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Mobile Phone Bans Lead to Rise in Student Test Scores

Mon, May 18, 2015

Banning cellphones in schools reaps the same benefits as extending the school year by five days, according to a study co-authored by an economist at The University of Texas at Austin.


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Course on Philanthropy Pays Off

Fri, May 15, 2015

This semester a class of UT Austin freshmen were given the responsibility of deciding how to donate $85,000 to charity.


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University of Texas Welcomes Texas State Historical Association Back Home to Austin

Wed, May 13, 2015

The University of Texas at Austin is welcoming the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) back to campus, where it was founded and operated for 108 years, to support the teaching and preservation of Texas history.


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Statewide Survey Evaluates Accessibility of Reproductive Health Care in Texas

Wed, May 13, 2015

A survey by the Texas Policy Evaluation Project suggests Texas women face significant barriers accessing family planning services.


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College Honors Outstanding Teaching

Fri, May 8, 2015

The College of Liberal Arts has recognized 12 faculty members for the 2014-15 academic year who exemplify outstanding teaching and a commitment to excellence.


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Field of Dreams

Larry Carver’s Got a Marshall on First, a Truman on Second and a Rhodes on Third

Wed, May 6, 2015

It’s been more than 20 years since Larry Carver began working with UT Austin students applying for the nation’s most prestigious graduate school fellowships, and he can still tell you the names of all the nominees from memory.


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Undergraduate Research Week: Liberal Arts Students Present the Evidence

Thu, Apr 23, 2015

The fields of study within the College of Liberal Arts are vast, and the number of topics that merit in-depth investigation are seemingly endless.


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Honors Day 2015: Q&A's with 3 Liberal Arts Honorees

Wed, Apr 15, 2015

More than 1,000 liberal arts students are being recognized this Saturday in a UT Austin tradition that began in 1948.


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With Liberty and Justice for All: Liberal Arts Student Interns with Nonprofit Law Firm

Fri, Apr 10, 2015

Valentina Gudiño is an anthropology and international relations & global studies senior who was born in Cabimas, Venezuela and grew up in Houston, Texas. This semester, she’s working 10 hours per week as an intern at the Equal Justice Center.


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Information Researchers to Create Digital Archives from Central Lunatic Asylum for Colored Insane

Thu, Apr 9, 2015

King Davis (Mike Hogg Professor Emeritus in Liberal Arts, professor at the School of Information and in the African & African Diaspora Studies department) and two other faculty members at The University of Texas at Austin’s School of Information have received a grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation to develop and field test a digital infrastructure for preserving and managing the historical public records from the Central Lunatic Asylum for Colored Insane in Petersburg, Virginia.


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Shakespeare Brand Identified in His First Poems

Thu, Apr 2, 2015

A printer’s ornament on the title pages of William Shakespeare's earliest works suggests that from an early stage in his career, the poet received significant support in fashioning a unique bran


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A New Look at Language Delay in Children With Autism

Thu, Apr 2, 2015

A new study by a linguistics professor and an alumnus from The University of Texas at Austin sheds light on a well-known linguistic characteristic of autistic children — their reluctance to use pronouns — paving the way for more accurate diagnostics.


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UT Austin Honors George P. Bush and Establishes Latino Research Initiative

Wed, Apr 1, 2015

The University of Texas at Austin has launched a new Latino Research Initiative in conjunction with presenting the university’s first Latino Leadership Award to Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush.


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In Memoriam: Dr. Janet Taylor Spence, Professor Emeritus

Sun, Mar 29, 2015

The College of Liberal Arts is saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Janet Taylor Spence, Professor Emeritus, on March 16, 2015. Dr. Spence held the Alma Cowden Madden Professorship of Liberal Arts and the Ashbel Smith Professorship of Psychology and Educational Psychology.


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Learning How to Learn: Q&A with 2015 Rhodes Scholar Sai Gourisankar

Wed, Mar 25, 2015

Sai Gourisankar is a Plan II Honors and chemical engineering senior from Fort Worth, Texas. He is a recipient of the 2015 Rhodes scholarship, as well as being a Dedman distinguished scholar, a Goldwater scholar and an Astronaut Foundation scholar.


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Men’s Preference for Certain Body Types Has Evolutionary Roots

Thu, Mar 19, 2015

A psychology study from The University of Texas at Austin sheds new light on today’s standards of beauty, attributing modern men’s preferences for women with a curvy backside to prehistoric influences.


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Built by Mixtec Hands: Benjamín Ibarra Sevilla’s Work on Treasures of Mexican Colonial Architecture

Mon, Mar 9, 2015

Benjamín Ibarra Sevilla has spent a lot of time in late-Gothic churches. He is not a casual visitor to these vast structures, who might stroll in and crane his neck to take in the splendor of the ribbed vaults high above, or fleetingly ponder the enormous effort that must have gone into their construction: removing stone from a quarry, transporting it, shaping it, and assembling the impossibly heavy pieces of chiseled stone in just the right way so that a structure could withstand the test of centuries.


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Historian Provides New Perspective on Islam and Secularism

Mon, Mar 9, 2015

Religion and politics are at the root of conflict around the world, and historians are looking to the past for solutions to today’s most heated debates.


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Liberal Arts Backs Entrepreneurship

Fri, Mar 6, 2015

Major Ellis, an economics junior from San Angelo, Texas, says entrepreneurism runs in the family.


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Lebermann Foundation Creates UT Endowments for Medical School, Liberal Arts

Mon, Mar 2, 2015

The Lebermann Foundation of Austin has committed $1.5 million to create two endowments at The University of Texas at Austin honoring the parents of former Austin civic leader Lowell Lebermann.


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Cather Researches Scripted Suicide in Modern Japan

Mon, Mar 2, 2015

Japanese artists have scripted suicide into their work, sometimes marking destinations for contemplating, committing and mourning suicide, morphing modern Japan into what some consider a “suicide nation.”


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Historian Provides Perspective on China’s Economic Rise

Mon, Mar 2, 2015

Since the ending of the Mao era, China’s economy has grown from small and centralized to a global market giant. But, is China’s success a response to what many consider to be an era of economic failure?


Lynn Wilkinson is an associate professor of Germanic studies in the College of Liberal Arts.

HRA Recipient Presents: "A Field of their Own: Nineteenth-Century Women Intellectuals"

Thu, Feb 26, 2015

Though gender equality has come a long way since the 19th century, modern day literature and culture remains gendered, quieting the voices of worthy intellectuals.


Dating back to the mid-19th century, Globus attempted to introduce German readers to the world.

HRA Recipient Presents: "Popularizing the World in the Nineteenth Century: Karl Andree’s Globus"

Thu, Feb 26, 2015

Today, we receive information from around the world in a blink of an eye; but the forces that have helped the world become so closely connected had their origins in the 19th century.


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2015 Dean's Distinguished Graduates Announced

Thu, Feb 26, 2015

Twelve graduating seniors have been named Dean’s Distinguished Graduates.


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Liberal Arts Refugee Alliance Introduces New Residents to Austin

Wed, Feb 25, 2015

Q&A with Founding Member Sarah Fischer