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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.

Improved Method for Isotope Enrichment Could Secure a Vital Global Commodity

June 30, 2014

Improved Method for Isotope Enrichment Could Secure a Vital Global Commodity

AUSTIN, Texas — Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have devised a new method for enriching a group of the world’s most expensive chemical commodities, stable isotopes, which are vital to medical imaging and nuclear power, as reported this week in the journal Nature Physics. For many isotopes, the new method is cheaper than…   » Continue Reading

Researchers Reveal How Electric Fish Evolved Their Shocking Skills Independently at Six Different Times

June 26, 2014

Researchers Reveal How Electric Fish Evolved Their Shocking Skills Independently at Six Different Times

AUSTIN, Texas — New research demonstrates that the six electric fish lineages, all of which evolved independently, used essentially the same genes and developmental and cellular pathways to make an electricity-generating organ for defense, predation, navigation and communication.

Texas Collection of Comedias Sueltas and Spanish Theater Available for Research and in Online Database

June 26, 2014

Texas Collection of Comedias Sueltas and Spanish Theater Available for Research and in Online Database

Austin, Texas — The Texas Collection of Comedias Sueltas and Spanish Theater is available for research at the Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin. Individual records for each suelta are also available in an online database, providing extensive information about the collection.

Too Hot to Exercise? New Research Links Obesity to Temperature and Humidity

June 25, 2014

Too Hot to Exercise? New Research Links Obesity to Temperature and Humidity

AUSTIN, Texas — If you live in the South and have trouble exercising during the muggy summer months, you’re not alone. New research by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin has found that adults are less physically active — and more obese — in counties where summers are hot, especially if they are also humid or…   » Continue Reading

Sustainable Landscape Rating System Available for Worldwide Use

June 24, 2014

Sustainable Landscape Rating System Available for Worldwide Use

AUSTIN, Texas — The most comprehensive system for developing sustainable landscapes, the SITES v2 Rating System, has been released by the Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™) program for use by landscape architects, designers, engineers, architects, developers, policymakers and others who work in land design and development.

University of Texas at Austin Experts Offer Insights on Brazil

June 20, 2014

University of Texas at Austin Experts Offer Insights on Brazil

As the world’s attention focuses on the 2014 FIFA World Cup, The University of Texas at Austin offers the following faculty experts working in areas related to Brazil. All of these faculty members are affiliated with the university’s Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, one of the leading centers in the world for the…   » Continue Reading

UT Austin Receives $12 Million to Help U.S. Curtail Greenhouse Gas Emissions

June 19, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded The University of Texas at Austin a $12 million grant to fund carbon storage research aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.