Yearly Archives: 2009

Look back at some of the stories that showed the university’s impact in 2009

Dec. 21, 2009

Imagine a place where people are searching for the key to cure autism, developing clean energy technologies, training students for a new era in journalism, tackling the nation’s biggest social problems and using supercomputing power to explore the universe. That place is The University of Texas at Austin, and it’s all in a day’s work…   » Continue Reading

Sociologists investigate the Hispanic health advantage and why it disappears

Dec. 7, 2009

When it comes to overall health, the outlook for Hispanics is good. Although the Hispanic population is disproportionately beset by poverty and limited access to quality health coverage and insurance, statistics have long shown that Hispanics live longer, healthier lives than any other group in the United States. Researchers call it the “Hispanic Paradox.” However, those…   » Continue Reading

Building top medical skills is name of the game for athletic training students

Nov. 23, 2009

If you’re trying to get into The University of Texas at Austin’s athletic training program so you can chat up Colt McCoy or lounge by the pool with NFL players … don’t even bother. Probably seems crazy to some, but students in the program don’t choose it because they get to go to Bowl games,…   » Continue Reading

Working with Fort Hood soldiers, researchers seek factors that predispose service members to posttraumatic stress disorder

Nov. 16, 2009

Brian Baldwin, a retired army officer and project manager for the Texas Combat PTSD Risk Project, knows first-hand the consequences of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Dr. Michael Telch is the principal investigator of the Texas Combat PTSD Risk Project, a study that seeks to determine factors that predispose service members to PTSD. The study examines…   » Continue Reading

Through new programs, Law School graduates pursue justice for underrepresented populations

Nov. 9, 2009

In the summer of 2008 Spencer Wilson noticed an unusual number of people coming to Bay Area Legal Aid for advice on how to keep from being kicked out of their rental homes. Most of them were low income and minority tenants, many of them elderly, some of them disabled. Some had already been locked…   » Continue Reading

Faculty tackle a big question: What is the most significant social concern of our time?

Nov. 2, 2009

No one is more aware of our nation’s social problems than the people who spend much of their time working with individuals, families, organizations and communities to address society’s chronic problems. What do they think is the biggest social concern of our time? Is it poverty, crime, domestic violence, immigration law, health care or juvenile delinquency? Is…   » Continue Reading

From tales of apparitions to the nightmarish narrative of a madman, scholars unearth their favorite literary works of horror

Oct. 26, 2009

VIDEO Halloween: The word itself evokes images of grinning jack-o-lanterns, costumed trick-or-treaters and otherworldly creatures drifting through the night. Watch a video of professors reading their favorite spooky passages. (Video opens in new window in OnCampus.) In celebration of this spooky holiday, scholars throughout The University of Texas at Austin reveal their favorite spine-tingling tales…   » Continue Reading

Journalism students sharpen reporting skills while navigating cultural differences

Oct. 19, 2009

She was photographed near the Great Wall as if she were a celebrity. She dined on chicken feet, dog and donkey meat for a story she was doing on exotic foods. She mastered the art of eating with chopsticks. And she frequently found herself haggling with shopkeepers along the streets of Xi’an. That’s how 20-year-old…   » Continue Reading

The growing need for cybersecurity leads scientists to develop systems that better protect us online

Oct. 12, 2009

WARNING: Reading this story may make you want to move to a small cabin in the woods, hide your cash under the mattress, destroy your computer, cut up your credit cards and throw your cell phone in the garbage. *** Script-kiddies. Bots. Trojans. Zombies. Typosquatting. Hackers. Botmasters. This is the language of the criminals of…   » Continue Reading

Researchers attack complex disorder from many angles, from basic biology to impact on society

Oct. 5, 2009

Taking Aim at Addiction: The work of a group of researchers at The University of Texas at Austin revolves around a central question: “Why can drugs hijack the brain to such an extent that people ruin their lives, lose everything they have simply to get more of the drug?” That’s the question posed by R. Adron Harris, an alcoholism researcher and the director of the Waggoner Center for Addiction and Alcohol Abuse.