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Artifacts, descendants tell story of freed slaves in Texas

Artifacts, descendants tell story of freed slaves in Texas

Recovering a forgotten history of African American life was motivation enough for anthropology graduate student Nedra Lee and her peers to brave the Texas summer heat while excavating an old farmstead in southern Travis County. "Working outdoors always brought a few surprises. There were always toads hopping around; a huge bee tree was only a…   » Continue Reading

14th Annual Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition Winners Announced

Jennifer Klein, a junior at Lee High School in Midland, won first place in the 14th annual Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition for her essay, "Diligence and Hope: The Story of Viola Coleman."

Painful economic downturn brings increased use of self-care health methods, but researchers advise caution

Painful economic downturn brings increased use of self-care health methods, but researchers advise caution

To Cure What Ails You: A 43-year-old patient with well-controlled blood pressure replaced her prescriptions with a cheaper herbal treatment, a liquid containing an extract from a small fruit-bearing tree known as zapote blanco. Four months later, she ended up in an El Paso emergency room with stage IV hypertension. This is just one of the cases that University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy experts follow as the economy sours and more and more people turn to over-the-counter (OTC) drugs and alternative medicines such as herbals to treat their illnesses--sometimes putting their health at risk.

$750,000 Educational Grant Awarded for Engineering Diversity Outreach

The Nuclear and Radiation Engineering and Thermal Fluids Systems programs in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have been awarded $750,000 to establish an outreach program with historically black colleges and universities to introduce students and faculty to nuclear science and engineering.

National Science Foundation Awards Political Scientists $490,000 Grant to Research African-American Issues in Presidential Election

The National Science Foundation has awarded two political scientists at The University of Texas at Austin a $490,000 grant to study African-American political opinions and behavior in the 2008 presidential election.