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Lab on a Chip for Oral Cancer Shows Promise

Lab on a Chip for Oral Cancer Shows Promise

Finding out whether that unusual sore in your mouth is cancerous should become a lot faster and easier in the years ahead.  Scientists supported by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), part of the National Institutes of Health, have engineered the first fully automated, all-in-one test, or lab on a chip, that can be p...
Marine Educator Rick Tinnin Receives National Award for Outreach

Marine Educator Rick Tinnin Receives National Award for Outreach

PORT ARANSAS, Texas—Dr. Rick Tinnin, director of marine education programs at The University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute (MSI), has been awarded the 2007 James Centorino Award from the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA). This award is given for distinguished performance in marine education by a NMEA member who is a profess...
Nanoparticle Technique Could Lead to Improved Semiconductors

Nanoparticle Technique Could Lead to Improved Semiconductors

AUSTIN, Texas—Devices made from plastic semiconductors, like solar cells and light-emitting diodes (LEDs), could be improved based on information gained using a new nanoparticle technique developed at The University of Texas at Austin. As electrical charges travel through plastic semiconductors, they can be trapped much like a marble rolling on a ...
Summer Nanoscience Academy for High Schoolers

Summer Nanoscience Academy for High Schoolers

Austin, Texas—Teachers and their students will convene on The University of Texas at Austin campus August 3-4 to explore and gain hands-on experience in nanoscience. Nine high school teachers and 13 of their students from throughout Central Texas will attend the first annual Summer Nanoscience Academy, where they will explore the nanocosmos using e...
Summer Nanoscience Academy for High Schoolers

Summer Nanoscience Academy for High Schoolers

Austin, Texas—Teachers and their students will convene on The University of Texas at Austin campus August 3-4 to explore and gain hands-on experience in nanoscience. Nine high school teachers and 13 of their students from throughout Central Texas will attend the first annual Summer Nanoscience Academy, where they will explore the nanocosmos using ...
 Defiance May Be Part of Healthy Child Development

Defiance May Be Part of Healthy Child Development

At very young ages, children’s defiant behavior toward their mothers may not be a bad thing. This defiance may in fact reflect children’s emerging autonomy and a confidence that they can control events that are important to them. Those are the findings of a new study conducted by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and the University ...
Reap What Your Ancestors Sowed

Reap What Your Ancestors Sowed

AUSTIN, Texas--Freeloaders can live on the fruits of the cooperation of others, but their selfishness can have long-term consequences, reports an evolutionary biologist from The University of Texas at Austin in a new study. “There is a historical dimension to cooperation,” says Dr. Sam Brown, the Human Frontier Science Foundation Fellow in the Sec...
Chemist Wins Presidential Green Chemistry Award

Chemist Wins Presidential Green Chemistry Award

AUSTIN, Texas--Dr. Michael J. Krische, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at The University of Texas at Austin, has been awarded the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award for his innovative work developing a new class of chemical transformations that eliminate waste production. Krische received this award during a June 26 ceremony hoste...
Program Addresses Gender Equity in Computing

Program Addresses Gender Equity in Computing

"Tool Time" at First Bytes AUSTIN, Texas--About 50 high school women from across Texas will attend the fifth annual First Bytes Residential Summer Program, created by the Department of Computer Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin to enhance gender equity in technology and computing fields. Nationally, women represent around 60 percent of ...
Chemist Hackerman Dies

Chemist Hackerman Dies

Dr. Normal Hackerman. Photo: Marsha MillerFormer University of Texas at Austin President Norman Hackerman, an internationally noted professor of chemistry, researcher and academic administrator, died Saturday evening at Scott & White in Temple, Tx. He was 95. Hackerman led the university from 1967 to 1970, when he left to become president of Ri...