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Liberal Arts Faculty Receive Teaching Awards, Fellowships

posted: Friday April 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

posted: Wednesday April 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

posted: Wednesday April 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

posted: Wednesday April 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

posted: Tuesday April 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

posted: Monday March 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

posted: Friday March 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

posted: Wednesday March 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

posted: Monday March 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

posted: Thursday March 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

posted: Wednesday March 19, 2014

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

Department of American Studies Receives $100K Endowment to Support Food Studies Research

posted: Tuesday March 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

posted: Monday March 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

posted: Wednesday March 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

posted: Monday March 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

posted: Tuesday February 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

posted: Friday February 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

posted: Thursday February 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

posted: Tuesday February 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

posted: Monday January 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

posted: Monday January 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

posted: Wednesday January 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

posted: Wednesday January 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

posted: Friday January 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

posted: Thursday January 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.

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

posted: Monday January 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.

Geography and the Environment Professor Receives $4.3 Million NSF Grant to Study Biodiversity in the Amazon/Andean Forest

posted: Friday December 20, 2013

Edgardo Latrubesse, a professor in the Department of Geography and the Environment, has been awarded a $4.3 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for a project titled “The Dynamics of Mountains, Landscapes and Climate in the Distribution and Generation of Biodiversity of the Amazon/Andean Forest.”

History Professor Daina Ramey Berry Wins NEH Fellowship

posted: Wednesday December 11, 2013

Daina Ramey Berry, associate professor in the departments of History and African and African Diaspora Studies, has been awarded a $50,400 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) fellowship for her research on the social and economic history of slavery in the United States

Exercise Alleviates Sexual Side-Effects of Antidepressants in Women, Study Shows

posted: Tuesday December 10, 2013

New psychology research, which could have important public health implications for alleviating some side effects of antidepressants, shows that engaging in exercise at the right time significantly improves sexual functioning in women who are taking the antidepressants.

College of Liberal Arts Professors Selected to Receive President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Awards

posted: Thursday December 5, 2013

Three faculty members from the College of Liberal Arts have been selected to receive the President's Associates Teaching Excellence Award for the 2013-2014 academic year at The University of Texas at Austin.

Study Examines Potential Evolutionary Role of “Sexual Regret” in Human Survival and Reproduction

posted: Wednesday November 27, 2013

In the largest, most in-depth study to date on regret surrounding sexual activity, a team of psychology researchers found a stark contrast in remorse between men and women, potentially shedding light on the evolutionary history of human nature.

UT Austin Leads in Study Abroad and International Student Enrollment

posted: Tuesday November 5, 2013

The University of Texas at Austin ranks second in the nation for the number of students studying abroad and among the top 25 for international student enrollment, according to the newly released “Open Doors 2013” report published by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

Daily Online Testing Boosts College Performance and Reduces Achievement Gaps, Study Shows

posted: Tuesday November 5, 2013

More low-income students are attending college than ever before, but many of them are ill prepared for the challenges of higher learning. Now University of Texas at Austin researchers are finding ways to level the higher-education playing field with a new online learning model.

Government Professor David Leal Named Distinguished Alumnus

posted: Tuesday November 5, 2013

David Leal, professor of government, has received a 2013 Distinguished Alumni Scholar award from Stanford University.

Popular ‘Door-in-the-Face’ Persuasion Strategy Can Sometimes Backfire, Study Shows

posted: Sunday November 3, 2013

A manipulation strategy often used in marketing and fundraising known as “Door-in-the-Face” could backfire among less concrete thinkers, according to new research from The University of Texas at Austin.

Report Shows Economic, Social Impact of U.S. Aging Population

posted: Saturday November 2, 2013

As the over-65 population grows to about one in five Americans, more economically advantaged seniors are providing a family safety net for the younger generation.

High School Students Forge Stronger, More Positive Friendships in Shared Classes, Study Shows

posted: Friday November 1, 2013

Teenagers continue to roam in cliques in high school, as they have for generations. Yet according to a new study from The University of Texas at Austin and Michigan State University, high school students are not choosing friends from certain categories, such as “jocks,” “goths” or “A-listers.” Instead, they are forging friendships in the types of courses they’re taking.

Texans Show Strong Support for Water Infrastructure Funding, According to UT/Texas Tribune Poll

posted: Wednesday October 16, 2013

A majority of Texas voters believe it is important for the state to invest in water infrastructure and support a constitutional amendment allotting a portion of the state’s Rainy Day Fund to finance water projects, according to a University of Texas at Austin/Texas Tribune poll.