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Archive for March, 2010


Monday, March 29, 2010

Don’t tug on Super Mom’s cape

More women lose pride in their motherly duties and think less of themselves when their husbands take over the household chores, according to new research.

More women lose pride in their motherly duties and think less of themselves when their husbands take over the household chores, according to new research.

Jessica Sinn from the College of Liberal Arts brings us this report about research showing that helpful dads may hurt the self esteem of “super-moms.”

Dads are changing diapers, cooking dinner and shopping for groceries more than ever these days as more women enter the work force.

Although this may seem like a blessing for many overextended moms,
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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Scientist and surgeon collaborating to find better ways to prevent, treat birth defects

Scientist John Wallingford, left, and surgeon Tim George are teaming up to develop ways to prevent and treat birth defects.

Scientist John Wallingford, left, and surgeon Tim George are teaming up.

John Wallingford and Tim George work at different ends of the biomedical-health-care spectrum.

Wallingford is a scientist doing basic research at The University of Texas at Austin. Using frogs and mice as models, he studies how embryos develop and what can go wrong in development.

George is a pediatric neuro-surgeon at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas. Among his patients are children with birth defects.

The scientist and the surgeon have teamed up to find
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Monday, March 15, 2010

What’s new in the science journals

Elops smithi, a new species of ladyfish. Claudia R. Rocha, a graduate student at the Marine Research Institute, was part of the team making the case for its existence in Zootaxa.

Elops smithi, a new species of ladyfish. Claudia R. Rocha, a graduate student at the Marine Research Institute, was part of the team making the case for its existence in Zootaxa.

Before you can have Further Findings, you have to have findings, or, as my colleagues in the College of Natural Sciences call it, Raw Science.

What that means is that they have posted summaries of research papers involving its faculty and links to the papers.

The first round of research in this
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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

On the World Community Grid

Stan Watowich, World Community Grid user

Stan Watowich, World Community Grid user

The World Community Grid (WCG) now has a half-million users dedicating the unused power of their personal computers—and bigger computers, in some cases—to solving pressing scientific questions.

A story on the Web site of the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), which donates cycles from one of its high-performance computers to the WCG, looks at the WCG and how it works.

The story highlights the research of Stan Watowich, an associate professor of Biochemistry at The University of Texas Medical Branch.

His
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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Cancer researchers get crucial funding

George Georgiou

George Georgiou

Krishnendu Roy

Krishnendu Roy

University of Texas at Austin engineering professors George Georgiou and Krishnendu Roy are working on ways to treat cancer with drugs.

Georgiou is developing new proteins for treating liver cancer. Roy is engineering systems for delivering vaccines for lymphoma.

And they have received funding from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) that will support critical links in getting their research from their laboratories to patients.

They talked about the crucial nature of the funding last week when CPRIT officials presented a
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Monday, March 1, 2010

Game for evolution

Risto Miikklulainen

Risto Miikklulainen

Part of The University of Texas at Austin’s role in a $25 million “evolution in action” project called BEACON involves a computer game.

This game was developed to research artificial intelligence and it shows evolution in action. The game is NERO, which stands for Neuro-Evolving Robotic Operatives. In the game, the characters evolve to improve their performance of tasks.

It’s based on the neural network research in the laboratory of Risto Miikkulainen, a professor in the Department of Computer Science and a
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