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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.


College Honors Outstanding Teaching

Fri, May 8, 2015

The College of Liberal Arts has recognized 12 faculty members for the 2014-15 academic year who exemplify outstanding teaching and a commitment to excellence.


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.


Undergraduate Research Week: Liberal Arts Students Present the Evidence

Thu, Apr 23, 2015

The fields of study within the College of Liberal Arts are vast, and the number of topics that merit in-depth investigation are seemingly endless.


Honors Day 2015: Q&A's with 3 Liberal Arts Honorees

Wed, Apr 15, 2015

More than 1,000 liberal arts students are being recognized this Saturday in a UT Austin tradition that began in 1948.


With Liberty and Justice for All: Liberal Arts Student Interns with Nonprofit Law Firm

Fri, Apr 10, 2015

Valentina Gudiño is an anthropology and international relations & global studies senior who was born in Cabimas, Venezuela and grew up in Houston, Texas. This semester, she’s working 10 hours per week as an intern at the Equal Justice Center.


Information Researchers to Create Digital Archives from Central Lunatic Asylum for Colored Insane

Thu, Apr 9, 2015

King Davis (Mike Hogg Professor Emeritus in Liberal Arts, professor at the School of Information and in the African & African Diaspora Studies department) and two other faculty members at The University of Texas at Austin’s School of Information have received a grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation to develop and field test a digital infrastructure for preserving and managing the historical public records from the Central Lunatic Asylum for Colored Insane in Petersburg, Virginia.


Shakespeare Brand Identified in His First Poems

Thu, Apr 2, 2015

A printer’s ornament on the title pages of William Shakespeare's earliest works suggests that from an early stage in his career, the poet received significant support in fashioning a unique bran


A New Look at Language Delay in Children With Autism

Thu, Apr 2, 2015

A new study by a linguistics professor and an alumnus from The University of Texas at Austin sheds light on a well-known linguistic characteristic of autistic children — their reluctance to use pronouns — paving the way for more accurate diagnostics.