Yearly Archives: 2011

Take a look back at some of the many stories in 2011 that showed the impact of The University of Texas at Austin

Dec. 19, 2011

Across The University of Texas at Austin people are changing the world every day through discovery, creativity and teaching. They are exploring our world and our universe, inventing new ways to address social and public health problems, and engaging in issues around the globe. It’s all in a day’s work for the university’s students, faculty,…   » Continue Reading

From forecasting shuttle re-entry to medical procedure outcomes, engineers are working fast to create computer models we can trust

Dec. 5, 2011

Days before the space shuttle Columbia began its ill-fated return to Earth on Feb. 1, 2003, NASA engineers tried to evaluate the severity of damage sustained two weeks before, when a piece of foam had struck the shuttle during takeoff and damaged its thermal protection system. Engineering and computational researchers at The University of Texas…   » Continue Reading

Physicist and engineer’s device could provide cheap and early detection of earthquakes, lung cancer and infant lactose intolerance

Nov. 21, 2011

Manfred Fink didn’t set out to build a device that could cheaply test for earthquakes, lung cancer and lactose intolerance. Fink, a professor of physics in the College of Natural Sciences, set out to do the kind of thing that an experimental physicist might do — try to pin down the rest mass of the…   » Continue Reading

Architecture students design a new green complex to bring education, clean water and sustainable food sources to East African villages

Nov. 7, 2011

PHOTO Last spring, a handful of architecture students were faced with a daunting and unfamiliar challenge: design a school for a village 8,000 miles away in the African Simanjiro region, where water is scarce, the average wage is $1.25 a day and half the children die by age 5. Michael Garrison, professor in the School…   » Continue Reading

Spinal cord injury victims enjoy better health, thanks to the research of neuroscientist Lisa Griffin and Kinesiology and Health Education collaborators

Oct. 31, 2011

After Gary Krutsinger T-boned his truck in a wreck just outside Austin in 2009, he couldn’t feel his arms or legs. Thinking it was a temporary problem, he told the rescue workers to just leave him alone for a few minutes – he’d be fine, he said. The paralysis wasn’t temporary, though, and after doctors…   » Continue Reading

M.F.A. student’s creative impulse makes coming unhinged come together on stage in a contemporary adaptation of a Victorian classic

Oct. 24, 2011

Director and College of Fine Arts student Daria Davis points to an unlikely character for providing the most important lines of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” Jeffrey Hatcher’s modern adaptation of the iconic tale. In the closing scene of Act One, an otherwise unmentioned parlor maid gives a statement to the police after witnessing Edward…   » Continue Reading

With the help of supercomputing power, researchers explore the health risks of wireless devices through virtual body models and advanced algorithms

Oct. 17, 2011

VIDEO Every moment, we’re swimming in a sea of electromagnetic radiation. Appliances, power lines, cellphones, Wi-Fi and a slew of other modern technologies emit microwaves that pass through, and interact with, our bodies. As wireless technology continues to proliferate in our daily lives, anxiety builds about its dangers.  Do cellphones cause cancer? Impact fertility? Affect…   » Continue Reading

Aerospace engineer Byron Tapley’s satellite mission to measure gravity leads to discoveries about ice sheets, sea levels, floods and droughts

Oct. 7, 2011

NASA scientists surveying water resources around the world with a pair of satellites 320 miles above Earth noticed something unusual in northwestern India in 2009. Farmers in the area known as the Bread Basket of India, which encompasses 438,000 square kilometers, were emptying the region’s aquifer faster than it could be replenished. Dr. Byron Tapley,…   » Continue Reading

In the live music capital, Texas Performing Arts composes a contemporary vision for classical music performance by commissioning new works

Oct. 3, 2011

PHOTO Texas Performing Arts Director Kathy Panoff knows how much of the general public would define classical music. “Music by dead white guys played by symphony orchestras,” says Panoff, a trained concert flutist. “The word ‘classical’ has been very narrowly defined, when classical music is truly like any other type of music, whether it’s indie…   » Continue Reading

Health communication researchers devise strategies to empower people to make informed decisions about their health

Sept. 26, 2011

In the middle of the night, while soothing her feverish daughter, a mother strains to read the instructions on the bottle of Children’s Tylenol. The dosage instructions state one and one-half teaspoons, but the mother gives her daughter one and one-half tablespoons — more than four times the recommended dosage. A 57-year-old man about to…   » Continue Reading