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Chemist Hackerman Dies

Dr. Normal Hackerman. Photo: Marsha MillerFormer University of Texas at Austin President Norman Hackerman, an internationally noted professor of chemistry, researcher and academic administrator, died Saturday evening at Scott & White in Temple, Tx. He was 95. Hackerman led the university from 1967 to 1970, when he left to become president of Ri...

Aldrich and Burger Appointed to University-Wide Council

Dr. Rick Aldrich Dr. Doug BurgerAUSTIN, Texas--Dr. Richard Aldrich, chair of neurobiology, and Dr. Douglas Burger, associate professor of computer sciences, have been appointed to a newly formed university-wide council to advise the president and develop a strategic and business plan for the university. The Policy and Planning Advisory Council wi...

Seeding a Revolution

Wildflower Center ecologist Dr. Mark Simmons suited up for a control prairie burn. It was on one of those glorious, warm winter days in Austin that I made my way to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 279 acres of nature trails, savanna research plots and native plant gardens a few miles south of campus. The center recently became a part of Th...Wildflower Center ecologist Dr. Mark Simmons suited up for a control prairie burn.

Natural Sciences Spring '07 Commencement

The College of Natural Sciences is proud of our graduating seniors, and we feel confident that these highly motivated, intelligent young people will change the world for the better throughout their lives. It's been great having them here and providing them with some of the tools they will need for success. At commencement this year, our graduates ...

UTeach Recognized by Austin Neighborhood Foundation

The UTeach Program has been named a Supporter of the Year by the River City Youth Foundation, an organization whose mission is to help youth and families in Dove Springs to live safe, healthy, and prosperous lives. The Dove Springs neighborhood is located in Southeast Austin.   This semester, UTeach has seven interns tutoring and mentoring a...

Q & A: David Laude, undergrad dean

In his ten years as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, David Laude has been instrumental in affecting many changes that have transformed undergraduate education in the College of Natural Sciences. His fingerprints are on programs and initiatives like UTeach, the Texas Interdisciplinary Plan, the Undergraduate Research Forum, the Freshma...David Laude

Life on the Outside: David Hillis

If you’re looking for Professor David Hillis on most weekends, point your compass West-Northwest and drive out of Austin for about one and a half hours through some of the most beautiful land in Texas. When you get to the community of Fly Gap, look for a ranch with a name that only an evolutionary biologist would choose: the Double Helix. There...David Hillis. Photo by Matt Lankes.

2007 Undergraduate Research Forum Awards

On Friday, April 20, The College of Natural Sciences celebrated its student-scientists at the annual Undergraduate Research Forum, a one-day event during which more than 120 students gave posters and oral presentations describing their research. The best and most innovative posters and oral presentations were recognized with awards sponsored by th...

2007 College Faculty and Staff Awards

The College of Natural Sciences is filled to capacity with intelligent, creative and incredibly devoted people. Each spring, we have the opportunity to honor some of the individuals that make the College of Natural Sciences so wonderful. This year's 2007 honorees are: OFFICE OF THE DEAN Kate Waldman Dean’s Office Staff Excellence Award Michael ...

Graduate Programs Rank Among Nation's Best

Several college Ph.D. programs rank among the nation’s top ten in this year’s U.S. News & World Report magazine survey. The rankings will be in the April 9 edition of U.S. News & World Report magazine, available at newstands on Monday, April 2. Rankings are based on opinions of deans, department heads and other senior faculty. College pro...

University of Texas at Austin AmeriCorps Program Joins Groups in Day of Service to Austin

Event: The AmeriCorps program at The University of Texas at Austin, AmeriCorps for Community Engagement and Education (ACEE), will join other Austin-area AmeriCorps groups for the third annual Austin AmeriCorps Awareness Day. More than 300 Austin AmeriCorps members will perform service projects to beautify downtown Austin—including helping to clean...

Faculty receive Sloan Research Fellowships

Helmut Koester AUSTIN, Texas—Two faculty members of The University of Texas at Austin have been named recipients of Sloan Research Fellowships for 2007. Dr. Lexing Ying, assistant professor of mathematics, and Dr. Helmut Koester, assistant professor of neurobiology, will each receive $45,000 over two years to be used on research of their choic...

Growing Science by the Sea

The University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute (MSI) is tucked away in the small South Texas town of Port Aransas, more than 200 miles from Austin. The campus is nestled among marshland, sand dunes and seagulls, mere yards from the shore of the Gulf of Mexico. It’s a time of change for MSI, as it expands its activities in the areas...

UTeach Goes National

AUSTIN, Texas--The University of Texas at Austin’s UTeach mathematics and science teacher-preparation program will be scaled-up nationally through a $125 million commitment to the new National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) by the ExxonMobil Foundation. UTeach, a collaborative program between the colleges of Natural Sciences and Education at Th...

UTeach Teacher-Preparation Program to Expand Nationally Through $125 Million Commitment by ExxonMobil

AUSTIN, Texas—The University of Texas at Austin’s UTeach mathematics and science teacher-preparation program will be scaled-up nationally through a $125 million commitment to the new National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) by the ExxonMobil Foundation. UTeach, a collaborative program between the colleges of Natural Sciences and Education at The...