Serving the State

At UT Austin, we like to say that what starts here changes the world. That change begins in Texas. Every year, our researchers help make Texans safer, smarter, and more economically secure. Every day, Longhorns help make Texas a beacon of opportunity for the country and the world. These stories, drawn from across the Forty Acres, are just a sample of the many ways UT Austin students, faculty, staff and alumni serve the state.


Collaborating to Protect Night Skies

July 9, 2018
The Hobby-Eberly Telescope

McDonald Observatory has collaborated with the Permian Basin Petroleum Association and the Texas Oil and Gas Association to reduce light shining into the sky from drilling rigs in West Texas.

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Largest Indoor Air Quality Experiment Coming to UTest House

June 7, 2018
HOMEChem

UT leads unprecedented experiment aimed at identifying the key causes of indoor air pollution.

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Vital Statistics

May 24, 2018
Vital Statistics

From baseball to financial investing, from elections to oil drilling, analyzing data quickly to predict future outcomes is transforming industries and activities around the world.

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Coal Plants Get New Life in the Sun

May 8, 2018
Solar panel

Cheaper renewable energy is reshaping how electricity is generated and consumed. But is there a way to still make use of all those old coal plants and mines?

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Rangers from Across the Country Look to the Stars in Texas

April 27, 2018
McDonald Observatory Night Sky

Where do park rangers from across the country go to learn about one of our greatest natural resources – the night sky? They go to the McDonald Observatory in West Texas.

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