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

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

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

Chemist Allen Bard looks to harness the power of sunlight to produce fuels that can substitute for oil

Chemist Allen Bard looks to harness the power of sunlight to produce fuels that can substitute for oil

Al Bard has a dream. It’s an area the size of New Mexico blanketed in panels of iron oxide — rust — that have been doped with just the right mix of other elements. When the panels are hit by hot southwestern sunlight, they help split water into its constituent atoms, hydrogen and oxygen. The…   » Continue Reading

Undergraduate biologist’s tuberculosis research could help Afghanistan combat a crippling disease

Undergraduate biologist’s tuberculosis research could help Afghanistan combat a crippling disease

Resistance Fighter: When Grace Eckhoff went to Afghanistan last summer to study multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) infection rates, it was a kind of return to her childhood. Eckhoff, who’s now a third-year biology major, grew up in Haiti, where her parents were doctors at a small hospital. While her parents were working, she’d often pass the time playing with the kids in the chronic illness ward, most of whom had tuberculosis. They were being treated there, rather than at home, precisely to preempt the development of drug resistant strains of tuberculosis.

Hoping to save lives, researchers seek new methods to stop bombs before they explode

Hoping to save lives, researchers seek new methods to stop bombs before they explode

VIDEO Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) have been a devastating weapon against United States armed forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. There have been more than 81,000 IED attacks in Iraq, which have accounted for about two-thirds of the American combat deaths. They have caused an even higher percentage of wounds. For Iraqis, IEDs have caused an…   » Continue Reading