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UTeach Outreach

UTeach Outreach

The College of Natural Sciences is always searching for new ways to promote greater interest in science and capture the imaginations of students. For more than a decade, the UTeach Outreach program has embodied the college’s commitment to improving science education by bringing university and grade school students together to ensure today’s schoolc...
Student Profile: Damian Tong

Student Profile: Damian Tong

Damian Tong’s passion for teaching is evident in everything he does. Whether as a student at The University of Texas at Austin, or as a member of the Army Reserves, it’s a vital part of his life, and has been since high school. “My high school chemistry teacher was a huge influence on me and sparked my interest in science and teaching,” Tong expla...
Groundbreaking for new Wetland Education Center at Marine Science Institute

Groundbreaking for new Wetland Education Center at Marine Science Institute

PORT ARANSAS, Texas—Rick Tinnin’s dream to have a center for wetland education on the Marine Science Institute (MSI) campus came closer to reality as gold-painted shovels were dug into the sandy Port Aransas soil during a groundbreaking ceremony on Saturday. When completed, the 3.5-acre Wetland Education Center will consist of a new salt marsh sur...
Professor Profile: Michael Starbird

Professor Profile: Michael Starbird

Michael Starbird, a professor of mathematics and a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers, joined The University of Texas at Austin in 1974 and served as an associate dean in the College of Natural Sciences from 1989 to 1997. Throughout his career, Starbird has demonstrated a dedication to teaching, particularly in his efforts to make math...
Actuarial studies position in mathematics funded by Buck Consultants

Actuarial studies position in mathematics funded by Buck Consultants

AUSTIN, Texas—Buck Consultants, one of the world’s leading human resource and benefits consulting firms, announced today that it has funded the position of Buck Consultants Assistant Director of Actuarial Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Leslie Vaaler will be the initial Buck Consultants Assistant Director of Actuarial Studies. Sh...
New Texas Natural Science Center offers education, exhibits and research

New Texas Natural Science Center offers education, exhibits and research

AUSTIN, Texas—The University of Texas at Austin will combine the Texas Memorial Museum, nationally known natural history research collections, public exhibits, and science education and outreach efforts in a new Texas Natural Science Center. The center, which hosts a variety of science outreach programs such as Austin Science Fun Day, will be a un...
Boyer, Kaufmann and Moore awarded the 2005 ACM Software System Award for the Boyer-Moore Theorem Prover

Boyer, Kaufmann and Moore awarded the 2005 ACM Software System Award for the Boyer-Moore Theorem Prover

AUSTIN, Texas—University of Texas at Austin professors Robert Boyer and J Stother Moore and Senior Research Scientist Matt Kaufmann were awarded the 2005 Software System Award by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) for their work on the Boyer-Moore Theorem Prover. Used by computer scientists to verify that computer systems are functionin...
Learning Machines

Learning Machines

On a small practice field on the first floor of Taylor Hall, robot dogs playing soccer scuttle around the field like infants crawling across a playpen. They survey their field with Cyclops-like camera eyes and nudge balls around with silver chins. And like little humans, these robots learn to walk, recognize color, and hold a ball. They experiment ...aibo-tower
Poison dart frog mimics gain when birds learn to stay away

Poison dart frog mimics gain when birds learn to stay away

AUSTIN, Texas—When predators learn to avoid a highly toxic frog, they generalize, and this allows a harmless frog to mimic and be more abundant than a frog whose poison packs less punch, biologists at The University of Texas at Austin studying poison dart frogs in the Amazon have discovered. Catherine Darst and Molly Cummings report their findings...
Convergent evolution of molecules in electric fish

Convergent evolution of molecules in electric fish

AUSTIN, Texas—Having a set of extra genes gave fish on separate continents the ability to evolve electric organs, report researchers from The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Harold Zakon and colleagues, in a paper recently published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, show that African and South American groups of fish independe...