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"I married an Aggie, but our baby girl is already making the right decision!" says Katie Staszak, BA ’06, who shared this photo of her daughter, Ansley.Send us your travel or baby photo at alumninotes@alumni.utexas.edu.

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"I married an Aggie, but our baby girl is already making the right decision!" says Katie Staszak, BA ’06, who shared this photo of her daughter, Ansley.

Send us your travel or baby photo at alumninotes@alumni.utexas.edu.


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Tucked in a corner of the Main Building is the largest collection of Texas plants in the world. The Plant Resources Center also contains specimens collected by Charles Darwin and Captain James Cook on scientifically crucial voyages in the Pacific in the 18th and 19th centuries. 

Learn more and explore other Hidden UT scenes.

[Video by Thomas Humphreys]

On the Cusp of an Ebola VaccineEbola is believed to have killed more than 700 in west Africa in the last five-plus months. And now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is evacuating two infected American aid workers and bringing them back to the U.S.  There is no known treatment or preventative vaccine — until now. One UT professor is on the verge of a research advancement that promises to change the fight against ebola. Read more.

On the Cusp of an Ebola Vaccine

Ebola is believed to have killed more than 700 in west Africa in the last five-plus months. And now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is evacuating two infected American aid workers and bringing them back to the U.S.

There is no known treatment or preventative vaccine — until now. One UT professor is on the verge of a research advancement that promises to change the fight against ebola. Read more.

Former UT golfer Brandon Stone, playing an event on the European Challenge Tour, takes to the piano in the Rixos Hotel. He’s putting his piano classes to good use!


Putting my Piano classes @UTAustin to good use here in the Rixos Hotel hall! @Challenge_Tour #NotJustAGolfer pic.twitter.com/9RlIuYp9Y3
— Brandon Stone (@BrandonMStone) July 30, 2014

Former UT golfer Brandon Stone, playing an event on the European Challenge Tour, takes to the piano in the Rixos Hotel. He’s putting his piano classes to good use!

UT Campus Scenes

Here one of the most bea-UT-iful libraries on the campus: the Life Science Library. The library is located on the second floor of the Main (MAI) Building and is home to the study of biology, medicine, nutrition and pharmacy. [Photos: Marsha Miller/UT Austin]


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UT Austin’s Radio-Television-Film department ranked No. 10, second among public programsFor its fourth annual ranking, The Hollywood Reporter magazine conducted its widest-ever survey, with more than 2,300 ballots submitted by the industry and schools. The Department of Radio-Television-Film at the Moody College of Communication was again ranked 10th on the Top 25 Film Schools list. The RTF department was No. 2 on the list for public programs.From THR’s ranking:

UT’s Department of Radio-Television-Film is the only non-California public university with a "Semester in L.A." program, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary as well as its 1,000th student in 2015. Back in Austin, UT has instituted a new 3D production program and, thanks to a $50 million 2013 gift from the Moody Foundation, now calls itself the Moody College of Communication. UT had an extra reason to break out the champagne this year: The best actor Oscar victory of alum Matthew McConaughey.
- Tuition$17,664 undergraduate ($34,216 out-of-state); $2,454 to $12,354 graduate ($12,074 to $24,148 out-of-state)
- Notable Alumni Robert Rodriguez, Matthew McConaughey

UT Austin’s Radio-Television-Film department ranked No. 10, second among public programs

For its fourth annual ranking, The Hollywood Reporter magazine conducted its widest-ever survey, with more than 2,300 ballots submitted by the industry and schools.

The Department of Radio-Television-Film at the Moody College of Communication was again ranked 10th on the Top 25 Film Schools list. The RTF department was No. 2 on the list for public programs.

From THR’s ranking:

UT’s Department of Radio-Television-Film is the only non-California public university with a "Semester in L.A." program, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary as well as its 1,000th student in 2015. Back in Austin, UT has instituted a new 3D production program and, thanks to a $50 million 2013 gift from the Moody Foundation, now calls itself the Moody College of Communication. UT had an extra reason to break out the champagne this year: The best actor Oscar victory of alum Matthew McConaughey.

- Tuition$17,664 undergraduate ($34,216 out-of-state); $2,454 to $12,354 graduate ($12,074 to $24,148 out-of-state)

- Notable Alumni Robert Rodriguez, Matthew McConaughey

Throwback Thursday to 1968Here the north entrance to Texas Memorial Stadium circa 1968. Oh, and it’s just 30 days until the Longhorns kickoff the 2014 season.Hook ‘em!Image: Briscoe Center for American History, di_08400

Throwback Thursday to 1968

Here the north entrance to Texas Memorial Stadium circa 1968. Oh, and it’s just 30 days until the Longhorns kickoff the 2014 season.

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Image: Briscoe Center for American History, di_08400

#HiddenUT: Butterflies in the Field

In some classes, students are assigned readings from a big textbook; others are assigned computer problems or chemistry formulas. But there’s probably only one course at the university in which students are assigned an entire acre of land filled with trees, wildflowers, buzzing insects and birds: Professor Larry Gilbert’s field ecology class at the Brackenridge Field Laboratory (BFL).

The BFL property is comprised of areas of rich natural vegetation, including a native bluestem prairie, old pasture land, former quarry, Firefly Meadow, Pecan Bottoms, Colorado River and juniper woodlands. This diversity has produced records of thousands of species, including at least 163 species of birds, 20 mammals, 373 species of plants, 68 species of ants, 200 species of native bees and a whopping 1,200 species of moths and butterflies.

For the first part of every semester, that acre at BFL becomes a personal laboratory in which students practice methods of field ecology, including learning how to perceive ecological patterns, frame hypotheses, collect data in the field, analyze the data and write professional-quality lab reports.

“I designed the course in 1999, just as life science at the university was being reorganized,” says Gilbert. “When I took ecology at UT in 1964, lecture and lab were combined for three hours of course credit. It was still like that in 1999. I wanted to make the lab a stand-alone course based in the field, and BFL was a perfect venue. In a real sense, I designed a course that I would have wanted to take when I was an undergraduate in the days before BFL.”

A version of this story originally appeared on the College of Natural Sciences website.

Video by Thomas Humphreys.

America’s Top Colleges 2014: Forbes ranks UT Austin No. 19 for Best Value

Forbes’ 7th annual Top Colleges ranking is the newest ranking of 2014. This year The University of Texas at Austin was ranked No. 19 for Best Value.

From Forbes:

“Interestingly, students pursuing bargains do not have to sacrifice the chance to attend a major research university. Schools like the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, the University of Texas, Austin and the University of Wisconsin, Madison are among the world’s most renowned research institutions.”


Earlier this summer, UT Austin was ranked No. 29 in CWUR’s latest world rankings, 15th on the “50 Great Affordable Colleges in the South” list and just yesterday, Money magazine listed UT No. 17 on its Top 25 Best Public Colleges for Your Money.

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10 Things You Need to Know About The University of Texas System’s Next Chancellor He started as a Longhorn and then became a SEAL.Now, Adm. William McRaven, BJ ‘77 and Distinguished Alumnus,   responsible for the raid that claimed Osama Bin Laden’s life, has been named the sole finalist to become chancellor of the University of Texas System. Read more.

10 Things You Need to Know About The University of Texas System’s Next Chancellor

He started as a Longhorn and then became a SEAL.

Now, Adm. William McRaven, BJ ‘77 and Distinguished Alumnus,   responsible for the raid that claimed Osama Bin Laden’s life, has been named the sole finalist to become chancellor of the University of Texas System. Read more.