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Former reporter, editor reluctantly says goodbye to the Texan

August 3, 2015

I started college as a neuroscience student who’s never been good at science. I’m still not good at science, and after a few weeks of learning about axons and neurons, I switched to journalism...

LISTEN: Ferguson protests, schizophrenic man’s execution

December 2, 2014

In this week's editorial podcast, Associate Editors Noah M. Horwitz and Amanda Voeller discuss the Ferguson protests, the impending execution of a schizophrenic man, corporal punishment and the...

LISTEN: Immigration policy, SG impeachment articles

November 25, 2014

In this week's editorial podcast, Associate Editors Noah M. Horwitz and Amanda Voeller discuss President Barack Obama's recent executive order regrading immigration, Leticia Van de Putte's...

LISTEN: Mayoral runoff, Fisher v. Texas case

November 18, 2014

In this week's editorial podcast, Associate Editors Noah M. Horwitz and Amanda Voeller discuss Gov.-elect Greg Abbott's nominee for Secretary of State, the mayoral election and the Fisher v. Texas...

LISTEN: Midterm election results, first day of bill filing

November 11, 2014

In this week's editorial podcast, Associate Editors Noah M. Horwitz and Amanda Voeller discuss last week's election results, as well as some bills that Texas legislators filed on Monday, the first...

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Fisher requests full appeals court panel hear case against UT

July 30, 2014

Abigail Fisher, a rejected undergraduate UT applicant, asked the full 5th Circuit Court of Appeals panel on Tuesday to rehear her case challenging the University’s holistic review admissions process,...

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Appeals court rules in favor of UT’s admissions policy in Fisher case

July 15, 2014

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals determined the University's holistic review admissions policy meets the strict scrutiny standard in a 2-1 decision Tuesday, allowing the University to continuing using...

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Average student debt between UT colleges varies by thousands

June 23, 2014

During the past school year, annual tuition between University undergraduate colleges varied by $696, but, according to a report on average student debt from the Office of Student Financial Services, student...

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City Council to vote on endorsing urban rail proposal June 26

June 17, 2014

Austin is getting closer to building a 9.5-mile urban rail as city officials continue discussions about the proposed route, cost and other factors. On June 26, Austin City Council is scheduled...

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Recap: Regent Hall, new chancellor, Shared Services, bus routes and SXSW crash

June 9, 2014

Regent Controversy A state legislative committee is working to draft articles of impeachment against UT System Regent Wallace Hall, who could be the first non-elected state official to be removed from...

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Austin prepares for the X Games

June 5, 2014

Austin's first X Games will kick off Thursday night in front of the Texas State Capitol on Congress Avenue before shifting venues to Circuit of the Americas in South Austin on Friday. Austin...

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Former Daily Texan editorial manager Robert Edwin Hilburn dies at age 90

May 29, 2014

Robert Edwin Hilburn, who worked as an editorial manager at The Daily Texan from 1966 through 1985, died on May 17. Bob was born in Wichita Falls on Nov. 10, 1923, and received a bachelor of journalism...

Athletic director Steve Patterson discusses branding, college athlete pay in talk

May 15, 2014

Steve Patterson, men's head athletic director, said strengthening the Texas Longhorns brand is one of his priorities in a discussion hosted by The Texas Tribune on Thursday. Patterson...

Project Connect recommends $1.38 billion urban rail to combat Austin traffic congestion

May 2, 2014

City officials recommended Friday that Austin build a $1.38 billion urban rail system as part of Project Connect, a transportation project designed to reduce traffic congestion and improve...

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End-of-year stress can contribute to shingles diagnoses for students

April 29, 2014

The last week of school is often the most stressful for students, and a potential side effect of that stress is shingles, according to Theresa Spalding, University Health Services medical director. Shingles,...

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Supreme Court upholds Michigan’s ban on affirmative action as factor in admissions

April 22, 2014

In a 6-2 decision Tuesday, the Supreme Court issued a ruling allowing the state of Michigan to ban the use of race as a factor in its college admissions processes, and, according to a UT law professor,...

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Austin City Council approves shortened period of study on “stealth dorm” ban impact

February 15, 2014

At approximately 2:30 a.m. Friday, Austin City Council took an initial vote to limit the number of adults who are not related to each other allowed to live in a residence built on single-family zoned property. In...

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Well past the strike of midnight, Austin City Council votes to decrease housing occupancy limit

February 14, 2014

At approximately 2:30 a.m. Friday, Austin City Council approved an initial vote to limit the number of adults who are not related to each other allowed to live in a residence built on single-family zoned...

City council will discuss ‘stealth dorms’ Thursday

February 13, 2014

Austin City Council will discuss decreasing the number of unrelated adults who may live in a single-family residence from six to four at its meeting Thursday.  The council has received various...

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Late-night power outage affects West Campus

February 4, 2014

Minutes after midnight Tuesday, electricity went out in several large swaths of West Campus. Apartment complexes, including the Block on Leon, the Block on 25th and Waterford, were affected, as well as...

Construction of teaching hospital will cause realignment of Red River Street

December 5, 2013

Portions of Red River Street will close between March and October 2014 for street realignment, which will allow Seton Healthcare Family to build a teaching hospital on an enlarged tract of land, meant...

Wildflower Center’s kid-friendly family garden to open in May

December 4, 2013

A hedge maze, 10-foot wide bird nests and a wildlife blind are some of the features the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center will install in its new family garden, which is currently halfway completed. Center...

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Google Fiber may provide UT faster services

December 3, 2013

Google Fiber, a high-speed Internet provider, isn’t coming to campus, but both the University and the City of Austin are in discussions with Google to possibly make Austin’s Internet network...

Project Connect sets transportation plan in motion

November 27, 2013

Project Connect has preliminary plans to establish its first installments in two Austin areas — East Riverside and Highland — and program officials heard public opinion Tuesday night for the...

Apartment code violations could lead to legal action

November 26, 2013

Austin’s Code Compliance department has written 1,700 violations for 126 Austin rental properties since 2007, and UT’s Legal Services for Students represents an average of 15 students per year...

Shock reigns at UT after Kennedy’s death

November 22, 2013

The Daily Texan issue printed the day after John F. Kennedy’s assassination focuses on the impact the events had on the state, the University and the student body. Security at Lyndon Johnson’s...

Supreme Court won’t overturn Fifth Circuit’s stay on abortion law

November 20, 2013

The United States Supreme Court rejected Texas abortion providers’ request to strike down the decision by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, allowing the state to enforce House Bill 2,...

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Redistricting commission map includes 45-percent student district

November 19, 2013

The Austin Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission passed the final map late Monday night, outlining 10 city council member districts, including a student opportunity district comprised of 45 percent...

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All on the house: Austin City Council may consider cracking down on ‘stealth dorms’

November 18, 2013

Students who live with four or five others in houses surrounded by families may have to move out soon because of possible restrictions on Austin’s current occupancy laws. Austin City Council may...

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First Austin bike share program announces Dec. 21 launch

November 14, 2013

City officials announced Wednesday that the city will launch its much-awaited bike sharing program on Dec. 21, though none of the initial locations will be on the UT campus. The initiative will allow...

City announces bike share kiosk sites

November 14, 2013

The City of Austin announced Wednesday the list of 11 bike share kiosk sites that will open on Dec. 21. In June, Austin City Council approved a $150,000 partnership with Bike Share of Austin as a managing...

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Fifth Circuit hears oral arguments for Fisher v. UT case

November 14, 2013

Attorneys for both the University and Abigail Fisher, a rejected UT applicant, argued over the necessity of a race-conscious admissions policy in front of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday. Fisher...

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Council approves five smoking zones at Fun Fun Fun Fest

November 8, 2013

Austin is known to be a city with strict smoking regulations, but this weekend’s Fun Fun Fun Fest will be an exception. The city council authorized five designated smoking areas Thursday...

Three abortion providers in Travis County remain open but might close next year

November 6, 2013

One clinic in Travis County can no longer provide abortions because of Texas’ most recent abortion law, and three clinics currently open will close next year when the remaining provisions of the...

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Your Voting Guide: Texas constitutional amendments on the Nov. 5 ballot

November 5, 2013

Proposition 1 would provide spouses of armed services members who died in action a tax exemption on all or some part of the market value of the late spouse’s residence, according to the secretary...

Texas voter ID law assessment could be hindered by low voter turnout

November 5, 2013

Expected low voter turnout in Tuesday’s election might result in an inability to effectively assess the impact of Texas’ new voter ID law, according to Travis County officials. “Is...

Court of Appeals reverses ruling declaring abortion law unconstitutional

November 1, 2013

The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals granted the state of Texas an emergency stay on a lawsuit regarding its recent abortion law, meaning Texas will be allowed to enforce the entire law while the lawsuit’s...

City council approves $530,000 for clean energy incubator

October 29, 2013

Clean energy innovation in Austin will continue with $530,000 in approved funds by Austin City Council for research at the University’s Clean Energy Incubator, an organization which helps new clean...

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Former UT System vice chancellor alleges Regent Wallace Hall’s ‘clear intent to get rid of Bill Powers’

October 24, 2013

A former vice chancellor of the UT System was one of many witnesses Wednesday to testify that UT System Regent Wallace Hall has been targetting President William Powers Jr. “I think there is a...

Transparency Committee hears testimony regarding possible impeachment of Hall

October 23, 2013

The House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations met Tuesday to hear testimony on the possible impeachment of Regent Wallace Hall. The committee is considering impeaching Hall because...

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From beverage to bus ride: Vending machines help pay for faculty, staff bus privileges

October 22, 2013

Every time someone buys a candy bar or drink from a vending machine on campus, the profits from the sale allow faculty members to ride Capital Metro buses for free, according to Randy Machemehl, transportation...

Special election for House District 50 includes three UT alumni

October 18, 2013

The November election will include a special ballot for a representative of House District 50, and three of the four candidates campaigning for the spot are UT alumni.  Mark Strama, former House...

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City council passes a resolution requesting aquarium regulations information

October 18, 2013

The Austin Aquarium — under fire for its owners’ animal buying practices — may see increased scrutiny from the Austin City Council, which passed a resolution Thursday to make sure the...

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Rain prompts cancellation of ACL

October 14, 2013

Organizers cancelled the final day of the Austin City Limits Music Festival on Sunday because of heavy rain and flash flooding at Zilker Park. “Our first priority is always the safety of our fans,...

Proposed constitutional amendment aims to diminish effects of drought

October 11, 2013

In the midst of one of the worst droughts in Texas history, professors’ research on water is becoming more relevant to students who will have an opportunity in November to vote on a Texas constitutional...

Proposed constitutional amendment aims to diminish effects of drought

October 10, 2013

In the midst of one of the worst droughts in Texas history, an upcoming election will give voters the chance to amend the Texas Constitution to support water project funding, while UT professors stress...

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Shuttle routes may continue to close

October 8, 2013

The pattern of shuttle bus closures will continue if University funding to Capital Metro does not increase. The Cameron Road and Wickersham Lane shuttle routes will close within the next year because...

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Wendy Davis announces campaign for governor of Texas

October 3, 2013

FORT WORTH — Cheered on by supporters dancing with campaign signs and chanting, “We want Wendy,” state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, announced her candidacy for governor of Texas on...

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The impact of the Austin City Limits Music Festival

October 3, 2013

Editor's note: the two stories below run side-by-side but were reported individually. Each story continues on one side of the page.                                  

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ACL’s additional weekend will have little impact on city transportation

October 3, 2013

Austin City Limits Music Festival will extend to two weekends this year, and though the influx of an expected 225,000 visitors will necessitate road closures and increased shuttle bus service, city officials...

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County officials help make sense of Voter ID Law

September 30, 2013

The Travis County clerk and tax assessor announced their plans Monday to educate the public about identification requirements imposed by the new voter identification law. The law requires voters to...

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Redistricting commission completes preliminary map including student district

September 30, 2013

The redistricting commission charged with creating Austin’s new single-member districts finished drawing a preliminary city council district map, which included one University-centric district, on...

Health insurance marketplace opens enrollment on Tuesday

September 30, 2013

Enrollment for the new health care marketplace mandated by President Barack Obama’s health care reform legislation opens on Tuesday, and many uninsured students will be required to buy health insurance....

Bike sharing program finalizes funding

September 27, 2013

Normally, students riding bikes they don’t own might indicate theft — but officials at Bike Share of Austin hope it will become the norm when a city-wide bike sharing program opens in December. Bike...

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Capital Metro board votes to axe two UT shuttle routes

September 24, 2013

Students who ride UT shuttles to campus will need to find alternate methods to commute to class starting in the spring. The Capital Metro board of directors voted unanimously at a meeting Monday to...

Auditorium Shores renovations to set stage for improved concert experience

September 20, 2013

Auditorium Shores will host only one more event, Fun Fun Fun Fest, until Feb. 2015 while the park undergoes renovations.  Terry Jungman, representative from the Austin Parks and Recreation...

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Austin Aquarium owners on trial for alleged conspiracy, obstructing justice following lemon shark controversy

September 19, 2013

Last month, the University ceased its preliminary discussions with the Austin Aquarium about a possible partnership because of a controversy involving the alleged mistreatment of animals. Austin Aquarium...

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CapMetro hears complaints about reduced shuttle routes

September 17, 2013

At a public hearing Monday, Capital Metro explained its rationale for significantly reducing two shuttle routes and heard criticism from students affected by the suggested change. CapMetro has proposed...

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Route closures would negatively impact students, apartment complexes

September 13, 2013

Students and employees at apartment complexes along the Cameron Road and Wickersham Lane bus routes may have to adapt to the closure of the shuttle routes near their apartments. Capital Metro is considering...

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Lee Walker uses community projects to fuel teaching career

September 12, 2013

Austin focal points, such as Barton Springs, Livestrong and Dell Computer, would not be what they are today without Lee Walker’s leadership. Walker, a senior research fellow at UT, helped...

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Lemon shark controversy ends UT partnership with planned Austin Aquarium

September 11, 2013

The University is no longer considering partnering with the Austin Aquarium for educational outreach purposes. Ammon Covino, co-owner of the aquarium, illegally purchased two lemon sharks shipped...

Austin will connect to San Antonio by train

September 10, 2013

A train connecting San Antonio and Austin could be a possibility in an effort by the Lone Star Regional District to offer cheaper and faster transit options to Texas commuters.  The rail system...

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Federal grant expands, improves Austin public transit

September 6, 2013

A federal grant worth $11.3 million will revolutionize transportation in Austin and change the way students connect with their campus, the city and the surrounding areas. The project — announced...

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City Council members will more equally represent Austin

September 5, 2013

City Council members will soon represent 10 districts in Austin, though the district lines are being discussed in public forums throughout the fall. A 14-person commission of citizens is working on...

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Voter ID law might restrict students’ ability to vote

September 3, 2013

Students who plan to vote in upcoming elections may find it more difficult than in previous years. To cast a ballot, voters must present a valid form of photo ID along with their voter registration...

Austin City Council authorizes UT funding for Austin Water Utility energy consumption research

August 30, 2013

On Thursday, the Austin City Council authorized a $50,000 two-year contract with the UT faculty and a graduate student to help the Austin Water Utility reduce energy consumption and costs. Mechanical...

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Barton Springs Pool to undergo grounds improvements

August 29, 2013

Students returning to Austin will see improvements to the perimeter around Barton Springs Pool, a well-known local landmark, as a result of the multi-million dollar campaign to renovate the area —...

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Nancy Pelosi visits Austin to discuss women’s economic agenda

August 26, 2013

In a visit to Austin on Monday, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi discussed her economic agenda for women, emphasizing equal pay, paid medical leave and affordable child care. The discussion was...

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Cockrell in search of alternative funding for new research center

August 26, 2013

A new engineering building, which would have included new research laboratories, collaboration space and centralized student services, did not receive a tuition revenue bond critical to its construction...

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Professor studies own brain for a year

May 3, 2013

Many people weigh themselves and track what they eat, but neurobiology professor Russell Poldrack studies himself in an in-depth way no one has done before in his quest to learn how a healthy brain functions...

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Texas Dance places at nationals, continues growing

May 2, 2013

When college sports teams reach the national finals, coaches normally get the credit for leading the way, but the student-coached and student-led Texas Dance Team made it to the finals of the National...

Learning Catalytics software creates dynamic classroom environment

April 26, 2013

Students could stop losing participation points for forgetting their clickers with a new program called Learning Catalytics. Learning Catalytics is a website similar to the clicker system that can be...

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SG passes bill continuing funding to Gender and Sexuality Center

April 24, 2013

A bill to ensure the continuation of funding for the Gender and Sexuality Center passed in Student Government on Tuesday. The bill was filed in response to events at Texas A&M University, where...

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RideScout app changes Austin transportation

April 24, 2013

Using public transportation efficiently can be tedious, but UT military science professor Joseph Kopser’s new app RideScout makes it easier to navigate Austin by combining all the public transit...

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Grupo Flor y Canto hosts Zumba-themed dance party

April 24, 2013

Latin music filled the room as students, faculty and staff danced Zumba at a Tuesday dance party sponsored by Grupo Flor y Canto. “We usually do a lot of educational events related to Latino dance,...

Pride Week educates community on LGBT issues

April 18, 2013

The LGBT community is present every day, but Pride Week is a chance to unify this community with other students.  Allies and members of the LGBT community hosted Pride Week on campus this week...

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D.T. Max discusses use of archives, letters in recent biography

April 17, 2013

The work of American author David Foster Wallace influenced readers beyond his untimely 2008 suicide. D.T. Max, a staff writer for The New Yorker, discussed his biography of Wallace titled “Every...

Social workers discuss helping military families

April 16, 2013

Social workers took the phrase “we support our troops” to the next level at the Military Social Work Conference, hosted by the UT School of Social Work, where more than 150 behavioral health...

Analyzing financial value of wildlife monetizes environmental protection

April 11, 2013

People place dollar values on everything from books to houses, but a notable exception is wildlife. Business, government and society lecturer Stephanie Jue combines economics with environmental perspectives...

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WWII bomber plane flies Normandy Scholars above UT

April 10, 2013

World War II bombers aren’t only in museums — a Normandy Scholar alumnus sponsored four students to fly over campus in a B-17 on March 30. “I’ve flown on one before with a different...

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Joaquin and Julian Castro discuss politics, future of Texas

April 3, 2013

This article was corrected after its original posting. Because of a reporting error, the article misstated the number of uninsured Texans. About 28 percent of Texans are uninsured. The future of...

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UGS dean candidate Selmer Bringsjord speaks with students

March 27, 2013

The search for a new dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies continued Tuesday with a visit from Selmer Bringsjord, one of the five candidates under consideration for the position. Bringsjord met with...

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Student Voice aims to make architectural improvements near UT

March 22, 2013

While working in the studio, architecture students may also brainstorm about how to better their school and their community. Students in a new organization called Student Voice aim to promote urban...

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Bill could allow UT employees to share benefits with same-sex partners

March 20, 2013

A bill in the Texas Legislature would change the state insurance code to allow plus-one dependents of UT faculty and staff — including same-sex partners — to qualify for benefits. The House...

Faculty Appreciation Week honors, thanks professors

March 7, 2013

Faculty Appreciation Week is halfway over, but students can still show appreciation to their professors.  Hosted by UT Senate of College Councils, Faculty Appreciation Week is a good time for students...

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UT students pitch business, product ideas

March 6, 2013

A 3D camera company and an interactive grocery store map are some of the many innovative ideas circulating at the Longhorn Startup Camp. 3 Day Startup hosted the UT Entrepreneurship Week Idea Generation...

Chemists inform students about health, food myths

March 1, 2013

About 400 aromatic compounds make up one tomato, MSG isn’t that bad for you and “umami” is a taste. A Thursday webinar broadcast around the country featured two chemists from the American...

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Dimensional Fund Advisors CEO David Booth advises students

February 27, 2013

David Booth’s apartment was his first office and a spare bedroom was his first trading room when he founded Dimensional Fund Advisors 32 years ago. Booth, the company’s CEO, told students...

Neuroscience group cultivates community, discussion

February 26, 2013

Olympic-themed trivia competitions and tricking students’ taste buds are only two of the ways Synapse is bringing together students from all majors with one thing in common — an interest in...

Save Texas Schools will rally, protest budget cuts

February 24, 2013

Congress Ave. will be blocked off Saturday morning as thousands march to the Capitol protesting budget cuts to Texas education. The major education groups in Texas make up Save Texas Schools, a nonpartisan,...

Drag renovations proposed by Sinclair Black, encouraged by new UT organization

February 22, 2013

When students think of the Drag, they don’t think of a pristine shopping area, but Student Voice is a new organization planning to change that. Architecture junior Barron Peper is a member of...

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Law school dean offers improvements at meet and greet with students

February 20, 2013

Dean Ward Farnsworth of the School of Law spent part of Tuesday at a meet and greet mingling with students as part of Law Week. This is the 45th annual Law Week, an event meant for community building...

Micro Farm uses education to foster teamwork

February 18, 2013

UT’s Micro Farm was originally only intended for academic research and education, but it is also teaching members basic components of farming, including compost. “What I learned was more...

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APD employs GPS dart system to track suspect vehicles

February 15, 2013

Austin police officers can now shoot GPS-equipped darts at vehicles while on the chase. The Austin Police Department debuted a new GPS vehicle tracking system, called StarChase, that allows officers...

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Palo Alto researcher discusses flexible electronics

February 13, 2013

Tse Nga Ng from Palo Alto Research Center discussed her research regarding flexible printed electronics in a seminar Tuesday presented by the John J. McKetta Jr. Department of Chemical Engineering. Ng...

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Blanton Museum holds tour of American landscape paintings

February 4, 2013

The Blanton Museum of Art held a tour of American landscape paintings and how they progressed, from old western art to regional art, on Saturday. Pieces from former American Airlines CEO C. R. Smith’s...

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LBJ School hosts conversation about gun control

January 29, 2013

As the national conversation about firearms remains hot following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, UT hosted a panel discussion Monday night about the issues of gun control and the Second Amendment. State...

Letter recommends higher education focuses on bettering graduation rates

January 28, 2013

As universities continue to aim to increase four-year graduation rates, some are recommending looking to UT as an example. In an open letter to college and university leaders from the National Commission...

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UT Cockrell School of Engineering to begin steps toward expansion

January 24, 2013

The UT System Board of Regents approved a proposal that would demolish the Engineering-Science Building and replace it with a new building called the Engineering Education and Research Center at its meeting...

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