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All content by Eva Frederick

30: Science of living in a basement: an editor’s goodbye

Eva Frederick December 5, 2016

Editor’s note: A 30 column is a chance for departing permanent staff to say farewell and reflect on their time spent in The Daily Texan’s basement office. The term comes from the old typesetting...


30: The science of living in a basement: an editor’s goodbye

Eva Frederick December 5, 2016

Cave-dwelling creatures are often pigmentless and eyeless, with translucent skin and a layer of threadlike sensory hairs. Fortunately, although they spend approximately the same amount of time underground,...


Austin Parks and Recreation helps Zilker Park grass recover after ACL

Eva Frederick October 18, 2016

They came, they saw, they trampled — and at the end of two three-day weekends, the thousands of Austin City Limits festivalgoers left the grassy fields of Zilker Park a little worse for wear. The...


UT professor leads first panel for 100-year artificial intelligence study

Eva Frederick and Kate Thackrey September 2, 2016

A lot can happen in 100 years — just ask UT computer science professor Peter Stone. On Thursday, Stone and fellow researchers released a report that will kick off Stanford’s One Hundred...


UT researchers find strong link between genetics and academic success

Eva Frederick August 24, 2016

New research from UT’s College of Liberal Arts suggests that factors influencing a student’s academic performance may be more “nature” and less “nurture.” The research...


ExxonMobil invests $15 million in UT Energy Institute

Eva Frederick August 22, 2016

Earlier this month, ExxonMobil announced that it will provide $15 million of funding to the UT Energy Institute to further research in areas such as renewable energy, battery technology and power grid...


Experts still disagree on role of Tower shooter’s brain tumor

Eva Frederick July 30, 2016

Smart, strong, talented and popular, the young Charles Whitman seemed, outwardly, like a poster child for the “all-American boy” stereotype. But as the sandy-haired boy grew up into a tall,...


UT researchers working to create diagnostic tool to assess viruses such as Zika

Eva Frederick January 26, 2016

Earlier this month, the Center for Disease Control confirmed the first Texas case of the Zika virus, a tropical disease that can cause birth defects if women are infected while pregnant. UT researchers...


UT freshman to present science fair research in India

Eva Frederick December 3, 2015

Before entering college, petroleum engineering freshman Karan Jerath won the 2015 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF). Jerath’s success in the science field has garnered...


History of what Americans gobble down on Thanksgiving

Eva Frederick November 26, 2015

School children have been making red and brown paper handprint turkeys for decades — but the turkeys that Americans eat on Thanksgiving aren’t the colorful birds many people imagine them to...


Study: Midnight munching hurts health

Eva Frederick November 11, 2015

Forget breakfast, lunch and dinner. During the stressful end-of-semester scramble, students often turn to a mixture of between-class snacks and midnight meals. But new research shows that this erratic...


Studies show students with later classes make lower grades

Eva Frederick November 4, 2015

Escaping from the early morning rising times required in high school may seem liberating, but students might want to think twice before scheduling classes with late start times. Later class times may...


Science Scene: Halloween Edition

In celebration of Halloween, Science Scene writers Ellen Airhart, Maluly Martinez Benavides and Eva Frederick explain the science side of three creepy phenomena that might otherwise have you looking over...


Science Scene: All Eyes on You

Eva Frederick October 30, 2015

Editor's note: This is one part of a three-part Science Scene in celebration of Halloween. To see the other two parts, click here. While walking home at night, many people have felt the tingly,...


Exhibit raises awareness for endangered species

Eva Frederick October 28, 2015

In the time it might take for a person to walk through Art.Science.Gallery.’s latest exhibit, up to eight species of animals are estimated to go extinct. “In Danger (or, you should really,...


Alumnus uses ball moss as green roof alternative

Eva Frederick October 19, 2015

When most people pass Texas trees, they don’t notice the spiky-looking colonies of ball moss. But when UT alumnus William Niendorff sees the pale green plants, he sees untapped potential.“Tillandsias...


Researchers develop technology for impact protection

Eva Frederick October 15, 2015

The creators of UT’s new shock insulation technology know that when human safety is at stake, every choice counts.  For several years, mechanical engineering professor Carolyn Seepersad,...


Science Scene: Why seeing blood can be draining

Eva Frederick October 8, 2015

Aside from the patient’s well-being, UT pre-med students have a lot on their minds when in the operating room — heavy course loads, MCAT preparation and coping with the sight of blood. The...


Long-dead bugs come to life as UT digitizes insect collection

Eva Frederick September 17, 2015

A room filled with 500,000 insects is the stuff of most people’s nightmares. But for research scientists who use the University of Texas Insect Collection, it’s a dream come true. The collection,...

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