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Monday, December 19, 2011

Getting Started: Grandmother’s example sets social work direction

Namkee Choi credits her grandmother for her career as a social work professor and for her focus on older adults.

Choi, a professor in the School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin, grew up in a South Korean village in the years after the Korean War combat ended.

Namkee Choi, professor in the School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin.

Namkee Choi, professor in the School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin.

“We saw a lot of poverty,” she says, “especially in the wintertime. Peasants would run
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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Getting Started: Researcher tunes into indigenous language

In the Getting Started series, Further Findings highlights the paths some researchers at The University of Texas at Austin took to the laboratory, the library, the field—wherever they do their work.

This post originated on the College of Liberal Arts Web site. It was written by Katherine Thayer.

"I am excited about this project because it brings together the personal and the academic," says Luis Cárcamo-Huechante about his research into the Mapuche language.

The inspiration for Luis Cárcamo-Huechante’s current research project lies in a moment from his childhood in Tralcao, a rural village in southern Chile, in the 1970’s.

“I used to listen to the radio after 8
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Monday, June 13, 2011

Getting Started: Catching Greek fire in the fourth

In the Getting Started series, Further Findings highlights the paths some researchers at The University of Texas at Austin took to the laboratory, the library, the field—wherever they do their work.

Archaeologist Cynthia Shelmerdine examining artifacts in Iklaina, Greece. A fourth-grade class sparked her lifelong study of ancient Greece.

Archaeologist Cynthia Shelmerdine examining artifacts in Iklaina, Greece. A fourth-grade class sparked her lifelong study of ancient Greece.

Cynthia Shelmerdine met the Greeks in fourth grade and was enchanted with their myths and imagination. That seed, planted in elementary school, led to her life’s work.

Shelmerdine is a renowned scholar of Bronze
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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Getting Started: Congressional Scholar Jason Casellas

In the Getting Started series, Further Findings highlights the paths that some researchers at The University of Texas at Austin took to the laboratory, the library, the field—wherever they do their work. Jessica Sinn from the College of Liberal Arts writes this installment.

Jason Casellas, assistant professor and associate director of the Irma Rangel Public Policy Institute in the Department of Government at The University of Texas at Austin

Jason Casellas, assistant professor and associate director of the Irma Rangel Public Policy Institute in the Department of Government at The University of Texas at Austin

When Jason Casellas began research for his undergraduate senior dissertation on Latino political participation,
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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Getting Started: Biologist John Wallingford

Biologist John Wallingford

Biologist John Wallingford

In the Getting Started series, Further Findings highlights the paths that some researchers at The University of Texas at Austin took to the laboratory, the library, the field—wherever they do their work.

Biologist John Wallingford’s early interest in science was nurtured by a teacher.

“Alice Kagi,” he says. “She was just fantastic. She was so enthusiastic and so excited.”

Wallingford, an associate professor in the Section of Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology at The University of Texas at Austin, had Kagi for seventh
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Friday, December 4, 2009

Principles of science

John Lacy

John Lacy

Scientists arrive at their careers in different ways. Some follow a childhood interest, others are inspired by a teacher or discover a passion in a class they took on a lark and others find they have a talent in a field they hadn’t considered.

Further Findings highlights the paths that some researchers at The University of Texas at Austin took to the laboratory, the library, the field—wherever they do their work.

John Lacy is an astronomy professor and researcher who uses infrared
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Friday, May 15, 2009

Getting Started–Michael Starbird

Michael Starbird

Michael Starbird

As part of Further Findings’ Getting Started series, Michael Starbird, a mathematics professor at The University of Texas at Austin, explains how he got involved with numbers.

“I was brought up in southern California and my father taught mathematics, physics and astronomy at a community college and he would bring mathematical and physics problems to the dinner table,” he said. “My brother and I talked about them.

“Mathematics was just a part of daily life. In fact, I often look back
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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Getting Started-Liza Shapiro

Liza Shapiro

Liza Shapiro

Scientists arrive at their careers in different ways. Some follow a childhood interest, others are inspired by a teacher or discover a passion in a class they took on a lark and others find they have a talent in a field they hadn’t considered.
Further Findings will highlight the paths that some researchers at The University of Texas at Austin took to the laboratory, the library, the field—wherever they do their work.

First up is Liza Shapiro, a professor of physical
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