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Gravitational Waves Discovery Has Deep UT Connections

Gravitational Waves Discovery Has Deep UT Connections

The recent detection of gravitational waves at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), which is partially led by executive director and University of Texas at Austin alumnus David Reitze, has even deeper roots at UT Austin.

Alumni Couples Recall Certain Symbiosis and Chemistry at UT

Alumni Couples Recall Certain Symbiosis and Chemistry at UT

For many alumni, memories of their favorite professors or funny stories from long hours in the lab make the Forty Acres a special place to remember. Others recall falling in love among the beakers, telescopes, supercomputers and math study groups here in the heart of campus.

Physics Alum a Lead on Gravitational Waves Discovery

Physics Alum a Lead on Gravitational Waves Discovery

People all over the world tuned in this morning when David Reitze, a 1990 graduate of the Department of Physics at UT Austin, described what happened back in September.

Alum Advances Beauty of Science

Alum Advances Beauty of Science

Artists draw inspiration from science, scientists produce artistic images in their lab, and people who appreciate beauty can find examples of both in the gallery of College of Natural Sciences alumna Hayley Gillespie (PhD, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, 2011).

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Center for Infectious Disease Named for Dr. John Ring LaMontagne

Center for Infectious Disease Named for Dr. John Ring LaMontagne

A research center at The University of Texas at Austin will be renamed for Dr. John Ring LaMontagne, a scientist who combated flu and other infectious diseases to improve public health around the globe. The renaming of the existing Center for Infectious Disease follows more than $7 million in contributions by the LaMontagne community of family, friends and colleagues in celebration of Dr. Montagne's work within the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Alumna Talks Science, Whiskey and Advice for Students

Alumna Talks Science, Whiskey and Advice for Students

Amanda Swift graduated in 2007 from The University of Texas at Austin with a BS in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior.​ We sat down with her and her husband Nick to hear how they're doing and what they've been up to since graduation. They say it all started over dinner, that is, their plan to create the best single malt whiskey ever tasted, a pursuit for which a science education turns out to come in handy. In 2012, they launched Swift Distillery and have "searched the world over" for barrels in order to bring their dream to Central Texas. 

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Alum Recognized for Cancer Research Breakthrough

Alum Recognized for Cancer Research Breakthrough

Jim Allison, a College of Natural Sciences alumnus and cancer researcher, has been named the 2015 recipient of the prestigious Lasker Award for clinical medical research.

First Doctoral Degree at UT Awarded 100 Years Ago

First Doctoral Degree at UT Awarded 100 Years Ago

In 1915, The University of Texas at Austin awarded its first Ph.D. ever to zoologist Carl Gottfried Hartman. Hartman would go on to become one of the most renowned researchers in mammalian embryology and reproduction, impacting the understanding of reproduction, fertility and contraception in humans.

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Alumna Shares Expertise in Science Policy

Alumna Shares Expertise in Science Policy

Public officials are used to hearing economists’ expertise on decisions about the economy and listening to diplomats about foreign policy, so why shouldn’t scientists help national, state and local leaders make better decisions about science and technology?

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Alumnus Spencer Wells Wants to Know Where We All Come From

Alumnus Spencer Wells Wants to Know Where We All Come From

Meet Spencer Wells (B.S., '88), National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and founder of the Genographic Project.