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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Recovery and Reinvestment Act Opportunities

Recovery Act Limited Competition: Extramural Research Facilities Improvement Program
Deadlines: May 6, 2009 (projects between $2M and $5M); June 17, 2009 (projects between $10M and $15M), July 17, 2009 (projects between $5M and $10M)

Recovery Act Limited Competition: Core Facility Renovation, Repair, and Improvement
Deadline: Sept. 17, 2009

Recovery Act Limited Competition: High-End Instrumentation Grant Program
Deadline: Sept. 17, 2009

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Behind NUMB3RS

“Murder and math. What could be better?”

That’s how Michael Starbird, professor of mathematics, describes his appreciation for the CBS show “Numb3rs.”

Starbird and “Numb3rs” (on CBS at 9 p.m. Fridays) came together at a recent Science Study Break, a series that connects the science in movies and television shows to real science. Past lectures include anthropologist John Kappelman on “Bones” and biologist David Hillis on “CSI.”

“Numb3rs,” in its fifth season, chronicles the adventures of Charles Eppes, a math genius and professor
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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Austin swings like a pendulum do

Most Foucault Pendulums are in places where they can be seen: in science museums or the lobbies of the buildings of university physics departments.

A view of the pendulum from above

Where the pendulum swings/Photo by Shae Small

The one at The University of Texas at Austin is a bit off the beaten path. It’s on the far east side of campus in the Development building, which houses the university’s development offices, the Charles Dana Center and a health clinic.

But it still gets traffic.
Video of the pendulum

Some comes from
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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Lucy in the Scanner

From the left, Ron Harvey, conservator; Alemu Admassu, curator; John Kappelman, anthropologist; and Richard Ketcham, geologist and CT Lab director.

Team Lucy CT: From the left, Ron Harvey, conservator; Alemu Admassu, curator; John Kappelman, anthropologist; and Richard Ketcham, geologist and CT Lab director.

Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin, in collaboration with the Ethiopian government, have completed the first high-resolution CT scan of the world’s most famous fossil, Lucy, an ancient human ancestor who lived 3.2 million years ago.

Video on the CT Lab from NPR's Science Friday

John Kappelman, professor of anthropology in the College of Liberal Arts, led the
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Friday, January 16, 2009

Hormone headlines

Kristina Durante

Kristina Durante

The research paper from Kristina Durante, a Ph.D. student, and her adviser, Dr. Norman Li, assistant professor of psychology, published this week snagged press attention around the world.

It’s no wonder it did. It involves women and men, hormones and sex and infidelity.

Here’s the top of the press release from The University of Texas at Austin:

Women with high levels of the sex hormone oestradiol may engage in opportunistic mating, according to a new study by psychology researchers at The University
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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Recognizing Hackerman

Norman Hackerman

Norman Hackerman

To follow up on the news that the newest science building at The University of Texas at Austin will be named for Norman Hackerman, here is a link to a story we wrote about him several years ago.

In the story, Larry Faulkner, former president of the university, called Hackerman the most important figure in science in Texas because he laid much of the foundation for science in the state.

The Hackerman building is on the site of the Experimental Science Building, which
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Monday, January 12, 2009

Physics in a petri dish

Harry Swinney

Harry Swinney

The latest research paper from Harry Swinney, a physics professor at The University of Texas at Austin, is on bacteria. The experiment, on which the paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science is based, took place in a Petri dish of agar.

Physics and bacteria? That’s not a combination that goes together like McCoy and Cosby, fish and chips or public television and pledge drives.

But there is a connection, said Swinney, the Sid Richardson Foundation Regents Chair in
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Monday, January 5, 2009

Profiled by Science

Science magazine has written a two-page profile of Zack Booth Simpson, a research scientist in the Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology (ICMB).

The story details Simpson’s unusual entry into academic science and his contributions to the laboratories of professors Edward Marcotte, Andy Ellington and Ken Johnson in ICMB and John Davis in electrical and computer engineering. He was involved with the bacterial photography project that appeared in the journal Nature in 2005.

Besides working in the ICMB, Simpson, 38, is involved with Mine
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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Deep sea discovery

Mikhail Matz

Mikhail Matz

The things Mikhail Matz, an assistant professor of integrative biology, and his colleagues were looking for off the island of Little San Salvador in the Bahamas, were creatures with “big eyes, nicely colored and that glow in the dark.”

The scientists were aboard Operation Deep Scope, a research expedition sponsored by the Ocean Exploration program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. They explored the deep sea with a submersible vessel looking for things related to the interaction between light
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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Presidential expert on call

Bruce Buchanan, a government professor at The University of Texas at Austin, was quoted in the press more than 230 times during the 2008 presidential election.

 Bruce Buchanan

Bruce Buchanan

He was one of several of the university’s experts whose research helped news consumers make sense of what was happening during the campaign. Others included Daron Shaw, Sean Theriault and James Galbraith.

“I’ve kind of defined it as a part of my portfolio as kind of a public service and for that reason I rarely
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