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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

A history student’s road to dissertation travels through the southeast borderlands

Like many graduate students in the humanities, Cameron Strang, a Ph.D. candidate in his fourth year, came to The University of Texas at Austin’s History Department through a slightly circuitous route.

Cameron Strang, Ph.D. student in the Department of History.

Cameron Strang, Ph.D. student in the Department of History.

After graduating from McGill University, Strang worked as an elementary school teacher and a landscaper before returning to his undergraduate major of history. He started out in the Master’s Program in Museum Studies at the University of New Hampshire, but he soon transferred
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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Engineering better reconstructive surgery results

Computer simulations "provide patients with a realistic picture of what they would look like after their surgery and are constrained by what is actually surgically possible," said biomedical engineer Mia Markey.Computer simulations “provide patients with a realistic picture of what they would look like after their surgery and are constrained by what is actually surgically possible,” said biomedical engineer Mia Markey. Photo by Melissa Mixon.

This story was first published on the Cockrell School of Engineering Web site. It was written by Melissa Mixon.

Faculty and students at the Cockrell School of Engineering are developing ways for cancer patients and children born with facial deformities to make more informed decisions about which
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Friday, April 15, 2011

Undergrads do research

Psychology undergraduate Martinique Jones has conducted research in Houston schools.

Psychology undergraduate Martinique Jones has conducted research in Houston schools.

We put the spotlight on several undergraduates who conduct research to mark Research Week, which was April 11-15.

Check out their stories on the Know Web site.

Martinique Jones
Major: Psychology
Research Topic: The African American Dream: A Progressive Discussion of Academic Achievement in African American Students

Margaret Sanders
Major: Plan II and Psychology
Research Topic: The Effect of Categorization on Judgments of Paintings

Zachary Garber
Major: Government
Research Topic: William Lauder’s Impact on the History of Barbados

Jose Ybarra
Major: Human Biology
Research Topic:
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Thursday, February 17, 2011

FASTRAC satellites on track

fastracimageTwo satellites designed and built by students at the Cockrell School of Engineering have passed two major milestones since their launch Nov. 19 from the Kodiak Launch Complex in Alaska.

The 60-plus pound satellites, named Emma and Sara Lily, survived orbit during the most extreme hot conditions they will face in space — orbiting for hours in front of the sun — and in the coldest conditions, being directly behind the Earth’s shadow.

“We wanted to make sure the satellites could live through
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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Building a ‘Green Star State’

Graduate student Melissa Lott studies energy systems, from generation to consumption. Photo by Mary Christenberry Lott.

Graduate student Melissa Lott studies energy systems, from generation to consumption. Photo by Mary Christenberry Lott.

Researchers across The University of Texas at Austin are working on energy. Generating it, storing it, conserving it, using it sensibly. Students are actively engaged in energy research, which could shape their world. Here’s an interview with Melissa Lott, a student who is researching energy systems. She is a dual degree graduate student in the Cockrell School of Engineering and LBJ School for Public Affairs.
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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Research Round Up: Fall 2010

Penguin fossil found in Peru showed surprising evidence of feathers and their colors.

Penguin fossil found in Peru showed surprising evidence of feathers and their colors.

During the fall semester of 2010, researchers at The University of Texas at Austin revealed:

An ancient penguin with surprising colors

Honey bees with a failure to communicate

Criminal virus spreaders using evolutionary forensics

An electron switch between molecules with cool battery potential

That as biological clock ticks down, libido rises

A dinosaur who thrived when its competition died

Ways the earth moves

That’s not all.

A team of students launched two satellites, which they built, into
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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Student research: Fastrac satellite to launch

Current members of the FASTRAC team and their adviser, Prof. Glenn Lightsey, middle row, far right.

Current members of the FASTRAC team and their adviser, Prof. Glenn Lightsey, middle row, far right.

A satellite designed and built by engineering students from the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin is to be launched. The scheduled date is Nov. 19, 2010.

The launch comes seven years after a group of engineering students entered a competition to build a satellite and five years after the students’ design was chosen. About 150 students have participated in the
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Friday, August 27, 2010

Supercomputing on the coffee maker power diet

These students will try to build a supercomputer that runs on 26 amps. They are, from left, Bethany Barrientos, Phillip Verheyden, Vladimir Coxall, Loren Micheloni, Alex Heinzmann. Jason Kilman is not pictured

These students will try to build a supercomputer that runs on 26 amps. They are, from left, Bethany Barrientos, Phillip Verheyden, Vladimir Coxall, Loren Micheloni, Alex Heinzmann. Jason Kilman is not pictured

You’re going to blow a fuse if you get too many kitchen appliances going at the same time.

So you really don’t want to plug in a power hungry supercomputer between the toaster oven and the coffee maker. Your entire zip code – or more – could go dark.

But it
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Friday, May 21, 2010

Heckuva job, Brownian

Toncang Li, lead author of Brownian motion paper

Toncang Li, lead author of Brownian motion paper

It’s not everyday one can headline a discovery, “Physicists Prove Einstein Wrong with Observation Of Instantaneous Velocity in Brownian Particles.”

But that’s what Dr. Mark Raizen, a professor in the Department of Physics at The University of Texas at Austin, did in an experiment.

The title of the paper, published online in Science Express, had more Joe Friday just-the-facts tone, “Measurement of the Instantaneous Velocity of a Brownian Particle.”

You can hear Raizen talk about the
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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Can America run on natural gas?

At her departure, Castlen Kennedy was joined by Professor Chip Groat, left, and Paul Wilson, a vice president of Texas Gas Service, a sponsor of the trip.

At her departure, Castlen Kennedy was joined by Professor Chip Groat, left, and Paul Wilson, a vice president of Texas Gas Service, a sponsor of the trip.

Castlen Kennedy got an unusual start to the research for her master’s degree thesis: A group of people gathered on Wednesday (May 18, 2010) to wish her good-bye and good luck.

Kennedy was not, as she noted, headed into the library.

Rather, she and a friend hit the road in a vehicle powered by compressed natural
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