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University helps establish new polymer research center

University helps establish new polymer research center

AUSTIN, Texas--Two chemical engineers and a biochemist at The University of Texas at Austin will conduct novel research as charter members of a new Science and Technology Center on layered polymers that is being established with Case Western Reserve University as the lead institution. The new Center for Layered Polymeric Systems (CLiPS) will open ...
 Marine Science Institute introduces Science and the Sea radio program

Marine Science Institute introduces Science and the Sea radio program

PORT ARANSAS, Texas—The University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute (UTMSI) introduces this summer a new two-minute radio program, “Science and the Sea,” produced jointly with Corpus Christi Public Radio, KEDT. “Science and the Sea” takes listeners on an exploration of the unseen underwater world that covers three-fourths of the planet, ...
Neuroscientist joins faculty of Center for Learning and Memory

Neuroscientist joins faculty of Center for Learning and Memory

AUSTIN, Texas—Dr. Richard Aldrich, a neuroscientist whose research focuses on cellular membrane ion channels, has joined the faculty of the Section of Neurobiology at The University of Texas at Austin. Aldrich, the Karl S. Folkers Chair II in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research, is the new chairperson of neurobiology. He also joins the r...Rick Aldrich
Finding about cellular microtubule rigidity could lead to development of new nano-materials

Finding about cellular microtubule rigidity could lead to development of new nano-materials

AUSTIN, Texas—Microtubules, essential structural elements in living cells, grow stiffer as they grow longer, an unexpected property that could lead to advances in nano-materials development, an international team of biophysicists has found. The team, from The University of Texas at Austin, the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidel...
Doug Burger receives Wilkes Award

Doug Burger receives Wilkes Award

AUSTIN, Texas—Dr. Doug Burger, associate professor in the Department of Computer Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin, has received the 2006 Maurice Wilkes Award from the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) for his contributions to spatially distributed processor and memory system architectures. The Maurice Wilkes Award, named after...
Farming ants cultivate one fungal crop

Farming ants cultivate one fungal crop

AUSTIN, Texas—Just as wheat is cultivated by different people around the world, different species of fungus-farming ants cultivate essentially the same fungus; show biologists from The University of Texas at Austin, providing insight into the evolution of this well-known symbiosis. Fungus-farming ants are dependent on cultivating fungus gardens fo...
Freshman Research Initiative receives $1.9 million from HHMI

Freshman Research Initiative receives $1.9 million from HHMI

AUSTIN, Texas—The Freshman Research Initiative (FRI), a new program in the College of Natural Sciences that promotes undergraduate research participation at The University of Texas at Austin, has received a $1.9 million award from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). The HHMI Undergraduate Science Education Program Award was granted to Dr. ...
Dana Center Americorps program expands with OneStar Foundation grant

Dana Center Americorps program expands with OneStar Foundation grant

AUSTIN, Texas—The AmeriCorps for Community Engagement and Education (ACEE) program, part of The University of Texas at Austin Charles A. Dana Center, has been awarded $522,590 by the OneStar Foundation to expand its early literacy intervention model. The three-year grant will allow ACEE to increase the number of children and tutors who participate ...
Wildflower Center to join the College of Natural Sciences

Wildflower Center to join the College of Natural Sciences

AUSTIN, Texas—The University of Texas Board of Regents today (June 20) authorized the execution of a Memorandum of Intent to make the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center a component of The University of Texas at Austin. The Executive Committee of the center’s board of directors is expected to approve the memorandum on June 21. Discussions have be...
Eavesdropping fringe-lipped bats spread culture through sound

Eavesdropping fringe-lipped bats spread culture through sound

AUSTIN, Texas—Like a diner ordering a dessert based solely on the “oohs” and “aahs” of a customer eating the same dish the next table over, frog-eating bats learn to eat new prey by eavesdropping on their neighbors as they eat, report biologists from The University of Texas at Austin. A fringe-lipped bat (Trachops cirrhosus) eating a túngara fro...Fringe-lipped bat