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Exploring the Cosmos in West Texas

The college’s McDonald Observatory is one of the world's leading centers for astronomical research, teaching, public education and outreach. The observatory sits atop Mount Locke and Mount Fowlkes in the Davis Mountains of West Texas, which offer some of the darkest night skies in the continental United States. The observatory’s showcase Hobby-Ebe...Mcdonald Observatory

Director of New Energy Institute Named

AUSTIN, Texas — Dr. Raymond Lee Orbach, the U.S. Department of Energy's first under secretary for science, has been appointed director of The University of Texas at Austin's Energy Institute, a multi-disciplinary institute that combines the strengths of the university's schools and colleges to advance solutions to today's energy-related challenges....

Young Scientists Recognized by President Obama

AUSTIN, Texas--Three scientists in the College of Natural Sciences are among the 2009 recipients of Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on young professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. The recipients are: Christopher...

Summer Nanoscience Academy for High Schoolers

High school teachers and their students from throughout Texas will attend the third annual Summer Nanoscience Academy.

New Method for Computing Evolutionary Trees

Detailed, accurate evolutionary trees that reveal the relatedness of living things can now be determined much faster and for thousands of species with a new computing method.

HHPO wins first annual College of Natural Sciences Service Award

For its work conducting health screenings in the Hispanic and African-American communities in east Austin, the Hispanic Health Professions Organization (HHPO) has been awarded the first annual College of Natural Sciences Service Award. “Their work really shows how students can take what UT affords them and bring it back to the Austin community,” s...HHPO-Photo

CIAS, Raytheon Partner To Provide Innovative Cybersecurity Solutions

The Center for Information Assurance and Security (CIAS) at The University of Texas at Austin has partnered with Raytheon Company on research for new and innovative cybersecurity solutions. Cybersecurity is now one of the major national security problems facing the United States, and President Barack Obama has made protecting the country's digital...
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...

New Documentary Highlights BFL

A new documentary follows Professor Larry Gilbert around BFL, highlighting its essential role in studies of ecology and its importance to the university.

New Computer Science Complex Receives $30 Million Challenge Grant from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The University of Texas at Austin announced today (April 17) a $30 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, part of a $120 million capital campaign to construct a new building complex for one of the nation's leading computer science programs.

Computer Science Complex Gets $30 Million Challenge Grant from Gates Foundation

AUSTIN, Texas—The University of Texas at Austin announced today (April 17) a $30 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, part of a $120 million capital campaign to construct a new building complex for one of the nation’s leading computer science programs. The foundation's investment is a challenge grant, to be paid as the Colle...

Two Natural Sciences Students Named Goldwater Scholars

AUSTIN, Texas — Lynne Chantranupong and Sean Simmons, undergraduates in the College of Natural Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin, are among the 278 students nationally who have been named Goldwater Scholars for the 2009-2010 academic year. The scholarships are awarded annually to outstanding second- and third-year college students enro...

Resistance Fighter

Biology major Grace Eckhoff in the Naval Academy Medical Research Unit lab in Kabul. When Grace Eckhoff went to Afghanistan last summer to study multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) infection rates, it was a kind of return to her childhood. Eckhoff, a Dean's Scholars Honors Biology major and Plan II Honors major, grew up in Haiti, where ...Biology major Grace Eckhoff in the Naval Academy Medical Research Unit lab in Kabul.

UTeach Named Top 50 Innovation in American Government

UTeach Natural Sciences was named one of the Top 50 Innovations in American Government today by Harvard’s Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation.

Blast from the Past: John Mallet

When The University of Texas at Austin first opened in September 1883, the faculty was only eight people, each one a professor in a different department. One of these men was John William Mallet, a professor of physics and chemistry, who was collectively elected as Chairman of the Faculty. (The office of university president was not created until ...first faculty UT