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Headliners: Liberal Arts in the News

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what jane sawLast month, the college garnered 40 news stories on a broad range of important topics, including the future of Hispanic health and identity in the United States, genocide in Guatemala, and the long-term health effects of ADHD.   

The newly launched “What Jane Saw” website was featured in a May 24 New York Times story. The online art gallery, created by Janine Barchas (English), is an online reconstruction of a famous art exhibit visited by novelist Jane Austen on May 24, 1813. The website amassed more than 30,000 visitors the week after its debut.

  • Hans Boas’ (Linguistics) research on the rapidly fading Texas German dialect was featured on NPR May 19 and on the BBC May 15. The BBC story was the most-watched and shared online story of the day. It was shared more than 13,000 times on Facebook and Twitter, and watched more than 300,000 times.
  • H.W. Brands’ (History) research on Franklin Roosevelt was featured in a May 11 C-Span story.
  • TIME tapped Kate Brooks’ (Liberal Arts Career Services) expertise for a May 21 story titled “What Graduation Speeches Should Say but Don’t."
  • Virginia Garrard Burnett (History) shared commentary on Guatemala’s history of genocide and injustice in a May 20 CNN News Radio story.
  • Robert Hummer’s (Sociology/Population Research Center) research on Mexican-American health and mortality was featured in a May 18 New York Times story titled “The Health Toll of Immigration.”
  • Art Markman (Psychology) shared insight into the personality traits that predispose people to creative thinking in a May 14 Fast Company story.
  • Discovery News featured James Pennebaker’s (Psychology) new classroom technology platform in a May 6 story titled “Discussion Stuck? Virtual Mediator Aims to Help.”
  • Juan Salinas (Psychology) discussed the link between obesity and ADHD in a May 20 Scientific American story.
  • Steve Trejo’s (Economics) research was featured in a May 6 Reuters story about the future of Hispanic identity in the United States.

hans boasFaculty Spotlight: Hans Boas

Hans Boas’ (Linguistics) research on the rapidly fading Texas German dialect was featured on NPR May 19 and on the BBC May 15. The BBC story was the most-watched and shared online story of the day. It was shared more than 13,000 times on Facebook and Twitter, and watched more than 300,000 times. Go to Life & Letters for more about his Texas German Dialect Project.