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Posts highlighting some of the many articles mentioning College of Natural Sciences faculty and students in the media.

UT Astronomer Reflects on Discovery of Gravitational Waves

UT Astronomer Reflects on Discovery of Gravitational Waves

One year ago, an international team of scientists detected the first direct evidence of gravitational waves. UT Austin astronomer Karl Gebhardt recently sat down with the Houston Chronicle's Kim McGuire to talk about his work, which focuses on both black holes and dark energy. He also reflected on the significance of the gravitational wave discovery.

Overcoming Women’s Hurdles in Science Will Stimulate the Economy

Overcoming Women’s Hurdles in Science Will Stimulate the Economy

In a recent op-ed appearing in the Dallas Morning News, Psychology Today and the Rio Grande Guardian, Shelley Payne provides evidence that both society and science will benefit by removing barriers that discourage women and people of color from pursuing a path in science, technology, engineering and math. Payne, a professor in molecular biosciences, is also the College of Natural Sciences' Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin.

Francis Su: "Mathematics Is for Human Flourishing"

Francis Su: "Mathematics Is for Human Flourishing"

Francis Su, a University of Texas at Austin alumnus and the outgoing President of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), recently gave his retiring presidential address in which he discussed why and how to bring about a more inclusive mathematical community. He also talked about how math can help us live the good life.

Experts Testify on Evolution Curriculum

Experts Testify on Evolution Curriculum

Some UT Austin graduate students and faculty testified in front of the Texas State Board of Education as board members deliberated about language in high school science curriculum pertaining to evolution.

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Hybrid Antibody Takes Down HIV

Hybrid Antibody Takes Down HIV

George Georgiou, a professor of engineering and molecular biosciences at the University of Texas at Austin, and his colleagues have developed a hybrid antibody that neutralized 99 percent of HIV-1 strains tested. The antibody is based on so-called "broadly-neutralizing antibodies," a group of antibodies from HIV-infected patients that are able to take down an array of rapidly mutating HIV-1 viruses.

Graduate Student Helps Develop New Method for Carbon Capture

Graduate Student Helps Develop New Method for Carbon Capture

​Charles Seipp, a graduate student in chemistry at The University of Texas at Austin, has helped discover a new method for capturing the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and releasing it into long term storage. Seipp, currently doing research at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and his colleagues synthesized a simple chemical...
Explaining How Ecosystems Cram in So Many Species

Explaining How Ecosystems Cram in So Many Species

A longstanding puzzle among biologists—how some ecosystems can cram in more species than expected, given the resources available—may be answered by a new model developed by The University of Texas at Austin's Thibaud Taillefumier, an assistant professor in mathematics and neuroscience, and Princeton University colleagues Anna Posfai and Ned Wingreen.

Tetrastrum glabrum, image credited to the Environmental Protection Agency
For the Holidays, Researchers Give Insights into Relationships and Dieting

For the Holidays, Researchers Give Insights into Relationships and Dieting

Star image taken from the Christmas Tree dress, part of the historic textile collection at UT's School of Human Ecology

Thinking about how to connect with distant friends and family? Searching for how to drop ten pounds in a week?

Research on Corporal Punishment Prompts Federal Letter Calling for Practice to End

Research on Corporal Punishment Prompts Federal Letter Calling for Practice to End

Image credit US Department of Education

This week—on November 22, 2016—U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. asked states to reconsider corporal punishment in public schools, noting that this form of discipline "is harmful, ineffective, and often disproportionately applied to students of color and students with disabilities."

Free Meals are Critical for Many Kids

Free Meals are Critical for Many Kids

Academy for Global Citizenship students enjoy a healthy lunch (2014). Credited to USDA

Even though over half of all Texan public school children qualify for free meals at school, many do not participate and have poorer nutrition, writes Diane Papillion, lecturer of nutritional sciences at the University of Texas at Austin, in an op-ed picked up by several newspapers in Texas.

Remembering Denton Cooley, a Heart Surgery Pioneer

Remembering Denton Cooley, a Heart Surgery Pioneer

The University of Texas at Austin mourns the loss of alumnus, supporter and world-renowned medical pioneer in heart surgery Dr. Denton Cooley (BA, 1941), who died at age 96.

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Learning About Evolution from a Lizard That Reproduces Without Males

Learning About Evolution from a Lizard That Reproduces Without Males

The latest issue of the Nautilus takes an in-depth look at decades of work by David Crews, a professor in the Department of Integrative Biology, who has been studying species of whiptail lizards that are entirely female.

Steven Weinberg On The Future of Quantum Mechanics

Steven Weinberg On The Future of Quantum Mechanics

Steven Weinberg, a Nobel laureate and a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Texas at Austin, recently discussed some of his concerns about the use and interpretation of quantum mechanics at a gathering of science communicators hosted by the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing (CASW).

Seeing Food as Medicine to Fight Cancer

Seeing Food as Medicine to Fight Cancer

Healthy foods reduce inflammation

The key to preventing or surviving a breast cancer diagnosis could be the food you eat, writes Linda deGraffenried, associate professor of nutritional sciences at the University of Texas at Austin, in The Dallas Morning News.

How to Make Better Random Numbers

How to Make Better Random Numbers

University of Texas at Austin computer scientist David Zuckerman has published an article in ​The Conversation​ explaining the importance of random numbers and his new algorithm for generating high quality random numbers from low quality sources.