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Education
11:37 am
Mon November 14, 2011

UT Faculty Productivity Gets High Marks in New Report

Photo by Jeff Heimsath for KUT News

 

Despite the arguments of critics in recent months, Marc Musick, the University of Texas at Austin’s College of Liberal Arts associate dean of student affairs, makes the case in a new faculty productivity report that his institution provides “an incredible return on investment for the state.”

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Education
1:39 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

Report: Social Studies Guidelines Not Aligned With College Standards

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Social studies standards adopted by the Texas State Board of Education will leave students unprepared for college, according to a new report by a professor of history at the University of Texas El Paso.

The report was prepared by Keith Erekson for the Social Studies Faculty Collaborative, an organization funded by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). The report’s findings have not been reviewed by the Faculty Collaborative or the Coordinating Board.

“The end result for the students in the classroom is that it’s going to be a lot harder to go to college,” said Erekson, who directs a teacher education program and a center for history and learning at UTEP.

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Education
4:58 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

UT President Given Power to Tackle Conference Issue

University of Texas President Bill Powers announces UT's commitment to the Big 12 Conference.
Photo by Bob Daemmrich, Texas Tribune

The University of Texas System regents today gave UT President Bill Powers the authority to take any necessary actions regarding conference realignment. Hours earlier, the University of Oklahoma regents empowered their president, David Boren, with the same authority.

The action by both universities is identical to a move Texas A&M University System regents made in August when they granted such authority to Texas A&M President  R. Bowen Loftin — two weeks before A&M officially notified the Big 12 Conference that it wanted out.

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Education
12:15 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

Hispanic Student Population Increases at UT Austin

Photo by Jeff Heimsath for KUT News

The ratio of Hispanic students enrolled at the University of Texas at Austin rose from 12 percent in 2001 to 17.5 percent this year, according to preliminary numbers from the university.  While the percentage of freshman Hispanic students is down this year, UT-Austin’s Hispanic student population of 8,975 is a new record high for the university.

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sports
10:21 am
Wed August 31, 2011

Texas A&M To Leave Big 12

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Texas A&M University has officially withdrawn from the Big 12 college athletic conference. The university says it will apply to join another athletic conference, according to a statement on its website.

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Education
3:57 pm
Thu August 25, 2011

UT Professors Develop Online Game to Help Autistic Children

Two University of Texas professors are developing a free online game called LifeisGame which may help autistic children express their emotions.
Image courtesy Yan Zhang, UT School of Information

Two University of Texas professors are developing a game that could affect the lives of children diagnosed with autism.

Yan Zhang, an assistant professor at UT-Austin's School of Information and engineering professor J.K. Aggarwal are working to create a free online game called "LifeIsGame" designed  to help autistic children communicate.

Zhang said the game may address a component of autistic children's lives that often gets overlooked: their emotions.

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Arts and Culture
12:40 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

3-D Video Projection on UT Tower Tuesday and Wednesday Nights

Photo by KUT News

The University of Texas Tower will serve as a canvas for some innovative three-dimensional video art this week as part of a promotion being filmed for ESPN’s Longhorn Network. 

This isn’t 3-D video in the sense that you need glasses to observe it. Rather, the video is “mapped” to fit the dimensions of the building upon which it is being projected.

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Health
1:07 pm
Mon July 25, 2011

Violent News? Turn It Off

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Mass killings dominated the media this weekend with a string of shootings in the United States following just hours after a murderous rampage in Oslo. Some of the violence since Friday included:

A local psychotherapist says the deluge of grim news can be a trigger for people already trying to cope with grief. For those with a history of trauma, mental illness or personal losses, it can actually be harmful, according to two local experts.

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Austin
2:07 pm
Mon July 18, 2011

UT Police Release Report on Campus Shooting Response

An image of the 19-year-old who terrified the campus in September 2010
Photo courtesy UTPD

When a 19-year-old University of Texas sophomore terrified the campus with an AK-47 last September, police from different agencies struggled to communicate with each other as they sought to secure the situation. That was one of many findings contained in a report released today by the University of Texas Police Department.

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Education
4:34 pm
Thu July 7, 2011

University of Texas Gets First Ombudsperson for Staff

UT-Austin hires its first ombudsperson to specifically handle internal staff disputes.
Photo by Jeff Heimsath for KUT News

For the first time ever, the University of Texas at Austin will have a staff ombudsperson – an independent third-party who can help resolve internal conflicts with staff members. Jennifer Graf Sims begins her new duties on July 20, according to a press release.

“As many of you know, the creation of this position has been several years in the making,” UT President Bill Powers said in a post on his blog.

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Education
5:06 pm
Thu May 5, 2011

Remembering Shirley Bird Perry

Photo by Liang Shi for KUT News

The University of Texas at Austin community is mourning the loss of senior vice president Shirley Bird Perry- who passed away Wednesday of cancer. She was 74.

After graduating from UT in the 1950s, Shirley Bird Perry started her career as program director of the Texas Union student center. She also served over a decade as a vice chancellor with the UT System.

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Education
4:16 pm
Thu May 5, 2011

UT System Releases Data on Faculty "Productivity"

Photo by KUT News

This afternoon, the University of Texas System released much-anticipated data on faculty "productivity" — noting, however, that the 821-page spreadsheet is in a raw draft form that has not been fully verified and "cannot yield accurate analysis, interpretations or conclusions."

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Special Coverage
2:07 pm
Tue May 3, 2011

UT Alum Led Unit That Attacked Osama bin Laden

Vice Adm. William H. McRaven commanded the unit that killed Osama bin Laden. He is also a graduate of UT's journalism program.
Photo by U.S. Navy

The man who commanded the unit that shot and killed Osama bin Laden this week is a graduate of the University of Texas journalism program. The Daily Texan reports that Vice Adm. William H. McRaven graduated in 1977.

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Arts and Culture
2:12 pm
Mon April 11, 2011

Composer Daniel Catán Dies In Austin

Mexican composer Daniel Catán passed away in his Austin apartment at the age of 62.
Photo by Elizabeth Beristain http://www.elizabethberistain.com Used with permission.

Mexican composer Daniel Catán died unexpectedly at his apartment in Austin on Sunday, according to a statement from his publisher. Catán was 62. The cause of death is under investigation.

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Austin
6:50 pm
Mon April 4, 2011

Fake Weapons Cause Real Scare

University of Texas authorities were on heightened alert for a time this evening, after a man was believed to be carrying two shotguns on campus. He wasn't.
Photo by KUT News.

University of Texas police--and the rest of the campus, for that matter--are breathing a little easier this evening.

UTPD issued a safety alert about 6:25 p.m., saying that a man had been seen between 5:30 & 6:00 near the Rec Sports Building on San Jacinto Blvd., carrying what were believed to be two shotguns.

Police caught up with the man a few moments later. The weapons he was carrying were replicas. Authorities have canceled the safety alert.

Education
12:29 pm
Mon April 4, 2011

Texas Higher Ed Leaders Higher Paid

UT President William Powers, Jr (center) is among the highest-compensated college presidents in the nation, according to one report
Photo by KUT News

The Chronicle of Higher Education has released a report on the compensation that higher education leaders, and the University of Texas ranks very high.

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Education
3:49 pm
Tue March 22, 2011

University of Texas Students Rally At Capitol

University of Texas students concerned about cuts to financial aid programs and skyrocketing tuition costs took to the streets this afternoon.

Dozens of people wearing “Invest in Texas” t-shirts and carrying handmade signs marched from the Student Activity Center to the Capitol, shouting slogans in support of higher education. 

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Education
2:35 pm
Wed February 23, 2011

UT Facing $100 Million Budget Cut Next School Year

UT could face a $100 million budget cut for 2012-2013 school year.
Image by Liang Shi for KUT News

Hard times may be coming to The University of Texas at Austin, based on projected spending cuts from the Legislature.

UT President Bill Powers told the campus that budget items in both the House and Senate versions of the 2012-2013 biennial budget cut funding to the school by $100 million.  Since 2009, UT has cut $14.5 million from its budget in response to state mandates, with the cuts primarily made to administrative operations.  Powers is scheduled to testify before the Senate Finance Ccommittee about higher education spending March 2.

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Education
10:38 am
Tue January 4, 2011

Buyouts Of Tenured Professors In Texas And Across Nation

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We're beginning to see the consequences of state budget cuts at Texas' public universities. The Chronicle of Higher Education's Katherine Mangan reports today how more than 130 tenured professors at the University of Texas and Texas A&M University have accepted buyouts.

While the early retirements are expected to save nearly $18 million annually, they also carry administrative consequences for their colleges, Mangan reports.

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Health
1:59 pm
Mon January 3, 2011

Public Health Expert Worried About "Purple Stuff" Drink Expanding Distribution

This legal soda contains only valerian root, rose hips, and l-theanine but some public health experts worry that it references a recreational drug popularized by Houston hip hop artists.
Image courtesy Funktional Beverages

The makers of a legal drink that references a recreational drug say they are expanding distribution to more than 1,200 retail stores including twenty Signature Austin Convenience Stores in and around the city.

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