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Dean's Alumni Newsletter: October 2005

Photo: Richard Lariviere

Dear Friends,

The fall semester is in full swing and there are plenty of developments within the College of Liberal Arts. We welcomed 26 new faculty members this fall and are delighted with the expanded expertise and perspectives they offer our students. In addition, Liberal Arts Career Services has moved into a new home in the Flawn Academic Center and is serving more students than ever. Renovations are underway in Batts Hall and we're planning a facelift for Garrison Hall in the near future.

While some things are changing, the exceptional performance of our faculty, students, staff and alumni remains constant. I hope you enjoy the following update about their most recent honors, events and news and that you will visit our homepage often to stay involved in the life of the college.

As always, we appreciate your ongoing interest and support and hope that you will keep in touch.


Nadia Shihab (Humanities, Sociology, Liberal Arts Honors '03) received a Fulbright grant to conduct research in Turkey about the ways in which non-formal education centers address the needs of young women.

David Buss (Psychology) was elected president of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society for a term from 2005 to 2007.

Robert Helmreich (Psychology) was selected to receive the 2005 Flight Safety Foundation/Boeing Lifetime Achievement Award for his commitment and contribution to enhancing aviation safety.

Naomi Lindstrom (Spanish and Portuguese) has been named to the Advisory Board of the Brazilian and Latin American Study Project of the Center for Jewish History in New York.

Chandra Muller (Sociology) and Catherine Riegle-Crumb (Sociology) have been awarded a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study "Gender Differences in Science and Math: Diversity and the Role of Social Context," throughout 2005-2008.

Joseph Potter (Sociology) received a $2.2 million grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development for a five-year study of oral contraceptive use along the U.S.-Mexico border. The study will be done in collaboration with researchers from the University of Texas El Paso and will examine women's safe and effective use of oral contraceptives when they are prescribed by a healthcare provider, as required in the U.S., versus when they are available over-the-counter, as is the case in Mexico.

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded The University of Texas at Austin's UTeach-Liberal Arts program, along with partners the Region XIII Center for Teaching and Learning and the Austin Independent School District, a $1.1 million, three-year grant to promote learning about how the U.S. Constitution affects life today.


The Department of Government and Princeton University are hosting "The Future of American Internationalism" October 7 and 8.

The Center for Women's and Gender Studies is hosting a "Gender, Relationships and Health" conference on October 20 and 21.


The fall issue of the College of Liberal Arts alumni magazine, Life & Letters, is now available on the college web in the alumni section.


David Buss (Psychology) was quoted in Psychology Today about the effects of envy.

Dan Hamermesh (Economics) was quoted in The Washington Post, Salt Lake Tribune and the Financial Times, among others, about the economic impact of Hurricane Katrina. He also was quoted in Forbes about discrimination against unattractive people.

Robert Helmreich (Psychology) was quoted in the Wall Street Journal regarding aviation safety.

James Pennebaker (Psychology) was quoted in the New York Times about a NYC firefighter's dismissal for substance abuse following 9-11.

Daron Shaw (Government) was quoted by the Boston Globe about the indictment of Tom Delay.


The support of alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the college allow us to recruit outstanding faculty members and provide the best programs for our students. You can learn more about how to make a gift to the College of Liberal Arts on the college giving page.