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Support Texas Science Students Via the Student Emergency Fund

Support Texas Science Students Via the Student Emergency Fund

​In a message to Longhorn Nation, President Fenves announced a new effort to support University of Texas at Austin students in the aftermath of the outbreak of COVID-19. Here is his message and how you can help.

Alum Prem Mahendroo and the Research Bug

Alum Prem Mahendroo and the Research Bug

Prem Mahendroo at home in Arlington. Photos on this page by: Vivian Abagiu, Sloan Breeden, Tara Trujillo-Smith

As a young boy, Prem Mahendroo loved to fly kites near the Ganges River in his hometown of Haridwar, India. He has a vivid memory of climbing up the side of his house to free one that had been trapped. A fall could have been deadly, but he was determined to grasp what was just beyond reach.

That moment provides a glimpse of Mahendroo's life and work. Throughout his career as a physicist, he reached beyond. He would become a pioneer in nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) research and is admired by Nobel Prize winners in the field.

Gift to UT Austin Will Advance Programs in Biodiversity and Ecology

Gift to UT Austin Will Advance Programs in Biodiversity and Ecology

Lorraine “Casey” Stengl's estate gift will boost biological research and education at The University of Texas at Austin.

A generous estate gift to The University of Texas at Austin from alumna and former physician Lorraine "Casey" Stengl will have a dramatic impact on educational efforts and scientific research examining plants, animals and their interactions with the natural world.

UT Alum Gives Back in Support of Mathematics

UT Alum Gives Back in Support of Mathematics

When Roice Nelson (BS, '97) was a student at The University of Texas at Austin, he received a scholarship that covered his books, tuition and other expenses. The funds allowed him to focus on receiving a world-class education with minimal financial burden. Roice and his wife, Sarah, recently decided to honor the gift he was given with one of their own. 

From Student to Philanthropist: Abell’s Transformational Gift Creates New Opportunities

From Student to Philanthropist: Abell’s Transformational Gift Creates New Opportunities

On her way to the library, part-time marine science student Mary Abell stumbled upon the bustle of arrangements being made for a Marine Science Advisory Council meeting.  At that time, little did she know that she and her husband, Joe would go on to have a lasting connection to The University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI) which would become as strong and lasting as the granite jetties that border the Institute.

Alumnus Helped Usher in Age of Personal Computing and Guide Lunar Astronauts Home

Alumnus Helped Usher in Age of Personal Computing and Guide Lunar Astronauts Home

Bob O'Rear (M.S. '66) wrote computer code that helped guide Apollo astronauts safely home and led the team that developed software for the first IBM PC. Photo credit: Vivian Abagiu.

In the summer of 1980, Microsoft was a scrappy little company with about 40 employees known mostly for producing computer languages like BASIC and FORTRAN. Annual revenues were just a few million dollars a year. That was all about to change when they got a call from global computer giant IBM. Could they help with a top-secret project to build, in less than a year, an affordable personal computer for ordinary people?

Alum and Former NASA Computer Programmer Wants Others to Have Opportunities She Had

Alum and Former NASA Computer Programmer Wants Others to Have Opportunities She Had

When Betty Wilson Key (Math, '67) graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, NASA, the place she went on to work, wasn't known especially as a place for women.

Natural Sciences Alum Invests in Neurodegenerative Research

Natural Sciences Alum Invests in Neurodegenerative Research

Dr. John Doran (Microbiology, Chemistry, 1969) has established an endowment with the intention of advancing science in neurodegenerative diseases.

Harnessing the Power of Science and Community

Harnessing the Power of Science and Community

Science, once cloistered away in distant labs and rarefied academic journals, these days is connecting with the masses. One important way is through new crowdfunding initiatives that allow UT Austin community members to invest in facilities and research in new ways.