News: Human Ecology

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As Temperatures Climb, Preschoolers Become Less Physically Active

“Go outside and play”—the time-tested strategy for generations of parents and caregivers ready to see their little ones tuckered out by exercise—may be fading in...

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For LGBTQ+ Texans, Closing the Health Disparity Gap

Phillip Schnarrs & Stephen T. Russell are collaborating with others to make Austin an epicenter of community-driven LGBTQ+ research

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Texas Science Festival Inspires Texans to Delve into Discovery

Go deep in the heart of science this month and next.

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Faculty Member Honored with Early Career Award

Maria Arredondo, an assistant professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences and the Department of Psychology, has been named a Rising Star...

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Doctors and Patients Have a New Tool to Aid in Conversations About Diet

Physicians will be able to get assistance from a new artificial intelligence system designed by nutrition researchers at The University of Texas at Austin.

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Shining a Light on How Bilingual Children Learn

UT assistant professor Maria Arredondo conducts an experiment to identify whether or not bilingual children are more efficient learners.

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7 Insights About Aging from College of Natural Sciences Researchers

In honor of International Day of Older Persons, learn about insights from UT Austin researchers related to aging and older individuals.


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Cognitive Impairment in Hispanic Adults Linked to Discrimination Experiences

Experiences with discrimination may be linked with disproportionate rates of cognitive decline in marginalized populations.

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Young Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Adults Have Worse Mental Health than Older Ones

Younger LGBQ adults are physically healthier, but have worse psychological health than older LGBQ people, study finds.

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UT Austin Leads in New Summary of Top “Degrees of the Future”

A new report releases what the nation’s best degrees of the future are.

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