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College Welcomes New Faculty for 2016-17 Academic Year

College Welcomes New Faculty for 2016-17 Academic Year

The College of Natural Sciences welcomes several new tenured and tenure-track faculty members this fall. Whether improving the performance and reliability of computers, investigating phases of matter, or revealing the impact of climate change on plant and animal life, these diligent and innovative scientists build on the college's reputation for groundbreaking research and research-based teaching.
From Cancer Research to Regulatory Affairs, Former Grad Student Takes on the World

From Cancer Research to Regulatory Affairs, Former Grad Student Takes on the World

Shameika Wilmington came to UT Austin with a passion for doing research that matters.

Looking Forward ... and Back: Podcast Updates

Looking Forward ... and Back: Podcast Updates

This summer, we're celebrating a milestone: one year of telling you science stories from the frontlines here at the University of Texas at Austin on the Point of Discovery Podcast. Tell us how we're doing in our listener survey: CLICK HERE

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Neuroscientist Receives 2016 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award

Neuroscientist Receives 2016 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award

Michael Drew, an assistant professor of neuroscience, was one of 11 University of Texas at Austin faculty members chosen to receive prestigious 2016 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards from The University of Texas System Board of Regents.

CNS Student Cyclists Kick-Off Charity Ride to Alaska

CNS Student Cyclists Kick-Off Charity Ride to Alaska

CNS student cyclists participating in the Texas 4000 charity bike ride to Alaska pose for a photo Friday at a kick-off event on campus.

Eighteen student cyclists from the College of Natural Sciences will begin a 4,000-mile bike ride from Austin to Anchorage, Alaska this weekend as part of Texas 4000, the longest annual charity bike ride in the world.

Hands-On Science Courses Boost Graduation Rates and STEM Retention

Hands-On Science Courses Boost Graduation Rates and STEM Retention

In a positive sign for efforts to boost U.S. competitiveness in science and technology, a new study finds that courses that engage college students in conducting scientific research early on can dramatically increase students' odds of completing a science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) degree.

Two College Alumni from 1980s Give Insights for New Grads

Two College Alumni from 1980s Give Insights for New Grads

This year's graduating seniors will hear words of wisdom from notable alumni who sat in their chairs about three decades ago.


Three Members of Natural Sciences Recognized for Teaching Excellence

Three Members of Natural Sciences Recognized for Teaching Excellence

Three members of the College of Natural Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin have been inducted into the University's respected Academy of Distinguished Teachers for 2016.

UT Austin Ranks No. 25 Globally for Science in Latest Nature Index

UT Austin Ranks No. 25 Globally for Science in Latest Nature Index

The University of Texas at Austin ranked No. 25 in the world among academic institutions for publication of scientific research, according to the latest annual report from the Nature Index, and it ranked 7th among U.S. universities in chemistry. 

Here's What Research Did for Me, Student Stories (Audio)

Here's What Research Did for Me, Student Stories (Audio)

As the College of Natural Sciences' Freshman Research Initiative celebrates its 10th anniversary, we speak to students and scientists about how doing research as freshmen and sophomores impacted them.

Ten Years In, Freshmen Research Initiative Keeps Blazing Trails

Ten Years In, Freshmen Research Initiative Keeps Blazing Trails

In honor of the Freshman Research Initiative's 10th Anniversary, we take a closer look at the innovative program in this article from the latest issue of The Texas Scientist.

10 CNS Students Awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships

10 CNS Students Awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships

​The National Science Foundation has announced that they will be awarding 28 prestigious Graduate Research Fellowships to University of Texas at Austin students, including seven College of Natural Science graduate students, two current undergraduates and a recent alumnus. 

Chemistry Professor Selected for Early Career Award

Chemistry Professor Selected for Early Career Award

A chemistry professor whose research has ramifications for energy and fuel generation and who leads outreach with undergraduate students was selected today for a prestigious early career award from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement.

Two Natural Sciences Professors Win Sloan Fellowships

Two Natural Sciences Professors Win Sloan Fellowships

Two trailblazing faculty members from the College of Natural Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin, along with two others from the Cockrell School of Engineering, have been awarded Sloan Research Fellowships for 2016.

Alumni Couples Recall Certain Symbiosis and Chemistry at UT

Alumni Couples Recall Certain Symbiosis and Chemistry at UT

For many alumni, memories of their favorite professors or funny stories from long hours in the lab make the Forty Acres a special place to remember. Others recall falling in love among the beakers, telescopes, supercomputers and math study groups here in the heart of campus.