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UT Austin Joins $17 Million National Initiative to Combat Traumatic Brain Injury

Oct. 1, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas — The Department of Defense has awarded $17 million to 11 U.S. public and private institutions — including The University of Texas at Austin — to support advances in traumatic brain injury research.

Evolving Plumbing System Beneath Greenland Slows Ice Sheet as Summer Progresses

Oct. 1, 2014

Evolving Plumbing System Beneath Greenland Slows Ice Sheet as Summer Progresses

AUSTIN, Texas — A team led by scientists at the University of Texas at Austin’s Institute for Geophysics has for the first time directly observed multiple parts of Greenland’s subglacial plumbing system and how that system evolves each summer to slow down the ice sheet’s movement toward the sea.

Stocks Drop When No One Asks Questions During Earnings Calls, Study Shows

Oct. 1, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas — Quarterly earning calls that receive zero questions or a very low number of questions during the question-and-answer session of the call lead to a significant decrease in stock price according to new research from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin.

Water Use for Fracking Oil Resembles Use for Conventional Production

Sept. 29, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas — Producing oil through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, uses similar amounts of water on average as producing oil by conventional means, according to a new study by The University of Texas at Austin’s Bureau of Economic Geology.

UT-Austin to Host Carbon Capture and Storage Conference

Sept. 24, 2014

The University of Texas at Austin will host the world’s leading conference on carbon capture and storage research, the 12th international Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies conference (GHGT-12), Oct. 5-9, 2014.

Practices To Boost Community College Student Completion Rates Identified in Report

Sept. 23, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas — A new report from The University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE) reveals a positive relationship between community colleges’ implementation of several “high impact” practices — like offering supplemental instruction and creating learning communities — and students’ completion of developmental courses and persistence from semester to semester.

Depression Lowers When Teens Learn They Can Change, Study Shows

Sept. 23, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas — A low-cost, one-time intervention that educates teens about the changeable nature of personality traits may prevent depressive symptoms often seen during the transition to high school, according to new research from The University of Texas at Austin.

UT Austin Makes Progress Toward Higher Graduation Rate Goals

Sept. 23, 2014

UT Austin Makes Progress Toward Higher Graduation Rate Goals

AUSTIN, Texas — Last year’s freshman class at The University of Texas at Austin returned to campus at higher rates, earned better grades and took — and passed — more credit hours than any other class on record.

‘Relentless’ Pursuit of Mission Will Keep UT Austin a Top University, Says Powers in His Final State of University Address

Sept. 22, 2014

‘Relentless’ Pursuit of Mission Will Keep UT Austin a Top University, Says Powers in His Final State of University Address

AUSTIN, Texas — In his ninth and final State of the University address, President Bill Powers pointed to The University of Texas at Austin’s achievements as a model for higher education reform across the nation, citing improvements in the undergraduate curriculum, online teaching, student success and graduation rates, and the creation of a new type of medical school.

Changes in Coastal Upwelling Linked to Variability in Marine Ecosystem Off California

Sept. 18, 2014

Changes in Coastal Upwelling Linked to Variability in Marine Ecosystem Off California

AUSTIN, Texas — In findings of relevance to conservationists and the fishing industry, new research links short-term reductions in growth and reproduction of marine animals off the California coast to increasing variability in the strength of coastal upwelling currents — currents that supply nutrients to the region's diverse ecosystem.