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From the College of Natural Sciences

Michael Marder to Receive Massey Award for Excellence in Teacher Education

AUSTIN, Texas – Michael Marder, professor of physics, associate dean for science and mathematics education, and co-director of UTeach in the College of Natural Sciences, has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Elizabeth Shatto Massey Award for Excellence in Teacher Education. The Massey Award recognizes a “teacher of teachers,” one who in...
Dedication, Demonstration of World's Most Powerful Laser

Dedication, Demonstration of World's Most Powerful Laser

Event: U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) and University of Texas at Austin President William Powers Jr., will dedicate the Texas Petawatt Laser on Thursday. Scientists will demonstrate aspects of the laser during the event. The Tower will be lit orange during the evening to commemorate this event. When: Thursday, Aug. 28, 11:30 a.m. – 12:...

Blast from the Past: J.T. Patterson

Professor Emeritus of Zoology John T. Patterson (1878-1960) in the lab. Photo (date taken unknown) appeared in The Daily Texan Nov. 21, 1950. Courtesy of the Center for American History. Back in the days when John T. Patterson was rambling around in the Hill Country west of Austin hunting for pregnant armadillos, he often encountered “hill people”...jt patterson

Life on the Outside: J. Craig Wheeler

J. Craig Wheeler Professor of AstronomyNovelist and Movie Star Astrophysics professor J. Craig Wheeler was daydreaming when the idea for his novel, The Krone Experiment, came upon him. “I was an assistant professor at Harvard, and I was at one of the colloquia they held at the old library,” says Wheeler. “The idea just hit me. I don’t even rememb...craig wheeler

Plane Perfect

When Kathy Gore got her degree from the college in 1976 in textiles, clothing and fashion design, she had no grand vision of creating the interiors of airplanes for kings and billionaires. She first worked as the manager of a clothing store, before briefly doing residential interior design. In 1983, she was hired by the Fairchild Aircraft Company ...Kathy Gore

Advisory Council in Antarctica

In January 2008, Advisory Council members Jim Prentice, Carla Blumberg and Evan Kyba, along with their spouses, partners and friends, boarded the National Geographic Endeavor for a once-in-a-lifetime expedition across the Drake Passage to Antarctica. The sun, quite literally, never really set on their 11-day cruise, which gave them glimpses of snow...expedition

Wildflower Center Promotes Green Landscapes

Lady Bird Johnson considered the environment a reflection of who we are, and a focusing lens for our potential. To better reflect this environmental ethic she and others shared, the university’s Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is collaborating with national partners to develop the first voluntary standards for sustainable landscapes. The Susta...asia roof

UTeach Celebrates Ten Years

Panel members and UTeach graduates Katie Weber, Janice Trinidad and Daniel FitzPatrick UTeach, fast becoming a national model for preparing qualified science, math and computer sciences teachers,celebrated 10 years of success on November 17, 2007. Past graduates, current students, staff, faculty, supporters and friends descended on campus for picn...Panel members and UTeach graduates Katie Weber, Janice Trinidad and Daniel FitzPatrick
What the Future Holds

What the Future Holds

We asked faculty from the College of Natural Sciences a big question: "What development in your field is likely to have the greatest impact on the way that we live in the next few decades? How?" Here are their answers: --- J. Strother Moore The Admiral B. R. Inman Centennial EMERITUS Chair in Computing Theory  Department of Compute...

Doctors Grown Here

The college has inspired thousands of students to become doctors. The stories of the alumni who enter the health professions—as so many of our alumni do—can be as different from each other as the story of a Google programmer to a chemist at Pfizer. The medical degree is not the sum of who our doctor-alumni are, but as these three stories show, just...Dr. Everett Simmons
Natural Selection May Not Produce the Best Organisms

Natural Selection May Not Produce the Best Organisms

AUSTIN, Texas—Natural selection may favor the fittest organisms around, but it doesn’t always lead to the evolution of the most optimal organisms, says a team of researchers at The University of Texas at Austin. Drs. Matthew Cowperthwaite and Lauren Ancel Meyers led a team that developed a new theory suggesting that traits that are easy to evolve ...

MSI Gets Funds for New Building

PORT ARANSAS, Texas—The University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI) will receive $3.5 million from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for construction of a new headquarters building for its Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve. The grant brings the total amount of NOAA funding for the project to $7.7 ...

Open House Opens Oceans

Standing in front of a crowd of about 50 visitors from across the state at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute’s summer Open House, oceanographer and turtle-rescuer Tony Amos' cell phone rang. He answered the call. After a brief conversation, Amos relayed to the expectant crowd that two green sea turtles had been found on the Padre Isl...

Statistically Significant

When Drs. Sheldon Ekland-Olson and Cathy Stacy were putting the finishing touches on the program for the first UT Summer Statistics Institute (SSI), they worried that there wouldn’t be enough students to fill the 18 different classes on topics like multiple regression, hierarchical linear modeling and Bayesian statistics. “We expected 250 people, b...

Gleeson Honored for Teaching Excellence

Austin Gleeson, professor of physics, has been selected to receive the 2008 Jean Holloway Award for Teaching Excellence. The Holloway Award began in 1970, when Jean and Sterling Holloway endowed one of The University of Texas at Austin's first teaching awards to formally establish that students should play a role in the selection of teaching awards...