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     A Publication of THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN — Week of June 3, 2002


The Eyes of Texas is a weekly newsletter focused on providing timely information to the university community. This publication joins the monthly On Campus and other Office of Public Affairs efforts aimed at keeping our community well informed about achievements, events and activities at The University of Texas at Austin.

To contribute news items for use in this newsletter, contact Richard Bonnin. The Eyes of Texas will be distributed each Tuesday via campus mail and will be available online at: www.utexas.edu/opa


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Environmental Science Institute awarded $1.52 million to enhance science education in Texas

The National Science Foundation has awarded the Environmental Science Institute $1.52 million to partner graduate students in the sciences with K-12 teachers in Texas to enhance science education through new classroom activities, workshops and field projects.

The program will build on existing outreach activities involving the university and local school systems within Texas. These include the Marine Science Institute’s Study of Arctic Change, The University of Texas Institute for Geophysics Adopt-A-School, Teachers in the Field and TEXTEAMS Leadership Training for teachers of the Texas high school course, Geology, Meteorology and Oceanography and the Environmental Science Institute/Department of Geological Sciences Outreach Lecture Series.

The three-year project will provide support for nine graduate fellows and four advanced undergraduate fellows each year to serve as resources for K-12 students and teachers in science and mathematics in Texas. The program will emphasize collaboration in K-12 classrooms and in field projects on Texas watersheds, estuaries and ocean-going vessels.

Details of the program can be found at the Environmental Science Institute's Web site.

University ranks fourth in nation in Peace Corp volunteers

The University of Texas at Austin ranks number four nationally on the list of colleges and universities with alumni serving as Peace Corps volunteers.

A total of 69 University of Texas at Austin students are representing the country by serving the people of the developing world as Peace Corps volunteers. Texas A&M University, with 34 volunteers, ranks 22nd on the list.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison ranks first with 96 student volunteers. The list ranks the top 25 large colleges and universities with more than 5,000 undergraduates.

The Peace Corps has 7,000 volunteers and trainees in 70 countries throughout the world. To date, about 165,000 volunteers and trainees have served in 135 countries.




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George Gau named dean of McCombs School of Business

George W. Gau, an accomplished department chairman credited with developing innovative collaborations with industry, has been named dean of the McCombs School of Business.

George Gau
Gau was appointed dean after 10 years as chair of the Finance Department, where he pioneered a series of research centers bringing together the interests of students, faculty and corporations. Under his stewardship, programs such as the AIM Investment Center, the Center for Energy Finance Education and Research and the EDS Financial Trading and Technology Center brought new economic and educational opportunities to Texas students while raising the McCombs School's international profile.

The ninth dean in the business school’s 80-year history, Gau succeeds Robert G. May, who resigned after seven years to return to teaching. Gau will start his new duties this summer.

“By bringing business into the classroom, George Gau has helped ensure the relevance of the McCombs curriculum while demonstrating an outstanding capacity for strategic thinking,” said President Larry R. Faulkner. “I am confident that as dean he will bring his strategic vision to bear on the McCombs School as a whole, helping propel the institution into the highest ranks of the world’s business programs.

As dean, Gau will head one of the largest business schools in the world.

“I am honored to be offered the position, and I am very excited about the opportunity to work with our faculty, students, staff, alumni and business supporters in leading this school to its next stage: becoming the best public business school in the nation,” Gau said. “My goals include the improvement of our academic programs for our undergraduate and graduate students, the enhancement of our research environment and the strengthening of our alliances with the business community.”

An award-winning teacher renowned as an expert in real estate and mortgage markets, Gau is director of the Center for Real Estate Finance, the first research center at a leading business school to specialize in this field. Founded by Gau in 1999, the center rapidly has become a focal point for the university's nationally recognized real estate program.

Before starting the center, Gau helped found four similar joint ventures with industry: the EDS Trading and Technology Center; the Center for Energy Finance Education and Research; The Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst Center for Private Equity Finance; and the AIM Investment Center.

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