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UT law professor Heather Way loses race for HD 49 seat, vows to continue fight

Rund Khayyat March 2, 2016

UT law professor and House District 49 candidate Heather Way hosted a watch party to see votes roll in for the Super Tuesday election results. She ultimately lost to Gina Hinojosa, an Austin Independent...


UT ranked #14 in U.S. for education experience at a public university

Rund Khayyat March 1, 2016

Buffalo Business First, a New York-based business publication, has ranked UT-Austin #14 on its list of the 200 best public colleges in the United States.   The ranking, which was released this week,...


Dean of Architecture steps down

Rund Khayyat February 26, 2016

Frederick “Fritz” Steiner, dean of the School of Architecture, is stepping down to accept a position as the dean of the School of Design at his alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania. “I...


Students rock climb, help homeless in new experiential learning course

Rund Khayyat January 22, 2016

The School of Social Work has partnered with Recreational Sports to create an experiential learning course for students and help the Austin community.  The School of Social Work piloted...


Students protest Gov. Abbott’s prohibition of Syrian refugees

Rund Khayyat November 23, 2015

Hundreds of Austin residents and students demonstrated Sunday at Wooldridge Park against Gov. Greg Abbott’s effort to prohibit Syrian refugees from coming to Texas.   The Syrian People Solidarity...


UT doctorate discusses benefits of mindfulness

Rund Khayyat November 17, 2015

Rez Khan, a UT doctorate of neuroscience and physics, told students to use mindfulness to cope with anxiety, depression or daily stress at the UT Neurodiversity meeting on Monday. Mindfulness is the...


Women in Medicine host Hungry for Hope bake-off

Rund Khayyat November 16, 2015

Women in Medicine hosted Sunday the third annual Hungry for Hope bake-off benefiting the Marbridge Foundation, a community for adults with mental disabilities. Various student organizations baked pastries,...


Report finds 2/3 of population has herpes

Anthony Green and Rund Khayyat November 4, 2015

The cold, sore reality is that more than 3.7 billion people under the age of 50 are infected with herpes simplex virus type I, according to the World Health Organization’s first global estimates...


Students react to Netflix price increase

Rund Khayyat October 12, 2015

The streaming leader Netflix announced Thursday it will raise the price of its most widely used plan by $1, from $8.99 to $9.99 per month.   The affected plan allows for two simultaneous high-definition...


Students participate in fire safety training as part of Campus Safety Week

Rund Khayyat October 6, 2015

Students fought a live grease fire, tested their fire extinguishing skills and brainstormed exit strategies with fire marshals to kick off Campus Safety Week at the Gregory Plaza on Monday.  Campus...


Amnesty International chapter hosts discussion on misconceptions about migrants

Rund Khayyat September 30, 2015

As refugee death tolls continue to rise, misconceptions about migrants and refugees must be addressed, said a representative of Amnesty International at a presentation Tuesday about the migrant crisis...


Committee continues Green Fee negotiations

Rund Khayyat September 23, 2015

The UT Green Fee Committee hosted a session Tuesday to inform students about the possibilities of reinstating the fee after receiving tentative permission from the UT System to move forward, according...


UT’s Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off with talk from author, columnist Gustavo Arellano

Rund Khayyat September 16, 2015

Gustavo Arellano — distinguished columnist and author of the book, “Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America” — said ethnic studies are important to incorporate in higher education...


Austin selected for partnership to transform mobility

Rund Khayyat September 15, 2015

The City of Austin announced a partnership with the Rocky Mountain Institute to transform Austin’s future in transportation and mobility. The partnership will mobilize innovation and technology to...


Austin partners with institute to improve transportation

Rund Khayyat September 14, 2015

The City of Austin announced a partnership with the Rocky Mountain Institute to transform Austin’s future in transportation and mobility and make positive changes in congestion, commuting and safety....


Students submit business pitches at startup meeting

Rund Khayyat September 4, 2015

UT students presented 90 second business pitches to their peers and business mentors for feedback as part of Thursday’s Longhorn Startup Open Pitch Night.  This weekly program is designed...

Vice president for research to step down from position

Rund Khayyat May 7, 2015

Juan Sanchez, vice president for research, will step down from his position in August of this year.  “It has been a pleasure and a privilege for me to serve this great university of ours...


Slide the City causes water debates

Rund Khayyat April 30, 2015

Slide the City, a Utah-based water slide company, wants to transform the streets of Austin into a 1,000-foot vinyl slip and slide. The company tours the country, making stops in more than 20 cities...


Professor predicts Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage

Rund Khayyat April 28, 2015

A university professor predicts that the U.S. Supreme Court will rule against bans on same-sex marriage this week. There has been a remarkable change in public opinion in the past five years, and the...


New coffee stand to open in McCombs School of Business

Rund Khayyat April 21, 2015

Enactus, a social entrepreneurship club, is preparing to open a coffee stand in the atrium of the McCombs School of Business, but the stand is missing one essential thing — a name. Enactus is...


Islam Awareness Week features lecture about perspectives on Jesus

Rund Khayyat April 16, 2015

One distinction between Christianity and Islam regarding Jesus is that Muslims do not believe Jesus died, nationally known Imam Siraj Wahhaj said Wednesday. Wahhaj spoke about Jesus in the Quran...

UT will give scholarship to child of fallen police or firefighter

Rund Khayyat April 15, 2015

Starting next year, the University will grant a full scholarship to a child of a police officer or a firefighter killed in the line of duty through the New York-based Silver Shield Foundation. The...

Neuroscientist receives grant to study sensory systems

Rund Khayyat April 2, 2015

Neuroscience associate professor Nicholas Priebe and his team received a research grant to study how environments affect human senses. Priebe, along with three other experts in the field of sensory...


New Students Services selects new director

Rund Khayyat March 24, 2015

Celena Mondie-Milner will be the next director of New Students Services, the Office of Student Affairs announced Tuesday.  As director, Mondie-Milner will oversee UT orientation and such programs...


Alamo Drafthouse CEO speaks as part of UT Entrepreneurship week

Rund Khayyat March 12, 2015

The path of an entrepreneur can be very risky to undertake, said Tim League, founder and CEO of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. League, who spoke Wednesday at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference...


Panelists offer startup advice during Entrepreneurship Week

Rund Khayyat March 10, 2015

The most important part of creating a startup is avoiding fear of failure, according to two panelists who founded their own companies. Zach Dell, founder of the dating app “Thread,” and...


Coop’s St. Patrick’s Day items may go unsold

Rund Khayyat March 5, 2015

The University Co-op is stocked with green Longhorn shirts, caps and mugs to ensure students don’t get pinched on St. Patrick’s Day, but a good portion of the merchandise will end up on the...


Visiting professor: Digital media hinders rational dialogue and debate

Rund Khayyat March 3, 2015

The development of the Internet and social media has created a space for people to share diverse ideas and views — but not necessarily to converse with others from different perspectives, according...


Students petition for UT to cut ties with companies that use sweatshop labor

Rund Khayyat February 26, 2015

Two Bangladeshi-sweatshop-eradication activists urged students to petition for UT to cut its contract with the VF brand — which owns clothing lines such as The North Face, Wrangler and Vans.  Kalpona...


Security practitioners discuss state of European security

Rund Khayyat February 24, 2015

Three European security practitioners gathered Monday at the College of Liberal Arts to discuss how security relations among European countries have fared in the last 25 years. After 9/11, the international...


Panelists discuss the effects of digital media on queer men of color

Rund Khayyat February 19, 2015

The Internet and social media allow queer men of color to comfortably navigate through relationships and communities, but it can construct a false sense of reality, according to UT alumnus and author Shaka...

UT Food Lab Hosts Innovative Food Competition

Rund Khayyat February 17, 2015

Presenting ideas ranging from cricket protein granola to edible bags to jam made from discarded fruit, twenty teams from around the nation showcased their food innovations Saturday at the first business...

Texas Education Agency grants $521,000 for alternative discipline training

Rund Khayyat February 12, 2015

The School of Social Work will begin instructing schools throughout the state on disciplinary methods alternative to suspensions and expulsions. The Texas Education Agency granted the Institute for...


Civil rights lawyer discusses wrongful convictions in the criminal justice system

Rund Khayyat February 10, 2015

Wrongful conviction in the criminal justice system is a structural barrier for U.S. racial equality, according to Nina Morrison, senior staff attorney for The Innocence Project. The Innocence Project,...

Visiting civil rights activist delivers remarks on modern issues

Rund Khayyat February 5, 2015

Julian Bond, civil rights activist and former Georgia state senator, stressed the importance of millienals in advocating for continued progress in civil rights.  A distinguished figure in American...


Exhibit features student-made wooden furniture

Rund Khayyat January 30, 2015

Students from the architecture school showcased their furniture pieces at an exhibition Thursday. Specialist Mark Macek taught six architecture students, many of whom had no prior experience with woodcrafting,...


UT ranks second in the nation for sending students abroad

Rund Khayyat January 28, 2015

According to the Institute of International Education, UT ranks second in the nation in number of students studying abroad. The University is also in the top 25 for international student enrollment, with...

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