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Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Established With Gift from Family of Regent and Industry Leader
November 7, 2017 - A transformative gift has been made by the Hildebrand Foundation to support the Cockrell School of Engineering’s nationally recognized Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering. The gift will provide significant resources for student and faculty initiatives and investments in new teaching and research technologies.

Stone Named Emerging Inventor of the Year
November 3, 2017Everett Stone, a research assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Biosciences at UT Austin, has been named the 2017 Emerging Inventor of the Year by the university’s Office of Technology Commercialization.

Williams Named 2017 Inventor of the Year
November 3, 2017Robert O. (Bill) Williams III, Ph.D., professor and head of The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy’s Division of Molecular Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery, was named the 2017 Inventor of the Year by the university’s Office of Technology Commercialization.

UT Austin Ranks No. 10 Among U.S. Universities for Scientific Research in Nature Index
November 1, 2017 - UT Austin ranked No. 11 among all U.S. institutions (academic and nonacademic) and No. 10 among U.S. universities for publication of scientific research, according to the latest report from the Nature Index. 

UT Austin Ranked No. 32 in World by U.S. News
October 25, 2017 - U.S. News and World Report ranked UT Austin No. 32 in the world in its latest ranking of Best Global Universities, marking the fourth time this year a prestigious international group has placed UT Austin among the best international universities.

UT Austin Cardiovascular Research Center To Be Named in Honor of Distinguished Alumnus Dr. James Willerson
October 25, 2017 - Willerson is a distinguished UT Austin alumnus, president emeritus of the Texas Heart Institute and former president of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. 

UT Austin’s Harry Ransom Center Acquires Dean F. Echenberg War Poetry Collection
October 23, 2017 - The Harry Ransom Center at UT Austin is now home to the Dean F. Echenberg War Poetry Collection. The collection was started in the early 1970s by Dean Echenberg, a flight surgeon during the Vietnam War who later became the director of disease control for the City of San Francisco during the first years of the AIDS crisis.

Future of Texas is Focus of New Research Challenge
October 18, 2017 - Extreme weather events, population growth and aging infrastructure are common challenges Texas shares with the nation and world. In order to better understand these issues and devise innovative solutions, The University of Texas at Austin will launch Planet Texas 2050: Planning for a Resilient Texas, the first in a series of university-wide, interdisciplinary research challenges.

Students, Researchers and Public Have Access to Archive of Nobel Laureate Kazuo Ishiguro
October 5, 2017 - The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin holds the archive of novelist Kazuo Ishiguro, the recent recipient of the Nobel Prize in literature for 2017.

UT Austin’s McCombs School Launches New One-Year Master’s Program
October 4, 2017 - The McCombs School of Business at UT Austin is launching a Master of Science in Information Technology and Management (MSITM) program in the summer of next year. The inaugural Texas MSITM class will begin in July 2018.

University of Texas at Austin Alum Michael W. Young Awarded Nobel Prize
October 2, 2017 - After research at UT Austin first had him studying genetics using fruit flies over 40 years ago, Michael W. Young has been awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for pioneering research in the same insects that led to the identification of a gene that determines living things’ circadian rhythms.

New Era Begins with Opening of 430,000-Square-Foot Engineering Education Building
September 28, 2017 - More than a decade in the making, the highly anticipated, 430,000-square-foot Engineering Education and Research Center (EERC) has officially opened today at UT Austin.

DOD Awards $1.1 Billion Contract to UT Austin’s Applied Research Laboratories
September 28, 2017 - The U.S. Navy has awarded Applied Research Laboratories at UT Austin (ARL:UT) the largest research contract in the university’s history — worth as much as $1.1 billion over 10 years — to conduct research and development to improve U.S national security.

Archive of Michael Ondaatje, author of “The English Patient,” acquired by UT Austin’s Harry Ransom Center
September 25, 2017 - The archive of award-winning author Michael Ondaatje has been acquired by the Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at UT Austin. 

UT System Board of Regents Honors Seven UT Austin Faculty Members for Outstanding Teaching
September 22, 2017 - The University of Texas System Board of Regents named seven UT Austin faculty members as recipients of the 2017 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award (ROTA).

Four-Year Graduation Rate Rises from 51 to 66 Percent in Five Years
September 20, 2017 - Graduation rates continue to climb at UT Austin, with the four-year rate reaching 65.7 percent in 2017, up almost 5 percentage points from last year and setting a university record.

Cain Foundation Launches Center to Expand UT Austin Connection to Hollywood
September 18, 2017 - UT Austin and Hollywood will soon have more of a connection. The Cain Foundation has made a historic investment in the Moody College of Communication to create the Wofford Denius UTLA Center for Entertainment and Media Studies.

Texas Engineers and Scientists to Launch $15.6 Million Center for Materials Research
September 18, 2017 - Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering and the College of Natural Sciences at UT Austin have received a $15.6 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to discover and advance new types of materials for use in many applications including energy storage, medical devices and information processing.

Growth in Texas Drives UT Austin Automatic Admission to Top 6 Percent
September 15, 2017 - UT Austin will automatically admit eligible Texas students in the top 6 percent of their high school graduating class beginning in the summer and fall of 2019.

UT Health Austin to Launch Specialty Clinics on Oct. 17
September 13, 2017 - On Oct. 17, faculty and staff of the Dell Medical School at UT Austin will begin treating patients at UT Health Austin, a new practice that will use innovative team-based models and strategies to provide care focused on an individual’s health and personal goals.

UT Austin to Co-Lead $20 Million NSF Center Aimed at Converting Natural Gas Into Transportation Fuels
September 12, 2017 - Engineers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have been selected to help lead a five-year, $20 million National Science Foundation engineering research center aimed at developing new mobile technologies for converting natural gas into transportation fuels near rural natural gas sites.

New School of Design and Creative Technologies Launched at UT Austin’s College of Fine Arts
September 7, 2017 - In a move aimed to support the need for creative professionals in the business, nonprofit and government worlds, UT Austin has created the School of Design and Creative Technologies.

Steve Hicks School of Social Work Established at UT Austin With Gift from Regent and Telecommunications Pioneer
September 6, 2017 - R. Steven “Steve” Hicks, telecommunications pioneer and vice chairman of the Board of Regents at The University of Texas System, has made a generous gift to advance The University of Texas at Austin’s School of Social Work. In recognition, the university will name it the Steve Hicks School of Social Work.

APLU Recognizes UT Austin for Leadership in Degree Completion
August 24, 2017 - As part of its ongoing efforts to increase degree completion, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) named UT Austin as one of five finalists for its 2017 Project Degree Completion Award.

Neuroscientist Receives Grant to Advance Understanding of Brain Structure
August 1, 2017 - The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Kristen Harris, a professor in the Department of Neuroscience at UT Austin, a $9 million grant to explore the brain in microscopic detail and understand the cell biology of the nervous system. 

Dell Medical School Creates Department of Oncology
August 1, 2017 - With a focus on advancing the full spectrum of cancer education, research and care in Austin and Travis County — where cancer is the leading cause of death — the Dell Medical School at UT Austin is creating a Department of Oncology.

UT Austin’s New Supercomputer Stampede2 Storms Out of the Corral in Support of U.S. Scientists
July 28, 2017 - The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at UT Austin has launched Stampede2, the most powerful supercomputer at any U.S. university and one of the most powerful in the world.  

Barry Lopez Awarded UT Austin’s Dobie Paisano International Residency Prize
July 25, 2017 - Barry Lopez, a distinguished novelist, essayist and short-story writer, has been awarded the Dobie Paisano International Residency Prize by UT Austin. The award honors a national or international writer who has demonstrated an abiding connection to the natural world.

UT Austin Ranks No. 31 on MONEY Magazine’s List of Best Value Schools
July 11, 2017 - UT Austin ranks No. 31 on MONEY Magazine’s 2017 list of the “Best Colleges for Your Money.”

UT System Awards $1.8M to Expand Innovative UT Austin Success Program
July 10, 2017 - As part of a $10 million award for institutional student success initiatives, The University of Texas System Board of Regents granted $1.8 million to fund the expansion of UT Austin’s Graduation Help Desk.

UT Austin Offers Its First Online Master’s Degree in Nutritional Sciences
July 3, 2017 - The College of Natural Sciences at UT Austin has launched its first master’s program offered completely online, a Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences

Maria Gallucci named 2017-18 UT Energy Journalism Fellow
June 15, 2017 - Maria Gallucci, a science reporter with Mashable, has been awarded the UT Energy Journalism Fellowship for 2017-18. Gallucci will spend her year on the UT Austin campus researching and writing a book on the global shipping industry’s transformation to a low-carbon future.

2017 Dobie Paisano Fellows Announced
June 9, 2017 - Ricardo Nuila and Domingo Martinez have been awarded the 2017-2018 Dobie Paisano writing fellowships sponsored by the Graduate School at the University of Texas at Austin and the Texas Institute of Letters.

The University of Texas at Austin Launches Free Digital Edition of "The Collections"
June 8, 2017 - UT Austin has released a digital edition of The Collections, the first encyclopedic account of the university’s repository of cultural artifacts. 

UT Austin Student Wins Prestigious Astronaut Scholarship
June 7, 2017 - A UT Austin senior majoring in mathematics, physics and astronomy, has been selected by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation to join an elite group of Astronaut Scholars for the 2017-18 academic school year.

Exhibit “Mexico Modern” Reveals Dynamic Network of Cultural Exchange Between Mexico and the U.S.
June 6, 2017 - On display from Sept. 11 through Jan. 1 in the Harry Ransom Center, the exhibition highlights the important history of 20th-century art and how artists, museum curators, gallery owners, journalists and publishers in both countries instigated a cultural phenomenon by creating and promoting art that pioneered a synthesis of indigenous traditions and international aesthetics.

Randolph Bias Appointed Interim Dean of School of Information
June 1, 2017 - UT Austin has named Randolph Bias as interim dean of the School of Information. His appointment begins Sept. 1, 2017.

Sherry Field Appointed Interim Dean of College of Education
May 31, 2017 - UT Austin has named Sherry Field as interim dean of the College of Education. Her appointment begins January 1, 2018.

Four Students Named Recipients of the 2017 Roy Crane Award
May 24, 2017 - The Roy Crane Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts has been given to four students in the category of the performing arts.

The 2017 Inductees into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers Named
May 23, 2017 - Six new inductees into the prestigious Academy of Distinguished Teachers at UT Austin have been named. 

Douglas Bruster Named Piper Professor of 2017
May 1, 2017 - Douglas Bruster, professor in the Department of English, was named a Piper Professor of 2017 by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation for his dedication to the teaching profession and for his outstanding academic, scientific, and scholarly achievement at UT Austin.

Real Estate Investor Donates $6 Million to UT Austin’s McCombs School of Business
May 1, 2017 - John Goff, BBA ’77, has donated $6 million to support real estate and experiential learning initiatives at the McCombs School of Business.

UT Austin Mourns the Death of Former Provost Gerhard Fonken
April 25, 2017 - Gerhard Fonken, former executive vice president and provost at UT Austin, died this month at the age of 88. 

Archive Acquired of Theatre and Film Actor Peter O’Toole
April 21, 2017 - The Harry Ransom Center has obtained the archive of British-Irish theatre and film actor Peter O’Toole (1932–2013).

Recipients of the 2017-18 Blunk Professorship and Dads’ Teaching Fellowships Announced
April 17, 2017 - Both awards recognize outstanding contributions to undergraduate teaching at UT Austin.

UT Austin Receives $2.7 Million in Grants from Mellon Foundation
April 13, 2017 - The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded UT Austin two new grants. A $2 million grant will provide training for doctoral students working across disciplines in the humanities, and a $700,000 grant will help preserve vulnerable human rights documentation from Latin America.

Professor and Biomaterials Expert Nicholas Peppas Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences
April 13, 2017 - Nicholas Peppas, professor of biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, surgery and pharmacy at UT Austin and an expert in biomaterials and drug delivery systems, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Papers of Scholar and Architect Anthony Alofsin Given to University of Texas Libraries
April 11, 2017 - The Alexander Architectural Archives and Architecture & Planning Library at UT Austin have acquired the archive and personal library of Dr. Anthony Alofsin, FAIA.

Mark Smith Appointed Dean of Graduate School and Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at UT Austin
April 10, 2017 - UT Austin has appointed Mark J.T. Smith as the next dean of the Graduate School and senior vice provost for academic affairs. Smith comes to UT Austin from Purdue University, where he has served as the dean of the Graduate School since 2009.

Upgraded Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dedicated; Dark Energy Survey To Begin
April 10, 2017 - The Hobby-Eberly Telescope at McDonald Observatory has completed a multiyear $40 million upgrade to enable it to take on the biggest challenges in astronomy today.

Briscoe Center for American History Reopens With New Exhibit Spaces After Renovation
April 10, 2017 - The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at UT Austin has reopened its public spaces after a comprehensive 18-month renovation.

University of Texas Geosciences Ranks Among World’s Best
April 6, 2017 - UT Austin has one of the best geosciences research programs in the world according to two recent global rankings.

National Science Foundation Honors Eight UT Austin Professors with Early CAREER Awards
April 5, 2017 - Eight faculty members from UT Austin have been selected by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to receive Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Awards.

UT Austin Has 18 Top 10 Programs in Latest Global Rankings
April 4, 2017 - UT Austin has 18 research disciplines ranked in the top 10 worldwide, including the No. 1 program in interdisciplinary mathematics, according to subject rankings from the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) released this week.

Rachelle Hernandez Named Senior Vice Provost for Enrollment Management
March 31, 2017 - Rachelle Hernandez has been appointed senior vice provost for enrollment management at UT Austin. She is currently the associate vice provost for enrollment management and director of admissions at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

Harrington Fellows Present Innovative Research at Annual Symposium
March 15, 2017 - Scholars funded by The Donald D. Harrington Fellows Program, the most prestigious fellowship program at UT Austin, will present their research at the 15th annual research symposium in Amarillo on April 4.

U.S. News Ranks More Than 40 Programs at UT Austin Among Nation's Top 10
March 14, 2017 - UT Austin has more than 40 graduate programs ranked among the top 10 in the nation and four programs ranked No. 1, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2018 edition of "Best Graduate Schools," released this morning.

Papers of Actors Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson Acquired
March 6, 2017 - The Harry Ransom Center has acquired the papers of actors, and husband and wife, Eli Wallach (1915–2014) and Anne Jackson (1925–2016). Known as method actors and early members of the Actors Studio in New York, Wallach and Jackson had extensive and independent careers on stage and screen while also performing together in several productions.

Lithium-Ion Battery Inventor Introduces New Technology for Fast-Charging, Noncombustible Batteries
February 28, 2017 - A team of engineers led by 94-year-old John Goodenough, professor in the Cockrell School of Engineering at UT Austin and co-inventor of the lithium-ion battery, has developed the first all-solid-state battery cells that could lead to safer, faster-charging, longer-lasting rechargeable batteries for handheld mobile devices, electric cars and stationary energy storage. 

Michelle Addington Appointed Dean of UT Austin School of Architecture
February 27, 2017 - UT Austin has appointed Michelle Addington as the next dean of the School of Architecture. Her appointment begins July 1, and she will hold the Henry M. Rockwell Chair in Architecture.

UT Austin’s Petroleum Extension (PETEX) and Intertek Offer New Approach to Well Control Training
February 21, 2017Petroleum Extension (PETEX), part of UT Austin’s TEXAS Extended Campus, and Intertek, a leading Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide, have collaborated to offer a new, multifaceted approach to well control education that is designed to produce safer, more efficient operations.

UT Austin Leading National Efforts to Support Lower-Income Students
February 15, 2017 - In a new report from the American Talent Initiative (ATI), UT Austin is one of five colleges and universities highlighted for its success expanding opportunity and boosting graduation rates for low- and moderate-income students.

UT Austin Professor, Five Alumni Elected to National Academy of Engineering
February 8, 2017 - The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has elected David T. Allen, professor in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering, and five Cockrell School of Engineering alumni to the prestigious academy.

Exhibition Reveals Range of Stories from Ransom Center’s Collections
February 6, 2017 - Stories of inspiration, adaptation, innovation, confrontation, collaboration and even frustration can be found within the Harry Ransom Center’s extensive cultural collections. From Feb. 6 to July 16, the exhibition “Stories to Tell: Selections from the Harry Ransom Center” features more than 250 items from the collections.

UT Austin Leads $29 Million Alcoholism Treatment Consortium
February 3, 2017 - The National Institutes of Health has awarded an international consortium seeking better pharmaceutical treatments for alcoholism a five-year grant totaling $29 million. The administrative headquarters and several of the projects will be at UT Austin, which will receive $8.5 million of the total.

TEA Award Helps UT Expand Computer Science Teacher Education
January 25, 2017 - A new $5 million grant from TEA will help UT-Austin's WeTeach_CS program significantly increase teacher education initiatives that prepare Texas teachers to become certified in computer science.

UFCU Invests $1 Million in Central Texans’ Health Through Dell Medical School
January 19, 2017 - A $1 million gift from University Federal Credit Union (UFCU) will support community health initiatives and the training of physician leaders attending Dell Medical School.

Richard E. Rainwater Leaves $5 Million for the Study, Creation and Performance of American Music at UT Austin
January 17, 2017 - A newly established $5 million endowment will advance the study of music produced by Americans — from roots to jazz to film music to the concert hall — at UT Austin. The gift significantly enhances the Butler School of Music’s capacity to be a fulcrum of research, study and practice of American music past, present and future. 

Emmy and Golden Globe Award-Winning “Mad Men” Archive Donated to UT Austin’s Harry Ransom Center
January 12, 2017 - The archive for the acclaimed drama “Mad Men,” one of television’s most honored series in history, has been donated to the Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin.


2016

Mulva Family Foundation Contributes $75 Million to Fund Patient Care and Research in Neuroscience at UT Austin, Melanoma and Prostate Cancer at MD Anderson
December 14, 2016 - James and Miriam Mulva and the Mulva Family Foundation have donated $50 million to advance neuroscience at UT Austin and another $25 million for cancer research at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

School of Architecture to Lead Transportation Consortium
December 14, 2016
The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a five-year, multi-million dollar grant to the School of Architecture and its consortium partners to fund its Cooperative Mobility for Competitive Megaregions project.

UT Austin Among Founding Members of National Alliance To Expand Access and Opportunity for Lower-Income Students and Families
December 13, 2016 - UT Austin is among 30 of the nation’s most respected colleges and universities in a new initiative to expand the number of talented low- and moderate-income students at America’s top-performing undergraduate institutions with the highest graduation rates.

Three UT Austin Professors Named Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors
December 13, 2016 - John B. Goodenough, James W. McGinity and Sidigata V. (S.V.) Sreenivasan of UT Austin were named fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

Center for Integrated Design Launches Design Microcredit Program and Monthly Seminar Series
December 7, 2016 - The Center for Integrated Design (CID) in the College of Fine Arts is expanding its course offering to include three new microcredit courses that will count toward the Bridging Disciplines Program in Integrated Design.

UT Austin Innovators to Receive O'Donnell Awards from The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas
December 6, 2016 - Two faculty members from The University of Texas at Austin will receive Edith and Peter O'Donnell Awards from The Academy of Medicine, Engineering & Science of Texas (TAMEST) at its annual conference on Jan. 11.

Books from Gabriel García Márquez’s Library Added to Collection
December 1, 2016 - The Harry Ransom Center has acquired books from Gabriel García Márquez’s library. The collection will reside alongside the author’s literary archive, which the Ransom Center acquired in 2014. The selection of more than 180 books includes those that are inscribed, signed and sometimes annotated. 

Five Fellows Named to the American Association for the Advancement of Science
November 21, 2016 - Five UT Austin faculty members have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest general scientific society, including four from the College of Natural Sciences and one from the College of Liberal Arts.

McCombs School Partners with VA to Improve Services for U.S. Veterans
November 17, 2016 - The Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) program in the McCombs School of Business has formalized a relationship with the Department of Veterans Affairs Financial Services Center (FSC) to provide graduate student expertise in support of the VA’s efforts to increase efficiency and reduce fraud.

UT Austin Engineering Becomes New Home for EPA Water Infrastructure Center
November 3, 2016 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has given $3.9 million to researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at UT Austin to establish the new Center for Infrastructure Modeling and Management, which will develop and improve open source water infrastructure models and share tools and research findings to assist local communities and stakeholders.  

Classical Mexican Cinema Wins Grand Prize in the 2016 Co-op Awards
October 31, 2016 - When Charles Ramirez Berg was 3 years old, his brother took him to see “Cinderella” at the Plaza Theater in El Paso. Thus began a lifelong fascination with movies, as reflected in his latest work, “The Classical Mexican Cinema: The Poetics of the Exceptional Golden Age Films” (University of Texas Press), Grand Prize winner of the 2016 University Co-op Robert W. Hamilton Book Award. 

UT Austin to Launch New Environmental Engineering Undergraduate Degree
October 26, 2016 - UT Austin is introducing a new Bachelor of Science degree in environmental engineering. The program includes a multidisciplinary curriculum focused on creating solutions to environmental challenges facing the planet and protecting human health and quality of life.

UT Austin Launches the TEXAS MicroMajor for High School Students
October 26, 2016 - UT Austin is launching the TEXAS MicroMajor™, a new initiative to help high school students become better prepared for success at leading universities.

UT Austin First to Offer Bachelor of Science in Computational Engineering
October 24, 2016 - The University of Texas at Austin is introducing a new Bachelor of Science degree in computational engineering — a new field that focuses on modeling and simulation to develop solutions for society — with the first freshman class set to start in fall 2017.

Sid W. Richardson Foundation Supports Student Success with Grant for University Leadership Network
October 18, 2016 - The University of Texas at Austin’s University Leadership Network (ULN) was awarded a $265,000 grant from the Sid W. Richardson Foundation to support 50 students in the 2016-17 academic year.

UT Austin Latino Research Initiative Garners $7.6 Million to Study Latino Health Issues
October 18, 2016 - With leadership in place and $7.6 million in grants acquired for research on health issues that disproportionately affect Latino communities, the 1-year-old Latino Research Initiative is hitting the ground running at The University of Texas at Austin.

$20 Million Wong Gift Launches Leading-Edge Eye Institute at Dell Medical School
October 6, 2016 - The Wong family of Austin is contributing more than $20 million to create the Mitchel and Shannon Wong Eye Institute, a leading-edge center to train future ophthalmologists and provide patients with the best medical and surgical eye care possible.

Latin American Collections Now Available in Digital Repository
October 3, 2016 - More than 500,000 books from the stacks of the Benson Latin American Collection, a trove of treasures related to Latin America, have been digitized and are now accessible online. 

$20 Million Patton Gift to Boost Liberal Arts Faculty, Graduate Program, Student Experience
September 28, 2016 - A $20 million gift from Fort Worth oil and gas investor Bobby Patton Jr. and his wife, Sherri, will support faculty and graduate student endowments in the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin.

Graduation Rates, Applications and Incoming Class Set Records at UT Austin
September 19, 2016 - The University of Texas at Austin graduated a higher percentage of students on time in 2016 than ever before, with 60.9 percent earning their degrees in four years or less.

Elliott Erwitt Photography Collection Donated to Harry Ransom Center
September 8, 2016 - The Harry Ransom Center at UT Austin has acquired the archive of renowned photographer Elliott Erwitt (American, b. France 1928). Caryl and Israel Englander generously donated the collection. 

UT Austin Researchers Receive $20 Million to Improve Education Outcomes for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People
September 8, 2016 - Researchers in the College of Education have received a $20 million, five-year award from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs to lead a center that will have a far-reaching effect: supporting postsecondary education outcomes for deaf and hard of hearing people.

UT Austin’s School of Architecture Establishes Initiative on Race, Gender and the Built Environment
September 7, 2016 - The School of Architecture will address one of the most pressing issues affecting 21st-century design and planning by establishing a new program on race, gender and the American built environment. The effort aims to facilitate diversity among design and planning professionals and students, and foster innovation in teaching and research on race, gender and inequality in American cities.

New Degree Options in UT’s College of Fine Arts Designed to Prepare Students for Jobs in Creative Economy
September 2, 2016 - The College of Fine Arts is adding two new undergraduate degrees that combine hands-on learning experiences and creative problem-solving skills: a new Bachelor of Science in Arts and Entertainment Technologies and a Bachelor of Arts in Design. 

UT Study Cracks Coldest Case: How the Most Famous Human Ancestor Died
August 29, 2016 - Lucy, the most famous fossil of a human ancestor, probably died after falling from a tree, according to a study appearing in Nature led by researchers at UT Austin.

UT Austin Launches New Student Web Portal
August 22, 2016 - UT Austin has launched a new web portal for students, called MyUT, providing a single point-of-access to all the information they need to conduct their university business.

New UT Austin Undergraduate Degrees Focus on Sustainability, Organizational Dynamics
August 17, 2016 - The College of Liberal Arts has created two new undergraduate degrees that focus on the environment and on the human and social aspects of organizations. Students will be eligible to enroll in both degrees starting in the fall 2016 semester.

UT Austin Selected for National Experiment with Funding for Nontraditional Students
August 16, 2016 - The University of Texas at Austin is one of eight universities selected to participate with private sector partners in a new, experimental U.S. Department of Education program that will allow nontraditional students to have access to $17 million in financial aid.

UT Professors Launch Black Male Education Research Website
August 8, 2016
UT Austin's College of Education Professors Louis Harrison and Anthony Brown launched The Black Male Education Research Collection.

UT Austin Launches Communication and Leadership Major
August 4, 2016 - Moody College of Communication has created a new bachelor's degree in communication and leadership which seeks to prepare students for careers in public service, philanthropy, nonprofit and nongovernmental organization administration. Students will be eligible to enroll in the degree starting in the fall 2016 semester.

ExxonMobil Invests in Technology Development at UT
August 2, 2016 - ExxonMobil will invest $15 million as a leadership member of UT Austin's Energy Institute to pursue technologies to help meet growing energy demand while reducing environmental impacts.

DOE Funds Battery Research Consortium
July 27, 2016 - Professors Arumugam Manthiram and John Goodenough are part of a new five-year, $50 million initiative to advance battery technology in electric cars.

Engineers Receive $22.8 Million from DOD for Cross-Disciplinary Projects
July 18, 2016 - Three researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have been selected by the Department of Defense to lead Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) projects, receiving grants totaling $22.8 million to help advance innovative technologies in energy, computing and nanoelectronics.

Gov. Abbott’s University Research Initiative Brings Two Distinguished Professors to UT Austin
July 14, 2016 - With key support from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s new Governor’s University Research Initiative (GURI) grant program, The University of Texas at Austin has recruited two renowned researchers and national academy members to join its faculty: chemical engineering professor Joan Brennecke and molecular biosciences professor Wei Yang. 

Research Professor from the LBJ School selected for the James Beard Foundation’s Sixth Annual Leadership Awards
June 22, 2016 - The James Beard Foundation announced the recipients of the sixth annual James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards. Raj Patel, a research professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, is among this year’s honorees. The award spotlights the important and complex realms of sustainability, food access and public health. 

Leading Health Care Transformer Joining Dell Med
June 22, 2016 - Elizabeth Teisberg, co-creator of the idea of value-based health care strategy and an internationally recognized author and professor, is joining the Dell Medical School.

Board of Regents Honors 11 UT Austin Faculty Members for Teaching Excellence
June 21, 2016 - Eleven faculty members from The University of Texas at Austin have been chosen to receive the prestigious 2016 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award from The University of Texas System Board of Regents.

Ransom Center Acquires Archive of Indian Author Raja Rao
June 14, 2016 - The Harry Ransom Center has acquired the archive of Indian author and philosopher Raja Rao (1908-2006), recipient of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature and numerous other literary awards. Rao’s estate donated the archive to the Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin.

Stampede 2 Supercomputer Drives the Frontiers of Science and Engineering Forward
June 2, 2016 - Today, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced a $30 million award to the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin to acquire and deploy a new large-scale supercomputing system, Stampede 2, as a strategic national resource to provide high-performance computing capabilities for thousands of researchers across the U.S. 

Hands-On Science Courses Boost Graduation Rates and STEM Retention
June 1, 2016 - In a positive sign for efforts to boost U.S. competitiveness in science and technology, a new study finds that courses that engage college students in conducting scientific research early on can dramatically increase students’ odds of completing a science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) degree.

Forecasting Common Challenges for Incoming College Students Can Reduce Inequality, Study Shows
May 31, 2016 - Incoming college students, especially students of color and first-generation college students, who anticipate challenges and recognize these as normal and temporary are more likely to remain enrolled full time and receive better grades, according to a study led by a psychology researcher at UT Austin. 

Gates Foundation Grant Jump-Starts Innovative Malaria Research at UT Austin
May 26, 2016 - Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Grand Challenges Explorations initiative, a program funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to pursue research aimed at improving diagnostic tests for malaria. Technology used in oil and gas exploration inspired the health-related research.

CFP Foundation Donates $1 Million to Create Scholarships for Under-Resourced Students
May 23, 2016 - CFP Foundation is donating $1 million to the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin to establish a Subiendo Endowed Scholarship for Rising Leaders.

UT College of Education to Lead Governor’s Literacy Initiative
May 17, 2016 - The College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin has been awarded $4 million for the contract by the Texas Education Agency to design and launch the state’s new literacy and reading-to-learn academies.

Ransom Center Awards More Than 75 Fellowships
May 9, 2016 - The Harry Ransom Center has awarded more than 75 fellowships to postdoctoral, dissertation and independent researchers studying topics ranging from the works of Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez to the relationship between the music of vaudeville and early silent film.

Alexa Stuifbergen Reappointed Dean of School of Nursing
May 9, 2016 - Interim Provost Judith H. Langlois has reappointed Alexa Stuifbergen as dean of the School of Nursing, effective immediately. 

Evolutionary Biologist James Bull Elected to National Academy of Sciences
May 5, 2016 - Bull is the Johann Friedrich Miescher Regents Professor in Molecular Biology in the Department of Integrative Biology in UT Austin’s College of Natural Sciences. He is one of 84 new members recognized by the Academy this year for distinguished and continuing achievements in original scientific research.

Mathematician Receives Prestigious Education Awards
May 4, 2016 - Philip 'Uri' Treisman, founder and executive director of the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin, has been honored with two major education awards nationally: the Ross Taylor/Glenn Gilbert National Leadership Award from the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics and a Piper Professorship from the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation.

Toni Wegner Named Chief Operations Officer for Project 2021 at UT Austin
May 3, 2016 - Toni Wegner has been appointed Chief Operations Officer for Project 2021, an initiative at The University of Texas at Austin to develop next-generation undergraduate programs through course design, technology integration and rigorous evaluation.

UT Architecture Team Wins HUD 2016 Innovation in Affordable Housing Competition
April 27, 2016 - A team of graduate students from UT Austin's School of Architecture won the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) third annual Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition.

Regenerating Blood Vessels gets $2.7 Million Grant
April 27, 2016 - Biomedical engineers in the Cockrell School of Engineering have received a three-year, $2.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to advance a promising treatment that could help millions of older Americans and people with diabetes affected by peripheral ischemia, a condition that restricts blood flow to muscles in the lower limbs.

UT Humanities Student Plans to Attend Law School on Truman Scholarship
April 25, 2016 - Humanities junior Zoraima Pelaez will use her Truman Scholarship to pursue a law degree upon graduating from The University of Texas at Austin.

The Seventeenth Annual University Co-op George H. Mitchell Student Awards for Academic Excellence
April 22, 2016- On Monday, April 25 the University Co-operative Society and The University of Texas at Austin will host the Seventeenth Annual University Co-op George H. Mitchell Awards ceremony, where this year’s winners will be announced.

UT Austin Ranks No. 25 Globally for Science in Latest Nature Index
April 20, 2016
The University of Texas at Austin ranked No. 25 in the world among academic institutions for publication of scientific research, according to the latest annual report from the Nature Index. UT Austin ranked No. 16 among all U.S. universities and No. 7 among U.S. public universities.

UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers Inducts Three New Members
April 14, 2016- Three remarkable educators will be inducted into The University of Texas System Academy of Distinguished Teachers on Tuesday, April 19. Robert Duke, the Marlene and Morton Meyerson Centennial Professor and Head of Music and Human Learning at UT Austin, is one of the three inductees. 

Drug Engineered at UT Austin to Treat Anthrax Gains FDA Approval
April 4, 2016 - Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin successfully culminated years of work when a drug they engineered for the treatment and prevention of inhalational anthrax — the anthrax antitoxin obiltoxaximab — received approval March 21 from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

McCombs School Launches Master of Science in Marketing Program
March 23, 2016
The McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin is launching a Master of Science in Marketing (MSM) program during the summer of 2016. The inaugural Texas MSM class will begin July 1.

U.S. News Ranks More Than 40 Programs at UT Austin Among Nation's Top 10
March 16, 2016 - The University of Texas at Austin has more than 40 graduate programs ranked among the top 10 in the nation and three programs ranked No. 1, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2017 edition of "Best Graduate Schools."

Design Industry Leader Doreen Lorenzo Joins College of Fine Arts to Integrate Design Studies Across UT
March 8, 2016 - The College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin has appointed to its faculty design industry leader Doreen Lorenzo to oversee a campus-wide initiative to integrate design thinking into the curriculum across the university.

Jay Bernhardt Named Dean of Moody College of Communication
February 22, 2016 - Jay Bernhardt has been appointed Dean of the Moody College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin. He has served as interim dean of the college since September 1, 2015.

Two Faculty Members Win Presidential Early Career Awards
February 19, 2016 - Engineer Deji Akinwande and physicist Keji Lai have been selected to receive Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers.

$6 Million Award from Cancer Agency Supports Bringing Researcher to UT Austin
February 19, 2016 - A Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas award will underwrite the hire of a leading cancer researcher to serve as chair of the Department of Molecular Biosciences. 

Two UT Austin Professors Elected to National Academy of Engineering
February 8, 2016 - The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) announced today that David R. Maidment, professor in the Cockrell School of Engineering, and Bridget R. Scanlon, senior research scientist in the Jackson School of Geosciences, have been elected to the prestigious academy.

Darrell Bazzell Named Chief Financial Officer of The University of Texas at Austin
January 26, 2016 - Darrell Bazzell has been appointed senior vice president and chief financial officer of The University of Texas at Austin. He is currently the vice chancellor for finance and administration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

James Pennebaker to Oversee Educational Innovation at UT Austin
January 19, 2016 - President Gregory L. Fenves has appointed Psychology Professor James Pennebaker as the Executive Director of Project 2021 and Special Advisor to the Provost for Educational Innovation at The University of Texas at Austin.

Maurie McInnis Named Provost at The University of Texas at Austin
January 11, 2016 - Maurie McInnis has been appointed executive vice president and provost of The University of Texas at Austin. She is currently vice provost for academic affairs and a professor of art history at the University of Virginia (UVA).


2015

Jay Hartzell Named Dean of UT Austin’s McCombs School of Business
December 17, 2015- Jay Hartzell has been appointed dean of the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin.

Angela Evans Named Dean of LBJ School of Public Affairs
December 15, 2015 - Angela Evans has been appointed dean of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin.

Texas Advance to Award $20 Million in Scholarships
November 3, 2015 - Nearly 1,000 Texas high school students will receive scholarships worth $20,000 over four years through Texas Advance, a year-old University of Texas at Austin initiative aimed at supporting economically disadvantaged students across the state who are at the top of their class.

Graduation, Student Retention, Diversity Rates Climb at UT Austin
September 24, 2015 - The four-year graduation rate at The University of Texas at Austin is now 57.7 percent — the highest on record and an increase of 2.6 percentage points from the previous year. More than 500 additional undergraduate students graduated on time this year when compared with five years ago.

Houston Endowment’s $8.2 Million Grant Champions Student Success at UT Austin
June 10, 2015 - In an effort to provide greater access to higher education, Houston Endowment awarded The University of Texas at Austin’s University Leadership Network (ULN) $8.2 million to help economically disadvantaged Houston-area students achieve academic success and graduate in four years.


2014 - 2012

UT Austin Makes Progress Toward Higher Graduation Rate Goals
September 23, 2014 - Last year’s freshman class at The University of Texas at Austin returned to campus at higher rates, earned better grades and took — and passed — more credit hours than any other class on record.

Fall Enrollment Report Indicates Improvements in Recruitment and Retention
September 17, 2013 – Strategic admissions recruiting and retention efforts are paying off for The University of Texas at Austin, according to preliminary enrollment
numbers for fall 2013.

UT Austin to Expand Blended Learning Offerings to Improve Student Success and First-Year Experience
May 28, 2013 – The University of Texas at Austin will add five courses to its Course Transformation Program. The additions — in history, calculus, statistics, government and classics — will bring to 14 the number of large, lower-division gateway courses that have been redesigned as part of this $3 million effort to improve student learning and advance educational excellence.

Freshman Class of 2016 Demonstrates Improved Performance in Fall Semester
April 8, 2013 – Undergraduate students in this year's freshman class at The University of Texas at Austin are showing performance gains compared with freshman cohorts in past years, including a 98.5 percent retention rate from fall to spring semester...

UT Austin and ACC Launch a Co-Enrollment Program for Incoming Freshmen
March 1, 2013 – The University of Texas at Austin and Austin Community College have announced they will offer a co-enrollment program to freshmen that will enable qualifying students the chance to earn an associate degree from ACC and guaranteed admission to UT Austin to earn a bachelor's degree...

Nine Massive Open Online Courses to be Offered by The University of Texas at Austin
February 11, 2013– Students around the globe will have the opportunity to participate in nine dynamic massive open online courses (MOOCs) to be offered by The University of Texas at Austin during the 2013-14 academic year...

New Financial Aid Programs to Encourage Four-year Graduation
February 6, 2013– The University of Texas at Austin is introducing new financial aid programs that encourage four-year graduation rates among student populations who have historically been less likely to graduate in four years...

Alternative Diploma Option Offers Chance for High-Achieving Texas Students to Graduate Early
December 20, 2012– High-achieving Texas high school students will have the opportunity to graduate up to a year ahead of schedule under a first of its kind program being piloted by The University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University...

University Launches New Tools to Help Answer ‘What’s Your Major?’ for Prospective Students
November 19, 2012– As part of the university’s initiative to improve four-year graduation rates, The University of Texas at Austin has launched a set of interactive tools to help prospective students evaluate their readiness for college-level instruction and select a major...

Pilot Program Aims to Increase Four-Year Graduation Rates and Reduce Student Loan Debt
October 4, 2012– The University of Texas at Austin is testing a program to measure whether students can be encouraged to complete their degrees quickly by offering them forgiveness of the most expensive loans they must borrow to attend the university...

New Study Confirms Benefits of a Research University to Student Success
May 30, 2012– About 89 percent of all undergraduate students and 94 percent of seniors participate in some type of research while at The University of Texas at Austin, according to a new study released this month from the Office of Assessment for the university’s Division of Student Affairs...

Graduation Rate Champion Appointed at The University of Texas at Austin
May 8, 2012– As part of a strategic plan to increase its four-year graduation rate, The University of Texas at Austin has appointed a graduation rate champion to oversee its efforts to streamline the undergraduate experience and remove institutional roadblocks to timely graduation...

The University of Texas at Austin Releases Blueprint to Raising Graduation Rates Within Five Years
February 15, 2012– The key to raising four-year graduation rates at The University of Texas at Austin is enhancing freshman orientation and the first-year experience to better emphasize academics and improving advising and student tracking, according to a newly released task force report...