Take a look back at some of the many stories in 2011 that showed the impact of The University of Texas at Austin
Across The University of Texas at Austin people are changing the world every day through discovery, creativity and teaching. They are exploring our world and our universe, inventing new ways to address social and public health problems, and engaging in issues around the globe. It’s all in a day’s work for the university’s students, faculty,… » Continue Reading
Health communication researchers devise strategies to empower people to make informed decisions about their health
In the middle of the night, while soothing her feverish daughter, a mother strains to read the instructions on the bottle of Children’s Tylenol. The dosage instructions state one and one-half teaspoons, but the mother gives her daughter one and one-half tablespoons — more than four times the recommended dosage. A 57-year-old man about to… » Continue Reading
Social Work students and alumni respond in record numbers to veterans’ needs through internships and careers
Social workers go where the need is, and their battlefield is large. With military involvement today in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya there is no greater need than working with veterans and their numerous issues such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, visual impairment, chronic pain, substance abuse, disabilities, homelessness,… » Continue Reading
When Dr. Nina Fredland was an elementary and middle school nurse in Houston children came to her clinic with vague complaints such as headaches and stomach aches. Some students were hesitant to go to the playground, eat lunch in the cafeteria or walk unescorted to and from school. Dr. Nina Fredland, assistant professor of nursing,… » Continue Reading
A Salvadoran woman is promised a good job as a child care worker and ends up as a brothel worker or unpaid domestic servant. An American child runs away from an abusive home and is prostituted for sex by a pimp. Dr. Noël Busch-Armendariz, associate professor of social work, says human trafficking — selling people… » Continue Reading
No one is more aware of our nation’s social problems than the people who spend much of their time working with individuals, families, organizations and communities to address society’s chronic problems. What do they think is the biggest social concern of our time? Is it poverty, crime, domestic violence, immigration law, health care or juvenile delinquency? Is… » Continue Reading
Taking Aim at Addiction: The work of a group of researchers at The University of Texas at Austin revolves around a central question: “Why can drugs hijack the brain to such an extent that people ruin their lives, lose everything they have simply to get more of the drug?” That’s the question posed by R. Adron Harris, an alcoholism researcher and the director of the Waggoner Center for Addiction and Alcohol Abuse.
The Class of 2009:
Holocaust survivors’ testimonials shed light on our ability to recover after traumatic experiences, researcher finds
Forgiveness Illuminated: A University of Texas at Austin scholar tries to capture what is behind one of the most impressive human qualities–the ability to pull yourself together and bounce back after grave setbacks and major crises. It doesn’t get grimmer than enduring and surviving the Holocaust, so that’s where Dr. Roberta Greene went to glean insights into resilience, forgiveness and survivorship.
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.