Research News

Human Research and the IRB

The Office of Research Integrity resumes its lunchtime series “Responsible Conduct of Research” at noon Friday, January 29, in Hodges Library auditorium with a session on human subjects research and the Institutional Review Board.

Yahoo Releases Web Browser Data Set to Researchers

Recently, Yahoo Inc. released the largest-ever web browser data set to university researchers. With 13.5 terabytes of anonymized information on the browsing and reading habits of approximately 20 million users, the move benefits both academic researchers and Yahoo.

NIMBioS: Study Shows Large Variability in Abundance of Viruses That Infect Ocean Microorganisms

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Viruses infect more than humans or plants. For microorganisms in the oceans—including those that capture half of the carbon taken out of the atmosphere every day—viruses are a major threat. But a paper published Monday in the journal Nature Microbiology shows that there’s much less certainty about the size of these viral populations than scientists had long believed.

Nervous System Could be Map to Computing Breakthrough

The next big leap in computing could be just around the corner, thanks to a project being conducted by UT’s College of Engineering and the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute.

Canceled Due to Weather: Tom Scheinfeldt to Speak Friday

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Digital media and design expert Tom Scheinfeldt, managing director of the groundbreaking September 11 Digital Archive project, will speak at the Illuminations Digital Humanities Series at 3:00 p.m. Friday, January 22.

International Groups Taking Notice of UT Materials Research Center

In the ten years since its founding, the Scintillation Materials Research Center in UT’s College of Engineering has become one of the world’s leading centers for the discovery, development, and application of scintillators—materials that emit light when in the presence of radiation, providing a valuable detection method.

Online Access Available to Complete Collection of James K. Polk’s Letters

The letters of James K. Polk offer a glimpse into the proceedings of one of the most significant yet least-known US presidents, during whose term the country increased in geographical size by one-third. The public can now access thirty years of Polk’s writings due to the online publication of all twelve volumes of the Correspondence of James K. Polk series.

NIMBioS: New Methods Help Advance Infectious Disease Forecasting

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While tremendous progress has been made in eliminating malaria worldwide, about 3.2 billion people—nearly half the world’s population—are still at risk of the disease, according to the World Health Organization. A study from NIMBioS develops new methods to detect critical transitions in infectious disease epidemics, such as malaria.

Study: ‘Born This Way’ Beliefs May Not Be the Key To Reducing Homophobia

In recent years, the argument that sexual orientation is innate has become a principal component of the advocacy for the rights of sexual minorities. That belief may not be the most effective way to promote more positive attitudes toward lesbian, gay, and bisexual people, according to new research from UT.