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Three Members of Natural Sciences Named to Academy of Distinguished Teachers

April 19, 2013

AUSTIN, Texas — Three members in the College of Natural Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin that have been named to the university’s respected Academy of Distinguished Teachers for 2013, said Steven Leslie, executive vice president and provost. They are: Calvin Lin, professor, Department of Computer Science, College of Natural Sciences. Theresa O’Halloran, associate professor, Section ...

Gates Computer Science Complex and Dell Hall Open

March 4, 2013

AUSTIN, Texas — The Bill & Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex and Dell Computer Science Hall officially open this week at The University of Texas at Austin. With high-tech collaborative laboratories and spaces, the complex marks the start of a new era for the university’s top-10 ranked Department of Computer Science. ...

Physicists Take Photonic Topological Insulators to the Next Level

December 21, 2012

AUSTIN, Texas—Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have designed a simulation that for the first time emulates key properties of electronic topological insulators. Their simulation, which was described this week in Nature Materials, is part of a rapidly moving scientific race to understand and exploit the potential of topological insulators, which are ...

Team of Computer Science Students Claim Victory at Supercomputing Challenge

November 20, 2012

The University of Texas team on the SC12 exhibit floor after learning they won the overall competition. ...

Six Assistant Profs Win CAREER Awards from National Science Foundation

September 24, 2012

AUSTIN, Texas – Six assistant professors in the College of Natural Sciences have received Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) awards from the National Science Foundation. The CAREER awards recognize promising young faculty and supports their research with five years of funding. ...

$1.5 Millon Grant Brings Renowned French Mathematician to the College of Natural Sciences

September 10, 2012

AUSTIN, Texas – Renowned French mathematician and engineer Francois Baccelli joins The University of Texas at Austin this fall as the first Simons Chair in Mathematics and Electrical and Computer Engineering. ...

Computer Science Camp is Geared to Girls

June 13, 2012

Event: First Bytes, An Innovative Summer Program in Computer Science to Promote Interest in Technology in Teenage Girls When: June 17–22, various times Where: Various locations on The University of Texas at Austin campus (see below for details) and across Austin ...

Five Natural Sciences Faculty Receive Sloan Fellowships

February 22, 2012

Five faculty in the College of Natural Sciences have recently been awarded 2012 Sloan Research Fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The fellowships are given to early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars, the next generation of scientific leaders. The recipients are: ...

Computer Scientist Developing Intersections of the Future With Fully Autonomous Vehicles

February 20, 2012

Peter Stone rides in Marvin, the autonomous car designed by he and his students. Photo by Wyatt McSpadden. ...

Game Development Program Is Launched

January 17, 2012

AUSTIN, Texas-The College of Natural Sciences is teaming up with two other colleges at the university to launch undergraduate students into an interdisciplinary game development program. ...

New Center for Cloud Computing Will Impact Mobile Computing and Internet Security

November 18, 2011

AUSTIN, Texas — As part of its research efforts to help create safer and faster computing, the Department of Computer Science at The University of Texas at Austin has partnered with ...

Computer Science Student Wins Prestigious Astronaut Foundation Award

September 27, 2011

AUSTIN, Texas — Space Shuttle astronaut and University of Texas at Austin graduate Robert Crippen today presented a $10,000 Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) scholarship to Ben Braun, a junior majoring in computer science. “Ben is a clear leader in computer science at The University of Texas,” Crippen said at a ceremony on campus. “He is a prime example of everything an Astronaut Scholar is supposed to be: intelligent, perseverant and destined for greatness. ...

Scientists Afflict Computers with Schizophrenia to Better Understand the Human Brain

May 5, 2011

AUSTIN, Texas—Computer networks that can’t forget fast enough can show symptoms of a kind of virtual schizophrenia, giving researchers further clues to the inner workings of schizophrenic brains, researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and Yale University have found. The researchers used a virtual computer model, or “neural network,” to simulate the excessive release of dopamine in the brain. They found that the network recalled memories in a distinctly schizophrenic-like fashion. ...

Two Assistant Profs Win CAREER Awards from National Science Foundation

April 1, 2011

AUSTIN, Texas – Biologist Misha Matz and computer scientist Michael Walfish are among six assistant professors at The University of Texas at Austin who received Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) awards totaling nearly $3 million from the National Science Foundation. The CAREER awards recognize promising young faculty and supports their research with five years of funding. ...

Computing Classroom in Flawn Academic Center Brings Advanced Scientific Computation and Statistics to Students

February 24, 2011

AUSTIN, Texas — A new computing classroom and learning laboratory in The University of Texas at Austin’s Flawn Academic Center is changing the way that statistics and scientific computing are taught at the university. ...

Racial Profiling to Limit Terror Attacks Is Fundamentally Flawed

November 19, 2010

AUSTIN, Texas–Stop using racial profiling, says Professor William Press. ...

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