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UT Study Measures Impact of Removing Planned Parenthood from Texas Women’s Health Program

Thu, Feb 4, 2016

The public defunding of Planned Parenthood in Texas may have led to a decrease in highly effective forms of contraceptive services and an increase in Medicaid-paid childbirths among women who previously used injectable contraception, according to a peer-reviewed study by University of Texas at Austin researchers.


Photo by Joan Neuberger.

Digital Teaching: Taking U.S. History Online

Fri, Jan 22, 2016

Every year thousands of students take introductory courses in U.S. History at UT Austin. This spring History proffesor Jeremi Suri is experimenting with an online version of the U.S. History since 1865 survey course. He and his teaching assistants, Cali Slair, Carl Forsberg, Shery Chanis, and Emily Whalen will blog about the experience of digital teaching for readers of Not Even Past.


Courtesy Runyon Photograph Collection, RUN01308, The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

UT Scholar Tells the Story of Texas’ Violent Past on the Mexico-Texas Border

Thu, Jan 21, 2016

Photos and artifacts from one of the most violent decades in Texas history — a period often glossed over or forgotten — will be on display in a new exhibition at the Bullock Texas State History Museum that is the culmination of a University of Texas at Austin research initiative.


Photo by Marsha Miller

James Pennebaker to Oversee Educational Innovation at UT Austin

Wed, Jan 20, 2016

President Gregory L. Fenves has appointed Psychology Professor James Pennebaker as the Executive Director of Project 2021 and Special Advisor to the Provost for Educational Innovation at The University of Texas at Austin


A volunteer conducts German-language lessons for migrants inside an improvised shelter at a sports hall in Hanau, Germany. Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Generations Later, Language Continues to Isolate Immigrant Communities

Mon, Jan 11, 2016

The way second- and third-generation immigrants learn a language may spell trouble early on in school and further isolate them from society, according to a Germanic studies researcher at The University of Texas at Austin.


Photo by Marsha Miller

Recognizing Great Teaching at UT

Thu, Jan 7, 2016

Each year, the President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Awards recognize great teaching of undergraduates in the core curriculum at The University of Texas at Austin


Photo by cybrarian77, Flickr.

Genetic Potential for Intelligence Adversely Affected by Social Class in U.S. only

Fri, Dec 18, 2015

Genetic influence on intelligence varies according to people’s social class in the United States, but not in Western Europe or Australia, according to a psychology study at The University of Texas at Austin.


DiGiovanni and a SportLocker collaborator.

Economics Student Takes the Road Less Traveled to Campus

Fri, Dec 18, 2015

Tyler DiGiovanni, an economics senior with a Spanish minor, isn’t your typical undergraduate student.


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Which-Hunting and the Hegemony of Style Guides

Fri, Dec 18, 2015

A new study reveals just how strong the influence of mass-market books promoting a certain style of writing have had on authors since they were first published in the late 1950s.


Photo by Larry D. Moore (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Post Legislative Policy Review by the Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis

Wed, Dec 16, 2015

Recent legislation to address education and justice issues that disproportionately affect Texans of color could have been better crafted to serve all Texans, according to two policy reports released by the Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis (IUPRA) at The University of Texas at Austin.


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UT Austin Professor Launches Time-Travel Portal To 18th-Century Shakespeare Gallery

Wed, Dec 16, 2015

The first museum dedicated to William Shakespeare reopened today, more than two centuries after shutting its doors. The Shakespeare Gallery has been digitally reconstructed by The University of Texas at Austin — just as it looked in 1796, when novelist Jane Austen took lodging around the corner while visiting London’s sites.


Photo by Charamelody, Flickr.

Ostracized Children Use Imitation To Fit In, Study Finds

Tue, Dec 15, 2015

The threat of ostracism influences children to imitate group behaviors as a means of re-affiliating, according to psychologists at The University of Texas at Austin.


The drafters and their signed product. Credit: Mixtape Club

Can (and should) we write a Constitution on Google Docs?

Mon, Dec 14, 2015

Modern constitution makers look to information technologies such as Google Docs to help them through what sometimes seems to be an Herculean task.


The fragment’s front side reads John 1.49-2.1, the final portion of the calling of Nathaniel and the beginning of the Wedding at Cana. Photo by Geoffrey Smith.

Early Christianity Scholar Discovers Ancient Papyrus Fragment on eBay

Mon, Nov 30, 2015

A fourth-century papyrus fragment of the Gospel of John, one of about 130 Greek New Testament papyri known to survive today, made its serendipitous debut in an online auction earlier this year — with a starting bid of less than $100.


Dean Randy L. Diehl

Statement from Dean Randy L. Diehl Regarding Nov. 13 On-Campus Incident

Mon, Nov 23, 2015

Amidst the current controversy concerning the disruption of an academic lecture sponsored by the Institute for Israel Studies, I want to reiterate my deep admiration for the work of Professor Ami Pedahzur and the Institute for Israel Studies in conducting courses and public programming that represent the highest standard of academic discourse and dispassionate reasoning and research on a controversial subject of enormous importance.


Photo by Gage Skidmore

Trump and Cruz Tied in University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll

Thu, Nov 12, 2015

Equal numbers of Republican primary voters in Texas chose U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump as their first choice to be the Republican presidential nominee in the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune statewide poll.


Illustrations by Caitlin Alexander

Spark Your Interests: Five Liberal Arts Classes That Ignite Critical Thinking

Wed, Nov 11, 2015

It’s not uncommon for the College of Liberal Arts to break the Registrar’s website. Not on purpose — the interdisciplinary nature of the courses offered in liberal arts do not always mesh well with a system that was designed around rigid department codes.


Navy ROTC members in 1943

Navy ROTC Celebrates 75 Years

Tue, Nov 10, 2015

The year was 1940: Europe was in its second year of war, and Japan was continuing its nearly 10-year expansion into Pacific Rim countries, especially China. The United States was able to stay away from the fray, but the summer would bring disturbing developments that would put the U.S. on high alert.