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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...