Daily Archives: 09/09/2009

Hubble Images – Early Release Observations

(Community Matters) New images from the Hubble’s upgrade and repair are due to be released today. These Early Release Observations (EROs) intend to demonstrate the telescope’s new technology. more here


Butterfly emerges from new Hubble images. Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team

Stephan’s Quintet. Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team


(Community Matters) What if we looked at this date upside down?

Gov Perry and Universities

(Community Matters) I find it pretty unremarkable that Gov. Perry has insinuated himself into university governance. It’s no surprise he and select supporters wish to dismantle the tenure system at state universities. And, I’m appreciative that most of the UT regents exhibited independence in the chancellor selection process.

Reflecting on EF

(Community Matters) Spent half the day Friday and all today reviewing the Entrepreneurs Foundation’s performance during the last five months and projections through the end of year. Good gosh, it’s been a busy, productive and beneficial summer; it’ll be an even busier fall. I’m lucky to work with an exceptional staff, an outstanding board and extraordinary supporters – especially Austin Ventures, Silicon Labs and Trilogy, not to mention Thinkwell, DLA Piper, MFI Foundation, Square One, Silicon Valley Bank, Jones Lang LaSalle, Wilson Sonsini, Andrews Kurth, Vinson & Elkins, Baker Botts, Comerica, JP Morgan Chase, vcfo and so many others (ugh, I’m going to get in trouble for forgetting to mention someone/group really important).

EF board meeting tomorrow afternoon. Sorry to those I had to cancel today. I get into this zone and just can’t pull out.

Michael Barnes & Austin’s Fortunate 500

(Community Matters) Michael’s launched the listing of his & the Austin American Statesman’s Fortunate 500 on his blog. First listings are the All-Star and the Arts categories. I’m assuming remainder of list forthcoming shortly.