Yearly Archives: 2010

Writing teachers find their inner author with help of College of Education program

June 14, 2010

There’s always been the notion — the myth — that writers write either from divine inspiration or from inborn talent that’s as rare as World Series titles for the Chicago Cubs. And literary titans have done their share to make us believe writing’s not, and probably shouldn’t be, an egalitarian enterprise. Randy Bomer, director of…   » Continue Reading

How Mark Raizen and his lab — and some borrowed ideas — got atoms under control

June 14, 2010

Atom Stopper: In his quest to control atoms to a greater and greater degree, Professor Mark Raizen has borrowed ideas from chemistry, electromechanics and plasma physics. His journey demonstrates scientific creativity and the parts that serendipity and intuition play in discovery and that ideas can come from unexpected sources and arrive at unlikely times and places. It started in 2005 when Raizen took up the idea of controlling atoms.

Scientists depend on advanced computing to better understand evolution, drug discovery and genetics

May 31, 2010

Today’s medical technology can recognize tumors smaller than a fingernail, decode your DNA to predict future illness and even read a person’s mind by identifying electronic patterns in the brain. “Medical advances seem like wizardry,” said Harold Varmus, former director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). “But pull back the curtain, and sitting at…   » Continue Reading

These graduates have pursued their visions to change the world

May 17, 2010

About 7,800 students will graduate from The University of Texas at Austin at the 127th spring commencement this Saturday, May 22. Students from around the world with diverse cultural backgrounds, students who have faced adversity, and students who have conquered their dreams will come together to share in the spirit of commencement. Each student has…   » Continue Reading

Biologist searches for the genetic building blocks of social behavior across species

May 10, 2010

For Hans Hofmann, the quest for the genetic building blocks of human behavior begins with a small fish. Consider this scene: A subordinate male cichlid fish decides he’s ready to challenge a dominant male for territory and for the favor of fertile females. They fight. The subordinate male wins. And just like that, they switch.…   » Continue Reading

Geologist among team of scientists exploring how to work with robots on lunar expeditions

May 3, 2010

Mark Helper looked out the windshield of his pressurized lunar rover at a gray otherworldly landscape that stretched in every direction as far as he could see. With time running short, he and his teammate drove on across the rubble-strewn floor of a vast impact crater. They stopped and Helper used the vehicle’s robotic arm…   » Continue Reading

Sport tourism can transform a city, bring major economic gains, says sport policy expert

April 26, 2010

You know you’re a good marketer when you can attract tourists to your town for a regatta — and the nearest navigable body of water is almost 1,000 miles away. Alice Springs, a city in the Australian Outback, took on the challenge and created the quirky Henley-on-Todd Regatta in 1962 to celebrate a couple of…   » Continue Reading

From research lab to bedside, scientists and doctors collaborate to conquer childhood diseases

April 19, 2010

During the last century, scientists at The University of Texas at Austin played a large role in eliminating the nutritional deficiency diseases that were devastating to children’s development with discoveries of vitamins like B5 and B6 and folic acid. Today, a multi-disciplinary group of university researchers from the College of Pharmacy and College of Natural…   » Continue Reading

Educating school systems on how to reward teachers for student success is aim of LBJ School study

April 12, 2010

When President Barack Obama announced his Race to the Top program in the summer of 2009, the national conversation seemed to focus solely on one issue, teacher incentive pay. Journalists, politicos and academics rushed to the podium to throw their two cents in, some asking whether there should be teacher incentive pay and others asking…   » Continue Reading

Some species threatened by climate change could be moved to new ecosystems, says biologist

April 5, 2010

Camille Parmesan’s new, big idea in conservation biology–the “assisted colonization” of species threatened by climate change–is a product, in roughly equal parts, of cynicism, experience and hope. Parmesan, an associate professor of integrative biology, wasn’t cynical at all when she first got involved, in the mid-1990s, with the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change…   » Continue Reading