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Austin-based Roommates Develop Low-cost Ventilator Unit Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Two Austin-based roommates have developed a low-cost ventilator unit made from parts widely available around the world in response to global shortages amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In vitro testing on pig lungs for their prototype could begin soon at Dell Medical School. 

UT Scientist’s Research Should Shorten Path to Novel Coronavirus Vaccine

Jason McLellan works with the spike proteins that give the virus its shape and allow it to attach to receptors on human cells and begin to replicate.

Boiz Being Boiz: Group Members Find Identity, Community Through Drag

Boiz of Austin aims to tear down barriers and redefine what it means to be a king in the queen-dominated world of drag.

An Undergrad Astronomy Major Helps Revolutionize Her Field

Anne Dattilo, 22-year-old physics and astronomy undergraduate at the University of Texas at Austin, discovered two exoplanets, or planets outside Earth’s solar system.

May 10, 2020

Texas A&M Entomologist Provides Insight on Global Locust Devastation

Hojun Song, a professor in the Department of Entomology at Texas A&M, has been researching grasshoppers and crickets, with a focus on the evolution of swarming locusts. Reporting Texas spoke with Song on the video conferencing app Zoom about his research.

 

Feb 19, 2019

Texas Faces Another Unpredictable Mosquito Season

With the start of the 2019 mosquito season upon us, state public health officials plan to proceed as usual — expecting the worst.

Dec 08, 2018

Playing with Fire, UT Professor Sparks Interest in Chemistry (and Sometimes Things Explode)

A a girl in Michigan, Kate Biberdorf discovered joy and beauty in science. She brings that sense of wonder — and plenty of pyrotechnics — to her students at the University of Texas.

Oct 15, 2018

Huge Current of Tropical Air Connects Weather Extremes

Summer snow in Canada while Texas bakes: It’s all about the teleconnection.

Oct 27, 2017

UT System’s Los Alamos Lab Bid Promises Prestige But Also Challenges

Managing the national laboratory could bring millions in research dollars to UT campuses. But the UT System also would have to address a string of serious problems there.

Jul 30, 2017

Cadavers Remain Vital Partners in Training Doctors at Dell Medical

As some substitute software for real bodies, the UT-Austin school uses both in its study of anatomy.

Apr 25, 2017

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.

Apr 20, 2017

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.

Mar 08, 2017

In Austin, Avoiding the Rush or Carpooling Can Pay Off

Metropia, a smartphone app, offers gift cards and charitable donations to drivers who share rides or travel during off-hours.

Mar 07, 2017

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.

Mar 02, 2017

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.

Mar 01, 2017

Austin Warms to an App That Feeds Parking Meters

Thirteen percent of the city’s transactions are now online, as more people rely on a smartphone app that lets them replenish their parking time.

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