University of Texas at Austin

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Shorter workweek? More take it easy than taking care of business

Imagine what it would be like to shave 10 hours from your workweek. How would you make the most out of your free time? Would you tackle that home improvement project? Attend to that pile of laundry? Or take a nap in the backyard hammock?

Economics Professor Dan Hamermesh.

Economics Professor Dan Hamermesh.

According to a new economics study, co-authored by Daniel Hamermesh, professor of economics at The University of Texas at Austin, people are more likely to put those household chores aside and practice
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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Research Round Up Fall 2011: New planets, a bigger black hole, more effective solar cells and more

It seems that the only time astronomers at The University of Texas at Austin took a break from finding new planets and bigger black holes during the fall 2011 semester was when university geologists edged in with evidence of a lake under the surface of Saturn’s moon, Europa.

As busy as those researchers were, the semester also brought discoveries in green energy, Parkinson’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, concealed handguns and the relationship between children’s happiness and their parents.

Here’s a look at
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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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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Answering the call for health disparities research

State Sen. Kirk Waton, Alexa Stuifbergen, dean of the School of Nursing, and Earl Maxwell, chief executive of the St. David's Foundation, marked the foundation's endowment of a health-care research center.

State Sen. Kirk Waton, Alexa Stuifbergen, dean of the School of Nursing, and Earl Maxwell, chief executive of the St. David’s Foundation, marked the foundation’s endowment of a health-care research center.

Over the past decade, researchers from across The University of Texas at Austin have received small grants from the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research in Underserved Populations, which is in the School of Nursing.

The researchers used this money – about $600,000 altogether – to undertake small pilot
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Friday, December 9, 2011

Graduate sociology students sharpen their research

Life expectancy in the United States is on the rise – but not for everyone. Although many older Americans are healthier and more prosperous than any previous generation, rates of gains are inconsistent between the genders and across education levels and racial and ethnic groups.

Graduate student researchers at the Population Research Center (PRC) are working toward understanding these health disparities that continue to persist and grow in the United States, and to help extend our most precious resource: human life.

To help
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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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