School Priorities

Priorities in the School of Human Ecology

We have identified the priorities that are central to our research program in the School of Human Ecology. These priorities extend the research capabilities of our students and our faculty while supporting the mission of The University of Texas at Austin. These immediate opportunities for funding represent the best of University endeavors: programs with the power to change the world.

The Priscilla Pond Flawn Child and Family Laboratory (PPFCFL)

In addition to its role in training generations of teachers, doctors, and researchers, the PPFCFL is a research facility. Licensed by the State of Texas and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the PPFCFL provides a high quality early childhood experience to children ages 18 months through 6 years of age.  In partnership with HDFS, the PPFCFL provides educational and training opportunities for our University students through observation and interaction in the classrooms and supports research in human development and family relationships. We also serve as a model of best practice in early care and child growth and development through advocacy and outreach.

The Dell Pediatric Institute

Faculty at Dell Pediatric Research Institute will conduct scientific and biomedical research and will collaborate with practitioners at the Dell Children’s Medical Center and other healthcare facilities to translate findings into practical applications at the clinical level. The institute’s emphasis will be on translational research – translating scientific research into products, programs and treatments to improve the health of society’s youngest members.

Dell Pediatric Research Institute fosters collaboration among researchers in health-related disciplines at The University of Texas at Austin and also engages the UT System’s renowned health institutions, thus bringing together cutting-edge medical expertise across the UT System. The ultimate and highly achievable goal is to improve children’s health in Central Texas and beyond.

The Historical Textiles and Apparel Collection

Over five thousand apparel and textile artifacts make up the Historical Textiles and Apparel Collection. The artifacts include an 1820s bodice, the Santa Anna Serape, a rare tiered Capucci, Texas presentation gowns, and garments representing outstanding women of Texas.

Because it is a teaching collection, undergraduate students assist in managing the artifacts, conserving the garments and conducting research.  Research opportunities have included a joint project with the Harry Ransom Center’s Gone With the Wind garments, analysis of weighted silk fibers in an 1880s bodice, oral histories of Texas Women and historical paper dolls