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Dean's Letter -- Week of 9/6/11 -- It's about Jobs!

Dean's Letter -- Week of 9/6/11 -- It's about Jobs!
Dear Students,

I hope you had a good Labor Day weekend. Rest assured, for both faculty and students alike it is a welcome break to have a little down time early in the semester to regroup, take stock of all we have to do, and have a little unstructured time. Remember that Sept 9 is the 12th class day, the last day to drop a class without taking a Q.

This week's message is about JOBS. You are here at UT in hopes of becoming gainfully employed some day, and our job is to help you on your search. Some things I thought you would like to know:

Meet Associate Dean Skip Porter

The newest member of the College of Natural Sciences Dean's office is Dr. Skip Porter, who is the Associate Dean for Innovation and Science Enterprise. Dr. Porter's role will be to create courses, organization and collaborations that help students be competitive in the knowledge-based world. Building on the College's Freshman Research Initiative model, he will be creating programs to allow students to take ideas and discoveries in the sciences and develop their own inventions and ideas. Stay tuned for forthcoming lecture and course announcements!

Natural Sciences Career Expo

On Monday, September 19, the College of Natural Sciences will hold its Fall Career Expo from 1-6pm at the Frank Erwin Center. More than 100 companies will be in attendance to offer UT students full-time, part-time and internship opportunities. Visit for more details and to view the full list of employers planning to attend. Don’t forget! Business casual attire and your UT AUSTIN ID are required for entry. Remember, your attire and your professional demeanor represent you, so dress for success.

Register TODAY for ScienceWorks!

ScienceWorks is the Career Design Center’s new online career portal. Register today and immediately have access to search and apply for jobs and internship opportunities. View a calendar of upcoming career related workshops and events. You can even apply for on-campus interviews or upload your resume to let companies find you. ScienceWorks is your portal to your career. Register TODAY! It’s simple. Just enter your UTEID and the password bevo1234.

Best of luck in the coming week!


Dr. Sacha Kopp

PS: This week's science trivia:

(1) What modern invention began in the top-secret DATAR project of the Canadian military in 1952, was first patented by Douglas Engelbart and Bill English in 1969, but relatively obscure until integrated in the Xerox 8010 in 1981 and the Apple Macintosh in 1984?

(2) What home appliance did the U.S. produce seven million of in 1953, up from 6,000 in 1946?

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