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The LSA will host four public lectures beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday, January 8.

Using Function Words to Read Minds: An LSA Public Lecture

Mon, Dec 19, 2016

University of Texas at Austin psychology professor James Pennebaker can read minds; but he’s not a psychic, he’s a scientist who researchers what our words say about us.

Adit Bior is a senior majoring in philosophy and government. Photo by Jessica Sinn.

Students changing campus culture, changing the world

Mon, Dec 19, 2016

Adit Bior is like a whirlwind. When she’s not in class, she’s planning social media campaigns, meeting with college deans or building up a campus-wide Black Lives Matter Initiative. During her “downtime” she’s cheering the Longhorns at sporting events with her fellow Texas Sweethearts.

Postcard depicting construction of locks at the Panama Canal. Benson Latin American Collection.

Latin America’s 19th Century: Student-Curated Exhibit Opens at Benson Collection

Wed, Dec 7, 2016

Latin America’s 19th Century: Reflections on Modernity, Memory, and Identity is an exhibition conceived and curated by students Lina del Castillo’s Latin America in the 19th Century class.

James H. Cox and the cover of

UT English Professor Awarded for Book on Indigenous American Literatures

Wed, Dec 7, 2016

The Modern Language Association of America (MLA) awarded its second prize for Studies in Native American Literatures, Cultures and Languages to University of Texas at Austin English professor James H. Cox and University of British Columbia Indigenous studies professor Daniel Heath Justice for their book “The Oxford Handbook of Indigenous American Literatures.”

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More Supportive Strategies May Reduce Bullying Against LBGT Youth in Schools, Study

Wed, Dec 7, 2016

Students feel more connected to their peers and teachers and are less likely to experience homophobic bullying when schools combat bullying with supportive practices, such as counseling, according to researchers in the Population Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin.

In the study, infants of trichromatic mothers were 22 percent more likely to survive the first year. Photo by Rebecca Lewis.

Female Lemurs with Color Vision Provide Advantages for Their Group

Mon, Dec 5, 2016

Female lemurs with normal color vision, as well as their cohabitating colorblind group members, may have selective advantage over lemur groups whose members are all colorblind, according to anthropologists at The University of Texas at Austin.

Jordan Metoyer

Liberal Arts Alumna Receives Prestigious Schwarzman Scholarship

Thu, Dec 1, 2016

Jordan Metoyer, an economics and Liberal Arts Honors/Urban Studies alumna from The University of Texas at Austin, has been awarded a Schwarzman scholarship to study in Beijing.

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Human Ancestor ‘Lucy’ Was a Tree Climber, New Evidence Suggests

Wed, Nov 30, 2016

Evidence preserved in the internal skeletal structure of the world-famous fossil, Lucy, suggests the ancient human species frequently climbed trees, according to a new analysis by scientists from The Johns Hopkins University and The University of Texas at Austin.

Bailey Anderson

Geography Student Receives British Marshall Scholarship

Tue, Nov 29, 2016

Bailey Anderson, a geography senior at The University of Texas at Austin, is the recipient of a 2017 British Marshall Scholarship.

Anthony Di Fiore is a professor and chair of Department of Anthropology.

Anthropology Chair Named to the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Tue, Nov 22, 2016

Anthony Di Fiore was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for his research on primate behavioral ecology and the genetics of wild populations, conducted at The University of Texas at Austin.

Mikaila Smith

Plan II Senior Awarded 2017 Rhodes Scholarship

Mon, Nov 21, 2016

University of Texas at Austin student Mikaila Smith, a Plan II senior with concentrations in international affairs and Chinese, has been awarded a 2017 Rhodes scholarship, one of the most distinguished graduate scholarships in the world.

Image by Tom Varco, public domain.

Insurers Use High Drug Costs to Deter Some Obamacare Patients, Economist Says

Thu, Nov 17, 2016

An economist at The University of Texas at Austin will brief members of Congress on how insurers are using high out-of-pocket prescription drug costs to deter certain chronically ill patients from joining their plans in the individual markets.

Javonna Hamilton

Liberal Arts Abroad: Javonna Hamilton in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Wed, Nov 16, 2016

Experiencing other cultures firsthand is an essential part of a liberal arts education, and studying abroad is an exceptional way to do that.

U.S. soldier practices donning his gas mask during a field exercise. Photo by U.S. gov.

The Untold Stories of Modern Warriors

Fri, Nov 11, 2016

Oftentimes, we are met with spectacular images of war, depicting valiance and vilifying enemies; but these stories, some say, lack an honest narrative.


Students Can Further Post-Graduation Goals with Frontiers Program

Mon, Nov 7, 2016

Liberal Arts students at The University of Texas at Austin have a new way to make sure they’re preparing for their post-gradation endeavors.

Photo by Isabel Sanginés

Parents of Missing Students in Mexico Seek Justice, Improvement in Human Rights

Mon, Nov 7, 2016

At 5:30 p.m. on September 26, 2014, Mario Gonzalez Contreras spoke to his son for the last time.

Photo by Michael Bentley CC-BY 2.0

Study: Childhood Obesity and Overweight Rates Rise During Summer Break, Not School Year

Thu, Nov 3, 2016

Increases in overweight and obesity rates among young children occur during summer vacations, not during the school year, according to research from a sociologist at The University of Texas at Austin.

During learning, the hippocampus (orange), in concert with prefrontal cortex (blue), builds conceptual knowledge for a given goal. When goals change, new learning in HPC and PFC updates knowledge..

UT Austin Psychology Researchers Map Neurological Process of Learning, Deciding

Tue, Nov 1, 2016

Scientists at The University of Texas at Austin can now map what happens neurologically when new information influences a person to change his or her mind, a finding that offers more insight into the mechanics of learning.

The ruins of the actual castle of prince Vlad Dracula are located about 50 miles away from Bran Castle (pictured). Photo by Alexandru Savu

How To Survive A Night in Dracula’s Castle

Mon, Oct 31, 2016

“Suddenly I became conscious of the fact that the driver was in fact in the act of pulling up the horses in the courtyard of a vast ruined castle, from whose tall black windows came no ray of light, and whose broken battlements showed a jagged line against the moonlit sky.”

The west facade of United States Supreme Court Building. Photo by Joe Ravi, Creative Commons (CC-BY-SA 3.0)

UT/TT Poll: Texas Will Likely Remain a Red State Despite Clinton’s Rising Support

Thu, Oct 27, 2016

Exactly who will nominate the next Supreme Court justice is proving to be a leading factor for Texas voters as they make their choices in the upcoming presidential election, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune statewide poll.

The Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

Affirmative Action in Brazil May Have Lessened Non-White Disadvantages in College Entrance at the Cost of Fewer High School Graduates

Wed, Oct 26, 2016

Earlier this year, the United States Supreme Court voted to uphold affirmative action in The University of Texas at Austin’s admissions policies, allowing all universities to continue race-conscious programs to promote a more diverse student body.

(Left) Kelly Rader, the Department of Government. (Right) Jeffry Clemens, the Department of Economics.

College Welcomes New Harrington Fellows

Mon, Oct 24, 2016

Kelly Rader, an assistant professor of political science at Yale University, and Jeffrey Clemens, assistant professor of economics at the University of California San Diego, were recently welcomed as 2016-17 Harrington Fellows at The University of Texas at Austin.

From left: Daisy Morales-Campos, Laura Esparza, Marisol McDaniel and Deborah Parra-Medina

Latino Research Initiative Garners $7.6 Million to Study Latino Health Issues

Tue, Oct 18, 2016

With leadership in place and $7.6 million in grants acquired for research on health issues that disproportionately affect Latino communities, the 1-year-old Latino Research Initiative is hitting the ground running at The University of Texas at Austin.

Kamran Asdar Ali's book (left) and Madeline Hsu's book (right)

Liberal Arts Faculty Among Winners, Finalists for University Co-op awards

Fri, Oct 14, 2016

An anthropologist, a historian and two Latino studies researchers made up the four finalists from the College of Liberal Arts for this year’s University Co-op Hamilton Book Awards, one of the highest honors of literary achievement given to authors at The University of Texas at Austin.

Scott Spivey and Zoya Zia

Bright Futures: Q&A with the 2016-17 Larry Temple Scholars

Thu, Oct 13, 2016

Each year, the Larry Temple Scholarship recognizes two students in the College of Liberal Arts with superior academic merit.

The LLILAS Benson collection is located in Sid Richardson Hall

Latin American Collections Now Available in Digital Repository

Thu, Oct 6, 2016

More than 500,000 books from the stacks of the Benson Latin American Collection, a trove of treasures related to Latin America, have been digitized and are now accessible online. The project is an extension of the University of Texas Libraries partnership with Google to digitize books and other literature to create a massive digital repository.

From left: Hina Azam, Department of Middle Eastern Studies; and Ann Twinam, Department of History.

Faculty to Receive National Honors for Historic Literary Work

Wed, Oct 5, 2016

Two College of Liberal Arts faculty members recently received top national honors from the American Historical Association.

By Army Sgt. Nina Ramon 345th Public Affairs Detachment (United States Army) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Mon, Oct 3, 2016

From discussions on immigration policy and law to the influence of Latinos in the 2016 election, three events will recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans in shaping the past, present and future of the United States.

College of Liberal Arts Building

$20 Million Gift: an Investment in the Liberal Arts

Wed, Sep 28, 2016

Bobby Patton Jr. enjoyed matching wits with some of the university’s top professors when he was a Plan II Honors student back in the early 1980s, but after two years in the program he switched his major to business administration, perhaps thinking he needed a more career-oriented education.

Professor and civil rights icon Angela Davis will deliver the keynote address at 5 p.m., Sept. 30.

Black Studies Conference Brings Notable Activists, Scholars to Explore Role of Activism

Tue, Sep 27, 2016

From the Black Lives Matter movement to the role of the arts, public education and policy, notable scholars and activists will shed light on topics involving the black diasporas at “Black Matters: The Future of Black Scholarship and Activism,” the first international black studies conference to be held at The University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Rita Charon is a professor at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Photo by Erica Lansner

Physician and Literary Scholar Charon to Help Launch Year-long Medical Humanities Program

Wed, Sep 7, 2016

Rita Charon, the founder and director of a noted program at Columbia University that incorporates storytelling into patient care, will be in residence at UT Austin September 19-23 to help launch a year-long program that will examine the intersections of health and the humanities.

Kappelman with 3D printouts of Lucy’s skeleton illustrating the compressive fractures in her right humerus. Photo by Marsha Miller.

UT Study Cracks Coldest Case: How the Most Famous Human Ancestor Died

Mon, Aug 29, 2016

Lucy, the most famous fossil of a human ancestor, probably died after falling from a tree, according to a study appearing in Nature led by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin.

John Morán González, taken by Alberto Gonzalez

Center for Mexican American Studies Announces John Morán González as New Director

Sun, Aug 28, 2016

Dr. John Morán González has been appointed Director of the Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS), a unit of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Austin.

(up) rooted by Annalee Davis. Photo by Ronnie Carrington.

Warfield Center IDEA LAB Exhibit to Tell the Story of Life on a Plantation

Fri, Aug 26, 2016

“This Ground Beneath My Feet – A Chorus of Bush in Rab Lands” by Annalee Davis, a Barbadian artist who unpacks the legacy of plantation life through family and historical archives, will be the featured fall exhibit in the Warfield Center IDEA LAB at The University of Texas at Austin.

(March 21st, 2010) Roughly 200,000 immigrants, SEIU members, union members and activists rallied on the National Mall to demand Congress pass immigration reform. Photo by Lloyd Wolf

9/11 Merged U.S. Immigration and Terrorism Efforts at Latinos’ Expense, Study Finds

Mon, Aug 22, 2016

After September 11, issues of immigration and terrorism merged, heightening surveillance and racializing Latino immigrants as a threat to national security, according to sociologists at The University of Texas at Austin.

Photo by American Institutes for Research.

Greater Academic Achievement in High School Increases Likelihood of Moving Away, Study Finds

Mon, Aug 22, 2016

High school students who completed higher levels of math, performed better academically, and had a greater sense of control of their future were more likely to migrate and work in labor markets with larger shares of college-educated workers, according to a new study by sociologists at The University of Texas at Austin.

The College of Liberal Arts Building.

New Undergraduate Degrees Focus on Sustainability, Organizational Dynamics

Wed, Aug 17, 2016

The College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin has created two new undergraduate degrees that focus on the environment and on the human and social aspects of organizations.

Image by EvgeniiAnd, Bigstock.

PRC Research Brief: Cohabitating Couples With Lower Education Levels Marry Less

Wed, Aug 17, 2016

A new PRC research brief by Kelly Raley, based on the study “Diverging Patterns of Union Transition Among Cohabitators by Race-Ethnicity and Education: Trends and Marital Intentions” appearing in the journal Demography, addresses the decline in marriage among co-habitating couples by examining marriage intention and structural barriers.

Donna Kornhaber

English Professor Named 2016 Academy Film Scholar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Fri, Aug 12, 2016

UT Austin Assistant Professor of English Donna Kornhaber has been named a 2016 Academy Film Scholar for her research on women writers who shaped the American film industry during the silent era.

Image by Thomas Hawk, Flickr.

UT Austin Website Promotes Transparency on Deaths in Texas State Custody

Wed, Jul 27, 2016

A new interactive, online database provides the public full access to records on 6,913 deaths that have occurred in Texas state custody since 2005.

(Left) Photo by Larry D. Moore CC BY-SA 3.0. (Right) Charles Whitman

Behind the Tower: New Histories of the UT Tower Shooting

Wed, Jul 20, 2016

On August 1, 2016, the city of Austin will mark 50 years since the horrific massacre, commonly known as the UT Tower Shooting, carried out by Charles Whitman. For some, August 1 will be a day of remembering, but for those who don’t know or can’t remember or want to learn more about the events of that day, where do they turn?

Pokémon spotted on campus, photo by UT news

Plan II Alum Leads Development of Pokémon Go

Fri, Jul 15, 2016

Trying to catch 'em all? This UT Austin alumnus might be able to help.

Image from Pixabay

Genetics Play Role in Character Traits Related to Academic Success, Study Says

Tue, Jul 12, 2016

Character traits, such as grit or desire to learn, have a heavy hand in academic success and are partially rooted in genetics, according to a psychology study at The University of Texas at Austin.

A female factory worker in 1942, Fort Worth, Texas. Image by the U.S. Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs division.

Blue-Collar Training in High School Leaves Women Behind, UT Study Says

Thu, Jun 30, 2016

Vocational training without a strong college-preparatory focus in blue-collar community high schools led some millennials to face wider gender employment and wage gaps than their peers, according to sociologists at The University of Texas at Austin.

U.S. Air Force airmen install a fence along the U.S.-Mexico border east of San Luis, Ariz., on Oct. 3, 2006. Source: DOD

Texas Voters Embrace Border Wall, Muslim Bans in Latest UT/Texas Politics Project Poll

Tue, Jun 28, 2016

A majority of Texas voters support stricter immigration laws, including building a wall between the United States and Mexico and disallowing Muslims who are not citizens from entering the U.S., according to the latest poll conducted by The University of Texas at Austin.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

UT Texas Politics Poll: A Vote for Trump is a Vote Against Clinton

Mon, Jun 27, 2016

Texas voters support businessman Donald Trump over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, though large portions of each candidates’ supporters describe their choice as a vote against the opposing candidate rather than a vote in favor of their chosen candidate, according to the latest poll conducted by The University of Texas at Austin.

Honorees will be recognized at a ceremony on Aug. 24

Liberal Arts Faculty Honored with the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award

Tue, Jun 21, 2016

Five faculty members affiliated with the College of Liberal Arts have been chosen to receive the prestigious 2016 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award from The University of Texas System Board of Regents.

Photo by WFIU Public Radio, Flickr.

Lessons on personalities help teens cope with social stressors

Mon, Jun 20, 2016

Teaching teens that social and personality traits can change helps them cope with social challenges such as bullying, which in turn can help mitigate stress and improve academic performance, according to a study by psychologists at The University of Texas at Austin.

Danielle Brown

Split Decision: Two Students Awarded Inaugural Randy Diehl Prize in Liberal Arts

Wed, Jun 15, 2016

Graduating seniors Danielle Brown and Olivia Migacz have been selected as the first recipients of the Randy Diehl Prize in Liberal Arts.

Image by geralt, Pixabay

Partnership with U.S. Census Bureau makes UT Austin a statistical research hot spot

Tue, Jun 14, 2016

A new partnership with the United States Census Bureau will establish an on-campus Federal Statistical Research Data Center, stimulating more research and enhancing graduate training opportunities at The University of Texas at Austin.

Soto addresses NEW Leadership™ Texas class of 2016.

Female Texas Students Reach to Shatter Glass and Find Their Voice

Tue, Jun 14, 2016

Thirty-six young women from 21 colleges across the state brought their thoughts and ideas on the current political landscape and how they hope to add their voices to the future of U.S. politics at a six-day NEW Leadership™ Texas seminar at The University of Texas at Austin.

UT Austin history professor Jeremi Suri networks with teachers at a previous seminar.

UT Austin Hosts Foreign Policy Seminar for Middle and High School Teachers

Wed, Jun 8, 2016

Thirty-two secondary school teachers from around the United States will convene for a weeklong seminar on foreign policy at The University of Texas at Austin.

Preparing Students for College Challenges Reduces Inequality

Mon, Jun 6, 2016

Incoming college students, especially students of color and first-generation college students, who anticipate challenges and recognize these as normal and temporary are more likely to remain enrolled full time and receive better grades, according to a study led by a psychology researcher at The University of Texas at Austin.

Virginia Garrard-Burnett

Virginia Garrard-Burnett Named New Director of LLILAS Benson

Thu, May 26, 2016

Professor Virginia Garrard-Burnett has been chosen as the new director of LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections. A faculty member at The University of Texas at Austin since 1990, she is a professor in the departments of History and Religious Studies, and a faculty affiliate of the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS).

Photo by Roadsidepictures, Flickr.

IUPRA Study: African-Americans are Leaving Austin for More Affordable Housing and Better Schools

Wed, May 25, 2016

Heightened cost of living and dissatisfaction with public schools may have pushed many African-Americans out of Austin, limiting their access to public amenities and quality services, according to a survey by The University of Texas at Austin.

Photo by Wokandapix, Pixabay.

Sleep May Preserve Memory and Cognition in Aging Adults, UT Study Shows

Thu, May 19, 2016

Lifestyle changes, such as getting a good night’s rest, can help maintain memory function and may slow cognitive decline in older adults, according to psychology research at The University of Texas at Austin.

Image by Unsplash, Pixabay

Relationship Satisfaction Depends on the Mating Pool, Study Finds

Tue, May 17, 2016

Relationship satisfaction and the energy devoted to keeping a partner are dependent on how the partner compares with other potential mates, a finding that relates to evolution’s stronghold on modern relationship psychology, according to a study at The University of Texas at Austin.

From left: Ponton, Karas, Zarrugh and Garner. Photo by Mike McGraw

College of Liberal Arts Awards Keene Prize for Literature to Michener Center Graduate Student

Tue, May 17, 2016

Nouri Zarrugh gives voice to Libyans repressed by the reign of Muammar Gaddafi in his story “The Leader,” awarded the $50,000 Keene Prize for Literature at The University of Texas at Austin.

The College of Liberal Arts Buidling

Liberal Arts Faculty Receive Teaching Awards, Fellowships

Mon, May 16, 2016

The College of Liberal Arts has recognized eight professors for excellence in teaching with awards and fellowships.

Christle Nwora

Living with Purpose and Passion: In-Depth with 3 Dean's Distinguished Graduates

Mon, May 16, 2016

Each spring, 12 graduating seniors in the College of Liberal Arts are named Dean’s Distinguished Graduates.

Angelbert Metoyer, Remorial, 2007. Mixed media on canvas. 106 x 164 inches. Artwork © Angelbert Metoyer. Image courtesy Craig Massey.

Warfield Center Announces Spring Exhibition in the New Gallery

Tue, May 10, 2016

The newly renovated art gallery at the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies will open its spring exhibit this week, featuring works by the Houston/ Rotterdam-based contemporary artist Angelbert Metoyer.

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College of Liberal Arts Faculty Dominate Texas 10

Fri, May 6, 2016

Five faculty from the College of Liberal Arts have been nominated by alumni and selected by Alcalde magazine to be a part of the 2016 “Texas 10,” an annual list of inspiring professors at The University of Texas at Austin.

Photo by Julia Ferguson.

Chris Kirk Named to Academy of Distinguished Teachers

Wed, May 4, 2016

Anthropology professor Chris Kirk is one of seven faculty members chosen this year to be inducted into the prestigious Academy of Distinguished Teachers for excellence in teaching at The University of Texas at Austin.

Tim Beach (right) and a team of student researchers.

Professor and Alumnus Receive Back-to-Back Awards for Latin American Geography

Tue, May 3, 2016

The Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers (CLAG) announced the 2016 and 2017 awards for significant contributions towards Latin American geography, honoring both a professor and an alumnus from the Department of Geography and the Environment at The University of Texas at Austin.

Jennifer Oruebor

Under the Microscope: Undergraduate Research Week 2016

Liberal Arts Students Present at Undergraduate Research Week 2016

Thu, Apr 28, 2016

The fields of study within the College of Liberal Arts are vast, and the number of topics that merit in-depth investigation are seemingly endless.

Image by koi88, Bigstock

Minority Voter Groups Oppose Concealed Carry on Campuses, UT Poll Finds

Wed, Apr 27, 2016

The majority of black and Latino voters in Texas oppose the new state law that allows for the concealed carry of handguns on college campuses, according to the first public opinion poll from the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis (IUPRA) at The University of Texas at Austin.

Zoraima Pelaez

Passion for Social Activism Inspires Truman Scholar

Fri, Apr 22, 2016

A passion for learning and public service inspires the life and work of Zoraima Pelaez, a Liberal Arts Honors and humanities junior at UT Austin who was named a 2016 Truman Scholar.

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Digital Ancient World Dictionary to Expand with UT Libraries Partnership

Thu, Apr 21, 2016

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has named the Periods, Organized (PeriodO) web project as a finalist for its grant awards in the first cycle of the National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program.

Harel Shapira, Assistant Professor of Sociology

Sociologist Wins Carnegie Fellowship for Research on U.S. Gun Culture

Tue, Apr 19, 2016

Communities of gun owners may be reshaping democracy, according to ongoing ethnographic research conducted at The University of Texas at Austin by sociologist Harel Shapira, one of 33 scholars nationwide to receive the 2016 Andrew Carnegie Fellowship.

Rachel Graubard

UT Austin Student Developing App That Can Help Diagnose Skin Cancer

Sat, Apr 16, 2016

A psychology and biology student at The University of Texas at Austin is using the accessibility provided by the web and smartphones to help people who could be in medical need.

Nwora (third from right) with fellow Orange Jackets

Honors Students Receive Texas Parents Outstanding Student Awards

Fri, Apr 15, 2016

Each year, Texas Parents honors two senior students who have exemplified leadership, scholarship, character and service with the Outstanding Student Award. This year, two honors students from the College of Liberal Arts were recipients.

UT Austin President Gregory Fenves and Larry Carver. Photo by Brian Birzer

Carver Receives Civitatis Award for Campus Citizenship

Mon, Apr 11, 2016

The University of Texas Tower was lit orange for this year’s presidential award winners, and among them was Liberal Arts Honors Program director Larry Carver, who received the 2016 Civitatis Award for his dedicated, meritorious service to the university.

Richard Marston (KSU) and Edgardo Latrubesse (UT Austin) at 2016 AAG Meetings in San Francisco, California.

Geography and the Environment Professor Makes Waves with River Research

Tue, Apr 5, 2016

Geography and the Environment professor Edgardo Latrubesse received the 2016 American Association of Geographers Grove Karl Gilbert Award for Excellence in Geomorphic Research for his work examining large river systems like the Amazon basin.

Dean Randy Diehl with a previous DDG.

2016 Dean's Distinguished Graduates Announced

Tue, Apr 5, 2016

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

For details on how to apply, visit

2013 HRA Recipients Wrap Up Their Research

Established in 2009 by the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin, the Humanities Research Award supports faculty efforts to complete an in-progress research project in the humanities by awarding select tenured and tenure-track faculty with $5,000 for three consecutive years, for a total of $15,000.

Fri, Apr 1, 2016

Image by Mithril Cloud, Creative Commons

PRC Research Brief: Advancing the Civil Rights of LGBT Students

Mon, Mar 28, 2016

Previous research has shown that LGBT youth are disproportionately likely to experience harassment, bullying and exclusionary discipline at school. Data supports that LGBT students are 1.4 times more likes to be expelled from school than their heterosexual peers. However, there is insufficient data collection of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) on the state and national level to allow systematic documentation of these disparities.

Carton was honored during a banquet hosted by the Office of the President on March 21.

Literary Scholar Recognized by Students for Teaching Excellence

Thu, Mar 24, 2016

English professor Evan Carton was selected to receive the 2016 Jean Holloway Award for Excellence in Teaching, a student-nominated award, for the way his teaching has influenced students, society and beyond.

Photo by James Gathany, United States Department of Health and Human Services

Global Spread of Zika Linked to Types of Mosquitos that Transmit It

Tue, Mar 22, 2016

More cities than previously assumed could soon grapple with the Zika virus if two species of mosquitos are found to be equally effective carriers of the disease, a University of Texas at Austin disease ecologist and his colleagues argue in the current edition of The Lancet Infectious Diseases.

Surrogate mothers did not experience significant changes in economic status after surrogacy, according to researchers.

Sociologists Expose the Moral Framework of India's Rent-a-Womb Industry

Tue, Mar 22, 2016

Despite India’s multimillion-dollar, transnational surrogacy industry’s reputation as a “baby factory” or the “global market in bargain basement price babies,” it continues to thrive, bringing in more than $400 million a year.

The College of Liberal Arts Buidling

QS World University Ranks Six UT Austin Liberal Arts Programs Among the Elite

Tue, Mar 22, 2016

The University of Texas at Austin was named as a top 50-school worldwide in six of the eight humanities subject areas ranked in the sixth edition of the Qacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings report.

Images by Michael Vadon, Flickr

Difference between Trump and Sanders is YOOGE, except for their NY accents

Mon, Mar 21, 2016

On the national political stage, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump may say very different things, but phonetically they sound almost the same, according to an analysis by the Texas English Linguistics Lab at The University of Texas at Austin.

Image by UT Communications

U.S. News Ranks UT Austin Clinical Psychology Among Nation's Top 10

Wed, Mar 16, 2016

The University of Texas at Austin has more than 40 graduate programs ranked among the top 10 in the nation and three programs ranked No. 1, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2017 edition of "Best Graduate Schools," released this morning.

Kelley Doll

Getting It Done: Q&A with UTurn Mentor Kelley Doll

Tue, Mar 8, 2016

The transition to college can be a rough one, and it’s not unusual for students to end up on academic probation after their freshman year.

Image by Bigstock

Accepting a Job Below One’s Skill Level Can Adversely Affect Future Employment Prospects

Thu, Mar 3, 2016

Accepting a job below one’s skill level can be severely penalizing when applying for future employment because of the perception that someone who does this is less committed or less competent, according to new research from a sociologist at The University of Texas at Austin.

Illustration provided by CCF

UT Austin conference addresses issues facing contemporary families

Wed, Mar 2, 2016

The Council on Contemporary Families (CCF) invites social science researchers to gather and discuss topics certain to take center stage this election cycle surrounding issues of contemporary families at the 18th annual conference, titled “Families as They Really Are: Demographics, Disparities, and Debates,” a two-day conference at The University of Texas at Austin.

Photo by Kevin McCoy

Website Permits Global Policy Analysis Across Time and Place

Tue, Mar 1, 2016

As the presidential primaries heat up, political leaders, journalists and students of government can compare politicians’ policy suggestions to public policy around the globe and across time using an online tool developed by The University of Texas at Austin.

Image by U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Brittany Perry, Released into the public domain

Exercise Helps Adults with High-Anxiety Sensitivity Quit Smoking

Tue, Feb 23, 2016

Exercise helps smokers with a high risk for cessation failure due to emotional distress finally kick the habit, according to psychologists at The University of Texas at Austin.

Photo by Hillary for Iowa

Clinton and Cruz Could Take Texas, University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll Finds

Tue, Feb 23, 2016

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lead their respective competitors in Texas as early voting continues in the run-up to the March 1 Super Tuesday nominating contests, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

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Health disparities for black women may have roots in racism

Tue, Feb 23, 2016

The interplay between systematic racism and health disparities may have lead to a skyrocketing infant mortality rate for babies born to black women that is more than double the rate of any other race, according to researchers in the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis (IUPRA) at The University of Texas at Austin.

John Newcomb

Government Grad Explains How Liberal Arts and Tech Can Come Together

Fri, Feb 19, 2016

John Newcomb, a recent government alum who graduated in December, used his liberal arts education and preparation from Liberal Arts Career Services to help him land a job at Facebook.

Image provided by the Warfield Center for African and African American Studies

UT Austin Warfield Center’s New Gallery Opens with “Patience on a Monument” Exhibit

Thu, Feb 11, 2016

“Patience on a Monument” by Eto Otitigbe, an African American polymedia artist whose art interprets issues of race and human interaction, will be the first exhibit to open in the Warfield Center’s new gallery at The University of Texas at Austin.


UT Study Measures Impact of Removing Planned Parenthood from Texas Women’s Health Program

Thu, Feb 4, 2016

The public defunding of Planned Parenthood in Texas may have led to a decrease in highly effective forms of contraceptive services and an increase in Medicaid-paid childbirths among women who previously used injectable contraception, according to a peer-reviewed study by University of Texas at Austin researchers.

Photo by Joan Neuberger.

Digital Teaching: Taking U.S. History Online

Fri, Jan 22, 2016

Every year thousands of students take introductory courses in U.S. History at UT Austin. This spring History proffesor Jeremi Suri is experimenting with an online version of the U.S. History since 1865 survey course. He and his teaching assistants, Cali Slair, Carl Forsberg, Shery Chanis, and Emily Whalen will blog about the experience of digital teaching for readers of Not Even Past.

Courtesy Runyon Photograph Collection, RUN01308, The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

UT Scholar Tells the Story of Texas’ Violent Past on the Mexico-Texas Border

Thu, Jan 21, 2016

Photos and artifacts from one of the most violent decades in Texas history — a period often glossed over or forgotten — will be on display in a new exhibition at the Bullock Texas State History Museum that is the culmination of a University of Texas at Austin research initiative.

Photo by Marsha Miller

James Pennebaker to Oversee Educational Innovation at UT Austin

Wed, Jan 20, 2016

President Gregory L. Fenves has appointed Psychology Professor James Pennebaker as the Executive Director of Project 2021 and Special Advisor to the Provost for Educational Innovation at The University of Texas at Austin

A volunteer conducts German-language lessons for migrants inside an improvised shelter at a sports hall in Hanau, Germany. Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Generations Later, Language Continues to Isolate Immigrant Communities

Mon, Jan 11, 2016

The way second- and third-generation immigrants learn a language may spell trouble early on in school and further isolate them from society, according to a Germanic studies researcher at The University of Texas at Austin.

Photo by Marsha Miller

Recognizing Great Teaching at UT

Thu, Jan 7, 2016

Each year, the President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Awards recognize great teaching of undergraduates in the core curriculum at The University of Texas at Austin