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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.

New research shows the efficacy of if-then action plans.

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.

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.

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.

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.