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The fragment’s front side reads John 1.49-2.1, the final portion of the calling of Nathaniel and the beginning of the Wedding at Cana. Photo by Geoffrey Smith.

Early Christianity Scholar Discovers Ancient Papyrus Fragment on eBay

Mon, Nov 30, 2015

A fourth-century papyrus fragment of the Gospel of John, one of about 130 Greek New Testament papyri known to survive today, made its serendipitous debut in an online auction earlier this year — with a starting bid of less than $100.

Dean Randy L. Diehl

Statement from Dean Randy L. Diehl Regarding Nov. 13 On-Campus Incident

Mon, Nov 23, 2015

Amidst the current controversy concerning the disruption of an academic lecture sponsored by the Institute for Israel Studies, I want to reiterate my deep admiration for the work of Professor Ami Pedahzur and the Institute for Israel Studies in conducting courses and public programming that represent the highest standard of academic discourse and dispassionate reasoning and research on a controversial subject of enormous importance.

Photo by Gage Skidmore

Trump and Cruz Tied in University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll

Thu, Nov 12, 2015

Equal numbers of Republican primary voters in Texas chose U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump as their first choice to be the Republican presidential nominee in the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune statewide poll.

Illustrations by Caitlin Alexander

Spark Your Interests: Five Liberal Arts Classes That Ignite Critical Thinking

Wed, Nov 11, 2015

It’s not uncommon for the College of Liberal Arts to break the Registrar’s website. Not on purpose — the interdisciplinary nature of the courses offered in liberal arts do not always mesh well with a system that was designed around rigid department codes.

Navy ROTC members in 1943

Navy ROTC Celebrates 75 Years

Tue, Nov 10, 2015

The year was 1940: Europe was in its second year of war, and Japan was continuing its nearly 10-year expansion into Pacific Rim countries, especially China. The United States was able to stay away from the fray, but the summer would bring disturbing developments that would put the U.S. on high alert.

A detail of the Portal of al-Zahir, Mashhad al-Husayn, featured on the cover of Mulder's book.

Book on Medieval Syrian Shrines Takes Grand Prize at UT Austin Hamilton Book Awards

Tue, Nov 3, 2015

Stephennie Mulder, associate professor of Islamic art and architecture at The University of Texas at Austin, has been named the $10,000 grand prize winner of the 2015 University Co-op Robert W. Hamilton Book Awards for her work "The Shrines of the ‘Alids in Medieval Syria: Sunnis, Shi’is, and the Architecture of Coexistence.”

Full moon cloudy night on the Texas Gulf Coast

Spooky Research: The Unexplained Explained

Mon, Oct 26, 2015

To the ancient Celtics, Oct. 31 marked the end of harvest and the beginning of barren winter, or a time when life and fertility ended and arid death began.

I'lynne Marquez practices extracting DNA in Deborah Bolnick's anthropology lab.

Small Town Students See Big Potential at UT Austin

Fri, Oct 16, 2015

The future just got a whole lot bigger for 12 high school students from Hart, Texas who were selected to attend a three-day STEM workshop at The University of Texas at Austin.

Nava Semel (left) and Camille Ovitz. Photo by Alyssa Ramirez

Guest Speakers Give Israel a New Voice

Fri, Oct 16, 2015

Semel, an award-winning Israeli author and playwright, was born to Holocaust survivors in Tel Aviv. Her work gives a voice to scars of the past and shapes Israeli identity through her Jewish heritage. She was invited by the Institute for Israel Studies at The University of Texas at Austin to speak to students, faculty and community members to discuss her works and offer a new perspective on Israel.

Photo by Alfredo Montañez

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.

Pro Bene Meritis Award

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.

The Catalan Atlas, Asia

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.

Photo credit: John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

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.

Photo by Gabriel Rocha.

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.

Photo by Bill McCullough

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.

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.