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January 29, 2002
Vol. 28, No. 14

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Meningitis ruled cause of university student's death

New study examines effects of memory training

Endowed scholarship honors Myers

Researchers get $4.5 million to study child language therapy

New engineering chair made possible by $2.35 million gift

Global extinction rate reaches historical proportions

Special programs highlight celebration of Black History Month

Nichols named associate vice president for research

Texas Exes to honor teachers for their excellence as educators

Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Program Policy Statement

University approves new policy for lighting UT Tower

Coral study challenges long-held theory on glacial cycles

UT research shows radiation zapping Mars may affect biological evolution

Growing number of U.S.-Mexican border residents using herbs to treat ailments

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UT researchers receive $5.5 million to study effects of curricular changes in schools

Dana Center receives $94,000 award for math education

KUT adds Marketplace and The World to its program lineup

Arete: Harlan Miller

Critics program Viewpoint 2002 begins on Jan. 31

UT student returns home to conduct Corpus Christi Symphony in Rockport

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University of Texas researchers receive $5.5 million to study effects of curricular changes in U.S. schools

Three grants totaling more than $5.5 million have been awarded to The University of Texas at Austin Department of Sociology and the Population Research Center to study the effects of recent curricular changes in the nation’s schools.

The three grants are funded by The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Science Foundation, the National Center for Education Statistics and the Spencer Foundation.

The Adolescent Health and Academic Achievement (AHAA) study will focus on the effect of school and curricular changes in the 1990s on students’ cognitive and psychosocial development, attitudes, behaviors and achievements.

The project focuses on the following areas: educational stratification and health, curricular exposure and the science/math pipeline, human capital and health, and education and the development of human relationships. The study will offer data on risk behaviors, violence and safety within school, peer and neighborhood contexts, as well as extensive data on dropouts. The study promises unique samples of special populations linked to academic stratification and school context, and will look at the lifestyle and health status of adolescents and their academic experiences in transition to adulthood.

By expanding on previous studies of adolescents, the AHAA study will give researchers longitudinal data on high school students in the 1990s to help analyze the success of new school policies and curriculum.

The project is headed by University of Texas at Austin Associate Professor of Sociology Chandra Muller and includes other University of Texas at Austin faculty, as well as faculty from Michigan State University and the State University of New York at Albany.

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