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Military Children Will Receive More Support for Learning Math Under Dana Center Contract

Military Children Will Receive More Support for Learning Math Under Dana Center Contract

The Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin has been awarded a $12.7 million contract by the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity to advance math education for children on U.S. military bases.

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...
Astronomy Outreach Program Takes Texas Teachers on Trip of a Lifetime

Astronomy Outreach Program Takes Texas Teachers on Trip of a Lifetime

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A Department of Astronomy outreach program achieved the culmination of 17 years of hard work recently when several Texas teachers flew as part of the science team aboard NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA).

Freshman Research Starts at UT, Changes the World

Freshman Research Starts at UT, Changes the World

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Exposing first-year college students to real research experiences alongside faculty scientists is something The University of Texas at Austin has been doing for a decade now through the Freshman Research Initiative.

For a Big Impact, Go Small: An Introduction to CNS Cornerstones

For a Big Impact, Go Small: An Introduction to CNS Cornerstones

Every week, as Sneha Patel stood in front of the roughly 20 freshmen she mentored and gave tips on how to navigate college, she would see a lot of heads nodding—but not in the back of the room. There sat one girl, always with her headphones on, not participating. Patel was surprised when the student signed up for one of the individual sessions she offered to each of her mentees. She probably won't even show up, Patel thought. When the student did arrive for her meeting, she was very quiet at first. Then something shifted.

Brackenridge Field Lab Shines in National Report

Brackenridge Field Lab Shines in National Report

Jacob Heiling (BS '13) was already interested in biology when he started working as a greenhouse assistant at the Brackenridge Field Laboratory (BFL) as an undergraduate. The time he spent watching butterflies interact in the greenhouse sparked his interest in studying species interactions, and that led to an independent research project on the chemical ecology of bird-dispersed fruits.

TIDES: Transforming Science Education

TIDES: Transforming Science Education

b2ap3_thumbnail_UTeach.jpgThe College of Natural Sciences is launching a home for its current and future programs in innovative undergraduate science education, the Texas Institute for Discovery Education in Science (TIDES).  TIDES was proposed in the CNS 2013 Strategic Plan (as the Texas Center for Science Discovery) as a way to continue and enhance the college’s leading role in STEM education.

$2.4 Million Grant Expands UT Austin’s Freshman Research Initiative

$2.4 Million Grant Expands UT Austin’s Freshman Research Initiative

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has awarded a $2.4 million grant to The University of Texas at Austin to expand its Freshman Research Initiative, a program that gives students the opportunity to take part in advanced research projects early in their academic careers.

Better Corn the Goal of $2.5 million Grant from the National Science Foundation

Better Corn the Goal of $2.5 million Grant from the National Science Foundation

Jeff Chen hopes to understand "hybrid vigor" in corn well enough to improve breeding.
2012 Graduate Wins $175,000 Teaching Fellowship

2012 Graduate Wins $175,000 Teaching Fellowship

The fellowship is designed to meet the needs of beginning teachers from the onset of the credentialing process through the critical early years of their careers.