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What ties together a Shakespeare villain, snakebites, and the lives of 20-year-olds? All are keys to groundbreaking research happening right now at UT Austin. Research that Changes the World (September 13) spotlights three groups doing cutting-edge interdisciplinary work, and is the second of the two lectures that comprise the fifth annual University Lecture Series. (Watch the full lecture.) The first talk, Robert Rodriguez and Me (September 12) was given by Dr. Charles Ramírez Berg. Berg has a two-decade relationship with the award-winning director that started with Rodriguez’s student film, Bedhead. Rodriguez has gone on to direct Sin City, all four Spy Kids movies, and Grindhouse with Quentin Tarantino, among other films. Read about the event in the Daily Texan, or watch the full lecture.

Both events were held in the Bass Concert Hall, from 7-8 p.m. Read more about the University Lecture Series.

The Series gives first-year students an opportunity to interact with leading members of our faculty—scholars, scientists, and civic leaders who are nationally and internationally renowned. Signature Course students are required to attend one of the offered lectures, each designed to create a campus-wide conversation.

All students, faculty, alumni, staff and community guests are invited, but the events are aimed at entering first-year students. The University Lecture Series is generously brought to UT by the Audre and Bernard Rapoport Excellence Fund for Undergraduate Studies.

Research That Changes the World

Two researchers study children born in 1991 who were followed over time to determine what the effects of non-parent child care on children are—is it bad, good, or somewhere in between? The children are now in their early 20s, and new data is being collected about their school, work, and romantic lives to determine how they are doing and whether any effects of child care are long-lasting. (Data from the NICHD Study of Child Care and Youth Development.)
Prof. Robert Crosnoe, Departments of Sociology & Psychology with Natalie Raff, Graduate Student, University of Houston

Professors Brent Iverson and Jennifer Maynard have developed a cure for anthrax that is based on an engineered antitoxin antibody. In particular, they used a relatively new technology to create an antibody molecule powerful enough to defeat the deadly toxin released during an anthrax infection.
Prof. Iverson, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry with Prof. Maynard, Department of Chemical Engineering

Professor James Loehlin and senior English major Isto Barton draw on their work together in the Shakespeare at Winedale program to investigate the character of Richard, Duke of Gloucester, one of Shakespeare’s most complex and fascinating villains, and the effects of performance on Shakespeare’s plays.
Prof. James Loehlin, Department of English with Isto Barton, Senior, Department of English

Where & When

Robert Rodriguez and Me
Prof. Charles Ramírez Berg, Department of Radio, Television, Film
Monday, September 12, 2011
7-8 p.m.
Bass Concert Hall

Research that Changes the World
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
7-8 p.m.
Bass Concert Hall