Yearly Archives: 2008

Look back at some of the stories that showed the university’s impact in 2008

Dec. 19, 2008

Twelve to Read Again: Imagine a place where people are mapping the relationships of all life on Earth, giving children a voice in court, teaching students how to train their lenses on the world, scouring the deep sea for ancient shipwrecks, ensuring kids have a connection with nature and making modern art sculptures accessible. That place is The University of Texas at Austin, and it’s all in a day’s work for the university’s students, faculty and staff, who are changing the world through research and education.

To survive declining readership, struggling newspaper industry must employ new online strategies, journalism prof says

Dec. 8, 2008

Changing with the Times: Is the American newspaper industry in as much trouble as it seems? George Sylvie, associate professor in the School of Journalism, has some ideas, and they are not all pleasant to hear. The former newspaper reporter and editor is quick to point out it’s not just about profits anymore.

Athlete’s mental toughness as important as physical strength, say sport psychologists

Nov. 24, 2008

Don’t Even Think About It: Former baseball player Ray Knight said, ‘Concentration is the ability to think about absolutely nothing when it is absolutely necessary’ and very succinctly summed up about half of the tenets of sport psychology. Much-loved Longhorn and coaching legend Darrell Royal summed up the other half when he stated, ‘Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.’

With Hurricane Ike, researchers develop next-generation forecasts to safeguard coastal communities

Nov. 17, 2008

Science at the Center of the Storm: It was Sept. 7, 2008, six days before Hurricane Ike, the third most destructive hurricane in U.S. history, crashed into the Texas coast. Ike had already made landfall in Cuba as a Category 4 hurricane, and in the coming days would gather strength over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Public perception of crime remains out of sync with reality, criminologist contends

Nov. 10, 2008

Crime on the Rise?: When the FBI and Department of Justice release their annual reports on crime in the United States, Dr. Mark Warr’s phone starts ringing. His voicemail fills with interview requests from reporters seeking the criminologist’s expertise for stories on rising crime.

Educational psychologist says practicing self-compassion can relieve stress, improve relationships

Nov. 3, 2008

Try a Little Tenderness: This can be a touchy subject, especially for parents, but recent research cautions there’s such a thing as too much self-esteem. Many child-rearing books now tentatively suggest it’s not necessary for parents to lavish “good job, good job” on their five-year-old when he blows his nose on his sleeve. As it turns out, criminals, bullies and bigots often have high self-esteem.

Archaeologists unearth a graveyard of ancient shipwrecks in the Black Sea

Oct. 27, 2008

Phantoms of the Deep: In the depths of the Black Sea lies a landscape of eternal darkness. With no light and no oxygen in the sea’s anoxic layer, no life can survive, except perhaps the ghosts of ancient mariners whose ships foundered thousands of years ago.

University announces $3 billion drive to strengthen national competitiveness, global impact

Oct. 17, 2008

The Campaign for Texas: Someday people with Type 1 diabetes will be able to replace their insulin shots with pills. Someday doctors will be able to target cancer cells directly without exposing patients’ entire bodies to harmful radiation. Someday a vaccine will have the power to render powerless the deadly Ebola virus. Someday paramedics will be able to diagnose a heart attack with a single drop of saliva. This vision of someday brought to you by The University of Texas at Austin.

From devotion to divorce, family scientists explore what makes parents tick

Oct. 13, 2008

Parentology: One of the most fascinating aspects of studying parenting, say professors Deborah Jacobvitz and Nancy Hazen-Swann, is observing how parents confront (or fail to confront) the legacies of their own childhoods.

Faculty experts provide analysis on nation’s financial crisis

Oct. 6, 2008

Balance Due: The United States is in the midst of an economic crisis that is threatening the country’s financial stability, as well as the global economy. The crisis began with a collapse in the subprime mortgage market, and, in short order, longstanding institutions such as Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, as well as several well-known banks, failed, filed for bankruptcy or were taken over.