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Study reveals causes behind freshwater increase in North Atlantic and Arctic oceans

Study reveals causes behind freshwater increase in North Atlantic and Arctic oceans

AUSTIN, Texas—A new analysis of 50 years of changes in freshwater inputs to the Arctic and North Atlantic oceans may shed light on what’s behind the recently observed increase in freshwater in the North Atlantic. University of Texas at Austin marine scientist Dr. Jim McClelland and his colleagues report their findings in the August 25 issue of the ...Dr. Jim McClelland
Designing Better Fuel Cells, One Nanocarbon at a Time

Designing Better Fuel Cells, One Nanocarbon at a Time

This series of images shows a nickel mesh electrode covered with carpet-like carbon nanofibers. Individual nanofibers are visible in the bottom right image. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images by: Stephen Maldonado. The above simplified diagram shows how a proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell works. Click to enlarge. Illustration by: Lee...Keith Stevenson
Biologist receives $450,000 grant to contribute to asthma research

Biologist receives $450,000 grant to contribute to asthma research

AUSTIN, Texas—A developmental biologist at The University of Texas at Austin has received a $450,000 grant from the Sandler Program for Asthma Research given to innovative scientists willing to step away from their area of research and tackle the riddle of asthma. Dr. John Wallingford, developmental biologist who will be studying asthma using t...John Wallingford
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...