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From the College of Natural Sciences

Lee is the Director of Communications for the college. He holds a B.S. in Biology from UT and an M.S. in Entomology from UW-Madison. He lives in East Austin with his partner, their dog, and a garden full of plants and bugs.

Willy Fischler Honored by Top Physicists

Top physicists from around the world will gather at the University of California, Santa Cruz, on June 15 and 16 for a symposium in honor of two eminent theoretical physicists: Willy Fischler, professor of physics at The University of Texas at Austin and Thomas Banks, professor of physics at UCSC. Fischler and Banks, who are being honored on the oc...Willy Fischler

Predicting intervention strategies for swine flu

Lauren Ancel Meyers, associate professor of integrative biology, is using the Texas Advanced Computng Center’s (TACC) Lonestar supercomputer to predict how the new strain of H1N1 flu is spreading throughout North America and to determine the best intervention strategies. “Our goal is to develop powerful and flexible software so that public health ...lauren ancel meyers

Grad student wins $10,000 Granof award

Christian Rabeling, a doctoral student in the ecology, evolution and behavior program, has won the $10,000 Michael H. Granof Outstanding Graduate Student Award at the University Co-op/Graduate School Awards for Excellence in Graduate Education. The Excellence in Graduate Education awards recognize and reward outstanding graduate students for dist...Christian Rabeling
Most Extensive Genetic Resource For Reef-Building Coral Created

Most Extensive Genetic Resource For Reef-Building Coral Created

AUSTIN, Texas — A nearly complete collection of genes for a species of reef-building coral has been assembled by a team led by biologists from The University of Texas at Austin. The scientists will use the genetic data to understand natural variations in corals from around the world and how they respond, at the genetic level, to rising water tempe...
Biologists in $25 Million Project to Develop Fuel from Algae

Biologists in $25 Million Project to Develop Fuel from Algae

 AUSTIN, Texas — Biologists and engineers at The University of Texas at Austin have been selected to be a part of a $25 million project that would transform algal oil to jet fuel. Algal feedstock is considered one of the best sources for biofuel. It is renewable, does not compete with food crops and grows in wet or dry environments using brac...

Solar Cells, Batteries Research Receives $15 Million

AUSTIN, Texas--With a $15 million grant, scientists and engineers aim to revolutionize solar cells and energy storage technologies as one of two Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) established at The University of Texas at Austin by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The White House announced the creation of 46 new EFRCs nationally in conju...

Sex Isn't Everything

The ants, Mycocepurus smithii, amongst their fungus garden. Photo: Alex Wild. In the end, sex might not be everything. At least, that’s the story for a fungus-farming ant that seems to be doing just fine without it. In fact, they’ve done away with males entirely, a “first ever” for the ant world. Most social insects—the wasps, ants and bees—are...The ants, Mycocepurus smithii, amongst their fungus garden. Photo: Alex Wild.

Worthingtons Support Education in Biodiversity

Professor Larry Gilbert and Roger Worthington (B.A. ’83, J.D. ’86) Alums Roger Worthington (B.A. ’83, J.D. ’86) and Ann Worthington (B.A. ’88, J.D. ’91) have donated $500,000 to establish the Lawrence E. Gilbert, Jr. Excellence Endowment, an endowment for the benefit of Brackenridge Field Laboratory (BFL) and research and education in ecology an...Roger Worthington (B.A. ’83, J.D. ’86) and professor Larry Gilbert

Q & A with Kathy Davis

Photo: Brett Buchanan Professor Kathy Davis is the undergraduate mathematics advisor and associate chair of the Department of Mathematics. She has been on the faculty for 30 years and is a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers. Why math? This is an odd generation that we are living in. We seem to be looking for the roots of everythin...Photo: Brett Buchanan

Postcard: Peter Thomas

I’m sorting fish we collected in Florida’s Pensacola Bay estuaries to study the effect that low oxygen levels are having on Atlantic croaker reproduction. Croaker is one of the most common inshore fish along the coasts of the southeastern Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. Low levels of oxygen, known as hypoxia, have been increasing dramatically i...Peter Thomas at MSI