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Marine Scientists Funded to Study 'Dead Zone'

Marine Scientists Funded to Study 'Dead Zone'

PORT ARANSAS, Texas— University of Texas at Austin marine scientists have been awarded $781,000 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) to better understand how nutrient pollution from the Mississippi River affects the large area of low oxygen water called the “Dead Zone” in the Gulf of Mexico, and consequently its impact on comm...
Tolerance to Inhalants May Be Caused By Changes in Gene Expression

Tolerance to Inhalants May Be Caused By Changes in Gene Expression

Changes in the expression of genes may be the reason why people who abuse inhalants, such as spray paint or glue, quickly develop a tolerance, biologists at The University of Texas at Austin have discovered.

Atomic Coilgun Used to Slow and Stop Atoms

Atomic Coilgun Used to Slow and Stop Atoms

AUSTIN, Texas—An atomic coilgun that slows and stops atoms has been developed, report physicists from The University of Texas at Austin in the New Journal of Physics. Dr. Mark Raizen and his colleagues used the new coilgun to slow neon atoms, and Raizen said that the method could be used with a wide variety of atoms. “Our method will be applicabl...
Trees Prepped to Move from ESB

Trees Prepped to Move from ESB

Workers have been preparing live oak trees lining 24th Street in front of the Experimental Sciences Building (ESB) for relocation. The trees will be moved during winter break to make way for demolition and construction of the new ESB. Demolition of the building will begin sometime in early 2008, said Dr. Peter Riley, associate dean for research an...
Texas Memorial Museum Installs Outdoor Saber-Toothed Cat Sculpture

Texas Memorial Museum Installs Outdoor Saber-Toothed Cat Sculpture

Event: A larger-than-life bronze saber-toothed cat sculpture will be installed at the east entrance to the Texas Memorial Museum. When: 8 a.m., Monday, Sept. 24. (A public unveiling will take place at 12:45 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 30). Where: The east entrance to the Texas Memorial Museum on The University of Texas at Austin Campus, 2400 Trinity St. ...
Co-Discoverer of DNA Double Helix James Watson to Speak

Co-Discoverer of DNA Double Helix James Watson to Speak

Event: Dr. James D. Watson, Nobel Laureate and co-discoverer of the double helix structure of DNA, will give a lecture entitled “Rules for Important Science” as part of the Paul D. Gottlieb Distinguished Lecture Series. General admission tickets are limited for this free event and will be distributed on Tuesday, Sept. 4, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., on ...
Low Oxygen in Coastal Waters Impairs Fish Reproduction

Low Oxygen in Coastal Waters Impairs Fish Reproduction

Low oxygen levels in coastal waters interfere with fish reproduction by disrupting the fishes’ hormones, marine scientist Peter Thomas has found.

Higher Brain Damage in Alcoholics with Cirrhosis of the Liver

Higher Brain Damage in Alcoholics with Cirrhosis of the Liver

AUSTIN, Texas—An examination of gene expression in the frontal cortex has found that brain function is even more impaired in alcoholics with cirrhosis of the liver, one of the most common and serious medical complications linked to alcoholism. Sustained exposure to alcohol can cause scarring and dysfunction of the liver, referred to as cirrhosis. ...
Payne to Receive Prestigious Civitatis Award

Payne to Receive Prestigious Civitatis Award

AUSTIN, Texas-Professor Shelley Payne has been selected to receive the 2006-07 Civitatis Award, one of the highest honors bestowed upon members of the university. William Powers Jr., president of the university, will present the awards at a recognition ceremony on campus during the 2007-08 academic year. The Civitatis Award is presented to facult...
Grand Opening for New Marine Fisheries Lab

Grand Opening for New Marine Fisheries Lab

Event: Grand opening ceremony for the new Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) Texas Laboratory for Marine Larviculture at The University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute (UTMSI) in Port Aransas. This event is by invitation only. Media are invited to attend and should contact Steve Lanoux. When: 6:30 p.m., Friday, Aug 17. Where: UTM...