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Headliners: Liberal Arts in the News

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Posted Oct. 18, 2013

By Jessica Sinn

Last month, the college garnered 75 news stories on a broad range of important topics, including new discoveries about human ancestry, the 2014 Texas gubernatorial election, and helping countries around the world build sustainable constitutions. Go to this website for the full list of clips.

Media highlights from September included these top liberal arts scholars:

Zachary Elkins’ (Government) newly created website “Constitute,” which lets constitution drafters and scholars compare founding documents from 160 countries, was featured in TIME and on CNN on Sept. 24.

A new study by Chris Kirk and Gabbrielle Russo (Anthropology), which revealed that a hole in the skull is linked to upright, two-legged walking, was featured in National Geographic and Slate on Sept. 28.

The Wall Street Journal tapped Néstor Rodríguez’s (Sociology/Population Research Center) expertise for a Sept. 9 article about the rising number of people caught illegally entering the United States.

Oliver Coibion (Economics) was quoted in a Sept. 20 Businessweek article titled “Sacre Bleu! The U.S. Economy is Turning European.”

David Buss (Psychology) was quoted in a Sept. 16 Telegraph article titled “The Ugly, Unfair Truth about Looking Beautiful.”

James Henson (Government/Liberal Arts Instructional Technology Services) shared commentary about Wendy Davis’ bid for Texas Governor in a Sept. 26 New York Times article.

Faculty Member Spotlight: John Hoberman

4e1e58055cae469998eb0c5a60740887In anticipation of the new Dell Medical School, John Hoberman (Germanic Studies) published an op-ed in the Austin American-Statesman about designing a new medical school curriculum that will bridge racial health disparities.  Read the full article here. He discussed this topic last month at a national College of Liberal Arts-sponsored conference titled “Addressing Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities: Best Practices for Clinical Care and Medical Education in the 21st Century.” Go to this website for more details.