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Eavesdropping fringe-lipped bats spread culture through sound

Eavesdropping fringe-lipped bats spread culture through sound

AUSTIN, Texas—Like a diner ordering a dessert based solely on the “oohs” and “aahs” of a customer eating the same dish the next table over, frog-eating bats learn to eat new prey by eavesdropping on their neighbors as they eat, report biologists from The University of Texas at Austin. A fringe-lipped bat (Trachops cirrhosus) eating a túngara fro...Fringe-lipped bat
Cancer drug extends cognitive function in patients with brain metastases

Cancer drug extends cognitive function in patients with brain metastases

AUSTIN, Texas—The drug Xcytrin®, based on a molecule developed by chemists at The University of Texas at Austin, shows significant promise in prolonging cognitive function in patients with non-small cell lung cancer that has metastasized to the brain. Dr. Jonathan Sessler This result, presented at the annual meeting of the American Society o...Jonathan Sessler
Dell Foundation grants $50 million to the University of Texas

Dell Foundation grants $50 million to the University of Texas

AUSTIN, Texas - The University of Texas announced a $50 million gift from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation to put Austin at the leading edge of pediatric health research, computer science and the advancement of healthy living in childhood development. Read more in this University of Texas System news release.
Evolution of complex calls and unusual male vocal cords in túngara frogs

Evolution of complex calls and unusual male vocal cords in túngara frogs

AUSTIN, Texas--Male tropical túngara frogs have evolved masses on their vocal cords that help them woo females with complex calls, show scientists working at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama. Dr. Mike Ryan, Clark Hubbs Regents Professor of integrative biology at The University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Marcos Gridi-Papp, ...
Estuarine research reserve to be designated in Port Aransas, Texas

Estuarine research reserve to be designated in Port Aransas, Texas

AUSTIN, Texas—A 185,708-acre area of marshes, mangroves, open water and coastal prairie along the Texas Gulf coast will become a National Estuarine Research Reserve in a May 6 designation ceremony at The University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute (UTMSI) in Port Aransas, Texas. Federal, state and local officials will welcome the Missio...
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...