University of Texas at Austin

Archive for April, 2010


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Evolutionary research connections here and there

Edward Marcotte

Edward Marcotte

John Wallingford

John Wallingford

Research conducted by University of Texas at Austin professors Edward Marcotte and John Wallingford is featured in this week’s edition (April 27, 2010) of Science Times in the New York Times.

Marcotte, in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Wallingford, in the Section of Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology, found genes in the genomes of organisms as diverse as plants, worms and yeast that are responsible for causing human diseases such as cancer and deafness.

In yeast, for example, they
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Monday, April 26, 2010

Atom Stopper

With help from other fields, Mark Raizen and his lab slow and control atoms

Mark Raizen

Mark Raizen

Professor Mark Raizen not only advises his students to pay attention to what’s going on in other fields, he shows them how it’s done.

“It’s something I emphasize to my students–that the directions you take in research are often guided by other fields, completely unexpected fields,” he says. “It’s important to keep an open mind and learn about what other people are doing outside your field because
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Friday, April 23, 2010

Name that dinosaur

Wann Langston

Wann Langston

It’s OK that paleontologists from Yale University, California State University-Stanislaus and the Royal Tyrell Museum in Alberta, Canada found a new species of dinosaur in Big Bend National Park.

The National Park Service calls the park a “paleontological paradise,” where more than 90 dinosaur species have been found. So there’s plenty to go around.

And the paleontologists mitigated their “poaching” by naming the dinosaur after Wann Langston Jr., a professor emeritus at The University of Texas at Austin. He’s one of
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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Mary Wheeler named fellow in American Academy

Mary Wheeler, member American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Mary Wheeler, member American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Mary Wheeler does complex mathematics and computation to figure out what’s going on under the surface. She’s director of the Center for Subsurface Modeling at The University of Texas at Austin and her work is used to recover and gas, determine where groundwater contaminants are going and whether carbon sequestration works.

She was named this week as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Read about Wheeler in a Cockrell School of Engineering
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Monday, April 19, 2010

Profiting from IMBYs (people who Invest in My Back Yard)

Alok Kumar, finance professor

Alok Kumar, finance professor

The recession has been felt across the country, but some places have suffered more than others.

For example, Michigan’s 14.7 percent unemployment rate was the highest in the nation in March 2010. At 7.4 percent, Minnesota’s unemployment rate was high for the Land of 10,000 Lakes but still half of Michigan’s (click here for 10-year comparison).

Identifying those most-pained places could help investors make money, according to research from Alok Kumar, an assistant professor in the Department of Finance in the
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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Reading ahead: The Dell Pediatric Research Institute

Janet Walkow, , director of the College of Pharmacy Drug Dynamics Institute, will work with the Dell Pediatric Research Institute.

Janet Walkow, , director of the College of Pharmacy Drug Dynamics Institute, will work with the Dell Pediatric Research Institute.

Some University of Texas at Austin researchers are moving into brand new laboratories at the Dell Pediatric Research Center with the expressed aim of turning research into treatments for childhood health problems.

Nancy Neff, who handles public affairs for the College of Pharmacy and the Schools of Social Work and Nursing, talked to several of those researchers about their work in anticipation of
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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Science in process: Part 2

Chris Kirk, an associate professor of physical anthropology, talks about how he and colleagues set the record straight on the Darwinius masillae fossil. The fossil, they said, is part of the loris-lemur lineage, not the monkey-ape-human lineage.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Science in process: Part 1

Geoscientists Sean Gulick and Gail Christeson talk about how the scientific process worked in connection with the extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. They were part of the 41-member team that reviewed the science about the extinction event. They concluded that, yep, a giant meteorite did, indeed, wipe out the dinos.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

More Raw Science

rawscience2-01Find information about recent journal articles from researchers in the College of Natural Sciences in the latest Raw Science.

The papers include:

By the Light of the Moon

Marine scientists review the various mechanisms by which fish are able to align their reproductive cycles with phases of the moon.

External and internal controls of lunar-related reproductive rhythms in fishes,” Journal of Fish Biology (2010) 76, 7 – 26. A. Takemura, M. S. Rahman and Y. J. Park.

Jetson Yourself

Human ecologists develop a simple, portable system
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