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Aspirin May Help Overweight Breast Cancer Patients

Aspirin May Help Overweight Breast Cancer Patients
Linda deGraffenried, a cancer researcher in The University of Texas at Austin's School of Human Ecology, and her colleageus have determined that postmenopausal overweight or obese breast cancer patients receiving hormone therapy as part of their treatment and who use nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin or ibuprofen ha...

UT Austin Computer Science Program Ranked Sixth in the World

UT Austin Computer Science Program Ranked Sixth in the World

GatesBldg.jpgThe University of Texas of Austin's computer science program is the 6th best in the world, according to the 2014 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) compiled by the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Synthetic Molecule Makes Cancer Self-Destruct

Synthetic Molecule Makes Cancer Self-Destruct

SyntheticIonTransporters.jpgResearchers from The University of Texas at Austin and five other institutions have created a molecule that can cause cancer cells to self-destruct by ferrying sodium and chloride ions into the cancer cells.

These synthetic ion transporters, described this week in the journal Nature Chemistry, confirm a two-decades-old hypothesis that could point the way to new anticancer drugs while also benefitting patients with cystic fibrosis.

Five Natural Sciences Faculty Receive 2014 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards

Five Natural Sciences Faculty Receive 2014 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards

b2ap3_thumbnail_regents_award_20130903-200933_1.jpgThe Board of Regents of The University of Texas System has chosen 27 faculty members from The University of Texas at Austin to receive 2014 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards, its highest teaching honor.

UT Austin Villa Team Make Two Wins in 2014 RoboCup

UT Austin Villa Team Make Two Wins in 2014 RoboCup
Congratulations to professor Peter Stone and his students for impressive wins in the RoboCup 2014 competition in Joao Pessoa, Brazil, including 1st place in the 3D simulation league and 1st place in the technical challenge competition.  Pictured l to r: Patrick MacAlpine, Mike Depinet, Peter Stone and Katie Genter. After ...

Mars-Venus Effect on Gut Microbes

Mars-Venus Effect on Gut Microbes
Daniel Bolnick, professor of integrative biology, and his colleagues have shown that men and women's gut microbes are different, even when they eat the same diet. Several outlets reported on the findings on July 30: The Calcutta Telegraph: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1140730/jsp/nation/story_18667828.jsp Medical Daily: http://www.medicaldaily....

Alumni Profile: Hideko Kunii Paves the Way for Women in Tech Industry

Alumni Profile: Hideko Kunii Paves the Way for Women in Tech Industry

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College of Natural Sciences alumna, Hideko Kunii (Ph.D. ’83) is a trailblazer in a culture that has a history of discouraging women from advancing in the workforce, most notably in the technology industries.

Diet Affects Men's and Women's Gut Microbes Differently

Diet Affects Men's and Women's Gut Microbes Differently

gut_microbes-Rectangle700x420.jpgThe microbes living in the guts of males and females react differently to diet, even when the diets are identical, according to a study by scientists from The University of Texas at Austin and six other institutions published this week in the journal Nature Communications. These results suggest that therapies designed to improve human health and treat diseases through nutrition might need to be tailored for each sex.

Sober Worms In The News

Sober Worms In The News
Apparently the media love the idea of worms that can't get drunk. The work by Scott Davis, Luisa Scott, Kevin Hu, and Jon Pierce-Shimomura, that was recently published in the The Journal of Neuroscience, has gone viral and is appearing all over the web. The worms were created using a mutation found by Scott Davis. You can read the original press re...

Op Ed: Self-driving cars are right around the corner; then what?

Op Ed: Self-driving cars are right around the corner; then what?
In an op-ed in the Austin American-Statesman, professor Peter Stone states "When it comes to autonomous cars, the question is no longer 'If?' but 'When?'" He goes on to ponder the many unknowns as self-driving cars go from science fiction to commonplace in the very near future: Certain technologies go from being almost unimaginable to becoming co...