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Study Shows Persistence Pays Off in the Mating Game

Thu, Dec 22, 2011

A new study co-authored by a University of Texas at Austin psychology professor suggests that self-deception may help men succeed in the mating game,


People More Motivated to Give When They See Others Volunteering Abroad

Thu, Dec 15, 2011

People are more inspired to give when they see others contributing their time and money to a good cause outside their home state, according to a new psychology study from The University of Texas at Austin.


Two Liberal Arts Professors Named to Prestigious Academy of Distinguished Teachers

Mon, Dec 12, 2011

Two faculty members have been named to the prestigious Academy of Distinguished Teachers at The University of Texas at Austin.


The University of Texas at Austin Plans Innovative Liberal Arts Master’s Program

Mon, Dec 12, 2011

The University of Texas at Austin plans to offer a new master’s and executive seminar program called Human Dimensions of Organizations (HDO), which is touted as “a liberal arts education for the modern professional.”


Classics Professor Awarded Honorary Doctorate from Ruhr-Universität Bochum in Germany

Thu, Dec 8, 2011

Karl Galinsky, the Floyd A. Cailloux Professor of Classics and University Distinguished Teaching Professor, has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the faculty of philology at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum in Germany.


Harrington Fellows Bring World-Changing Ideas to The University of Texas at Austin

Mon, Dec 5, 2011

A biomedical engineer hoping to grow human organs, a psychologist examining why employees sometimes act in ways that destroy economic value, a mathematician exploring the limits of modern signal acquisition techniques, and a historian studying the intersections among Jewish, Greek, Roman and Christian traditions are spending much of this year at The University of Texas at Austin as Donald D. Harrington Fellows.


Call for Nominations: 2012 Pro Bene Meritis Awards

Thu, Dec 1, 2011

Nominate distinguished alumni, faculty members and friends of the College of Liberal Arts for the 2012 Pro Bene Meritis Award. The deadline for nominations is 12 p.m. Jan. 9, 2012.


The University of Texas at Austin to Honor 3,100 graduates in fall semester ceremonies

Wed, Nov 30, 2011

Speakers for fall convocation ceremonies at The University of Texas at Austin on Dec. 3 and 4 will include a former university president, a Texas state representative, executives of major corporations and members of the university’s faculty, administration and student body.


New Dual Master’s Degree in Information Studies and Latin American Studies Offered

Tue, Nov 29, 2011

The School of Information and the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) at The University of Texas at Austin are offering a three-year dual degree program leading to a master of science in information studies and a master of arts in Latin American studies.


Digital Window Into Guatemala’s Past to Launch at Conference on the Politics of Memory

Tue, Nov 22, 2011

The University of Texas at Austin will launch a digital archive that consists of some 12 million pages of records from the Guatemalan Historical National Police Archive (known as Archivo Histórico de la Policía Nacional or AHPN), making online resources publicly accessible to researchers, human rights activists, prosecutors and ordinary citizens.


Texas Reaps Twice as Much as It Pays for University of Texas at Austin Faculty

Tue, Nov 22, 2011

University of Texas at Austin instructors generate nearly twice as much revenue through research funding and educational dollars as they cost the state in salary and benefits, according to a report on faculty productivity issued by the university.


Texas Reaps Twice as Much as It Pays for University of Texas at Austin Faculty

Mon, Nov 14, 2011

University of Texas at Austin instructors generate nearly twice as much revenue through research funding and educational dollars as they cost the state in salary and benefits, according to a report on faculty productivity issued by the university.


Being Smart is Already Part of your Mental Toolbox, Psychologist Says

Tue, Nov 8, 2011

Intelligence and smart thinking are not the same, according to University of Texas at Austin psychologist Art Markman, who studies how best to apply knowledge for smarter thinking at work and home.


Memory-Enhancing Drug May Improve Exposure Therapy for PTSD Patients, Study Shows

Wed, Nov 2, 2011

A memory-enhancing drug may improve the speed and effectiveness of prolonged exposure therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) patients, according to a new pilot study by psychologists at The University of Texas at Austin, the University of Washington and the University of Pennsylvania.


Swimming through Complicated Waters, Medicare Part D Participants Learn to Reduce Spending Over Time, Economist Finds

Tue, Nov 1, 2011

Despite substantial controversy among academics and policymakers about individuals' ability to choose complicated drug insurance products, economics research from The University of Texas at Austin has provided evidence that Medicare Part D participants quickly adapt and learn to reduce rates of overspending within the system.


Cain and Perry Neck and Neck in Texas, Poll Says

Mon, Oct 31, 2011

If the 2012 Republican primary for president were held this fall, Herman Cain and Rick Perry would be in a virtual tie in Texas, according to a University of Texas at Austin/Texas Tribune poll.


Russian Leaders Visit College of Liberal Arts Faculty, State Officials to Study Accountable Governance

Tue, Oct 25, 2011

The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES) is hosting a delegation of six Russian leaders Oct. 21-29 at The University of Texas at Austin and various state offices around Austin.


Eight Liberal Arts Professors Honored by Society for Teaching Excellence

Tue, Oct 25, 2011

Eight assistant professors from the College of Liberal Arts have been selected for the Society for Teaching Excellence, a newly created fellowship of junior faculty dedicated to effective teaching.



University of Texas at Austin Alumna Pamela Ryan Receives High Australian Honor for Contributions to Australian Studies

Fri, Oct 14, 2011

University of Texas at Austin alumna and longtime friend of the College of Liberal Arts, Pamela Ryan (Ph.D. Business, ‘94), has been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for her service to Australia and key contributions to Australian studies. The award is Australia’s pre-eminent recognition of outstanding and meritorious service by its citizens.


Oil Exploration Would Endanger the Most Biodiverse Region in the Western Hemisphere, Say Scientists

Wed, Oct 12, 2011

An international team of scientists that includes two University of Texas at Austin researchers has found that Ecuador's Yasuní National Park, which sits on top of massive reserves of oil, is in the single most biodiverse region in the Western Hemisphere.


Nobel Prize-Winning Writer J. M. Coetzee's Archive Acquired By Harry Ransom Center

Tue, Oct 11, 2011

The Harry Ransom Center , a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, has acquired the archive of Nobel Prize-winning writer and College of Liberal Arts alumnus J. M. Coetzee. Spanning more than 50 years, the archive traces the author's life and career from 1956 through the present.


Chagas Disease May Be a Threat in South Texas, Says Researcher

Thu, Oct 6, 2011

Chagas disease, a tropical parasitic disease that can lead to life-threatening heart and digestive disorders, may be more widespread in Texas than previously thought, according to research from The University of Texas at Austin.


Self-Reported Cognitive Difficulties May Indicate Early Signs of Cerebrovascular Disease, Research Shows

Wed, Oct 5, 2011

Middle-aged adults at risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) can perceive and complain about related cognitive difficulties long before standard neuropsychological screening tools detect any problems, according to a recent study from The University of Texas at Austin.


Sex-Segregated Schooling Ineffective and Increases Gender Stereotyping, Experts Warn

Mon, Oct 3, 2011

Sex-segregated schooling is not superior to coeducational schooling and carries the risk of exaggerating sexism and gender stereotyping, according to a new report co-authored by a University of Texas at Austin psychologist.


Researchers Develop Optimal Algorithm for Determining Focus Error in Eyes and Cameras

Mon, Sep 26, 2011

University of Texas at Austin researchers have discovered how to extract and use information in an individual image to determine how far objects are from the focus distance, a feat only accomplished by human and animal visual systems until now.


Five Principles Critical to Successful Nation-Building, Finds History and Global Affairs Scholar

Mon, Sep 26, 2011

The United States must follow five fundamental principles in order to successfully build strong, self-sufficient nations in post-conflict situations, according to new research from The University of Texas at Austin.


Trappings of Parenthood Leads to Long-Term Weight Gain, New Study Shows

Fri, Sep 23, 2011

Parenthood accelerates weight gain over the life course according to a new study from The University of Texas at Austin.


Two Liberal Arts Students Earn $33,000 Larry Temple Scholarships

Thu, Sep 22, 2011

The College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin has honored two students with a Larry Temple Scholarship.


Older Adults Make Smarter Decisions That Lead to Long-Term Gains, Study Shows

Mon, Sep 19, 2011

Many people believe getting older means losing a mental edge, leading to poor decision-making, but a new study from psychologists at The University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University suggests older adults are far better at making choices that lead to long-term gain.


Center for Women’s and Gender Studies Receives $100,200 Embrey Grant

Thu, Sep 8, 2011

The Center for Women's and Gender Studies (CWGS) at The University of Texas at Austin has received a three-year, $100,200 grant from the Embrey Family Foundation to bring the NEW Leadership summer institute to campus.


University of Texas at Austin Among the Most Efficient Universities in the Nation

Thu, Sep 1, 2011

The University of Texas at Austin is among the most efficient public research universities in the nation, ranking 10th in the percentage of students it graduates for every public dollar it receives, according to a report released today by the university.


Latin American Focused Library Collection and Institute Pilot Joint Endeavor

Wed, Aug 31, 2011

The Benson Latin American Collection (BLAC) and the Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies (LLILAS) are joining efforts in an inventive approach to achieving common goals.


Empowerment, Self-Defense Motivating Factors for Texas Women to Hold Concealed Handgun Licenses

Thu, Aug 25, 2011

Texas women who hold concealed handgun licenses (CHLs) are motivated to do so by feelings of empowerment and a need for self-defense, according to new research to be presented at the 106th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association.


Active Participation in Voluntary Organizations Declining Faster Than Checkbooks Can Keep Up

Thu, Aug 25, 2011

The decline in active memberships in civic groups, fraternal organizations and other local associations is greater than the increase in checkbook memberships, according to new research to be presented at the 106th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association.


University of Texas System's Board of Regents Recognize Eight Liberal Arts Faculty Members for Outstanding Teaching

Wed, Aug 24, 2011

The Board of Regents of The University of Texas System has recognized 72 faculty members from institutions within the system for outstanding teaching, including eight faculty members from the College of Liberal Arts.


Romantic Sexual Relationships Deter Teenage Delinquency, New Study Shows

Fri, Aug 19, 2011

Sexually active teens in committed, romantic relationships are less likely to engage in delinquent behavior than teens who have casual sex, according to new research from psychologists at The University of Texas at Austin.


Beauty Impacts Hiring, Salaries and Profits, Economist Finds

Wed, Aug 17, 2011

The best looking people earn an extra $250,000, on average, during their careers than the least attractive people and are more likely to remain employed, get promoted and even secure loans, according to a new book by University of Texas at Austin economist Daniel Hamermesh.


Word Choice Detects Everything from Love to Lies to Leadership, According to Psychology Research

Mon, Aug 8, 2011

The words people use are like fingerprints that can reveal their relationships, honesty or their status in a group, according to research by University of Texas at Austin social psychologist James W. Pennebaker.


Sociologist Mark Hayward Named to Prestigious National Advisory Committee

Wed, Jul 20, 2011

Mark Hayward, professor of sociology and director of the Population Research Center, has been named to the National Advisory Committee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars, a program dedicated to enhancing and broadening cross-disciplinary research in health and healthcare for Americans.


Virginia Fields, Scholar of Mesoamerican art, Latin American Studies Alumna, dies at 58

Fri, Jun 24, 2011

Virginia Fields, a leading scholar of early Mesoamerican art and archaeology, died Wednesday, June 15 at age 58.


Spanish and Portuguese Professor Named to PMLA Committee

Wed, Jun 8, 2011

Arturo Arias, professor of Latin American literature in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, has been appointed to serve a three-year term on the Publication of the Modern Language Association of America (PMLA) Advisory Committee.


Longtime Supporter of Germanic Studies, Marian P. Michael Dies at 83

Wed, Jun 1, 2011

Marian P. Michael, a longtime friend of the College of Liberal Arts, died on May 16 at age 83. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wolfgang F. Michael, professor of Germanic Studies at The University of Texas at Austin.


College of Liberal Arts Awards Three Dedman Scholarships to Incoming Freshmen

Thu, May 12, 2011

The College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin has honored three incoming students with a Dedman Distinguished Scholarship, which provides $20,000 per academic year for four years, as well as supplemental funding for study abroad programs.


Liberal Arts Staff Honored with Outstanding Staff and Supervisor Awards

Wed, May 11, 2011

Six staff members in the College of Liberal Arts have been selected for the university’s 2011 Outstanding Staff and Supervisor Award.


French and Italian Professor Jane Lippmann Wins Special Meritorious Service Award

Wed, May 11, 2011

The Texas Language Center has selected Jane Lippman, professor of French and Italian, for the Special Meritorious Service Award, a prestigious honor for outstanding teaching in foreign languages.


Liberal Arts Alumnus Wins $20,000 in Mitchell Student Awards for Academic Excellence

Mon, May 9, 2011

Dylan T. Bumford, who graduated in December 2010 after majoring in math, linguistics, psychology and Plan II at The University of Texas at Austin, has won the $20,000 grand prize in the University Cooperative Society’s Undergraduate Student Awards for Academic Excellence.


English Graduate Pamela Willeford Receives Distinguished Alumnus Award

Mon, May 9, 2011

The Honorable Pamela Willeford (BA English, ’72) has been named one of six University of Texas Distinguished Alumni by the Texas Exes.



Five Liberal Arts Faculty win Raymond Dickson Teaching Fellowships

Wed, May 4, 2011

The College of Liberal Arts has awarded five professors with Raymond Dickson Centennial Endowed Teaching Fellowships, an honor that recognizes excellence in teaching and commitment.


Two Foreign Language Instructors Win Texas Foreign Language Teaching Excellence Awards

Fri, Apr 8, 2011

Two foreign language scholars from The University of Texas at Austin received Texas Foreign Language Teaching Excellence Awards from the Texas Language Center for outstanding commitment, knowledge, passion and ability to challenge.


Linguistics Students win NSF Research Fellowships

Fri, Apr 8, 2011

An undergraduate and two alumni from the Department of Linguistics have been awarded prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships, the most prestigious fellowships available to American students for graduate study in the sciences.


Gender Council Seeks Volunteers for Study on Mentorship

Thu, Mar 31, 2011

The College of Liberal Arts Gender Council seeks participants for a study of mentoring across the College, with focus on thebmentoring experiences of faculty members (tenure/tenure-track and non-tenure track) who have been promoted in the last two academic years.




Latin American, Human Rights Centers Present Film Series

Tue, Mar 15, 2011

The Human Rights Documentation Initiative (HRDI) and the Benson Latin American Collection are collaborating with the Brazil Center at the Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies (LLILAS) and Kinobras to bring a Brazil and human rights film series to The University of Texas at Austin.


Experts Available to Discuss Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami

Tue, Mar 15, 2011

The following geophysicists, engineers, and social scientists with expertise in earthquakes, some specifically regarding Japan and the Pacific Rim, are available to talk on today's earthquake in Japan, the tsunami affecting the Pacific region, impacts of earlier earthquakes and tsunamis on Japan, and safety issues related to construction and nuclear engineering in Japan.


Twelve Liberal Arts Seniors Named Dean’s Distinguished Graduates

Thu, Mar 10, 2011

Twelve graduating seniors have been named Dean’s Distinguished Graduates. Each year the College of Liberal Arts honors 12 seniors with the Dean's Distinguished Graduate Award for their leadership, scholarly achievements and service to the community.


Hebrew Studies Graduate Student Awarded Jacob K. Javits Fellowship

Mon, Mar 7, 2011

William Bibee, a Hebrew Studies graduate student, received a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, a multi-year award funded by the U.S. Department of Education.


The College of Liberal Arts honors Five with Pro Bene Meritis Award

Tue, Mar 1, 2011

The College of Liberal Arts is proud to announce the five recipients of the 2011 Pro Bene Meritis award. College of Liberal Arts alumni Martin Dies III, Austin Ligon and Carolyn and Peyton Townsend, and retired history professor G. Howard Miller, were chosen for their outstanding service to the College of Liberal Arts.


Maggie Anderson to Discuss ‘Buying Black’ Movement, New Book at The University of Texas at Austin

Thu, Feb 24, 2011

Maggie Anderson, CEO and cofounder of the Empowerment Experiment Foundation, will discuss her new book “Our Black Year: A Tale of Buying Black in America’s Racially Divided Economy” 3-4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25 at The University of Texas at Austin, Texas Union Theater, room 2.228.


Professor Emeritus Norval Glenn, Leading Scholar of Sociology, Dies at 77

Wed, Feb 23, 2011

Norval D. Glenn, professor emeritus of sociology, who taught for 47 years at The University of Texas at Austin, died Feb. 15 after a two-year battle with myelodysplastic syndrome, a form of blood cancer. He was 77 years old.


Classics Professor Emeritus Douglass Parker Dies

Fri, Feb 11, 2011

Douglass Parker, professor emeritus of classics, died Feb. 8 at the age of 83. He taught at the university for 40 years.


Liberal Arts Student to Conduct Green Roof Research at Wildflower Center

Thu, Jan 27, 2011

Dr. Mark Simmons from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin has received $17,700 from Huntsman International to study whether the water-handling capacity of vegetated roofs can be improved for use in warmer climates.


David Oshinsky to Join Bill Gates for Conversation on Polio Eradication

Wed, Jan 26, 2011

University of Texas at Austin History Professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Oshinsky will join Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and other global leaders to discuss "Polio Eradication and the Power of Vaccines."


The Language of Young Love: The Ways Couples Talk Can Predict Relationship Success

Tue, Jan 25, 2011

We know that people tend to be attracted to, date, and marry other people who resemble themselves in terms of personality, values, and physical appearance. However, these features only skim the surface of what makes a relationship work.


Applications for Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowships Now Available Online

Fri, Jan 7, 2011

Several centers and institutes in the College of Liberal Arts are offering a limited number of Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS) to help students become fluent speakers of critical need languages.