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The award-winning show State of Tomorrow, initially aired on Texas PBS stations, focuses on cutting-edge research at UT Austin and other top universities in Texas.

Texas schools are tuning in “Tomorrow” thanks to a $75,000 grant from the Meadows Foundation of Dallas and some lesson-plan assistance from the University. The University of Texas System has distributed DVD sets of its 13-part television series “State of Tomorrow” to each public middle and high school in the state. The award-winning show, which initially aired on Texas PBS stations, focuses on cutting-edge research at UT Austin and other top universities in Texas.

Distribution of the DVDs — undertaken through a partnership with the Texas Library Association and some 3,200 school librarians — provided the University a chance to emphasize to students the importance of pursuing an education beyond high school. The “State of Tomorrow” curriculum guides, developed by Cynthia DuBois, a program coordinator at the Center for American History, will no doubt inspire at least a few young people to become tomorrow’s history makers in science, technology, and medicine.

Algur H. and Virginia Meadows established the Meadows Foundation in 1948 to benefit the people of Texas. Since its inception, the foundation has disbursed over $550 million to Texas institutions and agencies. Linda P. Evans, the foundation’s president and CEO, says she hopes the show “will open new and inspiring worlds for students by demonstrating how public higher education can shape the futures of individuals, our neighborhoods, and our world.”

Want to see Tomorrow? You can watch all 13 episodes online at the “State of Tomorrow” website.

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