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Health department warns about West Nile Virus-carrying mosquitoes

Jenan Taha October 18, 2017

After Austin Public Health found West Nile virus in the city’s mosquito population, the city health department and University Health Services are advising Austinites to take extra precaution against...

Puerto Rican faculty ask Fenves to extend aid after Hurricane Maria

Jenan Taha October 11, 2017

Seven Puerto Rican faculty members sent a letter to President Gregory Fenves asking the University to provide support to universities on the island impacted by Hurricane Maria. The open letter, available...

Partners of School of Social Work distribute life-saving medication to Harvey-affected areas

Jenan Taha October 6, 2017

Texas is in the midst of an opioid epidemic, and after Hurricane Harvey, more people are at risk for overdose. In the past two decades, deaths from opioid overdose in the United States have quadrupled,...

$118 million sale of oil-populated land will fund UT, Texas A&M

Jenan Taha and Maria Mendez September 27, 2017

A recent $118 million lease sale of state lands to oil companies will continue funding UT and Texas A&M universities through oil and natural gas wells. The lease of approximately 44,000 acres of...


UT’s graduation rate increases five percent

Jenan Taha September 21, 2017

Sixty-six percent of the class of 2017 graduated within four years, UT announced, achieving the University’s largest ever jump between years in its four-year graduation rate — an increase of...

Competition increases as UT automatic acceptance rate drops

Jenan Taha and Maria Mendez September 18, 2017

Admissions to UT will become more competitive with a 6 percent automatic acceptance rate for fall 2019 applicants. The decrease to 6 percent will be UT’s lowest automatic acceptance rate since...


Harvey-affected UT students eligible for financial aid

Jenan Taha September 7, 2017

The University is offering more funding and resources to Longhorns impacted by Hurricane Harvey, with students and faculty across campus stepping in to support and donate to these efforts. Students...


UT recognized for increase in graduation rates, award finalist

Jenan Taha September 6, 2017

UT has been recognized as having one of the nation’s leading initiatives to improve student graduation rates after increasing degree completion by 10 percent over four years. The University is...


Dell Medical School creates Department of Oncology

Jenan Taha August 30, 2017

Different areas of cancer research and treatment in the Dell Medical School have been brought together under the new Department of Oncology. The department, which opened in the Health Discovery Building...

UT professor, students collaborate with Air Force to conduct nuclear research

Jenan Taha August 30, 2017

A trio of UT engineers is preparing for the worst: nuclear disaster. This August, Derek Haas, mechanical engineering assistant professor, started a research collaboration with the U.S. Air Force and...

Shots fired at I35 and Manor Road Sunday morning

Jenan Taha July 30, 2017

APD and UTPD investigated an incident early this morning where shots were fired under the overpass of Interstate 35 and Manor Road. UT sent out an alert shortly after 5 a.m. informing students of the...

APD warns community about scam calls appearing to be from police

Jenan Taha July 24, 2017

The Austin Police Department warned the public Thursday about an Internal Revenue Service phone scam in which the scammer used a caller ID that was identical to an APD number. Several people received...


Kendrex White indicted for murder, aggravated assault

Jenan Taha July 18, 2017

Kendrex White was indicted by a grand jury Monday for murder and three counts of aggravated assault, according to the Austin American-Statesman. The jury found enough evidence to put White on trial,...

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Austin cyclist accidents steadily decreasing over five-year period

Jenan Taha July 17, 2017

Bicycle accidents in Austin have decreased by nearly one-third over the past five years, yet several areas of the city remain just as dangerous to cyclists, according to data from Austin-Travis County...

Jury selection process for Weiser case discussed in court

Jenan Taha July 7, 2017

Lawyers in the Haruka Weiser murder case met in court Thursday morning to discuss the jury selection process for the upcoming October trial, according to the Austin American-Statesman. Eighteen-year-old...

Computer science student wins $1000 with game pitch

Jenan Taha May 3, 2017

Computer science junior Callie Koch combined a love for game design with her understanding of social anxiety to pitch a social situation simulator that won her team $1,000. At the Games4Health online...


Activists protest global warming denial on Trump’s 100th day in office

Jenan Taha May 1, 2017

Climate change activists rallied at the Texas Capitol during President Donald Trump’s 100th day in office to protest state and national policies that deny global warming.  Environmental groups...

Bureau of Economic Geology introduces radio program on Earth Day

Jenan Taha April 24, 2017

“EarthDate,” a collection of two-minute radio segments from researchers at the Jackson School of Geosciences, debuted on Earth Day with 10 segments made available to stations and listeners...


Frank Erwin Center hosts senior design fashion show

Jenan Taha April 20, 2017

Senior fashion designers debuted their unique clothing collections, showing off pieces they have been working on since the fall semester at the annual University of Texas Fashion Show on Wednesday evening...


CMHC event offers platform for mental health struggles

Jenan Taha April 12, 2017

Depression and anxiety once consumed neuroscience junior Justin Ahamed’s life — until he opened up about his struggles and finally accepted help. “Sometimes, I feel everything,”...


Campus organization provides donations, support to hospitalized rape victims

Jenan Taha April 10, 2017

A newly formed student group on campus helps comfort sexual assault survivors by sending them donations and kits filled with clothing items, toiletries and notes of support while they’re in the hospital. Strengthening...

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Research shows black millennials are the most optimistic about their futures

Jenan Taha March 28, 2017

Black and Hispanic millennials are more optimistic toward their futures than their white and Asian counterparts, according to a study released March 20 by the Stan Richards School of Advertising and Public...


Restaurants remain open despite failed health inspections

Jenan Taha March 27, 2017

At least 20 restaurants in zip codes surrounding UT Austin are continuing their operations with few repercussions despite failing or receiving low scores from the health department in the past three years.  According...


Israel Block Party generates protest

Jenan Taha March 23, 2017

Celebrators and protesters of the Israel Block Party stood on opposing sides of Speedway on Wednesday afternoon, exchanging their conflicting ideologies in what has become an annual occasion for both parties....


Cockrell’s ‘Girl Day’ promotes female engineers

Jenan Taha February 27, 2017

Hundreds of elementary and middle school girls from around Austin celebrated UT’s 16th annual Girl Day on Saturday at the Cockrell School of Engineering, where they participated in hands-on engineering...


Artist Yael Kanarek guest lectures and works with students in UT’s Foundry

Jenan Taha February 14, 2017

Designer Yael Kanarek, who works with mediums ranging from 3-D prints to graphic designs and jewelry, taught as a guest lecturer and worked with fine arts students as an artist-in-residence during her...


Graduate student wins UT’s first Three Minute Thesis competition

Jenan Taha February 13, 2017

History graduate student Nadine Ross took first place in UT’s inaugural Three Minute Thesis competition with her research on citizenship and national belonging, specifically for people of mixed-race...


Journalism professor awarded for long-term studies on how news shapes public’s perception

Jenan Taha February 7, 2017

Journalism professor Stephen Reese was awarded the Paul J. Deutschmann Award, one of the top journalism research honors, for his long-term studies on how news can shape the public’s perception of the...


Teach for America CEO speaks about educational inequity

Jenan Taha and Anusha Lalani February 1, 2017

Teach For America CEO Elisa Villanueva Beard spoke to students on Tuesday on the importance of equal opportunity in education and how any student can become a teacher.  The Undergraduate Business...


CMHC Student organization sets up agenda for the new semester

Jenan Taha January 25, 2017

Members of the Counseling and Mental Health Center Student Organization planned brand new events open to all students at their first meeting of the year on Tuesday. Mental health promotion coordinator...


Student Government’s first Story Night of the year addresses student mental health issues

Jenan Taha January 24, 2017

Students opened up about their mental illnesses, dismissing common myths and encouraging others to de-stigmatize issues such as anxiety and depression, at an event held Monday evening by Student Government. Rhetoric...


Hate crimes against Muslims in Austin are the highest they’ve been since 2001

Jenan Taha December 5, 2016

The amount of hate crimes targeting Muslims is the highest it has been since 9/11, having increased about 33 percent in Austin in the past two years, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. This...


In-N-Out Burger opens on the Drag

Jenan Taha December 2, 2016

The In-N-Out Burger on the corner of Guadalupe and 27th Streets officially opened its doors Thursday, making it the fifth location in Austin. “We’re really excited to be here, so it’s...


Muslim students lead open prayer in Main Mall to protest potential new law

Jenan Taha December 1, 2016

Nearly 50 Muslim students openly prayed Wednesday in the Main Mall to protest an Israeli bill that would restrict mosques’ call to prayer. The Israeli government is considering a...


Slideshow: Photos from White Lives Matter Protest

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Austinites march in protest against Dakota Access pipeline

Sarah Philips and Jenan Taha November 16, 2016

Protesters marched past the Texas State Capitol Tuesday evening, chanting, “We will stand. We will fight. Water is a human right,” in an effort to call out companies such as Chase Bank and...

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UT students hold clothing drive for protestors at Standing Rock

Jenan Taha November 11, 2016

Two UT graduate students are collecting winter clothing donations to deliver to Standing Rock Sioux protesters in North Dakota this Thanksgiving break. Education graduate student Andrew Gonzales and...


Slideshow: Photos from Election Night 2016

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Women in the Arts event presents work of UT women

Jenan Taha November 7, 2016

The Texas Women’s Council showcased the work of female students in the fields of film, photography, theater and more at the Union on Sunday. The event, Women in the Arts, was held to bring...

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Speakers address stereotypes surrounding stuttering at open mic

Jenan Taha October 24, 2016

Individuals who stutter, ranging in ages from middle school to adulthood, shared their stories Saturday at an open mic in the West Mall in celebration of International Stuttering Awareness Day. At the...


UT professors, students create database tracking support for Trump

Jenan Taha October 17, 2016

Professors and students began working Friday on an open database that tracks Republican legislators’ support for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump around the country and gives extensive...


Leaders of Nueces Mosque plan for reconstruction

Jenan Taha October 11, 2016

Plans for the reconstruction of the Nueces Mosque in West Campus are taking off after decades of delay, with mosque leaders intending to present the proposal to the Austin Council by January. Under...


UT volunteers tutor refugee children in light of Texas refugee defunding

Jenan Taha October 7, 2016

Arabic-speaking students at UT are tutoring Austin’s newly settled refugee families who can no longer receive benefits from the state as of Sept. 30. UT English Language Learners, a volunteer...


New organization unites Hispanic journalists

Jenan Taha September 30, 2016

A chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists has opened at UT, allowing journalism students such as junior Nidia Cavazos to feel a sense of community in the diverse world of journalism. “You...


Forum evaluates Kaepernick’s recent protests

Jenan Taha September 23, 2016

Students for Equity and Diversity, a student group which works to promote awareness of diversity issues, hosted an open forum Thursday at the SAC’s Multicultural Engagement Center at which students...


Dell Medical students create mural at HOPE Outdoor Gallery

Jenan Taha September 19, 2016

First-year Dell Medical School students partnered with local Austin artists to create a mural at the HOPE Outdoor Gallery that encourages people to become more comfortable with the medical community. The...


McCombs to offer four new courses this spring

Jenan Taha September 12, 2016

Starting next spring, students in the McCombs School of Business earning a Masters of Business Administration will be able to enroll in four new courses ranging from finance to economics and management. Finance...


PCL screens film to commemorate death of Israeli filmmaker

Jenan Taha September 9, 2016

The Institute For Israel Studies screened the award-winning Israeli film “To Take A Wife” Thursday at the PCL as part of a three-part series. The film — written by, directed by, and starring...


MyUT website to replace UTDirect as students’ main online resource portal

Jenan Taha September 2, 2016

New student portal MyUT debuted this fall as the main site to address student needs and will replace UTDirect by 2017.  A special team of UT professors, technicians and coordinators designed the...


Mexican-American linguistics conference comes to UT

Jenan Taha and Claire Allbright August 31, 2016

UT-Austin’s Center for Mexican American Studies will host the 45th annual Linguistic Association of the Southwest conference, a three-day event from September 15–17, which highlights Mexican-American...

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