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Marine Science Institute introduces Science and the Sea radio program

PORT ARANSAS, Texas—The University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute (UTMSI) introduces this summer a new two-minute radio program, “Science and the Sea,” produced jointly with Corpus Christi Public Radio, KEDT. “Science and the Sea” takes listeners on an exploration of the unseen underwater world that covers three-fourths of the planet, ...

Neuroscientist joins faculty of Center for Learning and Memory

AUSTIN, Texas—Dr. Richard Aldrich, a neuroscientist whose research focuses on cellular membrane ion channels, has joined the faculty of the Section of Neurobiology at The University of Texas at Austin. Aldrich, the Karl S. Folkers Chair II in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research, is the new chairperson of neurobiology. He also joins the r...Rick Aldrich
Freshman Research Initiative receives $1.9 million from HHMI

Freshman Research Initiative receives $1.9 million from HHMI

AUSTIN, Texas—The Freshman Research Initiative (FRI), a new program in the College of Natural Sciences that promotes undergraduate research participation at The University of Texas at Austin, has received a $1.9 million award from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). The HHMI Undergraduate Science Education Program Award was granted to Dr. ...

Dana Center Americorps program expands with OneStar Foundation grant

AUSTIN, Texas—The AmeriCorps for Community Engagement and Education (ACEE) program, part of The University of Texas at Austin Charles A. Dana Center, has been awarded $522,590 by the OneStar Foundation to expand its early literacy intervention model. The three-year grant will allow ACEE to increase the number of children and tutors who participate ...

Wildflower Center to join the College of Natural Sciences

AUSTIN, Texas—The University of Texas Board of Regents today (June 20) authorized the execution of a Memorandum of Intent to make the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center a component of The University of Texas at Austin. The Executive Committee of the center’s board of directors is expected to approve the memorandum on June 21. Discussions have be...

Dell Foundation grants $50 million to the University of Texas

AUSTIN, Texas - The University of Texas announced a $50 million gift from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation to put Austin at the leading edge of pediatric health research, computer science and the advancement of healthy living in childhood development. Read more in this University of Texas System news release.
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Estuarine research reserve to be designated in Port Aransas, Texas

AUSTIN, Texas—A 185,708-acre area of marshes, mangroves, open water and coastal prairie along the Texas Gulf coast will become a National Estuarine Research Reserve in a May 6 designation ceremony at The University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute (UTMSI) in Port Aransas, Texas. Federal, state and local officials will welcome the Missio...

UTeach Outreach

The College of Natural Sciences is always searching for new ways to promote greater interest in science and capture the imaginations of students. For more than a decade, the UTeach Outreach program has embodied the college’s commitment to improving science education by bringing university and grade school students together to ensure today’s schoolc...

Student Profile: Damian Tong

Damian Tong’s passion for teaching is evident in everything he does. Whether as a student at The University of Texas at Austin, or as a member of the Army Reserves, it’s a vital part of his life, and has been since high school. “My high school chemistry teacher was a huge influence on me and sparked my interest in science and teaching,” Tong expla...

Groundbreaking for new Wetland Education Center at Marine Science Institute

PORT ARANSAS, Texas—Rick Tinnin’s dream to have a center for wetland education on the Marine Science Institute (MSI) campus came closer to reality as gold-painted shovels were dug into the sandy Port Aransas soil during a groundbreaking ceremony on Saturday. When completed, the 3.5-acre Wetland Education Center will consist of a new salt marsh sur...

Professor Profile: Michael Starbird

Michael Starbird, a professor of mathematics and a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers, joined The University of Texas at Austin in 1974 and served as an associate dean in the College of Natural Sciences from 1989 to 1997. Throughout his career, Starbird has demonstrated a dedication to teaching, particularly in his efforts to make math...

New Texas Natural Science Center offers education, exhibits and research

AUSTIN, Texas—The University of Texas at Austin will combine the Texas Memorial Museum, nationally known natural history research collections, public exhibits, and science education and outreach efforts in a new Texas Natural Science Center. The center, which hosts a variety of science outreach programs such as Austin Science Fun Day, will be a un...

University of Texas at Austin astronomers invite hurricane evacuees to view Moon, planets

AUSTIN, Texas—University of Texas at Austin astronomers will be hosting nightly “star parties” for the evacuees of Hurricane Katrina. Each night through Thursday, Sept. 22, they will set up two telescopes on the west side of the Austin Convention Center, at the intersection of Third and Red River streets, to share views of the Moon and planets. Wea...