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Symposium Addresses a Crisis in the Caribbean

Thu, Oct 8, 2015

Members of academia and governmental and non-governmental organizations convened at The University of Texas at Austin campus to brainstorm ways to manage, conserve and promote continued learning to address the crisis of Caribbean coral reefs.

Irene Gomez and Maximiliano Rombado, recipients of the 2015-16 Larry Temple Scholarship

Owning Your Challenges: Larry Temple Scholars Q&A

Wed, Oct 7, 2015

Each year, two liberal arts students are awarded the Larry Temple Scholarship, which is designed to recognize students in the college with superior academic merit.

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Call for Nominations: 2016 Pro Bene Meritis Awards

Mon, Oct 5, 2015

The nomination period for the 2016 Pro Bene Meritis award is open until Oct. 30.

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Digital World Map Broadens Scope for Middle Ages Teaching and Research

Thu, Oct 1, 2015

Online users can now travel back in time to the medieval world by clicking through a collection of international research on the first digital platform of its kind from The University of Texas at Austin.

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UT Austin Classics Alumnus Wins MacArthur ‘Genius Grant’

Wed, Sep 30, 2015

Greek classicist and archeologist Dimitri Nakassis’s fresh take on prehistoric Greek societies has earned him a spot among the nation’s 2015 MacArthur Fellows.

William Doolittle received his honorary doctorate at Stockholm University on Sept. 25.

Geography Professor Receives Honorary Doctorate from Stockholm University

Wed, Sep 30, 2015

William E. Doolittle, a geography professor at The University of Texas at Austin, received an honorary doctorate from Stockholm University for his work as a cultural ecologist, geoarchaeologist and geographer.

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UT Austin Receives $2.4M to Study Social Lives’ Link to Health in Seniors

Mon, Sep 28, 2015

The University of Texas at Austin will receive a $2.4 million grant over the next five years from the National Institute on Aging to study how social interactions improve the health of older adults. Participants will use wearable electronic devices and cell phone apps to monitor their physical activity and social interactions in real time for several days.

Frank Bruni has been an op-ed columnist for The New York Times since 2011.

The New York Times Best-selling Author and Columnist to Deliver the Glickman Lecture

Wed, Sep 23, 2015

The New York Times op-ed columnist Frank Bruni, author of three New York Times best-selling books, will deliver the Glickman Centennial Lecture at The University of Texas at Austin.

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David Yeager Recognized Nationally for Real-World Research

Wed, Sep 23, 2015

The University of Texas at Austin assistant professor of psychology David Yeager will receive the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Robert B. Cialdini Award for his published studies on effectively providing criticism to children of all races.

CIA Director John O. Brennan speaks to the Innovative Online Foreign Policy Class to discuss role of CIA.

CIA Director John O. Brennan Visits UT Austin Innovative Online Foreign Policy Class

Tue, Sep 22, 2015

Director John O. Brennan spoke of the Central Intelligence Agency’s primary mission to do “everything possible around the globe to uncover threats to the United States” in a wide-ranging live conversation streamed over the Internet to a class of over 1000 University of Texas undergraduates enrolled in an innovative Government Department course on United States foreign policy that is delivered entirely online.

Professor Tim Beach and Professor Sheryl Luzzader-Beach in the tropical lowlands of Central America.

Clues from Ancient Maya Reveal Lasting Impact on Environment

Thu, Sep 3, 2015

Evidence from the tropical lowlands of Central America reveals how Maya activity more than 2,000 years ago not only contributed to the decline of their environment but continues to influence today’s environmental conditions, according to researchers at The University of Texas at Austin.

Liberal Arts Council president Austin Reynolds talks to incoming students at Gone to Liberal Arts this year.

A Gigantic Step Forward: LAC President Details '15-'16 Plans

Wed, Sep 2, 2015

Initially denied an interview to join Liberal Arts Council his first semester on campus, Austin Reynolds received an interview slot through a last-minute cancellation and earned his spot in the organization with an impressive question and answer session.

Government senior Madeleine Toups rallied with the HRC outside the Supreme Court after the Obergefell v. Hodges hearing legalized same-sex marriage across the country.

Students Make an Impact with 2015 Summer Internships

Thu, Aug 27, 2015

This summer, liberal arts students took to professional settings with internships that helped sharpen their skills and develop their roles as employees.

Robert Reich served in three presidential administrations, including Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.

Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich to Deliver Carpenter Lecture

Thu, Aug 27, 2015

Robert Reich, an expert in global and domestic economic policy and a former U.S. secretary of labor, will discuss “The Future of Inequality: The 2016 Election and Beyond” for the 2015 Carpenter Lecture, hosted by the Plan II Honors Program at The University of Texas at Austin.

President Gregory Fenves opened the Learning Commons in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on August 25.

UT Libraries, Liberal Arts Opens New Learning Center

Wed, Aug 26, 2015

The Learning Commons in the Perry-Castañeda Library opened this fall semester, creating a cross-campus collaborative space to support developments in student learning styles and needs at The University of Texas at Austin.

A mother cares for her twins while on nationally-mandated maternity leave in Stockholm, Sweden.

Nations’ Policies Affect Mothers’ Ability to Balance Work-Family Life, Study Shows

Tue, Aug 25, 2015

Various Western nations’ work-family policies leave many working mothers feeling unsupported as both caretakers and workers, according to a comparative study of working mothers in multiple countries by The University of Texas at Austin.

Research shows men favor younger and physically attractive mates, while women seek older mates with good financial prospects and higher status.

Genders Differ Dramatically in Evolved Mate Preferences

Thu, Aug 6, 2015

Men’s and women’s ideas of the perfect mate differ significantly due to evolutionary pressures, according to a cross-cultural study on multiple mate preferences by psychologists at The University of Texas at Austin.

The ability of scholars and students to work with ancient texts in digital form has been limited by the challenges of transcribing early-modern books.

NEH Grant Will Transform Study of Early Books

Tue, Aug 4, 2015

A National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant will make many of the first books printed in the Americas available for the first time in digital full-text format, thanks to innovations in optical character recognition (OCR) technology.

Research shows that elevated levels of testosterone and cortisol hormones increase the likelihood for unethical behavior.

Hormones Influence Unethical Behavior

Tue, Jul 28, 2015

Hormones play a two-part role in encouraging and reinforcing cheating and other unethical behavior, according to research from Harvard University and The University of Texas at Austin.

Children imitate conventional skills with higher fidelity and less innovation, according to the study.

Selective Imitation Shows Children are Flexible Social Learners, Study Finds

Mon, Jul 27, 2015

Psychologists at The University of Texas at Austin found that children flexibly choose when to imitate and when to innovate the behavior of others, demonstrating that children are precocious social learners.

Sandra E. Black holds the Audre and Bernard Rapoport Centennial Chair in Economics and Public Affairs and is a Professor of Economics.

Obama Will Name UT Austin’s Sandra Black to Council of Economic Advisers

Fri, Jul 24, 2015

President Barack Obama intends to nominate University of Texas at Austin economics Professor Sandra E. Black to join the three-member White House Council of Economic Advisers (CEA).

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"Very Light" Smoking Popular Among Young Adult Women, Study Finds

Mon, Jul 20, 2015

“Very light” smoking, defined as five or fewer cigarettes per day, is common among young adult women in the United States, according to researchers at The University of Texas at Austin.

Cristine Legare is an associate professor of psychology and the director of the Cognition, Culture and Development Lab.

UT Austin Psychologist Recognized Nationally for Distinguished Contributions

Thu, Jul 16, 2015

Psychology professor Cristine Legare will receive the American Psychological Association's 2016 Boyd McCandless Award for her significant and continued contributions to the field of developmental psychology.

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Opinion: The Black Church Must Confront Its Internal Attackers

Thu, Jul 16, 2015

The murders at the Emmanuel AME Church in South Carolina and the series of arson attacks on black churches across the South have reignited questions about why black churches are targets for those seeking to demonstrate their anger.

The Board of Regents of The University of Texas System awarded 11 UT Austin faculty with Outstanding Teaching Awards.

Liberal Arts Faculty Members Honored with UT System Outstanding Teaching Awards

Mon, Jul 13, 2015

Two faculty members from The University of Texas at Austin College of Liberal Arts were chosen to receive 2015 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System.

UT Austin President Gregory L. Fenves and UT System Chancellor William H. McRaven welcomed top Mexican officials to campus Thursday to sign an agreement that will expand scholarly exchange.

Mexico and The University of Texas Expand Scholarly Exchange

Fri, Jul 10, 2015

The University of Texas at Austin and the government of Mexico have renewed and expanded an agreement that will deepen academic relations between the two. UT Austin President Gregory L. Fenves and UT System Chancellor William H. McRaven welcomed top Mexican officials to campus Thursday to sign the agreement.