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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?


UT Austin Anthropologist Leads International Feminist Research Seminar

Mon, Sep 29, 2014

Kim TallBear, associate professor of anthropology at The University of Texas at Austin, and Laura Foster, assistant professor of gender studies at Indiana University, will lead an international meeting on feminism, science and technology Oct. 2-5 at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Research and Gender (IRWG).


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.


Two Students Awarded 2014-15 Larry Temple Scholarship

Thu, Sep 18, 2014

The Larry Temple Selection Committee has awarded two Liberal Arts students one of the college’s most elite scholarships.


Meet the President: Q&A with Liberal Arts Council's Rachel Osterloh

Wed, Sep 17, 2014

Rachel Osterloh, a philosophy and government junior from Boise, Idaho, has stepped into the Liberal Arts Council's main leadership role this year.


Poverty-Obesity Link is More Prevalent for Women Than Men, Study Shows

Mon, Sep 15, 2014

Adolescent girls living in economically disadvantaged families are more likely than their male counterparts to become overweight or obese, according to new research from The University of Texas at Austin.


Austin Chronicle Names ‘The End of Austin’ One of the Best Publications in 2014

Fri, Sep 12, 2014

The End of Austin, a digital humanities project that documents the local and national dialogue about Austin’s changing culture and landscape, made the Austin Chronicle’s list of “2014’s Best Publications.” Among the listing of top rankings, The End of Austin was named "Best Place to Rise Above the Old Austin vs. New Austin Fray."


Psychology Professor Awarded DKR Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease

Thu, Sep 11, 2014

Marie Monfils, associate professor of psychology at The University of Texas at Austin, has been awarded a research grant from the Darrell K Royal (DKR) Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease.


New Groundbreaking Department to Focus on Latino, Mexican American Experience

Wed, Sep 10, 2014

The first-ever academic department in the U.S. to take a comprehensive look at the lives, cultures and histories of Mexican American and Latino populations has been established at The University of Texas at Austin.


UT Austin Op-Ed Project Boosts Editorial Diversity

Tue, Sep 9, 2014

This fall, The Op-Ed Project- Public Voices Thought Leadership Fellowship Program will come to the university to train women and under-represented scholars in editorial writing while also advancing them as thought leaders in their respective fields.


UTeach Summer Program Hones Skills for Teaching English Abroad

Fri, Sep 5, 2014

The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) summer course is providing students with internship opportunities in Querétaro, Mexico and Daegu, South Korea.


Geography Professor Wins Georgetown University's Professor of the Year Award

Wed, Sep 3, 2014

Timothy Beach, an award-winning professor who joined the Department of Geography and the Environment in fall 2014, received the 2014 Faculty of the Year award for teaching excellence by Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service.


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.


Liberal Arts Student Lands Summer Internship at U.S. Embassy in Madrid

Wed, Aug 27, 2014

Living and working in the capital of Spain for 10 weeks is one way Spanish majors can stay sharp over the summer.


English Professor’s Translation of ‘The Decameron’ Wins PEN Award

Wed, Aug 27, 2014

Wayne A. Rebhorn, the Celanese Centennial Professor of English at The University of Texas at Austin, has won the PEN Literary Award for a translation of Giovanni Boccaccio’s masterpiece “The Decameron.”


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


High School Students Experience University Life Through Summer Program

Thu, Aug 7, 2014

This summer, more than 65 high school students from around the country and across the globe made their way to The University of Texas at Austin to experience life on a college campus.


Ibuprofen Relieves Women’s Hurt Feelings, Not Men’s

Thu, Jul 31, 2014

For years, researchers have known that physical pain relievers such as ibuprofen can also help ease emotional pain, but new research suggests that ibuprofen has contrasting effects on men and women: Men who take the drug report harsher feelings of rejection, and women report feeling better.

The Texas Politics Project

Majority of Texas Voters Want Tighter Immigration Laws, UT/Texas Tribune Poll Shows

Tue, Jul 22, 2014

The current migrant crisis on the Texas border comes weeks after the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll found that many Texans believe immigration and border security are the two most important problems facing the state.


Nonprofit Partners for Languages in the United States Moves to UT Austin

Mon, Jun 30, 2014

The University of Texas at Austin is now home to Partners for Languages in the United States (PLUS), a nonprofit member-based organization designed to advance language education to the highest levels of professional proficiency.