Yearly Archives: 2010

Researchers develop tool to identify bilingual children with true language disorders

Sept. 27, 2010

According to the 2000 census, nearly one-third of Texans ages 5 years and older speak Spanish at home. Add the under-5 population and the percentage is even higher. Due to continued immigration and globalism, the bilingual population will continue to grow in Texas. Five to 8 percent of preschoolers experience a speech-language disorder, one of…   » Continue Reading

Artifacts, descendants tell story of freed slaves in Texas

Sept. 20, 2010

Recovering a forgotten history of African American life was motivation enough for anthropology graduate student Nedra Lee and her peers to brave the Texas summer heat while excavating an old farmstead in southern Travis County. “Working outdoors always brought a few surprises. There were always toads hopping around; a huge bee tree was only a…   » Continue Reading

Professors put a human touch on extreme time scales — from the very long to the ultra-short

Sept. 13, 2010

We measure our days in slices of time. Geologic Time as a Football Field Here’s a way to put geologic time scales in perspective. Lay out the 4.6 billion years since the Earth was formed on a football field and we can see where the milestones would appear: Start at the goal line and go…   » Continue Reading

Why ancient alphabets adorn a university icon

Sept. 6, 2010

When then-Harvard University Professor John Huehnergard and his wife and colleague Jo Ann Hackett first visited The University of Texas at Austin last spring, they couldn’t help but notice the ancient Phoenician and Hebrew letters that adorn the Tower. After all, Hackett, a Hebrew scholar, and Huehnergard, who teaches Semitic linguistics and writing systems, have…   » Continue Reading

Explore Texas biodiversity past, present and future at campus natural science center

Aug. 30, 2010

A Q&A with Dr. Ed Theriot, professor, diatom wrangler and director of the Texas Natural Science Center. Why should people visit the Texas Memorial Museum? Whether they like dinosaurs and fossils or gems and minerals, or are curious about evolution or Texas wildlife, everybody finds a “wow,” a personal connection. One example: looking at the…   » Continue Reading

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

Aug. 22, 2010

New students entering the fall semester at The University of Texas at Austin will be welcomed in grand style during the traditional Gone to Texas celebration at 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 24 on the university’s Main Mall. Gone to Texas takes place Tuesday, Aug. 24 at 8:30 p.m. on the university’s Main Mall. Experience Gone…   » Continue Reading

Protecting individual privacy in an era of digital connectivity

Aug. 9, 2010

Andrew Blumberg became interested in the issue of “locational privacy” after his parents, who live in Boston, happened to leave their E-Z Pass electronic tolling device at his grandparents’ place in New York. “My grandparents mailed it back to them,” says Blumberg, an assistant professor of mathematics. “That month, all of these crazy charges turned…   » Continue Reading

Geoscientists and engineers help Haiti prepare for the next big earthquake

July 26, 2010

Within weeks of the Haiti earthquake last January, five geoscientists and two engineers from The University of Texas at Austin traveled to the island nation to help assess the damage, identify future earthquake hazards, and make recommendations about how and where to rebuild. They surveyed Haiti from the air, land, coastline and sea.

Scientists, engineers and researchers contribute expertise to catastrophic BP oil spill

July 12, 2010

As oil continues to gush into the Gulf of Mexico, The University of Texas at Austin is marshaling its expertise to respond. Engineers, scientists, researchers and other experts at the university are involved in a variety of efforts. They are modeling what could happen if a hurricane hits the oil spill, providing real-time satellite imagery…   » Continue Reading

Faculty and staff recommend books to expand your horizons, wherever the summer takes you

June 28, 2010

Where do you expect to find yourself this summer? By the side of a pool, feet cooled by the water? Or on a bus rambling through a distant city? Maybe you just want a comfy chair in an air-conditioned room where you can beat the heat. Wherever you land, isn’t summer better when accompanied by…   » Continue Reading