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Archive for November, 2011


Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Texas collaboration started with lunch in Wisconsin

Adela Ben-Yakar, an engineering professor, and Jon Pierce-Shimomura, a neurobiology professor, have teamed up develop technology to test drugs for neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's.

Adela Ben-Yakar, an engineering professor, and Jon Pierce-Shimomura, a neurobiology professor, have teamed up to develop technology to test drugs for neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.

Scientific collaborations across disciplines can be great when they happen.

Researchers bring different skills, expertise and perspectives that can illuminate hard problems.

But just bringing different disciplines together can be a hard problem in itself, despite work being done by universities to break down the siloes that contain them.

So we wondered how Adela Ben-Yakar, a professor in the
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Monday, November 21, 2011

Muriquis monkey mothers pull the strings

Moms are tops in muriquis monkey society. Photo by Carla B. Possamai; provided by K. B. Strier.

Moms are tops in muriquis monkey society. Photo by Carla B. Possamai; provided by K. B. Strier.

If you are a male human, nothing puts a damper on romantic success like having your mother in tow. If you are a male northern muriqui monkey, however, mom’s presence may be your best bet to find and successfully mate with just the right girl at the right time.

In a study of wild primates, reported this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy
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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Texas professors booked on BookTV

Several weeks ago, 10 University of Texas at Austin professors sat down with CSPAN host Peter Slen to talk about their books.

Julia Mickenberg

Julia Mickenberg

Those interviews have started to run on Book-TV, which appears on CSPAN-2 on weekends.

CSPAN is the cable television enterprise that covers the U.S. Congress and offers other public affairs programming. It turns CSPAN-2 over to interviews with non-fiction authors on weekends.

This weekend (Nov. 19-21, 2011) BookTV will feature interviews with three UT Austin professors, following two that appeared last weekend. More
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Will this therapy work in correctional facilities?

Molly Lopez, a researcher in the School of Social Work, will test whether a therapy for traumatized youth will work in a correctional setting.

Molly Lopez, a researcher in the School of Social Work, will test whether a therapy for traumatized youth will work in a correctional setting.

A researcher in the School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin has received a $697,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to determine whether an effective behavior therapy can be used in correctional facilities for young people.

Molly Lopez, a research scientist at the Center for Social Work Research, will conduct a pilot
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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

This is the UT Austin program in Tom Friedman’s column

If you read Thomas Friedman’s column in the New York Times on Sunday (Nov. 6, 2011), you might have wondered about its reference to The University of Texas at Austin.

The reference was to a program that the university’s IC2 Institute operates to encourage and train entrepreneurs to develop businesses in India. It’s called the India Innovation Growth Program. IC2 operates similar programs in several countries, including South Korea and Kuwait.

Sid Burback, director of the IC2 Institute's Global Commercialization Group.

Sid Burback, director of the IC2 Institute’s Global Commercialization Group.

In working with Indian
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