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Census data suggests increased acceptance of being multiracial

Shamoyita DasGupta April 1, 2011

More Americans than ever before identify as multiracial, according to the 2010 census. Of the 9 million people who listed themselves as more than one race, 4.2 million are children. The percentage...

Wounded veterans team up for Texas bicycle challenge

Shamoyita DasGupta March 30, 2011

When an incoming rocket round hit Sgt. Johnny Alexander during his service in Vietnam, he lost both of his legs, his back was crushed and he was paralyzed from the neck down. Now, decades later,...

Talk explores UT’s path to integration

Shamoyita DasGupta March 25, 2011

Former UT housemother Almetris Duren provided a source of critical support for many of the first black students at UT, said two speakers at a talk Thursday. Students, faculty and members of the community...

Nation’s law schools see overall decrease in student applications

Shamoyita DasGupta March 23, 2011

The number of students applying to law schools around the nation has decreased significantly since last year, according to data from the Law School Admissions Council. Since last year, the number of...

Google to oversee webmail after UT confirms contract

Shamoyita DasGupta March 9, 2011

Students can say goodbye to the clunky orange UT webmail interface and claim a new University e-mail account hosted through Google next month. After students complained for years about the inefficiency...

UT, Mexican law school begin partnership

Shamoyita DasGupta March 9, 2011

UT law students can earn a dual law degree from the UT School of Law and from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México in Mexico City through a new program currently accepting applications. Law...

City ordinance implements parking meter time extension

Shamoyita DasGupta March 4, 2011

Patrons of Downtown Austin should carry more loose change starting in August 2011, after City Council members voted 6-1 Thursday to implement an ordinance that will extend hours for parking meters. Currently,...

Civil rights symposium celebrates 25th anniversary

Shamoyita DasGupta February 25, 2011

The students who helped coordinate the first Heman Sweatt Symposium on Civil Rights in 1986 boycotted their own event because of animosity toward the UT System Board of Regents, said two of the original...

Trio discusses faults in justice system

Shamoyita DasGupta February 23, 2011

  The Texas criminal justice system’s flaws lead to wrongful imprisonment and unfair prosecution, said a former attorney and two men exonerated from a capital murder conviction in a...

Graduate students win contest for advertising concept

Shamoyita DasGupta February 23, 2011

A group of graduate students won the Texas Venture Labs Investment competition with a company designed to bring new media to an old platform: the telephone. Technology commercialization graduate...

Children advocacy groups lobby legislators

Shamoyita DasGupta February 18, 2011

Members from Children at Risk collaborated with other organizations to give a voice to children who are too young to vote for themselves, group members said. The organization hosted Children’s...

State still lags in health care, educational comparisons

Shamoyita DasGupta February 16, 2011

Texas ranked 49th in the percentage of low-income people covered by Medicaid and last in both per capita mental health spending and the percentage of the population over 25 with a high school diploma,...

Budget proposal may endanger research

Shamoyita DasGupta February 11, 2011

A recent proposal from Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives to cut non-defense discretionary spending could adversely affect research institutions, including UT, said UT’s vice president for...

High school teachers impart creationism over evolution

Shamoyita DasGupta February 9, 2011

A high percentage of public high school biology teachers are choosing to teach creationism instead of evidence for evolution in their classrooms, according to a survey published in the Jan. 28 issue of...

Top researcher studies impact of social media

Shamoyita DasGupta February 4, 2011

A UT professor’s research in management information systems earned him the top spot on a list of 130 researchers whose work ranks among the most influential in their field, according to a study that measured...

Incoming freshmen manifest diminishing emotional health

Shamoyita DasGupta January 28, 2011

The emotional health of first-year college students has reached an all-time low while stress levels have increased significantly, according to a survey published by the Higher Education Research Institute...

Symposium celebrates legacy of UT’s first black law student

Shamoyita DasGupta January 28, 2011

Members of Heman Sweatt’s family sat among faculty, staff and students at a book talk Thursday to honor UT’s first African-American law student. The talk was the first event of the 25th Annual Heman...

Along party lines, Senate advances voter ID bill

Shamoyita DasGupta January 26, 2011

State senators voted along party lines Tuesday night to begin hearing amendments tonight to a sweeping voter ID bill that would require voters to provide adequate government-issued identification before...

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