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Life on the Outside: Jack Gilbert, Beekeeper

Life on the Outside: Jack Gilbert, Beekeeper

Sometime around 1980, a colony of bees swarmed right through the middle of campus and set up shop on a window outside of Welch Hall. The bees scared the bejeezus out of the occupant of the office, despite the fact that he had a wonderful view of the inside of a growing beehive. He called the campus exterminator. But organic chemist Jack Gilbert, b...
Fire ant-attacking fly spreading rapidly in Texas

Fire ant-attacking fly spreading rapidly in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas—Parasitic flies introduced to control red imported fire ants have spread over four million acres in central and southeast Texas since the flies’ introduction in 1999, researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have discovered using new flytraps they developed. Researchers at the Brackenridge Field Laboratory (BFL) have released...
University of Texas at Austin learning and memory research program grows

University of Texas at Austin learning and memory research program grows

AUSTIN, Texas—The University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Learning and Memory has recruited and hired six top scientists intent upon understanding how the brain processes information, learns and remembers events in our everyday lives. “There is a need for neuroscience and a demand for a strong neuroscience program at UT,” said Professor of Neur...
Twenty years of figuring-out fire ants

Twenty years of figuring-out fire ants

Red imported fire ants (Solenopsis invicta) being attacked by a phorid fly in the Texas Fire Ant Lab. When the wave of red imported fire ants rolled into Austin in the early 1980s, Larry Gilbert knew in no time flat. Students who were studying ants at the Brackenridge Field Laboratory found colonies of the invaders on the property in 1981. It had ...Red imported fire ants (Solenopsis invicta) being attacked by a phorid fly in the Texas Fire Ant Lab.
Scientists find popular acne drug leads to depression-related behavior in mice

Scientists find popular acne drug leads to depression-related behavior in mice

AUSTIN, Texas—A drug commonly used to treat severe acne can lead to depression-related behavior in mice, according to research published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology by scientists from The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Bath. The scientists gave 13-cis-retinoic acid, the active ingredient in Accutane, to mice over si...
Fire ant lab celebrates 20 years of research

Fire ant lab celebrates 20 years of research

AUSTIN, Texas—The red imported fire ant laboratory at The University of Texas at Austin Brackenridge Field Lab (BFL) is celebrating 20 years of research this month. Dr. Larry Gilbert, director of BFL and professor of integrative biology, first initiated fire ant research at the university in 1986 by bringing to the university two young researchers...
Fire ant lab celebrates 20 years of research

Fire ant lab celebrates 20 years of research

AUSTIN, Texas—The red imported fire ant laboratory at The University of Texas at Austin Brackenridge Field Lab (BFL) is celebrating 20 years of research this month. Dr. Larry Gilbert, director of BFL and professor of integrative biology, first initiated fire ant research at the university in 1986 by bringing to the university two young researchers...
New superlens reveals hidden nanostructures

New superlens reveals hidden nanostructures

AUSTIN, Texas—A microscope used to scan nanostructures can be dramatically enhanced by using a ‘superlens,’ reports an international team of scientists from the Max Planck Institute (MPI) of Biochemistry and The University of Texas at Austin in this week’s issue of Science. This is the first time a superlens, a lens capable of creating images of ob...
Associate Dean Jack Gilbert to leave for Santa Clara University

Associate Dean Jack Gilbert to leave for Santa Clara University

Dr. Jack Gilbert, associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Natural Sciences, will leave to become professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry and senior fellow in the Center for Science, Technology, and Society at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California. Gilbert, professor of organic chemistry, will remain in Austin t...
R/V LONGHORN to be retired after 35 years

R/V LONGHORN to be retired after 35 years

Cassette tapes go. VHS technology fades away. And so goes the R/V LONGHORN, the ship used by the University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI) for over 30 years to conduct research in the Gulf of Mexico. Changes in oceanographic research and drops in funding levels led to UTMSI’s decision to discontinue use of their largest research vessel ...