News: Announcements

Read the latest news from the College of Natural Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin


CDC Taps UT for National Disease Outbreak Response Network

Lauren Ancel Meyers and colleagues will help scale up decision-support tools that were successful in earlier outbreaks for use across jurisdictions.

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Department of Energy Advances Research and Education at Wootton Center for Astrophysical Plasma Properties

Grant will help center led by Don Winget continue its research and train the next generation of scientists.

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Biodiversity Center

Meet the 2023 Stengl-Wyer Scholars, Fellows and Grant Awardees

Three postdoctoral fellows, four graduate students and numerous labs at UT and the Wildflower Center received awards this year.

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UT Mourns Pioneer of Computational Mechanics and Founder of Oden Institute

J. Tinsley Oden, the founder of computational mechanics and first director of UT’s related institute, has died.

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McDonald Observatory

McDonald Observatory Invites Ecological Research as a Texas Field Station

The observatory joins a network of six University of Texas sites dedicated to scientific research, environmental monitoring and conservation efforts.

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Philanthropic Gift Establishes Historic UT Commitment to Monitoring Texas’ Natural Resources

A transformative donation allows for the expansion of a Texas Field Station Network to study biodiversity and sustainability.

A young man in a hat holding equipment leads a group of students down a creek at a Hill Country-based field station


College Announces Newest Inductees to Hall of Honor

The Hall of Honor recognizes Distinguished Alumni, Distinguished Service and Emerging Leader award winners.

Amir Husain, Christina Reed and Wayne Alexander


With New Grant, Physicist Explores Using Sound to Transmit Data in Quantum Computers

UT Austin’s Keji Lai has received a Moore Foundation award reserved for the country’s top experimental physicists.

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UT and U.S. Army Researchers Replicate Real-life Tech Lab for Summer Camp Students

A STEM enrichment camp at UT Austin recently connected middle school students with tech mentors.

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New “Essentials of AI” Course Launches This Fall

The Department of Computer Science and the Good Systems program present a one semester-credit-hour course titled “Essentials of AI for Life and Society.”

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