University of Texas System

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    August 7, 2014

    Texas Researcher Might Have Some Treatments for Ebola, Needs Money

    Ever since a doctor from Fort Worth became one of two Americans recently infected with the Ebola virus on a mercy trip in Liberia, the Western public has developed a renewed interest in the rare disease, often described as incurable. For researchers like University of Texas virologist Dr. Thomas G ... More >>

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    July 16, 2014

    How Ruling on Race in UT Admissions and Charges of Backdoor Deals Tie Together

    Yesterday's ruling by a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholding race as a criterion for admissions to the University of Texas at Austin comes on the heels of another big UT-Austin story -- the alleged role of under-the-table political influence in admissions at UT and th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2014

    What if Wallace Hall, the Crazy Bad UT Regent, Isn't? Crazy or Bad?

    Whoa. Wait up. Take five. Let's take another look at that Wallace Hall narrative. He's the University of Texas regent from Dallas who is supposed to be a crazy, nuts, Tea Party, Rick-Perry-buddy, off-the-wall, Neanderthal education-hater who needs to be impeached, criminally prosecuted and generall ... More >>

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    January 2, 2014

    The Winners of the Second Voice Media Group Music Writing Awards

    The eleven alternative weeklies of Voice Media Group are responsible for a tremendous amount of music writing: This year, we produced thousands of pages of printed stories and tens of thousands of blog posts. We're proud to present the very best of that work in the second annual Voice Media Group Mu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2013

    Link Found Between Carbon Dioxide Injection and Earthquakes in Texas Oil Field

    There's a growing body of science that says injecting substances underground can cause earthquakes. Here in North Texas, we've had plenty associated with the injection of slippery frack water deep into earth. Motionless faults get lubricated into sudden shifting and a country not known for seismic a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2013

    Science Scores a Victory in Fight Over Texas' Biology Textbooks

    When Texas' State Board of Education convenes next month to adopt new biology textbooks, chairwoman Barbara Cargill will be disappointed. The Republican from The Woodlands is a staunch advocate of teaching "all sides of scientific explanations," which is code for more Genesis and less Darwin. Yet n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2013

    UT Student's Printable Gun On Display This Month at Prestigious British Design Museum

    Just in time for next week's London Design Festival, the Victoria and Albert Museum -- the world's largest repository of post-classical sculpture and East Asian and Islamic ceramics -- will feature the work of a Texan that just might stand out: University of Texas law student Cody Wilson's printable ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2013

    Crazy Ants, Discovered in Houston a Decade Ago, Are Swarming Toward Dallas

    First, the good news: Crazy ants don't sting. They do sometimes bite, but the pain is mild, and it fades quickly. Even better, they drive out their stinging cousins, fire ants, which have been tormenting Texans for decades. Now, the bad news: When entomologists say "crazy," they mean it. "When you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2013

    SMU's Deal with Bush Library Threatens University's Academic Independence

    You know what's wrong with the Bush Presidential Center at SMU? It's not a terrible thing or place in and of itself, yet. But what's wrong already is that it represents such a lay-down by the leadership of the university. The way the thing is set up is a betrayal of academic excellence, which depend ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2013

    State Rep. Bill Zedler Wants to Shut Down Those Grody LGBT Centers at Texas Colleges

    The LGBT Resource Center at Texas A&M University, like its cousins at the University of Texas and the University of Houston, is an innocuous arm of school bureaucracy that offers an array of resources to gay and transgendered students. There is a guest speaker program, a lending library, networking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2012

    Meet Randy Best, the Dallas Entrepreneur Cashing in On Online Higher Ed

    Randy Best found his way into the pages of the Observer in the mid-'90s, when a company he founded, Voyager Expanded Learning Inc., landed some plum DISD contracts and, just after he left the district, Superintendent Chad Woolery. He gained national attention a decade later when he was criticized fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2012

    Who's Watching the Watchers in Review of Controversial UT Fracking Report?

    University of Texas prof Chip Groat's ties to the natural gas industry raised a few eyebrows last month after a report he served as lead researcher on gave the hydraulic fracturing process a clean bill of health. "New Study Shows No Evidence of Groundwater Contamination from Hydraulic Fracturing," t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2012

    UT Poll: Most Folks Want To Keep the EPA, And What is This 'Fracking' You Speak Of?

    Shale gas extracted by fracking deep formations in Texas, New York, Pennsylvania and elsewhere is supposed to be the bridge fuel to the sustainable age, capable of powering power plants and, hell, even our cars. It's become the centerpiece of President Obama's "all of the above" energy plan. In Tex ... More >>

  • Music

    January 5, 2012
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    November 9, 2011

    University of Texas Fracking Study: No Evidence That It Contaminates Groundwater

    ​The University of Texas released the preliminary results today of that comprehensive study on the controversial natural gas producing process known as hydraulic fracturing (or fracking), drawing no link between it and claims of groundwater contamination. "While there have been casing/cement ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2011

    Dallas News Publisher Jim Moroney Talks to UT Students, Profs About the Future of His Paper

    On Thursday, Jim Moroney paid a visit to Austin, where he told an audience of University of Texas journalism students and professors: Only The Major Metropolitan Newspaper can preserve, protect and defend democracy ... or something like that. The Dallas Morning News's publisher spoke of rapidly shri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2011

    Dixie Chicks, Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett Join Impressive Bill for Central Texas Fire Benefit

    ​Just got off the phone with Will Johnson a few minutes ago for an upcoming story related to the upcoming, pretty epic-looking Dallas Observer Music Awards Showcase. He's a good dude -- you may recall his, Centro-matic and South San Gabriel's efforts a few weeks back to do what they could to help ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2011

    Your Sneak Peek at Most Eligible Dallas

    Tara Harper​Maybe you recall: About three months ago Bravo sent word that some time over the summer it would debut Most Eligible Dallas, wherein the city "serves as the sexy backdrop for this jaw-dropping docu-series that follows a group of successful friends living it up like only Texas socialite ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2010

    Because the Only Thing That Would Have Made Animal House Better Would Have Been Guns

    ​Trey Garrison, a writer I admire and a contributing editor at D, has an op-ed piece in The Dallas Morning News today suggesting that Tuesday's suicide at the University of Texas at Austin makes the case for allowing all students in Austin to pack heat when they go to class. Perhaps from personal ... More >>

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    August 19, 2010
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    August 17, 2010

    For What It's Worth, SMU Gets Its Best Score Ever on U.S News's Best Colleges List

    ​At this late date, there are enough caveats accompanying U.S. News and World Report's annual college rankings that no one would confuse this with science. Buried within the fine print, this is how the magazine answers the why-even-bother question: "You wouldn't go out and buy a computer or a car ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2010

    Quick -- Hospital or Hotel?

    Courtesy UT Southwestern​OK, it's a hospital -- the "new state-of-the-art University Hospital at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas" that the UT System Board of Regents agreed to fund to the tune of $800 million. The 12-story, 424-bed facility will open in 2015 on Harry Hines Boulevard at Re ... More >>

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    July 15, 2010
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    June 3, 2010
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    May 5, 2010

    For Your Weekday Listening Pleasure: David Garza and Friends at Club Dada in '91

    Twang Twang Shock-a-Boom. How's that for a flashback?​Pardon the musical interlude so early in the morning; blame an overnight missive from Jeff Liles. He sends very advance word: David Garza's getting Twang Twang Shock-a-Boom together for the first time in 20 years at The Kessler on July 17 -- wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2010

    SMU, UT Researchers Think They've Found Cause of North Texas Quakes

    Courtesy SMUSeismologist Brian Stump installing equipment to find the cause of the quakes near DFW Airport​SMU just sent word: Its seismologists, Brian Stump and Chris Hayward, joined by researchers from the University of Texas, have found evidence that could very well link those North Texas earth ... More >>

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    December 24, 2009
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    December 24, 2009
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    May 12, 2009

    Finally, the UT Co-op Comes to Dallas

    Seems we missed this rather significant media release yesterday -- significant, that is, if you're a Texas Ex in need of, oh, I dunno, a PINK University of Texas Bling T-Shirt or a Longhorn Pet Sweater right pronto. Because after opening outposts in Houston and San Antonio, the University of Texas C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2008

    Bill Murchison Says News Has Lost Its "Personality, Spirit and Flavor"

    In the latest issue of The Weekly Standard, former Dallas Morning News columnist William Murchison reviews Judith Garrett Segura's Belo: From Newspapers to New Media, published in September by the University of Texas Press. (Segura worked at the paper from 1981 till 2004, and she was, among other th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2008

    Ad Agency imc2 Subtracts Even More, But You Probably Already Knew That

    I see MediaBistro just reported that Dallas-based virtual advertising agency imc2 just laid off 17 percent of its workforce -- due, of course, to the economy. It has even posted a letter sent to the staff from president Doug Levy, in which he writes: "In preparation for what might be a significant a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2008

    Worst. Talented. Team. Ever.

    Following Cards 30, Cowboys 24: "These are the moments when I'm happy I care a lot more about college football," says a Friend of Unfair Park and fellow University of Texas grad, who points to the Longhorns' No. 1 ranking in the Associated Press and USA Today coaches' polls. And Pacman's about to ge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2008

    What Might've Been, Longhorn Fans

    Turns out, the University of Texas was toying with the thought of moving Saturday night's game against Arkansas up to Dallas on Saturday. Alas, athletics director DeLoss Dodds said it weren't meant to be "because of how many workers are needed to put on a game for 98,000 fans," reports the Austin Am ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2008

    Yay, SMU! You're No. 66!

    That's what U.S. News & World Report says, anyway, in its latest ranking of the best colleges in the country. Which puts Southern Methodist behind BaylorRice, the University of Texas and Texas A&M when it comes to the other Texas universities on the list. But don't feel left out, TCU: You're No. 113 ... More >>

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    May 22, 2008

    Snoop If You Want

    Truth is revealed in materialism

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    April 3, 2008
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    February 14, 2008

    No Child Left Behind. Yeah, O.K.

    High-stakes testing doesn’t result in better education, at least not among minorities -- it just leads to a disproportionate number of African-Americans, Latinos and ESL students dropping out of Texas schools. That’s one finding in a new report released today by Rice University and the Universit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2008

    Sure, What's Another Destroyed Dallas Landmark, More or Less?

    John Wheeler If a Canadian developer gets its way, this Howard Meyer-designed building on Turtle Creek will become a hotel-condo high-rise with a restaurant. Local architect Cliff Welch sends word today of another important Dallas building on the chopping block: the Howard Meyer-designed office bui ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2008

    Pat Green Praises Texas Venues in New Book

    For some, an assiduous 10-year music career can lead to red-carpet debauchery and self-congratulatory Letterman interviews. For true-Texan country star Pat Green, his acclaimed and earnest performing pilgrimage has compelled him to produce a tangible hard-covered assemblage of gratitude: Dance Halls ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2007

    Oh, and She Loves Ya Like a Sister

    Fred Holston Grimes' suggested headline for this farewell: "Wherein The Girl On Top Announces Her Plans To Go Down." It is with both sadness and excitement that I announce to you, dear Friends, my impending departure from this fair city I have called home for the past two and a half years. This mea ... More >>

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    September 13, 2007

    Happy Birthday, G.

    Grapefest is finally of legal drinking age!

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2007

    More Sounds of Deep Ellum

    Jeff Liles has informed us as to the identity of "juabeaux," who's been posting all the archival footage of bands performing in Deep Ellum way back when. But till we talk to our YouTube'n archivist and find out what he plans on doing with what we hear is an estimable collection of footage -- includi ... More >>

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    January 16, 2007

    Radiant Still Milkin' That Kimmel Contest Win

    A Friend of Unfair Park reminds us that tonight, Radiant will provide the musical entertainment on Jimmy Kimmel Live; this, o' course, follows the band's winning the "Countdown to One" contest that landed the local band a slot on Mr. Sarah Silverman's New Year's Eve broadcast, which we kinda, like, ... More >>

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    September 8, 2006
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    July 28, 2005

    The Class Menagerie

    Zooniversity offers four-legged fun

  • News

    June 17, 2004

    "Nice Kid, But..."

    To get into the right college, sometimes you have to be better than perfect

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    June 3, 2004

    Highland, Ho

    Scottish fest and games offer caber tossing and bonny knees

  • News

    April 29, 2004

    He Wants to be a Millionaire

    So why did LaMarcus Aldridge put off NBA riches?

  • News

    September 21, 2000

    Searching for Gold

    Like other past Olympic stars, local gold medal winners often have trouble keeping track of them

  • Culture

    December 22, 1994

    Less than fantastick

    Theatre Three almost revives a dated, saccharine musical

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