Yearly Archives: 2008

Children’s Rights Clinic gives voice to children who’ve been removed from their parents and homes

Sept. 29, 2008

Who Speaks for the Child?: Last April 7, Judge Barbara Walther in San Angelo, Texas, signed an order to remove more than 450 children from the nearby Yearning for Zion Ranch, kicking off what promised to be the largest child custody case in U.S. history. Amid the media frenzy that descended on West Texas, Walther faced another task: securing an attorney for each of those children and making sure they had the appropriate training.

Modern and contemporary sculptures bring creative energy to campus in Landmarks public art program

Sept. 22, 2008

Take It Outside: They arrived on campus from New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art last month on flatbed trucks and tractor trailers: several towering giants of steel, iron and metal; a triad of tall, stately whip-thin spires; two carved, organic pieces, full of motion in black walnut and cherry wood. Seventeen sculptures (with 11 more arriving in January 2009) by some of the greatest artists of the mid-to-late 20th century were brought to campus through a new public art program called Landmarks at The University of Texas at Austin.

AT&T Conference Center’s latest technology fosters new ways of teaching and learning for presenters and students

Sept. 15, 2008

Meeting of the Minds: When Jason Moore and three other graduate students enrolled in a technology commercialization course last spring, little did they know the project their team chose to investigate would take on the biggest environmental and political issue of 2008.

From Texas Pterosaur to Gutenberg Bible, trove of university treasures will delight the mind

Sept. 8, 2008

You’re Invited: How about a virtual walk on the moon? Or the chance to see more than a dozen sculptures from the Metropolitan Museum of Art that have not been available for public viewing for years? Perhaps a chance to glimpse the Gutenberg Bible, one of only five complete volumes in the United States?

Anthropologist studies why quadrupedal primates have different gait

Aug. 29, 2008

Liza Shapiro, a physical anthropologist at The University of Texas at Austin, is trying to work out an evolutionary mystery. The mystery: Why do primates who walk on all fours do it differently than most other animals who walk on all fours? Liza Shapiro, a physical anthropologist at The University of Texas at Austin, has…   » Continue Reading

Political scientist debunks three common myths about American voters

Aug. 29, 2008

A Red and Blue Nation?: High voter turnout helps the Democrats. Late-deciders vote for the challenger. Political polarization has left the American electorate deeply divided between “red” and “blue” states. Right? Wrong.

Texas-size welcome for new students marks start of academic year

Aug. 25, 2008

Gone to Texas: The University of Texas at Austin will welcome new students to the campus on Aug. 26 at “Gone to Texas,” an annual program highlighting what it means to be a Longhorn and the academic mission of the university.

Recovery remains elusive for Hurricane Katrina survivors, researchers say

Aug. 18, 2008

Unnatural Disaster: Tommy and Mia, an African-American couple in their late 40s, had lived in New Orleans all their lives, working three jobs between the two of them. Life was a struggle, but they made ends meet–barely. That was before Hurricane Katrina.

Twenty-seven Longhorns represent six countries in 2008 Olympic Games

Aug. 11, 2008

Going for Gold: Twenty-two current or former Longhorn student-athletes have earned spots on their respective countries’ 2008 Olympic team and a total of 27 athletes and coaches will represent their countries from Aug. 8-24 in Beijing, China.

Wildflower Center cultivates kids’ connection with nature through national program

July 28, 2008

First Bloom: On a Saturday afternoon in March, a group of Austin area kids stood on a trail at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, ribbing each other.