When word got out that actor Owen Wilson, best known for his comedic roles, had tried to commit suicide and suffered from depression, people were stunned. Who would have thought? He seemed fine. For that matter, he seemed on top of the world. No matter how many times we hear glitterati like Terry Bradshaw, Drew… » Continue Reading
“Lose the cancer stick.” “When you get a real job, you’re going to be one of those people who has to stand out by the street to smoke.” “That smoke’s killing the people who have to be around you.” “The guy three counties over doesn’t want to pay for your cancer or for everybody else… » Continue Reading
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
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
Hope and pray you or someone you know never benefits from Roger Farrar’s pioneering research. To appreciate the value of his work, you’d have to have most of your calf bitten off by a shark, an arm maimed when your car’s broadsided by a bus or your leg almost removed by a mine explosion in… » Continue Reading
Gilbert Hicks is an anomaly. He’s been principal at the same school long enough for a three-year gym membership purchased in 2007 to expire. Twenty or 30 years ago, when a principal took the reins at a school, he was there long enough to see three or four kids in the same family pass through… » Continue Reading
If you’re trying to get into The University of Texas at Austin’s athletic training program so you can chat up Colt McCoy or lounge by the pool with NFL players … don’t even bother. Probably seems crazy to some, but students in the program don’t choose it because they get to go to Bowl games,… » Continue Reading
¡Ya Basta!: This isn’t fiction and these aren’t actors. The torture is real. The film is “¡Ya Basta!” (“Enough!”), and it’s a disturbing, intimate documentary of an epidemic of kidnappings and related crimes that started in Mexico in the ’90s. The film was directed by University of Texas at Austin educational psychology Professor Ricardo Ainslie, and it’s not the first record he’s made of a community in crisis. It’s just the first time the community has been his hometown.
What Moves You?: Our lifestyles are killing us–and costing us–with sedentary habits being one of the biggest contributors. As epidemiologist and physical activity expert Dr. Bill Kohl puts it, we’ve engineered physical activity right out of our lives, and that’s not natural.
Autism on the Mind: In March, Oxford neurologist Lady Susan Greenfield announced in the House of Lords, and in an interview with the United Kingdom’s Daily Mail, that she thinks social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and MySpace can “rewire” children’s brains and cause autism. This led countless panicked parents to ask at what age they should unglue their kids from computers to keep them from “catching” autism. Dr. Greg Allen, a neuroscientist in The University of Texas at Austin’s College of Education, can’t announce just yet that he has an airtight answer, but he’s on a promising track.