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In a close race, the less popular candidate has a 45% chance of becoming president.

Why the most popular candidate in a close election will probably lose

Thu, Sep 19, 2019

, the researchers estimate that if someone loses the popular vote by within 1%, or 1.3 million votes, he or she has a 45% chance of winning the election.


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UT/TT Poll: Biden Leads Democratic Presidential Nomination Race in Texas

Wed, Sep 11, 2019

On the eve of the latest debate among the 10 qualifying Democratic presidential candidates, a University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll finds former Vice President Joe Biden the top choice among Texans who plan to vote in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary.


A Voudou flag by Myrlande Constate. Image courtesy of AGBS.

Art Galleries at Black Studies Presents: "Lingua Franca"

Wed, Sep 4, 2019

From Hatian Voudou flags to surrealists prints and paintings, “Lingua Franca: Black Spirit Speaks in Common Tongues,” on view now at the Idea Lab, exposes the deep and shared roots of African spiritual culture across the Back diaspora.


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New Testosterone Nasal Spray Offers Patients an Alternative

Tue, Sep 3, 2019

A newly patented, testosterone-containing nasal spray developed by a psychology professor at The University of Texas at Austin could provide those suffering from testosterone deficiency and other ailments, such as anxiety disorders, with easily modulated, fast-acting results.


Patton Hall

New Year, New Liberal Arts Faculty

Tue, Aug 27, 2019

This academic year, the College of Liberal Arts welcomes 17 new faculty members to the 40 acres.


The Housing Authority of the City of Austin headquarters, Austin, Texas, United States.  Photo by Larry D. Moore CC BY-SA 3.0.

Unlocking affordable housing in Austin

Wed, Aug 14, 2019

While Austin as a whole may not be rent burdened, the majority of its black and Latino households are. Equally as frustrating, these communities are also more frequently targeted by investors chasing lower housing values.


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Testosterone has a Complicated Relationship with Moral Reasoning, Study Finds

Wed, Aug 14, 2019

Although some studies have linked high levels of testosterone to immoral behavior, a new study published in Nature Human Behaviour finds testosterone supplements actually made people more sensitive to moral norms, suggesting that testosterone’s influence on behavior is more complicated than previously thought.


The black-handed spider monkey sits in a tree depicting the major threats to the species’ existence in its root system — agriculture, farming. Illustration by Michelle Bezanson, Santa Clara University

Research Bias May Leave Some Primates at Risk

Tue, Aug 13, 2019

Recent primate research has had a heavy focus on a few charismatic species and nationally protected parks and forests, leaving some lesser known primates and their habitats at risk, according researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and Santa Clara University.


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Timeline Tool Connects the Dots

Thu, Aug 8, 2019

History professor Erika Bsumek designed a timeline tool to help students track and connect historic events in a visual and collaborative way.


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A Growth Mindset Intervention Can Change Students’ Grades if School Culture is Supportive

Wed, Aug 7, 2019

Boosting academic success does not have to derive from new teachers or curriculum; it can also come from changing students’ attitudes about their abilities through a short online intervention, according to the latest findings from the National Study of Learning Mindsets published in Nature on Aug. 7.


Camp Alba students. Photo by Kitty Murray.

Camp Alba

Mon, Aug 5, 2019

After spending three days on the University of Texas at Austin campus, sixth graders from Martin Middle School left with a greater sense of connection to their communities and their first single track, produced by hip-hop artist and activist Olmeca.


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On the Road with Langston Hughes: A Newly Discovered Essay on Race in America

Mon, Jul 15, 2019

Historical research can be exhausting work. Hours spent sifting through archives in search of elusive details from the past may yield nothing, but it may lead to an extraordinary discovery.


Fighting for Change: A Q&A with the 2019 Randy Diehl Prize Recipient

Fighting for Change: A Q&A with the 2019 Randy Diehl Prize Recipient

Thu, Jul 11, 2019

Megan Abrameit, a psychology and humanities double major from Tyler, Texas, has received the 2019 Randy Diehl Prize in Liberal Arts.