Evidence preserved in the internal skeletal structure of the world-famous fossil, Lucy, suggests the ancient human species frequently climbed trees, according to a new analysis by scientists from The Johns Hopkins University and The University of Texas at Austin.
An economist at The University of Texas at Austin will brief members of Congress on how insurers are using high out-of-pocket prescription drug costs to deter certain chronically ill patients from joining their plans in the individual markets.
Experiencing other cultures firsthand is an essential part of a liberal arts education, and studying abroad is an exceptional way to do that.
Oftentimes, we are met with spectacular images of war, depicting valiance and vilifying enemies; but these stories, some say, lack an honest narrative.
Liberal Arts students at The University of Texas at Austin have a new way to make sure they’re preparing for their post-gradation endeavors.
At 5:30 p.m. on September 26, 2014, Mario Gonzalez Contreras spoke to his son for the last time.
Increases in overweight and obesity rates among young children occur during summer vacations, not during the school year, according to research from a sociologist at The University of Texas at Austin.
Scientists at The University of Texas at Austin can now map what happens neurologically when new information influences a person to change his or her mind, a finding that offers more insight into the mechanics of learning.
“Suddenly I became conscious of the fact that the driver was in fact in the act of pulling up the horses in the courtyard of a vast ruined castle, from whose tall black windows came no ray of light, and whose broken battlements showed a jagged line against the moonlit sky.”
Exactly who will nominate the next Supreme Court justice is proving to be a leading factor for Texas voters as they make their choices in the upcoming presidential election, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune statewide poll.
Earlier this year, the United States Supreme Court voted to uphold affirmative action in The University of Texas at Austin’s admissions policies, allowing all universities to continue race-conscious programs to promote a more diverse student body.
Kelly Rader, an assistant professor of political science at Yale University, and Jeffrey Clemens, assistant professor of economics at the University of California San Diego, were recently welcomed as 2016-17 Harrington Fellows at The University of Texas at Austin.
With leadership in place and $7.6 million in grants acquired for research on health issues that disproportionately affect Latino communities, the 1-year-old Latino Research Initiative is hitting the ground running at The University of Texas at Austin.
An anthropologist, a historian and two Latino studies researchers made up the four finalists from the College of Liberal Arts for this year’s University Co-op Hamilton Book Awards, one of the highest honors of literary achievement given to authors at The University of Texas at Austin.
Each year, the Larry Temple Scholarship recognizes two students in the College of Liberal Arts with superior academic merit.
More than 500,000 books from the stacks of the Benson Latin American Collection, a trove of treasures related to Latin America, have been digitized and are now accessible online. The project is an extension of the University of Texas Libraries partnership with Google to digitize books and other literature to create a massive digital repository.
Two College of Liberal Arts faculty members recently received top national honors from the American Historical Association.
From discussions on immigration policy and law to the influence of Latinos in the 2016 election, three events will recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans in shaping the past, present and future of the United States.
Bobby Patton Jr. enjoyed matching wits with some of the university’s top professors when he was a Plan II Honors student back in the early 1980s, but after two years in the program he switched his major to business administration, perhaps thinking he needed a more career-oriented education.
From the Black Lives Matter movement to the role of the arts, public education and policy, notable scholars and activists will shed light on topics involving the black diasporas at “Black Matters: The Future of Black Scholarship and Activism,” the first international black studies conference to be held at The University of Texas at Austin.
Rita Charon, the founder and director of a noted program at Columbia University that incorporates storytelling into patient care, will be in residence at UT Austin September 19-23 to help launch a year-long program that will examine the intersections of health and the humanities.
Lucy, the most famous fossil of a human ancestor, probably died after falling from a tree, according to a study appearing in Nature led by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. John Morán González has been appointed Director of the Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS), a unit of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Austin.
“This Ground Beneath My Feet – A Chorus of Bush in Rab Lands” by Annalee Davis, a Barbadian artist who unpacks the legacy of plantation life through family and historical archives, will be the featured fall exhibit in the Warfield Center IDEA LAB at The University of Texas at Austin.
After September 11, issues of immigration and terrorism merged, heightening surveillance and racializing Latino immigrants as a threat to national security, according to sociologists at The University of Texas at Austin.
High school students who completed higher levels of math, performed better academically, and had a greater sense of control of their future were more likely to migrate and work in labor markets with larger shares of college-educated workers, according to a new study by sociologists at The University of Texas at Austin.
The College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin has created two new undergraduate degrees that focus on the environment and on the human and social aspects of organizations.
A new PRC research brief by Kelly Raley, based on the study “Diverging Patterns of Union Transition Among Cohabitators by Race-Ethnicity and Education: Trends and Marital Intentions” appearing in the journal Demography, addresses the decline in marriage among co-habitating couples by examining marriage intention and structural barriers.
UT Austin Assistant Professor of English Donna Kornhaber has been named a 2016 Academy Film Scholar for her research on women writers who shaped the American film industry during the silent era.
A new interactive, online database provides the public full access to records on 6,913 deaths that have occurred in Texas state custody since 2005.
On August 1, 2016, the city of Austin will mark 50 years since the horrific massacre, commonly known as the UT Tower Shooting, carried out by Charles Whitman. For some, August 1 will be a day of remembering, but for those who don’t know or can’t remember or want to learn more about the events of that day, where do they turn?
Trying to catch 'em all? This UT Austin alumnus might be able to help.
Character traits, such as grit or desire to learn, have a heavy hand in academic success and are partially rooted in genetics, according to a psychology study at The University of Texas at Austin.
Vocational training without a strong college-preparatory focus in blue-collar community high schools led some millennials to face wider gender employment and wage gaps than their peers, according to sociologists at The University of Texas at Austin.
A majority of Texas voters support stricter immigration laws, including building a wall between the United States and Mexico and disallowing Muslims who are not citizens from entering the U.S., according to the latest poll conducted by The University of Texas at Austin.
Texas voters support businessman Donald Trump over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, though large portions of each candidates’ supporters describe their choice as a vote against the opposing candidate rather than a vote in favor of their chosen candidate, according to the latest poll conducted by The University of Texas at Austin.
Five faculty members affiliated with the College of Liberal Arts have been chosen to receive the prestigious 2016 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award from The University of Texas System Board of Regents.
Teaching teens that social and personality traits can change helps them cope with social challenges such as bullying, which in turn can help mitigate stress and improve academic performance, according to a study by psychologists at The University of Texas at Austin.
Graduating seniors Danielle Brown and Olivia Migacz have been selected as the first recipients of the Randy Diehl Prize in Liberal Arts.
A new partnership with the United States Census Bureau will establish an on-campus Federal Statistical Research Data Center, stimulating more research and enhancing graduate training opportunities at The University of Texas at Austin.
Thirty-six young women from 21 colleges across the state brought their thoughts and ideas on the current political landscape and how they hope to add their voices to the future of U.S. politics at a six-day NEW Leadership™ Texas seminar at The University of Texas at Austin.
Thirty-two secondary school teachers from around the United States will convene for a weeklong seminar on foreign policy at The University of Texas at Austin.
Incoming college students, especially students of color and first-generation college students, who anticipate challenges and recognize these as normal and temporary are more likely to remain enrolled full time and receive better grades, according to a study led by a psychology researcher at The University of Texas at Austin.
Professor Virginia Garrard-Burnett has been chosen as the new director of LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections. A faculty member at The University of Texas at Austin since 1990, she is a professor in the departments of History and Religious Studies, and a faculty affiliate of the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS).
Heightened cost of living and dissatisfaction with public schools may have pushed many African-Americans out of Austin, limiting their access to public amenities and quality services, according to a survey by The University of Texas at Austin.
Lifestyle changes, such as getting a good night’s rest, can help maintain memory function and may slow cognitive decline in older adults, according to psychology research at The University of Texas at Austin.
Relationship satisfaction and the energy devoted to keeping a partner are dependent on how the partner compares with other potential mates, a finding that relates to evolution’s stronghold on modern relationship psychology, according to a study at The University of Texas at Austin.
Nouri Zarrugh gives voice to Libyans repressed by the reign of Muammar Gaddafi in his story “The Leader,” awarded the $50,000 Keene Prize for Literature at The University of Texas at Austin.
The College of Liberal Arts has recognized eight professors for excellence in teaching with awards and fellowships.
Each spring, 12 graduating seniors in the College of Liberal Arts are named Dean’s Distinguished Graduates.
The newly renovated art gallery at the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies will open its spring exhibit this week, featuring works by the Houston/ Rotterdam-based contemporary artist Angelbert Metoyer.
Five faculty from the College of Liberal Arts have been nominated by alumni and selected by Alcalde magazine to be a part of the 2016 “Texas 10,” an annual list of inspiring professors at The University of Texas at Austin.
Anthropology professor Chris Kirk is one of seven faculty members chosen this year to be inducted into the prestigious Academy of Distinguished Teachers for excellence in teaching at The University of Texas at Austin.
The Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers (CLAG) announced 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.
The fields of study within the College of Liberal Arts are vast, and the number of topics that merit in-depth investigation are seemingly endless.
The majority of black and Latino voters in Texas oppose the new state law that allows for the concealed carry of handguns on college campuses, according to the first public opinion poll from the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis (IUPRA) at The University of Texas at Austin.
A passion for learning and public service inspires the life and work of Zoraima Pelaez, a Liberal Arts Honors and humanities junior at UT Austin who was named a 2016 Truman Scholar.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has named the Periods, Organized (PeriodO) web project as a finalist for its grant awards in the first cycle of the National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program.
Communities of gun owners may be reshaping democracy, according to ongoing ethnographic research conducted at The University of Texas at Austin by sociologist Harel Shapira, one of 33 scholars nationwide to receive the 2016 Andrew Carnegie Fellowship.
A psychology and biology student at The University of Texas at Austin is using the accessibility provided by the web and smartphones to help people who could be in medical need.
Each year, Texas Parents honors two senior students who have exemplified leadership, scholarship, character and service with the Outstanding Student Award. This year, two honors students from the College of Liberal Arts were recipients.
The University of Texas Tower was lit orange for this year’s presidential award winners, and among them was Liberal Arts Honors Program director Larry Carver, who received the 2016 Civitatis Award for his dedicated, meritorious service to the university.
Geography and the Environment professor Edgardo Latrubesse received the 2016 American Association of Geographers Grove Karl Gilbert Award for Excellence in Geomorphic Research for his work examining large river systems like the Amazon basin.
Twelve graduating seniors have been named Dean’s Distinguished Graduates.
Previous research has shown that LGBT youth are disproportionately likely to experience harassment, bullying and exclusionary discipline at school. Data supports that LGBT students are 1.4 times more likes to be expelled from school than their heterosexual peers. However, there is insufficient data collection of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) on the state and national level to allow systematic documentation of these disparities.
English professor Evan Carton was selected to receive the 2016 Jean Holloway Award for Excellence in Teaching, a student-nominated award, for the way his teaching has influenced students, society and beyond.
More cities than previously assumed could soon grapple with the Zika virus if two species of mosquitos are found to be equally effective carriers of the disease, a University of Texas at Austin disease ecologist and his colleagues argue in the current edition of The Lancet Infectious Diseases.
Despite India’s multimillion-dollar, transnational surrogacy industry’s reputation as a “baby factory” or the “global market in bargain basement price babies,” it continues to thrive, bringing in more than $400 million a year.
The University of Texas at Austin was named as a top 50-school worldwide in six of the eight humanities subject areas ranked in the sixth edition of the Qacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings report.
On the national political stage, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump may say very different things, but phonetically they sound almost the same, according to an analysis by the Texas English Linguistics Lab at The University of Texas at Austin.
The University of Texas at Austin has more than 40 graduate programs ranked among the top 10 in the nation and three programs ranked No. 1, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2017 edition of "Best Graduate Schools," released this morning.
The transition to college can be a rough one, and it’s not unusual for students to end up on academic probation after their freshman year.
Accepting a job below one’s skill level can be severely penalizing when applying for future employment because of the perception that someone who does this is less committed or less competent, according to new research from a sociologist at The University of Texas at Austin.
The Council on Contemporary Families (CCF) invites social science researchers to gather and discuss topics certain to take center stage this election cycle surrounding issues of contemporary families at the 18th annual conference, titled “Families as They Really Are: Demographics, Disparities, and Debates,” a two-day conference at The University of Texas at Austin.
As the presidential primaries heat up, political leaders, journalists and students of government can compare politicians’ policy suggestions to public policy around the globe and across time using an online tool developed by The University of Texas at Austin.
Exercise helps smokers with a high risk for cessation failure due to emotional distress finally kick the habit, according to psychologists at The University of Texas at Austin.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lead their respective competitors in Texas as early voting continues in the run-up to the March 1 Super Tuesday nominating contests, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.
The interplay between systematic racism and health disparities may have lead to a skyrocketing infant mortality rate for babies born to black women that is more than double the rate of any other race, according to researchers in the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis (IUPRA) at The University of Texas at Austin.
John Newcomb, a recent government alum who graduated in December, used his liberal arts education and preparation from Liberal Arts Career Services to help him land a job at Facebook.
“Patience on a Monument” by Eto Otitigbe, an African American polymedia artist whose art interprets issues of race and human interaction, will be the first exhibit to open in the Warfield Center’s new gallery at The University of Texas at Austin.
The public defunding of Planned Parenthood in Texas may have led to a decrease in highly effective forms of contraceptive services and an increase in Medicaid-paid childbirths among women who previously used injectable contraception, according to a peer-reviewed study by University of Texas at Austin researchers.
Every year thousands of students take introductory courses in U.S. History at UT Austin. This spring History proffesor Jeremi Suri is experimenting with an online version of the U.S. History since 1865 survey course. He and his teaching assistants, Cali Slair, Carl Forsberg, Shery Chanis, and Emily Whalen will blog about the experience of digital teaching for readers of Not Even Past.
Photos and artifacts from one of the most violent decades in Texas history — a period often glossed over or forgotten — will be on display in a new exhibition at the Bullock Texas State History Museum that is the culmination of a University of Texas at Austin research initiative.
President Gregory L. Fenves has appointed Psychology Professor James Pennebaker as the Executive Director of Project 2021 and Special Advisor to the Provost for Educational Innovation at The University of Texas at Austin
The way second- and third-generation immigrants learn a language may spell trouble early on in school and further isolate them from society, according to a Germanic studies researcher at The University of Texas at Austin.
Each year, the President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Awards recognize great teaching of undergraduates in the core curriculum at The University of Texas at Austin