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Alumnus Helped Usher in Age of Personal Computing and Guide Lunar Astronauts Home

Alumnus Helped Usher in Age of Personal Computing and Guide Lunar Astronauts Home

Bob O'Rear (M.S. '66) wrote computer code that helped guide Apollo astronauts safely home and led the team that developed software for the first IBM PC. Photo credit: Vivian Abagiu.

In the summer of 1980, Microsoft was a scrappy little company with about 40 employees known mostly for producing computer languages like BASIC and FORTRAN. Annual revenues were just a few million dollars a year. That was all about to change when they got a call from global computer giant IBM. Could they help with a top-secret project to build, in less than a year, an affordable personal computer for ordinary people?

UT Austin Mathematics, Family Sciences Programs Among Top 10 in World Rankings

UT Austin Mathematics, Family Sciences Programs Among Top 10 in World Rankings

The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) has ranked the University Texas at Austin among the top 10 universities worldwide in three College of Natural Sciences subjects: Mathematics, Interdisciplinary Applications (#1), Mathematics, Applied (#5) and Family Studies (#7).

Math Program Shows How Key Learning Happens Outside the Classroom

Math Program Shows How Key Learning Happens Outside the Classroom

Juan Lozano is a second-year math student at The University of Texas at Austin who participates in the Directed Reading Program, an experiential learning program that matches undergraduate and graduate students in mathematics for projects that deepen students' understanding of high-level mathematical concepts. UT Austin's is the nation's largest and most diverse Directed Reading Program in the country.

Taillefumier Awarded Sloan Fellowship

Taillefumier Awarded Sloan Fellowship

A faculty member at The University of Texas at Austin whose research combines applied mathematics and theoretical neuroscience has been awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship for 2017.

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.

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.
Charles Fraser Mends Little Hearts

Charles Fraser Mends Little Hearts

Charles Fraser is the former Surgeon-in-Chief at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston. [Update: He is now at UT Austin's Dell Medical School.] He received a bachelor's degree in mathematics from UT Austin in 1980.

Insights from a Software Architect at Fall Commencement

Insights from a Software Architect at Fall Commencement

Students graduating this December will hear from an accomplished and world-changing software architect who walked across a similar UT stage—twice. 

Fellows Named to the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Fellows Named to the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Five University of Texas at Austin faculty members have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest general scientific society, including four from the College of Natural Sciences.

Mathematicians, Ward, Engquist and Dhillon, Singled Out for Recognition

Mathematicians, Ward, Engquist and Dhillon, Singled Out for Recognition

Three UT Austin mathematicians have recently garnered recognition for their contributions to mathematics and education. The Institute for Mathematics and its Applications at the University of Minnesota has awarded associate professor Rachel Ward the IMA Prize in Mathematics and its Applications. The International Congress of Chinese Mathematicians' (ICCM) has awarded professor Björn Engquist its International Cooperation Award. And professor Inderjit Dhillon has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).