Yearly Archives: 2009

Most powerful laser creates phenomena of universe in physics laboratory

June 15, 2009

Really Extreme Science:

Scholar who studies communities in crisis creates explosive film about Mexico kidnappings

June 1, 2009

¡Ya Basta!: This isn’t fiction and these aren’t actors. The torture is real. The film is “¡Ya Basta!” (“Enough!”), and it’s a disturbing, intimate documentary of an epidemic of kidnappings and related crimes that started in Mexico in the ’90s. The film was directed by University of Texas at Austin educational psychology Professor Ricardo Ainslie, and it’s not the first record he’s made of a community in crisis. It’s just the first time the community has been his hometown.

These graduates have tested themselves to reach their academic goals

May 18, 2009

The Class of 2009:

Community design can boost fitness and health, says expert

May 11, 2009

What Moves You?: Our lifestyles are killing us–and costing us–with sedentary habits being one of the biggest contributors. As epidemiologist and physical activity expert Dr. Bill Kohl puts it, we’ve engineered physical activity right out of our lives, and that’s not natural.

Researchers put state at forefront of renewable energy revolution

May 4, 2009

Green, Texas: Texans like to think of themselves as the best. Over the past decade, environmentalists have rated the state No. 1, but not in a good way: number one for per capita energy consumption, major environmental complaints and emission of air pollution and greenhouse gases. What if the state could add a new ranking: No. 1 in green energy. Sound far fetched? It’s not, according to Michael Webber, an energy specialist at The University of Texas at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering and Jackson School of Geosciences, where he is associate director of the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy.

Student reporters negotiate today’s demanding news cycle with speed and agility through ABC News On Campus

April 27, 2009

Backpack Journalists: Twenty-two-year-old Sara Loeffelholz, a bright, ambitious broadcast journalism student from Aledo, Texas, walks through The University of Texas at Austin campus carrying a small video camera, along with a laptop and her Blackberry, searching for students on the verge of graduating. As an intern for the ABC News On Campus bureau she’s reporting a story about graduating seniors’ efforts to stand out in the job market. A few short hours later she has produced a video package that will be seen by thousands of viewers around the country.

Holocaust survivors’ testimonials shed light on our ability to recover after traumatic experiences, researcher finds

April 20, 2009

Forgiveness Illuminated: A University of Texas at Austin scholar tries to capture what is behind one of the most impressive human qualities–the ability to pull yourself together and bounce back after grave setbacks and major crises. It doesn’t get grimmer than enduring and surviving the Holocaust, so that’s where Dr. Roberta Greene went to glean insights into resilience, forgiveness and survivorship.

Surprising region of brain may contribute to autism, says neuroscientist

April 13, 2009

Autism on the Mind: In March, Oxford neurologist Lady Susan Greenfield announced in the House of Lords, and in an interview with the United Kingdom’s Daily Mail, that she thinks social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and MySpace can “rewire” children’s brains and cause autism. This led countless panicked parents to ask at what age they should unglue their kids from computers to keep them from “catching” autism. Dr. Greg Allen, a neuroscientist in The University of Texas at Austin’s College of Education, can’t announce just yet that he has an airtight answer, but he’s on a promising track.

Undergraduate biologist’s tuberculosis research could help Afghanistan combat a crippling disease

April 6, 2009

Resistance Fighter: When Grace Eckhoff went to Afghanistan last summer to study multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) infection rates, it was a kind of return to her childhood. Eckhoff, who’s now a third-year biology major, grew up in Haiti, where her parents were doctors at a small hospital. While her parents were working, she’d often pass the time playing with the kids in the chronic illness ward, most of whom had tuberculosis. They were being treated there, rather than at home, precisely to preempt the development of drug resistant strains of tuberculosis.

Professor finds thriving markets, vast business opportunities and optimistic consumers throughout continent

March 30, 2009

Africa Rising: Is Africa a lost cause? With stories of disease and famine coming out of the continent every day, it is easy to understand why some might come to that conclusion. Africa is a charity case, the thinking goes, and not a winning one at that. Even the brightest academics like Vijay Mahajan can be swayed by the constant wave of negativity about Africa in the mainstream media. To set the record straight, he embarked on a journey across Africa, traveling thousands of miles and listening to hundreds of stories from business leaders, entrepreneurs and consumers over three years.