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Raising Minimum Wage Lifts Single Mothers Out of Poverty and Boosts U.S. Economy, Policy Report Shows

Wed, Dec 19, 2012

Raising the minimum wage to a living wage begins the cycle of lifting single mothers out of poverty, according to a policy report released by the Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis (IUPRA) at The University of Texas at Austin.


Telecommuting Increases Work Hours and Blurs Boundary Between Work and Home, New Study Shows

Wed, Dec 5, 2012

With fluctuating gas prices and the increasing call for work-life balance, telecommuting has become an attractive option for busy professionals. Yet according to a new study from The University of Texas at Austin, for most employees who work remotely, telecommuting equates to working more hours.


Call for Nominations: 2013 Pro Bene Meritis Awards

Wed, Dec 5, 2012

Nominate distinguished alumni, faculty members and friends of the College of Liberal Arts for the 2013 Pro Bene Meritis award. The deadline for nominations is Monday, January 14, 2013 at noon.


School Exclusion Policies Stigmatize Arrested Teens and Contribute to Educational Failure, New Study Shows

Wed, Nov 14, 2012

“Zero- tolerance” policies that rely heavily on suspensions and expulsions hinder teens who have been arrested from completing high school or pursuing a college degree, according to a new study from The University of Texas at Austin.


Sociology, Economics Researchers Receive Grant to Study Development Across the Human Lifespan

Mon, Nov 12, 2012

University of Texas at Austin sociologist Chandra Muller and economist Sandra Black have received a $3.2 million grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to study the effects of cognition on health, mortality, education and employment from high school and beyond.


Half of Texans Prefer Faith Over Science, According to UT/Texas Tribune Poll

Mon, Nov 5, 2012

About half of Texas voters believe faith is a better guide than scientific evidence on most important questions, according to a recent University of Texas at Austin/Texas Tribune poll.


New Black Studies Doctoral Program a First for Texas, Region

Tue, Oct 30, 2012

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved a new doctoral program in Black Studies at The University of Texas at Austin, marking a first for the university, the state of Texas, and the American South and Southwest.


Cruz, Romney Hold Strong Leads in Latest UT/Texas Tribune Poll

Tue, Oct 30, 2012

In the 2012 general election for U.S. senator from Texas, Republican Ted Cruz leads Democrat Paul Sadler by 15 percentage points, according to a University of Texas at Austin/Texas Tribune poll.


New Study Shows Effects of Prehistoric Nocturnal Life on Mammalian Vision

Mon, Oct 29, 2012

Since the age of dinosaurs, most species of day-active mammals have retained the imprint of nocturnal life in their eye structures. Humans and other anthropoid primates, such as monkeys and apes, are the only groups that deviate from this pattern, according to a new study from The University of Texas at Austin and Midwestern University.


Policy Brief Calls for Mandatory HIV Tests in State Prisons

Thu, Oct 25, 2012

Routine testing for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) among state prison populations will help reduce the spread of AIDS among the general public, according to a policy brief recently released by the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis (IUPRA) at The University of Texas at Austin.


Does True Love Wait? Age of First Sexual Experience Predicts Romantic Outcomes in Adulthood

Thu, Oct 18, 2012

Individuals who have their first sexual experience later than average may have more satisfying romantic relationships in adulthood, according to a new study from The University of Texas at Austi


Policy Report: Minority Student Performance Continues to Lag Despite Achievement Gains

Tue, Oct 16, 2012

African American and Latino students made achievement gains after test-based accountability was implemented in Texas during the 1990s, yet overall student performance continues to lag, according to a policy report released by the Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis (IUPRA) at The University of Texas at Austin.


New Psychology Study Reveals Unexamined Costs of Rape

Tue, Oct 16, 2012

Depression and post-traumatic stress disorder are commonly associated with sexual assault, but a new study from The University of Texas at Austin shows that female victims suffer from a wide spectrum of debilitating effects that may often go unnoticed or undiagnosed.


Hogg Foundation Names Dr. Kevin Cokley as Newest Member of its National Advisory Council

Thu, Oct 11, 2012

The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Kevin Cokley, an associate professor of counseling psychology and faculty affiliate of the Center for African and African American Studies at The University of Texas at Austin, to its National Advisory Council.


Psychology Researchers Receive $2.3 Million NIAAA Grant to Study Genetics of Alcohol Abuse

Mon, Oct 8, 2012

Two psychology professors at The University of Texas at Austin have received a $2.3 million grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) to study genetic influences on drinking and other risky behaviors.


College of Liberal Arts Hosts Open House to Connect Saudi Students with Texas Colleges

Mon, Oct 8, 2012

To connect students from Saudi Arabia with Texas community colleges, the College of Liberal Arts’ newly created Global Initiative for Education and Leadership is co-hosting an open house for admissions officers and education officials from the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission (SACM) on Oct. 10 at the Alhambra-U.S. Chamber of Commerce offices near The University of Texas at Austin campus.


Former Liberal Arts Dean, Philosophy Professor John Silber Dies at 86

Thu, Oct 4, 2012

John R. Silber, former University of Texas at Austin philosophy professor and former dean of the once combined College of Arts and Sciences, died Thursday, Sept. 27. He was 86.


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

Wed, Oct 3, 2012

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


South Asia Institute to Partner with Women’s University in Pakistan

Wed, Sep 26, 2012

The South Asia Institute at The University of Texas at Austin has initiated a three-year partnership with Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, that will bring faculty members from FJWU to Austin in January to work on research and course development in liberal arts and communication.


New Master’s Degree Trains Business Leaders in Understanding Human Behavior

Tue, Sep 25, 2012

A new Master of Arts degree at The University of Texas at Austin draws on the liberal arts, technology programs and other disciplines to train business and nonprofit leaders who want a better understanding of how human behavior and experience relates to today's global marketplace.


History Professor Madeline Hsu Wins Asian American Community Leadership Award

Thu, Sep 13, 2012

Madeline Hsu, director of Asian American studies and associate professor of history, has been named a recipient of the Asian American Community Leadership Award for her contributions to the Asian community in Texas.


People Merge Supernatural and Scientific Beliefs When Reasoning With the Unknown, Study Shows

Thu, Aug 30, 2012

Reliance on supernatural explanations for major life events, such as death and illness, often increases rather than declines with age, according to a new psychology study from The University of Texas at Austin.


Philanthropist and Longtime Supporter of Liberal Arts, Abbie Madden, Dies at age 82

Wed, Aug 29, 2012

Alma Faye “Abbie” Madden, College of Liberal Arts alumna and longtime supporter of The University of Texas at Austin, died Sunday, Aug. 26. She was 82 years old.


Psychology Professor Wins Dads’ Association Centennial Teaching Fellowship

Fri, Aug 24, 2012

Sam Gosling, professor of psychology, is one of four University of Texas at Austin faculty members to be awarded a Dads' Association Centennial Teaching Fellowship during the 2012-13 fall semester.


UT System Board of Regents Honors Eight Liberal Arts Faculty Members for Outstanding Teaching

Fri, Aug 24, 2012

Eight faculty members from The University of Texas at Austin will receive the 2012 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, the UT System Board of Regents’ highest teaching honor, which recognizes extraordinary educators from system institutions.


Government Professor to Examine Source of Violence and Urge Diplomacy in Egypt

Wed, Aug 15, 2012

Jason Brownlee, associate professor in the Departments of Government and Middle Eastern Studies at The University of Texas at Austin, has received a $109,484 grant to examine peace-building efforts in Egypt.


High School Educators Sharpen Teaching Skills at Gilder Lehrman Seminar

Fri, Aug 10, 2012

Through a weeklong Gilder Lehrman seminar on American History, LBJ School and Department of History Professor Jeremi Suri helped 29 K-12 educators sharpen their teaching methods with lectures, readings and tours of historical archives and book collections.


Repetitious, Time-Intensive Magical Rituals Considered More Effective, Study Shows

Thu, Jul 26, 2012

Even in this modern age of science, people are likely to find logic in supernatural rituals that require a high degree of time and effort, according to new research from The University of Texas at Austin.


Humanities Institute Awards Local Nonprofit Professionals Grant for Collaborative Research

Mon, Jul 23, 2012

The Humanities Institute at The University of Texas at Austin has announced the 2012-13 recipients of the Community Sabbatical program, which provides paid flexible leave time for staff members of nonprofit organizations in central Texas.


Plan II Honors Program Earns Top National Rankings from Public University Honors

Thu, Jul 19, 2012

The Plan II Honor Program at The University of Texas at Austin was ranked among the top honors experiences in the country, according to a new report by Public University Honors, an independent organization devoted to evaluating public university honors programs and public honors colleges.


Memories Serve as Tools for Learning and Decision-Making, New Study Shows

Thu, Jul 12, 2012

When humans learn, their brains relate new information with past experiences to derive new knowledge, according to psychology research from The University of Texas at Austin.


Sociology Doctoral Candidate Awarded Moore Fellowship to Study Forced Relocation

Mon, Jun 18, 2012

The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health has awarded the $20,000 Harry E. and Bernice M. Moore Fellowship to Esther Sullivan, a doctoral candidate in sociology from The University of Texas at Austin.


Alcohol Abuse Might Be the Cause – Rather than the Effect – of Social Isolation and Poor Grades Among Teenagers, Study Shows

Wed, Jun 13, 2012

Rather than gaining “liquid courage” to let loose with friends, teenage drinkers are more likely to feel like social outcasts, according to a new sociology study from The University of Texas at Austin.


Adult Children of Parents in Same-Sex Relationships Report Varied Outcomes

Mon, Jun 11, 2012

Adult children of parents who were in same-sex relationships differ notably on a variety of social, emotional and relationship factors from adult children raised by biological parents who are married and heterosexual, according to research led by Mark Regnerus, an associate professor of sociology at The University of Texas at Austin.


Latest UT/Texas Tribune Poll: Tax Pledge Issue Reveals Conservative Divide

Thu, May 24, 2012

Although a plurality of Texans say candidates should not take an anti-tax pledge before the primary elections, such a pledge has strong support among voters who identify with the tea party movement, according to a University of Texas at Austin/Texas Tribune poll.


Dewhurst Would Face Runoff in Senate Race, Poll Finds

Wed, May 23, 2012

If the 2012 Texas Republican primary election for the U.S. Senate were held today, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst would fall short of the 50 percent needed to avoid a runoff election, according to a University of Texas at Austin/Texas Tribune poll.


Lebermann Foundation Announces $2.5 Million Gift In Support Of Plan II, Scholarships

Wed, May 16, 2012

The Lebermann Foundation, established by former University of Texas System Regent and Plan II student Lowell H. Lebermann Jr., is donating $2.5 million to The University of Texas at Austin to help recruit top students for the Plan II Honors Program.


Convocation Speakers at The University of Texas at Austin Represent Diverse Walks of Life and Roles in Society

Thu, May 10, 2012

Corporate and industry leaders, a United States circuit judge, outstanding educators, the commander of the Texas Air National Guard, a filming industry executive, a former governor of Colorado, a University of Texas System executive and a distinguished mezzo-soprano who played a key role in the university’s history of ethnic diversity will be among the speakers for convocations at The University of Texas at Austin on May 18 and 19.


Third Time’s a Charm: College of Liberal Arts Awards Keene Prize for Literature to Michener Center Graduate Student

Thu, May 10, 2012

Fiona McFarlane, a James A. Michener Center for Writers (MCW) graduate student at The University of Texas at Austin, has won the $50,000 Keene Prize for Literature for her story, “A Fortunate Man.”


Eye Size Determined by Maximum Running Speed in Mammals

Thu, May 3, 2012

Maximum running speed is the most important variable influencing mammalian eye size other than body size, according to new research from The University of Texas at Austin.


Racial Bias Skews Medical Diagnosis and Treatment for African Americans, Research Shows

Mon, Apr 23, 2012

Pervasive racial bias in American medical practice adversely affects treatment and diagnosis for African American patients, according to new research from The University of Texas at Austin.



Delegation to Introduce UTeach Preparation Program to Saudi Educators

Tue, Apr 10, 2012

Representatives from The University of Texas at Austin’s UTeach-Liberal Arts teacher training program will introduce Saudi educators to the program’s unique approach to teacher preparation during a visit to Saudi Arabia on April 17-21.


Bernard Rapoport, Champion of Education, Dies at 94

Mon, Apr 9, 2012

Bernard Rapoport, a Waco businessman who was active in higher education, politics, human rights and philanthropy, died Thursday, April 5.


Five Liberal Arts Faculty win Raymond Dickson Teaching Fellowships

Fri, Apr 6, 2012

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


Sociologist Debra Umberson Wins Investigator Award in Health Policy Research

Thu, Apr 5, 2012

With the need for innovative health policy more apparent than ever, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research are encouraging scholars to tackle some of America's most difficult health concerns to better inform policy on these issues.


New Student Orientation to Focus More on Timely Graduation

Tue, Apr 3, 2012

Orientation programs for incoming University of Texas at Austin students are being redefined to provide more guidance on selecting majors, meeting academic requirements and graduating in four years.


Plan II Honors, Electrical Engineering Student Wins $250,000 Hertz Foundation Grant

Fri, Mar 30, 2012

Anjali Datta, an electrical engineering/Plan II Honors senior, has been named one of the prestigious 2012 Hertz Fellows by the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation.


Twelve Liberal Arts Seniors Named Dean’s Distinguished Graduates

Tue, Mar 20, 2012

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.


Davis Appointed Founding Director of Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis

Thu, Mar 8, 2012

In connection with the African and African Diaspora Studies Department, The University of Texas at Austin has appointed King Davis founding director of the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis.


Preschools Significantly Reduce Achievement Gap Between Rich and Poor, New Twin Study Shows

Wed, Feb 29, 2012

Parents always want the best education possible for their child, and new research from The University of Texas at Austin shows preschool enrollment is one of the best ways to ensure that disadvantaged kids start down the right academic path early on.


Latest UT/Texas Tribune Poll Finds Plurality of Texans Support Redistricting Reform and are Concerned About National Economy

Fri, Feb 24, 2012

A plurality of Texans would favor taking the authority to draw new congressional and legislative maps away from the Legislature and governor and giving it to an independent, appointed commission, according to a University of Texas at Austin/Texas Tribune poll.


Santorum Dominates Texas Primary Poll

Tue, Feb 21, 2012

If the 2012 Texas Republican primary for president were held today, Rick Santorum would best his rivals by a wide margin, according to a University of Texas at Austin/Texas Tribune poll.


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

Tue, Feb 14, 2012

The College of Liberal Arts is proud to announce the four recipients of the 2012 Pro Bene Meritis award. Honorees are chosen for their outstanding service to the College of Liberal Arts.


Study: Adolescents from Unstable Families Lose Ground in Rigorous High Schools

Fri, Jan 27, 2012

The type of school a child attends may exacerbate the negative effect that family instability has on academic performance, according to a new study in the January issue of Sociology of Education.



Educational Disadvantages Associated with Race Still Persist in Brazil Despite Improvements, New Study Shows

Wed, Jan 18, 2012

Despite notable improvements in educational levels and opportunity during the past three decades, disadvantages associated with race still persist in Brazil, according to new research at The University of Texas at Austin.