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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Philosophy Professor Emeritus Receives Major Decoration from French Government

Mon, Nov 17, 2014

Professor Emeritus Norman M. Martin (philosophy and computer science) has received a singular recognition: the French government will be awarding him the title and decoration of Chevalier de l’Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur (Knight of the National order of the legion of honor) for his service during World War II.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.”


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?


Liberal Arts Welcomes Families to Campus

Wed, Oct 22, 2014

This weekend, students are getting a chance to answer the age-old question, “So, what’s going on at school?” in an illustrative way. The College of Liberal Arts is hosting a breakfast, open house and mini-class sessions for students and their families as a part of UT Austin’s Family Weekend 2014.


Mental Rest and Reflection Boost Learning, Study Suggests

Tue, Oct 21, 2014

new study, which may have implications for approaches to education, finds that brain mechanisms engaged when people allow their minds to rest and reflect on things they've learned before may boost later learning.


Leadership Program Aims to Bridge Political Ambition Gap

Mon, Oct 20, 2014

Women have come a long way since the mid-20th century. They’re surpassing men in college enrollment, in voting booths, and in the general U.S. population. Yet while women have been making great strides in the past few decades, they still have a long way to go in the political sphere.


Freshmen Learn the Basics in LA 101

Thu, Oct 16, 2014

Starting college is an overwhelming experience, but liberal arts students are getting an extended orientation with a specially developed course.


Vowel Power: Linguistic Analysis of the 2014 Race for Governor

Mon, Oct 13, 2014

As Texas prepares for this year’s gubernatorial elections, we at the Texas English Project wondered: What role does language play in this campaign?


Polish Economic Architect Hosts UT Austin Student in Warsaw

Tue, Oct 7, 2014

Studying abroad exposes liberal arts students to a variety of peoples and cultures, and in the case of Hector Cantu, it landed him 3 months as a research assistant at a Polish think tank led by a legendary economist.


Two UT Austin Professors Listed as Top Psychologists of Modern Era

Thu, Oct 2, 2014

Two University of Texas at Austin psychology professors, David Buss and James Pennebaker, are listed among the top 200 psychologists since World War II, according to a new study from the University of Virginia.


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.


TESOL Sends Students To South Korea, Mexico

Wed, Oct 1, 2014

The mission of UT's English as a Second Language Services program has remained the same ever since its inception in the 1960s: help The University of Texas at Austin change the world through exemplary ESL instruction and teacher training. Now, thanks to a recent partnership with UTeach in the College of Liberal Arts, ESL Services is empowering tomorrow's teachers in a whole new way, sending graduate and undergraduate students to South Korea, Mexico and Austin for hands-on internships this summer.


Explore UT's Caddo Collection

Tue, Sep 30, 2014

Many Texans know the Caddo Tribe gave the state its name—Tejas is the Spanish spelling of the Caddo word taysha, which means friend or ally. But did you know that The University of Texas at Austin’s Texas Archeological Lab (TARL) safeguards one of the most extensive Caddo collections in the world?


Depression Lowers When Teens Learn They Can Change, Study Shows

Wed, Sep 24, 2014

A low-cost, one-time intervention that educates teens about the changeable nature of personality traits may prevent depressive symptoms often seen during the transition to high school, according to new research from The University of Texas at Austin.


Psychology Professor Awarded NSF Grant to Study Children’s Scientific Reasoning

Wed, Sep 3, 2014

Cristine Legare, associate professor of psychology, has been awarded a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to examine the development of scientific reasoning.


Board of Regents Honors Four Liberal Arts Professors for Outstanding Teaching

Tue, Aug 12, 2014

Four liberal arts professors will receive the 2014 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards. They are among the 27 faculty award winners of the UT System Board of Regents’ highest teaching honor, which recognizes extraordinary educators from system institutions