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Choose your own adventure

Dear Students, As we await the arrival of spring in Austin, it is time to be sure you have a plan for summer (and, for some of you, a plan for life after UT). So I offer you a "choose your own adventure" in future planning.Thinking about a career in the health professions? Mark your calendar for the Health Professions Fair on Wednesday, Februa...

Can’t get enough of your love (and a registration deadline)

Dear Students,  I normally try to keep the weekly emails short and sweet but this week we had so much going on, I just had to send two.That is because it is time to register for the College of Natural Sciences' Undergraduate Research Forum (URF).All CNS undergraduate students who have participated in research with CNS faculty or with faculty i...

For the Love of Science

Dear Students,This week, love is in the air. So why not celebrate your love of science by taking a special friend to a science event? There is an array of events that will help you embrace your love of science together.We have an amazing guest lecture from Dr. Rob Knight on "Microbiomes and Gut Health" that is hosted by the Department of Nutritiona...

Have I got some news for you

Dear Students,Every day, there are amazing things happening across the College of Natural Sciences. Being such a large community, it can be difficult to keep up with the latest news. Fear not! Because the college has its own outlet to share stories about interesting people, new discoveries, and the latest events.Too busy to seek out college news? I...

Help is on the way

Dear Students,Actually, help is not on the way. You have to go and find it. Luckily, we have made it very easy. In addition to all the support provided directly from your class in terms of office hours and help sessions, there is support for many of the College's larger course offerings most nights of the week.The College has drop-in tutoring for i...

Get Immersed in Science

Dear Students,The College of Natural Sciences has an amazing resource called the Texas Institute for Discovery Education in Science (TIDES). Many of you know TIDES as the home to our Freshman Research Initiative, as well as the support for our expansive Undergraduate Research Forum held each spring. But the team in TIDES also does much more.This sp...

Participate

Dear Students,Welcome back to a new year and a new semester. Once again, we begin this semester with the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday. So if you don't have plans for how to spend the holiday, here are a few.Both in Austin and around the nation, today is a day of service and celebration in our communities. So find a way to participate. Come to...

It has arrived

Dear Students,It has arrived. The last day of class this semester! And while for some of you that means donuts and CIS sheets, I know for others it is likely that last exam. So keep up the good work as we head into finals.I could drone on and on about finals but I will offer only my same few small pieces of advice.Take care of yourself. Take advant...

Bubbles, Dogs, Fuel, and More

Dear Students,It is the last week of classes. Yes, I know about next Monday, but it is still the last week. There are exams, projects, papers, and lab reports to finish. And then it is final exams. So while you have much to do on the academic front, be sure you are also taking care of yourself. Eat. Sleep. Exercise.Next week, to help with finals pr...

The end is in sight

​Dear Students,I hope that everyone was revitalized by a few days off for Thanksgiving, and that you used the time to enjoy friends and family, to rest and relax, and to ease some of the end-of-the-semester tensions.And now, back to work! Two more weeks of classes (plus an extra Monday). Papers. Projects. Final lab reports. Last round of exams.So c...

A postcard from out of the blue

​Dear Students, Thanksgiving is, in many ways, a complicated time. Between family, expectations, cooking, preparations, travel, more travel, overeating, and more eating, there is a lot going on. And this doesn't even begin to address the challenging historical questions surrounding this national holiday. Despite all of this, I think it is...

Recognize someone

Dear Students,Don't read into the fact that this email didn't make it out until Tuesday that it is not important. If anything, it is even more important. As Thanksgiving is approaching, now is the time to think about taking time out to recognize someone who has helped you during your time in CNS. There are two great opportunities to do this.First, ...

Just get out and do something

Dear Students, Part of the life at a University is experiencing the cultural, academic, and enrichment opportunities that take place outside of the classroom. These are the opportunities that make a University a vibrant community. There are countless events happening each week on campus. So many, that often it is easier to simply do nothing th...

What have you got to say?

Dear Students,We are entering into the second half of the fall semester. By now I hope you are in a good routine with all of your classes. Many of you have completed multiple exams and projects. So it is easy to want to take a break right when you need to be gearing up. Now is the time to put all of what you have learned into practice. Everyone sho...

Mole Day and more

Dear Students,Is there a better way to start a week than Mole Day? It is the invented holiday that celebrates the concept of a "mole" and Amedeo Avogadro whose gas law contributed greatly to the fundamental idea of the existence of molecules. I'm not sure what you're supposed to do for Mole Day except post random GIFs of dancing moles holding up te...