Moody College of Communication graduate student Anastazja Harris received a doctoral dissertation grant from the NSF to study the role that AI literacy plays in hiring managers’ acceptance of artificial intelligence-based screening and interview recommendations. Specifically, she wants to know whether a person’s AI understanding — or lack thereof — affects whether that person follows the technology’s suggestions or dismisses them. “It’s an important distinction,” Harris said.

And NSF awards have also enabled scientists at UT’s Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) to deploy Frontera, the fastest supercomputer at any university in the world. Each year, thousands of researchers and students from across the country use TACC’s systems to power data-heavy projects in everything from astronomy and engineering to medicine and manufacturing. Recently, Frontera has made possible leading epidemiological and molecular COVID-19 models in addition to producing real-time emergency storm surge forecasts along the Gulf Coast.

“Our leading position in expenditures of NSF funds allows our tremendously accomplished and broad-based cadre of investigators to make major contributions to basic and applied science,” said Daniel Jaffe, UT’s vice president for research. “These funds, distributed among nearly 600 project teams and campus facilities, enable curiosity-driven, groundbreaking research — the benefits of which will continue to be realized far beyond our lifetimes.”

UT Austin also ranked No. 5 in the country in research financed by the Department of Defense and No. 8 in research financed by the Department of Energy.

The HERD Survey is the primary source of information on research and development expenditures at U.S. colleges and universities and is administered by the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics.


Source: Eleanor Breed, UT Austin & Faith Singer, TACC