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Cancer Fighter: Professor's Personal Battle Leads to Development of New Cancer Drug

Cancer Fighter: Professor's Personal Battle Leads to Development of New Cancer Drug

Jonathan Sessler wanted to ignore the pain. After all, his senior year at the University of California at Berkeley gave him plenty of things to take his mind off the persistent aching he felt under his arm. There were exams to study for, chemistry labs to finish and grad school applications to worry about. But Sessler’s older brother Dan, a first-...Jonathan Sessler, Rowland Petitt Centennial Professor of Chemistry, is a “molecular engineer” who designs new molecules that could have drug and medical diagnostic applications.
UT-Austin signs conservation easement for Fennessey Ranch

UT-Austin signs conservation easement for Fennessey Ranch

AUSTIN, Texas—The University of Texas at Austin signed an agreement with the Fennessey Ranch on Aug. 10 authorizing a conservation easement that will protect the 3,256-acre ranch from development and fragmentation. The Mission River as is passes Fennessey Ranch. Fennessey Ranch, owned by Brien O’Connor Dunn, is in Refugio County and is compo...Mission River
University helps establish new polymer research center

University helps establish new polymer research center

AUSTIN, Texas--Two chemical engineers and a biochemist at The University of Texas at Austin will conduct novel research as charter members of a new Science and Technology Center on layered polymers that is being established with Case Western Reserve University as the lead institution. The new Center for Layered Polymeric Systems (CLiPS) will open ...
 Marine Science Institute introduces Science and the Sea radio program

Marine Science Institute introduces Science and the Sea radio program

PORT ARANSAS, Texas—The University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute (UTMSI) introduces this summer a new two-minute radio program, “Science and the Sea,” produced jointly with Corpus Christi Public Radio, KEDT. “Science and the Sea” takes listeners on an exploration of the unseen underwater world that covers three-fourths of the planet, ...
Neuroscientist joins faculty of Center for Learning and Memory

Neuroscientist joins faculty of Center for Learning and Memory

AUSTIN, Texas—Dr. Richard Aldrich, a neuroscientist whose research focuses on cellular membrane ion channels, has joined the faculty of the Section of Neurobiology at The University of Texas at Austin. Aldrich, the Karl S. Folkers Chair II in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research, is the new chairperson of neurobiology. He also joins the r...Rick Aldrich
Finding about cellular microtubule rigidity could lead to development of new nano-materials

Finding about cellular microtubule rigidity could lead to development of new nano-materials

AUSTIN, Texas—Microtubules, essential structural elements in living cells, grow stiffer as they grow longer, an unexpected property that could lead to advances in nano-materials development, an international team of biophysicists has found. The team, from The University of Texas at Austin, the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidel...
Doug Burger receives Wilkes Award

Doug Burger receives Wilkes Award

AUSTIN, Texas—Dr. Doug Burger, associate professor in the Department of Computer Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin, has received the 2006 Maurice Wilkes Award from the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) for his contributions to spatially distributed processor and memory system architectures. The Maurice Wilkes Award, named after...
Farming ants cultivate one fungal crop

Farming ants cultivate one fungal crop

AUSTIN, Texas—Just as wheat is cultivated by different people around the world, different species of fungus-farming ants cultivate essentially the same fungus; show biologists from The University of Texas at Austin, providing insight into the evolution of this well-known symbiosis. Fungus-farming ants are dependent on cultivating fungus gardens fo...
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. ...
Dana Center Americorps program expands with OneStar Foundation grant

Dana Center Americorps program expands with OneStar Foundation grant

AUSTIN, Texas—The AmeriCorps for Community Engagement and Education (ACEE) program, part of The University of Texas at Austin Charles A. Dana Center, has been awarded $522,590 by the OneStar Foundation to expand its early literacy intervention model. The three-year grant will allow ACEE to increase the number of children and tutors who participate ...