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Dean's Alumni Newsletter: September 2005

Photo: Richard Lariviere

Dear Friends,

As we start a new academic year filled with hope and excitement the University of Texas community also is mourning with our friends who lost so much to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. To help students in need, the university has opened its doors to Texas residents or graduates who were planning to attend colleges or universities in the affected area. As of this writing we have received more than 200 students from New Orleans who are now attending classes here at UT. The university also will provide facilities for faculty members displaced by the tragedy. More details of this initiative can be found on the university's homepage.

In Liberal Arts, faculty and staff members have been welcoming roughly 1,700 freshman who are starting the new semester. We participated in "Gone to Texas" on August 30 and it was, as in past years, a fun and smashing success. The year is off to a good start and we look forward to discovering more about the outstanding talents of our new students.

I hope you enjoy the following update about our most recent honors, events and news and that you will visit our homepage often to stay involved in the life of the college.


Dr. Marianella Casasola (MA, PhD, Psychology '95, '00) was awarded a 2004 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers by the White House. This is the nation's highest honor for professionals at the outset of their independent research careers.

Dr. Jose L. Galvan (BA, English '70; MA, Applied Linguistics '72; PhD, Psycholinguistics '80) was appointed dean of Graduate Studies and Research at California State University, Los Angeles in July 2005.

Randi Shade (Plan II Honors '88) was awarded the 2005 TxEntre Entrepreneurs Award by the School of Management and Business at St. Edward's University. Shade is executive director of the Austin Entrepreneurs Foundation and founder of CharityGift, an Internet giving company.

Dr. Catherine Boone (Government) won the Mattei Dogan Prize from the Society for Comparative Research for her book Political Topographies of the African State (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2003)

Dr. Kim Fromme (Psychology) was elected president of Division 50 (Addictions) of the American Psychological Association, serving as president-elect this year and president for 2006-2007. She was also elected to the Board of Directors for the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) for a 4-year term (2005-2009).

Dr. Robert Helmreich (Psychology) was awarded the 2005 Public Interest in Anesthesia Award by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists for his contributions to improving the safety of the practice of medicine.

Dr. Joanna Brooks (English) was awarded a William Sanders Scarborough Prize for her book, American Lazarus: Religion and the Rise of African-American and Native American Literatures.


A free public lecture sponsored by the Religious Studies Program entitled "Islam and the West: Issues in Conflict and Democracy" will take place on September 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Art Building.

The South Asia Institute, in collaboration with the Texas Union, will present a lecture and performance of Tibetan music titled "Change and Continuity in Tibetan Culture: Nomadic Life and Musical Performance," on September 19 in celebration of the visit of the Dalai Lama. Events will be held at 2:00, 4:00 and 7:00 p.m.

The Dalai Lama will deliver a public talk at the university on Tuesday, September 20. A limited number of tickets will be available to the public starting on September 6. For more information, visit the Texas Union website.

The Science, Technology and Society Program (STS) will host the STS Civic Forum on the Societal Implications of Nanotechnology on October 1 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission is free to the public.


The spring issue of the College of Liberal Arts alumni magazine, Life & Letters, is now available on the college web in the alumni section.


Dr. Bruce Buchanan (Government) was quoted in The Boston Globe, The Houston Chronicle and Reuters and interviewed by NBC Nightly News about John Roberts' nomination to the Supreme Court. He also was quoted by the Associated Press, Chicago Sun Times and the Christian Science Monitor about suspicions that White House deputy chief of staff Karl Rove leaked confidential information.

Dr. Dennis McFadden (Psychology) was quoted in Psychology Today regarding the physiology of individuals with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder.

Dr. James Henson (Liberal Arts Instructional Technology Services) was quoted in the Austin American Statesman about the university's new online textbook Texas Politics.

Dr. Aletha Huston (Psychology) was quoted in Parenting Magazine in an article about working moms and kid's development.

Dr. Anthony Woodbury (Linguistics) was quoted by USA Today about preserving ancient languages.

Dr. Sam Gosling (Psychology) was quoted in Psychology Today regarding what a person's desk says about his/her personality.

Dr. Thomas Palaima (Government) wrote an op-ed for the Austin American Statesman about seeing our own truths in war.


The support of alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the college allow us to recruit outstanding faculty members and provide the best programs for our students. You can learn more about how to make a gift to the College of Liberal Arts on the college giving page.