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Tree of Life Grows in Seay

Tree of Life Grows in Seay

Rendering of the Tree of Life installation in the Seay Building. In addition to giving money to the Phyllis L. Richards Endowed Professorship in Child Development, which will support a professor in the Human Development and Family Sciences program, Mr. and Mrs. Dick Rathgeber wanted to give a gift that would inspire further giving. So in colla...Rendering of the Tree of Life installation in the Seay Building.
Introducing the Division of Statistics and Scientific Computation

Introducing the Division of Statistics and Scientific Computation

This past fall marked the debut of the new Division of Statistics and Scientific Computation (SSC), a campus-wide service unit housed in the College of Natural Sciences under the inaugural direction of Dr. Sheldon Ekland-Olson, former provost and the Rapoport Centennial Professor of Liberal Arts. For years, the university’s courses in statistics a...
Cool Class: Lizard Island

Cool Class: Lizard Island

Sure, communal living on a distant island might bring to mind a certain hit television show. But the 15 students who stayed on Lizard Island this past summer were satisfied to find their intrigue in the incredible coral reefs they snorkeled through each day. For three summers Dr. Mary Poteet, research fellow and lecturer in integrative biology, ha...lizard-island
Directing Evolution

Directing Evolution

Andy Ellington uses evolution to create new therapeutics, train the next generation and ask questions about the origin of life. When Andy Ellington looks at the living world, he sees what most of us do: giant trees of green, birds chirping, dogs walking and people smiling. He also, however, sees the world from the bottom up, as collections of mil...infectious_ellington2
Computer Sciences Professor Wins Highest Honor In The Field

Computer Sciences Professor Wins Highest Honor In The Field

AUSTIN, Texas—E. Allen Emerson, professor of computer sciences at The University of Texas at Austin, has been awarded the 2007 A.M. Turing Award, widely considered the most prestigious award in computing, for original and continuing research in a quality assurance process known as “Model Checking.” Emerson received the award, given annually by the ...
Gene Discovery Made Easier

Gene Discovery Made Easier

AUSTIN, Texas—The identification of disease-causing genes will be much easier and faster using a powerful new gene-networking model developed by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin. Edward Marcotte and his colleague, postdoctoral researcher Insuk Lee, used the gene network technique to identify new genes that regulate life span and ar...
UTeach Spreads to 13 Universities Across the Nation

UTeach Spreads to 13 Universities Across the Nation

AUSTIN, Texas—After 10 years of incubation at The University of Texas at Austin, the highly successful teacher preparation program UTeach is spreading to other universities throughout the country, thanks to a partnership with the National Math and Science Initiative and the Texas High School Project. In all, 13 universities will receive grants of u...
For Creating New Field Of Science, Bard Wins International Prize

For Creating New Field Of Science, Bard Wins International Prize

AUSTIN, Texas—Dr. Allen Bard, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at The University of Texas at Austin, was awarded the 2008 Wolf Prize in Chemistry jointly with Professor William Moerner of Stanford University. The award, announced by Israel’s minister of education, Professor Yuli Tamir, was given to the two scientists for their “creation of...
Monitoring Texas Bays For Dangerous Algal Blooms

Monitoring Texas Bays For Dangerous Algal Blooms

PORT ARANSAS, Texas—A new electronic sentinel is on the lookout for dangerous algal blooms in Texas bays. The new instrument, called the Imaging FlowCytobot, automatically takes images of and classifies species of phytoplankton in real-time. It heralds the development of a warning system for the presence of harmful algae, like those that cause red...
Marcotte Honored As Outstanding Young Investigator

Marcotte Honored As Outstanding Young Investigator

AUSTIN, Texas—In recognition of past contributions to and future promise in the field of functional genomics and bioinformatics, University of Texas at Austin Professor Edward Marcotte will receive a 2008 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award from The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST). The award honors outstanding young Tex...