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A $12.9 million grant from NIA will fund research on how high school education effects brain health later in life.

Grading Brain Health

Mon, May 13, 2019

High school experiences follow you long after you’ve graduated, shaping your professional success and even your health. Now, researchers are investigating how it could contribute to your future brain health and maybe even impact your likelihood of getting Alzheimer’s Disease.

Harris, Tarrant and Travis counties in Texas are among the top 25 U.S. counties at-risk for a measles outbreak, researchers warned.

25 U.S. Counties Identified as Most at Risk for Measles Outbreaks

Mon, May 13, 2019

Twenty-five counties across the country have been identified to be most at risk for a measles outbreak due to low-vaccination rates compounded by a high volume of international travel, according to an analysis by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and Johns Hopkins University.

From left: Tracey Rose, Sindya Bhanoo, Raye Hendrix and Hedgie Choi. Photo by Brian Birzer.

2019 Keene Prize Winners

Mon, May 6, 2019

For her poetry on life and death in the rural South, Raye Hendrix was awarded the $50,000 Keene Prize for Literature at The University of Texas at Austin, the largest literary prize for students in the United States.

Marina Alexandrova. Photo by Matt Wright-Steel

The 2019 Texas Ten

Fri, May 3, 2019

Ten talented University of Texas at Austin professors have been selected by the Alcalde to be a part of the annual Texas Ten awards.

Rep. Lance Gooden, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Professor Sean Theriault during Gooden's swearing-in ceremony

From UT to DC

Thu, May 2, 2019

Lance Gooden exemplified what it means to be a University of Texas at Austin graduate as he stepped into the role of United States Representative earlier this year.

Photo by Sadham Yathra, Pixabay.

The Earth's Keepers

Mon, Apr 22, 2019

If you knew in the next life you’d become a tree, you might hesitate before you cut one down.

Thomaia Pamplin speaks to Dean Randy Diehl about her research project.

Student Projects Shine During Dean's Research Reception

Fri, Apr 19, 2019

On April 18, a group of hand-picked liberal arts students who have conducted exceptional research projects presented their posters at the Dean’s Research Reception. College faculty and staff, administrators and Dean Randy Diehl all gathered to learn about the outstanding work liberal arts students have conducted.

Illustration by George Wylesol

Teens’ Appetite for Rebellion Can Counter Their Appetite for Junk Food

Mon, Apr 15, 2019

Researchers have suggested for years that the enormous amount of food marketing bombarding kids and teens contributes to rising levels of obesity. New research published in Nature Human Behaviour suggests an ingenious workaround: exposing teenagers to the food industry’s manipulative marketing techniques to tap into their natural desire to rebel — this time, against the snack makers themselves.

Dean Randy Diehl shaking hands with a student.

2019 Dean's Distinguished Graduates Announced

Sun, Apr 14, 2019

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

Alyssa Ashcraft

UT Government and Humanities Student Named Truman Scholar

Fri, Apr 12, 2019

One of the country’s premier graduate awards, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, has been awarded to Alyssa Ashcraft, a government and humanities junior at The University of Texas at Austin, who will use the award to pursue a dual degree in law and public policy.

Detachment 825

Team of the Year

Mon, Apr 8, 2019

Out of 145 Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) detachments across the country, Detachment 825 of the University of Texas at Austin was named the Team of the Year.

Image courtesy of the Thinkery.

Simple Directions From Parents Can Guide Children’s Discovery

Thu, Mar 14, 2019

Whether it’s probing a child’s understanding of a topic through questions or engaging in hands-on activities alongside them, parents can guide their children to learn in new ways through simple directions, according to a study by psychology researchers at The University of Texas at Austin.

Follow Your Arts Desire

Thu, Mar 14, 2019

There are two shows currently on display at the Art Galleries at Black Studies (AGBS) and the Benson Latin American Collection which spotlight both diverse artists and the wealth or art resources here at UT Austin.

UT Austin research represented a fifth of the articles recognized in the LSA's third edition of

UT studies recognized as “The Best of Language” research

Thu, Mar 14, 2019

Research by four University of Texas at Austin liberal arts faculty members has been named The Best of Language research by the Linguistic Society of America.

Researchers found that successful intentional forgetting required “moderate levels” of brain activity in these sensory and perceptual areas of the brain.

Forgetting Uses More Brain Power Than Remembering

Mon, Mar 11, 2019

Choosing to forget something might take more mental effort than trying to remember it, researchers at The University of Texas at Austin discovered through neuroimaging.

A fossil mandible of the newly discovered ancient Old World monkey, Alophia. It is dated to 22 million years in age and measures 3.7 cm in length.

Fossil Teeth from Kenya Solve Ancient Monkey Mystery

Mon, Mar 11, 2019

The teeth of a new fossil monkey, unearthed in the badlands of northwest Kenya, help fill a 6-million-year void in Old World monkey evolution, according to a study by U.S. and Kenyan scientists published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Crosnoe, sociology professor and chair

Sociology Chair Recognized for Career Achievement

Thu, Mar 7, 2019

The Society for Research in Child Development has recognized University of Texas at Austin sociologist Rob Crosnoe for his distinguished career contributions to the study of child development.

Beto O’Rourke being interviewed at the 2012 Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum for Democratic Candidates for the 16th Congressional District of Texas. Photo courtesy of the Beto O’Rou

UT/TT Poll: O’Rourke Outpacing Castro; Trump Position Stable as Texans Look to 2020

Tue, Mar 5, 2019

Former Democratic U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke is more widely known among both Democrats and Republicans in Texas than fellow Democrat Julián Castro, former mayor of San Antonio, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. Castro announced his candidacy Jan. 12. O’Rourke is expected to announce his presidential bid within weeks.

The Texas Capitol.

UT/TT Poll: Texans Embrace Legislative Focus on Public Education, Property Taxes

Mon, Mar 4, 2019

Public education and property taxes are dominating the agenda of the 140-day Texas legislative session now underway, and findings in the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll suggest that these efforts resonate with the concerns of Texas voters.

Madison Gehler (Army ROTC alum, 2017) flashes a

UT Austin Army ROTC Named a Nation’s Top Program, Recognizes Teaching Excellence

Wed, Feb 27, 2019

The University of Texas at Austin Army ROTC program was one of eight programs selected nationwide as a 2018 General Douglas MacArthur Award winner for the 2017-2018 academic year.