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World’s Largest General Scientific Society Designates UT Professors as Fellows

Wed, Dec 12, 2018

Three 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. This year’s AAAS fellows – members of the College of Natural Sciences, the Cockrell School of Engineering and the College of Liberal Arts – will be inducted at a February ceremony during the AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

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New Year, Same You: Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

Wed, Dec 12, 2018

We’ve all heard the saying, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” So why then, year after year, do we make New Year’s resolutions that, for most of us, won’t last through February? How can we end this cycle of insanity?

Laura Hallas

Liberal Arts Student Awarded British Marshall Scholarship

Thu, Dec 6, 2018

Laura Hallas, a Plan II honors, economics and health and society senior at The University of Texas at Austin, is the recipient of a 2019 British Marshall Scholarship.

A street in Baltimore. Photo courtesy of Giorgio Angelini.

America's Ongoing Housing Crisis: Q&A with "Owned" Film Maker Giorgio Angelini

Thu, Dec 6, 2018

“Owned, a Tale of Two Americas,” directed by University of Texas at Austin history alumnus Giorgio Angelini attempts to get at the root of the U.S. housing crisis, which erupted in an economic collapse a short decade ago and may do so again if policies, currently catering to systematic oppression, don’t change. 

A spinal cord injury's impact on the body goes beyond paralysis, researchers say.

Spinal Cord Injury Could Throw Off Body’s Internal Clock, Study Shows

Tue, Dec 4, 2018

Although paralysis is the most noticeable result of a spinal cord injury, a new study by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin suggests such injuries could throw off the internal clock of the entire body’s daily activities, from hormones to sleep-wake schedules.

Jacqueline Petescia

Hope, Love and Charity: Q&A with Miss Austin 2019

Jacqueline Petescia, a freshman health and society major at the University of Texas at Austin, recently won the title of Miss Austin 2019.

Thu, Nov 29, 2018

Aedes aegypti is the primary mosquito vector for Zika virus. Photo by James Gathany/CDC.

NIH Funds Five-Year Study on Women's Response to Zika in Brazil

Thu, Nov 15, 2018

In spring 2015, a Zika virus outbreak struck Brazil, making it the first report of locally-acquired Zika in the Americas. Three years later, researchers are still unpacking all of its consequences, particularly the grave impact it has had on women’s reproductive health and unborn children, who, if infected, are at a greater risk of being born with the neurological disorder microcephaly and other congenital syndromes.

Glenn Towery. Photo by Raul Buitrago.

Beyond the Battlefield: The War Rages on, but This Time It’s Personal

Fri, Nov 9, 2018

The Thorazine haze was beginning to fade when Glenn Towery was discharged from Oakland Naval Hospital. For the last however-many days he had felt listless, “like a non-human being,” making him forget why he was even there in the first place.

Joan Neuberger, UT Austin history professor. Photo by Matt Valentine.

Joan Neuberger: A Pioneer in Digital History

Wed, Oct 31, 2018

The nation’s top historical association is recognizing the University of Texas at Austin’s own Joan Neuberger with its award for distinguished contributions to public history - the Herbert Feis Award from the American Historical Association.

Aphra Behn.

17th Century Authorship Mystery Tackled by New Psychological Profiling Technique

Wed, Oct 31, 2018

Using a new mental-profiling technique, psychology researchers at The University of Texas at Austin shed light on five questioned plays of 17th century playwright Aphra Behn, determining that only two were actually written by the prolific English dramatist. The method, they say, could be applied broadly, from forensic work to identifying critical mental health events on social media.

Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra

The Best Teachers are the Best Researchers: A Q&A with Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra

Tue, Oct 30, 2018

For the recognition of his work in mentoring graduate students, University of Texas at Austin history professor Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra has been presented with The Nancy Lyman Roelker Mentorship Award.

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UT/TT Poll: #MeToo Movement Loses Traction as Texans Grow Skeptical

Mon, Oct 29, 2018

While a majority of Texans agree that women face more discrimination than men do, they are split on whether the #MeToo movement is helping to address the broader issue of gender inequality in the United States, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

Official campaign photo of Beto O'Rourke (left) and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (right) photo by Gage Skidmore.

UT/TT Poll: Texans Choose Ted Cruz over Beto O’Rourke in Incumbent-Favored Election

Fri, Oct 26, 2018

In a U.S. Senate race that has attracted nationwide attention, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz leads U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke by 6 percentage points among likely voters, 51 to 45 percent, in the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

First week group photo of 2018-19 class

Free Minds, Free Education

Tue, Oct 23, 2018

While higher education is often touted as the cornerstone of a successful and prosperous life, many are left in the dust, unable to afford the tuition or balance the time needed to build that foundation.

Cypro-Minoan inscriptions on display at the Cyprus Museum, Nicosia, Cyrpus. Photo by Cassandra Donnelly

Written in Stone: Studying the Relationship Between Ancient Writing Systems and Their Writers

Fri, Oct 19, 2018

Beyond the classrooms in Waggener Hall and deep in the archives on prehistoric scripts, Cassandra Donnelly found her calling.

The iOS version is available at the Apple App Store, and the Android version is scheduled for release on Friday, Nov. 2.

UT-Created App “BeVote” is a Swiss army knife for Voting

Thu, Oct 18, 2018

Students at The University of Texas at Austin have a new tool to help them become better informed as voters.

Texas joins NSF grant to study the 2020 election.

Political Science Team from Texas and Michigan to Conduct 2020 American National Election Study

Fri, Oct 12, 2018

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $6.6 million grant to researchers from The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor to examine voter participation and decision-making in the next presidential election for the 2020 American National Election Study (ANES).

The study took place between November 2014 and February 2015.

Policy Experts say “Domestic Gag Rule” will Negatively Impact Women’s Health Care

Thu, Oct 11, 2018

Texas Study Points to Adverse Impact of Proposed Federal Title X Guidelines on Abortion Counseling and Referrals

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Here Comes the Song: The Personalities Behind Your Favorite Beatles Lyrics

Tue, Oct 9, 2018

If Paul McCartney would have written “Yesterday” based on the first words that came to his mind, the song would sound like a concupiscent teen singing about breakfast:

Bianna Golodryga. Photo by Brian Birzer.

Alumna Bianna Golodryga Joins CBS This Morning as Co-Host

Wed, Oct 3, 2018

Liberal Arts alumna Bianna Golodryga has been named co-host of “CBS This Morning.”

Greta Voelker. (Photo by Patrick Meredith / Texas Athletics)

Passion for golf, forensic science fuel Voelker’s drive for success

Tue, Sep 25, 2018

If it weren't for an e-mail and a set of lost golf clubs, Greta Isabella Voelker may never have ended up at the University of Texas.

Experiencing such discrimination is consistently linked to poorer mental health, lower academic achievement and more engagement in risky or negative behavior, the latest analysis showed.

Racial and Ethnic Bias Leads to Lower Well-Being Among Adolescents

Mon, Sep 24, 2018

Racial and ethnic discrimination is problematic for all aspects of development — from mental and physical health to risky behaviors and academic success — particularly for Latinos, researchers at The University of Texas at Austin determined after analyzing findings from hundreds of previous studies on adolescents.

Michaela Lavelle. Photo by Phil Butler.

Us, But Better: Q&A with Liberal Arts Council President Michaela Lavelle

Thu, Sep 20, 2018

She is president of the 2018–19 Liberal Arts Council, an organization nearing its 40th year as the official student voice and governing body for the college.

Austin Playhouse presents Monroe by Lisa B. Thompson, pictured: Kriston Woodreaux and Deja Morgan. Photo courtesy of Austin Playhouse.

Professor’s Play "Monroe" Reveals the Ripple Effect of Racial Violence

Tue, Sep 18, 2018

If every action produces a series of consequences, imagine life if slavery or Jim Crow had never existed. Now, consider what has happened because they’ve existed.