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Chemist Hackerman Dies

Chemist Hackerman Dies

Dr. Normal Hackerman. Photo: Marsha MillerFormer University of Texas at Austin President Norman Hackerman, an internationally noted professor of chemistry, researcher and academic administrator, died Saturday evening at Scott & White in Temple, Tx. He was 95. Hackerman led the university from 1967 to 1970, when he left to become president of Ri...
 Aldrich and Burger Appointed to University-Wide Council

Aldrich and Burger Appointed to University-Wide Council

Dr. Rick Aldrich Dr. Doug BurgerAUSTIN, Texas--Dr. Richard Aldrich, chair of neurobiology, and Dr. Douglas Burger, associate professor of computer sciences, have been appointed to a newly formed university-wide council to advise the president and develop a strategic and business plan for the university. The Policy and Planning Advisory Council wi...
The Virtual Brain

The Virtual Brain

"The sensation of looking around seamlessly is an important fictionalization created by the brain." Making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Walking on the sidewalk. Picking up trash. Avoiding 6-foot tall virtual purple rectangles. Learning how humans complete these simple tasks and millions of other ordinary activities is fundamental to understa..."The sensation of looking around seamlessly is an important fictionalization created by the brain."
Autonomous Car Advances to Next Stage of Urban Challenge

Autonomous Car Advances to Next Stage of Urban Challenge

AUSTIN, Texas--Marvin, an  “autonomous” Isuzu SUV programmed with the help of computer science undergraduates from The University of Texas at Austin, is one of 53 vehicles selected to advance to the next stage of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) 2007 “Urban Challenge” race, the agency announced on May 11. Marvin is a collab...
Rasika Harshey Elected to the American Academy of Microbiology

Rasika Harshey Elected to the American Academy of Microbiology

AUSTIN, Texas--Dr. Rasika Harshey, professor of molecular genetics and microbiology, has been elected a fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology. Harshey has made seminal contributions to two important areas of microbiology. Her work on phage Mu has elucidated difficult to decipher DNA transposition mechanisms, both in vivo and in vitro. Har...
Seeding a Revolution

Seeding a Revolution

Wildflower Center ecologist Dr. Mark Simmons suited up for a control prairie burn. It was on one of those glorious, warm winter days in Austin that I made my way to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 279 acres of nature trails, savanna research plots and native plant gardens a few miles south of campus. The center recently became a part of Th...Wildflower Center ecologist Dr. Mark Simmons suited up for a control prairie burn.
Natural Sciences Spring '07 Commencement

Natural Sciences Spring '07 Commencement

The College of Natural Sciences is proud of our graduating seniors, and we feel confident that these highly motivated, intelligent young people will change the world for the better throughout their lives. It's been great having them here and providing them with some of the tools they will need for success. At commencement this year, our graduates ...
UTeach Recognized by Austin Neighborhood Foundation

UTeach Recognized by Austin Neighborhood Foundation

The UTeach Program has been named a Supporter of the Year by the River City Youth Foundation, an organization whose mission is to help youth and families in Dove Springs to live safe, healthy, and prosperous lives. The Dove Springs neighborhood is located in Southeast Austin.   This semester, UTeach has seven interns tutoring and mentoring a...
Q & A: David Laude, undergrad dean

Q & A: David Laude, undergrad dean

In his ten years as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, David Laude has been instrumental in affecting many changes that have transformed undergraduate education in the College of Natural Sciences. His fingerprints are on programs and initiatives like UTeach, the Texas Interdisciplinary Plan, the Undergraduate Research Forum, the Freshma...David Laude
Q & A: Jim McClelland, marine scientist

Q & A: Jim McClelland, marine scientist

Focus on Science: The amount of freshwater in the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans has been increasing. Why is that a big deal? Jim McClelland: Changes in salinity of the oceans could alter ocean circulation patterns, and ultimately, climate. If you add more freshwater, you change the density of the ocean surface water such that it’s less like...Jim McClelland