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Last year's participants from Sweden post with  IC² staff and Austin Technology Incubator director Mitch Jacobson and the Bureau of Business Research director J. Bruce Kellison.

UT Invites EU Startups to SXSW

Tue, Feb 12, 2019

The University of Texas at Austin will bring twelve budding European companies to learn and explore with local business experts at this year’s South by Southwest Interactive Festival (SXSW), March 8 – March 16 in Austin, Texas.

Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Prescott Valley, Arizona. Photo by Gage Skidmore, Flickr.

Trump’s Simple, Confident Language Has Strong Historical Roots

Mon, Feb 11, 2019

To many, President Donald Trump’s use of nontraditional, off-the-cuff language seems unlike that of any other politician, but new research on the language of past and present world leaders reveals simple, straightforward messaging that exudes confidence may be the new norm — making Trump a man of his time, rhetorically speaking.

The Texas Capitol

UT Austin Researchers Pull the Veil on Texas Enterprise Fund

Wed, Feb 6, 2019

Companies awarded grants from the Texas Enterprise Fund may not be upholding their end of the bargain, leaving taxpayers unprotected, researchers from the University of Texas at Austin found through an open records request.

The annual MLK march, held at UT Austin campus. Photo by Raul Buitrago.

Black Studies @ 50 Conference Looks Back to Move Forward

Mon, Feb 4, 2019

The Black Studies @ 50: 1968/1969 conference, hosted at The University of Texas at Austin, calls on scholars, artists and communities to continue the legacy of 1960s activists who helped institute black studies across American university campuses.

Sukjin Han in a spacesuit designed by RISD. Photo by Calum Hervieu.

A Week on Mars

Fri, Feb 1, 2019

For most, going to Mars is merely a childhood dream, but for Sukjin Han, that dream became a reality — all while never leaving Earth.

Co-directors Karen Fingerman and Deb Umberson at the Texas Aging & Longevity Center launch, Jan. 25, 2019. Photo by Edwin Rodriguez.

UT Austin Launches Texas Aging & Longevity Center

Thu, Jan 31, 2019

Not all people experience their twilight years in the same way. Some will be hearty triathletes traveling the world and writing novels, while others will be hobbled by chronic illness and dementia. Fifteen percent of Texans — nearly four million people — are aged 65 and older, and that number is growing. By 2040, older adults will make up 22 percent of the population.

Ann Huff Stevens

Meet Ann Huff Stevens: A Q&A with Our Next Dean

Wed, Jan 30, 2019

Ann Huff Stevens will begin as dean of the College of Liberal Arts on July 15, 2019.

Volunteer instructors Sarah Brayne, Lindsay Bing and Armando Tellez on the first day of class with TPEI.

A Different Kind of Prison Sentence

Tue, Jan 29, 2019

Texas has the largest prison population in the U.S., and among the highest rate of incarceration for all age groups. And yet when assistant professor of sociology Sarah Brayne arrived at The University of Texas at Austin she found no campus-wide prison education program, despite evidence that such programs significantly reduce recidivism rates.

When responding to unexpected disasters, public leaders should keep language simple, researchers said.

When an Unexpected Disaster Strikes, Abstract Language Helps

Mon, Jan 28, 2019

Shocking events, such as mass shootings and natural disasters, can create causal uncertainty, leading many to ask, “Why did this happen?” For public leaders, providing their communities with answers can be difficult, but new research on Twitter users shows the best messages are simple and on point.

TALC will serve as a hub for research and education on aging at UT Austin.

New Center to Address Future Needs of Texas’ Growing Elderly Population

Wed, Jan 23, 2019

To improve the longevity and well-being of aging individuals across all demographics, The University of Texas at Austin will launch the Texas Aging & Longevity Center.

Hancock has been invited to join the commission in charge of building the memorial for the Roma who were murdered during the Holocaust at Lety u Písku.

Queen Elizabeth II Honors Activism by UT Austin Romani Scholar

Fri, Jan 18, 2019

Romani linguist and University of Texas at Austin professor emeritus Ian Hancock was recently made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II for his contributions to understanding of creole linguistics, the Romani language and to the emancipation of Romani people.

Ann Huff Stevens

Ann Huff Stevens Appointed Dean of UT Austin College of Liberal Arts

Wed, Jan 9, 2019

The University of Texas at Austin has named Ann Huff Stevens the next dean of the College of Liberal Arts. Her appointment will begin July 15, 2019.

40 percent of Texans believe Russian interference played a role in the outcome of the 2016 election (UT/TT poll)

Trolling the U.S.: Q&A on Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election

Wed, Jan 9, 2019

It’s been more than two years since the 2016 presidential election, and the United States is still piecing together Russia’s propaganda-filled interference in U.S. political conversations on social media.

Study participants identified 12 peer crowds and their positions in the social hierarchy.

How Today’s High School Cliques Compare to Yesterday’s

Tue, Jan 8, 2019

While many high school peer crowds and influences have remained constant over time, changing demographics, cultural influences and the increasing number of college-bound youth have led to the emergence of new peer groups and perceptions, according to researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and the University of Texas at Austin.

MLA Awards Germanic Studies Professor for Latest Book

Thu, Dec 20, 2018

The Modern Language Association of America awarded its Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Studies in Germanic Languages and Literatures to Sabine Hake from The University of Texas at Austin, for her book The Proletarian Dream: Socialism, Culture, and Emotion in Germany, 1863–1933.

Eric Holgate, Isabel Cachola and Junyi Jessy Li

Watch Your Mouth: Researching the Effects of Vulgarity in Social Media

Thu, Dec 20, 2018

As the presence of social media becomes increasingly abundant in our everyday lives, sordid words, once considered shocking to express, are now seen nearly everywhere we look.

Photo by Bindaas Madhavi, Flickr.

Intellectual Curiosity and Confidence Help Children Take on Math and Reading

Wed, Dec 19, 2018

Children’s personalities may influence how they perform in math and reading, according to a study by psychology researchers at The University of Texas at Austin.

Quimberly Jasso

Prominent Foreign Affairs Fellowship Awarded to Liberal Arts Student

Fri, Dec 14, 2018

Quimberly Jasso, an international relations and global studies senior at The University of Texas at Austin, has received a 2019 Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship, which is funded by the United States Department of State. The fellowship will help Jasso pursue her graduate education of a Master of Arts in International Affairs, with a focus on East Asian and security studies.

From left, Peter Stone, Kenneth Young and Venkat Ganesan.

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.