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From NY Times: Deep in the heart of Texas, cows with fearsome horns are everywhere — on bumper stickers and T-shirts, on the signs of auto dealerships and chain restaurants, grazing in broad pastures. The ubiquitousness of the longhorn, a symbol of the state and its flagship university’s mascot, might lead one to wonder: How did this animal get horns that can exceed seven feet across?
David M. Hillis, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Texas at Austin, has the answer.
From Alcalde: These burnt-orange postcards from the collection of professor emeritus Waneen Spirduso offer a colorful look at UT history.
Longhorn Band Director Robert Carnochan breaks down what it takes for the student performers to make perfect marching formations while also playing the music fans love to hear.
The study of the genome of the Longhorn and related breeds tells a fascinating global history of human and cattle migration. It traces back through Christopher Columbus’ second voyage to the New World, the Moorish invasion of Spain and the ancient domestication of the aurochs in the Middle East and India.
From University of Texas: With its sprawling pastures, gleaming skylines and rugged hills, the Lone Star State looms large in American culture. Just the word Texas evokes images of rootin’ tootin’ cowboys in 10-gallon hats shouting “howdy y’all!” Venture into a honky tonk or a rural Texas town, and you’re likely to find more slow-talking cowpokes than you can shake a stick at. Yet researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have found Texanisms like “might could” and “down yonder” are dissipating, especially among young city slickers.
With the help of new technology, Jeff Hellmer, director of jazz studies at the University of Texas at Austin, will share the stage with the legendary George Gershwin for an innovative live music performance. A Yamaha Disklavier PRO piano will re-create a 1924 recording of Gershwin performing “Rhapsody in Blue.” Hellmer will lead the Dallas Wind Symphony in performing alongside Gershwin on the piano.
From The Alcalde: Two days after Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords was severely injured in a Tucson shooting, Bill Moyers — renowned journalist, former White House press secretary, and UT alum—found himself sitting in a radiology lab awaiting an MRI for a torn muscle. The only other person in the waiting room was a woman about his age. They made small talk and occasionally watched the muted TV tuned to a film filled with bloody car crashes and shootings. At one point, the stranger asked Moyers whether he was optimistic about America. “Sometimes I sense that it’s sinking like a great ship and not many of us are going to make it off,” the woman said. Struggling to answer, Moyers dodged the question until the technician called him. But since that day, Moyers said, he has regretted not answering her question.