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Geography and the Environment Professor Receives $4.3 Million NSF Grant to Study Biodiversity in the Amazon/Andean Forest

Fri, Dec 20, 2013

Edgardo Latrubesse, a professor in the Department of Geography and the Environment, has been awarded a $4.3 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for a project titled “The Dynamics of Mountains, Landscapes and Climate in the Distribution and Generation of Biodiversity of the Amazon/Andean Forest.”


Plan II Graduate Awarded 2014 British Marshall Scholarship

Mon, Dec 16, 2013

John Russell Beaumont, a Plan II Honors Program and architecture graduate from The University of Texas at Austin, has been awarded a Marshall Scholarship, one of the most coveted study abroad scholarships available.


History Professor Daina Ramey Berry Wins NEH Fellowship

Wed, Dec 11, 2013

Daina Ramey Berry, associate professor in the departments of History and African and African Diaspora Studies, has been awarded a $50,400 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) fellowship for her research on the social and economic history of slavery in the United States


Exercise Alleviates Sexual Side-Effects of Antidepressants in Women, Study Shows

Tue, Dec 10, 2013

New psychology research, which could have important public health implications for alleviating some side effects of antidepressants, shows that engaging in exercise at the right time significantly improves sexual functioning in women who are taking the antidepressants.


College of Liberal Arts Professors Selected to Receive President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Awards

Thu, Dec 5, 2013

Three faculty members from the College of Liberal Arts have been selected to receive the President's Associates Teaching Excellence Award for the 2013-2014 academic year at The University of Texas at Austin.


Study Examines Potential Evolutionary Role of “Sexual Regret” in Human Survival and Reproduction

Wed, Nov 27, 2013

In the largest, most in-depth study to date on regret surrounding sexual activity, a team of psychology researchers found a stark contrast in remorse between men and women, potentially shedding light on the evolutionary history of human nature.


Call for Nominations: 2014 Pro Bene Meritis Awards

Wed, Nov 6, 2013

Nominate distinguished alumni, faculty members and friends of the College of Liberal Arts for the 2014 Pro Bene Meritis award.


UT Austin Leads in Study Abroad and International Student Enrollment

Tue, Nov 5, 2013

The University of Texas at Austin ranks second in the nation for the number of students studying abroad and among the top 25 for international student enrollment, according to the newly released “Open Doors 2013” report published by the Institute of International Education (IIE).


Daily Online Testing Boosts College Performance and Reduces Achievement Gaps, Study Shows

Tue, Nov 5, 2013

More low-income students are attending college than ever before, but many of them are ill prepared for the challenges of higher learning. Now University of Texas at Austin researchers are finding ways to level the higher-education playing field with a new online learning model.


Government Professor David Leal Named Distinguished Alumnus

Tue, Nov 5, 2013

David Leal, professor of government, has received a 2013 Distinguished Alumni Scholar award from Stanford University.


Abbott Leads Davis by 6 Points in Latest UT/Texas Tribune Poll

Mon, Nov 4, 2013

If the election for Texas governor were held today, Attorney General Greg Abbott would have a six-point lead over state Sen. Wendy Davis, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.


Popular ‘Door-in-the-Face’ Persuasion Strategy Can Sometimes Backfire, Study Shows

Sun, Nov 3, 2013

A manipulation strategy often used in marketing and fundraising known as “Door-in-the-Face” could backfire among less concrete thinkers, according to new research from The University of Texas at Austin.


Report Shows Economic, Social Impact of U.S. Aging Population

Sat, Nov 2, 2013

As the over-65 population grows to about one in five Americans, more economically advantaged seniors are providing a family safety net for the younger generation.


High School Students Forge Stronger, More Positive Friendships in Shared Classes, Study Shows

Fri, Nov 1, 2013

Teenagers continue to roam in cliques in high school, as they have for generations. Yet according to a new study from The University of Texas at Austin and Michigan State University, high school students are not choosing friends from certain categories, such as “jocks,” “goths” or “A-listers.” Instead, they are forging friendships in the types of courses they’re taking.


Spanish and Portuguese Professor Honored for Excellence in Latin American Cultural Studies

Tue, Oct 29, 2013

Arturo Arias, professor of Spanish and Portuguese, was named Tomás Rivera Regents Professor of Spanish Language and Literature in recognition of his distinction as a scholar, teacher and leader in the fields of Latin American Literary and Cultural Studies, U.S. Latino Studies and Indigenous Studies.


Policy Report: High School Graduation Requirements Show Promise for African American, Latino Students

Mon, Oct 28, 2013

New high school graduation requirements in Texas will significantly affect academic achievement in the state, particularly for low-income students of color, according to a policy report released by the Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis (IUPRA) at The University of Texas at Austin.


Langlois Appointed Permanent Dean of Graduate Studies

Thu, Oct 24, 2013

Vice Provost Judith Langlois has been appointed permanent dean of graduate studies at The University of Texas at Austin. Langlois, who will retain her post as vice provost, has been serving as interim dean of the school since Victoria Rodríguez stepped down in January 2012.


U.S. Regions Exhibit Distinct Personalities, Study Shows

Wed, Oct 23, 2013

People with similar personality types are so likely to cluster in certain areas of the country that a map of the United States can actually be divided into regions with distinct personalities, according to new psychology research from The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Cambridge.


History Department Announces Littlefield History Chair

Fri, Oct 18, 2013

A gift from longtime UT Austin alumnus and supporter Clyde Rabb Littlefield will endow The Clyde Rabb Littlefield Chair in Texas History.


Texans Show Strong Support for Water Infrastructure Funding, According to UT/Texas Tribune Poll

Wed, Oct 16, 2013

A majority of Texas voters believe it is important for the state to invest in water infrastructure and support a constitutional amendment allotting a portion of the state’s Rainy Day Fund to finance water projects, according to a University of Texas at Austin/Texas Tribune poll.


Who You Know: Study Shows Favoritism is Ubiquitous in Labor Markets

Wed, Oct 16, 2013

Workplace discrimination can destroy morale, breed resentment and lead to lost productivity and unemployment. Although equal-opportunity laws have been created to address discrimination, do they also address favoritism in the workplace? According to a new economics study from The University of Texas at Austin and Maastricht University, inclusion may be more of a factor than exclusion in un-leveling the playing field.


Sociology, Economics Researchers Receive Grant to Study How STEM Education Contributes to Workforce Success

Wed, Oct 16, 2013

University of Texas at Austin sociologist Chandra Muller and economist Sandra Black have received a $1.6 million grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate how science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education contributes to career success.


Interdisciplinary certificate in LGBTQ and sexuality studies to launch in fall 2014

Mon, Oct 14, 2013

An interdisciplinary certificate in LGBTQ and sexuality studies will draw from a variety of departments in the College of Liberal Arts when it is launched in the fall of 2014.


Israel Studies Collaborative presents North America's largest conference on the Yom Kippur War

Mon, Oct 14, 2013

SCJS’s Israel Studies Collaborative will host North America’s single largest conference on the Yom Kippur War this month, Oct. 21–22 in the Glickman Conference Center of the College of Liberal Arts building.


Butler School, South Asia Institute to Partner with National Academy of Performing Arts, Karachi, Pakistan

Mon, Oct 7, 2013

Faculty members at the Butler School of Music will mentor visiting musicians and scholars from Pakistan’s National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA) under a new three-year partnership.


Anthropology Student Launches Balochistan Archives Website

Mon, Oct 7, 2013

Hafeez Jamali, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology, has recently launched the Balochistan Archives, an executive agency of the Government of Balochistan which serves as the main repository for official records and documents of historical significance.


Genetic Influences on Cognition Increase with Age, Study Shows

Tue, Oct 1, 2013

About 70 percent of a person’s intelligence can be explained by their DNA — and those genetic influences only get stronger with age, according to new research from The University of Texas at Austin.


Three Liberal Arts Students Earn $33,000 Larry Temple Scholarships

Fri, Sep 27, 2013

The College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin has honored three students with a Larry Temple Scholarship.


UT Austin Anthropologists Confirm Link Between Cranial Anatomy and Two-Legged Walking

Thu, Sep 26, 2013

Anthropology researchers from The University of Texas at Austin have confirmed a direct link between upright two-legged (bipedal) walking and the position of the foramen magnum, a hole in the base of the skull that transmits the spinal cord.


UT Classical Archaeology Research Leads to UNESCO World Heritage Site Designation

Thu, Sep 26, 2013

After two decades of research led by a classical archaeology professor at The University of Texas at Austin, an ancient Greek settlement in southern Ukraine was granted World Heritage status by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).


National Conference to Address Racial Health Disparities and New Curriculum for Medical Schools

Mon, Sep 23, 2013

edical professionals, researchers and scholars from across the country will meet at The University of Texas at Austin for a national conference titled “Addressing Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities: Best Practices for Clinical Care and Medical Education in the 21st Century" on Sept. 23-24. 8:45 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.


Plan II Honors Student Wins 2013 Heroes for Children Award

Mon, Sep 23, 2013

Brette Machiorlette, a Plan II Honors/Business junior, won the Heroes for Children Award from the State Board of Education for her work in creating and launching the Reading Aces literacy program in the Houston ISD and in Austin.


Young Children Quickly Adopt Ritualistic Behavior, Study Shows

Thu, Sep 19, 2013

Although rituals such as shaking hands or saying, “bless you” after a sneeze don’t make practical sense, these arbitrary social conventions give people a sense of belonging in a particular social group. And according to a new psychology study from The University of Texas at Austin, even preschool children are quick to conform to ritualistic behavior.


UT Global Initiative to Promote Fast Track Programs in New Zealand

Thu, Sep 19, 2013

A representative of the Global Initiative for Education and Leadership (UTGI), a program in the College of Liberal Arts, will be in Auckland, New Zealand Sept. 20-25 to promote international education.


African-American Students May Improve Grades if Teachers Convey High Standards, Study Shows

Fri, Sep 6, 2013

African-American students who need to improve their academic performance may do better in school and feel less stereotyped as underachievers if teachers convey high standards and their belief that students can meet them, according to new psychology research from The University of Texas at Austin.


Embrey Family Foundation Grant to Establish Women’s & Gender Studies Professorship

Fri, Sep 6, 2013

A $680,890 grant from the Embrey Family Foundation will bolster teaching, research and outreach efforts in the Center for Women's & Gender Studies (CWGS) at The University of Texas at Austin, and will include funding for a new Women’s & Gender Studies professorship focusing on critical human rights.


“Landfall” Exhibition Features Artist-in-Residence Laurie Anderson, Performance by Kronos Quartet

Fri, Sep 6, 2013

In partnership with Texas Performing Arts and the Visual Arts Center, the Humanities Institute welcomes Laurie Anderson as the C. L. and Henriette Cline Centennial Visiting Professor in the Humanities.


Liberal Arts Students Dominate Gone To Texas Video Contest

Thu, Aug 29, 2013

Two liberal arts freshmen began their time at UT with an expression their creative and technological sides to create the first and second place videos for the Gone To Texas Video Contest.


University Offers First-Ever Synchronous Massive Online Course

Mon, Aug 26, 2013

The University of Texas at Austin is proud to introduce the world’s first synchronous massive online course (SMOC) in fall 2013.


In the Face of Trauma, Distance Helps People Find Clarity, Study Shows

Thu, Aug 22, 2013

In the wake of tragedies such as the Sandy Hook school shooting, the Boston Marathon bombing and the devastating explosion in the Texas town of West, people are often left asking, “Why did this happen?”


College of Liberal Arts Professors Honored by Board of Regents

Mon, Aug 19, 2013

Four faculty members from the College of Liberal Arts were selected by the UT System Board of Regents to receive its highest honor: the 2013 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award.


“Landfall” Exhibition Features Artist-in-Residence Laurie Anderson, Performance by Kronos Quartet

Tue, Aug 13, 2013

In partnership with Texas Performing Arts and the Visual Arts Center, the Humanities Institute welcomes Laurie Anderson as the C. L. and Henriette Cline Centennial Visiting Professor in the Humanities.


French and Italian Professor Wins ISSNAF Award for Research in Italian Culture

Mon, Aug 5, 2013

Paola Bonifazio, assistant professor of French and Italian, has been awarded the 2013 Italian Scientists and Scholars of North American Foundation (ISSNAF) Award for the Humanities for her manuscript, tentatively titled "Sponsored films: Publicizing Modernization in Cold War Italy (1948-1958).”


Extinct Ancient Ape Did Not Walk Like a Human, Study Shows

Thu, Jul 25, 2013

For decades, the movement of an ancient ape species called Oreopithecus bambolii has been a matter of debate for scientists. Did it walk like a human across its swampy Mediterranean island or did it move through the trees like other apes?


Middle Eastern Studies Professors Receive NEH Grant to Update Biblical Hebrew Dictionary

Tue, Jul 16, 2013

Middle Eastern Studies Professors Jo Ann Hackett and John Huehnergard have been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to update and expand the most comprehensive and widely-used English dictionary of Biblical Hebrew.


UT Global Initiative Co-Hosts 2013 Embassy-University Showcase in Washington

Wed, Jun 26, 2013

In an effort to expand teacher training and international educational development to countries around the world, the Global Initiative for Education and Leadership at The University of Texas at Austin co-hosted the 2013 Higher Education Fair and Embassy-University Showcase on June 25 in Washington. D.C.


Psychology Professor Wins Hogg Foundation Grant to Study Mental Health

Mon, Jun 24, 2013

Andreana Haley, assistant professor of psychology at The University of Texas at Austin, has received a grant from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health for her research on the cognitive effects of the herpes simplex 1 virus.


International Relations and Global Studies Junior Wins Prestigious Pickering Fellowship

Mon, Jun 24, 2013

Angell Kim, an International Relations and Global Studies junior, has been named as a 2013 Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellow.


UT/Texas Tribune Poll Shows Strong Support for ‘Rainy Day’ Funding of Water Projects

Fri, Jun 21, 2013

Sixty-eight percent of registered Texas voters support spending $2 billion from the state’s "Rainy Day Fund" on water infrastructure projects across the state, according to a University of Texas at Austin/Texas Tribune poll.


GOP Voters Favor Ted Cruz in 2016 Presidential Primary, UT/Texas Tribune Poll Shows

Mon, Jun 17, 2013

If the 2016 Republican primary election for president were held today, Republican voters in Texas would strongly favor U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz over other GOP hopefuls, according to a University of Texas at Austin/Texas Tribune poll.


UT Global Initiative to Forge New Partnership at London Conference

Fri, Jun 14, 2013

In an effort to further extend teacher training and educational development to international markets, the Global Initiative for Education and Leadership at The University of Texas at Austin is helping to organize the Gulf Education Conference and Exhibition (GECE) on June 19-20 at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in London.


‘Gingrich Senators’ Behind Washington’s Legislative Gridlock, Research Shows

Mon, Jun 10, 2013

A University of Texas at Austin government professor argues in his new book that rising polarization in the U.S. Senate has been caused almost entirely by a particular breed of Republican lawmakers known as the “Gingrich senators.”


C-SPAN Features Harry Middleton’s Liberal Arts Honors Course on “The Johnson Years”

Fri, Jun 7, 2013

A Liberal Arts Honors course taught by Harry Middleton, former director of the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum, will be featured in a C-SPAN “Lectures in History” series at 12 p.m. on July 7.


Hogg Foundation Awards Sociology Doctoral Candidate Moore Fellowship

Thu, Jun 6, 2013

The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health has selected David Glisch-Sánchez, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin, as the 2013 recipient of the Harry E. and Bernice M. Moore Fellowship. Glisch-Sánchez was awarded $20,000 to complete his dissertation research.


Psychology Professor Chairs White House Convening on ‘Academic Mindsets’

Tue, Jun 4, 2013

David Yeager, assistant professor of psychology at The University of Texas at Austin, served as program chair and co-organizer for a special convening session titled “Excellence in Education: The Importance of Academic Mindsets” on May 16 at the White House.


Labor Economist Daniel Hamermesh Receives Mincer Award

Mon, Jun 3, 2013

Daniel Hamermesh, professor of economics at The University of Texas at Austin, has received the Jacob Mincer Award for Lifetime Contributions to the Field of Labor Economics.


UT Austin Psychologist Helps to Map Countries’ Entrepreneurial Spirit

Mon, Jun 3, 2013

Founders of successful companies tend to exhibit personality traits that make them more socially engaging, creative and able to handle stress than nonentrepreneurs, according to new research from the University of Jena in Germany and The University of Texas at Austin.


Economics Professor Wins National Health Care Research Award

Fri, May 24, 2013

Eugenio Miravete, associate professor in the Department of Economics at The University of Texas at Austin, has been awarded the 19th Annual Health Care Research Award from the National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM).



African Americans in Texas See Decreased Economic Mobility, Policy Report Shows

Tue, May 21, 2013

The economic status of African Americans in Texas has significantly declined during the first decade of the 21st century, according to a policy report released by the Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis (IUPRA) at The University of Texas at Austin.


New Endowment Supports Polish Studies Program

Mon, May 20, 2013

A permanent endowment has been established to benefit the Polish Studies Program in the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at The University of Texas at Austin.


Liberal Arts Junior Wins Prestigious Summer Research Fellowship from the American Bar Foundation

Wed, May 15, 2013

Ayesha Akbar, a junior majoring in government, psychology and Arabic language and culture, has received a 2013 Montgomery Summer Research Fellowship in Law and Social Science from the American Bar Foundation.


English Senior Wins $50,000 Keene Prize for Literature

Mon, May 13, 2013

Katherine Noble, a graduating senior in the Department of English at The University of Texas at Austin, has won the $50,000 Keene Prize for Literature for her collection of poems, “Like Electrical Fire Across the Silence.”


Six Liberal Arts Employees Win 2013 President’s Staff Awards

Tue, Apr 23, 2013

The Office of the Vice President for University Operations has named six College of Liberal Arts employees as recipients of the 2013 President’s Staff Award for their outstanding contributions to the continuing success of the university.


College of Liberal Arts Awards Eight Dedman Distinguished Scholarships to Incoming Freshmen

Mon, Apr 22, 2013

The College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin has honored eight incoming students with a Dedman Distinguished Scholarship, which provides full scholarships covering tuition, books, room and board, study abroad and internship opportunities.


UT Global Initiative for Education Debuts New Programs at Saudi Conference

Thu, Apr 18, 2013

A University of Texas at Austin consortium is showcasing new teacher training and executive education programs at the 2013 International Exhibition and Conference on Higher Education (IECHE) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.


Psychology Professor Awarded Grant to Study Genetic Root of Psychotherapy Response for Depression

Tue, Apr 16, 2013

Depression, anxiety and many other crippling psychiatric disorders can be treated effectively with psychotherapy. Unfortunately, not all forms of treatment work for everyone — and finding the right fit often takes a great deal of time and work.


Free Web-Based Photo Enhancement Tool Developed By UT Austin Scientists

Tue, Apr 16, 2013

What began as an effort to better understand how animal and human visual systems work has led to a revolutionary method for enlarging and enhancing photos that is being made available, free of charge, from the Center for Perceptual Systems at The University of Texas at Austin.


Twelve Liberal Arts Seniors Named Dean’s Distinguished Graduates

Wed, Apr 3, 2013

Twelve graduating seniors have been named Dean’s Distinguished Graduates. Each year the College of Liberal Arts honors 12 seniors with the Dean's Distinguished Graduate Award for their leadership, scholarly achievements and service to the community.


Gardner Marston’s $6.6 Million Gift to Support History Graduate Students at The University of Texas at Austin

Wed, Apr 3, 2013

A $6.6 million gift from the estate of Gardner Marston will boost graduate student recruitment and support in the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin.


On Gun Control, Citizens Support Politicians Who Point to Big Picture, not Specific Incidents, Study Finds

Mon, Mar 25, 2013

As the nation continues to grapple with the long-simmering issue of gun control, solutions are stymied by heated debates. To effectively influence a divided America, elected officials must take a broad perspective rather than focusing on specific incidents, according to a new psychology study from The University of Texas at Austin.


Dedman Distinguished Scholars Endowment Increases to $20 Million to Support UT Liberal Arts Scholarships

Mon, Mar 18, 2013

The College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin now has a unique recruiting advantage — full scholarships covering tuition, books, room and board, study abroad and internship opportunities.


Rick Perry Outpolls Greg Abbott in Latest UT/Texas Tribune Poll

Wed, Mar 6, 2013

Amid insider talk of a potential 2014 Republican primary race between Gov. Rick Perry and Attorney General Greg Abbott, a large share of Republican primary voters view the governor favorably, while Abbott remains popular but still a comparatively less familiar figure among state Republicans, according to a new University of Texas at Austin/Texas Tribune poll.


Trustworthy Mating Advice Deepens Bond Between Straight Women and Gay Men, New Study Shows

Wed, Feb 20, 2013

Why do straight women and gay men form close relationships with one another? A new psychology study from The University of Texas at Austin suggests the glue that cements these unique relationships is honest, unbiased relationship advice.


Teaching Teens That Bullies Can Change Reduces Aggression in School, Study Shows

Fri, Feb 15, 2013

Teenagers who believe people can’t change react more aggressively to peer conflicts than those who think people can change. And teaching them that people have the potential to change can reduce these aggressive reactions, according to a new psychology study from The University of Texas at Austin.


College of Liberal Arts Awards 11 Professors with $15,000 Humanities Research Awards

Fri, Feb 1, 2013

In an effort to support research in the humanities, the College of Liberal Arts has awarded 11 tenured and tenure-track faculty with $15,000 Humanities Research Awards.


University of Texas at Austin Statement on National Association of Scholars Report

Thu, Jan 10, 2013

The National Association of Scholars report — “Recasting History: Are Race, Class, and Gender Dominating American History?” — raises some important questions, but it also paints a narrowly defined and largely inaccurate picture of the quality, depth and breadth of history teaching and research at The University of Texas at Austin, and it mischaracterizes how race, class and gender inform teaching and research in history.


Clements Center Will Promote Diplomatic History and National Security as well as Honor the Former Governor

Wed, Jan 9, 2013

The William P. Clements Jr. Center on History, Strategy and Statecraft is being established at The University of Texas at Austin to train leaders in the history of national security and diplomacy and to honor the legacy of one of the most influential statesmen in Texas history, former Gov. Bill Clements.