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Expert dietitians from the Department of Nutritional Sciences share a quick guide to integrating organic foods into your diet

Expert dietitians from the Department of Nutritional Sciences share a quick guide to integrating organic foods into your diet

Should we eat organic fruits and vegetables? It’s a question that often comes up in the courses taught by Monica Meadows, Lydia Steinman and Sara Sweitzer in the Dietetics Program at The University of Texas at Austin. Dietitian Lydia Steinman, senior lecturer in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, tends an organic garden at her home…   » Continue Reading

Evolutionary psychologists reveal why parents want their children’s mates to have certain traits

Evolutionary psychologists reveal why parents want their children’s mates to have certain traits

Psychologist Carin Perilloux is looking into a crazy little thing called love — and finding out why it’s so complicated when that special someone meets the parents. Good looks, personality, religion and earning potential may all come into play when choosing a serious sweetheart. But Perilloux, a doctoral candidate at The University of Texas at…   » Continue Reading

Anti-poverty project points the way toward a new model for moving people from welfare to work

Anti-poverty project points the way toward a new model for moving people from welfare to work

Higher Ground: To the collaborators on the New Hope anti-poverty project–among them Dr. Aletha Huston, professor of human development and family sciences in the School of Human Ecology at The University of Texas at Austin–welfare reform was more than just a challenge. It was an opportunity. Things were changing. States and cities were experimenting. If it was inevitable that some places would make bad decisions about how to help (or not help) the poor, it was also inevitable that some places would improve on the old system.

Love can be a complex mix of chemistry and emotions, professor says

Love can be a complex mix of chemistry and emotions, professor says

Can’t Help Falling in Love with You: For Dr. Tim Loving, Valentine’s Day is more than just chocolates, flowers, a nice dinner, smooches and long, loving gazes at your partner. It’s also a kind of laboratory of hormones, chemicals, cultural expectations and interpersonal dynamics that raises profound questions about the biological basis of our emotions.

From devotion to divorce, family scientists explore what makes parents tick

From devotion to divorce, family scientists explore what makes parents tick

Parentology: One of the most fascinating aspects of studying parenting, say professors Deborah Jacobvitz and Nancy Hazen-Swann, is observing how parents confront (or fail to confront) the legacies of their own childhoods.