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Mercedes Holmes (left) and Isaac James (right)

Rising Stars: Q&A with the 2019 Larry Temple Scholars

Fri, Nov 8, 2019

Starting the semester with an extra $11,000 in the bank is an experience that two liberal arts sophomores have every fall, thanks to the Larry Temple Scholarship Endowment.



When asked whom they want as the Democratic nominee, the majority (23%) of likely Texas Democratic presidential primary voters chose Joe Biden. (Photo by Tommy Gilligan/USMA Public Affairs)

UT/TT Poll: Texas Voters Prefer Trump in 2020, With Some Reservations

Mon, Nov 4, 2019

Although a slight majority of Texas voters say they would rather vote for someone else than reelect President Donald Trump in 2020, none of the leading Democratic candidates currently has enough support to turn the Lone Star State blue in the presidential election, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.



Secretary Johnson looks out over Levi’s Stadium during security preparations for Super Bowl 50. Photo by Jetta Disco, DHS Office of Public Affairs.

Research Debunks Myth of Super Bowl Sex Trafficking, Improves Media Narrative

Wed, Oct 30, 2019

For years news outlets have tied major sporting events to an increase in sex trafficking, but researchers have now revealed that assumption is a myth and that misleading news stories foster distorted views and misguided interventions that do not reduce harm or protect victims.


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Deaf Infants’ Gaze Behavior More Advanced Than That of Hearing Infants

Wed, Oct 16, 2019

Deaf infants who have been exposed to American Sign Language are better at following an adult’s gaze than their hearing peers, supporting the idea that social-cognitive development is sensitive to different kinds of life experiences.


Illustration by Abriella Corker and Thuy Nguyen, UT Austin LAITS.

Three Questions to Ask When You're Stressed Out

Tue, Oct 8, 2019

From big class presentations and midterms to navigating the social scene and balancing a large workload, the school year — and life in general — brings on stress, but asking yourself three questions can help fight anxiety with curiosity rather than panic.


A lidar-derived model of the Birds of Paradise ancient Maya wetland field system and parts of the nearby Maya sites in Northwestern Belize. Image courtesy of Tim Beach, UT Austin.

Ancient Maya Canals and Fields Show Early and Extensive Impacts on Tropical Forests

Mon, Oct 7, 2019

New evidence in Belize shows the ancient Maya responded to population and environmental pressures by creating massive agricultural features in wetlands, potentially increasing atmospheric CO2 and methane through burn events and farming, according to geographical research at The University of Texas at Austin published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


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Women's and Gender Studies Offers New Five-Year BA/MA Degree

Wed, Sep 25, 2019

Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) at The University of Texas is offering a new combined five-year bachelor’s and master’s program.


A smock maker in Tamale, northern Ghana.

The Color Complex: Student Research Abroad in Ghana

Tue, Sep 24, 2019

This summer, an International Relations and Global Studies senior was awarded the experience of a lifetime when her student research team received the UT President’s Award for Global Learning. Christina Cho and a team of three other undergraduates traveled to Accra, Ghana, for 10 weeks to research colorism and how to mitigate its effect on mental health.


In a close race, the less popular candidate has a 45% chance of becoming president.

Why the Most Popular Candidate in a Close Election Will Probably Lose

Thu, Sep 19, 2019

, the researchers estimate that if someone loses the popular vote by within 1%, or 1.3 million votes, he or she has a 45% chance of winning the election.


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UT/TT Poll: Biden Leads Democratic Presidential Nomination Race in Texas

Wed, Sep 11, 2019

On the eve of the latest debate among the 10 qualifying Democratic presidential candidates, a University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll finds former Vice President Joe Biden the top choice among Texans who plan to vote in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary.


A Voudou flag by Myrlande Constate. Image courtesy of AGBS.

Art Galleries at Black Studies Presents: "Lingua Franca"

Wed, Sep 4, 2019

From Hatian Voudou flags to surrealists prints and paintings, “Lingua Franca: Black Spirit Speaks in Common Tongues,” on view now at the Idea Lab, exposes the deep and shared roots of African spiritual culture across the Back diaspora.


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New Testosterone Nasal Spray Offers Patients an Alternative

Tue, Sep 3, 2019

A newly patented, testosterone-containing nasal spray developed by a psychology professor at The University of Texas at Austin could provide those suffering from testosterone deficiency and other ailments, such as anxiety disorders, with easily modulated, fast-acting results.


Patton Hall

New Year, New Liberal Arts Faculty

Tue, Aug 27, 2019

This academic year, the College of Liberal Arts welcomes 17 new faculty members to the 40 acres.


The Housing Authority of the City of Austin headquarters, Austin, Texas, United States.  Photo by Larry D. Moore CC BY-SA 3.0.

Unlocking affordable housing in Austin

Wed, Aug 14, 2019

While Austin as a whole may not be rent burdened, the majority of its black and Latino households are. Equally as frustrating, these communities are also more frequently targeted by investors chasing lower housing values.


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Testosterone has a Complicated Relationship with Moral Reasoning, Study Finds

Wed, Aug 14, 2019

Although some studies have linked high levels of testosterone to immoral behavior, a new study published in Nature Human Behaviour finds testosterone supplements actually made people more sensitive to moral norms, suggesting that testosterone’s influence on behavior is more complicated than previously thought.