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Every gift — public and private, large and small — helps provide the means for The University of Texas at Austin to conduct innovative research and programs, all of which are helping us change the world. Here are just a few ways we’re making a global impact.

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A World of Opportunities to Change the World

How significant was the Campaign for Texas to students? Ask the current and future recipients of 846 new student support endowments. Just how significant was the Campaign for Texas to students? In addition to helping transform the undergraduate experience through a revamped core curriculum, first-year interest groups, and signature courses, alumni and friends established 846 [...]

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Great Innovators in History: Bridget Scanlon

Bridget Scanlon is revolutionizing our understanding of water resources used for irrigation and food production to find new, more sustainable ways to mitigate the impacts of droughts and feed the nation.

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Great Innovators in History: Karl Gebhardt

Somehow, dark energy is defying what we think we know about gravity — instead of slowing down as it expands ever outward, the universe appears to be speeding up. Astrophysics professor Karl Gebhardt is helping lead a new scientific revolution: the quest to understand dark energy and its effect on the universe. The results could rewrite the laws of gravity.

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Great Innovators in History: Adela Ben-Yakar

One of the challenges of fighting cancer is that the process of destroying cancer cells can also damage surrounding healthy tissue. But what if we could battle cancer one cell at a time? Faculty member Adela Ben-Yakar, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, has developed a “microscalpel” that can destroy a single cancer cell while leaving nearby healthy cells intact. Ben-Yakar’s technique uses a laser to produce extremely brief high-energy pulses of light that sear a targeted cell so quickly and accurately that the laser’s heat has no time to escape and damage neighboring cells. Ben-Yakar is now working to shrink the probe’s diameter to the size of the endoscopes used for laparoscopic surgery.

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Fighting Childhood Obesity with Hands-on Education

An after-school pilot program at UT Elementary School is helping to expand students’ diets to include nutritious foods and instill a desire to eat healthy and lower student obesity rates.

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Creating an Insulin Pill to Replace Shots

For those who suffer from diabetes, insulin pills could replace necessary injections, thanks to new research by chemical and biomedical engineers at The University of Texas at Austin.

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Detecting Skin Cancer with a Pen-Size Probe

When skin cancer is suspected, the next step is an invasive biopsy. But what if light could be used to detect skin cancer?

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Tackling Climate Change Through Computer Modeling

How to address rising seas and climate change? The Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences is poised to answer this challenge — and others — with the next pillar of scientific inquiry: computer modeling.

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