UT-Austin http://kut.org en Bill Powers on Regents Drama, Civil Rights Summit & Those Mysterious Maroon Bluebonnets http://kut.org/post/bill-powers-regents-drama-civil-rights-summit-those-mysterious-maroon-bluebonnets <p>Reports over the past week suggest that the screws are tightening on one of the biggest critics of William Powers,&nbsp;Jr., President of the University of Texas at Austin.</p><p>University Regent Wallace Hall <a href="http://kut.org/post/report-cites-possible-grounds-halls-impeachment">likely committed impeachable offenses</a>, according to a 176-page report prepared for legislators looking into Hall's campaign to oust Powers. Among the charges: that Hall leaked confidential student information in apparent violation of state and federal law, that he attempted to coerce UT administrators to alter testimony to investigators, and that he abused his position as regent.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144700374&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:08:56 +0000 David Brown 10212 at http://kut.org Bill Powers on Regents Drama, Civil Rights Summit & Those Mysterious Maroon Bluebonnets UT-Austin Faculty Objects to Shared Services Plan http://kut.org/post/ut-austin-faculty-objects-shared-services-plan <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">More than 100 faculty members at the University of Texas at Austin signed a letter this week expressing concern and dismay over a proposal to centralize and consolidate services such as&nbsp;human resources and information technology.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">That shared services model would combine administrative services now located and staffed in individual departments of the university in an attempt to save millions of dollars annually.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">In the letter to UT-Austin President Bill Powers, faculty members posited that such a move would harm the university's sense of community. "People choose to work at the University of Texas at Austin because they believe in its educational and social mission," the letter said. "Adoption of a shared services model will weaken departments’ commitment to those missions by devaluing bonds between faculty and staff that develop from working toward common goals."</p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:59:38 +0000 Reeve Hamilton, Texas Tribune 10200 at http://kut.org UT-Austin Faculty Objects to Shared Services Plan So What Exactly Happened with Fisher v. University of Texas? (Update) http://kut.org/post/so-what-exactly-happened-fisher-v-university-texas-update <p><strong>Update</strong> (July 15, 2014): The Fifth Circuit has ruled that UT's affirmative action policies can continue.</p><p>Read more here:&nbsp;​<strong><a href="http://kut.org/post/ut-affirmative-action-policies-stand-fisher-ruling" style="line-height: 1.5; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); text-decoration: underline;">UT Affirmative Action Policies Stand in Fisher Ruling</a></strong></p><p><strong>Update</strong>: The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals is hearing arguments today in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, the case that questions UT's use of race in its admissions process.</p><p>In June, the U.S. Supreme Court punted the case back to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals after deciding the Fifth Circuit didn't apply the strictest scrutiny to UT's admissions policies.</p><p>While most UT&nbsp; students are admitted based on whether they’re in the top seven percent of their graduating class, some are admitted based on what the university calls a “holistic review.” An applicant’s race is one element of that review.</p><p>Back in 2008, a white student named Abigail Fisher was denied admission to UT under the holistic review. She sued saying she was a victim of reverse discrimination. Lower courts upheld UT’s affirmative action policy.</p><p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 15:06:45 +0000 Kate McGee 8214 at http://kut.org So What Exactly Happened with Fisher v. University of Texas? (Update) Five Things You Should Know About Brain-Altering Software http://kut.org/post/five-things-you-should-know-about-brain-altering-software <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F108501258" frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Technology is improving – and fast. The next frontier for some software designers is the human brain.</p><p>William Hurley, or “whurley," is the co-founder of Austin-based mobile studio company Chaotic Moon.</p><p><strong>1. Brain-Altering Software Already Exists:</strong></p><p>"Currently there are things that are considered brain-altering software. <a href="http://www.lumosity.com/" target="_blank">Sites like Lumosity</a> and things like that where you do brain training and different activities." Tue, 03 Sep 2013 10:33:35 +0000 Laura Rice 8577 at http://kut.org Five Things You Should Know About Brain-Altering Software Odds Stacked Against Four-Year College Graduation http://kut.org/post/odds-stacked-against-four-year-college-graduation <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F107646244" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>A new school year starts today for the more than 50,000 students at the University of Texas at Austin.&nbsp;Students at St. Edwards, Huston-Tillotson, Southwestern and Texas State also started classes this week.</p><p>But how many of those students are prepared for college success and on-time graduation? The numbers don’t look so good.</p><p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 10:53:00 +0000 Laura Rice 8548 at http://kut.org Odds Stacked Against Four-Year College Graduation What Does UT Smell Like? Longhorns Launching Fragrance Line http://kut.org/post/what-does-ut-smell-longhorns-launching-fragrance-line <p></p><p>University of Texas students, alumni and fans already bleed orange. But soon, they will also be able to smell like it.</p><p><a href="http://www.utexas.edu/creative">University of Texas Creative Services</a>&nbsp;says UT will be partnering with&nbsp;<a href="https://masik.com/universities/">Masik Collegiate Fragrances</a>&nbsp;to launch a scent exclusive to the Longhorns. The fragrance representatives will meet with students and have them determine the final scent. A release date for the fragrance has not been set.</p><p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 20:16:15 +0000 Mone Miller 8216 at http://kut.org What Does UT Smell Like? Longhorns Launching Fragrance Line UT's Briscoe Center Aquires Letter From George Washington http://kut.org/post/uts-briscoe-center-aquires-letter-george-washington <p>The <a href="http://www.cah.utexas.edu/" target="_blank">Dolph Briscoe Center</a> at the University of Texas at Austin recently acquired a <a href="http://www.cah.utexas.edu/news/press_release.php?press=press_washington_letter" target="_blank">letter written by George Washington</a>.</p><p>The letter was written to John Armstrong in 1769 – before the Revolutionary War. In it, Washington talks about his views of an incident resulting in the deaths of three Native Americans. Washington describes the killings as murders and calls them "villainy" and "mischief.”</p><p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 18:20:37 +0000 Gefei Liu 8091 at http://kut.org UT's Briscoe Center Aquires Letter From George Washington UT Grad Wins Student Academy Award for Father-Son Film (Update) http://kut.org/post/ut-grad-wins-student-academy-award-father-son-film-update <p><strong>Update:</strong> Actor Jason Schwartzman presented UT RTF graduate Brian Schwarz with the gold Student Academy Award medal Saturday night.</p><p>He's only the <a href="http://www.oscars.org/awards/saa/winners/winners.pdf" target="_blank">second UT student</a> to win 'gold' at the Student Academy Awards.</p><p><a href="http://www.oscars.org/awards/saa/2013/schwarz.html" target="_blank">In his acceptance speech</a>, Schwarz did take time to thank the RTF department. He called it a department with "great faculty" and "an enthusiastic student body." He also went on to talk about Austin's supportive film scene.</p><p>Comedian Bob Saget hosted the awards. Mon, 10 Jun 2013 11:18:25 +0000 Laura Rice 8022 at http://kut.org UT Grad Wins Student Academy Award for Father-Son Film (Update) UT Softball's World Series Trip Ends in Semi-Finals http://kut.org/post/ut-softballs-world-series-trip-ends-semi-finals <p>The University of Texas softball season <a href="http://www.texassports.com/sports/w-softbl/recaps/060313aaa.html" target="_blank">ended last night </a>with a 2-1 loss to Tennessee at the <a href="http://www.ncaa.com/championships/softball/d1#!championship_br_home" target="_blank">Women’s College World Series</a> in Oklahoma City.&nbsp;</p><p>Earlier in the day, the Longhorns kept their national title hopes alive with a 3-0 victory over Florida.</p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 13:20:51 +0000 Greg Echlin 7963 at http://kut.org UT Softball's World Series Trip Ends in Semi-Finals UT Softball Faces Arizona State in Women's College World Series http://kut.org/post/ut-softball-faces-arizona-state-womens-college-world-series <p>For the first time since 2006, the <a href="http://www.texassports.com/sports/w-softbl/tex-w-softbl-body.html" target="_blank">University of Texas at Austin softball team</a> is in Oklahoma City for the <a href="http://www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/softball/d1" target="_blank">Women’s College World Series</a>. It’s their fifth trip in team history, but the soft national championship has thus far eluded the Longhorns.</p><p>They’ll open against Arizona State tonight in a game that will air on ESPN2.</p> Fri, 31 May 2013 13:00:09 +0000 Greg Echlin 7928 at http://kut.org UT Softball Faces Arizona State in Women's College World Series UT App Measures Effect of Family Planning Cutbacks http://kut.org/post/ut-app-measures-effect-family-planning-cutbacks <p>The number of women served by a state family planning program in Travis County dropped 90 percent over two years, according to researchers at the University of Texas at Austin.</p><p>That happened as funding dropped by about the same amount, which contributed to the closure of seven family planning clinics.</p><p>UT’s Texas Policy Evaluation Project released a <a href="http://www.prc.utexas.edu/txpep">web app</a> today that measures the impact of cuts to the Department of State Health Services' family planning programs.</p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 21:17:09 +0000 Nathan Bernier 7212 at http://kut.org UT App Measures Effect of Family Planning Cutbacks UT Votes Against Fall Break http://kut.org/post/ut-votes-against-fall-break <p>At a special meeting Monday afternoon, the general faculty of the University of Texas at Austin voted "no" on a proposal that would have given students a "fall break" of two more days off in October.</p><p>The proposal was fueled by student support, including from UT's Student Government and UT's Graduate Student Assembly.&nbsp;Diane Bailey, chair of UT's Academic Calendar Committee, said the proposal would have started the fall semester two days earlier to give students two days off in the middle of the semester.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 22:21:28 +0000 Bobby Blanchard 7077 at http://kut.org UT Votes Against Fall Break