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AUSTIN, Texas — In a development that will help predict potential sea level rise from the Antarctic ice sheet, scientists from The University of Texas at Austin’s Institute for Geophysics have used an innovation in radar analysis to accurately image the vast subglacial water system under West Antarctica’s Thwaites Glacier. They have detected a swamp-like…

This Article reprinted from the website Domain-b. The oldest genome so far from a prehistoric creature has been sequenced by an international team, led by scientists from the Natural History Museum of Denmark (University of Copenhagen). The team, which included recent Jackson School postdoctoral fellow Jakob Vinther of the University of Bristol, sequenced and analysed short…

Here’s a simple math problem: The demand for workers in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math) is growing, but the number of students going to college to study these fields is shrinking. On top of this looming workforce shortage, minorities are greatly underrepresented in STEM jobs. It doesn’t take a math degree to see…

Okay, it’s quiz time. How old is the oldest academic geoscience program in Texas? Need a hint? It’s older than the Ford Model T and the Wright Brothers airplane. It was already well established before the Texas fight song, the longhorn mascot, and the orange and white school colors. It’s even older than the University…

An international team of 34 scientists sets sail today aboard the scientific ocean drilling vessel JOIDES Resolution to collect sediments in the Gulf of Alaska and investigate the interactions between long-term global climate change and the simultaneous growth of mountain belts. The team is co-led by Sean Gulick, research associate professor at The University of Texas…

Dean’s Desk (2012-2013)

Welcome to the Dean’s Desk, which celebrates accomplishments of members of the Jackson School community during the past academic year. The length of this year’s list alone gives a sense of how dynamic and well regarded our scientists and staff are. With this many honors, there is always a risk of overlooking some. Please accept…

Leading energy faculty at The University of Texas at Austin shared an update on the innovative research and programs taking place on the Forty Acres during the first-ever UT Energy Summit in Houston. The event, held at Latham & Watkins LLP on April 18, showcased how faculty and staff from UT’s engineering, business and geology…

An all-expenses paid field trip to the Philippines: another great benefit of being an undergraduate honors student at the Jackson School.

In March 2013, the Jackson School inducted four geoscience legends into its Hall of Distinction. They were selected for their high-level accomplishments in academia, industry or government, as well as a strong affiliation with the Jackson School. David S. “Scotty” Holland, Sr. was an integral part of UT’s geosciences community for a number of decades. He…

Peter Flemings was on a family vacation hiking in the White Mountains in New Hampshire when his cell phone rang. It was U.S. energy secretary Stephen Chu’s assistant. Could he join a web conference with Secretary Chu, and dozens of scientists from government, academia and industry, in a few hours? After packing up and making…

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