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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Evolutionary psychologists reveal why parents want their children’s mates to have certain traits

Evolutionary psychologists reveal why parents want their children’s mates to have certain traits

Psychologist Carin Perilloux is looking into a crazy little thing called love — and finding out why it’s so complicated when that special someone meets the parents. Good looks, personality, religion and earning potential may all come into play when choosing a serious sweetheart. But Perilloux, a doctoral candidate at The University of Texas at…   » Continue Reading

Professors examine how we don’t — but should — talk openly about race in the United States

Professors examine how we don’t — but should — talk openly about race in the United States

First came the fiery attacks last summer as the NAACP approved a resolution condemning perceived racist elements within the Tea Party movement. A few days later, United States Department of Agriculture official Shirley Sherrod was forced to resign after a video taken out of context showed her regaling an audience with a story about how…   » Continue Reading

For 100 years, the Graduate School has built the university’s reputation for research and teaching

For 100 years, the Graduate School has built the university’s reputation for research and teaching

As an undergraduate engineering student at the University of Connecticut, Sheldon Bish participated in the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates at The University of Texas at Austin. So when it came time to make the decision about where to attend graduate school, Bish was confident with his choice. Sheldon Bish and James Tunnell…   » Continue Reading

Training professors to write grant proposals, win research dollars

Training professors to write grant proposals, win research dollars

Like many young faculty members at The University of Texas at Austin, psychologist Paige Harden has big, cutting-edge research ideas. Also like many young faculty, Harden needs federal grants to get started. But she realizes that the average age of scholars who receive certain National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants is 43 years old. “I’m…   » Continue Reading

Working with Fort Hood soldiers, researchers seek factors that predispose service members to posttraumatic stress disorder

Working with Fort Hood soldiers, researchers seek factors that predispose service members to posttraumatic stress disorder

Brian Baldwin, a retired army officer and project manager for the Texas Combat PTSD Risk Project, knows first-hand the consequences of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Dr. Michael Telch is the principal investigator of the Texas Combat PTSD Risk Project, a study that seeks to determine factors that predispose service members to PTSD. The study examines…   » Continue Reading

Researchers attack complex disorder from many angles, from basic biology to impact on society

Researchers attack complex disorder from many angles, from basic biology to impact on society

Taking Aim at Addiction: The work of a group of researchers at The University of Texas at Austin revolves around a central question: “Why can drugs hijack the brain to such an extent that people ruin their lives, lose everything they have simply to get more of the drug?” That’s the question posed by R. Adron Harris, an alcoholism researcher and the director of the Waggoner Center for Addiction and Alcohol Abuse.

Internet and use of the computer as communication device the 1960s brainchild of psychology alum

Internet and use of the computer as communication device the 1960s brainchild of psychology alum

Texas alum had vision for the Internet that changed the world It was the mystery of the human brain that first sparked Bob Taylor’s interest in computers nearly a half century ago. Bob Taylor earned his master’s degree in experimental psychology at The University of Texas at Austin in 1964. Before Taylor initiated the ARPAnet…   » Continue Reading