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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).


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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."


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.”


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


Kevin Cokley Named New Director of Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis

Fri, May 30, 2014

Kevin Cokley, professor of counseling psychology in the College of Education, has been selected as the new director of the Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis (IUPRA), a non-partisan urban policy think tank at The University of Texas at Austin.


Middle Eastern Studies Professor Receives Honorary Doctorate from University of Chicago

Thu, May 29, 2014

John Huehnergard, professor of Middle Eastern Studies at The University of Texas at Austin, received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at the University of Chicago’s 519th Convocation ceremony on June 14.


Professor Snehal Shingavi releases first English translation of 'Angaaray'

Wed, May 28, 2014

Professor Snehal Shingavi’s translation of Angaaray – the first English translation ever of the work – has just been published by Penguin India.


Texas Exes Honor Three Liberal Arts Alumni

Mon, May 19, 2014

The Texas Exes recently conferred its Outstanding Young Texas Ex Award to five UT Austin alumni, three of whom are graduates of the College of Liberal Arts:


English Professor Allen MacDuffie Wins Award for New Environmental Sustainability Course

Wed, May 14, 2014

Allen MacDuffie, assistant professor of English, has been honored with a 2013-14 New Course Development Award from the Center for the Core Curriculum, the Sanger Learning Center, and the Office of Sustainability.



UT Austin Hosts Workshop on Native American Genomics Research

Fri, May 2, 2014

The Department of Anthropology and the Native American and Indigenous Studies Program at the University of Texas at Austin will host the 2014 Summer Internship for Native Americans in Genomics (SING) Workshop. The event is co-hosted by the Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


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 Partners with Medical Technology Company in Developing Nation’s First Handheld ECG Machine

Wed, Apr 30, 2014

Robert Josephs, professor of psychology and neuroscience at The University of Texas at Austin, has partnered with CardioComm Solutions Inc., a Canada-based electrocardiogram (ECG) manufacturer that has developed North America’s first and only FDA-approved handheld ECG device.


College of Liberal Arts Awards Keene Prize for Literature to Michener Center Graduate Student

Mon, Apr 28, 2014

Mark Hitz, a graduate student in the James A. Michener Center for Writers at The University of Texas at Austin, has won the $50,000 Keene Prize for Literature for his two stories: “Shadehill" and "The Laws of Motion."


COLA Advisors, UTURN Program Honored with NACADA Awards

Mon, Apr 28, 2014

The National Association of Academic Advisors (NACADA) has recognized two members of the College of Liberal Arts advising team as examples of outstanding academic advising.


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.


Edmund ‘Ted’ Gordon Honored With Presidential Citation

Wed, Apr 23, 2014

Edmund T. Gordon, chair of the African and African Diaspora Studies Department in the College of Liberal Arts, was recognized on April 17 with a Presidential Citation from UT Austin President Bill Powers.


Yujin Kim wins 2014 Norval Glenn Prize

Wed, Apr 23, 2014

The College of Liberal Arts would like to congratulate Yujin Kim, recipient of the 2014 Norval Glenn Prize.


Liberal Arts Faculty Receive Teaching Awards, Fellowships

Fri, Apr 18, 2014

The College of Liberal Arts has recognized eight professors for excellence in teaching with the following awards and fellowships.


Urban Ethnography Lab Students Win Big

Wed, Apr 16, 2014

In the past month, sociology graduate students affiliated with the new Urban Ethnography Lab (a joint PRC-Sociology venture) have been showered with national fellowships for their dissertation research.


Philosophy and Classics Advisor Receives Texas Exes Honor

Wed, Apr 9, 2014

The winners of the 2013-2014 Texas Exes James W. Vick Awards have been announced.


Lt. Col. White Endowment Provides $200,000 for Air Force ROTC Scholarships

Wed, Apr 9, 2014

A $200,000 gift to the Air Force ROTC Detachment at The University of Texas at Austin will provide annual scholarships to cadets who demonstrate superior leadership skills.


Rhetoric and Writing Student Nets 2014 UT System Regents’ Outstanding Student Award

Tue, Apr 1, 2014

Catherine Cleary, a rhetoric and writing senior, is the recipient the 2014 UT System Regents' Outstanding Student Award in the Arts & Humanities for UT Austin.


Liberal Arts Student Selected for Elite Fellowship

Mon, Mar 31, 2014

A UT economics student will be spending part of his summer studying abroad in Paris, thanks to a fellowship devoted to international education.


Sociology Undergraduate to Participate in ASA Honors Program

Fri, Mar 28, 2014

Sociology senior Jonathan Cortez has been selected to participate in the American Sociological Association Honors Program.


Liberal Arts Alum Admiral William H. McRaven To Be UT Austin Commencement Speaker

Wed, Mar 26, 2014

Naval Adm. William H. McRaven, ninth commander of the United States Special Operations Command who is best known for having planned and directed the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) raid that led to the death of Osama bin Laden, will deliver the keynote address at The University of Texas at Austin’s 131st Spring Commencement on May 18.


Sociology Doctoral Student Earns Prestigious Fellowship

Mon, Mar 24, 2014

Chelsea Smith, a doctoral student in sociology, was selected to receive a Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being—seeking innovations to prevent child abuse and neglect.


Three Weeks of Discovery, a Lifetime of Benefits

Thu, Mar 20, 2014

The College of Liberal Arts is offering a new summer experience that immerses high school students in college life and gives them a head start in discovering their interests, lives, and careers beyond high school.


2014 Dean's Distinguished Graduates

Wed, Mar 19, 2014

Twelve graduating seniors have been named Dean’s Distinguished Graduates.


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.


Sociologist Chandra Muller Named 2014 AERA Fellow

Mon, Mar 10, 2014

Chandra Muller, professor of sociology at The University of Texas at Austin, has been named a fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).


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.


Childhood Adversity Launches Lifelong Relationship and Health Disadvantages for Black Men

Mon, Mar 3, 2014

ding to new sociology research from The University of Texas at Austin. African American men who endured greater childhood adversity are likely to experience disadvantages in health and relationships over time, accor


Abbott Lead Widens Over Davis in Latest UT/Texas Tribune Poll

Tue, Feb 25, 2014

Attorney General Greg Abbott’s lead has widened over gubernatorial challenger state Sen. Wendy Davis, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.


Statement Regarding Sociology Professor Mark Regnerus

Fri, Feb 21, 2014

Following is a statement by UT Austin and the College of Liberal Arts regarding sociology professor Mark Regnerus.


Brain Scans Show We Take Risks Because We Can’t Stop Ourselves

Thu, Feb 6, 2014

A new study correlating brain activity with how people make decisions suggests that when individuals engage in risky behavior, such as drunk driving or unsafe sex, it’s probably not because their brains’ desire systems are too active, but because their self-control systems are not active enough.


Creative Writing, Chicano Literature Professor Rolando Hinojosa-Smith Wins National Book Critics Circle’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Tue, Feb 4, 2014

Rolando Hinojosa-Smith, professor in the departments of English and Spanish and Portuguese, has been honored with the 2013 Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Book Critics Circle.


‘Age of Globalization’ Now an E-book

Mon, Jan 27, 2014

More than 1 million students worldwide have registered for MOOC courses on edX, and Prof. John Hoberman’s Age of Globalization was the first to be offered by UT Austin last fall.


Humanities Research Award Recipients Showcase Research Feb. 28

Mon, Jan 27, 2014

What is the value of humanities research? Why is it a practical component of an undergraduate’s education? The answer is simple. Explorations into literature, philosophy, art, music and poetry teach us how to make sense out of a complex and interdependent world.


UT Austin’s Center for Women’s and Gender Studies Receives $50,000 Grant for INSPIRE Women’s Leadership Program

Wed, Jan 22, 2014

The Center for Women’s & Gender Studies (CWGS) at The University of Texas at Austin has received a $50,000 contribution from the Creekmore and Adele Fath Charitable Foundation to sustain and expand their INSPIRE Women’s Leadership Program.


Philanthropists Joe and Teresa Long Honored for Contributions to Higher Education

Wed, Jan 22, 2014

Two of Texas’ most dedicated proponents of higher education, Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long, were awarded the prestigious Mirabeau B. Lamar Medal during a luncheon and award ceremony today at the Headliners Club in Austin.



UT Professor Honored By American Psychoanalytic Association

Fri, Jan 17, 2014

The American Psychoanalytic Association has awarded Stephen Sonnenberg, M.D., of The University of Texas at Austin with its Distinguished Service Award.


2014 Pro Bene Meritis Award Recipients

Thu, Jan 16, 2014

The College of Liberal Arts is proud to announce the 2014 Pro Bene Meritis Award recipients. Robert Henry Dedman, Jr., James Garrison and Judith Perkins were chosen for their outstanding service to the college.


Austin MLK Jr. Day Celebration Will Begin on UT Austin Campus

Wed, Jan 15, 2014

The 21st annual community march celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr. will begin with a rally at the MLK Jr. Statue on the East Mall at The University of Texas at Austin at 9 a.m. on Jan. 20. The theme for this year is “Dream Even Further.”



Parents Accidentally Confuse Their Children’s Names More Often When the Names Sound Alike

Mon, Jan 13, 2014

When choosing baby names, parents often want something that is pleasing to the ear. Some even turn to alliteration when naming multiple children. But according to a new psychology study from The University of Texas at Austin, parents set themselves up for speech errors when they give their children similar-sounding names.