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The UT Austin South Mall.

UT Government Alumnus to Head UT Austin Government Relations

Tue, Sep 19, 2017

Two-time Texas Ex and state Capitol veteran Jay Dyer is returning to The University of Texas at Austin to oversee the flagship campus’s government relations office. Dyer, who most recently served as legislative director for Gov. Greg Abbott, will be UT’s deputy to the president for government relations beginning Oct. 16.


John O. Brennan

Former CIA Director John Brennan Joins UT Austin as a Distinguished Scholar

Tue, Sep 19, 2017

John O. Brennan, a leading national security expert who served most recently as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), has been appointed as a Distinguished Non-Resident Scholar at The University of Texas at Austin.


The exhibit provides a comprehensive overview of influential American artist Jacob Lawrence’s (1917–2000) printmaking oeuvre, produced from 1963 to 2000

History, Labor, Life: The Prints of Jacob Lawrence

Tue, Sep 12, 2017

From August 30th- December 9th, the Warfield Center Galleries’ presents “History, Labor, Life: The Prints of Jacob Lawrence,” in the Christian-Green Gallery on the University of Texas at Austin’s (UT) campus.


Perhaps the most transformative aspect of big data on policing is the amount of information police are able to access on individuals, both suspect and not.

Big Data May Amplify Existing Police Surveillance Practices, Study Shows

Thu, Sep 7, 2017

With access to more personal data than ever before, police have the power to solve crimes more quickly, but in practice, the influx of information tends to amplify existing practices, according to sociology research at The University of Texas at Austin.


From left, Grown & Flown co-founder Lisa Heffernan, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts Randy Diehl, and Grown & Flown co-founder Mary Dell Harrington (Plan II alumna).

Longhorn lightens the load for incoming students

Fri, Sep 1, 2017

Filling a 100-square-foot space with the essentials you’ll need to be successful for the next academic year is no small task, especially when you add it to the endless shopping list of books and school supplies.


Students who completed Algebra I or higher were more likely to vote in both the elections than those who completed only general math

Study shows high school math and civics predict voting behaviors in midlife

Thu, Aug 31, 2017

High-level math and engaging civics lessons in high school increase the likelihood of casting a ballot later in life, according to sociology research at The University of Texas at Austin, begging the question of how schools might increase political participation in future generations.


May 1, 2007 march in support of immigrant rights in Kennett Square, PA.

Immigration May Contribute to Rising Wage Inequality in the U.S.

Thu, Aug 31, 2017

Low-skilled immigrant labor may widen the inequality in the United States by driving up the wages of high-skilled natives; according to sociologist at The University of Texas at Austin.


Irkutsk State University

“Siberia by Southwest”: New Summer Study Abroad Program at UT Austin

Thu, Aug 17, 2017

The program will provide 20 K-16 educators, undergraduate and graduate students from across the American Southwest with 10 weeks of study at Irkutsk State University in South Central Siberia next summer


PTSD, a disorder characterized by the inability to discriminate threat from safety, affects about 8 million adults every year.

Stress Heightens Fear of Threats from the Past

Wed, Aug 9, 2017

Recognizing threats is an essential function of the human mind — think “fight or flight” — one that is aided by past negative experiences. But when older memories are coupled with stress, individuals are likely to perceive danger in harmless circumstances, according to a paper published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


David Buss is a professor in the Department of Psychology.

APS Recognizes Psychology Professor's Superior Mentorship

Thu, Aug 3, 2017

By establishing a community of scholars through training dozens of doctoral students, University of Texas at Austin psychology professor David Buss has been recognized for his superior counsel with the 2017 Association for Psychological Science (APS) Mentor Award.


More than 60 percent of sharks are threatened or endangered by human activity.

Predators Turned Prey: A History of Human and Shark Entanglements

Fri, Jul 21, 2017

Shark Week brings all sorts of shocking—and horrifying — spectacles to viewers. This year, viewers have been promised the first-ever man versus shark swim off, where 23-time gold medalist Michael Phelps will face off against “one of the fastest and most efficient predators on the planet,” a great white.


The Humanities Institute at The University of Texas at Austin has been granted matching funds from the Office of the Vice President for Research in support of their 2018 Pop-Up Institute.

Humanities Institute Receives Funding for "Health and Humanities" Pop-Up Institute

Mon, Jul 17, 2017

The Humanities Institute at The University of Texas at Austin has been granted matching funds from the Office of the Vice President for Research in support of their 2018 Pop-Up Institute, "Health and Humanities: Narrative Medicine, Equity and Diversity, and Community Practice."


Research was based on interviews with 1,700 new mothers in eight Texas hospitals.

Research Shows Unmet Demand for Long- Acting Contraception After Delivery in Texas

Wed, Jul 12, 2017

New research from the Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP) at The University of Texas at Austin identifies unmet demand for long-acting, reversible (LARC) and permanent contraception among recent mothers in Texas.


Illustration by Jenna Luecke

Bullying and Bias Can Cost Schools Millions in Lost Funding

Thu, Jun 29, 2017

When children avoid school to avoid bullying, many states can lose tens of millions of dollars in funding, and California alone loses an estimated $276 million each year because children feel unsafe.


Aedes aegypti, known as the yellow fever mosquito, carries the Zika virus.

Poorer Brazilian Women Feel Less in Control of Reproductive Decisions Amidst Zika Outbreak

Thu, Jun 22, 2017

Brazilian women of low socio-economic status face more barriers preventing or postponing pregnancies than women of high-socioeconomic status, heightening their risk of having a child with congenital Zika syndrome and microcephaly— a neurological defect in which an infant’s head is abnormally small, according to research at The University of Texas at Austin.