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Waggoner Center for Alcohol and Addiction Research benefits from $38 million federal grant

Waggoner Center for Alcohol and Addiction Research benefits from $38 million federal grant

AUSTIN, Texas—The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has awarded a $38 million grant to the Integrative Neuroscience Initiative on Alcoholism (INIA), $6.25 million of which will fund projects at the Waggoner Center for Alcohol and Addiction Research at The University of Texas at Austin. INIA, which links labs and scientists from si...
Changes at the Health Professions Office

Changes at the Health Professions Office

The Health Professions Office has a new look after losing a familiar face, as the office relocated to Painter Hall and Dr. Jeanne Lagowski retired as associate dean, a position she had held for more than 30 years. The physical move of the HPO into a suite shared with the College of Natural Sciences Career Services Office coincides with an administ...
Study recommends strategies for distributing flu vaccine during shortage

Study recommends strategies for distributing flu vaccine during shortage

AUSTIN, Texas—When faced with potential vaccine shortages during a flu outbreak, public health officials can turn to a new study by mathematical biologists at The University of Texas at Austin and the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control to learn how to best distribute the vaccine. The scientists used contact network epidemiology to model v...
Life on the Outside: Jack Gilbert, Beekeeper

Life on the Outside: Jack Gilbert, Beekeeper

Sometime around 1980, a colony of bees swarmed right through the middle of campus and set up shop on a window outside of Welch Hall. The bees scared the bejeezus out of the occupant of the office, despite the fact that he had a wonderful view of the inside of a growing beehive. He called the campus exterminator. But organic chemist Jack Gilbert, b...
Fire ant-attacking fly spreading rapidly in Texas

Fire ant-attacking fly spreading rapidly in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas—Parasitic flies introduced to control red imported fire ants have spread over four million acres in central and southeast Texas since the flies’ introduction in 1999, researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have discovered using new flytraps they developed. Researchers at the Brackenridge Field Laboratory (BFL) have released...
University of Texas at Austin learning and memory research program grows

University of Texas at Austin learning and memory research program grows

AUSTIN, Texas—The University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Learning and Memory has recruited and hired six top scientists intent upon understanding how the brain processes information, learns and remembers events in our everyday lives. “There is a need for neuroscience and a demand for a strong neuroscience program at UT,” said Professor of Neur...
Twenty years of figuring-out fire ants

Twenty years of figuring-out fire ants

Red imported fire ants (Solenopsis invicta) being attacked by a phorid fly in the Texas Fire Ant Lab. When the wave of red imported fire ants rolled into Austin in the early 1980s, Larry Gilbert knew in no time flat. Students who were studying ants at the Brackenridge Field Laboratory found colonies of the invaders on the property in 1981. It had ...Red imported fire ants (Solenopsis invicta) being attacked by a phorid fly in the Texas Fire Ant Lab.
Scientists find popular acne drug leads to depression-related behavior in mice

Scientists find popular acne drug leads to depression-related behavior in mice

AUSTIN, Texas—A drug commonly used to treat severe acne can lead to depression-related behavior in mice, according to research published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology by scientists from The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Bath. The scientists gave 13-cis-retinoic acid, the active ingredient in Accutane, to mice over si...
Fire ant lab celebrates 20 years of research

Fire ant lab celebrates 20 years of research

AUSTIN, Texas—The red imported fire ant laboratory at The University of Texas at Austin Brackenridge Field Lab (BFL) is celebrating 20 years of research this month. Dr. Larry Gilbert, director of BFL and professor of integrative biology, first initiated fire ant research at the university in 1986 by bringing to the university two young researchers...
Fire ant lab celebrates 20 years of research

Fire ant lab celebrates 20 years of research

AUSTIN, Texas—The red imported fire ant laboratory at The University of Texas at Austin Brackenridge Field Lab (BFL) is celebrating 20 years of research this month. Dr. Larry Gilbert, director of BFL and professor of integrative biology, first initiated fire ant research at the university in 1986 by bringing to the university two young researchers...