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Reshaping Media

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Over the past five years, the Latino Media Arts and Studies (L-MAS) program at The University of Texas at Austin has grown from a group of courses and a minor into a hub for Latino studies scholarship, community and creativity. Founded by professors Charles Ramírez Berg, Mary Beltrán and Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez, the program sits in the Moody College of Communication. Its goal is to support the growth of Latino media studies and Latino topics and professionals in the fields of film, television, journalism and advertising. “In these industries, Latinx people…

HUD Must Disclose Flood Risk to Protect Low-Income Homebuyers

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I was recently listening to NPR as they discussed the drastic increase in flooding across the country as a result of climate change. They went on to explain a deep environmental injustice that exists: the federal government’s Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, has been selling flood-prone homes to unassuming buyers for years. Most of these homebuyers are low-income, because HUD sells houses that have been foreclosed on for more affordable prices. Currently, HUD can sell these homes without letting buyers know that they are at dangerous risk…

Texas Health Organizations Have a Responsibility to Promote Vaccines

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The Texas Nurses Association recently joined more than 50 other medical advocacy organizations calling for health facilities to require their employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. It is the only state-level organization to add their name to the declaration, which includes the signatures of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Psychiatric Association and the American Medical Association. This brings up a disappointing reality: that more Texas health organizations have not been similarly outspoken, including the Texas Medical Association, the Texas Association of Obstetrics and Gynecologists, and the Texas Academy…

How UT Earned the Seal of Excelencia

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Melanie Saenzpardo, a freshman biomedical engineering major, was accepted by several top colleges, including Yale, Columbia, Brown, Duke and Johns Hopkins, but this fall she started classes at The University of Texas at Austin. She chose UT over her other offers because she felt that it was the place where she would be most supported to succeed. Melanie Saenzpardo “UT really showed me how invested they were in my talents. They cared about me deeply,” says the El Paso resident. “I realized that they had a collaborative environment and that…

Choreographer Deborah Hay’s Archive Goes to the Harry Ransom Center

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AUSTIN, Texas — Award-winning choreographer Deborah Hay has established her archive at the Harry Ransom Center, a major destination for the study of dance and performance at The University of Texas at Austin. A founding member of the Judson Dance Theater, Hay is recognized as a pivotal figure in the development of post-modern dance. The archive constitutes more than 60 boxes of material spanning the full breadth of her life and career, including films, music, letters, diaries, photographs, production files, dance scores, interviews and manuscripts for her published books. Deborah…

Honesto, Transparente y Empático

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On a recent hot afternoon, residents of an Austin-area apartment complex are slowly driving through the parking lot with windows rolled down so a team of UT Austin School of Nursing faculty and students and other volunteers can administer the COVID-19 vaccine into the proffered arms. One of the team is Janice Hernandez, a Nursing School clinical assistant professor, who chats in Spanish with the drivers, answering questions and explaining how the vaccine works. Other afternoons you can find her at the Corazon Latino Dance Studio or on Wednesdays at…

Wallace Foundation Selects UT Austin, State Partners to Develop Equity-Focused School Leaders

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AUSTIN, Texas — The Wallace Foundation selected The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Texas at San Antonio and the Texas Education Agency as co-partners to locally support leadership development efforts and address equity issues in public education. The Wallace Foundation’s ongoing initiative seeks to build evidence-based principal pipelines that will empower current and future principals to support student achievement, create a positive impact on students and advance each district’s vision of equity in schools. This award is part of an $8.2 million, multiyear grant to the San…

How Democrats Can Win Texas in 2022

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In 2003, I interviewed Karl Rove in the White House. At the height of his powers as George W. Bush’s political guru, he consented to what was his first filmed interview because the subject was not President Bush, but how he helped make the Republican Party dominant in Texas. He described the GOP ascent, running candidates who articulated a message that appealed to the state’s conservative tilt. But he acknowledged that Democrats might have a hope someday if they were able to identify races where a good candidate with a…

Black School Leaders Need Support as Rising Tensions Threaten Recruitment

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All school leaders are under tremendous stress due to the pandemic, but Black school leaders are facing added pressure due to racial tensions amid backlash to critical race theory and other highly charged issues. If things continue as they are, Texas districts will not be able to retain Black school leaders or recruit the next generation from the teacher workforce. For decades, Texas has taken effort to diversify school and district leadership to better reflect student demographics, but those gains will be lost if policymakers do not better protect Black…

UT Austin and MD Anderson Form Partnership to End Cancer

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AUSTIN, Texas — Researchers from The University of Texas at Austin and MD Anderson Cancer Center are working together to better detect, diagnose and cure some of the most common and fatal types of cancers. Five teams so far — each co-led by a UT researcher and an MD Anderson oncologist — are part of a new partnership, formalized this summer, between the two UT System institutions. The goal: combine the best expertise that each has to offer to improve patient outcomes. Mechanical engineering and Texas Robotics Assistant Professor Farshid…

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