Science and Technology

NASA scientists confirm existence of new kind of star -- predicted six years ago by UT Austin and Chapell Hill astronomers

May 19, 1998

Six years ago, two astronomers predicted the existence of a new kind of star in the Universe æ a star with a tremendously strong magnetic field, hundreds of times stronger than generally thought attainable. Dr. Robert Duncan of The University of Texas at Austin and Dr. Christopher Thompson of the University of North Carolina at Chapell Hill predicted that such stars, which they called "magnetars," can become so strongly magnetized that magnetism itself heats them and powers bursts of gamma rays.

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UT Austin receives gift from Exxon Educational Foundation

May 14, 1998

The Exxon Education Foundation's 1998 Educational Matching Gift check in the amount of $367,972.08 was recently presented to The University of Texas at Austin by Charles W. Matthews, vice president and general counsel for Exxon Corp. The check represents the foundation's three-to-one match of 261 employee, retiree, surviving spouse and director gifts to UT Austin.

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UT Austin research on liability insurance

May 13, 1998

Two researchers from The University of Texas at Austin, whose research on the impact of tort reforms on the liability insurance market is expected to provide $170 million in additional savings for Texas consumers during 1998, have been awarded the Central Texas Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (A.S.P.A.)'s James W. McGrew Award for Public Policy Research.

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Eickmann will lead construction industry's research collaborative

May 12, 1998

Lt. Gen. Kenneth Eickmann, whose leadership accomplishments include having led the federal rescue and recovery efforts following the 1995 bombing of Oklahoma City's Alfred P. Murrah Building, has been chosen to be director of the Construction Industry Institute at The University of Texas at Austin effective June 1.

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UT College of Education Learning Technology Center provides leadership in connecting Native American schools to Internet

May 11, 1998

The Learning Technology Center in the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin has played a major leadership role in efforts to connect the 185 Bureau of Indian Affairs schools to the Internet. This effort will be furthered and celebrated during Access Native American Net Day on May 16, when 28 schools of the Navajo Reservation in Arizona, the Pueblos of New Mexico, the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Reservation in Mississippi will be wired.

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