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TALC will serve as a hub for research and education on aging at UT Austin.

New Aging & Longevity Center to Address Future Needs of Texas’ Growing Elderly Population

Wed, Jan 23, 2019

To improve the longevity and well-being of aging individuals across all demographics, The University of Texas at Austin will launch the Texas Aging & Longevity Center.

Hancock has been invited to join the commission in charge of building the memorial for the Roma who were murdered during the Holocaust at Lety u Písku.

Queen Elizabeth II Honors Activism by UT Austin Romani Scholar

Fri, Jan 18, 2019

Romani linguist and University of Texas at Austin professor emeritus Ian Hancock was recently made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II for his contributions to understanding of creole linguistics, the Romani language and to the emancipation of Romani people.

Ann Huff Stevens

Ann Huff Stevens Appointed Dean of UT Austin College of Liberal Arts

Wed, Jan 9, 2019

The University of Texas at Austin has named Ann Huff Stevens the next dean of the College of Liberal Arts. Her appointment will begin July 15, 2019.

40 percent of Texans believe Russian interference played a role in the outcome of the 2016 election (UT/TT poll)

Trolling the U.S.: Q&A on Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election

Wed, Jan 9, 2019

It’s been more than two years since the 2016 presidential election, and the United States is still piecing together Russia’s propaganda-filled interference in U.S. political conversations on social media.

Study participants identified 12 peer crowds and their positions in the social hierarchy.

How Today’s High School Cliques Compare to Yesterday’s

Tue, Jan 8, 2019

While many high school peer crowds and influences have remained constant over time, changing demographics, cultural influences and the increasing number of college-bound youth have led to the emergence of new peer groups and perceptions, according to researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and the University of Texas at Austin.

MLA Awards Germanic Studies Professor for Latest Book

Thu, Dec 20, 2018

The Modern Language Association of America awarded its Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Studies in Germanic Languages and Literatures to Sabine Hake from The University of Texas at Austin, for her book The Proletarian Dream: Socialism, Culture, and Emotion in Germany, 1863–1933.

Eric Holgate, Isabel Cachola and Junyi Jessy Li

Watch Your Mouth: Researching the Effects of Vulgarity in Social Media

Thu, Dec 20, 2018

As the presence of social media becomes increasingly abundant in our everyday lives, sordid words, once considered shocking to express, are now seen nearly everywhere we look.

Photo by Bindaas Madhavi, Flickr.

Intellectual Curiosity and Confidence Help Children Take on Math and Reading

Wed, Dec 19, 2018

Children’s personalities may influence how they perform in math and reading, according to a study by psychology researchers at The University of Texas at Austin.

Quimberly Jasso

Prominent Foreign Affairs Fellowship Awarded to Liberal Arts Student

Fri, Dec 14, 2018

Quimberly Jasso, an international relations and global studies senior at The University of Texas at Austin, has received a 2019 Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship, which is funded by the United States Department of State. The fellowship will help Jasso pursue her graduate education of a Master of Arts in International Affairs, with a focus on East Asian and security studies.

From left, Peter Stone, Kenneth Young and Venkat Ganesan.

World’s Largest General Scientific Society Designates UT Professors as Fellows

Wed, Dec 12, 2018

Three University of Texas at Austin faculty members have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society. This year’s AAAS fellows – members of the College of Natural Sciences, the Cockrell School of Engineering and the College of Liberal Arts – will be inducted at a February ceremony during the AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

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New Year, Same You: Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

Wed, Dec 12, 2018

We’ve all heard the saying, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” So why then, year after year, do we make New Year’s resolutions that, for most of us, won’t last through February? How can we end this cycle of insanity?

Laura Hallas

Liberal Arts Student Awarded British Marshall Scholarship

Thu, Dec 6, 2018

Laura Hallas, a Plan II honors, economics and health and society senior at The University of Texas at Austin, is the recipient of a 2019 British Marshall Scholarship.

A street in Baltimore. Photo courtesy of Giorgio Angelini.

America's Ongoing Housing Crisis: Q&A with "Owned" Film Maker Giorgio Angelini

Thu, Dec 6, 2018

“Owned, a Tale of Two Americas,” directed by University of Texas at Austin history alumnus Giorgio Angelini attempts to get at the root of the U.S. housing crisis, which erupted in an economic collapse a short decade ago and may do so again if policies, currently catering to systematic oppression, don’t change. 

A spinal cord injury's impact on the body goes beyond paralysis, researchers say.

Spinal Cord Injury Could Throw Off Body’s Internal Clock, Study Shows

Tue, Dec 4, 2018

Although paralysis is the most noticeable result of a spinal cord injury, a new study by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin suggests such injuries could throw off the internal clock of the entire body’s daily activities, from hormones to sleep-wake schedules.

Jacqueline Petescia

Hope, Love and Charity: Q&A with Miss Austin 2019

Jacqueline Petescia, a freshman health and society major at the University of Texas at Austin, recently won the title of Miss Austin 2019.

Thu, Nov 29, 2018

Aedes aegypti is the primary mosquito vector for Zika virus. Photo by James Gathany/CDC.

NIH Funds Five-Year Study on Women's Response to Zika in Brazil

Thu, Nov 15, 2018

In spring 2015, a Zika virus outbreak struck Brazil, making it the first report of locally-acquired Zika in the Americas. Three years later, researchers are still unpacking all of its consequences, particularly the grave impact it has had on women’s reproductive health and unborn children, who, if infected, are at a greater risk of being born with the neurological disorder microcephaly and other congenital syndromes.

Glenn Towery. Photo by Raul Buitrago.

Beyond the Battlefield: The War Rages on, but This Time It’s Personal

Fri, Nov 9, 2018

The Thorazine haze was beginning to fade when Glenn Towery was discharged from Oakland Naval Hospital. For the last however-many days he had felt listless, “like a non-human being,” making him forget why he was even there in the first place.

Joan Neuberger, UT Austin history professor. Photo by Matt Valentine.

Joan Neuberger: A Pioneer in Digital History

Wed, Oct 31, 2018

The nation’s top historical association is recognizing the University of Texas at Austin’s own Joan Neuberger with its award for distinguished contributions to public history - the Herbert Feis Award from the American Historical Association.

Aphra Behn.

17th Century Authorship Mystery Tackled by New Psychological Profiling Technique

Wed, Oct 31, 2018

Using a new mental-profiling technique, psychology researchers at The University of Texas at Austin shed light on five questioned plays of 17th century playwright Aphra Behn, determining that only two were actually written by the prolific English dramatist. The method, they say, could be applied broadly, from forensic work to identifying critical mental health events on social media.

Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra

The Best Teachers are the Best Researchers: A Q&A with Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra

Tue, Oct 30, 2018

For the recognition of his work in mentoring graduate students, University of Texas at Austin history professor Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra has been presented with The Nancy Lyman Roelker Mentorship Award.

Photo by Rob Kall, Flickr.

UT/TT Poll: #MeToo Movement Loses Traction as Texans Grow Skeptical

Mon, Oct 29, 2018

While a majority of Texans agree that women face more discrimination than men do, they are split on whether the #MeToo movement is helping to address the broader issue of gender inequality in the United States, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

Official campaign photo of Beto O'Rourke (left) and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (right) photo by Gage Skidmore.

UT/TT Poll: Texans Choose Ted Cruz over Beto O’Rourke in Incumbent-Favored Election

Fri, Oct 26, 2018

In a U.S. Senate race that has attracted nationwide attention, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz leads U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke by 6 percentage points among likely voters, 51 to 45 percent, in the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.