Yearly Archives: 2011

Here are 10 stories highlighting students who have overcome obstacles, discovered new dimensions and doggedly pursued their academic goals

May 16, 2011

About 7,500 students will graduate from The University of Texas at Austin at the 128th spring commencement this Saturday, May 21. Students from around the world with diverse cultural backgrounds, students who have faced adversity and students who have realized their dreams will come together to share in the spirit of commencement. “Inspired by the…   » Continue Reading

Sociologist Robert Crosnoe returns to high school to uncover why teenagers who don’t fit in are less likely to go to college

May 9, 2011

High school is long past for Kelly, now 38, but she still recalls when her family relocated to a small West Texas town at the beginning of her freshman year. The bullying started from day one with a new rumor circulating about her every Monday morning. “The choices were to sit at home or get…   » Continue Reading

Psychology researcher Andreana Haley examines the link between dementia and obesity and aims to improve your brain’s health through diet and exercise

May 2, 2011

Step off the scale and let’s have a talk. You’re 30 pounds overweight and at risk for type 2 diabetes, hypertension, stroke, certain types of cancer and coronary heart disease. More than 30 percent of Americans who are obese have likely endured a similarly uncomfortable conversation with their doctors during a routine checkup. Many are…   » Continue Reading

Aquatics program helps Olympic swimmers and toddlers alike build skill and be safer in the water

April 25, 2011

Here’s a reminder as we head into National Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Month — you need to know how to swim, but knowing how to swim doesn’t equal knowing how to keep from drowning any more than knowing how to start a car equals knowing how to prevent an accident. In fact, there’s always…   » Continue Reading

Working in Botswana’s villages and countryside, geographer Kelley Crews explores how ongoing changes affect its people and ecosystems

April 18, 2011

The people of the Okavango River Delta region of Botswana live close to the land. The delta’s watery fingers provide water for crops and livestock. They draw wildlife that sustain the tourism industry and they grow grasses that go into crafts and other products. Kelley Crews, an associate professor in the Department of Geography and…   » Continue Reading

Texas Advanced Computing Center helps the National Archives find solutions to the nation’s digital records deluge

April 11, 2011

How does an archivist understand the relationship among billions of documents or search for a single record in a sea of data? For the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) — the government agency responsible for managing and preserving the nation’s historical records — the proliferation of all kinds of digital data, especially digital records,…   » Continue Reading

The university’s film program equips the next wave of Latino filmmakers with the tools to share their world views

April 4, 2011

VIDEO As a kid growing up in San Antonio, Miguel Alvarez adored comic books. His favorites included the film noir-style comic books and graphic novels by Frank Miller, Alan Moore’s “Watchmen” and “V for Vendetta,” and the seminal underground cult comic book series “Love and Rockets” by Gilbert Hernandez and Jaime Hernandez. These books ignited…   » Continue Reading

Advising corps sends university grads to high schools and helps low-income students into college

March 28, 2011

I’ve got good news and I’ve got bad news. The bad news first -– Texas has a critical shortage of school guidance counselors and this means many students who are academically capable of getting into college but need help with the application process won’t end up attending. To make matters worse, the schools most affected…   » Continue Reading

Facing burgeoning traffic on the Web, Cockrell School researchers engineer ways to deliver video quickly and efficiently

March 21, 2011

Cardan Samples has two favorite prime-time TV shows: ”The Office” and the science fiction series “Fringe.” But between classes and homework at McCombs School of Business, the Management Information Systems junior doesn’t have time to watch them when they air. Instead, once or twice a week he uses the 15 to 20 minute bus ride from The…   » Continue Reading

Nationally known fitness expert shares tips and exercise routines that can help you regain your high school physique

March 14, 2011

Statistics -– and sightings of you from behind -– say it’s likely that you take up more space now than you did your senior year in high school. The Guess jeans that stopped traffic during your glory days aren’t getting over those hips without divine intervention. In fact, it’s so common to gain a few…   » Continue Reading