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Honoring the 2020 Texas Excellence Awards Winners

Though we couldn’t welcome these recipients onstage this year, we are celebrating them in the Alcalde with a portrait and kind words from faculty and students.

 
 

In the Fight: How UT Researchers Have Been Working Tirelessly to Defeat COVID-19

At UT’s Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), 448,448 processing cores of the world’s fifth-largest supercomputer, Frontera, transmit signals back and forth,...

 
 

Robert Devens on Taking the Helm at UT Press

Robert Devens has an important first hire to make—and he’ll likely have to do it over some form of video chat. “We’re going to be doing it all remotely...

 
 

Alum Creates Custom Longhorn Stock Car

Drawing inspiration from NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon’s No. 24 Axalta/Texas A&M School of Engineering car, as well as the final football game the Longhorns...

 
 

This Austinite Voted Dell Med into Existence—Now She’s One of the School’s First Graduates

Eight years ago, Travis County residents had a decision to make: did they want a medical school badly enough they were willing to pay higher property taxes to fund...

 
 

Five New Books From Longhorn Nation to Read During Social Distancing

Good Citizens Need Not Fear By Maria Reva, MFA ’18  When a bureaucratic glitch omits an entire building and its residents from municipal records, tenants of 1933...

 
 

Turning Glass into Tools at UT Austin’s Glass Shop

Adam Kennedy is one of a few university glass blowers left.

 
 

Touring the New UT Admissions Welcome Center

I am cutting it close on time, and for once I can’t blame it on Austin traffic. Alex Mitchell, deputy to the executive director of the UT Office of Admissions...

 
 

UT English Professor Deb Olin Unferth Hatches an Inventive Chicken Heist in Her Latest Novel

Picture this: A couple of egg industry auditors sneak onto a farm in the dead of night to steal a million chickens. It didn’t happen—but it could, says Deb...

 
 

Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection Celebrates 100 Years at UT

Sitting at a table at Sid Richardson Hall on campus, I lean over and try to look as closely as possible to a hundreds-of-years-old document while also trying not...

 
 
 
 
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