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Fire ant lab celebrates 20 years of research

Fire ant lab celebrates 20 years of research

AUSTIN, Texas—The red imported fire ant laboratory at The University of Texas at Austin Brackenridge Field Lab (BFL) is celebrating 20 years of research this month. Dr. Larry Gilbert, director of BFL and professor of integrative biology, first initiated fire ant research at the university in 1986 by bringing to the university two young researchers...
New superlens reveals hidden nanostructures

New superlens reveals hidden nanostructures

AUSTIN, Texas—A microscope used to scan nanostructures can be dramatically enhanced by using a ‘superlens,’ reports an international team of scientists from the Max Planck Institute (MPI) of Biochemistry and The University of Texas at Austin in this week’s issue of Science. This is the first time a superlens, a lens capable of creating images of ob...
Associate Dean Jack Gilbert to leave for Santa Clara University

Associate Dean Jack Gilbert to leave for Santa Clara University

Dr. Jack Gilbert, associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Natural Sciences, will leave to become professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry and senior fellow in the Center for Science, Technology, and Society at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California. Gilbert, professor of organic chemistry, will remain in Austin t...
R/V LONGHORN to be retired after 35 years

R/V LONGHORN to be retired after 35 years

Cassette tapes go. VHS technology fades away. And so goes the R/V LONGHORN, the ship used by the University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI) for over 30 years to conduct research in the Gulf of Mexico. Changes in oceanographic research and drops in funding levels led to UTMSI’s decision to discontinue use of their largest research vessel ...
College welcomes 18 new faculty

College welcomes 18 new faculty

The College of Natural Sciences welcomes 18 new faculty for 2006-07. Astronomy Milos Milosavljevic, Assistant Professor Chemistry & Biochemistry Sang-Hyun Lim, Assistant Professor Computer Sciences Dana Ballard, Professor Keshav Pingali, Professor Human Ecology Henry Ciolino, Assistant Professor Su Yeong Kim, Assistant Professor Susan Perk...
Wildflower Center officially becomes part of UT-Austin

Wildflower Center officially becomes part of UT-Austin

AUSTIN, Texas--The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is now officially a component of The University of Texas at Austin, with approval by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Committee on Strategic Planning on Sept. 5. The center, founded by Mrs. Johnson to increase the use and conservation of native plants, has become an Organized Resea...Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Intelligently designed

Intelligently designed

Playing the game NERO doesn’t seem, on the surface, so different from many other popular computer games of the day. Robot soldiers battle it out in a post-apocalyptic world in a “struggle over the relics of human civilization.” Guns are fired and carnage happens. But for Computer Sciences Professor Risto Miikkulainen, NERO (Neuro-Evolving Robotic...nero-screen
Neurobiologist awarded Presidential Early Career Award

Neurobiologist awarded Presidential Early Career Award

AUSTIN, Texas—Dr. Nace Golding, assistant professor of neurobiology, was presented with a Presidential Early Career Award in a ceremony on July 26 at the White House, the highest honor given by the U.S. government to outstanding scientists beginning their independent careers. Golding received the award for his promising research focused on ...
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