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Rasika Harshey Elected to the American Academy of Microbiology

Rasika Harshey Elected to the American Academy of Microbiology

AUSTIN, Texas--Dr. Rasika Harshey, professor of molecular genetics and microbiology, has been elected a fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology. Harshey has made seminal contributions to two important areas of microbiology. Her work on phage Mu has elucidated difficult to decipher DNA transposition mechanisms, both in vivo and in vitro. Har...
Seeding a Revolution

Seeding a Revolution

Wildflower Center ecologist Dr. Mark Simmons suited up for a control prairie burn. It was on one of those glorious, warm winter days in Austin that I made my way to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 279 acres of nature trails, savanna research plots and native plant gardens a few miles south of campus. The center recently became a part of Th...Wildflower Center ecologist Dr. Mark Simmons suited up for a control prairie burn.
Natural Sciences Spring '07 Commencement

Natural Sciences Spring '07 Commencement

The College of Natural Sciences is proud of our graduating seniors, and we feel confident that these highly motivated, intelligent young people will change the world for the better throughout their lives. It's been great having them here and providing them with some of the tools they will need for success. At commencement this year, our graduates ...
UTeach Recognized by Austin Neighborhood Foundation

UTeach Recognized by Austin Neighborhood Foundation

The UTeach Program has been named a Supporter of the Year by the River City Youth Foundation, an organization whose mission is to help youth and families in Dove Springs to live safe, healthy, and prosperous lives. The Dove Springs neighborhood is located in Southeast Austin.   This semester, UTeach has seven interns tutoring and mentoring a...
Q & A: David Laude, undergrad dean

Q & A: David Laude, undergrad dean

In his ten years as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, David Laude has been instrumental in affecting many changes that have transformed undergraduate education in the College of Natural Sciences. His fingerprints are on programs and initiatives like UTeach, the Texas Interdisciplinary Plan, the Undergraduate Research Forum, the Freshma...David Laude
Q & A: Jim McClelland, marine scientist

Q & A: Jim McClelland, marine scientist

Focus on Science: The amount of freshwater in the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans has been increasing. Why is that a big deal? Jim McClelland: Changes in salinity of the oceans could alter ocean circulation patterns, and ultimately, climate. If you add more freshwater, you change the density of the ocean surface water such that it’s less like...Jim McClelland
Going Green

Going Green

Dr. Michael Krische in the lab with post-doctoral fellow Andriy Barchuk. Photo: Marsha Miller. Medicines are made to heal, but ironically, the chemical reactions used to make them can generate unwanted, toxic wastes that can do harm to humans and the environment. Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Michael Krische would like to minimize pr...Krische and Barchuk
Life on the Outside: David Hillis

Life on the Outside: David Hillis

If you’re looking for Professor David Hillis on most weekends, point your compass West-Northwest and drive out of Austin for about one and a half hours through some of the most beautiful land in Texas. When you get to the community of Fly Gap, look for a ranch with a name that only an evolutionary biologist would choose: the Double Helix. There...David Hillis. Photo by Matt Lankes.
Study Finds High Media Use in Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers

Study Finds High Media Use in Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers

AUSTIN, Texas--Seventy-five percent of infants, toddlers and preschoolers watch television daily for an average of more than one hour, report researchers from The University of Texas at Austin in their comprehensive study of media use among children ages zero to six. Dr. Elizabeth Vandewater and her colleagues also found that computers are making ...
Boost for Creating Standards for Sustainable Landscapes

Boost for Creating Standards for Sustainable Landscapes

AUSTIN, Texas--The Meadows Foundation of Dallas has awarded the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of The University of Texas at Austin a $262,000 grant to aid its effort to create standards for sustainable landscapes in partnership with the American Society of Landscape Architects and the U.S. Botanic Garden, both of Washington, D.C. At a time w...