College of Liberal Arts

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Short Words Predict Academic Success

Thu, Jan 8, 2015

The smallest, most forgettable words in admissions essays can tell us in advance how students will perform in college, a new study by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin reveals.


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Digital Storytelling Seminar Gives Students a Shot at Filmmaking, Applications Now Open

Tue, Jan 6, 2015

Created in the spring of 2014, the Digital Storytelling Seminar provides the opportunity for 30 Liberal Arts undergraduates to relive and retell some of their most epic, real, tragic and ecstatic college moments.


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Julianne Gilland to Lead Benson Latin American Collection

Tue, Dec 16, 2014

The Benson’s curator of two years will step into the chief leadership role at the collection while continuing her special collections work.


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Government's Zach Elkins Revamps Project with Google

Mon, Dec 15, 2014

Those who write (and re-write) national constitutions naturally learn and draw from the work of other drafters. Constitute, a website that digitizes and indexes the world’s constitutions which Google Ideas launched in 2013 with the Comparative Constitutions Project, has made this process even easier.


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15 Minute History Named Best Podcast of 2014

Wed, Dec 10, 2014

iTunes U has selected 15 Minute History, produced by the University of Texas at Austin’s Department of History, as one of the Best Podcasts of 2014.


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Brain Specimens were Disposed of by Environmental Workers in 2002

Wed, Dec 3, 2014

A preliminary university investigation has revealed that UT environmental health and safety officials disposed of multiple brain specimens in approximately 2002 in accordance with protocols concerning biological waste.


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Plan II, NROTC Student Receives British Marshall Scholarship

Tue, Dec 2, 2014

Mark Jbeily, a Plan II Honors and Naval ROTC senior at The University of Texas at Austin, has been named a 2015 British Marshall Scholar.


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Army ROTC Program Named Battalion of the Year, Advances in Brigade Ranger Challenge

Tue, Nov 25, 2014

The Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program at The University of Texas at Austin has been named Best ROTC Program in the region.


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Writing Symposium Brings Acclaimed Authors to UT Austin Campus

Mon, Nov 24, 2014

The Ethnic & Third World Literatures specialization at UT Austin has organized a landmark symposium featuring five of the most powerful, popular and innovative writers in contemporary African literature.


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Plan II Student Awarded 2015 Rhodes Scholarship

Mon, Nov 24, 2014

University of Texas at Austin student Sai Gourisankar, a Plan II and chemical engineering senior, has been awarded a 2015 Rhodes Scholarship, one of the most distinguished graduate scholarships in the world. He becomes the 30th UT Austin student to receive the award and the second this year.


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For Women, Job Authority Adds to Depression Symptoms

Thu, Nov 20, 2014

Job authority increases symptoms of depression among women, but decreases them among men, according to a new study from University of Texas at Austin sociologist Tetyana Pudrovska.


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Garza Maps His Future with GIS Internship

Thu, Nov 20, 2014

As a kid growing up in San Antonio, Nathan Garza spent a lot of time hiking trails. His home Boy Scout troop organized and led the Mission Trail Hike for years. Scouts from all over San Antonio and the surrounding areas would gather at Mission Espada and begin their two-day hike to the Alamo. At the end of his first trip, Garza was rewarded with the Mission Trail Hike patch. Little did he know that years later he would become even more familiar with their paths.


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LLILAS Benson Showcases Photography of Student Researchers

Wed, Nov 12, 2014

Dark clouds gathered in the late afternoon sky in anticipation of the last storm of the summer. Inside, a DJ set the needle down on the 45-rpm version of a Jorge Ben classic just as the rain began to fall. Flecked by the light of a disco ball on the circulation desk, a convivial crowd had gathered to chat, snack, and enjoy the fact that it was almost Friday. The occasion was Field Notes, the fifth annual LLILAS Benson student photography exhibit and competition, held in the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection on the third Thursday in September.


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Psychology Study Finds Brothers in Arms 'Bond Like Family'

Tue, Nov 11, 2014

A survey of Libyan revolutionaries during the 2011 conflict showed that those who served on the front lines were as strongly bonded with each other as with their own families, according to a study co-authored by William Swann, professor of psychology at The University of Texas at Austin.


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Riveted: LaToya Ruby Frazier Challenges Representational and Environmental Racism

Fri, Nov 7, 2014

Award-winning artist LaToya Ruby Frazier’s exhibition, “Riveted,” will be on view from Nov. 7 through Dec. 6 at the Visual Arts Center at UT Austin.


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UT Anthropologist Helps Team Unlock Ancient Mammal Mystery

Thu, Nov 6, 2014

A UT anthropologist and a team of international researchers have announced the discovery of a new, relatively massive fossil mammal that lived among the dinosaurs more than 66 million years ago.


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Bar-Adon Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Wed, Nov 5, 2014

The Council for Hebrew Language and Culture in North America honored Professor Aaron Bar-Adon with a Lifetime Achievement Award at its second annual conference on Nov. 3, 2014, in Newark, New Jersey.


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Executive Session: Q&A with Student Body President Kori Rady

Wed, Oct 29, 2014

The College of Liberal Arts is no stranger to student body presidents—in the past 20 years, only two presidents of the University of Texas Student Government weren’t students in the college. UTSG’s 2014-15 president is Kornel “Kori” Rady, a government and corporate communication major from Houston, Texas. In the following Q&A, Kori talks about his policy agenda, campaign hardships and the “liberal arts factor.”


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Bringing the Humanities and STEM Together to Help Save America’s Crumbling Infrastructure

Tue, Oct 28, 2014

As students begin to contemplate which classes to take during the spring semester, many will ask themselves what’s the point of a liberal arts education? Why study history, literature, philosophy and “soft” sciences like sociology and psychology when science, technology, engineering and math seem to dominate our futures?


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UT Austin Joins $17 Million National Initiative to Combat Traumatic Brain Injury

Wed, Oct 1, 2014

The Department of Defense has awarded $17 million to 11 U.S. public and private institutions — including The University of Texas at Austin — to support advances in traumatic brain injury research.