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Opera professor earns prestigious French award

December 5, 2011

A representative of the French government honored a professor with a distinction for his contributions to the arts that has previously been awarded to such renowned figures as Meryl Streep and Morgan Freeman. Frédéric...

Agency reviews creationist research institute’s place on charity list

December 5, 2011

A state agency has delayed a determination about a creationism research institute being included on a list of charities state employees can donate to through paycheck withdrawals. The State Policy Committee...

Queer Chorus sings for pride in debut concert

November 21, 2011

LGBT and ally students performed eight songs Friday to showcase pride and bring awareness to violence against LGBT people in the Queer Chorus’s first-ever concert, which the Gender and Sexuality...

Walk benefits eating disorder

November 21, 2011

With about 27 million people in the U.S. with some form of an eating disorder, the second annual Austin National Eating Disorder Association Walk led about 275 people through Mueller Lake Park to bring...

Reporter discusses financial news

November 14, 2011

A New York Times reporter who interviewed former NASDAQ chairman and financial criminal Bernie Madoff said Madoff was able to perpetrate an international Ponzi scheme in part because of his unique approach...

Program targets drunken driving

November 7, 2011

About 6 percent of the 25,000 drunken driving accidents in Texas last year occurred the same day a Texas football team was playing, and the Texas Department of Transportation was on campus Saturday to...

Art exhibition features work of students

November 7, 2011

In two adjacent rooms, the Visual Arts Center now has an exhibition featuring three undergraduate art students’ work and one featuring almost 1,000 DVDs with video art by Israeli artists. About...

Taiwanese students host night market

October 31, 2011

Singing, dance performances and students eating green onion pancakes dominated the Main Mall at the ninth annual night market hosted by the Taiwanese American Students’ Association. Association...

Local church to give out Thanksgiving to poor

October 31, 2011

 With almost 18 percent of the city’s approximately 750,000 residents living in poverty, a local church is registering families to receive Thanksgiving care packages for the 21st year as part...

Zombie Crawl protests policies

October 24, 2011

People marched through Austin dressed like bloodied and undead figures from the 18th and 19th centuries on Friday as part of the Libertarian Longhorns’ Founding Fathers Zombie Crawl. About 50 people...

Study finds social interaction beneficial to senior citizens

October 17, 2011

Senior citizens who increase or maintain social interaction have less cognitive and physical limitations and lower mortality rates, according to research done by Patricia Thomas, postdoctoral fellow for...

‘Trash to Treasure’ raises thousands through recycling

October 17, 2011

Tables filled with clothing, shoes, accessories, school supplies, electronics and household items dominated the entrance plaza to the Flawn Academic Center as a student environmental group hosted its seventh...

Blanton and UT Faculty Chamber Ensemble collaborate to put on untraditional opera show

October 10, 2011

The Blanton Museum of Art echoed with voices Sunday as about 200 people attended a second annual performance by the Butler Opera Center. The opera performance was the first of five concerts organized...

Appreciate art like a cyclist

October 10, 2011

Bicyclists ventured all over campus in a one-of-a-kind tour Saturday to learn about the public works of art that often go overlooked. The University’s Landmarks program, in conjunction with Mellow...

Panel discusses importance of research

October 3, 2011

As federal research funding faces budget cuts and shifting priorities, some UT faculty have emphasized the importance of maintaining funding for investigative science research. The National Science Foundation...

Museums offer free entry, activities for annual event

September 26, 2011

Thirty-three museums and community organizations in Austin offered free entrance and activities Sunday as part of the 14th annual Austin Museum Day. The Austin Museum Partnership started Museum Day to...

Conference emphasizes need for UT sustainability

September 26, 2011

President William Powers Jr. emphasized the importance of reducing long-term environmental impact at the University in a speech he gave at the second university-wide sustainability conference Friday. He...

UT’s unofficial historian recalls student involvement

September 19, 2011

The woman widely known as the unofficial historian of the University shared her memories spanning 80 years of UT history, including the construction of the Tower, the acquisition of the Big Bertha drum...

Indie band, bus does good for Texas firefighters

September 19, 2011

Indie-pop group Foster the People helped raise almost $26,000 for wildfire relief during Austin City Limits on Friday as part of the group’s ongoing effort to promote community service during their...

School of Information hopes to save history lost by wildfires

September 12, 2011

A soaked book rested on a table with plain paper towels between every few pages to dry it. Nearby, students and community members removed soot from burned documents with a soft brush and dry rubber sponge. These...

Possible statewide rolling blackouts will not affect UT

August 8, 2011

Record levels of electricity use in Texas last week led to concerns about possible statewide rolling blackouts, but such an event would not affect UT because the campus runs its own power grid. The...

Program for graduate students to teach running of non-profits

August 1, 2011

A new portfolio program announced Thursday will teach graduate students how to manage museums, theaters, libraries and other non-profit cultural organizations. The Portfolio Program in Arts and...

Workshops preserve, investigate folk traditions of Texas

August 1, 2011

The sizzle of steak, the music of flutes, acoustic guitars and Judy Garland’s “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” echoed through the Mexican American Cultural Center when local teachers and...

State Board of Education approves supplemental online materials

July 25, 2011

For the first time, Texas public schools will be able to supplement science textbooks with state-approved online materials. The State Board of Education, with one member absent, unanimously approved...

Manor Garage solar panels to benefit UT energy research

July 25, 2011

Construction on the first large solar panel installation on the main UT campus began Friday. Crews began putting up a support system for the installation on top of Manor Garage on Robert Dedman...

Personal connections impact philanthropy

July 18, 2011

Personal connections with a charity are important to people who offer philanthropy, new research from UT and other universities confirms. UT assistant psychology professor Marlone Henderson and...

University Health Services director makes plans to retire

July 18, 2011

After 37 years of working for the University Health Services, Jeanne Carpenter will retire to spend more time with friends and family, she said. The Division of Student Affairs announced Thursday...

Austin’s website may get redesign if city wins fellowship

July 11, 2011

Austin has made the short list of potential fellowship recipients from a national nonprofit dedicated to improving, updating and redesigning government websites. If Austin is one of the five to...

UT engineering society pushes for new automotive research facility

July 11, 2011

With a new race track on the way from Formula 1, the UT Formula Society of Automotive Engineers wants to build an automotive research facility to produce innovative vehicle designs and alternative fuel...

Expo celebrates classic video games

July 5, 2011

Twelve local artisans sold hats, clocks, magnets, jewelry and sculptures based on video games such as Pokémon, Super Mario Brothers and PAC-MAN at an exhibition attended by more than 100 people...

Austin police, various agencies to enforce no-refusal weekend

July 4, 2011

The Austin Police Department joined 212 other law enforcement agencies in the state to combat drunken driving with a no-refusal weekend beginning Friday and ending Monday night. Drivers who refused...

Center stresses need for integrated science, computer education

June 27, 2011

Scientists and industry leaders agreed that integrating science and computer education will lead to greater progress during the 10th anniversary celebration of the Texas Advanced Computing Center on...

Medical schools see increased enrollment despite weak economy

June 27, 2011

Medical schools across the country, including those within the UT System, have increased enrollment despite a tough economic climate, according to a report released last week. First-year enrollment...

School of Journalism hires will aid transition to new curriculum

June 27, 2011

UT’s School of Journalism has hired an Austin American-Statesman social media editor and a media-and-politics researcher to start this fall as the school prepares to transition to a new curriculum. Robert...

Fellowship to study media’s role in sports with grant funding

June 20, 2011

The Texas Program in Sports and Media granted $25,000 in fellowships to fund research projects on sports and media, the first of their kind for the program. The program raised $25,000 to grant fellowships...

Emancipation Celebration

June 20, 2011

Juneteenth provided opportunities to reflect on history, celebrate progress and share hope for the future in a series of programs that hundreds participated in Saturday. June 19th, called Juneteenth,...

Field of seven candidates lacks clear front-runner

June 14, 2011

Seven candidates squared off Monday in the first Republican primary debate, answering questions about unemployment, the federal debt, health care, foreign policy and social issues. Republican presidential...

Barbara Smith Conrad documentary to air this summer

June 13, 2011

More than 3.2 million people can watch a documentary this summer about one of the first African-Americans to attend UT and who became a world-renowned opera singer. AT&T is offering “When...

Students attend nonpartisan workshops to learn about political life

June 13, 2011

Political uncertainty fueled by a difficult economic climate defines national politics, the leader of a national grassroots political action committee told aspiring political leaders at a student conference...

Center welcomes Mack Brown chair

June 9, 2011

After a three-year search, UT’s Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law announced Tuesday that an international history professor from the University of Wisconsin-Madison will...

Professor promotes book on myths of science

June 9, 2011

There is no proof Galileo dropped objects from the Leaning Tower of Pisa to compare the rate of their falls, but popular science still promotes that myth and many others, said an associate history professor...

Student groups join with UT department to promote diversity

May 5, 2011

Two new student groups will help coordinate campuswide responses to diversity issues, a Diversity and Community Engagement official announced at a town hall meeting Wednesday. The division’s...

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Comedian talks of family expectations, Austin at BookPeople reading

May 2, 2011

The line to see comedian Demetri Martin, who released his first book last week, stretched across two stories of BookPeople on Friday. Martin, a stand-up comedian who has appeared on “The...

College students challenge immigrant tuition increase

April 18, 2011

About 100 college students from across the state protested anti-illegal immigration legislation and resolutions at Texas A&M University on Friday. Texas DREAM Act Alliance, a statewide organization...

Longhorns Got Talent

April 18, 2011

Aspiring UT performers had a chance to sing, dance and recite poetry in front of a crowd of more than 1,100 students and community members Saturday. The 11 acts ranged from a slam poet and a Chinese...

Ethnicity affects academic success, study shows

April 11, 2011

Black and Hispanic college students are more likely to face family crises that reduce their chances of graduating on time, according to a study presented at an annual conference Saturday. Bradley...

Diversity in leadership workshop appeals to students

April 7, 2011

Programs in the Department of African and African American Studies, one of the ethnic studies departments that had its budget cut Tuesday, help students expand their potential job opportunities, said...

Groups protest budget cutbacks

April 4, 2011

About 200 people from 12 public interest groups rallied at the Capitol on Friday while members of the Texas House debated the 2012-13 budget bill. Protesters lit candles and carried coffins into...

Big Boi entertains at Forty Acres Fest

April 3, 2011

Not everyone at Forty Acres Fest was “So Fresh and So Clean.” About 3,000 people crowded into the area below The Tower on Saturday for the 19th annual festival, which featured OutKast...

Study finds attractive people happier

March 31, 2011

Beauty may be more than skin-deep, according to a recent study finding that attractive people are also happier than their homelier peers. Attractive individuals are generally happier than their...