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

What you probably don’t know about holiday weight gain

What you probably don’t know about holiday weight gain

Molly Bray, chair of the Department of Nutritional Sciences, penned a Texas Perspectives piece in late December warning of the dangers of overeating during the holiday season that was picked up by several Texas newspapers:Dallas Morning NewsFort Worth Star-TelegramAustin American Statesman
Research Finds Men Intimidated by Smarts

Research Finds Men Intimidated by Smarts

​A study by Paul Eastwick, associate professor in the Department of Relationships and Family Sciences, was featured on ABC News and many other media organizations last week. This study found that men's response to intelligent women may not be what men themselves think it will be. 

Nutrition Science Students Advise Swimmer Planning to Cross the Pacific Ocean

Nutrition Science Students Advise Swimmer Planning to Cross the Pacific Ocean

​Long-distance swimmer Benoit Lecomte visited campus as the guest of two College of Natural Sciences departments working with him as he prepares to attempt to swim across the Pacific Ocean, a 5,500-mile voyage to raise awareness about climate change and ocean health.​Department of Nutritional Sciences at UT Austin chair, Molly Bray, and h...
Breakthroughs in Breast Cancer Research

Breakthroughs in Breast Cancer Research

Cancer researcher Linda deGraffenried, professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, was featured on Fox 7 Austin for breast cancer awareness month. 

Partnerships in the Natural World

Partnerships in the Natural World

Evolutionary biologist Nancy Moran, professor in the Department of Integrative Biology, was featured in a detailed Q&A in Quanta Magazine. She explains her research on the relationships between bees and the bacteria that live inside of them.

Fish Spawning and Illusions of Plenty

Fish Spawning and Illusions of Plenty

Overfishing causes serious damage in marine ecosystems, but few people understand the natural phenomenon that precedes humans removing too many fish from the oceans. Brad Erisman, an assistant professor in the Marine Science Department, is helping to put a spotlight on the science.

UT Ranked Top College for Tech by Millennials-Focused Media Site

UT Ranked Top College for Tech by Millennials-Focused Media Site

The next Steve Jobs could come from The University of Texas at Austin, according to a millennials-focused media site known as Mic.Mic created a list of the thirteen schools they believe will produce the next great entrepreneur. Their top pick was The University of Texas at Austin. The list was created using stats pulled from a variety of ...
How Longhorns Got Their Long Horns

How Longhorns Got Their Long Horns

Evolutionary biologist David Hillis, a professor in the Department of Integrative Biology, is featured in an in-depth Q-and-A piece in the New York Times

Trash on Our Beaches Started With Us, and It Must End with Us

Trash on Our Beaches Started With Us, and It Must End with Us

iStock photo of garbage can on beachWorld Ocean Day was celebrated this week and people across the planet talked about how to keep water bottles, micro-trash and other plastics out of our oceans.

Thriving in Our Digital World

Thriving in Our Digital World

Calvin Lin The College Board and the National Science Foundation (NSF) recently announced they will expand their initiative to improve access to computer science education in high schools. Computer science skills are increasingly critical in the world today and the program is designed to strengthen these skills among students, especially gir...
Lester Reed Retrospective: A 'complex' man who loved science

Lester Reed Retrospective: A 'complex' man who loved science

The Department of Molecular Biosciences' Marvin Hackert, Dean Appling, and Alan Lambowitz have written a touching tribute to Lester J. Reed in PNAS Early Edition. Reed, who was a pioneer in the field of biochemistry and a vital member of the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin for over 50 years, passed away on January 14, 2015.
Unlocking the Mystery of How Memories Are Made

Unlocking the Mystery of How Memories Are Made

A team of neuroscientists at the University of Texas at Austin have won a $150,000 grant from the Brain Research Foundation to visualize synapses in the brain as memories are being created. The team consists of professor Kristen Harris, assistant professor Boris Zemelman, and research associate Masaaki Kuwajima. All three are members of the Center...
Steven Weinberg's "To Explain the World: The Discovery of Modern Science"

Steven Weinberg's "To Explain the World: The Discovery of Modern Science"

Astronomy and Physics professor Steven Weinberg has penned a new book that looks at the development of science and scientific discovery throughout history. Below we present you with a few of the reviews of this new work: Austin American-Statesman Financial Times Kirkus Reviews National Geographic Nature The Telegraph Times Higher Educatio...
Artifical Intelligence Researcher Predicts the Acceptance of Self-Driving Cars

Artifical Intelligence Researcher Predicts the Acceptance of Self-Driving Cars

The Dallas Observer recently asked scientists around the state to predict what the world might look like 15 years from now. Artificial intelligence researcher Peter Stone talks about the surprisingly fast acceptance of autonomous cars and how dramatically he thinks they will change our lives. Stone also predicts big advances in the application of robots in health and medicine.

Ebola Expert Speaks on Efforts to Fight Epidemic

Ebola Expert Speaks on Efforts to Fight Epidemic

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, delivered his talk "The Ebola Outbreak: The Perfect Storm" at The University of Texas at Austin on Monday, February 9. Watch video from the event at Time Warner Cable News.

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