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Spotlight on Research: Cancer Research Awareness Edition #2

Iyer Lab

“Dr. Vishy Iyer, associate professor of molecular genetics and microbiology recently received $1.1 million in funding from CPRIT for use in next-generation sequencing technologies. Dr. Iyer is working to identify and study the role of noncoding DNA variants in gene regulation as a means to diagnose and develop personalized therapies for a common brain cancer in collaboration with Matt Cowperthwaite, director of research at the NeuroTexas Institute at St. David’s HealthCare.”

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Spotlight on Research: Cancer Research Awareness Edition #1

Dr. Kevin Dalby, associate professor of medical chemistry, is one of many professors at the University of Texas currently providing ground-breaking advances in cancer research. The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CRPIT) recently awarded Dr. Dalby a $1 million grant to fund his research. His lab focuses on understanding the biochemical basis for the regulation and mechanism of the MAP kinases, which are important mediators of cellular signals and are believed to play major roles in tumor formation and progression to metastasis.

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Spotlight on Research Week 2

There has been tremendous interest in cloaking technology using metamaterials. Andrea Alù’s group in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have been very active in the field, having recently put forward two exciting possibilities to obtain drastic scattering reduction from moderately-sized objects: One is the concept of plasmonic cloaking, the second one is the concept of mantle cloaking (invisibility induced by a surface). Check the link to hear more!
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Spotlight on Research Week 1

Our 1st Spotlight:  “Debate on Deadly Flu Made Airborne”

This link would provide a great background to the event/ ongoing debt.

Follow this link to hear UT Biologist Robert Krug speak out against the government’s plan to suppress information on deadly flu viruses.

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Spring 2012 Hot Science—Cool Talks Line-Up

Mark Your Calendars!

The Spring 2012 Hot Science—Cool Talks line-up features three speakers who
are at the forefront of their respective fields:

January 13, 7pm CT – Dark Energy, Explosions, and Zombie Stars: The past and
future of our universe
Dr. Andrew Howell from Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network, and
host of National Geographic Channel’s third season of Known Universe, talks
about “zombie stars” and the dark energy that makes our universe expand.
View the Known Universe Season 3 Trailer:

February 24 – From Fracking to the 40 Acres: Energy challenges for UT, Texas, and the world
Dr. Michael Webber of UT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and Center
for International Energy and Environmental Policy, UT-Austin, discusses the
current energy challenges faced at UT-Austin, in Texas, and across the globe.

April 13 – Life on Europa?: Exploring Jupiter’s icy moon
Dr. Britney Schmidt of UT’s Institute of Geophysics, shares her recent
discovery of a “great lake” on Europa, an icy moon of Jupiter, and explains why
the existence of liquid water and floating ice on Europa suggests a potential
new habitat for life in outer space.

For more information about these upcoming lectures, visit the Environmental
Science Institute’s website at Lectures are held on
the UT Campus and they are free and open to the public.

If you cannot join us in person, please tune into our live webcast at and ask our speakers questions in real-time.
We look forward to seeing you in our audiences this spring!

Happy Holidays!!!

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Camping Trip!

Saturday 11/19 at 10am to Sunday 11/20 at 2pm in Colorado Bend State Park, around 2 hours north from Austin.

– If you would like to listen to campfire songs, travel along waterfalls, and gaze at stars, please sign up on our survey –>

– You can learn more about Colorado Bend State Park through our wonderful friend, YouTube –>

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ESI Volunteering

Thursday 10/27 @ 5:30-6:45pm, Meet at SURGe Greenhouse
This ESI event presents “Robots and Rocks: Preparing for Geological Planetary Exploration” with distinguished speaker, Dr. Mark Helper, who has worked with NASA roboticists and helped trained astronauts for planetary field work. For SURGe, we will be helping out with some pre-lecture activities, and we need volunteers to help out. We will meet at the Greenhouse (behind PAI) at 5:15pm, so please consider helping out if you have the time to spare.

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Longhorn Halloween (11/30/11)

Longhorn Halloween

Sunday 10/30 @ 12-3pm and 3-6pm (2 Shifts), Meet at SURGe Greenhouse
Boo! It’s that time of year again where everyone gets a ton of cavities after eating too much candy in one night. This is a big event for the entire city of Austin, and we really need your help with managing our booth at the event. We will meet at the Greenhouse at 11am-12pm to help load our materials and carpool to the Frank Erwin Center at 12pm. The actual event starts at 2pm, but we need to set everything up by 1:45pm, and this is where you come in. If you are interested in dressing up, helping out, and having fun, then please fill out the information in the survey below:

Our costume theme for this year is Pokemon, so don’t be left behind on the trend!

We will host a Haunted Maze and Science Corner. Also, we will have pin the mustache on Einstein.

Come to this spooky Pokemon Longhorn Halloween!

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