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News and features from UT-Austin's School of Journalism

Science, and Chance, Propelled African-American Engineer to NASA

She has broken barriers as an African-American woman in engineering. Now she leads a top project at NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

Nonprofit Provides Channels Into Technology for High School Girls

Portland-based ChickTech’s programs are generating interest in science, technology, engineering and math in Central Texas.

Bumblebees Are Better Pollinators, But Also Are Disappearing

In February, the Trump administration sidelined a plan to put one bumblebee species on the endangered list.

From Chemistry Lab to Firefighting, UT Lecturer Wears Many Hats

Sara Sutcliffe once was terrified of fire engines. Now the chemistry professor is a volunteer firefighter and teaches fire science.

Oct 08, 2016

Texas A&M Researchers Working to Avert a Global Coffee Crisis

Climate change threatens one of the world’s most popular beverages and a crucial crop in some developing countries. The Texas researchers hope to create a coffee plant that can stand up to hotter temperatures.

May 21, 2016

As Research Funds Dry Up, Science Doctorates Make a Beeline for Data Jobs

In 2012, the Harvard Business Review called data science “the sexiest job of the 21st century.” This is especially impressive considering that the title “data scientist” did not exist until 2008.

May 21, 2016

UT is ‘Ground Zero’ for Research on Little-Known Oil Recovery Techniques

The University of Texas at Austin’s graduate petroleum engineering program, renowned for its enhanced recovery techniques for oil reservoirs, was ranked as the best in the country this year.

May 17, 2016

As Pay and Prestige Grow, More Men Pursue Nursing

Men were 9.6 percent of registered nurses in 2011, up 2 percentage points from 2000, according to the Census Bureau. “You feel like you’re doing something for somebody else,” Casey Luong, a nursing student, said.

May 17, 2016

Experts Warn of Hydrogen Sulfide Dangers

Hydrogen sulfide, or H2S, is a colorless gas that smells like rotten eggs, but there the similarity ends. At lower levels, the gas causes nausea, headaches and dizziness. Larger doses can result in loss of smell and ultimately death. The poisonous gas made headlines on April 13 after Austin firefighters responded to a cardiac arrest […]

May 16, 2016

Healing on the Back of a Horse

Designed to complement traditional forms of therapy, Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapy has, its adherents say, become an increasingly popular adjunct for a variety of diagnoses, among them depression, autism, post-traumatic stress disorder and Down Syndrome.

May 15, 2016

Researchers Enlist Snake Venom in Anti-Cancer Campaign

At Texas A&M’s Natural Toxins Research Center, researchers test snake venom against different types of cancer cells, including various kinds of melanomas and carcinomas, hoping to find ways to block the cells’ growth.

May 15, 2016

Research on Boozing Bugs Aims to Find Breakthroughs on Alcoholism Treatment

The drinking habits of fruit flies can help science understand how humans become addicted to alcohol.

May 14, 2016

Dean of Texas Acupuncturists Set to Needle Lawmakers Again

Two decades after leading Texas acupuncturists’ struggle for professional recognition, Lisa Lin is at the forefront of efforts to make sure only licensed and well-trained acupuncturists are allowed to practice.

May 12, 2016

As Stringers Replace Photojournalists, New App Finds a Niche

The app, which allows news stations to post assignments and users to respond with photos and videos, illustrates the growth of citizen journalism at a time when traditional jobs in photojournalism are declining.

Apr 16, 2016

Music Therapy – Still Experimental?

Despite decades of research showing that the therapy helps patients, music therapists struggle to achieve professional status at the state level.

Mar 02, 2016

The Zika Beat: Observations of a Mosquito Man

Mosquitoes common to Central Texas are spreading Zika. At Texas A&M, Jeff Tomberlin is working on ways to prevent the bites that could make people sick.

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