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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Medieval role play: Boys writing as women

Jessica Sinn from the College of Liberal Arts wrote this story about Marjorie Curry Woods, a professor in the English Department, and her research into how people taught and learned in Medieval and Renaissance periods.

Growing up in a large military family, Marjorie Curry Woods moved from state to state almost every year.

“Everything in my life constantly changed, but I always took comfort in knowing that I would feel at home in school,” says Woods, professor in the Department of English
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Monday, September 6, 2010

Tower’s “lost” symbols, found

See the full-sized rendering of the tower's letters at http://www.utexas.edu/features/graphics/2010/tower_alphabets/tower_alphabets3.jpg.

See the full-sized rendering of the tower’s letters at http://www.utexas.edu/features/graphics/2010/tower_alphabets/tower_alphabets3.jpg.

It took a class of University of Texas at Austin students less than a semester to do what Harvard symbology professor Robert Langdon would have done in a rather hectic weekend.

But the students had the advantages of 1. being real and 2. not having to deal with deadly conspirators fighting to protect an ancient society whose secrets, if revealed, could change the world as Langdon has done in several Dan Brown books such
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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Thunder Bay update: More than a three hour tour

The research boat pulls away from its port, Alpena, Mich. Image courtesy of Thunder Bay 2010 Expedition, NOAA-OER

The research boat pulls away from its port, Alpena, Mich. Image courtesy of Thunder Bay 2010 Expedition, NOAA-OER

In the latest update from the joint project of the Applied Research Laboratories and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), we get a sense of what it’s like for the researchers out on the boat.

ARL and NOAA researchers are running a sonar device along the bottom of Thunder Bay (a part of Lake Huron) in search of shipwrecks.

Here’s an excerpt from
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Friday, August 20, 2010

Updates from Thunder Bay

The ARL:UT team launches the ATLAS sonar into Lake Huron.

The ARL:UT team launches the ATLAS sonar into Lake Huron.

Charles Loeffler, senior research engineer at the Applied Research Laboratories, and Russ Green, deputy superintendent and research coordinator of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, are writing logs about their activities at Thunder Bay.

Stay in touch with the project which runs through Aug. 27, 2010, at its Web site. It includes the logs, photos and video.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Texas researchers on the hunt for Lake Huron shipwrecks

Sonar mounted on the nose (left end) of the autonomous underwater vehicle will find unidentified shipwrecks at the bottom of Thunder Bay.

Sonar mounted on the nose (left end) of the autonomous underwater vehicle will find unidentified shipwrecks at the bottom of Thunder Bay.

A group of researchers at the Applied Research Laboratories at the The University of Texas at Austin (ARL:UT) are cruising the Thunder Bay Maritime Sanctuary on Lake Huron, mapping the lake-floor for undiscovered shipwrecks and a prehistoric archeological site.

They are deploying an ARL:UT-developed sonar device, the Autonomous Topographic Large Area Survey (ATLAS) sonar, to gather high quality images of the
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