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Globetrotting: Kristina Schegel

Globetrotting: Kristina Schegel

I’m standing on Pipeline, a muddy, puddle-filled road that runs through Soberania National Park in Panama. Dr. Mike Ryan, doctoral student Rachel Page, post doc Kim Hoke, and I came to the road to look for the “foam nests” of túngara frogs. Male túngaras whip-up the meringue-like nests, which hold eggs deposited by their mates, through the eggbeate...schlegel_post
Liquid Bounce

Liquid Bounce

Physics graduate student Matt Thrasher and Professor Harry Swinney recently explored the phenomenon of liquid bouncing, where a falling stream of liquid bounces off the surface of the same liquid. In the video, you will see a stream of silicone oil after it has dropped into a tank of the same oil. The long stream of oil stretches to the right und...
Fishing for Fluorescence

Fishing for Fluorescence

Juvenile polyps of staghorn coral Q & A with Misha Matz, assistant professor of integrative biology One of your main research interests is in fluorescence in corals and other marine organisms. What is your attraction to the study of fluorescent marine animals, beyond the “cool factor?” One of my projects is bioprospecting for new genetica...misha_final
Gifts of Note

Gifts of Note

Abells Support Marine Science To honor their six children and provide a permanent gift to the Marine Science Institute, Joe and Mary Abell recently pledged $50,000 to establish the Abell Family Fund Endowment. The fund will provide tuition assistance to graduate students in the Department of Marine Science. Mary, advisory council member and the in...
KLE Foundation Gift

KLE Foundation Gift

UTeach, the college’s groundbreaking math and science teacher preparation program, has been on a roll lately. It was featured prominently in Newsweek magazine’s explanation for why The University of Texas at Austin was America’s hottest college for “saving America’s schools.” The program is going national, through a partnership between the UTeach...
Tree of Life Grows in Seay

Tree of Life Grows in Seay

Rendering of the Tree of Life installation in the Seay Building. In addition to giving money to the Phyllis L. Richards Endowed Professorship in Child Development, which will support a professor in the Human Development and Family Sciences program, Mr. and Mrs. Dick Rathgeber wanted to give a gift that would inspire further giving. So in colla...Rendering of the Tree of Life installation in the Seay Building.
Introducing the Division of Statistics and Scientific Computation

Introducing the Division of Statistics and Scientific Computation

This past fall marked the debut of the new Division of Statistics and Scientific Computation (SSC), a campus-wide service unit housed in the College of Natural Sciences under the inaugural direction of Dr. Sheldon Ekland-Olson, former provost and the Rapoport Centennial Professor of Liberal Arts. For years, the university’s courses in statistics a...
Cool Class: Lizard Island

Cool Class: Lizard Island

Sure, communal living on a distant island might bring to mind a certain hit television show. But the 15 students who stayed on Lizard Island this past summer were satisfied to find their intrigue in the incredible coral reefs they snorkeled through each day. For three summers Dr. Mary Poteet, research fellow and lecturer in integrative biology, ha...lizard-island
Directing Evolution

Directing Evolution

Andy Ellington uses evolution to create new therapeutics, train the next generation and ask questions about the origin of life. When Andy Ellington looks at the living world, he sees what most of us do: giant trees of green, birds chirping, dogs walking and people smiling. He also, however, sees the world from the bottom up, as collections of mil...infectious_ellington2
Computer Sciences Professor Wins Highest Honor In The Field

Computer Sciences Professor Wins Highest Honor In The Field

AUSTIN, Texas—E. Allen Emerson, professor of computer sciences at The University of Texas at Austin, has been awarded the 2007 A.M. Turing Award, widely considered the most prestigious award in computing, for original and continuing research in a quality assurance process known as “Model Checking.” Emerson received the award, given annually by the ...