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Students Make an Impact with 2015 Summer Internships

Thu, Aug 27, 2015

This summer, liberal arts students took to professional settings with internships that helped sharpen their skills and develop their roles as employees.

President Gregory Fenves opened the Learning Commons in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on August 25.

UT Libraries, Liberal Arts Opens New Learning Center

Wed, Aug 26, 2015

The Learning Commons in the Perry-Castañeda Library opened this fall semester, creating a cross-campus collaborative space to support developments in student learning styles and needs at The University of Texas at Austin.

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Nations’ Policies Affect Mothers’ Ability to Balance Work-Family Life, Study Shows

Tue, Aug 25, 2015

Various Western nations’ work-family policies leave many working mothers feeling unsupported as both caretakers and workers, according to a comparative study of working mothers in multiple countries by The University of Texas at Austin.


Genders Differ Dramatically in Evolved Mate Preferences

Thu, Aug 6, 2015

Men’s and women’s ideas of the perfect mate differ significantly due to evolutionary pressures, according to a cross-cultural study on multiple mate preferences by psychologists at The University of Texas at Austin.


NEH Grant Will Transform Study of Early Books

Tue, Aug 4, 2015

A National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant will make many of the first books printed in the Americas available for the first time in digital full-text format, thanks to innovations in optical character recognition (OCR) technology.


Hormones Influence Unethical Behavior

Tue, Jul 28, 2015

Hormones play a two-part role in encouraging and reinforcing cheating and other unethical behavior, according to research from Harvard University and The University of Texas at Austin.


Selective Imitation Shows Children are Flexible Social Learners, Study Finds

Mon, Jul 27, 2015

Psychologists at The University of Texas at Austin found that children flexibly choose when to imitate and when to innovate the behavior of others, demonstrating that children are precocious social learners.


Obama Will Name UT Austin’s Sandra Black to Council of Economic Advisers

Fri, Jul 24, 2015

President Barack Obama intends to nominate University of Texas at Austin economics Professor Sandra E. Black to join the three-member White House Council of Economic Advisers (CEA).

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"Very Light" Smoking Popular Among Young Adult Women, Study Finds

Mon, Jul 20, 2015

“Very light” smoking, defined as five or fewer cigarettes per day, is common among young adult women in the United States, according to researchers at The University of Texas at Austin.


UT Austin Psychologist Recognized Nationally for Distinguished Contributions

Thu, Jul 16, 2015

Psychology professor Cristine Legare will receive the American Psychological Association's 2016 Boyd McCandless Award for her significant and continued contributions to the field of developmental psychology.

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Opinion: The Black Church Must Confront Its Internal Attackers

Thu, Jul 16, 2015

The murders at the Emmanuel AME Church in South Carolina and the series of arson attacks on black churches across the South have reignited questions about why black churches are targets for those seeking to demonstrate their anger.


Liberal Arts Faculty Members Honored with UT System Outstanding Teaching Awards

Mon, Jul 13, 2015

Two faculty members from The University of Texas at Austin College of Liberal Arts were chosen to receive 2015 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System.

UT Austin President Gregory L. Fenves and UT System Chancellor William H. McRaven welcomed top Mexican officials to campus Thursday to sign an agreement that will expand scholarly exchange.

Mexico and The University of Texas Expand Scholarly Exchange

Fri, Jul 10, 2015

The University of Texas at Austin and the government of Mexico have renewed and expanded an agreement that will deepen academic relations between the two. UT Austin President Gregory L. Fenves and UT System Chancellor William H. McRaven welcomed top Mexican officials to campus Thursday to sign the agreement.


Liberal Arts Faculty Garner Sustainability Awards

Mon, Jul 6, 2015

Five faculty members from the College of Liberal Arts won 2014-15 Sustainability Course Development and PLUS Awards that will support new sustainability courses or course conversions to a Peer-Led Undergraduate Studying (PLUS) model.

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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.