Powers Elected Vice Chair of Association of American Universities

The Association of American Universities (AAU) elected University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers vice chair at its semiannual meeting this week. Scott S. Cowen, president of Tulane University, was elected association chair.

Briscoe Center’s ‘When I Rise’ Honored At International Filmmaker Festival

The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History’s documentary film "When I Rise" has won two awards at the International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema in Kent, United Kingdom.

Hamilton Book Awards Winners at UT Austin Announced

Psychology Department Chair James Pennebaker this week was named the Grand Prize winner of the University Co-op Robert W. Hamilton Book Awards for his work, “The Secret Life of Pronouns: What Our Words Say About Us.” The Hamilton Award is one of the highest honors of literary achievement given to published authors at The University of Texas at Austin. This year’s winners were announced Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the Four Seasons Hotel.

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory selects UT Austin as Research and Education Partner

The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory has selected The University of Texas at Austin for its Strategic University Research Partnership program — a federally funded program focused on advancing space exploration. The partnership will enable the university and JPL researchers to propose collaborative research and educational projects in strategic focus areas such as robotics, nanosatellites and high-precision mapping.

Leaders, Organizations Serving Austin and Hispanic Community Honored

Leaders, Organizations Serving Austin and Hispanic Community Honored

The University of Texas at Austin celebrated three individuals, a family and two nonprofits for their commitment to education and service to the Hispanic community at an awards ceremony at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center in Austin on Oct. 3.

Researchers to Develop Software to Improve Discovery of Low-Cost, Sustainable Energy Materials

Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have received a $6.2 million grant over a five-year period to develop computer software to design and discover materials for low-cost energy applications. Potential uses include economical battery materials to capture solar energy and materials that convert water to hydrogen using sunlight.

Engineering Professors Honored as Two of the World’s Top Young Innovators

Zheng Wang and Nanshu Lu, assistant professors at The University of Texas at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering, have each been named to MIT Technology Review’s list of the world’s top 35 innovators under the age of 35 (TR35) for their health-related discoveries.

UT System Board of Regents Honors Faculty Members for Outstanding Teaching

Twenty-seven faculty members from The University of Texas at Austin will receive the 2012 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, the UT System Board of Regents’ highest teaching honor, which recognizes extraordinary educators from system institutions.

University of Texas at Austin Ranked No. 35 Among World Universities

The University of Texas of Austin is No. 35 in the world, according to the 2012 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) compiled by the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

President Obama Honors Engineering and Natural Science Faculty Members with Early Career Awards

Two University of Texas at Austin faculty members were honored at the White House this week with the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the United States government for science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.