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The Housing Authority of the City of Austin headquarters, Austin, Texas, United States.  Photo by Larry D. Moore CC BY-SA 3.0.

Unlocking affordable housing in Austin

Wed, Aug 14, 2019

While Austin as a whole may not be rent burdened, the majority of its black and Latino households are. Equally as frustrating, these communities are also more frequently targeted by investors chasing lower housing values.


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Testosterone has a Complicated Relationship with Moral Reasoning, Study Finds

Wed, Aug 14, 2019

Although some studies have linked high levels of testosterone to immoral behavior, a new study published in Nature Human Behaviour finds testosterone supplements actually made people more sensitive to moral norms, suggesting that testosterone’s influence on behavior is more complicated than previously thought.


The black-handed spider monkey sits in a tree depicting the major threats to the species’ existence in its root system — agriculture, farming. Illustration by Michelle Bezanson, Santa Clara University

Research Bias May Leave Some Primates at Risk

Tue, Aug 13, 2019

Recent primate research has had a heavy focus on a few charismatic species and nationally protected parks and forests, leaving some lesser known primates and their habitats at risk, according researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and Santa Clara University.


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Timeline Tool Connects the Dots

Thu, Aug 8, 2019

History professor Erika Bsumek designed a timeline tool to help students track and connect historic events in a visual and collaborative way.


Image by Kevin Rathge, UT Austin

A Growth Mindset Intervention Can Change Students’ Grades if School Culture is Supportive

Wed, Aug 7, 2019

Boosting academic success does not have to derive from new teachers or curriculum; it can also come from changing students’ attitudes about their abilities through a short online intervention, according to the latest findings from the National Study of Learning Mindsets published in Nature on Aug. 7.


Camp Alba students. Photo by Kitty Murray.

Camp Alba

Mon, Aug 5, 2019

After spending three days on the University of Texas at Austin campus, sixth graders from Martin Middle School left with a greater sense of connection to their communities and their first single track, produced by hip-hop artist and activist Olmeca.


Image by Winold Reiss.

On the Road with Langston Hughes: A Newly Discovered Essay on Race in America

Mon, Jul 15, 2019

Historical research can be exhausting work. Hours spent sifting through archives in search of elusive details from the past may yield nothing, but it may lead to an extraordinary discovery.


Fighting for Change: A Q&A with the 2019 Randy Diehl Prize Recipient

Fighting for Change: A Q&A with the 2019 Randy Diehl Prize Recipient

Thu, Jul 11, 2019

Megan Abrameit, a psychology and humanities double major from Tyler, Texas, has received the 2019 Randy Diehl Prize in Liberal Arts.


The Texas Capitol

UT/TT Poll: Texas Voters Split Evenly on Reelecting Trump in 2020; Biden and O’Rourke Lead Democratic Pack

Mon, Jun 17, 2019

Given the choice of reelecting President Donald Trump or voting for someone else, Texas voters are equally divided, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. Among Democrats vying for the Democratic presidential nomination, former Vice President Joe Biden leads the crowded pack.


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.