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Government Professor Launches Google Constitutions Website at U.N. General Assembly

National constitutions are supposed to provide a sustainable structure for politics, yet only half live more than 19 years. Zachary Elkins, associate professor of government and a leading constitutional scholar, knows what it takes for constitutions to last for generations — and now he’s teaming up with Google to share his expertise with drafters around…   » Continue Reading

Memorial Service for Dr. William S. Livingston to be Held Wednesday, Sept. 4

A memorial service in celebration of former acting university president William S. Livingston will be held Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 10 a.m. in the LBJ Auditorium at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. The school is located at 2300 Red River St., Austin, Texas, 78712. Dr. Livingston, who was acting president of the university in 1992, died…   » Continue Reading

UT Researchers Receive $25 Million Grant from USAID to Increase Global Aid Transparency

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has selected The University of Texas at Austin to be a key partner in a five-year, $25 million grant to develop tools to more effectively target, monitor and evaluate foreign aid globally. This grant is the largest investment ever made into research aimed at mapping foreign aid on a global scale.

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

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. According to the poll, which surveyed Texans on a wide range of attitudes related to science and public policy, a similar proportion of voters said that “instinct and gut reactions” are just as good as the advice of scientists in most cases.

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

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. Fifty-four percent of likely voters in the poll said they preferred Cruz, with 39 percent naming Sadler. Forty-nine percent of likely voters have a…   » Continue Reading

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

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. The funding, provided by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), will enable Brownlee to determine whether the rise in Egypt’s anti-Coptic violence comes from underlying social tensions or from lack of government interventions.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.