College of Liberal Arts

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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.”


Romo Silkscreens on Display in College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Suite

Wed, Aug 27, 2014

Seven vibrant silkscreens from the Benson Latin American Collection will be on display over the next several years in the Dean’s Office of the College of Liberal Arts, located on the third floor of the Gebauer Building.


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.


Psychology Graduate Student Awarded Grant to Research Parkinson's Disease

Tue, Jul 29, 2014

Elizabeth Smith, a psychology graduate student at The University of Texas at Austin, has been awarded a Summer Student Fellowship from the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) to study medical interventions for Parkinson’s disease.

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.

Texas Collection of Comedias Sueltas and Spanish Theater Available for Research and in Online Database

Thu, Jun 26, 2014

The Texas Collection of Comedias Sueltas and Spanish Theater is available for research at the Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin. Individual records for each suelta are also available in an online database, providing extensive information about the collection.

History Alumnus Eli Wallach Dies at 98

Wed, Jun 25, 2014

History alumnus (BA, '36) and actor Eli Wallach died Tuesday in New York City at age 98.

Study Shows Jim Crow-Era Segregation Persists in Texas Schools

Tue, Jun 17, 2014

A first-of-its-kind study from researchers in the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin shows that, in addition to being isolated by race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status, English language learners in Texas schools also are separated by language, suffering what has been termed “triple segregation.”

$1.5 Million Gift to Support Religious Studies Initiatives at UT Austin

Wed, Jun 11, 2014

A $1.5 million gift from the Foundation for Biblical Studies will support graduate students and faculty research in the study of Christian origins and related fields at The University of Texas at Austin.

Three Liberal Arts Professors Receive Prestigious Fellowships

Fri, Jun 6, 2014

Three professors in the College of Liberal Arts have received prestigious fellowships for the 2014-15 academic year:

Six COLA Graduate Fellows Awarded Five Years of Research Funding

Fri, Jun 6, 2014

Six doctoral students in the College of Liberal Arts have been named COLA Graduate Fellows, a program that offers five years of competitive funding to help students undertake their studies.

Policy Report Shows Austin's the Only Fast-Growing City in the Nation Losing African-Americans

Mon, Jun 2, 2014

Among the ten fastest growing cities in the United States, Austin was the only one to experience a decline in its African American population between 2000 and 2010, according to a new policy report from the Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis (IUPRA) at The University of Texas at Austin.

Two Liberal Arts Professors Named to Academy of Distinguished Teachers at UT Austin

Thu, May 1, 2014

Douglas Bruster, professor of English, and Samuel Gosling, professor of psychology, are two of the six UT Austin faculty members who have been named to the university's respected Academy of Distinguished Teachers for 2014.

UT Austin Faculty Use New Tool to Drive Public Debate Through the Media

Thu, May 1, 2014

University of Texas at Austin professors and thought leaders are weighing in on key public policy debates and helping expand public understanding of complex issues through a new, wire-style news service that offers faculty-written columns, op-eds and analyses to news outlets across the state and country.

Three UT Austin History Graduate Students Awarded Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships

Thu, May 1, 2014

The American Council of Learned Societies has awarded three UT Austin history scholars with a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship for the 2014- 2015 academic year.

Psychology Professor Named 2014 William T. Grant Foundation Scholar

Thu, Apr 24, 2014

David Yeager, assistant professor of psychology at The University of Texas at Austin, has been selected as a William T. Grant Foundation Scholar for his research on the effects of social-psychological interventions across various social settings.

Department of American Studies Receives $100K Endowment to Support Food Studies Research

Tue, Mar 18, 2014

The Dallas Chapter of Les Dames D'Escoffier (LDEI) has awarded UT Austin’s Department of American Studies a $100,000 Presidential Fellowship to support graduate research in Texas, women and food culture.

Sociology Chair Christine Williams Receives 2014 Jessie Bernard Award

Wed, Mar 5, 2014

Christine Williams, professor and department chair of sociology, has been selected to receive the 2014 Jessie Bernard Award from the American Sociological Association.