• UT opens four edX courses to registration

    UT has opened four free massive open online courses for registration.

    The University's edX courses, which will begin in September, are: Ideas of the 20th Century; Introduction to Globalization; Bench to Bedside: Introduction to Drug Development and the Commercialization Process; and Energy Technology and Policy. 

    The online courses are free and available to anyone and are part of a partnership with edX, a nonprofit. In October, the UT System Board of Regents pledged $10 million to edX, which offers free online courses. Founded by by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology last year, edX has also partnered with the University of California at Berkeley, Rice University and several other higher education institutions.

    Next spring, the University will add five more courses including: Jazz Appreciation; Foundations of Data Analysis; Mathematics and Effective Thinking; Introduction to Embedded Systems; and Linear Algebra.

    The classes are created by UT professors and students who take the class receive a certificate of mastery or completion but receive no university credit. Students can register online at: www.edx.org/university_profile/UTAustinX.

  • UT professor behind hit-and-run, police say

    Police say a UT professor is behind a hit-and-run incident that left one bicyclist injured on North Lamar Boulevard near West 10th Street on Tuesday afternoon.

    According to the arrest warrant, communication studies professor Richard Cherwitz hit a bicyclist while driving on North Lamar Boulevard and fled the scene. He was charged with failure to stop and render aid.

    Witnesses at the scene said around 3 p.m. a bicyclist was struck by Cherwitz's vehicle as he turned onto West 10th Street. Cherwitz did not stop and left behind a license plate which authorities found was registered to Cherwitz, the warrant said.

    Cherwitz told officers at his home that he saw someone make a rude gesture at him while at 10th and Lamar and that he kept driving, according the same warrant.