effort between scientists at the University of Georgia and the University of Texas at Austin has discovered what triggers ETEC to produce dangerous toxins in the body. They are using this information in an effort to develop a preventive vaccine for travelers.

Our Commitment to Inclusion

This message was sent to College of Natural Sciences faculty, staff and graduate students at the semester's start.

A top priority of mine is for our community to instill in each individual member – student, staff or faculty – a sense that they are welcome, i.e., the knowledge that they belong and that their wellbeing as individuals matters a great deal here.

New Cancer Treatment Uses Enzymes to Boost Immune System and Fight Back

New Cancer Treatment Uses Enzymes to Boost Immune System and Fight Back

Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have developed a new approach to treating cancer using enzyme therapy.

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A Message on Dean Goldbart's First Day on the Job

Beginning my new role as dean for the University of Texas at Austin's College of Natural Sciences, I'm humbled by and grateful for all the support that many of you have extended already in the run-up to my arrival in Austin. As I continue to learn about this remarkable place, meeting more of you and hearing your perspectives and insights will be crucial.