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Research Makes Discover's Top 100

Research Makes Discover's Top 100

Research conducted by University of Texas at Austin professors Andrea Gore and David Crews has been included on Discover magazine’s list of the “Top 100 Science Stories of 2007.” Gore is a professor of pharmacology and toxicology in the College of Pharmacy, and Crews is the Ashbel Smith Professor of Integrative Biology in the College of Natural Sc...
When She's Turned On, Some Of Her Genes Turn Off

When She's Turned On, Some Of Her Genes Turn Off

AUSTIN, Texas—When a female is attracted to a male, entire suites of genes in her brain turn on and off, show biologists from The University of Texas at Austin studying swordtail fish. Molly Cummings and Hans Hofmann found that some genes were turned on when females found a male attractive, but a larger number of genes were turned off. “When fema...
Computer Scientist Peter Stone Wins Award for Autonomous Vehicle

Computer Scientist Peter Stone Wins Award for Autonomous Vehicle

AUSTIN, Texas—Peter Stone, associate professor of computer sciences at The University of Texas at Austin, was named one of eight winners of the Tech Innovations Award by the Austin Business Journal. Stone received the award for his work on “Marvin,” an artificially intelligent, self-driving vehicle developed in conjunction with Austin Robot Technol...
Tree of Life Revealed for Flowering Plants

Tree of Life Revealed for Flowering Plants

AUSTIN, Texas—The evolutionary Tree of Life for flowering plants has been revealed using the largest collection of genomic data of these plants to date, report scientists from The University of Texas at Austin and University of Florida. The scientists, publishing two papers in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this week online, found...
College welcomes 16 new faculty

College welcomes 16 new faculty

Chemistry & Biochemistry Ron Elber, W. A. "Tex" Moncrief, Jr. Chair in Computational Life Sciences and Biology Dionicio Rhodes Siegel, Assistant Professor Katherine Willets, Assistant Professor Computer Sciences Kristen Grauman, Assistant Professor Computer Sciences & Integrative Biology William H. Press, Warren J. and Viola Mae Raym...
 Astrophysics Student Wins Coveted Rhodes Scholarship

Astrophysics Student Wins Coveted Rhodes Scholarship

AUSTIN, Texas—Sarah Miller, an astronomy and physics major who will graduate in May from The University of Texas at Austin, was recently selected as a Rhodes Scholar for 2008. She is one of 32 students in America to be honored with the scholarship. The Rhodes Scholarship was created in 1902 by British philanthropist Cecil Rhodes to bring outstandi...
Invasive Plants Are Moving Targets

Invasive Plants Are Moving Targets

Left top: Healthy Senecio vulgaris growing in Calif. where it was introduced approximately 100 yrs ago. Left bottom: Dying Senecio vulgaris covered in Puccinia and Albugo pathogens, growing in part of its native range in the UK (from Calif. seed). Center top: Senecio squalidus growing in the UK where it invaded nearly 400 years ago, with some Pucci...
A Battle on Many Fronts

A Battle on Many Fronts

For every one of the researchers at The University of Texas at Austin involved in the study of infectious diseases, the challenge is a never-ending one. It’s a race to stay one step ahead of the mutations and transmission of the pathogenic microorganisms they’re analyzing in their labs, modeling on their laptops, and tracking around the world. Scie...infectious_krug
UTeach Celebrates Tenth Anniversary

UTeach Celebrates Tenth Anniversary

AUSTIN, Texas—UTeach, the nationally acclaimed program for preparing secondary teachers in mathematics, science and computer science, is celebrating ten years of success at The University of Texas at Austin. UTeach was established in 1997 as a new-and-improved way of introducing undergraduate math and science majors to secondary school teaching. T...
 Biology Professor Camille Parmesan Honored for Conservation Leadership

Biology Professor Camille Parmesan Honored for Conservation Leadership

AUSTIN, Texas — The nation's leading conservation education and advocacy group has honored Dr. Camille Parmesan, associate professor of integrative biology at The University of Texas at Austin, with its National Conservation Achievement Award for exemplary leadership in protecting the environment and natural resources. Parmesan was selected for her...