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Student Profile: Jessica Chang

The 2007 Stem Cell Symposium, which is being held at the University of Texas at Austin on April 13, was conceived in the aftermath of a high school debate gone wrong. “The topic was stem cell research,” says Jessica Chang, now a senior biology major. “My team had done a lot of research. The other team hadn’t done any. We got up and made all of our...

Explore UT 2007

Dean Mary Ann Rankin chairs this year's “Explore UT: The Biggest Open House in Texas!” The eighth annual  event will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 3. More than 30,000 visitors are expected to participate in a day of free hands-on activities, performances, demonstrations and lectures. At Explore UT, guests will have the opportunity...

Groundbreaking for New Marine Fisheries Lab

Event: The University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute (UTMSI) will break ground for the new Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) Texas Laboratory for Marine Larviculture in Port Aransas. When: 1 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 24. Where: UTMSI Fisheries and Mariculture Laboratory grounds at 1300 Port St., Port Aransas, Texas. Background: UTM...

Award Recipients to be Recognized at The University of Texas at Austin

AUSTIN, Texas—Recipients of some of the most prestigious awards given by The University of Texas at Austin to faculty and supporters of higher education will be honored Jan. 22 at an awards dinner at the Blanton Museum of Art hosted by William Powers Jr., president of The University of Texas at Austin. Award presentations will include the Preside...

Not Just Stuffing

Nutrition faculty member Monica Meadows offers up mindful eating tips for savoring holiday fare.

Reichl named Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Dr. Linda Reichl, professor of physics, has accepted the appointment as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the College of Natural Sciences effective December 11, 2006. Reichl came to The University of Texas at Austin in 1973 and was acting director of the Center for Statistical Mechanics and Complex Systems from 1974 to 2005. The center was r...

Defense Department's $1.4 Million Appropriation Funds Texas Nanotechnology Consortium

AUSTIN, Texas—The U.S. Department of Defense will use a $1.4 million appropriation secured by U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison to fund a consortium of seven leading Texas universities created to develop and commercialize revolutionary nanomaterials for the defense aerospace industry. The Consortium for Nanomaterials for Aerospace Commerce and Tec...

Changes at the Health Professions Office

The Health Professions Office has a new look after losing a familiar face, as the office relocated to Painter Hall and Dr. Jeanne Lagowski retired as associate dean, a position she had held for more than 30 years. The physical move of the HPO into a suite shared with the College of Natural Sciences Career Services Office coincides with an administ...

Life on the Outside: Jack Gilbert, Beekeeper

Sometime around 1980, a colony of bees swarmed right through the middle of campus and set up shop on a window outside of Welch Hall. The bees scared the bejeezus out of the occupant of the office, despite the fact that he had a wonderful view of the inside of a growing beehive. He called the campus exterminator. But organic chemist Jack Gilbert, b...

University of Texas at Austin learning and memory research program grows

AUSTIN, Texas—The University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Learning and Memory has recruited and hired six top scientists intent upon understanding how the brain processes information, learns and remembers events in our everyday lives. “There is a need for neuroscience and a demand for a strong neuroscience program at UT,” said Professor of Neur...

Associate Dean Jack Gilbert to leave for Santa Clara University

Dr. Jack Gilbert, associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Natural Sciences, will leave to become professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry and senior fellow in the Center for Science, Technology, and Society at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California. Gilbert, professor of organic chemistry, will remain in Austin t...

R/V LONGHORN to be retired after 35 years

Cassette tapes go. VHS technology fades away. And so goes the R/V LONGHORN, the ship used by the University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI) for over 30 years to conduct research in the Gulf of Mexico. Changes in oceanographic research and drops in funding levels led to UTMSI’s decision to discontinue use of their largest research vessel ...

College welcomes 18 new faculty

The College of Natural Sciences welcomes 18 new faculty for 2006-07. Astronomy Milos Milosavljevic, Assistant Professor Chemistry & Biochemistry Sang-Hyun Lim, Assistant Professor Computer Sciences Dana Ballard, Professor Keshav Pingali, Professor Human Ecology Henry Ciolino, Assistant Professor Su Yeong Kim, Assistant Professor Susan Perk...

Wildflower Center officially becomes part of UT-Austin

AUSTIN, Texas--The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is now officially a component of The University of Texas at Austin, with approval by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Committee on Strategic Planning on Sept. 5. The center, founded by Mrs. Johnson to increase the use and conservation of native plants, has become an Organized Resea...Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

UT-Austin signs conservation easement for Fennessey Ranch

AUSTIN, Texas—The University of Texas at Austin signed an agreement with the Fennessey Ranch on Aug. 10 authorizing a conservation easement that will protect the 3,256-acre ranch from development and fragmentation. The Mission River as is passes Fennessey Ranch. Fennessey Ranch, owned by Brien O’Connor Dunn, is in Refugio County and is compo...Mission River