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Open House Opens Oceans

Open House Opens Oceans

Standing in front of a crowd of about 50 visitors from across the state at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute’s summer Open House, oceanographer and turtle-rescuer Tony Amos' cell phone rang. He answered the call. After a brief conversation, Amos relayed to the expectant crowd that two green sea turtles had been found on the Padre Isl...
Microbiologist Receives Support for Studying Bacterial Communication and Disease

Microbiologist Receives Support for Studying Bacterial Communication and Disease

Dr. Marvin Whiteley, assistant professor of molecular genetics and microbiology, recently received a 2008 Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease (PATH) award from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund for his work to understand the interaction between human hosts and infectious bacteria. Whiteley will use the $500,000 PATH award for researc...
Statistically Significant

Statistically Significant

When Drs. Sheldon Ekland-Olson and Cathy Stacy were putting the finishing touches on the program for the first UT Summer Statistics Institute (SSI), they worried that there wouldn’t be enough students to fill the 18 different classes on topics like multiple regression, hierarchical linear modeling and Bayesian statistics. “We expected 250 people, b...
Splitting Light Could Improve Telecommunication Networks

Splitting Light Could Improve Telecommunication Networks

AUSTIN, Texas--A new method for speeding and slowing a pulse of light simultaneously could lead to much faster optical telecommunication networks and more efficient optic-based computers. In a paper published in Physical Review A, University of Texas at Austin physicists Pablo Bianucci, Ken Shih and Gennady Shvets report the first ever demonstrati...
Paull Becomes HHMI Investigator

Paull Becomes HHMI Investigator

AUSTIN, Texas—Biologist Tanya Paull has become the first faculty member at The University of Texas at Austin to be named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigator, joining 55 of the nation's most creative biomedical scientists in this year’s group. The institute commits more than $600 million to the 56 scientists over their first term...
Working on a Wireless World

Working on a Wireless World

Every day that computer sciences professor Lili Qiu works to find new ways to make wireless connections faster, more reliable and more accessible is another day that the challenges, and the possibilities, of the wireless world expand. Since arriving at the university from Microsoft in 2005, Qiu has completed a general wireless interference model ...final_lili
Gleeson Honored for Teaching Excellence

Gleeson Honored for Teaching Excellence

Austin Gleeson, professor of physics, has been selected to receive the 2008 Jean Holloway Award for Teaching Excellence. The Holloway Award began in 1970, when Jean and Sterling Holloway endowed one of The University of Texas at Austin's first teaching awards to formally establish that students should play a role in the selection of teaching awards...
Hillis, Aldrich Earn Top Honor

Hillis, Aldrich Earn Top Honor

Dr. Rick Aldrich Dr. David Hillis AUSTIN, Texas—Two natural sciences faculty were elected members of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), one of the highest honors given to a scientist or engineer in the United States. Richard Aldrich and David Hillis were among 72 others for their excellence in original scientific research. “They are ...
Kirkpatrick Elected to AAAS

Kirkpatrick Elected to AAAS

AUSTIN, Texas--Two faculty members at The University of Texas at Austin have been elected fellows of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. They are Dr. J. Tinsley Oden, an associate vice president for research and director of the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES), and Dr. Mark Kirkpatrick, a professor in the Secti...
New Source for Biofuels Discovered

New Source for Biofuels Discovered

AUSTIN, Texas--A newly created microbe produces cellulose that can be turned into ethanol and other biofuels, report scientists from The University of Texas at Austin who say the microbe could provide a significant portion of the nation’s transportation fuel if production can be scaled up. Along with cellulose, the cyanobacteria developed by Profe...