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Mar 30, 2023

UT Students Build Augmented Reality Applications in Campus Competition

AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas Immersive Institute (TXI) held its second annual BuildFest competition March 24-26. Teams of students designed augmented reality applications to address social issues such as mental health, environmental inequities, race visibility, gender inequalities and access for disabled students. Augmented reality (AR) applications include things like Pokemon GO and face filters on […]

Mar 30, 2023

Experts Predict Lush Wildflower Season in Texas Despite Changing Climate

AUSTIN, Texas – Spring came early in Texas this year, and many blooms sprouted earlier than normal. Sophie Lemkin, a horticulturist at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, predicts a lush wildflower bloom as a result of frequent and sustained rains in the fall. She said increasingly early spring weather is due to climate change. […]

Mar 28, 2023

One State Representative is Fighting to Stop Texas from Executing People With Mental Illness

House Bill 727, by Rep. Toni Rose, D-Dallas, would end the death penalty fo people with “severe mental illness.” Rose filed similar measures during the last three legislative sessions, but none have made it to the governor’s desk. However, each time her bills were voted on they gained more bi-partisan support, including Representative Jeff Leach, R-Plano, who joint-authored the bill in 2021.

Mar 26, 2023

Trump Doubles Down on Explosive, Insult-laden Rhetoric During Rally in Waco

Former President Donald Trump, employing the apocalyptic rhetoric he is known for, again falsely claimed the 2020 presidential election was “stolen” from him and ripped into the New York District Attorney who may indict him and blasted his political rivals during a rally at the Waco Regional Airport in Waco Saturday evening.

Mar 24, 2023

Reporting Texas Newsletter March 24, 2023

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Mar 24, 2023

Reporting Texas TV – March 23, 2023

Journalism students from Moody College at the University of Texas produced their second newscast of the semester on March 23, 2023. Student journalists reported this week on a program to pay parking fines with cans of soup instead of money, a convention of BIPOC multimedia makers, a music festival that raised money for wildlife rescue […]

Mar 24, 2023

2nd Annual ‘Fur Will Fly Fest’ Combines Music and Wildlife

AUSTIN, Texas – Animal lovers came together March 23-24 at the Cherrywood Coffeehouse for a festival to raise money for two wild animal rehabilitation organizations. The ‘Fur Will Fly Fest’ supported the Bill Hicks Wildlife Foundation and Austin Bat Refuge, which rely on donations to provide lifesaving care for injured wildlife. Lynn Raridon, the director […]

Mar 23, 2023

Food for Fines Gives UT Community an Alternative to Paying Parking Tickets

AUSTIN, Texas – Students and staff have until March 24 to pay for their parking tickets with soup cans instead of money, which could mean big savings for drivers who received one of more than 7,000 parking tickets issued on UT’s campus since August.  Food for Fines is a UT Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) initiative […]

Mar 23, 2023

BIPOC Pop Brings Together Minority Comic Book Creators, Animators, and Filmmakers

AUSTIN, Texas – Black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) artists, creators and scholars gathered March 9-11 at the University of Texas for a convention centering on BIPOC creatives. The three-day BIPOC Pop convention launched in 2022 and is the only convention of its kind dedicated to bringing together BIPOC creators from multimedia arts, uplifting […]

Mar 23, 2023

Rodeo Austin Prioritizes Education by Funding Scholarships

AUSTIN, Texas– Rodeo Austin kicked off Spring Break on March 13 when students from all over Texas competed to show animals, art and other forms of agriculture. All money raised from Rodeo Austin goes to Texas students through scholarships. Many schools in Texas have an agriculture program that students can join to raise an animal […]

Mar 10, 2023

Experts Say Focus on Water Infrastructure Vital for Texas’ Future

For more than 37 days, Julie Walker, 53, and her neighbors in the Channel Oaks II subdivision outside of Marble Falls, Texas, have had to boil their water, which often comes out of the tap a dark, murky brown.  Walker rents a home in Channel Oaks II, high on a hill south of the Colorado […]

Mar 10, 2023

Reporting Texas TV – March 9, 2023

Journalism students from Moody College at the University of Texas produced their first newscast of the semester on March 9, 2023. Student journalists reported this week on the results of the 2023 Student Government elections, the demolition of the nation’s first African American public housing project, and UT’s annual STEM Girl Day.

Mar 09, 2023

Why the Nation’s First African American Public Housing Project is Being Torn Down

AUSTIN, Texas – Construction crews are tearing down Rosewood Courts in East Austin after the complex provided affordable housing for over 80 years. Sylvia Blanco, the Chief Operating Officer at the Housing Authority for the City of Austin (HACA), said the redevelopment plan will build more public housing while preserving the site’s history. Built in […]

Mar 09, 2023

The Race for UT Student Government Elections is Over

AUSTIN, Texas – Helen Getachew and William Ramirez are the newly elected University of Texas Student Government president and vice president. Student Government started on campus in 1902, and serves as a voice for the student body. It covers a wide range of projects to provide resources for students as well as act as a […]

Mar 09, 2023

UT Girl Day Makes Progress in Closing the STEM Gender Gap

AUSTIN, Texas – Over 9,000 Texas children participated in UT’s STEM Girl Day this year, an outreach event hosted by Women in STEM (WiSTEM) to get young girls excited about futures in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). The kids got to code fruits to be musical instruments, catapult water balloons, watch a fire and […]

Mar 08, 2023

Texas Republicans Look to Expand Restrictions on Trans Athletes to College

Texas Republicans — who passed a law in 2021 banning transgender athletes from competing on K-12 sports teams that match their gender identity —  are working to extend restrictions on transgender athletes to college sports.

House Bill 23, by Rep. Valoree Swanson, R-Spring, would prohibit transgender public college students from joining college sports teams that align with their gender identity. The bill stipulates that athletes participate on teams based on the “biological sex” listed on their birth certificate. The measure would allow women to compete on men’s teams if there is no corresponding women’s team available.

Mar 08, 2023

Reporting Texas Newsletter March 2, 2023

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Mar 06, 2023

How UT Adapted to Governor’s TikTok Ban

AUSTIN, Texas – Gov. Greg Abbott issued a ban on access to the TikTok app on government Wi-Fi on Feb. 6, which required all government institutions to implement the changes by Feb 15. The ban followed several concerns raised by Gov. Abbott around the app, including data harvesting.  TikTok hosts millions of unique content creators. […]

Mar 06, 2023

UT Women’s Tennis Head Coach Prioritizes Psychology to Win Matches

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Longhorns women’s tennis team won back-to-back NCAA National Championships in 2021 and 2022, and are aiming for a three-peat. The recent success under head coach Howard Joffe was part of continued growth from making the top 10 in 2019 and rising to fourth in 2020 before reaching number one the […]

Mar 06, 2023

UT Students Create App to Help Promote Sustainable Farming

AUSTIN, Texas – Sustainable practices are becoming less affordable for farmers, but a group of UT students designed an app to help financially support these methods. UT students formed Gazelle Ecosolutions to primarily address the issue of overgrazing for ranchers. Their main focus has been in Botswana, where many ranchers overgraze land to the point […]