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Alina Tonu

Wise Wanderer: Alina Tonu Travels to Cambodia

Wed, Mar 22, 2017

Studying abroad is central to a liberal arts education, allowing students to experience culture and perspectives that differ from their own firsthand.

From left: Nate Powell, John Lewis and Andrew Aydin

U.S. Rep. John Lewis and Co-Authors Visit Campus to Discuss Memoir on Civil Rights

Tue, Mar 21, 2017

U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia and his co-authors will be visiting The University of Texas at Austin for a book talk and signing of their three-part, graphic memoir “MARCH,” which exposes the fear, fight and freedom won through political engagement during the civil rights era. The group will also tour the “March ON!” exhibit on campus.

James Henson interviews Speaker Joe Straus (right), 2015. Photo by Ryan Miller, Texas Politics Project

Texas Politics Speaker Series Presents a Live-Streamed Conversation with House Speaker Joe Straus

Tue, Mar 21, 2017

Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives Joe Straus will address policy issues facing the 85th Texas Legislature, including state’s budget, public education, as well as the implications of the 2016 election for Texas, in a live-streamed interview, lead by James Henson, director of the Texas Politics Project.

Comparison of the positioning of the foramen magnum in a bipedal springhare (left) and its closest quadrupedal relative, the scaly-tailed squirrel (right).

Human Skull Evolved Along with Two-Legged Walking, Study Confirms

Fri, Mar 17, 2017

The evolution of bipedalism in fossil humans can be detected using a key feature of the skull — a claim that was previously contested but now has been further validated by researchers at Stony Brook University and The University of Texas at Austin.

Photo by Christina S. Murrey

Black Studies Professor Inducted into Academy of Distinguished Teachers

Thu, Mar 16, 2017

Director of the Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis Kevin O. Cokley has been selected as a Fellow in The University of Texas System Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

College of Liberal Arts building

U.S. News Ranks Two UT Liberal Arts Programs Among Nation's Top 10

Tue, Mar 14, 2017

The Latin American history and sociology of population programs landed No. 1 spots on this year’s list of “Best Graduate Schools” by U.S. News & World Report, released this morning.

Image by Dawn Hudson.

Conformity is not a universal indicator of intelligence in children, study says

Thu, Mar 9, 2017

Because innovation is part of the American culture, adults in the United States may be less likely to associate children’s conformity with intelligence than adults from other populations, according to research from developmental psychologists at The University of Texas at Austin.

Image by Marines from Arlington, VA, United States.

PTSD Risk Can Be Predicted by Hormone Levels Prior to Deployment, Study Says

Tue, Mar 7, 2017

Up to 20 percent of U.S. veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan developed symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder from trauma experienced during wartime, but new neuroscience research from The University of Texas at Austin suggests some soldiers might have a hormonal predisposition to experience such stress-related disorders.

Photo by Christina S. Murrey

Caring for Black Male Students Requires More Than Good Intentions

Mon, Mar 6, 2017

Earlier this year, a video of English teacher Barry White Jr.’s unique handshakes with each of his students went viral. In the video, White, who is black, greeted each of his students at the predominately black elementary school with elaborate high-fives that he said were based around each student’s personality and helped him connect with each child.

Evan Osnos

Evan Osnos to Deliver Ho Distinguished Lecture on China and the “Age of Ambition”

Mon, Mar 6, 2017

Using his years of experience as the New Yorker’s Beijing correspondent, Evan Osnos will share his 360-degree perspective of the most talked about country in the world — China — at this year’s Paul and Mary Ho Distinguished Lecture at The University of Texas at Austin.

Photo by Vic, Flickr.

New Research Examines Barriers to Texas Clinics Providing Vasectomy

Thu, Mar 2, 2017

New research from the Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP) at The University of Texas at Austin provides insight into why vasectomy is not more widely available at family planning clinics in Texas.

Photo by Brian Birzer

Unveiling Stories of the Black Diaspora through Art Collecting

Tue, Feb 28, 2017

It all started with a limited edition print, titled “Carnival Clown” — a colorful depiction of a clown leaping with his whip in the air — purchased from an artist from Saint Kitts.

Photo by Gage Skidmore.

Gov. Abbott Receives Top Job Approval Ratings Among State Leaders in Latest UT/TT Poll

Thu, Feb 23, 2017

Texans gave Gov. Greg Abbott top ratings among the major statewide elected officials in results from the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll released today.

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New Research Shows How to Motivate Students While Fostering Their Autonomy

Wed, Feb 22, 2017

Researchers from The University of Texas at Austin may have some help for parents and educators attempting to locate that sweet spot between giving students just enough direction to succeed and allowing them the autonomy to set and follow their goals.

Helen Heston visiting the Pyramids of Giza

Wise Wanderer: Helen Heston Visits Egypt

Tue, Feb 21, 2017

Studying abroad is central to a liberal arts education, allowing students to experience culture and perspectives that differ from their own firsthand.

In the poll, Texans favorability of Trump improved by 14 points since October.

UT/TT Poll: Support for Trump Increases, Divisiveness Remains

Mon, Feb 20, 2017

exas voters’ opinions of President Trump have improved since he took office, though nearly half of Texans still think the country is headed in the wrong direction, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

Photo by Sam Fentress.

Food Revolutions: Latin America’s Food System

Tue, Feb 14, 2017

Latin America might be the canary in the coal mine for the world food system.

Beach, Sluyter (far left) and others from the Department of Geography and the Environment at the 2017 CLAG meeting

Professor and Alumnus Receive Back-to-Back Awards for Latin American Geography

Mon, Feb 13, 2017

The Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers (CLAG) presented the 2016 and 2017 awards for significant contributions towards Latin American geography, honoring both a professor and an alumnus from the Department of Geography and the Environment at The University of Texas at Austin.

Photo by Intel Free Press.

A Trust Gap May Hinder Academic Success for Minorities

Wed, Feb 8, 2017

Middle school students of color who lose trust in their teachers due to perceptions of mistreatment from school authorities are less likely to attend college even if they generally had good grades, according to psychology research at The University of Texas at Austin published in the journal Child Development.

Miles Wilson, LAC president

Liberal Arts Council President Reaches Out: Q&A with Miles Wilson

Thu, Feb 2, 2017

Miles Wilson is a Middle Eastern language & cultures and religious studies senior. He’s also the president of the Liberal Arts Council, an organization of students who “serve as the official student voice and governing body for the College of Liberal Arts.”

Erika Bsumek is an associate professor of history. Photo by Kirk Weddle.

Four Liberal Arts Faculty Receive President’s Teaching Award

Thu, Jan 26, 2017

Four faculty members from the College of Liberal Arts received the President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award, which recognizes great teaching of undergraduates in the core curriculum and a record of engagement with curriculum reform and educational innovation.

The Death of even one close family member has lasting adverse consequences for health, researchers said.

Blacks Experience more Family Member Deaths than Whites, On Average

Mon, Jan 23, 2017

African-Americans are more likely than whites to experience the loss of a parent during childhood and more likely to be exposed to multiple family member deaths by mid-life, according to a study by the Population Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin.

In the study, counties where the distance to the nearest facility increased at least 100 miles saw a 50 percent decline in abortions.

Study: Increased distances to nearest clinic in Texas associated with declines in abortions

Thu, Jan 19, 2017

New research from the Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP) exploring the impact of House Bill 2 (HB 2) – the restrictive Texas abortion law that was struck down by the Supreme Court – found that increases in travel distance to the nearest abortion clinic caused by clinic closures were closely associated with decreases in the official number of abortions.

John Lewis, as depicted in

“March ON!”: A Chronicle of the life of Congressman John Lewis, on display at UT

Tue, Jan 17, 2017

Illustrations from the National Book Award-winning graphic novel series “MARCH,” a chronicle of the life of civil-rights activist and U.S. Rep. from Georgia John Lewis, is the focus of a new exhibit in the Christian-Green Gallery at The University of Texas at Austin.