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UT-Austin leadership discusses fall classes, football season options
May 8, 2020
UT President Gregory Fenves announced options the University is exploring to reopen campus in the fall semester at a media briefing Friday.
UT-Austin researchers discover llama antibodies can help treat COVID-19
May 6, 2020
UT scientists are researching an antibody in llamas that could be used as a therapeutic treatment to combat COVID-19.
Scooter companies make cuts amid COVID-19 pandemic
May 5, 2020
Electric scooters that once cluttered Austin street corners are now harder to find. Ride-sharing and micromobility companies such as Lyft, Lime and Bird have all laid off employees and altered scooter operations amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to company representatives.
Local bat experts educate public on bats amid coronavirus pandemic
May 5, 2020
With misinformation spreading about the connection between bats and the new coronavirus, local bat experts say they are educating Austin residents about these misconceptions and the importance of bats.
Student-led Fuel Our Heroes Austin campaign raises money for Dell Medical School
April 28, 2020
Fuel Our Heroes Austin, a student-led fundraising campaign, has raised nearly $13,000 toward its goal of $100,000 for the Emergency Response Fund at Dell Medical School, according to the HornRaiser crowdfunding website.
Good Apple ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ initiative assists Travis County residents facing food insecurity
April 22, 2020
Good Apple, a subscription-based food delivery service, has delivered over 114,000 pounds of fresh produce and pantry staples to more than 3,700 people in need through their “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” program, according to April 22 metrics provided by Good Apple co-founder Zack Timmons.
UT nursing students translate about diagnosing, managing COVID-19 into Spanish
April 20, 2020
Two bilingual Colombian UT nursing students helped translate a handbook about diagnosing and managing COVID-19 from English into Spanish to assist Spanish-speaking health care workers.
UT-Austin lab uses 3D-printing resources to make face shields for health care workers
April 15, 2020
A UT-Austin laboratory is creating 3D printed face shields for pharmacy and medical workers battling the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a UT news release. The Pharmaceutical Engineering and 3D Printing Lab has fabricated 80 face shields so far for the RAPID Shield project, said Rishi Thakkar.
University researchers develop breathing unit to help combat ventilator shortage
April 7, 2020
UT researchers are developing an automated breathing unit made from widely available materials, such as the windshield wiper motor from a Toyota Camry, to help solve the ventilator shortage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a press release from UT News.
UT-Austin provides resources for deaf, hard of hearing students during online transition
April 7, 2020
The University is providing access to remote sign language interpretation and speech-to-text services for students who are deaf or hard of hearing so they can receive equitable accommodations during the transition to distance learning.
COVID-19 impacts construction projects, campus and facilities maintenance
April 2, 2020
Construction projects, facilities and campus maintenance operations have been slowed or halted by the city of Austin and Travis County’s stay-at-home orders, according to University representatives.
SXSW artist Mike Melinoe talks finding his place in Austin music scene
April 2, 2020
Mike Melinoe, Austin-based musician, visual artist and model, started his music career as a rapper in Detroit, Michigan. Since moving to Texas, he has worked on developing his sound with a musical style ranging from hip-hop to alternative and R&B.
UTLA, UTNY cancel summer in-residence programs, launch $2,900 virtual programs
April 2, 2020
The UTLA Semester in Los Angeles Program has canceled its summer session and replaced it with a virtual program according to an email from Michael Wilson, assistant dean of professional programs.
‘Shimmery’ pop artist Phangs talks sneaking into SXSW, maintains rebellious Texas spirit
April 2, 2020
Alternative pop musician Jake Germany performs under the name Phangs. In contrast with his pseudonym’s vampiric connotations, Phangs’ music is delicate, contemplative and symphonic.
SXSW artist Ryan Cassata talks songwriting, inspiration
April 2, 2020
Ryan Cassata is a musician, actor and LGBTQ+ activist based in Los Angeles. The 26-year-old is originally from Long Island, New York, and came out as transgender over a decade ago.
Q&A: Hip-hop artist Naya Ali talks vulnerability, career changes from marketing to music
March 27, 2020
Gritty. Honest. Vulnerable. Naya Ali, a hip-hop artist born in Ethiopia and raised in Canada, said she writes songs that embody those emotions.
Banoffee shares struggles of being touring musician during pandemic
March 26, 2020
When the “Tennis Fan” singer initially received word about South by Southwest, Martha Betty Glenn Brown wanted to travel to Texas and perform in spite of the cancellation. But as global fears about the coronavirus pandemic heightened, the traveling musician, who goes by the pseudonym Banoffee, made the difficult choice to return to Australia.
UHD charges $1,472 for emergency student housing amid COVID-19 outbreak
March 23, 2020
Students who are approved for emergency housing will pay $1,472 to live on campus from March 30 through May 20, according to a letter from University Housing and Dining.
Dining locations, hours limited amid campuswide closures
March 18, 2020
University Housing and Dining is reducing the number of open dining locations and limiting the number of dining hours from now through May 20, said Rene Rodriguez, the UHD director of dining.
Campus trees transplanted, repurposed as result of Moody Center construction
March 12, 2020
As part of the Moody Center construction south of Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, 86 trees were transplanted, repurposed or removed, said Jim Shackelford, director of Capital Planning and Construction.
LBJ School will move courses online starting March 30
March 12, 2020
The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs will move its courses online starting March 30 due to concerns of the new coronavirus, according to an email Dean Angela Evans sent to LBJ students Wednesday.
UT set to host the first LBJ Women’s Campaign School this June
March 11, 2020
The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs will host UT’s first Women’s Campaign School this summer, a training program for women wanting to learn how to run for office or manage a campaign this summer.
UT-Austin researchers find way to preserve vaccines to help developing countries
March 10, 2020
University researchers developed a new way to preserve and deliver some vaccines without refrigeration to more easily distribute them to developing countries, according to a press release from the College of Pharmacy.
UT-Austin researchers use WebAssembly to increase Firefox browser security
March 5, 2020
University researchers from Texas and California are using the WebAssembly programming language to make the Firefox web browser more secure.
LBJ School of Public Affairs dean will conclude her tenure December 2020
March 3, 2020
Angela Evans will conclude her tenure as dean of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs this December, according to an email from the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost sent last week.
UT-Austin students, alumnus work to create biodegradable pads for women in Guinea
March 1, 2020
Sanitary Aid for Everyone, an alumni and student-led research group, is working to create a biodegradable sanitary pad to help women without access to adequate facilities and menstruation products.
UT Student Government Supreme Court rules Connor and Camille campaign engaged in early campaigning, mass solicitation
February 27, 2020
The UT SG Supreme Court ruled the Election Supervisory Board was correct in determining Connor Alexander and Camille Johnson’s campaign engaged in early campaigning and mass solicitation. The campaign has not been requalified as of Wednesday night.
UT-Austin scientists make breakthrough in coronavirus research
February 25, 2020
University scientists made a breakthrough in novel coronavirus research by creating a 3D atomic-scale map of the part of the virus that infects human cells, according to UT News.
Broken water pipe in Jester West Residence Hall causes hot water loss, power outages
February 23, 2020
A broken water pipe left some residents of Jester West Residence Hall without hot water and electricity for parts of Thursday and Friday. Hot water and power was completely restored by Friday evening.
Moody Center construction causes disruptions for C parking permit holders
February 18, 2020
Parking lot closures from construction on the new Moody Center multipurpose arena have led students with Class C parking permits to park further from campus on the other side of Interstate 35.
Students request oat milk in UT dining halls as additional nondairy alternative
February 17, 2020
Oat milk, while a niche option, has continuously been requested by students seeking additional dairy alternatives.
Ornamental fruits, vegetables add aesthetic beauty to campus during winter
February 16, 2020
Landscape Services plants annual crops, such as ornamental fruits and vegetables, during the winter to add aesthetic beauty to the most visible areas on campus, said Landscape Services horticulturist Ty Kasey.
Housing instability, food insecurity affects students, UT provides resources
February 12, 2020
Homelessness affected 17% of “surveyed” college students in the past year nationally, according to a Hope Center for College, Community and Justice report.
Longhorns gear up for auction amid campuswide construction
February 11, 2020
Longhorn-branded gear and collectibles are up for auction online as they are being cleared out of athletics facilities undergoing construction.
UT-Austin business student competes to win $100,000 in ‘Jeopardy!’
February 7, 2020
Growing up, business sophomore Marshall Comeaux used to shout answers at the TV while watching “Jeopardy!” This spring, he will compete on the show with 14 other university students across the United States for a $100,000 grand prize.
Nutritional sciences master’s program partners with online course provider edX
February 5, 2020
The University’s nutritional sciences master’s program will be available on the online course provider platform edX starting this fall.
Dolph Briscoe Center to open new exhibition on women’s activism in late February
February 5, 2020
A century after the 19th Amendment passed in the United States, an exhibition on women’s activism will be on display at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.
New Longhorn mural adds color to West Campus
February 3, 2020
A multicolored, abstract mural of a longhorn will soon brighten the north wall of The Castilian above the sidewalk on 24th Street.
ID Center and Service Desk will merge to boost efficiency
January 31, 2020
To boost efficiency and improve the services offered in the Flawn Academic Center, the ID Center and Service Desk in the FAC will merge into one desk.
University health officials provide information on coronavirus during China outbreak
January 28, 2020
Although there are no cases of the new coronavirus in Travis County as of Monday, University Health Services sent a campuswide email on Jan. 23 to educate students about the virus and seasonal respiratory illnesses.
Forty Acres Pharmacy uses QR codes to share medication information with patients
January 26, 2020
Forty Acres Pharmacy is cutting down on paper waste by printing QR codes with medication information on prescription receipts starting this semester.
After years of advocacy, halal food is introduced in University dining halls
January 23, 2020
Starting this semester, students can request halal burgers and chicken breasts in J2 Dining and Kinsolving Dining.
Mac Miller speaks from beyond the grave in ‘Circles’
January 21, 2020
Over a year after the artist’s passing, Mac Miller’s sixth studio album Circles was released on Jan. 17. The companion album to Swimming speaks about life, pain and the weight of social expectations.
Physics professor wins Wolf Prize for twistronics research
January 20, 2020
UT professor Allan MacDonald won the Wolf Prize in Physics for his theoretical and experimental work on the field of study twistronics. This work, which changes the electronic properties of materials by twisting atomic layers, has the potential to impact the evolution of technology, MacDonald said.
Same sex behaviors in animals less costly than previously assumed
December 5, 2019
Scientists have observed same-sex sexual behaviors in over 1,500 animals species. However, many have assumed this behavior is costly because it does not lead to offspring. According to an article University researchers contributed to, that might not be true.
Texas bats threatened by disease, wind turbines
November 21, 2019
Bats are one of Austin’s most iconic nonhuman residents, but their populations have been declining because of natural and man-made threats across Texas and the United States.
Waves is honest, emotional, visually stunning
November 20, 2019
Waves is an emotionally charged cinematic masterpiece that will hit you like a load of bricks. Based on the star-studded performances and fantastic storytelling, this film is sure to earn an Oscar nod.
UT alumna documentary film featured in Black Maria Film Festival
November 19, 2019
On a quiet Saturday evening, filmmaker Isabel Dunn gathered with a handful of friends and family members in the Harry Ransom Center. Over the past year, her short documentary was viewed by hundreds of people in film festivals across the country. Surrounded by the Austin community in the cozy, intimate space, her film had finally come home.
Lady Antebellum’s new album ‘Ocean’ explores emotional hardships
November 18, 2019
On Nov. 15, Lady Antebellum released its eighth studio album, Ocean — the band’s first under Big Machine Label Group. Ocean contains a conglomeration of emotionally charged ballads, honkey-tonk dance jams and pseudo-hymns that are a few “hallejahs” away from being included in a nondenominational worship service.
Turkey Trot Champions talk strategy, share memories
November 14, 2019
For the past 28 years, runners have braved the late autumn chill to participate in the ThunderCloud Subs Turket Trot on Thanksgiving morning.
Sexual health clinic helps sponsor Austin International Drag Festival
November 14, 2019
The Austin International Drag Festival brings performers and audiences from across the world to the Texas capital. From Nov. 14-17, nearly 2,000 spectators are expected to watch the event according to Jamie Bancroft, president and founder of the Austin International Drag Foundation.
Researchers discover material that may replace silicon in computer chips
November 13, 2019
University researchers have discovered a material that may increase the computing speed and data storage capabilities of computer chips.
UT’s Special Education Department offering new autism course to be taught in Spanish
November 11, 2019
UT’s Special Education Department will offer its first course taught entirely in a foreign language next semester.
Dancers from across the country unite at Austin Powwow
November 4, 2019
Dancers from across the nation gathered at the Austin Powwow on Nov. 2 to celebrate Native American heritage and showcase their abilities.
‘Wildcard’ is an emotional whirlwind
November 3, 2019
Miranda Lambert shows a full spectrum of emotions on her seventh album, Wildcard. The themes of her songs range from spiritual purification to murderous motivations.
Q&A: Terminator’s dark new villain shows his soft side
November 1, 2019
In the film, Gabriel Luna plays the deadly and nearly indestructible Rev-9 terminator. The character is stern, calculated and aggressive. Luna couldn’t be more different.
‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ is interesting, not mind-blowing
October 30, 2019
“The Terminator” is back, again. Since 1984, the Terminator films have been set in a dystopian universe where the remnants of the human race unite to form the Resistance and battle the self-aware artificial intelligence system, Skynet. Terminators are members of the Skynet military that are set to destroy human targets.
Travis County to vote to approve groundwater conservation district
October 28, 2019
Many residents of Southwestern Travis County rely on Trinity Aquifer for their water supply, but due to overpumping and lack of regulation, the water supply is rapidly declining, said a representative from the Hill Country Alliance.
'Jesus is King' is well worth the wait
October 27, 2019
Praise be. Kanye West finally released his latest album, Jesus is King, on Oct. 25. The 27-minute composition weaves together gospel melodies with introspective rap lyrics to create a work of art that feels both spiritual and self-serving.
Former Department of Defense official talks about business practices at the Pentagon
October 22, 2019
A former defense department officer outlined the complications with implementing efficient business strategies at the Pentagon and the importance of communicating with Congress at a talk Monday.
Biomedical engineering professor wins trailblazer award for stem cell research
October 16, 2019
The National Institutes of Health granted biomedical engineering assistant professor Janet Zoldan $627,000 to fund her stem cell research for three years.
‘Asylum’: A safe space for emotional healing
October 13, 2019
It’s easy to fall in love with a band that is so good at writing songs about heartbreak. A R I Z O N A’s sophomore electro pop album, Asylum, does exactly that.
Goodenough to win: UT professor awarded Nobel Prize in Chemistry
October 9, 2019
On Oct. 9, the UT engineering professor, along with Stanley Whittingham of Binghamton University, State University of New York, and Akira Yoshino of Meijo University, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on the development of lithium-ion batteries.
Nanogel technology may boost efficiency of cancer drug delivery
October 9, 2019
Nanogel technology may help deliver drugs to cancer cells directly while minimizing patient side effects, according to research by University scientists.
Weyes Blood talks about her album inspiration, ACL expectations
October 7, 2019
Experimental psychedelic folk singer, songwriter Natalie Mering of Weyes Blood said she has been performing on her own wavelength since she began writing music at 15.
UT chemist awarded NIH grant to develop molecular tools
October 3, 2019
University scientists are developing molecular tools that could impact future research on antibiotic-resistant bacteria and cancer drugs.
From Pumpkinheads to Moon Milk, there's an autumnal drink for everyone
September 30, 2019
While Starbucks is a household name that produces quality coffee, it doesn’t hold a monopoly on the Austin coffee scene. While the Pumpkin Spice Latte is great, it’s not the only autumnal drink special available to UT students.
Marc E. Bassy’s ‘PMD’ is sugary-sweet, then gone
September 30, 2019
While Bassy’s delivery appears to be a genuine representation of his personal experiences, the album fails to provide audiences with anything musically or stylistically unique.
Eels overfished, affect natural Texas ecosystem
September 25, 2019
There are eels in every major river basin in Texas, but most people do not know about them, said Dean Hendrickson, curator of ichthyology at the Biodiversity Center.
‘Nine’ is the pumpkin spiced latte of pop-punk
September 23, 2019
Blink-182’s ninth album, “Nine,” was released on Sept. 20, representing more of the same in their catalogue.
Darrell K Royal Research Fund grants $250,000 to Dell Medical School
September 18, 2019
Dell Medical School will continue research on neurological diseases, traumatic brain injuries and caregiver support thanks to a $250,000 grant from the Darrell K Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease.
‘Hustlers’ expectations mixed ahead of release
September 11, 2019
When it hits theaters Sept. 13, star-studded, female-forward film “Hustlers” could be the pinnacle of what has been labeled “hot girl summer.”
Students donate to emergency fund and explore student organizations
September 5, 2019
Thousands of students explored hundreds of booths lined outside Gregory Gymnasium on Wednesday to learn more about student organizations, eat pizza and collect free swag at Party on the Plaza.