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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...
New Texas Natural Science Center offers education, exhibits and research

New Texas Natural Science Center offers education, exhibits and research

AUSTIN, Texas—The University of Texas at Austin will combine the Texas Memorial Museum, nationally known natural history research collections, public exhibits, and science education and outreach efforts in a new Texas Natural Science Center. The center, which hosts a variety of science outreach programs such as Austin Science Fun Day, will be a un...
Boyer, Kaufmann and Moore awarded the 2005 ACM Software System Award for the Boyer-Moore Theorem Prover

Boyer, Kaufmann and Moore awarded the 2005 ACM Software System Award for the Boyer-Moore Theorem Prover

AUSTIN, Texas—University of Texas at Austin professors Robert Boyer and J Stother Moore and Senior Research Scientist Matt Kaufmann were awarded the 2005 Software System Award by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) for their work on the Boyer-Moore Theorem Prover. Used by computer scientists to verify that computer systems are functionin...