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Sixty-eight percent of students experience a decline in GPA during their first 12 weeks of high school.

How Students View Intelligence May Affect How They Internalize Academic Stress, Study Finds

Wed, Jul 18, 2018

As students transition into high school, many see their grades drop. And while some students are resilient in the midst of this challenge, others succumb to the pressure. How they think about themselves and their abilities could make the difference, according to adolescent psychology researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Rochester.

David Buss in La Ciudad de las Ideas 2011

David Buss: The “Darwin” of Evolutionary Psychology

Tue, Jul 17, 2018

In laying the foundation for evolutionary biology in his classic 1859 book, “On the Origin of Species,” Charles Darwin also prophesied a rise of new scholars that would seek to understand the ancestry of the whole human: body and mind.

Picture taken at the site of the discovery of ancient tools in China. Photo by Prof. Zhaoyu Zhu.

When and Why Did Our Human Ancestors First Leave Africa?

Thu, Jul 12, 2018

John Kappelman explains how a new discovery in China may help bridge the gap between where humans began and where they are today.

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How women define their sexual histories affects how they are influenced by them, study

Mon, Jul 9, 2018

While it’s estimated that more than a third of women have had nonconsensual sexual experiences in their lifetime, the way they define those experiences may influence their sexual wellbeing, according to psychology researchers at The University of Texas at Austin.

Erika Bsumek

Historian Named Regents' Outstanding Teacher

Fri, Jul 6, 2018

Erika Bsumek, associate professor of history, has been named a recipient of the 2018 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, a system-wide award that recognizes innovative teaching and commitment to student success.

Texas State Representative Mary E. Gonzalez delivers the keynote address.

The Future is Female: Young Women Inspired to take on NEW Leadership™ Roles

Thu, Jul 5, 2018

With more running for political office than ever before, women have moved beyond breaking ceilings and on to breaking records.

The Texas Capitol

Family Separations, Guns and Elections: How Do Texas Voters Really Feel?

Thu, Jun 28, 2018

In the latest edition of the University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll, Texas voters weigh in on some of the nation’s most contentious issues — border detention centers, school shootings, NAFTA — and offer insight into the upcoming November elections.

History professor Leonard Moore

Leonard Moore Named Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement

Mon, Jun 18, 2018

Professor of History Leonard N. Moore has been named vice president for diversity and community engagement at The University of Texas at Austin. Moore, who served as interim vice president this year, was selected after a national search to fill the position.

Williams participates in the 2017 March for Science.

UT Austin Sociologist Aims to “Improve People’s Lives” as New ASA President

Thu, Jun 7, 2018

Sociologist Christine Williams was elected as the president of the American Sociological Association (ASA). She is the first from The University of Texas at Austin to be chosen for the position.

College of Liberal Arts Building

Teaching Awards, Fellowships Recognize Liberal Arts Faculty

Fri, May 25, 2018

The College of Liberal Arts has recognized 10 professors for excellence in teaching with the following awards and fellowships:

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The Healing Power of Storytelling

Fri, May 25, 2018

Stories occupy a variety of roles in our lives. They can be everything from a feel-good childhood memory to a potent force that reflects a culture and drives social change. They should also be a tool in healthcare, according to Dr. Annie Brewster, the head of the Health Story Collaborative, a nonprofit organization that uses the healing power of storytelling to promote health.

Margaret Clark

How Language Reveals Relationships with the Natural World

Thu, May 24, 2018

Much like a Georgia peach can be defined as either a fruit or a sweet southern belle, the ancient Romans identities and culture, too, were tied to their interactions with landscapes, agriculture and food.

Dean's Distinguished Graduates Sana Saboowala and Sam Karnes

Forged in the Fires of My Liberal Arts Classes: Dean’s Distinguished Graduates Q&A’s

Fri, May 18, 2018

Every spring, the College of Liberal Arts recognizes 12 outstanding seniors as Dean’s Distinguished Graduates; students who have dedicated themselves to scholarship, leadership and service to the college and university community.

The Economics Peer Mentoring Program helps students create a sense of community on the Forty Acres.

Peer Mentorship Cultivates Community Among Economic Students

Tue, May 15, 2018

Arriving at college for the first time can be daunting, especially on a campus as large as The University of Texas at Austin. It sometimes can be hard to know where to start or who to turn to. With that in mind, Jinane Sounny-Slitine, a senior academic advisor for the economics department, started the Economics Peer Mentoring Program (EPMP) in 2011.

More than half of the world's languages could disappear in the next century.

NEH Grant to Help Preserve Languages Before They Are Lost

Mon, May 7, 2018

University of Texas at Austin researchers Patience Epps and Susan Kung have been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to digitize more than a dozen languages falling out of use across Latin America.

Tarana Burke

“Victim to Survivor to Thriver,” #MeToo Founder to Speak at UT Symposium

Thu, May 3, 2018

Founder of the #MeToo movement, Tarana Burke, will deliver the keynote address at the Black Women in the Age of #MeToo symposium at The University of Texas at Austin, sparking community-wide dialogue on mental health, social justice and interpersonal violence prevention.

Photos by Matt Wright-Steel.

The Texas Ten 2018

Wed, May 2, 2018

Since 2011, the Alcalde has honored UT professors with the Texas 10 awards.

CLA building

Government Professor Joins Academy of Distinguished Teachers

Thu, Apr 26, 2018

Honoring excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level, The University of Texas at Austin announced the 2018 inductees into its prestigious Academy of Distinguished Teachers. Government associate professor H.W. Perry was one of four inductees nominated by their respective deans and selected through a rigorous evaluation process.

The Friar Society surprised professor Perry with the award during his Constitutional Interpretations class.

H.W. Perry Receives Largest Award for Undergraduate Teaching at UT

Thu, Apr 26, 2018

Dozens of faculty and students gathered outside professor H.W. Perry’s Constitutional Interpretations classroom earlier this month, ready to barge in and surprise him with news that he had been selected for this year’s Friar Centennial Teaching Fellowship at The University of Texas at Austin.

Photo by Michelle Chiou

Watch Your Step: How Vision Leads Locomotion

Mon, Apr 23, 2018

Using new technologies to track how vision guides foot placement, researchers at The University of Texas at Austin come one step closer in determining what is going on in the brain while we walk.