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Cool Class: Physics for Smarties

When Plan II Liberal Arts students reach their junior year, they each pass through what many perceive as a trial by fire: Plan II Physics. The class, taught by physics professor Austin Gleeson, has a reputation for scrambling students' brains and shaking the very foundation of everything they think they know. Throughout the semester, Gleeson and...Mylar Balloon
Quasar Girl

Quasar Girl

Astronomy student Krista Smith fulfills her dream to become an astronomer and studies quasars, the massive, incredibly distant, extraordinarily bright galaxies with active black holes at their center.

Self-Driving SUV Advances to DARPA Urban Challenge Semifinals

Self-Driving SUV Advances to DARPA Urban Challenge Semifinals

AUSTIN, Texas—Marvin, a self-driving Isuzu SUV programmed by University of Texas at Austin computer scientists and members of Austin Robot Technology (ART), passed a recent driving test and will advance to the semi-finals, the last step before the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) 2007 Urban Challenge race. The test, which was he...
Freshman Research Initiative receives $1.9 million from HHMI

Freshman Research Initiative receives $1.9 million from HHMI

AUSTIN, Texas—The Freshman Research Initiative (FRI), a new program in the College of Natural Sciences that promotes undergraduate research participation at The University of Texas at Austin, has received a $1.9 million award from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). The HHMI Undergraduate Science Education Program Award was granted to Dr. ...