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UT Faculty Experts Offer Insight on Immigration and the Border Crisis

July 25, 2014

Although immigration and border security issues have been heavily debated for years, the debate about U.S. policy and the current border crisis has dominated the media landscape in recent weeks, especially in Texas. Experts from across all disciplines at The University of Texas at Austin are poised to share their insights on a variety of…   » Continue Reading

Majority of Texas Voters Want Tighter Immigration Laws, UT/Texas Tribune Poll Shows

July 22, 2014

Majority of Texas Voters Want Tighter Immigration Laws, UT/Texas Tribune Poll Shows

AUSTIN, Texas — The current migrant crisis on the Texas border comes weeks after the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll found that many Texans believe immigration and border security are the two most important problems facing the state.

Fly’s Super-Hearing Power Could Aid Humans

July 22, 2014

Fly’s Super-Hearing Power Could Aid Humans

AUSTIN, Texas — A team of researchers at the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin has developed a tiny, low-power device that mimics a fly’s hearing mechanism.

Walking on All Fours Is Not Backward Evolution, Study Shows

July 16, 2014

Walking on All Fours Is Not Backward Evolution, Study Shows

AUSTIN, Texas — Contradicting earlier claims, “The Family That Walks on All Fours,” a group of quadrupedal humans made famous by a 2006 BBC documentary, have simply adapted to their inability to walk upright and do not represent an example of backward evolution, according to new research by Liza Shapiro, an anthropologist at The University of Texas at…   » Continue Reading

Mutation Stops Worms From Getting Drunk

July 16, 2014

Mutation Stops Worms From Getting Drunk

AUSTIN, Texas — Neuroscientists at The University of Texas at Austin have generated mutant worms that do not get intoxicated by alcohol, a result that could lead to new drugs to treat the symptoms of people going through alcohol withdrawal.

University of Texas at Austin President Responds to Court Ruling in Fisher Case

July 15, 2014

University of Texas at Austin President Responds to Court Ruling in Fisher Case

AUSTIN, Texas — Following is a statement from University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers regarding today’s court ruling in the case of Fisher versus University of Texas. The ruling relates to the use of ethnicity as one factor in determining college admissions.

School of Nursing Receives Funds to Provide Health Care for Low-Income Central Texans

July 15, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing has received a two-year $703,000 grant from the St. David’s Foundation to fund services at the UT School of Nursing Wellness Center, which provides health care for low-income, uninsured residents of Central Texas.

Race is On for Best Solar Car of 2014

July 10, 2014

Race is On for Best Solar Car of 2014

AUSTIN, Texas — The Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin will host the nation’s two biggest collegiate solar car races — the Formula Sun Grand Prix and the American Solar Challenge. Student solar car teams from universities around the world, including UT Austin, will be in Austin to compete in the two back-to-back competitions.

Researchers Invent ‘Meta Mirror’ to Help Advance Nonlinear Optical Systems

July 2, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas — Researchers at the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have created a new nonlinear metasurface, or meta mirror, that could one day enable the miniaturization of laser systems.

New Executive Director Named for Texas Advanced Computing Center

July 2, 2014

New Executive Director Named for Texas Advanced Computing Center

AUSTIN, Texas — Dan C. Stanzione Jr. has been named executive director of the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin. A nationally recognized leader in high performance computing, Stanzione has served as deputy director since June 2009 and will assume the new post July 1.