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Panelists (left to right) Tina Alexander, Taylor Payne, and Kim Watts discuss student mental health on Feb. 2, 2024 in UTC 3.104.

Panelists discuss mental health in Black community in honor of Black History Month

Sowmya Sridhar, News General Reporter February 28, 2024

The UT Student Government Mental Health Agency hosted a panel centering on mental health in the Black community in honor of Black History Month on Monday.  Tina Alexander, a counseling and community...

Students wield virtual reality for social change at Social Impact BuildFest

Students wield virtual reality for social change at Social Impact BuildFest

Sowmya Sridhar, General News Reporter February 20, 2024

The Social Impact BuildFest, a competition put on from Feb. 16-18, gave students the opportunity to apply emerging technologies to design experiences for audiences around a social impact cause, like mental...

UT researchers contribute to knowledge on long COVID

UT researchers contribute to knowledge on long COVID

Sowmya Sridhar, General News Reporter February 14, 2024

UT researchers recently analyzed the symptoms of long COVID and discovered a blood marker that differs in patients with fibromyalgia in comparison to long COVID, helping researchers contrast the two conditions. Michael...

Soncia Reagins-Lilly, former vice president for student affairs, announces retirement from University

Soncia Reagins-Lilly, former vice president for student affairs, announces retirement from University

Sowmya Sridhar, General News Reporter February 7, 2024

Soncia Reagins-Lilly, former vice president for student affairs and dean of students, announced her retirement from the University on Jan. 23, marking the end of her 17-year tenure at UT. Tom Dison,...

UT researchers in process of creating new drug delivery methods to help treat brain diseases

UT researchers in process of creating new drug delivery methods to help treat brain diseases

Sowmya Sridhar, General News Reporter October 23, 2023

Researchers at Dell Medical School are creating new therapeutic drug delivery methods to help treat brain diseases like glioblastoma. Neurosurgery assistant professor Benjamin Umlauf said one of the...

UT researchers to host datathon to collect data on fines, fees

UT researchers to host datathon to collect data on fines, fees

Sowmya Sridhar, General News Reporter October 19, 2023

Researchers from the Initiative for Law, Societies, and Justice will host a datathon on Saturday and Sunday to create a database on state government fines and fees, such as traffic violations, across the...

UT researchers join collaborative research project to study brain connections

UT researchers join collaborative research project to study brain connections

Sowmya Sridhar, General News Reporter October 13, 2023

A UT professor will join the Center for Mesoscale Connectomics, a collaborative, multi-institutional center to study brain connections funded through a $16 million grant from the National Institute of...

UT researchers receive grant to apply principles of human vision, learning to autonomous robots

UT researchers receive grant to apply principles of human vision, learning to autonomous robots

Sowmya Sridhar, General News Reporter October 4, 2023

UT researchers received a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation on Sept. 1 to apply insights on how humans learn to create more efficient autonomous vehicles.  Principal investigator...

Rhetoric and Writing professor Donnie Sackey received an $8,000 University grant earlier this month towards climate change initiatives.

Liberal Arts professor joins Planet Texas 2050 to further work on environmental justice, communication

Sowmya Sridhar, General News Reporter September 26, 2023

Rhetoric and writing professor Donnie Sackey received a grant from and membership in Planet Texas 2050, a University initiative focusing on making Texas resilient against climate change, rapid population...

Investigadores encuentran vínculo entre factores sociales y los riesgos para la calidad del agua

Investigadores encuentran vínculo entre factores sociales y los riesgos para la calidad del agua

Sowmya Sridhar and Amy DonJuan September 23, 2023

Nota del editor: este artículo se publicó por primera vez el 20 de septiembre por Sowmya Sridhar y fue traducido al español por Amy DonJuan. Investigadores identificaron un vínculo entre el estatus...

Researchers find link between social factors, water quality risks

Researchers find link between social factors, water quality risks

Sowmya Sridhar, General News Reporter September 20, 2023

Researchers identified a link between social status and living in communities with health-based water quality violations in a study published in September. Bridget Scanlon, a senior research scientist...

Researchers discover mechanisms underlying rapid changes from drought to floods

Researchers discover mechanisms underlying rapid changes from drought to floods

Sowmya Sridhar, General News Reporter September 11, 2023

A study published in July involving UT researchers found that rapid switches from droughts to floods are occurring more frequently worldwide.  The researchers found that increased evaporation and precipitation...

Researchers analyze patients’ experiences after Planned Parenthood services terminated from Medicaid

Researchers analyze patients’ experiences after Planned Parenthood services terminated from Medicaid

Sowmya Sridhar, News General Reporter September 7, 2023

Patients faced difficulties accessing reproductive care after Planned Parenthood services were terminated from Medicaid coverage in Texas in 2021, according to a study published in August by UT researchers. Medicaid...

Mellon Foundation provides $1.5 million grant to audiovisual annotation platform

Mellon Foundation provides $1.5 million grant to audiovisual annotation platform

Sowmya Sridhar, News General Reporter September 5, 2023

The Mellon Foundation provided AVAnnotate, a platform created by UT associate professor Tanya Clement and Brumfield Labs that allows users to create annotations of audiovisual collections, with a $1.5...

Investigadores de UT descubren que el dominio de la lectura de los estudiantes ha disminuido nacionalmente después de la pandemia

Investigadores de UT descubren que el dominio de la lectura de los estudiantes ha disminuido nacionalmente después de la pandemia

Sowmya Sridhar and Hannah Garza August 25, 2023

Los resultados de la evaluación de lectura de los alumnos de cuarto y octavo grado disminuyeron después de la pandemia del COVID-19 debido al cierre de escuelas y al aprendizaje remoto, de acuerdo con...

National reading proficiency in students dropped post-pandemic, UT researchers find

National reading proficiency in students dropped post-pandemic, UT researchers find

Sowmya Sridhar, General News Reporter August 22, 2023

The reading assessment scores of 4th and 8th graders decreased after the COVID-19 pandemic due to school closures and remote learning, according to a study published by UT researchers last month. Tim...

UT researcher launches Water Resources Podcast to discuss global water issues

UT researcher launches Water Resources Podcast to discuss global water issues

Sowmya Sridhar, General News Reporter April 16, 2023

A UT researcher began a podcast on global water issues as a unique way to present the issues, which are typically found in more formal formats like research papers. Bridget Scanlon, a senior research...

NASA selects UT researchers to lead new Quantum Pathways Institute

NASA selects UT researchers to lead new Quantum Pathways Institute

Sowmya Sridhar, General News Reporter March 29, 2023

On March 16, NASA announced the creation of the Quantum Pathways Institute, a collaboration between various institutions across the nation, focused on building quantum-sensing technologies and instruments...

Mental health resources to push away mid-semester blues

Mental health resources to push away mid-semester blues

Sowmya Sridhar, General News Reporter March 20, 2023

Although college can be a vibrant period filled with life-changing memories, many students can feel isolated. Because college students are living independently for the first time, they can struggle...

UT and Harvard researchers study the impact of climate change on plankton

UT and Harvard researchers study the impact of climate change on plankton

Sowmya Sridhar, General News Reporter March 5, 2023

Climate change could cause plankton to move away from the equator, affecting larger organisms like tuna and krill, according to a collaborative study between UT and Harvard researchers published last month. Study...

UT researchers building Global Disinformation Policy Database, collection of laws related to misinformation

UT researchers building Global Disinformation Policy Database, collection of laws related to misinformation

Sowmya Sridhar, General News Reporter February 22, 2023

Researchers from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and UT’s Global Disinformation Lab are collaborating to create a database of global laws related to disinformation and misinformation. Ryan...

Texas SMARTTrack initiative aims to make roadways safer, introduce autonomous cars

Texas SMARTTrack initiative aims to make roadways safer, introduce autonomous cars

Sowmya Sridhar, General News Reporter February 15, 2023

UT, the Texas Department of Transportation and other partners are collaborating on Texas SMARTTrack, a new initiative to improve road safety and integrate autonomous vehicles. Amit Bhasin, director...

La Fundación Mellon otorga fondos para 3 proyectos de artes liberales

La Fundación Mellon otorga fondos para 3 proyectos de artes liberales

Sowmya Sridhar and Alexa Leon February 12, 2023

Nota del editor: este artículo se publicó por primera vez el 8 de febrero por Sowmya Sridhar y fue traducido al español por Alexa Leon.  La Fundación Mellon, es una fundación privada que apoya...

Mellon Foundation grants funding for 3 liberal arts projects

Mellon Foundation grants funding for 3 liberal arts projects

Sowmya Sridhar, General News Reporter February 8, 2023

The Mellon Foundation, a private foundation that supports arts and humanities across the nation, funded grants in early December for three UT liberal arts projects totaling over $2 million as a part...

UT-Austin researchers building digital platform to help young adults manage asthma

UT-Austin researchers building digital platform to help young adults manage asthma

Sowmya Sridhar, General News Reporter January 31, 2023

UT researchers are working on a digital platform called Camp Cura to help young adults manage their asthma through connecting with a virtual friend. Camp Cura will enhance the independence of young...

UT researchers receive grant to use fitness wearables to study dementia risk factors

UT researchers receive grant to use fitness wearables to study dementia risk factors

Sowmya Sridhar, General News Reporter January 25, 2023

UT researchers received a $1 million grant from the Bob and Aubyn Howe Foundation to use fitness wearables to study ways to prevent delirium, a risk factor for dementia development. The study hopes...

UT researchers receive grant to create technology for cellular bonding studies

UT researchers receive grant to create technology for cellular bonding studies

Sowmya Sridhar, General News Reporter January 11, 2023

UT researchers received a $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to create technology to study how cells interact with each other to aid in creating therapies for viruses. Hongru...

UT researchers receive grant to study nanoscale 3D printing

UT researchers receive grant to study nanoscale 3D printing

Sowmya Sridhar, General News Reporter December 19, 2022

Researchers from UT, the University of Utah and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign received a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to create a way to more quickly and efficiently...

SFA Board of Regents votes to join UT System pending approval of state legislature

SFA Board of Regents votes to join UT System pending approval of state legislature

Sowmya Sridhar, General News Reporter December 1, 2022

Stephen F. Austin State University’s Board of Regents decided to join the UT System on Tuesday in a 8-1 vote.  The vote was based on a recommendation by a subcommittee formed at SFA regarding system...

UT researchers’ policy paper identifies potential solutions for cognitive impairment crisis

Sowmya Sridhar, General News Reporter November 15, 2022

Researchers from UT, UT Southwestern Medical Center and six other institutions published a policy paper for the Policy and Planning Committee of the National Academy of Neuropsychology regarding strategies...

UT researchers develop electrode to rehabilitate stroke patients at home

UT researchers develop electrode to rehabilitate stroke patients at home

Sowmya Sridhar, News Reporter October 21, 2022

UT researchers created an electrode that can be used to rehabilitate stroke patients at home, according to a study published online in Biosensors and Bioelectronics on Sept. 28.  Evan Wang, one of...

UT researchers analyze internet usage of older adults during pandemic

UT researchers analyze internet usage of older adults during pandemic

Sowmya Sridhar, News Reporter October 14, 2022

Researchers from UT, Baylor University and the University of Missouri identified increased use of internet-enabled behaviors in older adults during the pandemic, according to a study published in Work,...

Study reveals link between discrimination, cognitive impairment in Hispanic adults

Study reveals link between discrimination, cognitive impairment in Hispanic adults

Sowmya Sridhar, News Reporter October 11, 2022

Researchers from UT, Florida State University and the University of California-Davis identified a link between ethnic discrimination and cognitive impairment in Hispanic adults, according to a study published...

UT researchers studying intersection of trauma, genetics in development of bipolar disorder

UT researchers studying intersection of trauma, genetics in development of bipolar disorder

Sowmya Sridhar, News General Reporter September 27, 2022

Content warning: this story mentions suicide.   Researchers at UT and the University of Cincinnati are conducting a five-year study to understand the development of bipolar disorder in young...

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