Get Your Hands Dirty with the Environmental Science Institute

March 2, 2016

ESI will be offering a fun hands-on activity at Explore UT on Saturday, March 5th. Learn about recycling and how you can do your part to be more sustainable and help conserve resources. Plus learn about innovative STEM programs for K-12…

Norma Fowler featured on KUT

February 24, 2016

Norma Fowler, ESI affiliated faculty member, was featured on KUT this morning to discuss “In Texas, Some Wonder What Happened to Winter”. http://kut.org/post/texas-some-wonder-what-happened-winter  


Two ESI-affiliated faculty elected to National Academy of Engineering

February 8, 2016

“The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) announced today that David R. Maidment, professor in the Cockrell School of Engineering, and Bridget R. Scanlon, senior research scientist in the Jackson School of Geosciences, have been elected to the prestigious academy. Election…

US News article: “The Southwest is Swallowing Texas”

February 8, 2016

A new article came out in U.S. News & World Report entitled “The Southwest is Swallowing Texas: As grass gives way to desert across the Lone Star State, the nation’s fastest growing cities may be left high and dry.”  The article…


Support Hot Science – Cool Talks!

January 23, 2016

Hot Science – Cool Talks bring leading scientists and engineers to communicate their research to the public and the local K-12 educational community. Free and open to everyone, Hot Science – Cool Talks are much more than just a lecture….

Oncor Sponsors 100th Hot Science – Cool Talks event

December 11, 2015

A big thank you to Oncor for being a Hot Science – Cool Talks event sponsor! On the evening on January 22, 2016, we will be holding our 100th Hot Science – Cool Talks event. Professor Julia Clarke will present…


ESI Weekly Oct. 12-16, 2015

October 12, 2015

SciRes Lesson Plan published in Science & Children journal

October 2, 2015

Scientist in Residence Teacher-Fellow partners, Trevor Hance and Kevin Befus, published an article in the National Science Teachers Association journal this month entitled “Speleothems and Sandcastles“. This article is based on a lesson plan they developed for Trevor’s 5th grade classroom….


New ESI Research Paper: Cave “Breathing” Affects Mineral Growth and Climate Clues

October 1, 2015

A new global model [by ESI’s Dr. Eric James and others] suggests how and where air flow in caves affects the growth of cave mineral deposits that scientists use to reconstruct ancient climates.   See the announcement here: https://eos.org/research-spotlights/cave-breathing-affects-mineral-growth-and-climate-clues And the…

New faculty positions open at UT-Austin in urban ecology and water resources engineering

September 30, 2015

The School of Architecture, along with the Environmental Science Institute, are looking to recruit an assistant professor in the School of Architecture specializing in urban ecology. The ideal candidate will have interdisciplinary research and teaching interests that contribute to the…