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 Defiance May Be Part of Healthy Child Development

Defiance May Be Part of Healthy Child Development

At very young ages, children’s defiant behavior toward their mothers may not be a bad thing. This defiance may in fact reflect children’s emerging autonomy and a confidence that they can control events that are important to them. Those are the findings of a new study conducted by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and the University ...
Reap What Your Ancestors Sowed

Reap What Your Ancestors Sowed

AUSTIN, Texas--Freeloaders can live on the fruits of the cooperation of others, but their selfishness can have long-term consequences, reports an evolutionary biologist from The University of Texas at Austin in a new study. “There is a historical dimension to cooperation,” says Dr. Sam Brown, the Human Frontier Science Foundation Fellow in the Sec...
Chemist Wins Presidential Green Chemistry Award

Chemist Wins Presidential Green Chemistry Award

AUSTIN, Texas--Dr. Michael J. Krische, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at The University of Texas at Austin, has been awarded the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award for his innovative work developing a new class of chemical transformations that eliminate waste production. Krische received this award during a June 26 ceremony hoste...
Program Addresses Gender Equity in Computing

Program Addresses Gender Equity in Computing

"Tool Time" at First Bytes AUSTIN, Texas--About 50 high school women from across Texas will attend the fifth annual First Bytes Residential Summer Program, created by the Department of Computer Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin to enhance gender equity in technology and computing fields. Nationally, women represent around 60 percent of ...
Chemist Hackerman Dies

Chemist Hackerman Dies

Dr. Normal Hackerman. Photo: Marsha MillerFormer University of Texas at Austin President Norman Hackerman, an internationally noted professor of chemistry, researcher and academic administrator, died Saturday evening at Scott & White in Temple, Tx. He was 95. Hackerman led the university from 1967 to 1970, when he left to become president of Ri...
 Aldrich and Burger Appointed to University-Wide Council

Aldrich and Burger Appointed to University-Wide Council

Dr. Rick Aldrich Dr. Doug BurgerAUSTIN, Texas--Dr. Richard Aldrich, chair of neurobiology, and Dr. Douglas Burger, associate professor of computer sciences, have been appointed to a newly formed university-wide council to advise the president and develop a strategic and business plan for the university. The Policy and Planning Advisory Council wi...
The Virtual Brain

The Virtual Brain

"The sensation of looking around seamlessly is an important fictionalization created by the brain." Making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Walking on the sidewalk. Picking up trash. Avoiding 6-foot tall virtual purple rectangles. Learning how humans complete these simple tasks and millions of other ordinary activities is fundamental to understa..."The sensation of looking around seamlessly is an important fictionalization created by the brain."
Autonomous Car Advances to Next Stage of Urban Challenge

Autonomous Car Advances to Next Stage of Urban Challenge

AUSTIN, Texas--Marvin, an  “autonomous” Isuzu SUV programmed with the help of computer science undergraduates from The University of Texas at Austin, is one of 53 vehicles selected to advance to the next stage of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) 2007 “Urban Challenge” race, the agency announced on May 11. Marvin is a collab...
Rasika Harshey Elected to the American Academy of Microbiology

Rasika Harshey Elected to the American Academy of Microbiology

AUSTIN, Texas--Dr. Rasika Harshey, professor of molecular genetics and microbiology, has been elected a fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology. Harshey has made seminal contributions to two important areas of microbiology. Her work on phage Mu has elucidated difficult to decipher DNA transposition mechanisms, both in vivo and in vitro. Har...
Seeding a Revolution

Seeding a Revolution

Wildflower Center ecologist Dr. Mark Simmons suited up for a control prairie burn. It was on one of those glorious, warm winter days in Austin that I made my way to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 279 acres of nature trails, savanna research plots and native plant gardens a few miles south of campus. The center recently became a part of Th...Wildflower Center ecologist Dr. Mark Simmons suited up for a control prairie burn.