Official newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

Official newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

Official newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

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Dobie Center begins renovations

May 1, 2014

Dobie Center started renovating its movie theater and gym Wednesday as part of its $4 million improvement project, which is scheduled to be completed by the fall semester, according to the center’s...

Writing graduate student receives Keene Prize for Literature

April 30, 2014

Writing graduate student Mark Hitz received the Keene Prize for Literature from the College of Liberal Arts on Monday for his short stories “Shadehill” and “The Laws of Motion.”  “Uncertainty...

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Psychology professor given grant to study self-perception’s effect on academic performance

April 29, 2014

After receiving a $350,000 research grant, psychology associate professor David Yeager will begin investigating whether students with positive mind-sets about their intelligence tend to perform better...

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Panel discusses potential future of the Democratic Party in Texas

April 24, 2014

Panelists discussed the future of Texas politics at a forum hosted by the Polymathic Scholars Student Leadership Panel on Wednesday. Matt Glazer, founder of the Glazer Group — a political...

Former CIA general counsel gives talk on post-9/11 policy

April 23, 2014

John Rizzo, former acting general counsel for the CIA, spoke Tuesday at the LBJ School of Public Affairs about his role in post 9/11 CIA actions, which included approving advanced interrogation techniques.  During...

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Austin City Council extends moratorium to allow further pedicab regulation

April 23, 2014

The city of Austin’s freeze on issuing new pedicab licenses, which was supposed to expire Wednesday, will remain in place for another three months as the Austin Department of Transportation finalizes...

History professors discuss significance and issues in World War I

April 17, 2014

American historians prioritize World War II over World War I, a UT history professor said in a round table discussion Wednesday. “As a culture, Americans don’t dwell much on World War I,”...

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Architecture professor becomes sixth Rome Prize winner from UT

April 16, 2014

Architecture associate professor Vincent Snyder received the Rome Prize in early April, becoming the sixth winner from the University’s architecture school. The award, which Snyder applied for...

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Toy Joy reopens under new ownership

April 15, 2014

After its previous owners closed its doors last month, local toy store Toy Joy reopened over the weekend after being sold in an auction to new owners. Shelley Meyer and Fred Schmidt, who also own the...

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Visiting professor discusses misconceptions about old age

April 14, 2014

While, for young adults, negative stigmas may surround growing old, a visiting professor said there are misconceptions about misery of aging in a lecture at the University on Friday. In her lecture...

Pulitzer Prize-winning critic speaks about national memorials

April 9, 2014

When tourists visit the National Mall in Washington D.C., they aren’t aware of the work and planning that goes into determining the different memorials’ details, said Phillip Kennicott, Washington...

TOMS founder highlights importance of giving back

April 3, 2014

Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS, said he attributes his company’s success to its commitment to giving back as part of the Texas Cowboys’ Annual Lectureship on Wednesday. Mycoskie said TOMS’...

Government professor discusses human rights issues in Pakistan

April 2, 2014

In the final event of an on-campus human rights lecture series, government professor Paula Newberg said, despite the efforts of Pakistan’s human rights activists, the country still faces significant...

American studies associate professor awarded fellowship

April 1, 2014

American studies associate professor Shirley Thompson received a Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellowship on March 20. The grant will aid in Thompson’s work and research in writing her book “No...

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Professor discusses recent book on Chinese history

March 27, 2014

A UT professor discussed his Chinese history book, which uses a non-traditional approach to the subject, on campus Wednesday as part of the History Faculty New Book Series. Published in 2012, history...

SG holds final meeting before new leaders take office

March 26, 2014

Student Government held it’s last meeting in Horacio Villarreal’s and Ugeo Williams’ tenures as SG president and vice president on Tuesday. Kori Rady, government and corporate communications...

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Visiting professor offers chemical explanation for heat in chili peppers

March 25, 2014

Hot wings are a college game day staple, but students don’t often question what brings the heat. Visiting natural history professor Joshua Tewksbury spoke Monday on why chilli peppers are so hot. Tewksbury...

Former CDC marketing director named new University health communications center director

March 21, 2014

The new Center for Health Communication at the Moody College of Communication recently named its founding director, Jay Bernhardt, a former marketing director for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Bernhardt...

Visiting speaker argues importance of polygraph tests in law

March 19, 2014

Veteran Polygraph Examiner Brian Morris said in a lecture Tuesday that fewer than 5 percent of criminal cases actually go to trial — a fact he attributed in part to the success of polygraph tests....

Northeastern University professor answers interview questions about book on Dominican baseball

March 6, 2014

The Dominican Republic has become a notorious hotbed for Major League Baseball teams to find big-time players over the past few decades, according to Alan Klein, a Northeastern University sociology-anthropology...

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Austin-Bergstrom lands non-stop flight to London

March 6, 2014

The first transatlantic flight to arrive in Austin touched down at Austin-Bergstrom Airport on Monday afternoon at approximately 4:50 p.m. The service is the first of many to come for the new route offered...

Austin-Bergstrom lands non-stop flight to London

March 5, 2014

The first transatlantic flight to arrive in Austin touched down at Austin-Bergstrom Airport on Monday afternoon at approximately 4:50 p.m. The service is the first of many to come for the new route offered...

Anthropology professor discusses advent of loudspeakers in Nigeria

February 25, 2014

City streets in Nigeria are filled with a cacophony of announcements and messages broadcast via loudspeaker, according to Brian Larkin, associate professor and department chair of anthropology at Barnard...

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Computer science student gives talk on Bitcoin

February 12, 2014

Computer science senior Michael Goldstein spoke Tuesday night about the digital currency Bitcoin — created by the pseudonymous company Satoshi Nakamoto five years ago.  Whether Satoshi Nakamoto...

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Architecture professor to write book on influence of culture through architecture in Central America

February 6, 2014

With a $5,000 grant from the Office of the Vice President of Research, assistant professor of architecture Benjamin Ibarra Sevilla will write a book that explores the influence European colonists and indigenous...

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UT Students adapt puzzle platform game for stage play

February 5, 2014

While some students like to play video games, a group of students with the Uh Theatre Company are adapting a video game into a play. Uh Theatre Company, a student theater troop created last May, held...

Cockrell School unveils oil and gas drilling labs

January 22, 2014

The Cockrell School of Engineering unveiled three new labs dedicated to oil and gas drilling technologies at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday.  The labs were made possible by a donation of $1.7...

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Chemistry professor Allen Bard wins Enrico Fermi Award

January 16, 2014

President Barack Obama awarded chemistry professor Allen Bard with the Enrico Fermi Award, a $50,000 prize he will share with Andrew Sessler, director emeritus of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory...

Harry Ransom Center acquires new collection of Salinger letters

January 15, 2014

Twenty one personal letters written by J.D. Salinger, author of “The Catcher in the Rye,” have been added to the Salinger collection at the Harry Ransom Center. In the letters, Salinger, who...