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Texas Memorial Museum Installs Outdoor Saber-Toothed Cat Sculpture

Texas Memorial Museum Installs Outdoor Saber-Toothed Cat Sculpture

Event: A larger-than-life bronze saber-toothed cat sculpture will be installed at the east entrance to the Texas Memorial Museum. When: 8 a.m., Monday, Sept. 24. (A public unveiling will take place at 12:45 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 30). Where: The east entrance to the Texas Memorial Museum on The University of Texas at Austin Campus, 2400 Trinity St. ...
Co-Discoverer of DNA Double Helix James Watson to Speak

Co-Discoverer of DNA Double Helix James Watson to Speak

Event: Dr. James D. Watson, Nobel Laureate and co-discoverer of the double helix structure of DNA, will give a lecture entitled “Rules for Important Science” as part of the Paul D. Gottlieb Distinguished Lecture Series. General admission tickets are limited for this free event and will be distributed on Tuesday, Sept. 4, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., on ...
Low Oxygen in Coastal Waters Impairs Fish Reproduction

Low Oxygen in Coastal Waters Impairs Fish Reproduction

Low oxygen levels in coastal waters interfere with fish reproduction by disrupting the fishes’ hormones, marine scientist Peter Thomas has found.

Higher Brain Damage in Alcoholics with Cirrhosis of the Liver

Higher Brain Damage in Alcoholics with Cirrhosis of the Liver

AUSTIN, Texas—An examination of gene expression in the frontal cortex has found that brain function is even more impaired in alcoholics with cirrhosis of the liver, one of the most common and serious medical complications linked to alcoholism. Sustained exposure to alcohol can cause scarring and dysfunction of the liver, referred to as cirrhosis. ...
Payne to Receive Prestigious Civitatis Award

Payne to Receive Prestigious Civitatis Award

AUSTIN, Texas-Professor Shelley Payne has been selected to receive the 2006-07 Civitatis Award, one of the highest honors bestowed upon members of the university. William Powers Jr., president of the university, will present the awards at a recognition ceremony on campus during the 2007-08 academic year. The Civitatis Award is presented to facult...
Grand Opening for New Marine Fisheries Lab

Grand Opening for New Marine Fisheries Lab

Event: Grand opening ceremony for the new Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) Texas Laboratory for Marine Larviculture at The University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute (UTMSI) in Port Aransas. This event is by invitation only. Media are invited to attend and should contact Steve Lanoux. When: 6:30 p.m., Friday, Aug 17. Where: UTM...
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...
Lab on a Chip for Oral Cancer Shows Promise

Lab on a Chip for Oral Cancer Shows Promise

Finding out whether that unusual sore in your mouth is cancerous should become a lot faster and easier in the years ahead.  Scientists supported by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), part of the National Institutes of Health, have engineered the first fully automated, all-in-one test, or lab on a chip, that can be p...
Marine Educator Rick Tinnin Receives National Award for Outreach

Marine Educator Rick Tinnin Receives National Award for Outreach

PORT ARANSAS, Texas—Dr. Rick Tinnin, director of marine education programs at The University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute (MSI), has been awarded the 2007 James Centorino Award from the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA). This award is given for distinguished performance in marine education by a NMEA member who is a profess...
Nanoparticle Technique Could Lead to Improved Semiconductors

Nanoparticle Technique Could Lead to Improved Semiconductors

AUSTIN, Texas—Devices made from plastic semiconductors, like solar cells and light-emitting diodes (LEDs), could be improved based on information gained using a new nanoparticle technique developed at The University of Texas at Austin. As electrical charges travel through plastic semiconductors, they can be trapped much like a marble rolling on a ...