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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.

The LSA will host four public lectures beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday, January 8.

Using Function Words to Read Minds: An LSA Public Lecture

Mon, Dec 19, 2016

University of Texas at Austin psychology professor James Pennebaker can read minds; but he’s not a psychic, he’s a scientist who researchers what our words say about us.

Adit Bior is a senior majoring in philosophy and government. Photo by Jessica Sinn.

Students changing campus culture, changing the world

Mon, Dec 19, 2016

Adit Bior is like a whirlwind. When she’s not in class, she’s planning social media campaigns, meeting with college deans or building up a campus-wide Black Lives Matter Initiative. During her “downtime” she’s cheering the Longhorns at sporting events with her fellow Texas Sweethearts.

Postcard depicting construction of locks at the Panama Canal. Benson Latin American Collection.

Latin America’s 19th Century: Student-Curated Exhibit Opens at Benson Collection

Wed, Dec 7, 2016

Latin America’s 19th Century: Reflections on Modernity, Memory, and Identity is an exhibition conceived and curated by students Lina del Castillo’s Latin America in the 19th Century class.

James H. Cox and the cover of

UT English Professor Awarded for Book on Indigenous American Literatures

Wed, Dec 7, 2016

The Modern Language Association of America (MLA) awarded its second prize for Studies in Native American Literatures, Cultures and Languages to University of Texas at Austin English professor James H. Cox and University of British Columbia Indigenous studies professor Daniel Heath Justice for their book “The Oxford Handbook of Indigenous American Literatures.”

The study

More Supportive Strategies May Reduce Bullying Against LBGT Youth in Schools, Study

Wed, Dec 7, 2016

Students feel more connected to their peers and teachers and are less likely to experience homophobic bullying when schools combat bullying with supportive practices, such as counseling, according to researchers in the Population Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin.

In the study, infants of trichromatic mothers were 22 percent more likely to survive the first year. Photo by Rebecca Lewis.

Female Lemurs with Color Vision Provide Advantages for Their Group

Mon, Dec 5, 2016

Female lemurs with normal color vision, as well as their cohabitating colorblind group members, may have selective advantage over lemur groups whose members are all colorblind, according to anthropologists at The University of Texas at Austin.

Jordan Metoyer

Liberal Arts Alumna Receives Prestigious Schwarzman Scholarship

Thu, Dec 1, 2016

Jordan Metoyer, an economics and Liberal Arts Honors/Urban Studies alumna from The University of Texas at Austin, has been awarded a Schwarzman scholarship to study in Beijing.

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Human Ancestor ‘Lucy’ Was a Tree Climber, New Evidence Suggests

Wed, Nov 30, 2016

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.

Bailey Anderson

Geography Student Receives British Marshall Scholarship

Tue, Nov 29, 2016

Bailey Anderson, a geography senior at The University of Texas at Austin, is the recipient of a 2017 British Marshall Scholarship.

Anthony Di Fiore is a professor and chair of Department of Anthropology.

Anthropology Chair Named to the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Tue, Nov 22, 2016

Anthony Di Fiore was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for his research on primate behavioral ecology and the genetics of wild populations, conducted at The University of Texas at Austin.

Mikaila Smith

Plan II Senior Awarded 2017 Rhodes Scholarship

Mon, Nov 21, 2016

University of Texas at Austin student Mikaila Smith, a Plan II senior with concentrations in international affairs and Chinese, has been awarded a 2017 Rhodes scholarship, one of the most distinguished graduate scholarships in the world.

Image by Tom Varco, public domain.

Insurers Use High Drug Costs to Deter Some Obamacare Patients, Economist Says

Thu, Nov 17, 2016

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.

U.S. soldier practices donning his gas mask during a field exercise. Photo by U.S. gov.

The Untold Stories of Modern Warriors

Fri, Nov 11, 2016

Oftentimes, we are met with spectacular images of war, depicting valiance and vilifying enemies; but these stories, some say, lack an honest narrative.


Students Can Further Post-Graduation Goals with Frontiers Program

Mon, Nov 7, 2016

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.

Photo by Isabel Sanginés

Parents of Missing Students in Mexico Seek Justice, Improvement in Human Rights

Mon, Nov 7, 2016

At 5:30 p.m. on September 26, 2014, Mario Gonzalez Contreras spoke to his son for the last time.

Photo by Michael Bentley CC-BY 2.0

Study: Childhood Obesity and Overweight Rates Rise During Summer Break, Not School Year

Thu, Nov 3, 2016

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.

During learning, the hippocampus (orange), in concert with prefrontal cortex (blue), builds conceptual knowledge for a given goal. When goals change, new learning in HPC and PFC updates knowledge..

UT Austin Psychology Researchers Map Neurological Process of Learning, Deciding

Tue, Nov 1, 2016

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.

The ruins of the actual castle of prince Vlad Dracula are located about 50 miles away from Bran Castle (pictured). Photo by Alexandru Savu

How To Survive A Night in Dracula’s Castle

Mon, Oct 31, 2016

“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.”

The west facade of United States Supreme Court Building. Photo by Joe Ravi, Creative Commons (CC-BY-SA 3.0)

UT/TT Poll: Texas Will Likely Remain a Red State Despite Clinton’s Rising Support

Thu, Oct 27, 2016

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.

The Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

Affirmative Action in Brazil May Have Lessened Non-White Disadvantages in College Entrance at the Cost of Fewer High School Graduates

Wed, Oct 26, 2016

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.

(Left) Kelly Rader, the Department of Government. (Right) Jeffry Clemens, the Department of Economics.

College Welcomes New Harrington Fellows

Mon, Oct 24, 2016

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.