A year in review
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, alumni and staff, who are having a significant impact on the world through research and education.
We’ve chosen 10 stories from 2011 to offer to our readers a look back at our year’s accomplishments. Be sure to check out our archives and read more. And watch daily for new stories and new discoveries in 2012.
The university’s McDonald Observatory started and ended 2011 with several out-of-this-world discoveries, including weighing the most massive black holes, identifying a “Goldilocks” planet and finding a multiplanet solar system. The university is also a major player in the astronomical partnership that is the Giant Magellan Telescope project.
“What starts here changes the world” embodies the bold, creative ways students, faculty, alumni and staff are making a difference in our communities. Longhorns are paving the way, whether it is helping veterans find new careers or aiding efforts to improve basic health and other services in rural Haiti.
The university’s multidisciplinary approach to finding solutions to the world’s energy challenges is reflected in both research and public policy efforts. Whether it is looking for new ways to harness the sun’s energy or formulating a plan to promote responsible oil production while protecting the environment, the university is on the leading edge of the new frontiers opening up in energy.
Productivity and Efficiency
In the pursuit of a new vision for higher education, the university issued a series of reports in 2011 to examine its efficiency, student success rates and faculty productivity. The results? The university is one of the most efficient research universities in the nation, and its leaders are using the information to take a critical look at the best ways to provide a first-class education to its students and take the lead in ground-breaking research.
The university’s faculty and students are making a profound impact on the world by investigating some of our most critical public health and social challenges: breast cancer, schizophrenia, memory loss, nerve regeneration and Parkinson’s disease.
Teaching and Learning
Longhorn students’ work shone as bright as the university’s Tower as they found a way to turn a big campus into a small community, helped change a community through public interest design and pursued efforts to make campus a more diverse place.
Cherished traditions continue to evolve, with the introduction of the Longhorn Network, a first of its kind partnership with ESPN highlighting achievements on the field and off. And the longtime rivalry with Texas A&M University drew to a close in November with the final Hex Rally, a university tradition that started in 1941.