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College welcomes 18 new faculty

College welcomes 18 new faculty

The College of Natural Sciences welcomes 18 new faculty for 2006-07. Astronomy Milos Milosavljevic, Assistant Professor Chemistry & Biochemistry Sang-Hyun Lim, Assistant Professor Computer Sciences Dana Ballard, Professor Keshav Pingali, Professor Human Ecology Henry Ciolino, Assistant Professor Su Yeong Kim, Assistant Professor Susan Perk...
Wildflower Center officially becomes part of UT-Austin

Wildflower Center officially becomes part of UT-Austin

AUSTIN, Texas--The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is now officially a component of The University of Texas at Austin, with approval by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Committee on Strategic Planning on Sept. 5. The center, founded by Mrs. Johnson to increase the use and conservation of native plants, has become an Organized Resea...Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Intelligently designed

Intelligently designed

Playing the game NERO doesn’t seem, on the surface, so different from many other popular computer games of the day. Robot soldiers battle it out in a post-apocalyptic world in a “struggle over the relics of human civilization.” Guns are fired and carnage happens. But for Computer Sciences Professor Risto Miikkulainen, NERO (Neuro-Evolving Robotic...nero-screen
Neurobiologist awarded Presidential Early Career Award

Neurobiologist awarded Presidential Early Career Award

AUSTIN, Texas—Dr. Nace Golding, assistant professor of neurobiology, was presented with a Presidential Early Career Award in a ceremony on July 26 at the White House, the highest honor given by the U.S. government to outstanding scientists beginning their independent careers. Golding received the award for his promising research focused on ...
Study reveals causes behind freshwater increase in North Atlantic and Arctic oceans

Study reveals causes behind freshwater increase in North Atlantic and Arctic oceans

AUSTIN, Texas—A new analysis of 50 years of changes in freshwater inputs to the Arctic and North Atlantic oceans may shed light on what’s behind the recently observed increase in freshwater in the North Atlantic. University of Texas at Austin marine scientist Dr. Jim McClelland and his colleagues report their findings in the August 25 issue of the ...Dr. Jim McClelland
Designing Better Fuel Cells, One Nanocarbon at a Time

Designing Better Fuel Cells, One Nanocarbon at a Time

This series of images shows a nickel mesh electrode covered with carpet-like carbon nanofibers. Individual nanofibers are visible in the bottom right image. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images by: Stephen Maldonado. The above simplified diagram shows how a proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell works. Click to enlarge. Illustration by: Lee...Keith Stevenson
Biologist receives $450,000 grant to contribute to asthma research

Biologist receives $450,000 grant to contribute to asthma research

AUSTIN, Texas—A developmental biologist at The University of Texas at Austin has received a $450,000 grant from the Sandler Program for Asthma Research given to innovative scientists willing to step away from their area of research and tackle the riddle of asthma. Dr. John Wallingford, developmental biologist who will be studying asthma using t...John Wallingford
Cancer Fighter: Professor's Personal Battle Leads to Development of New Cancer Drug

Cancer Fighter: Professor's Personal Battle Leads to Development of New Cancer Drug

Jonathan Sessler wanted to ignore the pain. After all, his senior year at the University of California at Berkeley gave him plenty of things to take his mind off the persistent aching he felt under his arm. There were exams to study for, chemistry labs to finish and grad school applications to worry about. But Sessler’s older brother Dan, a first-...Jonathan Sessler, Rowland Petitt Centennial Professor of Chemistry, is a “molecular engineer” who designs new molecules that could have drug and medical diagnostic applications.
UT-Austin signs conservation easement for Fennessey Ranch

UT-Austin signs conservation easement for Fennessey Ranch

AUSTIN, Texas—The University of Texas at Austin signed an agreement with the Fennessey Ranch on Aug. 10 authorizing a conservation easement that will protect the 3,256-acre ranch from development and fragmentation. The Mission River as is passes Fennessey Ranch. Fennessey Ranch, owned by Brien O’Connor Dunn, is in Refugio County and is compo...Mission River
University helps establish new polymer research center

University helps establish new polymer research center

AUSTIN, Texas--Two chemical engineers and a biochemist at The University of Texas at Austin will conduct novel research as charter members of a new Science and Technology Center on layered polymers that is being established with Case Western Reserve University as the lead institution. The new Center for Layered Polymeric Systems (CLiPS) will open ...