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UT researchers receive $6 million grant to control invasive species in Texas
March 13, 2019
The research targets five invasive species that are harming the native Texan landscape: imported fire ants, tawny crazy ants, moth larvae that feed on native cacti and African guinea grass and buffel grass.
New research finds genes associated with alcoholism
March 6, 2019
The research used various scientific tools, such as genetics-based approaches, to better understand the molecular mechanisms underlying alcoholism, said Dayne Mayfield, a UT research scientist at the Waggoner Center for Alcohol and Addiction Research.
Study shows higher rates of LGBTQ youth found in foster care or unstable housing
February 21, 2019
A recent UT study found LGBTQ adolescents are disproportionately represented in foster care and unstable housing, such as shelters or transitional facilities, compared with their heterosexual counterparts.
New program seeks to increases accessibility of cancer screenings
February 15, 2019
Funded by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, the initiative focuses on mailing out a fecal immunochemical test that looks for blood in the stool, which can be an indication of colorectal cancer.
Researchers develop new detection method for HIV
February 7, 2019
A UT researcher led developments of a new method to accurately measure hidden forms of HIV in immune cells, which will help better evaluate experimental HIV treatments in research and clinical trials.
NASA funds $7 million for UT researchers’ project to detect extraterrestrial life
February 5, 2019
UT researchers are among a team of scientists around the world who received $7 million from NASA to work on a project to detect extraterrestrial life.
UT study shows Austin salamanders in danger of extinction
January 31, 2019
Overexploitation of groundwater led to the endangerment of 13 Central Texas salamander species, according to a new UT study.
UT researcher better understands earthquakes through computer modeling
January 22, 2019
Earthquakes display precursory phenomena, such as foreshocks, which are smaller earthquakes that occur before the big one, that indicate a buildup before an earthquake, said Thorsten Becker, the lead author of the paper and a professor in the Jackson School of Geosciences.
New Austin project aims to revive monarch butterfly populations
December 5, 2018
As it starts to cool down here in Texas, it’s time for the annual monarch butterfly migration. This year, the Austin Parks and Recreation department aims to create corridors of milkweed plants and nectar sources, which are food sources and part of the iconic butterfly’s natural habitat.
New app aims to optimize energy efficient room temperatures for UT buildings
November 8, 2018
Some students think UT buildings are too cool for school, but a new app could increase student comfort and save energy.
Individual personalities meld in secure relationship, study says
October 31, 2018
When you’re in a relationship with a person long enough, you might start to act like them. Graduate student Courtney Walsh published research on how couples fuse their individual identities into a single couple’s identity. This is one of the first studies to examine identity fusion within couples rather than groups.
British colonial history explored through Central American skeletons
October 25, 2018
The genetic portion of the project stemmed out of Springs’ master’s degree at Texas State University, where she was doing a bioarchaeological analysis of the cemetery.
Austin startup Seekr connects people to unique local experiences
October 21, 2018
You can tour Austin from the sky with “Stew’s Flight Over Austin,” an experience which can only be enjoyed through a UT startup called Seekr.
UT researchers work to identify sewage leaks to Waller Creek
October 17, 2018
Waller Creek is not safe due to high levels of bacteria from feces, but researchers are tracking bacteria and sewage leaks to improve water quality for both the river aquatic ecosystem and the Austin community.
Texas Aerial Robotics wins second place with self-flying drones
October 10, 2018
The student organization’s self-flying drone won second at the International Aerial Robotics Competition by herding Roombas.