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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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