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Austin City Council approves city’s annual budget, cutting $150 million from Austin Police Department
August 13, 2020
The council decreased APD’s $434 million budget by nearly 35%, according to the Immediate Community Investments and Reimagining Plan.
How students can receive financial relief amid coronavirus pandemic
April 30, 2020
UT’s Texas One Stop, the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, and Student Emergency Services have been working together to provide aid for students during the COVID-19 crisis.
Fricano's Deli permanently closes amid COVID-19 crisis
April 22, 2020
Fricano’s Deli, a well-known sandwich shop open for 14 years total and nine in West Campus, is shutting down permanently after closing business due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Gov. Abbott announces $50 million loans to small businesses, plans reopening business amid COVID-19
April 13, 2020
Gov. Greg Abbott announced a partnership to provide Texas small businesses with $50 million in loans to recover amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
UT-Austin moves summer orientation sessions online
April 8, 2020
UT-Austin has moved all summer new student orientation sessions online amid COVID-19 concerns, according to a UT Twitter and Instagram post.
UT-Austin President Gregory Fenves leaving to serve as Emory University president, reports say
April 6, 2020
UT-Austin President Gregory Fenves is expected to announce his departure from UT to become president of Emory University, according to the Texas Tribune and 247Sports.
211 UT-Austin students went to Cabo for spring break, 49 tested positive for COVID-19
April 3, 2020
Forty-nine students who returned from a spring break trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, have tested positive for COVID-19.
Gov. Abbott issues executive order that those traveling from New York Tri-State area and New Orleans must self-quarantine
March 26, 2020
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order Thursday mandating that those traveling to Texas from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and New Orleans must self-quarantine for two weeks or until the end of their stay, whichever is shorter.
UT-Austin to hold virtual commencement in May, postpones in-person commencement
March 25, 2020
The University will hold a virtual commencement in May and has postponed the in-person ceremony until an undetermined date this year, UT President Gregory Fenves announced Wednesday.
Mayor Adler issues shelter-in-place order for Austin to stop coronavirus spread
March 24, 2020
Austin Mayor Steve Adler issued a shelter-in-place order for the city of Austin on Tuesday, effective Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. through April 13, to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.
Travis County official confirms community spread of COVID-19 in county
March 20, 2020
The Austin-Travis County Health Authority confirmed there is evidence of community spread of the coronavirus in Travis County at a press conference Friday.
Austin officials discuss first two positive coronavirus cases in Travis County at press conference
March 13, 2020
Austin officials held a news conference Friday morning to discuss the first two presumptive positive cases in Travis County and their efforts to mitigate the spread of the new coronavirus.
UT-Austin extends spring break for one week due to coronavirus concerns
March 11, 2020
The University will extend spring break for students by one week in response to COVID-19 concerns, according to a Wednesday press release.
José Garza leads Democratic primary for Travis County DA, heading to runoff
March 4, 2020
The Democratic primary race between incumbent Margaret Moore, 53rd District Attorney, and challenger José Garza will most likely go into a runoff.
Save Austin Now launches coalition to reinstate camping ban in Austin
March 3, 2020
In an effort to reinstate the ordinance limiting where people experiencing homelessness can camp, an Austin-based nonprofit started a petition Feb. 24 to put the issue on the November 2020 ballot.
Planned Parenthood location opens less than a block away from campus
February 26, 2020
Planned Parenthood opened up a new clinic less than a block away from campus, making it the nonprofit’s fourth location in Austin.
Blanton Museum of Art to redesign exterior following $5 million donation
February 16, 2020
The Still Water Foundation donated $5 million to the Blanton Museum of Art to remodel the building’s exterior, according to a UT press release on Tuesday.
Wingstop set to open on The Drag in summer 2020
February 14, 2020
Wingstop, a chicken wing restaurant chain, will open a new location on The Drag in summer 2020.
Judge dismisses lawsuit alleging mishandling of sexual assault claims in Travis County
February 11, 2020
A federal judge dismissed a two-year class-action lawsuit Monday in which eight women, three of whom are UT alumna, claimed Austin and Travis County officials did not properly handle their sexual assault cases or those of 6,000 women in the county.
UT-Austin scientists develop strategy to protect bees from pests, pathogens
February 5, 2020
UT scientists have engineered strains of bacteria that could live in the guts of honey bees and protect them from mites and viruses, according to a UT press release.
City of Austin reports show racial disparities in vehicle stops by APD
February 5, 2020
A report from the city of Austin concluded that people of color are stopped in their motor vehicles at disproportionately higher rates than their share of the Austin population.
Masri Foundation gifts Jackson School of Geosciences $10.5 million endowment
February 4, 2020
The Jackson School of Geosciences received $10.5 million last week from The Munib and Angela Masri Foundation to create an endowment that will support graduate studies at the school.
UT-Austin, Dell Foundation to provide $20,000 to certain Pell-eligible freshmen starting fall 2020
January 31, 2020
A partnership between UT and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation will provide certain incoming Pell-eligible freshmen with $20,000 in financial support starting fall 2020, according to a UT press release sent out Friday.
UT dermatologist uses AI in imaging technology to improve patient outcomes
January 31, 2020
FotoFinder uses artificial intelligence to track and identify cancerous moles from photographs it takes of patients’ bodies, said Dr. Adewole Adamson, a UT Health Austin dermatologist. UT Health Austin is one of the only two providers in Texas with this technology, according to a UT Health blog.
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approves proposal of evaluation of co-requisite models required in the Texas Success Initiative
January 28, 2020
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved an evaluation of co-requisite models Thursday, requiring students to take an additional course to assist them if they have not demonstrated college readiness.
UTPD Chief David Carter plans to increase security around campus
January 27, 2020
UT Police Department Chief David Carter said he plans to increase West Campus patrols and implement a new camera security system near campus at a press conference Monday.
UT researchers help track sign language evolution over past few centuries
January 26, 2020
A new study by linguists and biologists from UT and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History tracked the evolution of sign languages around the world over the past few centuries.
UT announces increased safety measures following downtown Austin stabbings
January 26, 2020
UT President Gregory Fenves sent a campuswide email Sunday regarding safety near campus following the stabbing of two UT students last week. Fenves said in the email he is working to obtain funding for additional UTPD officers and upgraded security-related technology in West Campus.
Center for Dewey Studies opens in India
January 22, 2020
A UT associate professor helped establish the first academic research unit dedicated to the ideas and works of American philosopher John Dewey in India earlier this month.
Don Japanese Food Truck reopens
January 22, 2020
Don Japanese Kitchen reopened its popular food truck behind the University Co-op at noon Wednesday after closing its brick-and-mortar store on Guadalupe Street earlier this month.
Dell Children’s epilepsy program hiring more professionals, expanding
December 5, 2019
The Comprehensive Epilepsy Program at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas is expanding by hiring more professionals and partnering with pediatric epilepsy leaders throughout the state.
UT Police Department reports increase in bike thefts in October
November 20, 2019
After the UT Police Department noticed a spike in bike thefts this fall, they are recommending students register their bikes to keep them safe.
Electric bike company Wheels to launch e-bikes in Austin at the end of November
November 15, 2019
Electric bike company Wheels will launch the operation of their bikes in Austin at the end of November.
City of Austin, University discuss sustainability, conservation at panel
November 6, 2019
Austin businesses want to build relationships with the University and understand how important sustainability issues are to the current generation, a UT official said Tuesday at a panel.
Stan Richards School to build student advertising, public relations lab on BMC fourth floor
October 31, 2019
To celebrate the five-year anniversary of naming the Stan Richards School of Advertising & Public Relations, the school will add a student advertising and public relations workspace to the Belo Media Center’s fourth floor.
Welch Foundation donates $2.5 million to establish chemical engineering chair
October 28, 2019
The McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering will establish the Norbert Dittrich-Welch Chair in Chemical Engineering following a $2.5 million donation by the Welch Foundation, a private funding source for chemical research.
Texas black field crickets swarm UT Austin campus
October 14, 2019
Along with cooler temperatures, the fall season is bringing swarms of crickets to the UT campus.
Good Systems team hosts fireside chat to celebrate launch
October 7, 2019
UT hosted a fireside chat Monday with former director of the Harvard-MIT Ethics and Governance of AI Initiative to promote their new Good Systems initiative, which focuses on improving aritifical intelligence technologies.
Hundreds of students meet with first responders at National Night Out hosted by SafeHorns
October 1, 2019
SafeHorns hosted their fourth annual National Night Out in West Campus, where community members met first responders, played games and had free food.
Dr. Aamna Najam Memorial Scholarship established by family to honor UT alumna
September 17, 2019
UT alumna Dr. Aamna Najam had worked just one week as an audiologist before she died in a motorcycle accident in August. Now, her family is starting a memorial scholarship to honor her.
Latino Studies department welcomes students back with ¡Bienvenida!
September 6, 2019
The Latino Studies department welcomed students back to classes Thursday with music, a churro bar and free T-shirts.