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Science and technology reporter leaves life of writing about cells to go find her-cell-f

Tien Nguyen May 10, 2019

What’s worse than being a science nerd who raves about science is being a science nerd who raves about science and writes about it. Entering UT as a freshman this year, I had a feeling that I...


JOLTT: Where law and technology collide

Tien Nguyen May 9, 2019

Austin has become an attractive hub for technology and startup companies. Yet, when attorney Alex Shahrestani came to UT School of Law in 2015, he said he was surprised to find technology law was not a...

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Dell Med students are administering free whooping cough vaccines to medically underserved areas in Austin

Tien Nguyen May 2, 2019

Dell Medical School students are administering free whooping cough vaccines in medically underserved Austin areas with a grant from the Texas Medical Association’s “Be Wise — Immunize”...


Student’s experience in health care inspired her to launch a course at UT

Tien Nguyen May 1, 2019

Deepanjli Donthula had a bold idea, and this idea led her to launch a full-fledged course at UT. After creating a seminar on health communication, neuroscience junior Donthula has received approval...

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New technology research may allow you to play games to keep your heart healthy

Tien Nguyen April 26, 2019

Nursing researchers, software developers and engineers at UT are collaborating to create a digital game aimed at helping heart failure patients manage their health.  Nearly five million Americans...


Brooke Owens fellowship winners talk representation in UT aerospace engineering

Tien Nguyen April 25, 2019

For the second year in a row, a UT aerospace engineering student has won the Brooke Owens Fellowship, a highly competitive program that selects 36 women in engineering across the nation and matches them...


Dell Seton Medical Center first in Texas to offer new cutting-edge treatment to epilepsy patients

Tien Nguyen April 17, 2019

UT’s Dell Seton Medical Center is the first place in Texas to offer deep brain stimulation as a treatment for epilepsy patients. “Deep brain stimulation, in general, is the idea of...


Engineering students build eco-friendly doghouses for furry friends

Tien Nguyen April 16, 2019

This year’s Sustainable Dog House Challenge was an un-fur-gettable experience, with dogs from the Austin Animal Center paying a visit.  The event, hosted earlier this month by the Civil,...


Here’s how UT researchers are improving 360 technology

Tien Nguyen April 10, 2019

UT computer vision researchers are working to improve 360 technology.  Using 360 technology, virtual reality headsets and 360 videos allow people to view spaces as if they were present. In a 360...


Researchers explore role of racial appearance in STEM retention rates

Tien Nguyen April 3, 2019

For years, U.S. policymakers have called for an increase in the number and diversity of students pursuing STEM degrees and careers. Yet, STEM retention rates remain a public policy challenge. “Many...


Researchers figure out the last piece of the puzzle in ribosome assembly

Tien Nguyen March 28, 2019

Thinking back to high school biology, many students remember listening to teachers talk about the central dogma of biology — how DNA is copied into RNA, which is translated into proteins. However,...


UT researchers engineer new hybrid-protein to combat disease

Tien Nguyen March 14, 2019

Cockrell School of Engineering researchers are creating a new molecule that can identify cells infected with cytomegalovirus. According to Mayo Clinic, this is a common virus that can infect people...


UT graduate student captures the complexities of our brain with stitches and needles

Tien Nguyen March 13, 2019

Scientists have spent years trying to unravel the mysteries of the brain, and Lauren Hewitt is no exception. Inspired by her research in neurobiology, Hewitt has combined her passions of science and embroidery...


Behind The Scalpel: Meet the women in charge of Dell Med’s general surgery residency program

Tien Nguyen March 8, 2019

Women make up 35.7 percent of general surgical residents in the United States and Canada, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. However, this year, all chief resident positions at...

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Gain control of your time: You don’t have to do everything today, says communication studies professor

Tien Nguyen March 6, 2019

Students feeling pressured by the clock don’t have to be, communication studies professor Dawna Ballard said. It’s not the clock that’s causing the stress — it’s how you...


Working out, eating better go hand in hand

Tien Nguyen February 28, 2019

Making better dietary choices may be a side effect of working out, according to a new UT study published in the International Journal of Obesity. In the study, 2,680 sedentary young adults underwent...


Getting fishy: UT fish collection is home to over a million unique specimens

Tien Nguyen February 21, 2019

UT’s Ichthyology, or fish collection, located at the J.J. Pickle Research Center, is an impressive source of ecological history and data collection, containing more than a million fish specimens.  “Imagine...


Science Sprints gather students to tackle science problems on campus

Tien Nguyen February 18, 2019

UT students participated in Science Sprints on Saturday to tackle science-related problems across campus.  Science Sprints — intensive one-day events hosted by the College of Natural Sciences...


UT researchers emphasize parent-child dynamic in anxiety treatment

Tien Nguyen February 14, 2019

UT researchers are examining how parental involvement in children’s anxiety treatment can make it more effective. Through the Texas Child Study Center’s Childhood Anxiety Treatment...


Radical Hope syllabus encourages hope in the face of world environmental problems

Tien Nguyen February 13, 2019

University of Texas scholars are offering a new solution to addressing environmental crises: hope. The Radical Hope syllabus, formatted similar to a college syllabus, is an online collection of resources...


Health Leadership Apprentice Program hopes to create student leaders in health care

Tien Nguyen February 7, 2019

The Health Leadership Apprentice program at Dell Medical School aims to connect students with faculty and resources at the medical school to work on projects that will transform health care.  The...


UT’s 2019 Energy Week set to kick off this week with hot button issues in energy

Tien Nguyen February 4, 2019

This week, energy experts from across industry, academia and government sectors will gather on campus to speak at the 2019 UT Energy Week. “UT Energy Week is a joint effort between the Longhorn...


Researchers investigate correlation between sleep disturbance, Alzheimer’s Disease

Tien Nguyen January 31, 2019

UT researchers are working on a large clinical trial, Memories 2, to evaluate how sleep disturbance might accelerate or impact the development of Alzheimer’s disease. The project is an expansion...


Women in STEM Career panel opens up conversation about working women

Tien Nguyen January 29, 2019

The Association for Women in Science at UT launched their inaugural event, the Women in STEM Career Panel, on Monday. The panel drew the attention of dozens of students as they came to hear four women...


New master’s program seeks to transform health care delivery

Tien Nguyen January 24, 2019

A new one-year master’s program at UT seeks to spearhead change in health delivery and create high-value services in healthcare. The Master of Science in Health Care Transformation program, a...


New initiative Launch Years strives to implement math that matters

Tien Nguyen January 22, 2019

Launch Years, a new initiative from UT’s Charles A. Dana Center, hopes to bridge the gap in mathematics education between K-12 and higher education systems. The Dana Center, which focuses...


UT researchers weigh in on vote to redefine the kilogram

Tien Nguyen December 5, 2018

For the last 139 years, every measurement of mass you’ve ever made, from weighing fruit at the grocery store to stepping on your bathroom scale, can be traced back to a chunk of metal locked securely...


Podcast ‘STEM Fatale’ showcases STEMtastic women in history

Tien Nguyen November 28, 2018

You’ve heard of Albert Einstein. You’ve heard of Stephen Hawking. But have you heard of Eugenie Clark or Sally Ride? While these female scientists may not be household names, Emlyn Resetarits...


Taste of Science: Spilling tea on the tea versus coffee debate

Tien Nguyen November 14, 2018

Die-hard coffee fans and dedicated tea lovers have been debating for decades. Coffee addicts swear they can’t survive a day without coffee, and tea-lovers argue that tea is the healthier way to get...


Everyone knows Jackson Reyna is an avid scientist. But for 20 years, no one knew he was transgender

Tien Nguyen and Annie L. Zhang November 12, 2018

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth installment of The Texan’s series “Raising Voices,” which highlights issues of diversity at UT. Stories are produced in partnership with UT’s...

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Psychology course requirement raises student concerns, ethical debate

Cason Hunwick and Tien Nguyen November 9, 2018

Tucked away in a fourth-floor office, psychology research coordinator Eunjung Lee-Furman holds an aged binder containing documents that detail the history of student subjects in UT psychology research...


Researchers tackle spider phobia with virtual reality

Tien Nguyen October 24, 2018

Virtual spiders may actually be beneficial to those who fear the eight-legged arachnids. In a recent study, UT psychology researchers teamed up with the UT3D program to develop an immersive, 3D video...


Bacterial discovery could lead to a vaccine for traveler’s diarrhea

Tien Nguyen October 10, 2018

A new bacterial discovery by UT researchers could help you spend more of your vacations hitting the beach instead of the toilet.   UT and the Naval Medical Research Center collaborated to investigate...


Taste of Science: Cracking down on the keto diet

Tien Nguyen October 4, 2018

The war between carbs and bread is dead. Despite recent hype in popular media, UT experts crack down on the keto diet and say that a high-fat, low-carb diet may not be as effective as people think. According...


Gut-on-a-chip could transform intestinal disease modeling

Tien Nguyen September 20, 2018

A new innovation developed by UT researchers involving guts on a microchip may end the era of lab rats and petri dishes in the study of human disease.   Woojung Shin, biomedical engineering...

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