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Farming ants cultivate one fungal crop

Farming ants cultivate one fungal crop

AUSTIN, Texas—Just as wheat is cultivated by different people around the world, different species of fungus-farming ants cultivate essentially the same fungus; show biologists from The University of Texas at Austin, providing insight into the evolution of this well-known symbiosis. Fungus-farming ants are dependent on cultivating fungus gardens fo...
Freshman Research Initiative receives $1.9 million from HHMI

Freshman Research Initiative receives $1.9 million from HHMI

AUSTIN, Texas—The Freshman Research Initiative (FRI), a new program in the College of Natural Sciences that promotes undergraduate research participation at The University of Texas at Austin, has received a $1.9 million award from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). The HHMI Undergraduate Science Education Program Award was granted to Dr. ...
Dana Center Americorps program expands with OneStar Foundation grant

Dana Center Americorps program expands with OneStar Foundation grant

AUSTIN, Texas—The AmeriCorps for Community Engagement and Education (ACEE) program, part of The University of Texas at Austin Charles A. Dana Center, has been awarded $522,590 by the OneStar Foundation to expand its early literacy intervention model. The three-year grant will allow ACEE to increase the number of children and tutors who participate ...
Wildflower Center to join the College of Natural Sciences

Wildflower Center to join the College of Natural Sciences

AUSTIN, Texas—The University of Texas Board of Regents today (June 20) authorized the execution of a Memorandum of Intent to make the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center a component of The University of Texas at Austin. The Executive Committee of the center’s board of directors is expected to approve the memorandum on June 21. Discussions have be...
Eavesdropping fringe-lipped bats spread culture through sound

Eavesdropping fringe-lipped bats spread culture through sound

AUSTIN, Texas—Like a diner ordering a dessert based solely on the “oohs” and “aahs” of a customer eating the same dish the next table over, frog-eating bats learn to eat new prey by eavesdropping on their neighbors as they eat, report biologists from The University of Texas at Austin. A fringe-lipped bat (Trachops cirrhosus) eating a túngara fro...Fringe-lipped bat
Cancer drug extends cognitive function in patients with brain metastases

Cancer drug extends cognitive function in patients with brain metastases

AUSTIN, Texas—The drug Xcytrin®, based on a molecule developed by chemists at The University of Texas at Austin, shows significant promise in prolonging cognitive function in patients with non-small cell lung cancer that has metastasized to the brain. Dr. Jonathan Sessler This result, presented at the annual meeting of the American Society o...Jonathan Sessler
Dell Foundation grants $50 million to the University of Texas

Dell Foundation grants $50 million to the University of Texas

AUSTIN, Texas - The University of Texas announced a $50 million gift from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation to put Austin at the leading edge of pediatric health research, computer science and the advancement of healthy living in childhood development. Read more in this University of Texas System news release.
Evolution of complex calls and unusual male vocal cords in túngara frogs

Evolution of complex calls and unusual male vocal cords in túngara frogs

AUSTIN, Texas--Male tropical túngara frogs have evolved masses on their vocal cords that help them woo females with complex calls, show scientists working at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama. Dr. Mike Ryan, Clark Hubbs Regents Professor of integrative biology at The University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Marcos Gridi-Papp, ...
Estuarine research reserve to be designated in Port Aransas, Texas

Estuarine research reserve to be designated in Port Aransas, Texas

AUSTIN, Texas—A 185,708-acre area of marshes, mangroves, open water and coastal prairie along the Texas Gulf coast will become a National Estuarine Research Reserve in a May 6 designation ceremony at The University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute (UTMSI) in Port Aransas, Texas. Federal, state and local officials will welcome the Missio...
McDonald Observatory receives $5 million to study dark energy

McDonald Observatory receives $5 million to study dark energy

AUSTIN, Texas — Light might soon be shed on one of the great enigmas of the universe — dark energy — thanks to a $5 million challenge grant from Dallas’ Harold C. Simmons to The University of Texas at Austin. Simmons’ grant will help fund the Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment (HETDEX) at UT’s McDonald Observatory by matching the next $5...