CLASS OF 2013: WHAT STARTS HERE CHANGES THE WORLD (SERIOUSLY)
Among the Class of 2013 are some big thinkers and doers, people who grabbed their University of Texas experience from Day 1, seeking mentors, conducting research, earning leadership roles, forging connections and making big plans for the next chapter in their lives. These students, like so many of their classmates, are leaving a mark on their alma mater, and we can?t wait to follow their next move. Meet eight of them.
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS FROM THE 130TH SPRING COMMENCEMENT
Singing "The Eyes of Texas" and holding their horns up high, graduating Longhorns stood beneath the glowing Tower this weekend, watching the bursting technicolor fireworks that signaled the end of their time at UT through misty eyes. Read more about commencement, and see photos and tweets from the day.
LONGHORNS INVENT 3D CAMERA, DEMO IT FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA
It;'s not every day you get to show your invention to the president of the United States. But that's exactly what two UT engineering students did last week. President Obama stopped by Capital Factory last week to check out a new video camera that generates 3D models in real time. The camera was developed by students in the Longhorn Startup program.
UT TO CREATE VIDEO GAMING ACADEMY
UT has partnered with video game industry leaders Warren Spector and Paul Sams to create the Denius-Sams Gaming Academy, the first video game program in the United States led and taught by gaming industry executives. Spector (M.A. '80) will guide the curriculum, and both he and Sams will serve as part-time instructors for the academy, which begins in the fall of 2014.
BIOTECHNOLOGY COMPANY WINS UT VENTURE COMPETITION
The Global Venture Labs Investment Competition, the longest-running investment competition for graduate student entrepreneurs, recently held its 30th annual competition on campus. UT's Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs sponsors the competition (often called the "Super Bowl of world business plan competitions") with help from private philanthropy and corporate partners. The grand-prize winner, industrial biotechnology company Visolis, beat out 39 other teams from top graduate programs around the world.
GATSBY FEVER HITS THE RANSOM CENTER
Thanks to last Friday's premiere of the new Great Gatsby film, Gatsby fever is in full swing nationwide?and now it's hit the Forty Acres. The Harry Ransom Center's latest display, entitled Gatsby's Many Lives, opened last Friday and provides an intriguing glimpse into the evolution of the novel. Read more about the display.
CRAZY ANTS INVADE TEXAS
You've probably never thought you could miss fire ants, but a new study published by the College of Natural Science's Texas invasive species research program describing a new arrival may have you nostalgic for the old days.
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