Government Professor David Leal Named Distinguished Alumnus
David Leal, professor of government, has received a 2013 Distinguished Alumni Scholar award from Stanford University.
Leal was honored at Stanford’s Distinguished Alumni Scholar Day, a day-long event where he met with students, university leaders, and members of the cultural and ethnic community at on Nov. 13.
A leading scholar of Latino politics, Leal’s research spans the fields of public policy, political behavior and public opinion. He is the director of the Irma Rangel Public Policy Institute, and faculty associate of the Center for Mexican American Studies. Go here for more details.
Langlois Appointed Permanent Dean of Graduate Studies
Vice Provost Judith Langlois has been appointed permanent dean of graduate studies at The University of Texas at Austin. Langlois, who will retain her post as vice provost, has been serving as interim dean of the school since Victoria Rodríguez stepped down in January 2012. Go here for more details.
History Department Announces Littlefield History Chair
A gift from longtime UT Austin alumnus and supporter Clyde Rabb Littlefield will endow The Clyde Rabb Littlefield Chair in Texas History. Go here for more details.
Sociology, Economics Researchers Receive Grant to Study How STEM Education Contributes to Workforce Success
University of Texas at Austin sociologist Chandra Muller and economist Sandra Black have received a $1.6 million grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate how science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education contributes to career success. Go here for more details.
Spanish and Portuguese Professor Honored for Excellence in Latin American Cultural Studies
Arturo Arias, professor of Spanish and Portuguese, was named Tomás Rivera Regents Professor of Spanish Language and Literature in recognition of his distinction as a scholar, teacher and leader in the fields of Latin American Literary and Cultural Studies, U.S. Latino Studies and Indigenous Studies. Go here for more details.
College of Liberal Arts Professors Honored by Board of Regents
Four faculty members from the College of Liberal Arts were selected by the UT System Board of Regents to receive its highest honor: the 2013 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. The recipients are:
Henry A. Dietz, University Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of Government
Toyin Falola, professor, Department of History
Don B. Graham, J. Frank Dobie Regents Professor of American and English Literature, Department of English
Allen MacDuffie, assistant professor, Department of English
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French and Italian Professor Wins ISSNAF Award for Research in Italian Culture
Paola Bonifazio, assistant professor of French and Italian, has been awarded the 2013 Italian Scientists and Scholars of North American Foundation (ISSNAF) Award for the Humanities for her manuscript, tentatively titled “Sponsored films: Publicizing Modernization in Cold War Italy (1948-1958).” Go here for more details.