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Almost There

Dear Students,You are almost there. As we head into finals, here are a couple reminders to help you finish the semester strong:Remember what I said about sleep a few weeks ago? It's still true. Sleep will help strengthen the learning you work so hard at during the day. Make quality sleep a priority.There's no such thing as multitasking. Find a quie...

What Connects Us

Dear Students,Last week, CNS hosted author and scientist Joseph Osmundson, who gave a talk that was both moving and fascinating. One thing really resonated with me as Dr. Osmundson read passages from his new book Virology: Essays for the Living, the Dead, and the Small Things in Between. What was special about this talk was how the science was wove...

A Virtual High Five

Dear Students,The past week has been special with several events in CNS celebrating the accomplishments of our undergraduates, including the Aspire Banquet, Honors Day and Second-Year Excellence Awards. It's been inspiring to hear about, celebrate and meet some amazing CNS students. Congratulations to all those who participated!Whether you particip...

Ready, Set... Go!

Dear Students,On Saturday I had the chance to attend my first CNS Science Sprint. A sprint is a one-day event in which teams of undergraduates work together on interesting real-world problems. At the sprint I attended, student teams worked with CNS data scientists to find ways to use data to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in our college. A...

Think About 3 Minutes

Dear Students,Welcome back! I hope spring break offered you a chance to have some fun and recharge. As we dive back in and work to finish the semester strong, I'll share with you a strategy that might help you get on a more consistent study schedule, if you ever struggle with that.A habit change can start with something small. I completely changed ...

Telescopes, Flowers, and AI (Oh, My!)

Dear Students,Last week was a special week for CNS and UT: in case you missed it, there were a lot of events, including a huge concert, to mark the launch of UT's capital campaign. Attending the events reminded me how lucky I am to work in a college and university with many amazing people and opportunities. Here are few of the cool things I heard a...

Lots of Years, Lots of Lessons

Dear Students,Yesterday, on the Welch patio, we gathered to celebrate five CNS staff who recently retired after long careers at UT. At the event, the retirees and colleagues had the opportunity to share tributes and reminiscences about their work together.In their funny and poignant stories, I noticed three themes that reveal something important ab...

Share Your Research

Dear Students,Great news: Today's Health Professions Fair and this year's CNS Undergraduate Research Forum will both be in-person again this spring. If you're doing any kind of research—from working in a faculty research lab, to writing a literature review, to analyzing secondary data—you are invited to submit an abstract by March 4 and present you...

Recognizing Outstanding Students

Dear Students,Each spring, the College of Natural Sciences recognizes some of our outstanding students with special awards, and we need your help to identify these students and amplify all of the incredible work that is happening in our college. Mark the nomination deadline date on your calendar now (Friday, March 11, at 5 p.m.) so you don't miss t...

Celebrating Black History Month

Dear Students,February is Black History Month, and UT has an amazing line-up of events celebrating the contributions and experiences of African Americans on campus and in Austin. In honor of Black History Month, I invite Texas Science students to join me in doing two things.1) First, I hope everyone will participate in at least one of the events ta...

Welcome to a new semester

Dear Students,I hope this email finds you well rested and energized for a new semester. We're starting this semester in a way that has begun to feel all too familiar, with classes meeting remotely. I know that remote classes are a challenge for students and faculty alike, so here are a few tips to help make the most of this current round of remote ...

Plan some time for yourself

Dear Students,Congratulations on making it to the home stretch of another unusual semester. Over the past year and half, you've faced challenges that few students before you faced. The pandemic changed how we go to class, how we interact with each other, how we do science, how we explore the world around us and many other aspects of our profes...

Show some love to your deadlines

Dear Students,Over the holiday weekend I had the chance to watch some of the new documentary "The Beatles: Get Back." As we approach the end of the semester, and the many deadlines it brings, the film had a special resonance to me.​It documents an amazing few weeks in 1970. The Beatles had committed to doing a live TV special during which they woul...

Thanksgiving offers a special opportunity

Dear Students,Congratulations on your hard work this semester and on making it to Thanksgiving break. I hope this email finds you in a relaxed space, with some free time to do something fun and recharge.In addition to being a time to enjoy a good meal and connect with loved ones, Thanksgiving offers a special opportunity for us scientists and mathe...

Guiding You On Your Path

​Dear Students,Are you pursuing a career in the health professions? Did you know that the College of Natural Sciences houses The Health Professions Office (HPO), which has peer advisors and coaches who are here to guide you on your path to professional school? If you're thinking of a career in medicine, dentistry, optometry, occupational therapy or...