UT Austin http://kut.org en UT Regent Investigation Focuses Less on Wallace Hall, More on Powers’ Resignation http://kut.org/post/ut-regent-investigation-focuses-less-wallace-hall-more-powers-resignation <p>In what's become the never-ending story of state higher education news, t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he <a href="http://www.house.state.tx.us/committees/committee/?committee=465&amp;session=83">Texas House Transparency Committee </a>continued to hash out details of the fractured relationship between the <a href="http://www.utsystem.edu/board-of-regents">UT System Board of Regents </a>and UT-Austin leadership Wednesday, as it investigates the actions of UT Regent <a href="http://www.utsystem.edu/board-of-regents/current-regents/wallace-l-hall-jr">Wallace Hall</a>. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The committee is deciding if it should file impeachment proceedings against Hall, who some believe abused his powers as regent, but Wednesday's meeting also focused on last week's agreement for UT Austin President <a href="http://kut.org/post/ut-president-bill-powers-will-stay-one-more-year">Bill Powers to resign </a>at the end of the 2014-2015 school year.</span></p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 22:44:03 +0000 Kate McGee 10799 at http://kut.org UT Regent Investigation Focuses Less on Wallace Hall, More on Powers’ Resignation UT Affirmative Action Policies Stand in Fisher Ruling http://kut.org/post/ut-affirmative-action-policies-stand-fisher-ruling <p>In a two to one opinion, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld UT-Austin's affirmative action policies – the subject of Supreme Court case Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. You can <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1219257-fifth-circuit-court-of-appeals-decision-in.html">read the decision here</a>.</p><p>In a 2008 case, white student Abigail Fisher was not admitted into the university. She sued, claiming UT had discriminated against her because of her race. The case made it all the way to the Supreme Court, but the high court remanded the case to the circuit court last year, finding that when the court originally heard the case it didn't apply proper scrutiny to UT's affirmative action policies ­– as it was supposed to under a 2003 affirmative action case.</p><p></p><p>Read more background on the case here<strong>: <a href="http://kut.org/post/so-what-exactly-happened-fisher-v-university-texas-update">So What Exactly Happened with Fisher v. University of Texas?</a></strong></p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:35:06 +0000 Kate McGee 10791 at http://kut.org UT Affirmative Action Policies Stand in Fisher Ruling Cigarroa Tells Powers to Resign or Be Fired http://kut.org/post/cigarroa-tells-powers-resign-or-be-fired <p class="p1" 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: 15.199999809265137px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.35;">U</span><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 1.35; box-sizing: border-box;">niversity of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa has asked University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers to resign ahead of the Board of Regents’ July 10 meeting or be fired at it, multiple sources confirmed to The Texas Tribune on Friday.& Fri, 04 Jul 2014 19:35:27 +0000 Reeve Hamilton, Texas Tribune 10738 at http://kut.org Cigarroa Tells Powers to Resign or Be Fired UT Engineering School Receives $5M from ExxonMobil CEO http://kut.org/post/ut-engineering-school-receives-5m-exxonmobil-ceo <p>Chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil, <a href="http://corporate.exxonmobil.com/en/company/about-us/management/rex-w-tillerson" target="_blank">Rex W. Tillerson</a> and his wife, Renda, are donating $5 million to the Cockrell School of Engineering. The money is slated to go toward the <a href="http://www.engr.utexas.edu/eerc" target="_blank">Engineering Education and Research Center</a> which is expected to open in 2017.</p><p>It's a 430,000 square-foot facility that will allow UT Austin to expand its teaching, research and student project space.</p><p>Tillerson&nbsp;graduated from UT Austin in 1975 with a bachelor's degree in&nbsp;civil engineering and serves on the school's Engineering Advisory Board and UT Development Board. &nbsp;His sons, Robert and Michael, are also graduates. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:35:18 +0000 Kate McGee 10214 at http://kut.org UT Engineering School Receives $5M from ExxonMobil CEO These Sound Engineers Used One Weird Trick to Bend the Laws of Physics http://kut.org/post/these-sound-engineers-used-one-weird-trick-bend-laws-physics <p><strong>Update</strong>: <a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2014/03/24/sound-engineering-kut">Listen to this story on WBUR's Here and Now</a>.</p><p><strong>Original story</strong> (Feb. 28): You know how on cop shows, suspects get interrogated in a cramped room with a mirror on one wall? And on the other side, there's a prosecutor or other cops watching through the glass.</p><p>Those mirrors are kind of an illusion done with lighting.&nbsp;But the effect also illustrates perfectly how difficult it can be to break a pretty fundamental law of nature.</p><p>A group of engineers at UT has figured out how to&nbsp;bend – if not break – that law when it comes to sound.</p><p><strong>Listen:</strong></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/137133239&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 17:23:10 +0000 Matt Largey 9870 at http://kut.org These Sound Engineers Used One Weird Trick to Bend the Laws of Physics UT-Austin Approves Partnership to Build World's Largest Telescope http://kut.org/post/ut-austin-approves-partnership-build-worlds-largest-telescope <p><strong>Update:&nbsp;</strong>UT-Austin has received the green light to participate in the construction of the Giant Magellan Telescope. When constructed, it will be the world's largest telescope.&nbsp;</p><p>The UT System Board of Regents authorized UT-Austin to put $50 million of its research reserves toward the project, and allowed the university to raise an additional $50 million in donations.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">“Being a charter investor in this remarkable scientific tool will benefit our students, our faculty and the whole university,” UT-Austin President Bill Powers said in a statement Friday.“Not only will we be helping to answer the most basic questions about our universe, but our involvement will underscore our status as a top world university. This is the leading edge of science, and it is where Texas must be.”</p><p class="p1"> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 18:15:02 +0000 Kate McGee 9906 at http://kut.org UT-Austin Approves Partnership to Build World's Largest Telescope UT Austin to Sell Alcohol at Longhorn Athletic Games Starting Friday http://kut.org/post/ut-austin-sell-alcohol-longhorn-athletic-games-starting-friday <p><strong>Update: </strong>UT Austin says it will start selling beer and wine at Red &amp; Charline McCombs Field Friday&nbsp;when&nbsp;<span style="font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal;">Texas Softball hosts the Texas Invitational.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal;">“This trial will be in effect this spring for all remaining men’s and women’s basketball, softball and baseball games, and the fan fest area at the Texas Relays,” said UT Men’s Athletics Director Steve Patterson in a statement released Thursday. “We could look into expanding it for other sports events next fall provided the outcome of the trial is positive.”</span></p><p>At the end of the 2014 spring sports season, UT officials, along with&nbsp;<span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal;">UT Police, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and UT Athletics concessionaire Sodexho Sports and Leisure,</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;say they will evaluate the effectiveness and safety of the trial to see if alcohol will be served at other sporting events.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal;">The beer and wine trial will not include the spring football game on April 19 at DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium.</span></p><p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 04:53:58 +0000 Kate McGee 9856 at http://kut.org UT Austin to Sell Alcohol at Longhorn Athletic Games Starting Friday Prodigies or Not: Menuhin Competition Inspires Young Austin Musicians http://kut.org/post/prodigies-or-not-menuhin-competition-inspires-young-austin-musicians <p>The best young violin players in the world are in Austin right now for the <a href="http://menuhin.music.utexas.edu/" target="_blank">Menuhin Competition</a>. It’s the first time the prestigious contest featuring players under 22 years old has been held in North America.</p><p>UT’s Butler School of Music is hosting the 10-day competition. And it’s a rare opportunity for aspiring young string players in the area to see what’s possible with a lot of hard work.</p><p>“It’s considered the Olympics of the violin. It’s also called the F1 of the violin," Butler School of Music Interim Director Glenn Richter says. “We’re getting an international and a national exposure and flair that is very special for Austin.”</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/136760580&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 01:05:00 +0000 Laura Rice 9847 at http://kut.org Prodigies or Not: Menuhin Competition Inspires Young Austin Musicians Interview: The UT Art History Professor Who Got An Apology From Pres. Obama http://kut.org/post/interview-ut-art-history-professor-who-got-apology-pres-obama <p>President Barack Obama wrote a&nbsp;hand-written apology&nbsp;to a University of Texas art history professor this week.</p><p><a href="http://www.utexas.edu/finearts/aah/about/people/ann-johns">Ann Johns</a>, a senior lecturer at UT-Austin's Department of Art and Art History, complained via the White House website about the president's remarks in a speech at a Wisconsin factory last month. <a href="http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2014/02/19/art-history-professor-receives-handwritten-apology-from-obama/">As CNN notes</a>, stumping for education initiatives, President Obama said "You folks can make a lot more, potentially, with skilled manufacturing or the trades than they might with an art history degree."</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/135832678&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 16:44:19 +0000 Nathan Bernier 9814 at http://kut.org Interview: The UT Art History Professor Who Got An Apology From Pres. Obama UT Austin Receives $60 Million Gift for Engineering, Business Schools http://kut.org/post/ut-austin-receives-60-million-gift-engineering-business-schools <p>The University of Texas at Austin has received a $60 million gift from John and Miriam Mulva, one of the largest gifts in the school’s history. The donation will go toward two major building projects, including the school’s proposed Engineering Education and Research Center.</p><p>According to UT Austin President Bill Powers, $20 million will go toward the new Engineering Education and Research Center, while the other $40 million will go toward renovations of two buildings in the&nbsp;McCombs School of Business, pending project approval by the Board of Regents. The entire sum of money will be paid at a rate of three million over the next 20 years.&nbsp;</p><p>UT President Powers says the gift is especially important for the Engineering Center, since it <span style="font-size: 12.000000pt; font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPSMT'">will help the university raise $105 million from private donors to pay for construction of the $310 million Engineering Center.</span></p><p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 06:01:00 +0000 Kate McGee 9634 at http://kut.org UT Austin Receives $60 Million Gift for Engineering, Business Schools The Legacy of John Saunders Chase http://kut.org/post/legacy-john-saunders-chase <p>On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with the late John Saunders Chase, the first African American graduate of <a href="http://www.cah.utexas.edu/projects/ut_oral_history_chase1.php">The University of Texas at Austin</a> and the first African American President of <a href="http://texasexes.org/">The Texas Exes</a>.</p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 00:01:43 +0000 John L. Hanson Jr. 9586 at http://kut.org The Legacy of John Saunders Chase UT Regents Put President Powers' Job On the Agenda: How We Got Here http://kut.org/post/ut-regents-put-president-powers-job-agenda-how-we-got-here <p>The UT Board of Regents is expected to discuss the employment of University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers <a href="http://kut.org/post/ut-regents-discuss-employment-bill-powers">during its executive session today</a>. It’s the first time his employment has been placed on the agenda for discussion – and the latest development in what’s become a power struggle among state leadership.</p><p>The scene: boardrooms, committee chambers or behind closed doors. The characters: men who hold power in the Texas capitol, or the UT Tower. But how did the situation get to this point?</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/124486666&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 14:19:15 +0000 Kate McGee & David Brown 9352 at http://kut.org UT Regents Put President Powers' Job On the Agenda: How We Got Here With Jell-O and Lasers, UT Scientists Build Tiny Cages for Bacteria http://kut.org/post/jell-o-and-lasers-ut-scientists-build-tiny-cages-bacteria <p><em>Editor's note: This story was originally published Nov. 19, prior to being rebroadcast on <a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2013/12/05/bacteria-research-texas">WBUR's Here and Now</a>.</em></p><p>When you think of bacteria, you might think about a bunch of mindless, single-celled bugs blindly roaming the world in complete ignorance. But over the past few decades, scientists have found bacteria are much more complicated than that.</p><p>Now, a group of scientists at the University of Texas at Austin has come up with a <a href="http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2013/10/02/1309729110.full.pdf+html">new way</a> of studying how bacteria interact with the world – and each other.</p><p>You see, scientists have a couple of problems when it comes to studying bacteria.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/120789113&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 20:10:28 +0000 Matt Largey 9214 at http://kut.org With Jell-O and Lasers, UT Scientists Build Tiny Cages for Bacteria UT Austin Receives $9 Million Gift For Engineering and Science Program http://kut.org/post/ut-austin-receives-9-million-gift-engineering-and-science-program <p>The University of Texas at Austin's <a href="https://www.ices.utexas.edu/">Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences</a> (ICES) program has received $9.3 million from the <a href="http://www.odf.org/">O'Donnell Foundation</a>. The foundation has donated more than $135 million to the university over the past 30 years.</p><p>The money will go towards student fellowships, faculty teaching and recruiting for the program, which combines the study of math, engineering and science disciplines to tackle real world problems, specifically areas like applied mathematics, software engineering and computer visualization.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Kate McGee 9089 at http://kut.org UT Austin Receives $9 Million Gift For Engineering and Science Program Could 'Respect' Instead of 'Like' Lead to More Civil Discourse Online? http://kut.org/post/could-respect-instead-lead-more-civil-discourse-online <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-72aef0ed-b8bc-51fd-3132-0f509d67b6af" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">When it comes to news, what do you like?</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">We all tend to gravitate toward the things we like and avoid the things we don’t but, according to UT Professor <a href="http://commstudies.utexas.edu/faculty/rhetoric-and-language/natalie-jomini-stroud">Natalie Stroud</a>, that’s bad news for democracy. As director of the <a href="http://engagingnewsproject.org/">Engaging News Project</a>, Stroud has come up with an intriguing proposition: What if we replace the ‘like’ button with a ‘respect’ button? </span></p><p><br /><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Stroud spoke with KUT’s David Brown on the Engaging News Project’s recent experiment.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F115352105" width="100%"></iframe></span></p><p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 14:29:17 +0000 David Brown 8935 at http://kut.org Could 'Respect' Instead of 'Like' Lead to More Civil Discourse Online? Bill Powers Talks UT Athletics, Budget and the Rise of Texas A&M http://kut.org/post/bill-powers-talks-ut-athletics-budget-and-rise-texas-am <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-7ad4fdeb-be01-0127-e462-5a7f14eda99b" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">There are few venues in public life where money, sports, politics and policy combine with as much volatility as at a major public university. Given the sheer size of The University of Texas at Austin, President William Powers finds himself constantly in the news. </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;">Powers sat down with KUT"s David Brown to talk about the future of the most lucrative collegiate athletic program in the country, the school's "thin" budget and potential job cuts that could reduce UT's workforce by 20 percent.</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/115513321" width="100%"></iframe></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 17:26:14 +0000 David Brown 8945 at http://kut.org Bill Powers Talks UT Athletics, Budget and the Rise of Texas A&M Acclaimed Author Luis Alberto Urrea on Borders, Bias, and Breaking Down Barriers http://kut.org/post/acclaimed-author-luis-alberto-urrea-borders-bias-and-breaking-down-barriers <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline;font-variant:normal;font-style:normal;font-size:15px;background-color:transparent;text-decoration:none;font-family:Arial;font-weight:normal">Luis Alberto Urrea is one of the most distinguished writers in America. &nbsp;Just don’t tell him that. &nbsp;Urrea is refreshingly self-effacing when forced to talk about his status as an award-winning and best-selling author. He is perhaps best known for “The Devil’s Highway,” which won the Lannan Literary Award in 2004. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 21:30:00 +0000 David Brown 8942 at http://kut.org Acclaimed Author Luis Alberto Urrea on Borders, Bias, and Breaking Down Barriers