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All content by Caroline McConnico
LBJ School of Public Affairs announces first undergraduate degree

LBJ School of Public Affairs announces first undergraduate degree

Caroline McConnico, Senior News Reporter July 12, 2024

UT’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs announced its first undergraduate degree program in a July 11 press release.  The Bachelor of Public Affairs will focus on building leadership, policy...

The site of a new supportive housing location on Lancaster Ct on Monday.

Austin breaks ground on apartments for victims of violence, abuse

Caroline McConnico, Senior News Reporter July 9, 2024

The City of Austin Housing Department announced the groundbreaking of a 60-unit permanent supportive housing building for survivors of violence and abuse in a June 13 press release.  The Lancaster,...

Texas Supreme Court upholds ban on gender-affirming care for transgender minors

Texas Supreme Court upholds ban on gender-affirming care for transgender minors

Caroline McConnico, Senior News Reporter July 9, 2024

The Texas Supreme Court upheld a state law barring doctors from prescribing gender-affirming care to transgender minors on June 28, despite challenges to its constitutionality by parents and medical professionals.  Justice...

West Mall Post Office reopens, offering full suite of mail, copying, printing

West Mall Post Office reopens, offering full suite of mail, copying, printing

Caroline McConnico, Senior News Reporter July 1, 2024

Document Solutions opened in the former U.S. Postal Service’s West Mall location on Tuesday, June 25, according to a University press release.  The reopening comes after the USPS West Mall post office...

City of Austin set to update Imagine Austin plan

City of Austin set to update Imagine Austin plan

Caroline McConnico, Senior News Reporter June 27, 2024

The City of Austin is working to update its 30-year Imagine Austin plan, the city announced in a June 13 press release. The Imagine Austin plan maps out a vision of Austin as a sustainable, equitable...

Giant telescope enclosure set for construction as part of UT collaboration

Giant telescope enclosure set for construction as part of UT collaboration

Caroline McConnico, Senior News Reporter June 27, 2024

The Giant Magellan Telescope’s enclosure, set to be one of the world’s largest astronomical facilities, was approved for construction in Chile, UT announced in a June 13 press release. The Giant...

Travis County prosecutors drop 79 trespassing charges from on-campus protest

Travis County prosecutors drop 79 trespassing charges from on-campus protest

Caroline McConnico, Senior News Reporter June 26, 2024

The Travis County Attorney dropped 79 trespassing charges for those arrested at the April 29th pro-Palestine protest on Wednesday.  At a press conference, Travis County Attorney Delia Garza announced...

New speaking limits in place for Austin City Council

New speaking limits in place for Austin City Council

Caroline McConnico, Senior News Reporter June 20, 2024

Austin City Council approved a new public comment ordinance giving individuals at least two minutes of speaking time per item on May 30.  Under the new ordinance, people who sign up to speak at city...

The Austin State Hospital completed renovation on Monday.

New Austin State Hospital opens in partnership with Dell Medical School

Caroline McConnico, Senior News Reporter June 10, 2024

State leaders celebrated the opening of the new Austin State Hospital on May 15 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to honor the $305 million replacement facility.  The new 240-bed facility, built on the...

Government senior Elijah Kahlenberg poses for a portrait in a stairwell in the UT tower on April 18, 2024. The Harry S. Truman Foundation awarded Kahlenberg and 59 other students the Truman Scholarship, which awards $30,000 to those pursuing public service careers.

UT junior awarded Truman Scholarship for commitment to public service, peace advocacy

Caroline McConnico, General News Reporter April 22, 2024

On the morning of April 10, Elijah Kahlenberg received a phone call from the University asking if he could come to the Tower at 4:45 p.m. dressed in a suit. Kahlenberg, a government, Middle Eastern studies...

UT graduate student wins top prize in Visualizing Science contest

UT graduate student wins top prize in Visualizing Science contest

Caroline McConnico, General News Reporter April 9, 2024

UT’s College of Natural Sciences recently announced the winner of its annual Visualizing Science contest, which celebrates images captured by participants. This year, physics graduate student Maile...

El informe de políticas de un investigador de la Universidad de Texas revela la lucha continua por el acceso al cuidado infantil en Texas

El informe de políticas de un investigador de la Universidad de Texas revela la lucha continua por el acceso al cuidado infantil en Texas

Caroline McConnico and Mariela Villela April 5, 2024

Nota del editor: este artículo se publicó por primera vez el 3 de abril de 2024 por Caroline McConnico y fue traducido al español por Mariela Villela.  Texas necesita urgentemente guarderías...

UT researcher policy brief reveals continued struggle for childcare access in Texas

UT researcher policy brief reveals continued struggle for childcare access in Texas

Caroline McConnico, General News Reporter April 3, 2024

Texas is in urgent need of accessible and affordable child care, according to a recent policy brief by UT researchers in the LBJ School of Public Affairs.  According to the brief, over half of...

UT researchers develop AI tools to help ferment Alzheimer’s medication

UT researchers develop AI tools to help ferment Alzheimer’s medication

Caroline McConnico and Chloe Robinson March 25, 2024

UT researchers developed AI tools to accelerate the production of a medication that treats Alzheimer’s and dementia symptoms, according to a study published March 7.  Simon d’Oelsnitz, an author...

UT marine scientists find rising sea levels linked to loss of valuable seagrass habitats in Texas

UT marine scientists find rising sea levels linked to loss of valuable seagrass habitats in Texas

Caroline McConnico, General News Reporter March 20, 2024

A recent study conducted by UT marine scientists linked rising sea levels in the Gulf of Mexico to the loss of seagrass habitats in Texas. The study was conducted by Kyle Capistrant-Fossa, a UT doctoral...

UT organizará cinco paneles en SXSW sobre innovación tecnológica en diferentes profesiones

UT organizará cinco paneles en SXSW sobre innovación tecnológica en diferentes profesiones

Caroline McConnico and Mariana Flores-Sosa March 7, 2024

Nota del editor: este artículo se publicó por primera vez el 6 de marzo por Caroline McConnico  y fue traducido al español por Mariana Flores-Sosa.  UT organizará cinco paneles sobre tecnología,...

UT to host five panels at SXSW about technological innovation in different fields

UT to host five panels at SXSW about technological innovation in different fields

Caroline McConnico, General News Reporter March 6, 2024

UT will host five panels about technology, health, science, sports and lifestyle during South by Southwest on March 8 and 9. The event will occur downtown at the Hook ’Em House at Antone’s Nightclub.  The...

UT study discovers treatment to curb growth of deadly cancer

UT study discovers treatment to curb growth of deadly cancer

Caroline McConnico, General News Reporter February 28, 2024

UT scientists have discovered how the growth of  a deadly form of leukemia could be controlled in a study published on Feb. 13. The study, published in Cell Metabolism, details a possible treatment...

UT professor receives prestigious biology award

UT professor receives prestigious biology award

Caroline McConnico, General News Reporter February 22, 2024

 A UT assistant professor received an award earlier this month from the Society for Developmental Biology, recognizing his outstanding research on cell polarity. Daniel Dickinson, an assistant professor...

Panelist Paige Duggins-Clay, J.D., discusses the future of public education during the Thurgood Marshall Legal Societys Afrofuturism and Law Symposium at the Jamail Pavilion on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024. Left to right are Afrofuturism and Education panelists Dean Demetria Frank, Paige Duggins-Clay, Andrew Hairston and moderator Dean Shavonne Henderson.

Afrofuturism and the Law Symposium’ imagines the future of the Black legal field

Caroline McConnico, General News Reporter February 12, 2024

The Thurgood Marshall Legal Society hosted a symposium at the UT Law School, celebrating Black legal scholarship on Saturday. The symposium, called ‘Afrofuturism and the Law,’ explored the future...

Guaraná, el libro más reciente de un profesor de UT, gana múltiples distinciones

‘Guaraná’, el libro más reciente de un profesor de UT, gana múltiples distinciones

Nota del editor: este artículo se publicó por primera vez el 7 de febrero de 2024 por Caroline McConnico y fue traducido al español por Citlali Martinez Hernandez. Un profesor de historia de UT...

UT professor’s latest book ‘Guaraná’ earns multiple distinctions

UT professor’s latest book ‘Guaraná’ earns multiple distinctions

Caroline McConnico, General News Reporter February 8, 2024

A UT history professor earned three distinctions for his latest book at the American Historical Association’s annual meeting in San Francisco last month. Seth Garfield’s book, titled “Guaraná:...

Students raise concerns for campus turtle population amid record low temperatures

Students raise concerns for campus turtle population amid record low temperatures

Caroline McConnico, General News Reporter February 1, 2024

Earlier this month, many UT students expressed concern for the on-campus turtle population as Austin experienced below-freezing temperatures.  During an arctic blast, students found the turtles absent...

Dell Medical School keeps its campus green, receives platinum Green Grounds Certification

Dell Medical School keeps its campus green, receives platinum Green Grounds Certification

Caroline McConnico, General News Reporter January 21, 2024

Dell Medical School received the highest level Green Grounds Certification for eliminating synthetic pesticide and fertilizer use on its campus.  The Platinum Certification comes from Re:wild Your...

New McCombs research reveals why we keep secrets

New McCombs research reveals why we keep secrets

Caroline McConnico, General News Reporter January 16, 2024

A forthcoming study from the McCombs School of Business identifies the reasons humans keep secrets and neglect to tell the truth.   The study was co-authored by Amit Kumar, assistant professor of...

A father and son exit the Shark Exhibit at the Bullock Texas State History Museum on Nov. 26, 2023. This exhibit will be on view until Mar. 24, 2024.

Take a bite out of the Bullock’s newest exhibit chronicling history, science of sharks

Caroline McConnico, General News Reporter November 29, 2023

The Bullock Texas State History Museum opened a new exhibition on Nov. 11 exploring the diversities and evolutionary history of sharks.  John Sparks, a curator in the Department of Ichthyology at The...

American Airlines to cut 21 routes from Austin Airport in 2024

American Airlines to cut 21 routes from Austin Airport in 2024

Caroline McConnico, General News Reporter November 14, 2023

American Airlines plans to cut 21 nonstop routes from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in 2024. Six of the canceled flights are international and 15 are domestic. Among the canceled routes, 13...

Kids play on the Monkey Bar Fort at the Fortlandia interactive exhibit at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center on Nov. 5. School of Architecture professor Ria Bravo was the designer of this fort.

UT professor, graduate student’s custom-designed fort showcased in annual interactive art exhibition

Caroline McConnico, General News Reporter November 7, 2023

Graduate student Jessica Wilsey stood waiting for her professor at the Oct. 6 soft opening of Fortlandia, an annual exhibit from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. No children were playing with the...

El Consejo Municipal de Austin aprueba una resolución para posponer la financiación de la I-35

El Consejo Municipal de Austin aprueba una resolución para posponer la financiación de la I-35

Caroline McConnico and Hannel Suarez November 1, 2023

Nota del editor: este artículo se publicó por primera vez el 30 de octubre por Caroline McConnico y fue traducido al español por Hannel Suarez. El 19 de octubre, el Concejo Municipal de Austin aprobó...

Austin City Council approves resolution to postpone I-35 funding

Austin City Council approves resolution to postpone I-35 funding

Caroline McConnico, General News Reporter October 30, 2023

On Oct. 19, the Austin City Council approved a resolution asking the Texas Department of Transportation and the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization to delay funding for the expansion of Interstate...

Global quantum electronics company Infleqtion on Brushy St. and E 6th St. on Oct. 13, 2023. Infleqtions partnership with UT grants access for quantum technology experts to create quantum-based energy and healthcare products.

UT collabs to create new center of excellence for quantum manufacturing

Caroline McConnico, General News Reporter October 17, 2023

The Texas Institute for Electronics at the University of Texas signed a memorandum of understanding with Infleqtion, a global quantum research company, to establish a new center of excellence for quantum...

New Blanton Museum of Art exhibit reimagines original thoughts on climate change

New Blanton Museum of Art exhibit reimagines original thoughts on climate change

Caroline McConnico, General News Reporter October 9, 2023

In the Blanton Museum of Art’s most recent exhibit, “If the Sky Were Orange: Art in the Time of Climate,” artists, writers and climate scientists explore the intricacies of the ongoing global climate...

The library storage system at the Universitys Pickle Research Campus on Sept. 29, 2023.

UT Library Storage Facility plans largest module expansion

Caroline McConnico, General News Reporter October 3, 2023

At the UT Library Storage Facility on the J.J. Pickle Research Campus, books of all sizes and ages consume towering shelves. With three book modules filled with over 2 million books, the LSF plans to open...

Darden Smith named UT’s first inaugural songwriter in residence

Darden Smith named UT’s first inaugural songwriter in residence

Caroline McConnico, General News Reporter September 18, 2023

The University of Texas named Austin-based musician and UT alumnus Darden Smith the first inaugural songwriter in residence as part of a new program.  The program, started by the College of Fine Arts,...

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