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Look back at some of the stories that showed the university’s impact in 2010

Look back at some of the stories that showed the university’s impact in 2010

Look back at some of the stories that showed the university’s impact in 2010.

Professors examine how we don’t — but should — talk openly about race in the United States

Professors examine how we don’t — but should — talk openly about race in the United States

First came the fiery attacks last summer as the NAACP approved a resolution condemning perceived racist elements within the Tea Party movement. A few days later, United States Department of Agriculture official Shirley Sherrod was forced to resign after a video taken out of context showed her regaling an audience with a story about how…   » Continue Reading

Artifacts, descendants tell story of freed slaves in Texas

Artifacts, descendants tell story of freed slaves in Texas

Recovering a forgotten history of African American life was motivation enough for anthropology graduate student Nedra Lee and her peers to brave the Texas summer heat while excavating an old farmstead in southern Travis County. “Working outdoors always brought a few surprises. There were always toads hopping around; a huge bee tree was only a…   » Continue Reading

Anthropologist studies why quadrupedal primates have different gait

Anthropologist studies why quadrupedal primates have different gait

Liza Shapiro, a physical anthropologist at The University of Texas at Austin, is trying to work out an evolutionary mystery. The mystery: Why do primates who walk on all fours do it differently than most other animals who walk on all fours? Liza Shapiro, a physical anthropologist at The University of Texas at Austin, has…   » Continue Reading

Recovery remains elusive for Hurricane Katrina survivors, researchers say

Recovery remains elusive for Hurricane Katrina survivors, researchers say

Unnatural Disaster: Tommy and Mia, an African-American couple in their late 40s, had lived in New Orleans all their lives, working three jobs between the two of them. Life was a struggle, but they made ends meet–barely. That was before Hurricane Katrina.