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Aerial view of center-pivot irrigation farming in Kansas. Image: NASA

Finding Common Ground in Water

Tue, Jun 4, 2019

When pressed to summarize the path of his wide spanning career, Paul Adams offers one word, “discourse.”


College of Liberal Arts Building

Awards, Fellowships Recognize Teaching Excellence

Mon, Jun 3, 2019

The University of Texas at Austin and the College of Liberal Arts are honoring 22 faculty members in the college for their teaching excellence. Recipients of university-wide teaching awards for 2018-19 include:


Design Thinking

Design Thinking

Fri, May 31, 2019

Daunting problems require new ideas and a new way of thinking — design thinking.


A $12.9 million grant from NIA will fund research on how high school education effects brain health later in life.

Grading Brain Health

Mon, May 13, 2019

High school experiences follow you long after you’ve graduated, shaping your professional success and even your health. Now, researchers are investigating how it could contribute to your future brain health and maybe even impact your likelihood of getting Alzheimer’s Disease.


Harris, Tarrant and Travis counties in Texas are among the top 25 U.S. counties at-risk for a measles outbreak, researchers warned.

25 U.S. Counties Identified as Most at Risk for Measles Outbreaks

Mon, May 13, 2019

Twenty-five counties across the country have been identified to be most at risk for a measles outbreak due to low-vaccination rates compounded by a high volume of international travel, according to an analysis by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and Johns Hopkins University.


From left: Tracey Rose, Sindya Bhanoo, Raye Hendrix and Hedgie Choi. Photo by Brian Birzer.

2019 Keene Prize Winners

Mon, May 6, 2019

For her poetry on life and death in the rural South, Raye Hendrix was awarded the $50,000 Keene Prize for Literature at The University of Texas at Austin, the largest literary prize for students in the United States.


Marina Alexandrova. Photo by Matt Wright-Steel

The 2019 Texas Ten

Fri, May 3, 2019

Ten talented University of Texas at Austin professors have been selected by the Alcalde to be a part of the annual Texas Ten awards.


Rep. Lance Gooden, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Professor Sean Theriault during Gooden's swearing-in ceremony

From UT to DC

Thu, May 2, 2019

Lance Gooden exemplified what it means to be a University of Texas at Austin graduate as he stepped into the role of United States Representative earlier this year.


Photo by Sadham Yathra, Pixabay.

The Earth's Keepers

Mon, Apr 22, 2019

If you knew in the next life you’d become a tree, you might hesitate before you cut one down.


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.