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The Daily Texan

Official newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

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Some professors plan to continue hybrid models throughout semester

Some professors plan to continue hybrid models throughout semester

September 21, 2021

Editor's Note: This first appeared in the September 17 flipbook issue.  As the University plans to shift most classes back in person next week, some UT professors still plan to offer hybrid models. Some...

UT-Austin student wins 10,000 vaccine incentive prize, mistakes phone call for spam

UT-Austin student wins 10,000 vaccine incentive prize, mistakes phone call for spam

September 19, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared as part of the September 14 flipbook.  On her way home for Labor Day weekend, mathematics freshman Maya Niyogi answered a call from an unknown number only...

UT-Austin to provide $11 million in graduate student funding

UT-Austin to provide $11 million in graduate student funding

September 13, 2021

Editor's note: This story first appeared as part of the September 8 flipbook. The University announced Friday that it will provide the largest investment in graduate student education of about nearly...

Partnership with Red Cross gives students experience in humanitarian engineering

Partnership with Red Cross gives students experience in humanitarian engineering

September 10, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared as part of the September 3 flipbook. After the Cockrell School of Engineering teamed up with the Red Cross to distribute a device that creates low-cost menstrual...

UT researchers help develop system to mitigate space debris

UT researchers help develop system to mitigate space debris

September 5, 2021

In space thousands of natural and human-made objects float around and collide with one another, preventing satellites and rockets from functioning correctly. Researchers from UT, the Massachusetts Institute...

UT-Austin residence halls return to full capacity

UT-Austin residence halls return to full capacity

September 5, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared as part of the August 31 flipbook. UT-Austin residence halls have reached 100% capacity with 7,400 students living across the 14 residence halls amid Stage...

UT students protest ‘The Eyes of Texas’ at Gone to Texas event

UT students protest ‘The Eyes of Texas’ at Gone to Texas event

August 25, 2021

About two dozen students protested for the removal of “The Eyes of Texas” as UT’s alma mater at Tuesday night’s Gone to Texas event welcoming new students. The protesters stood next to the Longhorn...

Jester City Limits converted to buffet-style dining spot

Jester City Limits converted to buffet-style dining spot

August 25, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared as part of the August 23 flipbook. University Housing and Dining has added Jester City Limits to its unlimited meal plan program over the summer, turning the...

COVID-19 could infect thousands of students in fall semester, UT researchers project

COVID-19 could infect thousands of students in fall semester, UT researchers project

August 25, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared as a part of the August 23 flipbook. Over 10,000 UT students could potentially contract COVID-19 during the fall semester according to an Aug. 11 report published...

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UT Proactive Community Testing program reached capacity Monday, Tuesday

August 17, 2021

Nasal and saliva COVID-19 tests through UT’s Proactive Community Testing program are completely booked for Tuesday, PCT program director Jessica Klima said. The University announced last Monday that...

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Amended Austin order expands to enforce mask mandates for Travis County public colleges

August 13, 2021

Editor’s note: This is a developing story and will be updated once more details become available.  Austin and Travis County officials amended an order Friday requiring masks in public schools, including...

UT researchers pinpoint 6 public transportation practices promoting equity

August 9, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared as part of the August 2 flipbook. UT researchers identified six practices that can be used by public transit agencies to advance transportation equity, according...

UT-Austin researchers begin study to preserve important brain functions during surgery

UT-Austin researchers begin study to preserve important brain functions during surgery

August 5, 2021

UT researchers and doctors are beginning a three-year study on how to preserve important brain functions in adolescents with epilepsy that are in need of brain surgery. The study is looking at ways...

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Texas Exes cancels freshman retreat due to positive COVID-19 cases among Camp Buckner staff

August 1, 2021

Camp Texas, a retreat for incoming students, announced the cancelation of all four camp sessions due to positive COVID-19 cases amongst Camp Buckner staff Saturday. The announcement comes less than two...

Despite calls to defund, Austin increases police budget

Despite calls to defund, Austin increases police budget

July 26, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared as part of the July 20 flipbook. The newly proposed Austin city budget includes the largest Austin Police Department budget yet, despite cuts and calls from...

UT-Austin, the city of Austin and Austin community tackle extreme heat

UT-Austin, the city of Austin and Austin community tackle extreme heat

July 19, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared as part of the July 12 flipbook. As heat waves break records across the nation, some Austinites are becoming more vulnerable to the risks of the extreme temperatures...

$94.6M will go to supporting higher education, Gov. Greg Abbott says

$94.6M will go to supporting higher education, Gov. Greg Abbott says

July 15, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared as part of the July 6 flipbook. Texas will send nearly $100 million in federal COVID-19 relief money to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, with...

How the pandemic bettered some relationships

How the pandemic bettered some relationships

July 15, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared as part of the July 6 flipbook. When UT students Siya and Simon, who have been a couple since 2019, dealt COVID-19 over the last year, they found a few effective...

The Delta variant is increasingly common among COVID-19 strands in the U.S. Its more contagious and more severe than other strands. Vaccines are still effective at preventing severe illness from it, but not as much as they are with other strands.

COVID-19 variant threatens unvaccinated populations as state, nation lag behind vaccine goals

June 28, 2021

Students could likely contract a new and more infectious variant of COVID-19 if they are unvaccinated, a UT professor who has been tracking COVID-19 variants said.  The World Health Organization reported...

Computer simulations could predict language rehabilitation outcomes in stroke survivors

Computer simulations could predict language rehabilitation outcomes in stroke survivors

June 28, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared as part of the June 22 flipbook. When bilingual people lose the ability to speak due to brain damage from a stroke or head injury, deciding which language...

UT-Austin research shows which memories are right or wrong based on cell firing patterns

UT-Austin research shows which memories are right or wrong based on cell firing patterns

June 24, 2021

UT-Austin researchers found differences in how correct and incorrect memories are activated in the brain through watching rats in a maze. The study, published June 7, could help researchers understand...

UT studies show Hurricane Maria’s continued impact on Puerto Rico

UT studies show Hurricane Maria’s continued impact on Puerto Rico

June 17, 2021

UT faculty are examining the causes and effects of the 2017 Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico through a series of studies and are calling for better preparation for future storms intensified by climate change...

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UT Internal Communications provide plans for summer, fall 2021

June 11, 2021

UT will return to 100% occupancy in classrooms and labs for the fall semester with the help of vaccinations and continued testing, according to an email from internal communications to the UT community...

UT-Austin study helps City of Austin provide support for homeless population during COVID-19

UT-Austin study helps City of Austin provide support for homeless population during COVID-19

June 10, 2021

UT-Austin’s COVID-19 Modeling Consortium developed a calculation for the number of isolation beds the city would need for people experiencing homelessness in an epidemic through a study published May...

COVID-19 vaccine demand drops around U.S., UT

COVID-19 vaccine demand drops around U.S., UT

May 7, 2021

The University, along with the rest of the country, is seeing a decrease in demand for the COVID-19 vaccine, with UT vaccine allocations dropping by more than half since March 22, according to state health...

Longhorn Racing showcases new generation of solar car

Longhorn Racing showcases new generation of solar car

May 2, 2021
UT student organization Longhorn Racing displayed the new generation of their solar car, the first new design in nine years, at their virtual annual showcase April 24.
Dell Children’s will open a new fetal care center to treat unborn children with defects

Dell Children’s will open a new fetal care center to treat unborn children with defects

April 27, 2021

Dell Children’s Medical Center will open a new comprehensive fetal care center May 3 that will be the only dedicated center in Central Texas for treating unborn children with conditions such as twin-to-twin...

UT System continues to support with military despite student calls to divest

UT System continues to support with military despite student calls to divest

April 23, 2021
The UT System has received equipment from the Department of Defense for 10 years through the 1033 Program, which gives leftover equipment to law enforcement.
UT Health Austin research to identify common questions about rare cardiac disease

UT Health Austin research to identify common questions about rare cardiac disease

April 21, 2021

UT researchers will begin studies to identify and answer questions about a rare heart defect that can trigger cardiac death during exercise or sports in young people next week. The disease has put families...

UT School of Nursing launches vaccine programs for underserved Austin communities

UT School of Nursing launches vaccine programs for underserved Austin communities

April 14, 2021

The School of Nursing launched two vaccination delivery programs in March that provide vaccines to underserved Austin communities.  The two programs, Vaccine Administration Mobile Operations (VAMOS)...

UT-Austin department of Asian Studies to receive funding to strengthen Taiwan studies program

UT-Austin department of Asian Studies to receive funding to strengthen Taiwan studies program

April 7, 2021
The University’s Center for Taiwan Studies, founded last month, will provide nearly $1 million through a five-year grant to fund educational opportunities focused on Taiwanese study.
Research associates from MIT, UT collaborate to develop new lithium-ion battery, increase its capacity

Research associates from MIT, UT collaborate to develop new lithium-ion battery, increase its capacity

April 6, 2021

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and UT-Austin collaborated in a March 25 study to increase the capabilities of lithium-ion batteries, which are often used in portable devices such...

UT-Austin opens COVID vaccines to all Texas adults, still prioritizing higher-risk individuals

UT-Austin opens COVID vaccines to all Texas adults, still prioritizing higher-risk individuals

April 6, 2021
UT began administering COVID-19 vaccines to all Texas adults on Mar. 29 in accordance with new state guidelines, but is still prioritizing Texans that were eligible under previous vaccination phases.
UT-Austin pharmacy researchers receive funding to increase accessibility of biosimilar drugs

UT-Austin pharmacy researchers receive funding to increase accessibility of biosimilar drugs

March 31, 2021
A College of Pharmacy research center will receive funding to increase the accessibility of biosimilar drugs for cancer treatments from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Oncology Research Program and Pfizer Inc.
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UT-Austin alums discuss rise in anti-Asian hate crimes

March 28, 2021

Trigger Warning: This story contains discussion of anti-Asian racism and violence. UT Chinese international students and alums gathered virtually Saturday night to discuss Asian hate in the United States...

Volunteers help with COVID-19 vaccine distribution at UT-Austin

Volunteers help with COVID-19 vaccine distribution at UT-Austin

March 26, 2021

UT Health Austin will need more clinical volunteers to help with COVID-19 vaccination efforts since Texas announced all adults will be eligible to receive the vaccine starting Monday.  Stephanie Morgan,...

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Cockrell School opens new additive manufacturing center to foster development in 3D printing technology

March 25, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the March 23 issue of The Daily Texan. The Cockrell School of Engineering opened a new center to focus on advancing additive manufacturing, also known...

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3,625 and counting: What a year’s worth of COVID-19 case numbers tells us about UT’s reaction to the pandemic.

March 24, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the March 12 issue of The Daily Texan.   Spring 2020   Nearly one year ago, UT canceled classes and closed operations on March 13, 2020....

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UT-Austin’s SHIFT program releases open letter addressing December drug-trafficking incident

March 8, 2021

UT substance use initiative SHIFT published an open letter to the UT community last Sunday speaking on a drug-trafficking incident that occurred in December 2020, when 13 current and former UT-Austin students...

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Thousands of ineligible individuals request COVID-19 vaccine appointments through false scheduling link

March 5, 2021

Hundreds lined up outside Gregory Gym on Monday after thousands of individuals who do not qualify for the COVID-19 vaccine made an appointment after a scheduling link was unofficially spread. UT Health...

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UT-Austin researchers find link between asteroid, dinosaur extinction

March 3, 2021

UT researchers, in collaboration with experts around the world, discovered asteroid dust within a crater in the Yucatán Peninsula that links the extinction of 75% of life on Earth, including the...

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What resources are available on campus after the winter storm?

February 26, 2021

Editor's Note: This story first appeared in The Daily Texan's February 23 print edition. Despite this week’s higher temperatures, Austin is still reeling from the effects of last week’s...

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Dell Children’s to study rare, COVID-19-driven illness

February 25, 2021

Researchers at the Dell Children’s Medical Center are set to investigate a disease found in children caused by COVID-19 through a five-year study funded by the National Institutes of Health. Multisystem...

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Psychology study finds language changes when approaching a breakup

February 22, 2021

A UT psychology study published on Feb. 16 found that the changes in a person’s language on social media before and after a breakup can expose their emotional and logical thinking. Psychology...

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Here’s what Austin officials are saying about inclement weather

February 17, 2021

Editor’s Note: This story was updated regularly until Sunday, February 22. Information within this story may no longer be up to date. The Daily Texan is tracking press briefings held by city...

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UT students receive COVID-19 vaccine due to winter storms

February 17, 2021

Over 60 students and staff members who were not in the 1A or 1B group received a dose of the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine Sunday to prevent them from being wasted, University Spokesperson J.B. Bird said. On...

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Here’s what you need to know about power, water and shelter at and around UT amid severe weather

February 16, 2021

Editor’s Note: This story was updated regularly until Sunday, February 22. Information within this story may no longer be up to date. Students living off campus continue to face power and...

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UT-Austin dance professor awarded grant to archive dances by Black choreographers

February 11, 2021

Associate dance professor Gesel Mason received a grant of just under $100,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities in December, which will support her ongoing project to preserve the works and...

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UT-Austin researchers sequence genome of plant for potential carbon-neutral fuel source

February 9, 2021

UT researchers published a Jan. 27 analysis on the DNA sequence of switchgrass, a plant which could be a promising, environmentally-friendly fuel source that does not emit carbon dioxide into the air.  UT...

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UT-Austin researchers identify how remdesivir prevents COVID-19

February 9, 2021

Editor's Note: This story first appeared in The Daily Texan's February 2 print edition. Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin published a study Jan. 28 explaining how remdesivir,...

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Two UT-Austin teams selected for NASA’s University Leadership Initiative

February 3, 2021

UT-Austin students and faculty will lead two out of five teams participating in NASA’s University Leadership Initiative, which provides funding for university research teams to work on projects for...

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UT-Austin begins administering vaccines to Phase 1B population

January 25, 2021

The University began distribution of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to members of the 1B group — people 65 and older or 16 and older with underlying health conditions — on Jan. 19, according...

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UT-Austin continues COVID-19 vaccine distribution

January 22, 2021

UT released its first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to members of the UT community last month and will continue the effort to vaccinate the UT population as new groups become eligible. Last...

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Dr. Anthony Fauci receives 2020 Ken Shine Prize in Health Leadership from Dell Med

January 14, 2021

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the leading member of the Trump administration's White House Coronavirus Task Force, received the Ken...

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New online dashboard estimates COVID-19 risks for schools across country

November 30, 2020

A new dashboard from the UT COVID-19 Modeling Consortium will allow families and school officials to estimate the probability of an infected case emerging at schools across the United States on a weekly...

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UT School of Nursing professor develops anti-racist toolkit for health care educators

November 18, 2020

Two years ago, Danica Sumpter, a clinical assistant professor at the UT School of Nursing, listened to a KUT report on Black women’s maternal mortality and learned that Black women in the United...

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US Department of Energy invests $4.1 million for UT-Austin’s Petawatt Laser

November 17, 2020

The United States Department of Energy announced an $18 million grant to support and expand the capabilities of their lasers in facilities across the U.S. in late October, and UT-Austin will receive $4.1...

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UT students contemplate going part time, taking gap year because of online class experience

November 3, 2020

Government junior Kara Adamcik said she dropped out halfway through the semester because of problems around her physical and mental well-being. “I wasn’t taking care of myself because I...

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UT-Austin supercomputer helps simulate storm surge forecasts for emergencies

October 22, 2020

Frontera, a supercomputer at UT’s Texas Advanced Computing Center, is helping researchers simulate storm surges to predict weather emergencies and assist with potential weather-related evacuations...

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UT-Austin students apply for spring 2021 study abroad programs despite pandemic

October 20, 2020

UT will allow study abroad programs to take place in the spring semester, according to Education Abroad. Heather Thompson, director of Education Abroad, said Texas Global will continue to monitor the...

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Potential graduate students choose to defer admissions, change career focus during COVID-19

October 12, 2020

While some prospective graduate students deferred their admissions to graduate programs this fall due to COVID-19, others have used the pandemic as a way to find new programs to gain more expertise. Gregorio...

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Technology company donates equipment to UT labs to aid with COVID-19 research

October 6, 2020

A technology company donated high-performance computing equipment to two UT labs in the College of Natural Sciences to support the labs’ COVID-19 research.  Advanced Micro Devices, an American...