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Study Examines Seniors' Social Lives and Health

Study Examines Seniors' Social Lives and Health

The University of Texas at Austin will receive a $2.4 million grant over the next five years from the National Institute on Aging to study how social interactions improve the health of older adults. Participants will use wearable electronic devices and cellphone apps to monitor their physical activity and social interactions in real time for several days.

College Welcomes New Faculty in New Academic Year

College Welcomes New Faculty in New Academic Year

The College of Natural Sciences welcomes 11 new faculty this fall. Whether searching for evidence of exotic new physics, enabling the creation of personal robots, or addressing critical problems in cancer research, these industrious and innovative faculty members build on the college's reputation for pioneering research and research-based teaching.

Longer Acquaintance Levels the Romantic Playing Field

Longer Acquaintance Levels the Romantic Playing Field

NYT-Science-RaePartners who become romantically involved soon after meeting tend to be more similar in physical attractiveness than partners who get together after knowing each other for a while, a team at the University of Texas at Austin and Northwestern University has found.

Public Health Program Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

Public Health Program Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

As the College of Natural Sciences’ public health program celebrates its fifth anniversary this year, we visit with some of the people who know the program best.

Freshman Research Initiative Alum Spotlight: Elvira Marquez

Freshman Research Initiative Alum Spotlight: Elvira Marquez

As classes start back for the spring semester, hundreds of first-year students are embarking on hands-on research projects as part of the Freshman Research Initiative (FRI). Later this year, FRI will celebrate its 10th anniversary academic year. In honor of that milestone, we visit with some of the alumni of the FRI program, like Human Development and Family Sciences senior Elvira Marquez.

Overweight Children who Eat Vegetables are Healthier, Research Finds

Overweight Children who Eat Vegetables are Healthier, Research Finds

Getting children who are overweight to regularly eat even just a helping or two of the right vegetables each day could improve their health in critical ways, a new study reports.

Experts Call for Federal Government to Increase Breast Cancer Prevention Efforts

The federal government needs to make breast cancer prevention a priority and place funding for prevention at the same level as other types of research, says a new sweeping report.

Researcher Looks at Changing Diet and Chemotherapy to Combat Aggressive Cancers

Researcher Looks at Changing Diet and Chemotherapy to Combat Aggressive Cancers

Linda deGraffenried and her team of researchers are focused on helping the 15 percent of breast cancer patients and 10 percent of prostate cancer patients who are facing a dim prognosis.

Longer Formula Feeding and Later Introduction of Solids May Increase Risk of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in Children

Longer Formula Feeding and Later Introduction of Solids May Increase Risk of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in Children

A research team in the Department of Nutritional Sciences has found that infant feeding patterns may increase the risk of a diagnosis of acute lymphoblastic leukemia, or ALL.

Professor Wins Media Award for Popular Website about Relationships

Professor Wins Media Award for Popular Website about Relationships

The Society for Personality and Social Psychology honors Tim Loving's efforts to communicate relationship science to the public.

Pediatric Geneticist Searches for Role of Environmental Contaminants in Birth Defects with $1.2 Million Grant from EPA

Pediatric Geneticist Searches for Role of Environmental Contaminants in Birth Defects with $1.2 Million Grant from EPA

The team will then develop mathematical models to predict which chemical exposures have the potential to harm a pregnant woman or her developing infant.

Alcohol Abuse Might Be the Cause – Rather than the Effect – of Social Isolation and Poor Grades Among Teenagers, Study Shows

Human ecology professor finds that teenage drinkers are more likely to feel like social outcasts than the life of the party.

Testosterone: It's There for Dads When They Need It

Testosterone: It's There for Dads When They Need It

Some infant cues, such as baby cries, actually increase testosterone.

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The Pregnancy Twofer

The Pregnancy Twofer

Maternal health epidemiologist Michele Forman explains how healthier habits during pregnancy can improve the lives of mother and child.

Organics in the Balance

Organics in the Balance

A guide to when and how to eat organic, from the college's expert dietitians.