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(Left) Photo by Larry D. Moore CC BY-SA 3.0. (Right) Charles Whitman

Behind the Tower: New Histories of the UT Tower Shooting

Wed, Jul 20, 2016

On August 1, 2016, the city of Austin will mark 50 years since the horrific massacre, commonly known as the UT Tower Shooting, carried out by Charles Whitman. For some, August 1 will be a day of remembering, but for those who don’t know or can’t remember or want to learn more about the events of that day, where do they turn?

Pokémon spotted on campus, photo by UT news

Plan II Alum Leads Development of Pokémon Go

Fri, Jul 15, 2016

Trying to catch 'em all? This UT Austin alumnus might be able to help.

Image from Pixabay

Genetics Play Role in Character Traits Related to Academic Success, Study Says

Tue, Jul 12, 2016

Character traits, such as grit or desire to learn, have a heavy hand in academic success and are partially rooted in genetics, according to a psychology study at The University of Texas at Austin.

A female factory worker in 1942, Fort Worth, Texas. Image by the U.S. Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs division.

Blue-Collar Training in High School Leaves Women Behind, UT Study Says

Thu, Jun 30, 2016

Vocational training without a strong college-preparatory focus in blue-collar community high schools led some millennials to face wider gender employment and wage gaps than their peers, according to sociologists at The University of Texas at Austin.

U.S. Air Force airmen install a fence along the U.S.-Mexico border east of San Luis, Ariz., on Oct. 3, 2006. Source: DOD

Texas Voters Embrace Border Wall, Muslim Bans in Latest UT/Texas Politics Project Poll

Tue, Jun 28, 2016

A majority of Texas voters support stricter immigration laws, including building a wall between the United States and Mexico and disallowing Muslims who are not citizens from entering the U.S., according to the latest poll conducted by The University of Texas at Austin.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

UT Texas Politics Poll: A Vote for Trump is a Vote Against Clinton

Mon, Jun 27, 2016

Texas voters support businessman Donald Trump over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, though large portions of each candidates’ supporters describe their choice as a vote against the opposing candidate rather than a vote in favor of their chosen candidate, according to the latest poll conducted by The University of Texas at Austin.

Honorees will be recognized at a ceremony on Aug. 24

Liberal Arts Faculty Honored with the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award

Tue, Jun 21, 2016

Five faculty members affiliated with the College of Liberal Arts have been chosen to receive the prestigious 2016 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award from The University of Texas System Board of Regents.

Photo by WFIU Public Radio, Flickr.

Lessons on personalities help teens cope with social stressors

Mon, Jun 20, 2016

Teaching teens that social and personality traits can change helps them cope with social challenges such as bullying, which in turn can help mitigate stress and improve academic performance, according to a study by psychologists at The University of Texas at Austin.

Danielle Brown

Split Decision: Two Students Awarded Inaugural Randy Diehl Prize in Liberal Arts

Wed, Jun 15, 2016

Graduating seniors Danielle Brown and Olivia Migacz have been selected as the first recipients of the Randy Diehl Prize in Liberal Arts.

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Partnership with U.S. Census Bureau makes UT Austin a statistical research hot spot

Tue, Jun 14, 2016

A new partnership with the United States Census Bureau will establish an on-campus Federal Statistical Research Data Center, stimulating more research and enhancing graduate training opportunities at The University of Texas at Austin.

Soto addresses NEW Leadership™ Texas class of 2016.

Female Texas Students Reach to Shatter Glass and Find Their Voice

Tue, Jun 14, 2016

Thirty-six young women from 21 colleges across the state brought their thoughts and ideas on the current political landscape and how they hope to add their voices to the future of U.S. politics at a six-day NEW Leadership™ Texas seminar at The University of Texas at Austin.

UT Austin history professor Jeremi Suri networks with teachers at a previous seminar.

UT Austin Hosts Foreign Policy Seminar for Middle and High School Teachers

Wed, Jun 8, 2016

Thirty-two secondary school teachers from around the United States will convene for a weeklong seminar on foreign policy at The University of Texas at Austin.

Preparing Students for College Challenges Reduces Inequality

Mon, Jun 6, 2016

Incoming college students, especially students of color and first-generation college students, who anticipate challenges and recognize these as normal and temporary are more likely to remain enrolled full time and receive better grades, according to a study led by a psychology researcher at The University of Texas at Austin.

Virginia Garrard-Burnett

Virginia Garrard-Burnett Named New Director of LLILAS Benson

Thu, May 26, 2016

Professor Virginia Garrard-Burnett has been chosen as the new director of LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections. A faculty member at The University of Texas at Austin since 1990, she is a professor in the departments of History and Religious Studies, and a faculty affiliate of the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS).

Photo by Roadsidepictures, Flickr.

IUPRA Study: African-Americans are Leaving Austin for More Affordable Housing and Better Schools

Wed, May 25, 2016

Heightened cost of living and dissatisfaction with public schools may have pushed many African-Americans out of Austin, limiting their access to public amenities and quality services, according to a survey by The University of Texas at Austin.

Photo by Wokandapix, Pixabay.

Sleep May Preserve Memory and Cognition in Aging Adults, UT Study Shows

Thu, May 19, 2016

Lifestyle changes, such as getting a good night’s rest, can help maintain memory function and may slow cognitive decline in older adults, according to psychology research at The University of Texas at Austin.

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Relationship Satisfaction Depends on the Mating Pool, Study Finds

Tue, May 17, 2016

Relationship satisfaction and the energy devoted to keeping a partner are dependent on how the partner compares with other potential mates, a finding that relates to evolution’s stronghold on modern relationship psychology, according to a study at The University of Texas at Austin.

From left: Ponton, Karas, Zarrugh and Garner. Photo by Mike McGraw

College of Liberal Arts Awards Keene Prize for Literature to Michener Center Graduate Student

Tue, May 17, 2016

Nouri Zarrugh gives voice to Libyans repressed by the reign of Muammar Gaddafi in his story “The Leader,” awarded the $50,000 Keene Prize for Literature at The University of Texas at Austin.

The College of Liberal Arts Buidling

Liberal Arts Faculty Receive Teaching Awards, Fellowships

Mon, May 16, 2016

The College of Liberal Arts has recognized eight professors for excellence in teaching with awards and fellowships.

Christle Nwora

Living with Purpose and Passion: In-Depth with 3 Dean's Distinguished Graduates

Mon, May 16, 2016

Each spring, 12 graduating seniors in the College of Liberal Arts are named Dean’s Distinguished Graduates.

Angelbert Metoyer, Remorial, 2007. Mixed media on canvas. 106 x 164 inches. Artwork © Angelbert Metoyer. Image courtesy Craig Massey.

Warfield Center Announces Spring Exhibition in the New Gallery

Tue, May 10, 2016

The newly renovated art gallery at the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies will open its spring exhibit this week, featuring works by the Houston/ Rotterdam-based contemporary artist Angelbert Metoyer.

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College of Liberal Arts Faculty Dominate Texas 10

Fri, May 6, 2016

Five faculty from the College of Liberal Arts have been nominated by alumni and selected by Alcalde magazine to be a part of the 2016 “Texas 10,” an annual list of inspiring professors at The University of Texas at Austin.

Photo by Julia Ferguson.

Chris Kirk Named to Academy of Distinguished Teachers

Wed, May 4, 2016

Anthropology professor Chris Kirk is one of seven faculty members chosen this year to be inducted into the prestigious Academy of Distinguished Teachers for excellence in teaching at The University of Texas at Austin.

Tim Beach (right) and a team of student researchers.

Professor and Alumnus Receive Back-to-Back Awards for Latin American Geography

Tue, May 3, 2016

The Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers (CLAG) announced 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.

Jennifer Oruebor

Under the Microscope: Undergraduate Research Week 2016

Liberal Arts Students Present at Undergraduate Research Week 2016

Thu, Apr 28, 2016

The fields of study within the College of Liberal Arts are vast, and the number of topics that merit in-depth investigation are seemingly endless.

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Minority Voter Groups Oppose Concealed Carry on Campuses, UT Poll Finds

Wed, Apr 27, 2016

The majority of black and Latino voters in Texas oppose the new state law that allows for the concealed carry of handguns on college campuses, according to the first public opinion poll from the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis (IUPRA) at The University of Texas at Austin.