University of Texas at Austin

Bookplate (“To Sail Away in Fancy”) of Prof. William Moore Craig (1888-1983). Craig received his BA (1906) and MA (1907) from Southwestern University. He earned his MS in Chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin in 1916. After serving in the U.S. Army from 1918-1919, Craig researched gallium with T.W. Richards at Harvard, taught at Rice (1923-1925), and earned his Ph.D. in 1927. He taught at Texas Technological College from 1926-1958. Craig was responsible for the design of chemistry buildings at both Rice & Texas Technological College. The designs featured alchemical symbols as well as elements from the periodic table.

A Few Goodbyes

Thursday and Friday will bring the exit of some great staff members/volunteer. Let’s take a look at the projects that they worked on.

Emma Keith

An undergraduate from the University of Texas-Austin (We haven’t held that against her.), Emma has worked throughout the summer as a volunteer. She’s helped us with our early work using OHMS (Oral History Metadata Synchronizer) on our oral histories. She also completed some major scanning projects including upgrading the quality of our Lovett World Tour images and the Eisenlohr letters.

We wish her the best of luck at UT.

Claire Weddle

Starting in June, Claire has worked on a variety of small and large projects. She added links to our collections on Wikipedia and even wrote a new entry for Liberty Hall. Claire became a bit of an expert on the Houston venue after tirelessly editing oral histories from co-founders Ryan Trimble and Lynda Herrera.

Throughout the summer, she also made updates to a variety of collections including all of the college records, Graduate Student Association records, Center for Civic Leadership records, to name a few. Claire also tried her hand at digital forensics. She used the BitCurator computer to determine which of our nearly 100 CDs from the Campanile yearbook records needed to be preserved.

Claire is a Rice undergrad, so at least she’ll be on campus for a few more years.

Jeff Warner

Loyal readers, you might know Jeff from his Tech Thursday posts. If not, you should read them.

In October 2013, Jeff Warner came on staff. He’s been processing collections ever since. He’s worked on the F. Curtis Michel papers, Jesse H. Jones Corporate and Property records, James Pickney Miller papers. He has also created workflows for various tasks around the Woodson, from digital preservation to OHMS to reel-to-reel recording. In his last days at the Woodson, Jeff has worked on user testing for our ArchivesSpace instance.

Jeff has been such a great team member, always willing to do extra and solve problems. We will miss him dearly.

Next month, Jeff and his wife Stacey are moving to Athens, Ohio. We wish them all the best on their new Midwest adventure.

Gamma Rho Lambda Becomes University Of Texas At Austin’s First LGBT-Inclusive Sorority

“A group of University of Texas at Austin students are creating a queer-inclusive sorority – the first of its kind for the campus.

Though it’s frequently been deemed “the first national lesbian sorority,” Gamma Rho Lambda (GRL) embraces all women “whether they identify as lesbian, bisexual, ally, transgender, questioning, straight, or with no label,” according to its official website. The University of Texas at Austin’s chapter have reportedly recruited nine women this semester for the Alpha class and will start taking pledges in the fall.

Lauren Ferguson, who is the president of the GRL colony at the University of Texas at Austin, was always interested in pledging a sorority but didn’t feel she was able to do so because she identified as queer.

“Although we are a sorority, which has feminine connotations, we are first and foremost a queer safe place, meaning anyone can come to us if they feel we may be a resource to them,” she is quoted by Total Sorority Move as saying.”

Read the full piece here

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Racist incidents at University of Texas at Austin

In light of recent racist incidents that have occurred in West Campus, students from Huston-Tillotson University, The University of Texas, and residents of the Austin community at large are joining forces to take a stance against these acts of ignorance and hate. There have been several incidents in the West Campus area in the last few weeks, where white students have thrown “bleach bombs” (water balloons filled with bleach) at African American students and their cars in an attempt to intimidate and “white wash” them. 

Other students of color have even been called “dirty n-” while walking to their respective homes in West Campus. These said incidents have been reported to The University of Texas Police Department and University of Texas officials. NO action has been taken to address these issues, until now. We’re calling ALL students, faculty, and staff of Huston-Tillotson and the University of Texas, as well as the entire Austin community to join us in a peaceful demonstration against these incidents and the ignorant culture of hate from which they come.

We will be meeting at the Martin Luther King, Jr. statue on the UT campus at 5:30 PM on Tuesday, October 2, 2012. From there, we will walk  together through the areas of West Campus where the bleach bombs were thrown to represent our solidarity and collective resistance to the hateful acts that have taken place.

 If we continue to over look occurrences such as these, those who carry them out will continue to think that this type of behavior is acceptable, they WILL become more frequent, and you may very well find your own self a victim of such incidents. 

Please forward this message to everyone that you know. For more information,questions and/or concerns, please visit the Facebook event.

New low-cost health patches

NSF-funded‬ researchers at the University of Texas at Austin are developing a new low-cost way to produce disposable tattoo-like patches that continuously monitor vital signs for health and performance. Find out more on “The Discovery Files,” a featured podcast on the Science360 Radio home page this weekend:

The researchers published a paper on their patent-pending process in the journal Advanced Materials

Photo Credit: Nanshu Lu, UT Austin
Professor, Library Map the Medieval World
Mappamundi is the online web portal for the Global Middle Ages Project (GMAP) based out of the University of Texas at Austin (UT). It links to a series of Digital Humanities projects by scholars from around the world about people, places, and objects from the period of roughly 500-1500 CE. Although many people think of this period solely as the European “Dark Ages,” the project directors are interested in portraying a much more global picture. Many of the projects focus on areas outside of Europe and are interested in cultural exchange between peoples.

A global perspective on the Middle Ages.


🎓 Today was my last day of classes at the greatest university in the world — University of Texas at Austin. In my time here, I experienced the highest highs and the lowest lows. I’ve made some of the best friends I could ever ask for and I wouldn’t change a single thing. I don’t know what’s in store for me in the future, but I’m ready.


Soo I started a photography business yesterday! It started with my friend asking me if I’d take a photo for her, but then it turned into a full blown photoshoot! Isn’t she cute? And while we were out, someone else approached me asking if I’d do their photos, so I guess this is a thing now!

If you’re a student at UT Austin and you’re looking for an inexpensive photographer, message me on Facebook at Meg Biediger. I also do retouching😊