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Hormones Influence Unethical Behavior

Tue, Jul 28, 2015

Hormones play a two-part role in encouraging and reinforcing cheating and other unethical behavior, according to research from Harvard University and The University of Texas at Austin.


Selective Imitation Shows Children are Flexible Social Learners, Study Finds

Mon, Jul 27, 2015

Psychologists at The University of Texas at Austin found that children flexibly choose when to imitate and when to innovate the behavior of others, demonstrating that children are precocious social learners.


Obama Will Name UT Austin’s Sandra Black to Council of Economic Advisers

Fri, Jul 24, 2015

President Barack Obama intends to nominate University of Texas at Austin economics Professor Sandra E. Black to join the three-member White House Council of Economic Advisers (CEA).

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"Very Light" Smoking Popular Among Young Adult Women, Study Finds

Mon, Jul 20, 2015

“Very light” smoking, defined as five or fewer cigarettes per day, is common among young adult women in the United States, according to researchers at The University of Texas at Austin.


UT Austin Psychologist Recognized Nationally for Distinguished Contributions

Thu, Jul 16, 2015

Psychology professor Cristine Legare will receive the American Psychological Association's 2016 Boyd McCandless Award for her significant and continued contributions to the field of developmental psychology.

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Opinion: The Black Church Must Confront Its Internal Attackers

Thu, Jul 16, 2015

The murders at the Emmanuel AME Church in South Carolina and the series of arson attacks on black churches across the South have reignited questions about why black churches are targets for those seeking to demonstrate their anger.


Liberal Arts Faculty Members Honored with UT System Outstanding Teaching Awards

Mon, Jul 13, 2015

Two faculty members from The University of Texas at Austin College of Liberal Arts were chosen to receive 2015 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System.

UT Austin President Gregory L. Fenves and UT System Chancellor William H. McRaven welcomed top Mexican officials to campus Thursday to sign an agreement that will expand scholarly exchange.

Mexico and The University of Texas Expand Scholarly Exchange

Fri, Jul 10, 2015

The University of Texas at Austin and the government of Mexico have renewed and expanded an agreement that will deepen academic relations between the two. UT Austin President Gregory L. Fenves and UT System Chancellor William H. McRaven welcomed top Mexican officials to campus Thursday to sign the agreement.


Liberal Arts Faculty Garner Sustainability Awards

Mon, Jul 6, 2015

Five faculty members from the College of Liberal Arts won 2014-15 Sustainability Course Development and PLUS Awards that will support new sustainability courses or course conversions to a Peer-Led Undergraduate Studying (PLUS) model.

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Exposing the underbelly of Austin’s economic segregation

Wed, Jun 24, 2015

Austin conjures two parallel images in America’s popular imagination: Glowing descriptions of a “cool,” fast-growing city for the “young and creative” known for internationally famous musical events and Formula One racing compete with portrayals of increasing socioeconomic inequality and residential class, racial and ethnic segregation.


Cruz’s Lead Widens, Clinton Stays Strong in UT/Texas Tribune Poll

Mon, Jun 22, 2015

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton remain front-runners among Republican and Democratic primary voters in Texas, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.


Study Links Heartbeat to Female Libido

Fri, Jun 19, 2015

Sexual dysfunction in women can be linked to low resting heart rate variability, a finding that could help clinicians treat the condition, according to a study by psychologists from The University of Texas at Austin.

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Upcoding Inflates Medicare Costs in Excess of $2 Billion Annually

Thu, Jun 18, 2015

Medicare, which is already the costliest public health insurance program in the world, is costing taxpayers an excess of $2 billion annually because of a practice called “upcoding” in private Medicare Advantage plans, according to research by an economist at The University of Texas at Austin.

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Improving Race Relations in an Era of Police Brutality

Thu, Jun 18, 2015

As Texas and the rest of the nation celebrate the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth — when enslaved Africans in Texas were notified that the Civil War had ended and they were free — we should take this opportunity to reflect on current race relations in Texas and the nation.

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What the FIFA Scandal Can Teach Us About World Sport and Global Governance

Tue, Jun 16, 2015

The sensational bribing scandal and the fall from power of former FIFA president Joseph (Sepp) Blatter has amazed the world. Following the implosion of FIFA’s ruling circle have come the demands for reform. But who has the lawful authority and the political traction to reshape a globe-girdling sports federation whose executives enjoy an autonomy comparable with that of the pope in the Vatican?


The Criminal Justice System is a Massive Failure. Here’s a Solution

Tue, Jun 2, 2015

Contrary to logic, intuition and common sense, the hard fact is that punishment does not reduce criminal offending.

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Unlearning Social Biases While We Sleep

Fri, May 29, 2015

Can we learn to rid ourselves of our implicit biases regarding race and gender? A new study lead by a postdoctoral fellow at The University of Texas at Austin indicates that sleep may hold an important key to success in such efforts.


Ancient DNA May Provide Clues into How Past Environments Affected Ancient Populations

Thu, May 28, 2015

A new study by anthropologists from The University of Texas at Austin shows for the first time that epigenetic marks on DNA can be detected in a large number of ancient human remains, which may lead to further understanding about the effects of famine and disease in the ancient world.


Liberal Arts Council Nets Award for Best Academic Organization

Thu, May 28, 2015

Liberal Arts Council was named the Best Academic/Departmental Organization on campus this year by the Texas Leadership and Ethics Institute (LEI).

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Mobile Phone Bans Lead to Rise in Student Test Scores

Mon, May 18, 2015

Banning cellphones in schools reaps the same benefits as extending the school year by five days, according to a study co-authored by an economist at The University of Texas at Austin.


Course on Philanthropy Pays Off

Fri, May 15, 2015

This semester a class of UT Austin freshmen were given the responsibility of deciding how to donate $85,000 to charity.


University of Texas Welcomes Texas State Historical Association Back Home to Austin

Wed, May 13, 2015

The University of Texas at Austin is welcoming the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) back to campus, where it was founded and operated for 108 years, to support the teaching and preservation of Texas history.


Statewide Survey Evaluates Accessibility of Reproductive Health Care in Texas

Wed, May 13, 2015

A survey by the Texas Policy Evaluation Project suggests Texas women face significant barriers accessing family planning services.


Field of Dreams

Larry Carver’s Got a Marshall on First, a Truman on Second and a Rhodes on Third

Wed, May 6, 2015

It’s been more than 20 years since Larry Carver began working with UT Austin students applying for the nation’s most prestigious graduate school fellowships, and he can still tell you the names of all the nominees from memory.