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$500,000 Mellon Grant Aims to Boost Minority Faculty Representation

Jan. 29, 2015

$500,000 Mellon Grant Aims to Boost Minority Faculty Representation

AUSTIN, Texas — More students from underrepresented minority groups will be encouraged to pursue academic careers thanks to a $500,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to The University of Texas at Austin.

Greece Selects UT Austin Professor as Finance Minister

Jan. 28, 2015

Greece Selects UT Austin Professor as Finance Minister

AUSTIN, Texas — Dr. Yanis Varoufakis, a visiting professor at UT Austin’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, has been named finance minister of Greece as part of the cabinet of newly-elected Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, and was sworn in on Jan. 27. Varoufakis was elected to the Greek Parliament on Sunday, Jan. 25 as the leading…   » Continue Reading

MEDIA ADVISORY: Julian Bond to Keynote LBJ School’s Barbara Jordan Forum on Feb. 4

Jan. 27, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas — Civil rights activist and former Georgia state Sen. Julian Bond will deliver remarks at the 19th Annual Barbara Jordan Forum at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, highlighting contemporary civil rights issues facing America today. Bond’s life work offers numerous lessons on bringing about and leading social…   » Continue Reading

Black Hole Chokes on a Swallowed Star

Jan. 27, 2015

Black Hole Chokes on a Swallowed Star

A five-year analysis of an event captured by a tiny telescope at McDonald Observatory and followed up by telescopes on the ground and in space has led astronomers to believe they witnessed a giant black hole tear apart a star.

Cancer-Causing Virus Blocks Human Immune Response, Study Shows

Jan. 26, 2015

Cancer-Causing Virus Blocks Human Immune Response, Study Shows

AUSTIN, Texas — Scientists at The University of Texas at Austin and the University of California at San Francisco have revealed how a type of cancer-causing virus called Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) outwits the human body's immune response. By helping explain why some cancer therapies fail, the discovery might lead to more effective treatments. EBV, a virus…   » Continue Reading

A 3-D View of the Greenland Ice Sheet Opens Window on Ice History

Jan. 23, 2015

A 3-D View of the Greenland Ice Sheet Opens Window on Ice History

Scientists using ice-penetrating radar data collected by NASA’s Operation IceBridge and earlier airborne campaigns have built the first comprehensive map of layers deep inside the Greenland Ice Sheet, opening a window on past climate conditions and the ice sheet’s potentially perilous future.

Majority of Young Women and Men Prefer Egalitarian Relationships, Study Shows

Jan. 20, 2015

Majority of Young Women and Men Prefer Egalitarian Relationships, Study Shows

AUSTIN, Texas — The majority of young women and men today would prefer an egalitarian relationship in which work and family responsibilities are shared equally between partners if that possibility were available to them, according to a new study from The University of Texas at Austin and the University of California-Santa Barbara.

Faculty Experts Guide for 2015 Texas Legislative Session

Jan. 16, 2015

Faculty Experts Guide for 2015 Texas Legislative Session

As lawmakers convene to tackle complex issues for the state, experts at The University of Texas at Austin can provide rich commentary and insight based on years of research and work in the field.

Texas Students Win IBM Watson Competition With App Expanding Access to Social Services

Jan. 16, 2015

Texas Students Win IBM Watson Competition With App Expanding Access to Social Services

AUSTIN, Texas —  Students from The University of Texas at Austin won $100,000 in seed funding for developing an idea for a smart phone app that would use artificial intelligence to help Texas residents get information about health care, food assistance and other social services in partnership with the United Way for Greater Austin’s 2-1-1…   » Continue Reading

Annual MLK Day March and Rally Will Begin at UT Austin Campus

Jan. 13, 2015

The 21st annual community march and rally honoring the life of Martin Luther King Jr. will begin at The University of Texas at Austin and proceed to the Huston-Tillotson University campus where events and entertainment will continue until 3 p.m.