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Open Society Foundations grant Center for Journalism $270,000

April 28, 2011

The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at UT received a $270,000 grant to fund the center’s general operating costs and the pay for the center’s annual conference, the Austin Forum,...

Entrepreneurial organizations put students in business

April 26, 2011

Biomedical engineering junior Juan Carlos Rodriguez started his own clothing line, Platypus T-shirts, last summer. He said his business is still in the startup stages and he is trying to market his...

Captain, key player of rugby team dies after recent injury

April 19, 2011

The UT Women’s Rugby Club captain died in Kansas City from complications of a head injury last week. Biology senior Stephanie Flores, 22, was playing with the Texas Rugby Union Under-23 team...

TIP Fellows sponsor debate on concealed gun legislation

April 14, 2011

As the Texas House and Senate consider legislation that would legalize concealed carry of handguns on campus by licensed individuals, four members of the UT community met Wednesday to debate the issue...

UT artist-in-residence dies before finishing opera

April 11, 2011

Mexican opera composer Daniel Catán died over the weekend in Austin while working on a new piece for the Butler School of Music. He was 62. The exact time and cause of death is not confirmed,...

Students go shoeless to spread awareness of poverty, diseases

April 6, 2011

Barefoot, with their soles blackened by the pavement, students endured cracked sidewalks and hot asphalt Tuesday to raise awareness of global poverty. About 30 students participated in the joint...

Researchers celebrate latest supercomputer

April 5, 2011

The Lonestar 4 supercomputer was dedicated at a ceremony at the Pickle Research Campus on Monday. Multiple technology partners, including the National Science Foundation and Dell, commissioned...

Austin Edible Book Festival brings out flavor of literature

April 4, 2011

A cupcake shelf that held tiny multicolored books made of fig-filled cookies won the “Best in Show” category at an edible book festival. About 50 people browsed through the creative...

Southwestern University faculty to train for writing instruction

April 1, 2011

The Department of Rhetoric and Writing at UT will help revamp Southwestern University’s writing program, thanks to a $720,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grant will allow...

Speaker discusses drug war in Mexico

March 29, 2011

  Local Mexican law enforcement agencies must combat drug traffickers by avoiding corruption and receiving proper training to provide a network of safety to citizens, said Mexico’s...

Communication Week kicks off

March 29, 2011

Students wrote in colorful chalk on the plaza outside the Communication building Monday morning to kick off College of Communication Week. The annual showcase will host events to help promote...

Victims of sexual harassment discuss stories at conference

March 24, 2011

Two women did not bow down again to the self-proclaimed ‘King of Galveston,’ and their stories resonated with women at a Women’s and Gender Studies event Wednesday. For years, Cathy McBroom and Donna...

Women’s week explores gender issues

March 22, 2011

After the election of the first-ever female Student Government president and vice president, a week-long campaign to promote women’s issues on campus kicked off in Gregory Plaza on Monday. Orange Jackets,...

Ransom Center to process works of cyberpunk-pioneering writer

March 10, 2011

The Harry Ransom Center began processing a renowned science fiction novelist’s archive last month. Bruce Sterling, one of the founders of the cyberpunk movement ­— a science fiction genre focused...

Magazine editor discusses future of Texas Democrats

March 10, 2011

Talent is lacking in the Democratic Party, and it is up to the future generation to change it, a political writer told a group of about 50 students at a University Democrats meeting Wednesday. Paul...

Restaurants raise funds for Texas 4000

March 8, 2011

Students helped fight cancer by ordering chicken wings at Pluckers on Monday. Texas 4000, a student charity organization whose members ride bicycles from Austin to Anchorage, Alaska, every summer to...

Graduate student utilizes flora to create compostable flatware

March 3, 2011

A design graduate student hopes people will use a more natural alternative to environmentally harmful plates and containers. Amrita Adhikary designed a system to make compostable dinnerware out of fallen...

Students take stand on latest immigration bills

March 3, 2011

Undocumented UT students joined hundreds of other Texans to testify about proposed immigration bills before the Texas House State Affairs Committee on Wednesday. Adrian Reyna, a member of undocumented...

To the moon and back

March 1, 2011

Instead of talking about space, a retired NASA director shared some of his Earth experiences Monday to teach a group of about 75 UT faculty and students lessons in life and leadership. Jim Kennedy,...

UT Senate kicks off event to honor, thank faculty

March 1, 2011

Sociology senior Michelle Saenz credits Moon Draper, her rhetoric of psychology lecturer, for helping her be a competent human being. Saenz used the 13th annual Faculty Appreciation Week as an opportunity...

UT Senate kicks off event to honor, thank faculty

March 1, 2011

Sociology senior Michelle Saenz credits Moon Draper, her rhetoric of psychology lecturer, for helping her be a competent human being. Saenz used the 13th annual Faculty Appreciation Week as an opportunity...

Conference surveys devastating effects of natural disasters

February 24, 2011

When photographers and writers cover natural disasters, it is important to tell the stories of the people that those events affect, two renowned documentary photographers agreed at a panel discussion...

Educators release book about teaching ‘whole child’

February 24, 2011

A new book by nine UT Elementary School teachers and administrators shares two ways to improve teaching: communication and interaction between students and teachers in low-income and high-minority schools. “Teaching...

UT group looks to ‘Rainy Day Fund’ to soften cuts

February 22, 2011

Although the sun was out on Monday, members of The Students Speak chanted “It’s raining, it’s pouring, the Legislature is snoring,” under umbrellas. About 20 group members...

Wisconsin conflict inspires Austinites to march in support

February 22, 2011

More than 100 union and community supporters marched to the Capitol from the Texas chapter of the AFL-CIO headquarters on Lavaca and 11th streets to send a message of solidarity to public employees...

Fair joins Longhorns with service groups

February 17, 2011

An array of nonprofit organizations and government agencies attended a volunteer fair Wednesday to find students willing to serve the Austin community. The Volunteer and Service Learning Center...

Two Jeopardy! champions contend with AI computer

February 15, 2011

Students and faculty watched a historic "Jeopardy!" match Monday between two human champions and a machine made possible, in part, by the research of three UT professors. Watson, a deep...

Campus fair promotes healthy hearts

February 15, 2011

Although Valentine’s Day might normally be a time for exchanging candy and paper hearts, students also learned about their flesh-and-blood hearts Monday. Students who wandered to the Spanish...

Photographer discusses collection at Center

February 10, 2011

Photographer Eli Reed normally lets his photos do the talking, but he made an exception during a presentation Wednesday about the Harry Ransom Center’s Magnum Archive Collection. Reed, a UT photojournalism...

Special election on SG overhaul may lead to constitution reform

February 10, 2011

The campus-wide special election to overhaul all three branches of Student Government ends today. Voting for the reformed constitution began Wednesday after the SG Reform Task Force worked for seven...

Foundation invests money for bilingual scholarships

December 8, 2010

The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health will invest $1.5 million to fund their bilingual scholarship program for three more years, said Octavio Martinez Jr., executive director of the foundation. This...

Applications being accepted for clean energy incubators

December 8, 2010

The Austin Technology Incubator’s UT branch and the State Energy Conservation Office are accepting applicants for two new clean energy incubators at Texas universities. Clean energy incubators...

Childhood obesity causes concern in local communities

December 1, 2010

This generation of American children is expected to have a shorter lifespan than their parents because of their unhealthy food choices and sedentary lifestyles, said several childhood obesity experts...

Journalist discusses role in war zones

December 1, 2010

Last spring, freelance journalist Anna Badkhen stayed with a family of 27 in Afghanistan. In their 17-bedroom home, she lived in a room next to the kitchen, where the women often made mantu, a large...

Federal rules endanger state health care

November 24, 2010

Texas could be barred from administering some of its health care programs if it does not have an operating health insurance exchange for the unemployed and underinsured that passes a 2013 federal review,...

Organization seeks to help immigrants earn fair pay

November 19, 2010

Editor’s Note: Portions of interviews in this story were translated from Spanish. Felix Jimenez, an immigrant from Vera Cruz, Mexico, worked for an Austin roofing company for one year without receiving...

Haitian amputees tour United States, compete at Capitol

November 16, 2010

Emmanuel Ladouceur was on the bottom floor of a three-story building with his family when a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti last January. A goalkeeper for a local soccer team, Ladouceur lost his...

Summit highlights diminishing role of news

November 12, 2010

In the digital age of multitasking, free news and social media, millennials, the generation born in the 1980s and 1990s, have low news consumption, a panel of journalists said Thursday. The School...

‘Transmedia’ explored by experts

November 10, 2010

Two new media experts presented a world of transmedia storytelling — a multiplatform way of storytelling with each individual media telling a different part of the story but creating a cohesive...

Panel discusses GOP agenda for budget, Perry’s ambitions

November 5, 2010

After gaining 22 seats in the Texas House of Representatives, Republicans could cut up to $25 million from state social services, a panel of political journalists agreed on Thursday. Reporters...

Austinites pass bond to improve transportation

November 3, 2010

Austin residents passed a $90 million bond to improve roadways and construct bike lanes and sidewalks on Tuesday. Get Austin Moving, a political action committee in favor of the Strategic...

Volunteers push students to vote

October 29, 2010

About 25 volunteers chatted away their cell phone minutes Thursday evening as part of Hook the Vote’s early vote phone bank. With a list of 14,000 contacts, the volunteers called registered...

Archivist tells history of Hershey

October 27, 2010

As students listened to Pamela Whitenack, director of the Hershey Community Archives, they popped the famous tiny chocolate kisses into their mouths. The oral history archivist spoke at the School...

Coalition pursues suicide prevention

October 27, 2010

An open conversation about suicide is important so the act will not become stigmatized, said Amy Durall, a representative from Victim Services at the Travis County Sheriff’s Department. On...

Fantasy worlds come alive at Rockdale night festival

September 3, 2010

Once darkness falls, the celebration will begin with a total sensory experience of sights and sounds. Four eccentric fantasy worlds will be filled with a myriad of lights, artwork, performers in extravagant...