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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.


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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.


Student researcher Ariana Azimi explains her project to Dean Randy Diehl.

Information Quest: Undergraduate Research Week 2018

Fri, Apr 20, 2018

On April 19, a group of hand-picked liberal arts students who have conducted exceptional research projects presented them at the Dean’s Research Reception.


History professor Ann Twinam was named among the Academy's 2018 cohort.

History Professor to Join American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Wed, Apr 18, 2018

University of Texas at Austin history professor Ann Twinam will be inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the oldest learned societies for independent policy research.


The Health and Humanities Pop-Up Institute will feature four distinguished lecturers in the fields of medicine, psychology and sociology.

Health Meets Humanities in Pop-Up Institute

Fri, Apr 13, 2018

The Health and Humanities Pop-Up Institute (PUI) will convene scholars affiliated with the Humanities Institute and the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin to explore the impact of humanistic approaches to medicine on patients, healthcare professionals, and the public.


The study of literature, history, philosophy and other areas of the humanities plays a central role in the development of great leaders.

UT Alum Arms West Point Cadets with Liberal Arts Education

Wed, Apr 11, 2018

Of all the legends about Alexander the Great, there is a favorite among bibliophiles: the famous conqueror fell asleep with an annotated copy of The Iliad tucked under his pillow, dreaming of Achilles. When he led his armies into Persia, the Homer epic and the notes of his tutor, Aristotle, were thrumming in his mind, shaping his vision of great leadership. A story, not just a spear, made him a soldier to remember.


Dean Randy Diehl

2018 Dean's Distinguished Graduates Announced

Wed, Apr 4, 2018

Twelve graduating liberal arts seniors have been named Dean’s Distinguished Graduates.


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Health and Society Majors Attack World’s Most Pressing Problems From All Sides

Mon, Apr 2, 2018

The University of Texas at Austin’s health and society major began as a tiny program asking big questions about healthcare, which the World Economic Forum calls one of the most pressing problems facing the globe. But what started with only fourteen students in 2014, has skyrocketed to more than 500 students rising to the challenge of solving some of the world’s toughest and most urgent problems.


41 percent of the women surveyed reported they did not have a usual source of care for reproductive health services.

Women in Texas community colleges cite cost as a deterrent from accessing more-effective birth control

Thu, Mar 22, 2018

Women in Texas community colleges cite cost and lack of insurance as top reasons for not using a more effective form of birth control, according to a new study from the Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP). Sixty-nine percent of students reported they wanted to use a more-effective method and would use it if they could afford it or had access to insurance that covered it, but only 30 percent were actually using one.


Joanne Sanchez

Psychology Junior Interns with Renowned Mental Illness Advocacy Organization

Wed, Mar 14, 2018

One in 5 Americans lives with a mental health condition, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Joanne Sanchez, a UT Austin psychology junior, is interning with the Texas chapter of the NAMI, the largest grassroots organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with mental illness in the country.


The researchers found correlations between higher levels of anxiety and fear in a region and both the Brexit and Trump votes.

Regional levels of Fear Associated with Trump and Brexit Votes, Psychology Study Shows

Thu, Mar 8, 2018

Unlike previous elections, fear and worry played a heavy hand in both the 2016 Donald Trump and “Brexit” elections, changing the script on how personality shapes political behavior, according to an international psychological study on voting behavior.


Long-term Residents of East Austin Report Loss of Community Amid Gentrification

Wed, Mar 7, 2018

Those who have withstood the test of gentrification to East Austin’s historically black neighborhoods hold overall negative views of the changes they believe disrupted the area’s sense of community, according to urban policy researchers at The University of Texas at Austin.