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McDonald Observatory receives $5 million to study dark energy

McDonald Observatory receives $5 million to study dark energy

AUSTIN, Texas — Light might soon be shed on one of the great enigmas of the universe — dark energy — thanks to a $5 million challenge grant from Dallas’ Harold C. Simmons to The University of Texas at Austin. Simmons’ grant will help fund the Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment (HETDEX) at UT’s McDonald Observatory by matching the next $5...
De Lozanne honored for teaching excellence

De Lozanne honored for teaching excellence

AUSTIN, Texas--Dr. Arturo De Lozanne, Associate Professor of Molecular Cell and Development Biology, has been selected to receive the 2006 Jean Holloway Award for Teaching Excellence.  De Lozanne will join former Holloway laureates at a dinner in his honor on May 8. The Holloway Award began in 1970, when Jean and Sterling Holloway endowed one of T...
Paul Barbara elected to National Academy of Sciences

Paul Barbara elected to National Academy of Sciences

AUSTIN, Texas—Dr. Paul Barbara, holder of the R. J. V. Johnson-Welch Endowed Chair in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and director of the Center for Nano- and Molecular Science and Technology at The University of Texas at Austin, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Barbara was one of 72 new members chosen on Ap...
Math faculty receive Sloan Research Fellowships

Math faculty receive Sloan Research Fellowships

AUSTIN, Texas--Martin Olsson and Yen-Hsi Richard Tsai, assistant professors in the Department of Mathematics, have been named recipients of Sloan Research Fellowships for 2006. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation makes the awards for early career scientists who "show the most outstanding promise of making fundamental contributions to new knowledge." E...
Computer sciences student awarded $50,000

Computer sciences student awarded $50,000

AUSTIN, Texas—Patrick Christmas, a graduate student in computer sciences at The University of Texas at Austin, has been awarded $50,000 from Interactive Brokers Group (IBG), for winning its electronic trading Olympiad for colleges. IBG, a global leader in electronic market-making and brokerage services,  will also donate a matching prize of $50,00...
Analysis highlights new areas of research into genetic causes of alcoholism

Analysis highlights new areas of research into genetic causes of alcoholism

AUSTIN, Texas—The findings of a meta-analysis of microarray data of several mouse models that differ in voluntary alcohol consumption highlight new neurobiological targets for further study and provide researchers with a novel statistical approach for use in future microarray meta-analyses. Insight into the genetic differences in gene expression a...
Toxic Seafood

Toxic Seafood

A barracuda hunts around an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico. Photo by T. Villareal. Gambierdiscus toxicus. Photo by Maria Faust. The hunt for ciguatera is on in the Gulf of Mexico Marine scientist Dr. Tracy Villareal has discovered that oil platforms peppering the Texas Gulf coast could be acting as the perfect incubator for ciguatera, the mos...A barracuda hunts around an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico. Photo by T. Villareal.
MINOS experiment sheds light on mystery of neutrino disappearance

MINOS experiment sheds light on mystery of neutrino disappearance

AUSTIN, Texas—Physicists from The University of Texas at Austin, as part of an international collaboration of scientists, observed the disappearance of neutrinos during a Main Injector Neutrino Oscillation Search (MINOS) experiment, a finding that could help explain the role of these subatomic particles in the evolution of the universe. Sending a ...
Eric Pianka named 2006 Distinguished Scientist by Texas Academy of Science

Eric Pianka named 2006 Distinguished Scientist by Texas Academy of Science

AUSTIN, Texas—Eric Pianka, the Denton A. Cooley Centennial Professor of integrative biology, was recognized as the 2006 Distinguished Scientist by the Texas Academy of Science (TAS) for his distinguished career and numerous seminal contributions to the discipline of ecology. In recognition of this honor, Pianka gave a lecture during the TAS meetin...
UTeach Outreach

UTeach Outreach

The College of Natural Sciences is always searching for new ways to promote greater interest in science and capture the imaginations of students. For more than a decade, the UTeach Outreach program has embodied the college’s commitment to improving science education by bringing university and grade school students together to ensure today’s schoolc...