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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.

First week group photo of 2018-19 class

Free Minds, Free Education

Tue, Oct 23, 2018

While higher education is often touted as the cornerstone of a successful and prosperous life, many are left in the dust, unable to afford the tuition or balance the time needed to build that foundation.

Cypro-Minoan inscriptions on display at the Cyprus Museum, Nicosia, Cyrpus. Photo by Cassandra Donnelly

Written in Stone: Studying the Relationship Between Ancient Writing Systems and Their Writers

Fri, Oct 19, 2018

Beyond the classrooms in Waggener Hall and deep in the archives on prehistoric scripts, Cassandra Donnelly found her calling.

The iOS version is available at the Apple App Store, and the Android version is scheduled for release on Friday, Nov. 2.

UT-Created App “BeVote” is a Swiss army knife for Voting

Thu, Oct 18, 2018

Students at The University of Texas at Austin have a new tool to help them become better informed as voters.

Texas joins NSF grant to study the 2020 election.

Political Science Team from Texas and Michigan to Conduct 2020 American National Election Study

Fri, Oct 12, 2018

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $6.6 million grant to researchers from The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor to examine voter participation and decision-making in the next presidential election for the 2020 American National Election Study (ANES).

The study took place between November 2014 and February 2015.

Policy Experts say “Domestic Gag Rule” will Negatively Impact Women’s Health Care

Thu, Oct 11, 2018

Texas Study Points to Adverse Impact of Proposed Federal Title X Guidelines on Abortion Counseling and Referrals

Copyright Eddie Adams. Eddie Adams Photographic Archive. UT Austin’s Briscoe Center

Here Comes the Song: The Personalities Behind Your Favorite Beatles Lyrics

Tue, Oct 9, 2018

If Paul McCartney would have written “Yesterday” based on the first words that came to his mind, the song would sound like a concupiscent teen singing about breakfast:

Bianna Golodryga. Photo by Brian Birzer.

Alumna Bianna Golodryga Joins CBS This Morning as Co-Host

Wed, Oct 3, 2018

Liberal Arts alumna Bianna Golodryga has been named co-host of “CBS This Morning.”

Greta Voelker. (Photo by Patrick Meredith / Texas Athletics)

Passion for golf, forensic science fuel Voelker’s drive for success

Tue, Sep 25, 2018

If it weren't for an e-mail and a set of lost golf clubs, Greta Isabella Voelker may never have ended up at the University of Texas.

Experiencing such discrimination is consistently linked to poorer mental health, lower academic achievement and more engagement in risky or negative behavior, the latest analysis showed.

Racial and Ethnic Bias Leads to Lower Well-Being Among Adolescents

Mon, Sep 24, 2018

Racial and ethnic discrimination is problematic for all aspects of development — from mental and physical health to risky behaviors and academic success — particularly for Latinos, researchers at The University of Texas at Austin determined after analyzing findings from hundreds of previous studies on adolescents.

Michaela Lavelle. Photo by Phil Butler.

Us, But Better: Q&A with Liberal Arts Council President Michaela Lavelle

Thu, Sep 20, 2018

She is president of the 2018–19 Liberal Arts Council, an organization nearing its 40th year as the official student voice and governing body for the college.

Austin Playhouse presents Monroe by Lisa B. Thompson, pictured: Kriston Woodreaux and Deja Morgan. Photo courtesy of Austin Playhouse.

Professor’s Play "Monroe" Reveals the Ripple Effect of Racial Violence

Tue, Sep 18, 2018

If every action produces a series of consequences, imagine life if slavery or Jim Crow had never existed. Now, consider what has happened because they’ve existed.

Richard N. Adams

Richard N. Adams, 1924–2018

Wed, Sep 12, 2018

Richard N. Adams, anthropologist, scholar, and university professor, passed away in his sleep on September 11, 2018. He was 94.

Three artisans work together on a painting. Photo courtesy of Madhubani Art Center, Director Manisha Jha, New Delhi.

To Paint is to Write: The Study of Mithila Folk Art

Tue, Sep 11, 2018

In English, writing is very different than painting. But in Hindi, and specifically in the landscape of Mithila folk art, “to paint” is “to write.” The distinction could be a phenomenon of grammar, or it may have to do with the fact that the tools of this trade are more like pens than brushes.

Genetics explains more than 60 percent of individual differences in school achievement.

Genes Are Key to Academic Success, Study Shows

Wed, Sep 5, 2018

Parents always worry about whether their children will do well in school, but their kids probably were born with much of what they will need to succeed.

Kirk’s father and Austin-based artist Randwulph produced his own rendering of what the species might have looked like.

Three Previously Unknown Ancient Primates Identified

Tue, Aug 28, 2018

Biological anthropologists from The University of Texas at Austin have described three new species of fossil primates that were previously unknown to science. All of the new primates were residents of San Diego County at a time when southern California was filled with lush tropical forests.

Students from the 2018 Maymester in Rome. Image by Sydney Arceneaux.

Video: What I didn't expect from my Maymester in Rome

Tue, Aug 28, 2018

Although I anticipated a month filled with hard work and eating lots of gelato, I could not have imagined the incredible lessons, both academic and personal, that I would bring back to Texas.

The PhD program begins this fall.

UT Austin Offers the South’s First Doctorate in Mexican American and Latina/o Studies

Thu, Aug 23, 2018

A new doctoral degree at The University of Texas at Austin will go beyond most ethnic studies programs in the region, training students to become experts on the generational, ethnic, racial, class and religious diversity amongst Mexican Americans and Latina/os in the United States.

Vintage Romance Novels, photo by Stephen Coles, flickr

Decoding the Language of Love

Mon, Aug 20, 2018

The secret to romance is out, though it doesn’t seem like such a secret. After all, people have been writing and reading about it centuries.