Yearly Archives: 2012

Economist Sandra Black looks at the long-term effects of school starting age and family background

April 30, 2012

“Redshirting” is a popular term among parents of the pre-K set, and it has a lot of parents asking a familiar question: Is my child ready to start kindergarten, or would she or he benefit from delaying this debut into the world of no naps, homework, grades and real scissors? A term borrowed from the…   » Continue Reading

A new College of Education report offers research-based strategies to boost community college student retention and engagement

April 26, 2012

A Chinese proverb teaches that “One step at a time is good walking.” With something close to that in mind, community college leaders are looking for those important, high-impact steps that will help them best manage record-high student enrollments — and shrinking budgets. Dr. Kay McClenney To help the colleges with these challenges and offer…   » Continue Reading

On April 14, Honors Day will salute extraordinary undergraduates who have distinguished themselves through talent, hard work and intellectual endeavor

April 12, 2012

One is an avid chess player who applies her fascination of the game’s emphasis on creative problem solving to her research on retinal image processing. Kelly Moynihan (left) and Anjali Datta are among the 3,914 students who will be recognized for academic excellence during Honors Day at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at the Frank…   » Continue Reading

Expert dietitians from the Department of Nutritional Sciences share a quick guide to integrating organic foods into your diet

March 19, 2012

Should we eat organic fruits and vegetables? It’s a question that often comes up in the courses taught by Monica Meadows, Lydia Steinman and Sara Sweitzer in the Dietetics Program at The University of Texas at Austin. Dietitian Lydia Steinman, senior lecturer in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, tends an organic garden at her home…   » Continue Reading

Political communication scholar explores how media choices affect political beliefs and develops tools to help citizens consider multiple viewpoints

March 5, 2012

The political season is in full swing and with that comes increased media use by potential voters eager to hear the latest political gossip on the radio, read pundit opinions online and catch snippets of the debates on TV. If prior elections are any guide, Americans will be tuning in to politics at increased rates…   » Continue Reading

Future students, parents, school children and teachers from across the state discover the university’s research, art, traditions and resources at Explore UT

Feb. 27, 2012

Travis Imken, an aerospace engineering major and member of the Longhorn Band, is looking forward to graduating this May from The University of Texas at Austin. It’s been a long road to this milestone — one that began before he even applied to the university. As a junior in high school, Imken joined thousands of…   » Continue Reading

In celebration of the Tower’s 75th anniversary, take a trip back to the 1930s when the iconic landmark began its days as the university’s central library

Feb. 20, 2012

Behold the Tower, the definitive landmark of The University of Texas at Austin. For 75 years, it has watched over the daily campus bustle, breaking its silence every quarter hour to remind everyone of the passing of the day. Bathed in warm orange light to announce honors and victories, and crowned in fireworks at spring…   » Continue Reading

Scientists at The University of Texas at Austin are changing the way we understand everything from artificial intelligence to hydraulic fracturing

Feb. 6, 2012

Scientists at The University of Texas at Austin are changing the way we understand everything from artificial intelligence to hydraulic fracturing. Many of these faculty members will be joining leading researchers from around the world this month at the annual American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. Dr. Peter Stone…   » Continue Reading

From the Rwandan genocide to the Guatemalan police, UT’s libraries are digitally securing fragile records for research, advocacy around the world

Jan. 30, 2012

VIDEO Shortly before Vice Provost Fred Heath made his first trip to Rwanda’s Kigali Genocide Memorial in 2008 to support a fledgling program at the University of Texas Libraries, a guard at the monument to the 1994 genocide was killed in a grenade attack on the facility. The memorial is a symbol for those whose…   » Continue Reading

For earlier and more reliable diagnosis of glaucoma, engineers are developing a detection device that bridges advanced research and practical applications

Jan. 23, 2012

Three days a week, Dr. Grady Rylander treats patients at the Eye Institute of Austin, a private practice he joined 34 years ago after graduating from The University of Texas at Austin and finishing his residency at UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. Of the 60 to 90 patients Rylander treats weekly, half are…   » Continue Reading