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Archive for January, 2010

Friday, January 22, 2010

Dr. Goodenough goes to Washington

John Goodenough and Steven Chu at the Enrico Fermi award ceremony.

John Goodenough and Steven Chu at the Enrico Fermi award ceremony on Jan. 12, 2010.

It was the first day of the spring 2010 semester and two students were in John Goodenough’s office conferring about experiments and research papers. On Goodenough’s desk were papers he was to referee. Later, there were classes to teach.

Of course, it was a career of such tasks and a lot of work in the lab that made Goodenough the toast of the town in Washington, D.C.,
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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Q&A: The rise and fall of Texas German

Following up on the university home page feature story, Vanishing Voices, here’s a Q&A that the writer Jessica Sinn had with with Hans Boas.

Hans Boas

Hans Boas

In about 40 years, Texas German – a language intrinsic to Texas that fuses English and 19th century German – will inevitably be extinct. Hans Boas, associate professor of Germanic studies, believes that once Texas German is gone, the last vestiges of Texas’ German cultural heritage will disappear as well.

In a race against time to create
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Friday, January 15, 2010

Photos from the Fermi ceremony

Steven Chu and John Goodenough

Steven Chu and John Goodenough

John Goodenough, professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, received the Fermi Prize at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Here are a couple of photos from the ceremony. Others are available at the Department of Energy Web site.

The award recognizes Goodenough β€œFor his lasting contributions to materials science and technology, especially the science underlying lithium-ion batteries.”

Goodenough shared the award with Siegfried S. Hecker of Stanford University.

Goodenough developed materials critical to the development of lightweight and rechargeable
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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The flies have it

Janice Fischer

Janice Fischer

As a graduate student in biology, Janice Fischer had rotated through four laboratories and nothing had grabbed her imagination.

In the fifth lab, she found the fruit fly.

“That was it,” she says. “I wanted to stay there and, luckily, they let me.”

For 22 years, Fischer, a professor in the Section of Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology, has been working with the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, as her model organism.

This is the first of a series of Further Findings posts
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