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Rueben Gonzales

Psychology Professor Named Fellow by AAAS

Mon, Nov 20, 2017

Four University of Texas at Austin faculty members have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest general scientific society.


Doberman's latest book will be available November 21, 2017.

Texas Book Festival Presents: "Dopers in Uniform" by John Hoberman

Fri, Nov 3, 2017

His newest book follows two previous works on the topic, including Mortal Engines (1992), which examines the sports world; and Testosterone Dreams (2005), which looks at the medical world. We had the chance to chat with Dr. Hoberman about his newest title and the research behind it.


Bonzo Crunch (photo courtesy of Rik Gern.)

This Fool's No Ghoul

Mon, Oct 30, 2017

From entertaining the elite as jesters and tricksters to tumbling in the circus and lurking in childhood nightmares, the clown has held a dynamic role throughout human history.


Texas National Guard Soldiers rescue stranded Houston residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey on Aug. 27, 2017. U.S. Air Force photo by/1st Lt. Zachary West

UT/TT Poll: Texans Positively React to Public’s Response to Hurricane Harvey, Divided on Influence of Climate Change on Storm’s Severity

Fri, Oct 20, 2017

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey’s devastating floods across southeast Texas, Texans believe that government, the news media and insurance companies responded well, but they give especially high marks to neighbors and fellow Texans for responding to the crisis, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll.


Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks

UT/TT Poll: Texans Remain Divided on Trump’s Job Performance but Approve of His Handling of Harvey

Thu, Oct 19, 2017

Nearly one year since the election of President Donald Trump, Texas voters remain divided on his job performance, but give him high marks for his handling of Hurricane Harvey, according the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll.


Andrew Lee

Economics Junior’s Snapchat Geofilter Business Takes Off

Thu, Oct 19, 2017

In the spring of 2015, Andrew Lee attended a UT Austin lecture by Evan Spiegel, the founder and CEO of Snapchat, sponsored by the campus organization and professional business fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi. The experience made a major impression on the then-college freshman, and in a few short years, Lee’s own company would be collaborating with Spiegel’s.


Baird Tapir

To save the Baird Tapir, Researchers Focus on the Habitat that Shelters Them

Mon, Oct 9, 2017

To prevent the extinction of the endangered Baird’s tapir, researchers must understand the specific habitat sheltering the estimated 3,000 to 5,000 remaining tapirs across Central America.


Women in polleras gather to watch a carnaval parade in Acora, Puno District. Photo: Angela Tapia Arce.

Making Beauty: The Wearing of Polleras in the Andean Altiplano

Thu, Oct 5, 2017

Lucy does not smile too often. Like other women who wear polleras, she does not greet you with a wide grin, unless you are more than an acquaintance. Yet, when Lucy smiles the stars twinkle, whether or not the sun is overhead.


(left) Kirsten Bradbury and Domino Perez

UT System Board of Regents Honors Outstanding Teaching

Mon, Sep 25, 2017

The University of Texas System Board of Regents named seven University of Texas at Austin faculty members as recipients of the 2017 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award (ROTA), with two of those recipients from the College of Liberal Arts: Domino Perez, associate professor in the Department of English and the Center for Mexican American Studies; and Kirsten Bradbury, lecturer in the Department of Psychology.



Elizabeth Nelson at the ruins of Ephesus.

Liberal Arts Abroad: Government Senior Travels to Izmir, Turkey

Fri, Sep 22, 2017

Six weeks of living in another country is a significant way that liberal arts students can apply their education to the world around them.


The UT Austin South Mall.

UT Government Alumnus to Head UT Austin Government Relations

Tue, Sep 19, 2017

Two-time Texas Ex and state Capitol veteran Jay Dyer is returning to The University of Texas at Austin to oversee the flagship campus’s government relations office. Dyer, who most recently served as legislative director for Gov. Greg Abbott, will be UT’s deputy to the president for government relations beginning Oct. 16.


John O. Brennan

Former CIA Director John Brennan Joins UT Austin as a Distinguished Scholar

Tue, Sep 19, 2017

John O. Brennan, a leading national security expert who served most recently as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), has been appointed as a Distinguished Non-Resident Scholar at The University of Texas at Austin.


The exhibit provides a comprehensive overview of influential American artist Jacob Lawrence’s (1917–2000) printmaking oeuvre, produced from 1963 to 2000

History, Labor, Life: The Prints of Jacob Lawrence

Tue, Sep 12, 2017

From August 30th- December 9th, the Warfield Center Galleries’ presents “History, Labor, Life: The Prints of Jacob Lawrence,” in the Christian-Green Gallery on the University of Texas at Austin’s (UT) campus.


Perhaps the most transformative aspect of big data on policing is the amount of information police are able to access on individuals, both suspect and not.

Big Data May Amplify Existing Police Surveillance Practices, Study Shows

Thu, Sep 7, 2017

With access to more personal data than ever before, police have the power to solve crimes more quickly, but in practice, the influx of information tends to amplify existing practices, according to sociology research at The University of Texas at Austin.


From left, Grown & Flown co-founder Lisa Heffernan, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts Randy Diehl, and Grown & Flown co-founder Mary Dell Harrington (Plan II alumna).

Longhorn lightens the load for incoming students

Fri, Sep 1, 2017

Filling a 100-square-foot space with the essentials you’ll need to be successful for the next academic year is no small task, especially when you add it to the endless shopping list of books and school supplies.


Students who completed Algebra I or higher were more likely to vote in both the elections than those who completed only general math

Study shows high school math and civics predict voting behaviors in midlife

Thu, Aug 31, 2017

High-level math and engaging civics lessons in high school increase the likelihood of casting a ballot later in life, according to sociology research at The University of Texas at Austin, begging the question of how schools might increase political participation in future generations.


May 1, 2007 march in support of immigrant rights in Kennett Square, PA.

Immigration May Contribute to Rising Wage Inequality in the U.S.

Thu, Aug 31, 2017

Low-skilled immigrant labor may widen the inequality in the United States by driving up the wages of high-skilled natives; according to sociologist at The University of Texas at Austin.