Yearly Archives: 2011

Archaeologists and technologists develop supercomputer-powered solutions to protect and preserve ancient sites and artifacts

Sept. 19, 2011

VIDEO When Adam Rabinowitz was 15 years old, his aunt, an archaeologist, invited him to join her on a dig in Sicily. Twenty-three years later, Rabinowitz, now the assistant director at the Institute of Classical Archaeology (ICA) at The University of Texas at Austin, is still traveling around the world getting dirt under his nails.…   » Continue Reading

Marine biologist Joan Holt is helping to find sustainable ways to breed and buy saltwater aquarium species

Sept. 12, 2011

Joan Holt would like to see a day, in the not-too-distant future, in which the saltwater fish tanks at your local pet store have a big label slapped on them that says “Coral Safe.” “It’s the kind of thing that could transform the industry in the way that the idea of ‘organic’ has changed the…   » Continue Reading

Putting a new spin on ADHD research, psychologist David Gilden finds the effects of the disorder may be caused by a glitch in internal timing

Aug. 29, 2011

At 33, Susan can’t sit still. She never could. Pegged by her teachers as the resident “problem child,” she spent most of her afternoons in detention for disrupting class and forgetting her homework assignments. As an adult she still struggles to meet her work deadlines and has to fight the insatiable urge to dart out…   » Continue Reading

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

Aug. 19, 2011

VIDEO 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 Tuesday, Aug. 23 at 8:30 p.m. on the university’s Main Mall. Gone to Texas takes place Tuesday, Aug. 23 at 8:30 p.m. on the university’s Main Mall. Experience…   » Continue Reading

On the front lines of asthma education, Nursing professors teach children how to accept the condition, manage symptoms and reduce risk factors

Aug. 8, 2011

Wheezing, coughing, chest tightness and shortness of breath. This is asthma, and its symptoms were first recorded nearly 5,000 years ago. Today, it is still the most common chronic illness of childhood with about 6.5 million children under the age of 18 diagnosed with asthma in the United States. It is still the leading cause…   » Continue Reading

Researchers in the Developmental Stuttering Lab examine the causes of stuttering to improve understanding and treatment of this complex disorder

July 25, 2011

VIDEO Radio-TV-Film senior Alex Murphy has a knack for storytelling through short stories, poetry and screenwriting. One of his undergraduate classes was a professional communication course, which requires students to deliver oral presentations in class. On the day of his first presentation, Murphy felt well prepared and ready to tackle the assignment. But his four-minute…   » Continue Reading

Researchers are finding more targeted ways to get drugs directly to the source of life-threatening diseases within our bodies

July 11, 2011

Working in the pharmaceutical industry for nine years, Dr. Bill Williams became increasingly frustrated as he saw new drugs being developed to treat life-threatening diseases only to see them discontinued because the medicine wasn’t getting to the disease site. He decided to change jobs and do something about the problem. Dr. Bill Williams of the…   » Continue Reading

No matter the flavor — fiction, poetry, nonfiction — these cool book picks from university faculty, staff and students will appeal to the tastes of every reader

June 27, 2011

Summer is the season of leisure reading and this one is serving up a scorcher. Get the scoop on the latest, greatest and under-the-radar reads from our book-loving faculty, staff and student contributors. Don’t get burned, get busy reading. Even if you can’t physically get away this summer, these book suggestions conjure interesting escapes. Whether…   » Continue Reading

The Energy Institute’s research team is developing a plan to promote responsible oil production in challenging, environmentally sensitive regions

June 13, 2011

What began as a postmortem on the worst oil spill in history has turned into a blueprint for safely extracting the maligned fossil fuel from some of the most challenging and environmentally sensitive regions on earth, areas that hold unequaled potential for new discoveries in oil and gas. “The BP spill was a real wake-up…   » Continue Reading

Social Work students and alumni respond in record numbers to veterans’ needs through internships and careers

May 27, 2011

Social workers go where the need is, and their battlefield is large. With military involvement today in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya there is no greater need than working with veterans and their numerous issues such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, visual impairment, chronic pain, substance abuse, disabilities, homelessness,…   » Continue Reading