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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.


More than 50 researchers participated in

UT Austin-Mexico Summit Fuses Health Research Projects Across Borders

Fri, Feb 23, 2018

Researchers from leading health institutions in Mexico and The University of Texas at Austin gathered this week for a first-of-its-kind summit in Austin to develop concrete and actionable research projects to improve health.


Texas gubernatorial candidates Gov. Greg Abbott (left) and Lupe Valdez (right)

UT/TT Poll: Top Republicans Enjoy Comfortable Leads in Primary Races While Democrats Deliberate on Their Choice for Governor

Mon, Feb 19, 2018

With early voting set to begin Tuesday in the 2018 primary elections, the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll finds the state’s top Republican incumbents largely unchallenged in their party’s nominating contests. For the Democratic Party’s gubernatorial nomination, signs point to a more competitive race.


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2018 LLILAS Conference Unveils the Secret Lives of Artifacts

Fri, Feb 9, 2018

The 2018 Lozano Long Conference, “Create, Consume, Collect: Past and Modern Lives of Spanish American Artifacts,” invites scholars from across the Western Hemisphere to explore three centuries of Latin America’s colonial past through its silent but powerful witnesses: artifacts.


Words such as “great” and “love” were commonly used to describe food, indicating that people generally associate positive emotions with food.

Where People Live Shapes How They Talk About Food, Study Shows

Thu, Feb 8, 2018

Food has been a topic of conversation for centuries, and now new research from The University of Texas at Austin shows that how we specifically talk about food plays a role in our health.


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Women’s Magic Hour: A Q&A Starring Donna Kornhaber

Thu, Feb 8, 2018

Since its humble beginnings at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in 1929, when a seat cost a mere $5 (equivalent to roughly $72 today), the Academy Awards have celebrated the creative pursuits of some of history’s most notable characters.


Megan Nater hiking to Mt. Fitz Roy in Patagonia, Argentina.

Small But Powerful Moments: An IRG Senior’s Experience Abroad

Fri, Feb 2, 2018

Experiential learning is an essential part of a liberal arts education, and Austin native Megan Nater's time studying abroad has served her well.


María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Sugar/Bittersweet, 2010. Artwork © María Magdalena Campos-Pons. Image Courtesy of the Smith Museum of Art.

“Notes on Sugar: The Work of María Magdalena Campos-Pons," a new exhibit at the Christian-Green Gallery 

Wed, Jan 31, 2018

On display this week at the University of Texas at Austin Christian-Green Gallery, “Notes on Sugar: The Work of María Magdalena Campos-Pons” uses installation, video, photography and printmaking, to explore the history of the sugar industry in Cuba, as it relates to the transatlantic slave trade.


Trump meets with Texas officials in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks

UT Pollsters Gauge Trump's Standing in Texas Ahead of the State of the Union Address

Tue, Jan 30, 2018

Donald Trump will give his first official State of the Union Address tonight at 8 PM central time (his first speech to Congress upon being elected in 2017 isn't technically a State of the Union Address). Here are five quick observations about Donald Trump's standing in Texas to provide some context for tonight's address – to wit, he has been consistently popular among Texas Republicans, just as consistently intensely unpopular among Texas Democrats, and remains in better standing with his GOP base in Texas than the collective members of Congress he'll be addressing tonight.


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NEH Grant Kick-starts Better Healthcare Initiative at UT Austin

Thu, Jan 18, 2018

Funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities will help develop a project, led by the Humanities Insitute at The University of Texas at Austin, to identify and overcome health disparities and advocate for better healthcare in Central Texas.