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At UT System, Plan to Expand KUT Moves Forward

University of Texas Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa during Joint Committee on Oversight of Higher Education Governance, Excellence & Tansparency on September 21st, 2011
University of Texas Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa during Joint Committee on Oversight of Higher Education Governance, Excellence & Tansparency on September 21st, 2011

The University of Texas System Board of Regents' academic affairs committee approved a revised version of an embattled proposal to have the University of Texas at Austin expand KUT, Austin's public radio station.

UT System to Establish Medical School in South Texas

University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa (left), is congratulated by Gene Powell, chairman of the UT System Board of Regents, after the regents gave Cigarroa a vote of confidence on May 12, 2011.
University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa (left), is congratulated by Gene Powell, chairman of the UT System Board of Regents, after the regents gave Cigarroa a vote of confidence on May 12, 2011.

Amid major changes at health science centers across the state, University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa on Friday announced his intention to establish a freestanding medical school in the Rio Grande Valley.

In University Collections, Entry to History and Culture

John Young, a professor at Marshall University in West Virginia, does research at the University of Texas at Austin's Harry Ransom Center. The Ransom Center’s approximately $7 million budget, of which roughly $3.74 million comes from the university, dwarfs that of other collections throughout the state.
John Young, a professor at Marshall University in West Virginia, does research at the University of Texas at Austin's Harry Ransom Center. The Ransom Center’s approximately $7 million budget, of which roughly $3.74 million comes from the university, dwarfs that of other collections throughout the state.

For public universities in Texas that are striving to distinguish themselves — particularly those vying to be the state’s next tier-one research institution — special collections in their libraries can provide a boost.

Ubiquitous Aggies

Newly appointed Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp answers a question from the audience at TribLive on September 29, 2011.
Newly appointed Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp answers a question from the audience at TribLive on September 29, 2011.
Texas Weekly

The A&M System regents are expected to approve a resolution that will add “Texas A&M” to the name of each institution it oversees. The change is part of a massive rebranding effort, which is just one of many major changes Chancellor John Sharp has announced as he approaches his one-year anniversary on the job.

Meningitis Vaccine Mandate Could Get Tweaked in 2013

Medical assistant Patricia Jaramillo holds a vial of the meningitis vaccine, August 7, 2012 in Houston at Legacy Community Health Services. Each vial contains one dose.
Medical assistant Patricia Jaramillo holds a vial of the meningitis vaccine, August 7, 2012 in Houston at Legacy Community Health Services. Each vial contains one dose.

In 2011, Texas became the first state to mandate that all students who come onto college campuses be vaccinated against bacterial meningitis. But even supporters may be pushing for a few revisions to the statute next session.