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Common Fungicide Causes Long-term Changes in Mating Behavior

Common Fungicide Causes Long-term Changes in Mating Behavior

AUSTIN, Texas—Female rats avoid males whose great-grandmothers were exposed to a common fruit crop fungicide, preferring instead males whose ancestors were uncontaminated, researchers from The University of Texas at Austin have discovered. Their research shows that environmental contamination could affect the evolution of wildlife through changes ...
University of Texas at Austin AmeriCorps Program Joins Groups in Day of Service to Austin

University of Texas at Austin AmeriCorps Program Joins Groups in Day of Service to Austin

Event: The AmeriCorps program at The University of Texas at Austin, AmeriCorps for Community Engagement and Education (ACEE), will join other Austin-area AmeriCorps groups for the third annual Austin AmeriCorps Awareness Day. More than 300 Austin AmeriCorps members will perform service projects to beautify downtown Austin—including helping to clean...
Faculty receive Sloan Research Fellowships

Faculty receive Sloan Research Fellowships

Helmut Koester AUSTIN, Texas—Two faculty members of The University of Texas at Austin have been named recipients of Sloan Research Fellowships for 2007. Dr. Lexing Ying, assistant professor of mathematics, and Dr. Helmut Koester, assistant professor of neurobiology, will each receive $45,000 over two years to be used on research of their choic...
Growing Science by the Sea

Growing Science by the Sea

The University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute (MSI) is tucked away in the small South Texas town of Port Aransas, more than 200 miles from Austin. The campus is nestled among marshland, sand dunes and seagulls, mere yards from the shore of the Gulf of Mexico. It’s a time of change for MSI, as it expands its activities in the areas...
UTeach Goes National

UTeach Goes National

AUSTIN, Texas--The University of Texas at Austin’s UTeach mathematics and science teacher-preparation program will be scaled-up nationally through a $125 million commitment to the new National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) by the ExxonMobil Foundation. UTeach, a collaborative program between the colleges of Natural Sciences and Education at Th...
UTeach Teacher-Preparation Program to Expand Nationally Through $125 Million Commitment by ExxonMobil

UTeach Teacher-Preparation Program to Expand Nationally Through $125 Million Commitment by ExxonMobil

AUSTIN, Texas—The University of Texas at Austin’s UTeach mathematics and science teacher-preparation program will be scaled-up nationally through a $125 million commitment to the new National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) by the ExxonMobil Foundation. UTeach, a collaborative program between the colleges of Natural Sciences and Education at The...
Physicists Slow and Control Supersonic Helium Beam

Physicists Slow and Control Supersonic Helium Beam

AUSTIN, Texas—The speed of a beam of helium atoms can be controlled and slowed using an “atomic paddle” much as a tennis player uses a racquet to control tennis balls, physicists at The University of Texas at Austin have discovered. The slow helium beam technique—a breakthrough in the field of atom optics—could someday be used to better probe micr...
Student Profile: Jessica Chang

Student Profile: Jessica Chang

The 2007 Stem Cell Symposium, which is being held at the University of Texas at Austin on April 13, was conceived in the aftermath of a high school debate gone wrong. “The topic was stem cell research,” says Jessica Chang, now a senior biology major. “My team had done a lot of research. The other team hadn’t done any. We got up and made all of our...
Three Professors Elected Members of National Academy of Engineering

Three Professors Elected Members of National Academy of Engineering

AUSTIN, Texas—Two computer science professors and a professor of engineering have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), widely considered among the highest honors to be earned in the engineering and technology professions. Dr. Stelios Kyriakides, the Temple Foundation Endowed Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engine...
Texas Researchers Aim to Use Saliva To Diagnose Health and Disease

Texas Researchers Aim to Use Saliva To Diagnose Health and Disease

AUSTIN, Texas—Innovative saliva-based health diagnostic tools will be developed by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin through a $6 million, multi-institutional grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Saliva—with its slimy mix of proteins, hormones and antibodies—can tell a lot about a person’s health, and it is much easie...