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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...
Student Profile: Damian Tong

Student Profile: Damian Tong

Damian Tong’s passion for teaching is evident in everything he does. Whether as a student at The University of Texas at Austin, or as a member of the Army Reserves, it’s a vital part of his life, and has been since high school. “My high school chemistry teacher was a huge influence on me and sparked my interest in science and teaching,” Tong expla...
Groundbreaking for new Wetland Education Center at Marine Science Institute

Groundbreaking for new Wetland Education Center at Marine Science Institute

PORT ARANSAS, Texas—Rick Tinnin’s dream to have a center for wetland education on the Marine Science Institute (MSI) campus came closer to reality as gold-painted shovels were dug into the sandy Port Aransas soil during a groundbreaking ceremony on Saturday. When completed, the 3.5-acre Wetland Education Center will consist of a new salt marsh sur...
Professor Profile: Michael Starbird

Professor Profile: Michael Starbird

Michael Starbird, a professor of mathematics and a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers, joined The University of Texas at Austin in 1974 and served as an associate dean in the College of Natural Sciences from 1989 to 1997. Throughout his career, Starbird has demonstrated a dedication to teaching, particularly in his efforts to make math...
Actuarial studies position in mathematics funded by Buck Consultants

Actuarial studies position in mathematics funded by Buck Consultants

AUSTIN, Texas—Buck Consultants, one of the world’s leading human resource and benefits consulting firms, announced today that it has funded the position of Buck Consultants Assistant Director of Actuarial Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Leslie Vaaler will be the initial Buck Consultants Assistant Director of Actuarial Studies. Sh...