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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.

Having acquaintances or peripheral ties may encourage older adults to be more physically active, researchers said.

Interacting With More People is Shown to Keep Older Adults More Active

Wed, Feb 20, 2019

It’s been said that variety is the spice of life, and now scientists say variety in your social circle may help you live longer. Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have found that older adults who spend more time interacting with a wide range of people were more likely to be physically active and had greater emotional well-being.

Last year's participants from Sweden post with  IC² staff and Austin Technology Incubator director Mitch Jacobson and the Bureau of Business Research director J. Bruce Kellison.

UT Invites EU Startups to SXSW

Tue, Feb 12, 2019

The University of Texas at Austin will bring twelve budding European companies to learn and explore with local business experts at this year’s South by Southwest Interactive Festival (SXSW), March 8 – March 16 in Austin, Texas.

Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Prescott Valley, Arizona. Photo by Gage Skidmore, Flickr.

Trump’s Simple, Confident Language Has Strong Historical Roots

Mon, Feb 11, 2019

To many, President Donald Trump’s use of nontraditional, off-the-cuff language seems unlike that of any other politician, but new research on the language of past and present world leaders reveals simple, straightforward messaging that exudes confidence may be the new norm — making Trump a man of his time, rhetorically speaking.

The Texas Capitol

UT Austin Researchers Pull the Veil on Texas Enterprise Fund

Wed, Feb 6, 2019

Companies awarded grants from the Texas Enterprise Fund may not be upholding their end of the bargain, leaving taxpayers unprotected, researchers from the University of Texas at Austin found through an open records request.

The annual MLK march, held at UT Austin campus. Photo by Raul Buitrago.

Black Studies @ 50 Conference Looks Back to Move Forward

Mon, Feb 4, 2019

The Black Studies @ 50: 1968/1969 conference, hosted at The University of Texas at Austin, calls on scholars, artists and communities to continue the legacy of 1960s activists who helped institute black studies across American university campuses.

Sukjin Han in a spacesuit designed by RISD. Photo by Calum Hervieu.

A Week on Mars

Fri, Feb 1, 2019

For most, going to Mars is merely a childhood dream, but for Sukjin Han, that dream became a reality — all while never leaving Earth.

Co-directors Karen Fingerman and Deb Umberson at the Texas Aging & Longevity Center launch, Jan. 25, 2019. Photo by Edwin Rodriguez.

UT Austin Launches Texas Aging & Longevity Center

Thu, Jan 31, 2019

Not all people experience their twilight years in the same way. Some will be hearty triathletes traveling the world and writing novels, while others will be hobbled by chronic illness and dementia. Fifteen percent of Texans — nearly four million people — are aged 65 and older, and that number is growing. By 2040, older adults will make up 22 percent of the population.

Ann Huff Stevens

Meet Ann Huff Stevens: A Q&A with Our Next Dean

Wed, Jan 30, 2019

Ann Huff Stevens will begin as dean of the College of Liberal Arts on July 15, 2019.

Volunteer instructors Sarah Brayne, Lindsay Bing and Armando Tellez on the first day of class with TPEI.

A Different Kind of Prison Sentence

Tue, Jan 29, 2019

Texas has the largest prison population in the U.S., and among the highest rate of incarceration for all age groups. And yet when assistant professor of sociology Sarah Brayne arrived at The University of Texas at Austin she found no campus-wide prison education program, despite evidence that such programs significantly reduce recidivism rates.

When responding to unexpected disasters, public leaders should keep language simple, researchers said.

When an Unexpected Disaster Strikes, Abstract Language Helps

Mon, Jan 28, 2019

Shocking events, such as mass shootings and natural disasters, can create causal uncertainty, leading many to ask, “Why did this happen?” For public leaders, providing their communities with answers can be difficult, but new research on Twitter users shows the best messages are simple and on point.

TALC will serve as a hub for research and education on aging at UT Austin.

New Center to Address Future Needs of Texas’ Growing Elderly Population

Wed, Jan 23, 2019

To improve the longevity and well-being of aging individuals across all demographics, The University of Texas at Austin will launch the Texas Aging & Longevity Center.

Hancock has been invited to join the commission in charge of building the memorial for the Roma who were murdered during the Holocaust at Lety u Písku.

Queen Elizabeth II Honors Activism by UT Austin Romani Scholar

Fri, Jan 18, 2019

Romani linguist and University of Texas at Austin professor emeritus Ian Hancock was recently made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II for his contributions to understanding of creole linguistics, the Romani language and to the emancipation of Romani people.

Ann Huff Stevens

Ann Huff Stevens Appointed Dean of UT Austin College of Liberal Arts

Wed, Jan 9, 2019

The University of Texas at Austin has named Ann Huff Stevens the next dean of the College of Liberal Arts. Her appointment will begin July 15, 2019.

40 percent of Texans believe Russian interference played a role in the outcome of the 2016 election (UT/TT poll)

Trolling the U.S.: Q&A on Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election

Wed, Jan 9, 2019

It’s been more than two years since the 2016 presidential election, and the United States is still piecing together Russia’s propaganda-filled interference in U.S. political conversations on social media.

Study participants identified 12 peer crowds and their positions in the social hierarchy.

How Today’s High School Cliques Compare to Yesterday’s

Tue, Jan 8, 2019

While many high school peer crowds and influences have remained constant over time, changing demographics, cultural influences and the increasing number of college-bound youth have led to the emergence of new peer groups and perceptions, according to researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and the University of Texas at Austin.