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Texas 4000 helps community fight cancer with annual Hope Day

Klarissa Fitzpatrick April 15, 2013

Texas 4000 helped the community fight cancer with an unorthodox therapy on Saturday — hope. At a rooftop party at the downtown location of Whole Foods, Texas 4000 organized family-oriented activities...

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Amnesty International places precedence on women’s rights

Klarissa Fitzpatrick April 15, 2013

UT’s Amnesty International chapter will place more precedence on women’s rights in education and legislation in conjunction with other Amnesty International chapters worldwide during the upcoming...

Bone Marrow donor drive registers unprecedented numbers

Klarissa Fitzpatrick April 11, 2013

Thursday is the final day to register with the Be The Match marrow registry as a stem cell or bone marrow donor in the fourth annual drive. Students from Texas State University and UT organized this...


Human rights regulatory commission has lost power since 1970s heyday

Klarissa Fitzpatrick April 9, 2013

The Inter-American Commission of Human Rights has had a large and positive effect on human rights in the Americas, but has weakened in recent years, according to human rights experts. Charlie Moyer,...


Protesters advocate “gun sense” laws

Klarissa Fitzpatrick April 8, 2013

In response to shootings in Newtown, Conn. and around the country, protestors rallied outside the Texas Capitol on Saturday in favor of “gun sense” laws. Speakers including elected officials,...


Art of Living relieves stress with yoga, meditation

Klarissa Fitzpatrick March 26, 2013

Despite an unexpected cold front, students opened their chests to the sky as strains of sitar music echoed in the Main Mall on Monday evening during the Art of Living’s free yoga session.  Art...

J.M. Coetzee’s archives available at Harry Ransom Center for research

Klarissa Fitzpatrick March 25, 2013

Nobel Prize-winning author J.M. Coetzee’s archives, which were acquired by the Harry Ransom Center in 2011, are now available to the public for research. The archive spans from approximately 1960...


PCL to be 24/5 indefinitely

Klarissa Fitzpatrick March 19, 2013

The Perry-Castañeda Library’s 24/5 schedule will continue indefinitely, cementing its status as a home-away-from-home for students.  Keeping the PCL open 24 hours, five days per week,...

Senate bill aims to increase punishment for abandoning scene of hit-and-run

Klarissa Fitzpatrick March 18, 2013

A bill filed in the Texas Senate will increase the penalty for leaving the scene of a hit-and-run that results in a fatality. The bill, co-sponsored by Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, and Sen. Wendy Davis,...


Amplify Austin aims to raise one million for more than 300 local nonprofits

Klarissa Fitzpatrick March 5, 2013

Austin ranks highly both in the amount of time citizens volunteer at nonprofits and in the amount of money donated, something local nonprofit I Live Here, I Give Here is attempting to capitalize on with...

UT RTF department introduces country’s first 3-D production program

Klarissa Fitzpatrick March 4, 2013

A new 3-D production program in the radio-television-film department will challenge students to take 3-D filming to another dimension. The program will begin fall 2013, with a $2.17 million grant from...

Author E.C. Osondu, author of “Voice of America,” talks about being a man of two nations

Klarissa Fitzpatrick February 26, 2013

Author E.C. Osondu had an ideal of authors as a young man: carefree, bohemian and cool. As he presented two short stories with a shared theme of immigration Monday at Book People, he embodied that idea. Osondu...

Department of Energy grants LBJ School researchers $500,000 to explore solar power

Klarissa Fitzpatrick February 26, 2013

The Department of Energy has given a roughly $500,000 grant to a UT research project that hopes to shed light on solar and non-solar energy use in Texas, with particular attention to what gets consumers...

Former math chairman remembered

Klarissa Fitzpatrick February 25, 2013

Efraim Armendariz, former chairman of the Department of Mathematics, died Wednesday after battling cancer.  Under Armendariz’s leadership, which lasted from 1991 to 2007, the department...


Proposed campus concealed carry bill elicits differing viewpoints at forum

Klarissa Fitzpatrick February 19, 2013

Students debating on whether concealed weapons would create a safer environment at UT revealed the deep discord over the benefits of concealed handguns on campus. Law professor Sanford Levinson and...


E-Week connects engineering community

Klarissa Fitzpatrick February 19, 2013

The UT engineering community is forming ties this week through a series of events and competitions, collectively called Engineers Week, which occurs annually.  The Student Engineering Council hosts...


Interdisciplinary solutions to water conservation discussed at Regional Livability Symposium

Klarissa Fitzpatrick February 18, 2013

Changes to infrastructure and behavior are necessary to begin conserving water in a meaningful way, according to speakers at the first Regional Livability Symposium. Professionals, scholars and public...

Women give more gifts than men for Valentine’s Day

Klarissa Fitzpatrick February 12, 2013

Women buy more gifts than men for Valentine’s Day, even though men spend more money for their significant other, according to a study conducted by UT professor. Angeline Close, an assistant professor...

Philosophy professors advocate social action to achieve sustainability

Klarissa Fitzpatrick February 12, 2013

Sustainability reaches beyond the natural world, according to UT integrative biology and philosophy professor Sahotra Sarkar and UNT philosophy professor John Callicott, who defined sustainability and...

Objectivism Society brings experts, discusses pros and cons of Christianity

Klarissa Fitzpatrick February 11, 2013

Morality can be derived from faith-based sources or from objective reasoning, according to scholars Dinesh D’Souza and Andrew Bernstein. D’Souza and Bernstein discussed whether Christianity...

Tax form results in benefits for students

Klarissa Fitzpatrick February 5, 2013

As tax season approaches, students have a unique opportunity to reduce their tax burden with a form that enables tuition payers to receive tax credits with their returns. The 1098-T form decreases the...


The Food Lab and Boston University partner to host Food, The City and Innovation Conference

Klarissa Fitzpatrick February 4, 2013

Entrepreneurs, professionals and scholars gathered to discuss ways to improve the transportation and quality of food this past Friday and Saturday at the E.A. Smith Building. The Food Lab at UT, which...

UT students to compete at SXSW’s Entrepreneurial Eight

Klarissa Fitzpatrick January 29, 2013

Three UT seniors have made it to the final round of Entrepreneurial Eight, where they will compete against seven other student teams for $5000 each in Google Cloud Platform credits.  The Entrepreneurial...

UT researchers part of team to explore Hurricane Sandy’s effects

Klarissa Fitzpatrick January 22, 2013

UT scientists are surveying the Long Island and New York coastlines to determine how Hurricane Sandy affected the sea floor.  John Goff, senior research scientist at Institute for Geophysics at...

UT study finds large increase in water used for fracking, but still a small proportion of state’s water use

Klarissa Fitzpatrick January 17, 2013

The amount of water used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, more than doubled in Texas between 2008 and 2011, according to an updated study released by the University. The original study, led by...

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