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From the College of Natural Sciences

Dean Laude Breaks It Down

Dr. David Laude, associate dean for undergraduate education, offers his 13 rules for how to make the most out of your undergraduate experience in the College of Natural Sciences.

New(trino) Dean

Sacha Kopp, the new associate dean of curriculum and programs, has been active in science education for almost as long as he’s been active in elementary particle physics. As a doctoral student, he helped to develop a pilot program to re-train science teachers in the Chicago public schools. As an assistant professor at Syracuse University, he starte...

Insight: August 2010

In this issue of the undergraduate newsletter, we celebrate the end of summer, the beginning of the new school year, and the continuing voyage of the College of Natural Sciences (its ongoing mission: to seek out new knowledge and new applications; to boldly go where no college has gone before).

Solar hot water systems catching on

The Hackerman building's solar hot water array is mentioned in this article from the San Antonio Express-News. We're on the cutting edge!

Nano Science and Technology Building Named To Honor President Emeritus Larry Faulkner

The Larry R. Faulkner Nano Science and Technology Building is home to important research in new solar energy technologies, health diagnostics and treatments, and energy storage devices.

Two Natural Scientists Among Recipients of Latest Moncrief Grand Challenge Awards

Energy and disease the focus of research for chemist Graeme Henkelman and computer scientist Inderjit Dhillon.

Pediatric Geneticist Joins the Nutritional Sciences Faculty

Four tons of spinach. 5,000 mice. One metaphorical and one real tortilla. These numbers tell a story. Each part of this story leads back The University of Texas at Austin and is carried by hope. Dr. Richard Finnell is beginning a new chapter in his career as a pediatric geneticist in the Department of Nutritional Sciences in the School of Human Eco...Dr. Richard Finnell

On the Road in Panama

College Advisory Council members trekked to Panama to visit researchers like Mike Ryan and explore the tropical environments around Panama City.

First Galaxies, Helpful HALs, and the Upside of Drinking

In this week’s installment of Raw Science, we link to papers on early galaxies, helpful computers, and the surprising relationship between alcohol, obesity and diabetes. A Helpful HAL Designing software that can watch people, and assist and correct them, as they perform manual tasks. “A task-driven intelligent workspace system to provide guidan...

Researchers to Further Cancer Research with $3.3 Million in Grants

College researchers have received $3.3 million from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas to train a new generation of cancer researchers and study processes related to cancer cell growth and death.

McDonald Observatory Introduces Dark Skies Initiative

FORT DAVIS, Texas — The University of Texas at Austin McDonald Observatory is kicking off a campaign to promote awareness of the causes, effects and solutions to light pollution — stray light shone into the sky where it's wasted, rather than down on the ground where it's useful. The observatory will be promoting dark skies awareness through its ...

First Bytes Camp Introduces Girls to Computer Science in Effort to Close the Gender Gap in Technology

AUSTIN, Texas—The First Bytes Summer Camp, sponsored by The University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Computer Science, will (this week) introduce high school girls to the field of computer science. During the free week-long camp on campus, select Texas high school girls will work together on computer projects, tour local technology companies, ...

The Making of a Bat-Man

For more than 35 years, neurobiologist George Pollak has been using echolocating bats to study the mammalian auditory system, trying to understand how the auditory system processes communication signals and how animals are able to associate a sound with its location in space. He’s done groundbreaking work in, among other areas, decoding the meaning...

Alices in Scienceland

Local high school students get an inside view of the physics life, thanks to the Alice in Wonderland program. For one month this summer, 11 girls from Austin-area high schools will get a taste of the physics good life as participants in the Alice in Wonderland program. The girls will even get paid a $1,000 stipend. The immediate goal of the program...

College Highlights 2010

Check out our annual highlights video. This year, we shine a light on several new discoveries, from bat songs to HIV drugs, and introduce a few new initiatives, such as the Lab for Atomoscience and the Health Information Technology certificate program. This is the second video in an annual series. Videographer: Mason Jones.