Monthly Archives: February 2015

Student survey: Relaxation areas on campus

We are hoping to develop an easier way to map out relaxation areas across campus for our students.  Please participate in this 5 minute survey to help us get an idea of how to proceed:

Thank you!

Katy Redd, MPH, MSW, CHES

Interim Program Director
Mental Health Promotion Coordinator
UT Counseling and Mental Health Center
100-A West Dean Keeton Street
1 University Station, SSB, A3500
Austin, TX 78712-0152


Legacies of Nonviolence in Art and Society

Legacies of Nonviolence in Art and Society

Friday, February 27th, 2015, 1 – 5 pm

Capitol Room, Edgar A. Smith Building

“Experiments with Truth:  Gandhi and Images of Nonviolence,” was an exhibition at the Menil Collection that explored how ideas about nonviolence have affected the creation of art throughout the world, both before and after the time of Gandhi.  It included a number of powerful contemporary works by artists such as Amar Kanwar, Kimsooja and Theaster Gates.  This symposium further examines issues raised by the exhibition.


An Introduction: Consequences of ahimsa.”

Janice Leoshko, Associate Professor, Dept of Art and Art History, UT

Creating the Exhibition on Gandhi and Images of Violence and Nonviolence.”

Josef Helfenstein, Director, The Menil Collection, Houston

Experiments with Books: The Publication for the Menil Exhibition.”

Joseph Newland, Director of Publications, The Menil Collection, Houston

After Gandhi:  Excerpts from art and history.”

Atreyee Gupta, Fellow of Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices, Berlin and Visiting Fellow, Institute for Cultural Inquiry, Berlin

Before Ecoart:  Hydroaesthetics in the Little Ice Age.”

Sugata Ray, Assistant Professor, Dept. of History of Art, University of California, Berkeley

Images of Non-Violence? Destruction and Self-Destruction in Contemporary Chinese Art.

Yun-Chiahn Sena, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Art and Art History, UT

There will be light snacks, coffee and tea.

FAFSA completion sessions for continuing students

The time has once again arrived for students to begin applying for financial aid for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year.  The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the only application needed at UT-Austin to apply for grants, work-study, and student loans.  Financial aid counselors will be available to assist current students completing the online FAFSA application (paper FAFSA’s available upon request).  Sessions are held in a computer lab setting on a walk-in basis.  NOTE: UT-Austin’s priority deadline is March 15th


Thank you very much.

Ernesto Lopez Jr.

Financial Aid Officer III

The Office of Student Financial Services

The University of Texas at Austin

P.O. Box 7758, UT Station – Austin, TX  78713-7758

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Student Paper Competition: communication technology, policy and its impact on society

The Communication Technology and Society research group, with the support of the Technology and Information Policy Institute (TIPI), is pleased to announce a student paper competition with cash awards. Full papers (approximately 20-25 pages; double spaced; one inch margins all around; 12 point font, and any reference style as long as it is consistent) along with a 250 word abstract should be submitted by April 30, 2015 at Please do not include any personally identifiable information in the document you submit.

Papers that have been published or presented elsewhere will not be accepted for this paper competition.

This competition offers three cash awards:

1st Prize: $500

2nd Prize: $300

3rd Prize: $100

The competition is open to any graduate students enrolled at UT-Austin this semester. TIPI invites scholarly and original submissions that advance our understanding of communication technology, policy and its impact on society. Possible topics of interest include, but are certainly not limited to, the following: open government and “open” movement, policy toward immersive media or online gaming, digital inclusion, network neutrality, intellectualproperty issues, ethical and privacy implications of big data, ICT4D, equity issues in technology use, and the politics of platforms.

Submitted papers will be judged by a faculty panel and notice of decisions will be provided by May 15, 2015.

Winners will be expected to present their paper in a small-conference setting during a one half day event held in June.


Please address inquiries to


Federal Resume Writing & Interview Techniques

Federal Resume Writing & Interview Techniques, hosted by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management Information Session

Thu, February 26, 2015 • 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM • PAR 308

Why Federal Employment?

–          Public service

–          Diverse Federal missions

–          Opportunity for advancement

–          Training and professional development

This workshop will cover two primary topics:

Federal Resume Writing

Job seekers will be able to apply for Federal positions using a resume and an optional cover letter.  This workshop will provide participants with information on how best to write a resume that highlights strengths and accomplishments.  They will learn what information to include on the resume, tips to market themselves and how to describe their experience.  Participants will leave this session armed with information to craft an effective Federal resume.

Interview Techniques

Participants will learn what to do prior to, during and after interviewing for Federal jobs.  After the session, they will know what the entire interview process will entail, to include the types of questions that will be asked and how to respond.

View event flyer here.

Brumley Next Generation Fellows Program

The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law is pleased to announce the launch of a new research mentorship and fellowship program geared towards graduate students at the University of Texas at Austin. Open to graduate students at UT Austin in the first year of their program at the time of application, the Brumley Next Generation Fellows Program will bring together students from different departments on campus studying issues across the spectrum of international security and foreign affairs.

Graduate Fellows will be paired with a Distinguished Scholar at the Strauss Center conducting research relevant to the Fellow’s degree under a Strauss Center program. Fellows will engage in their own research on a program-relevant topic, and will also assist their Distinguished Scholar with his or her existing research initiatives. In addition to the research component, Fellows are expected to maintain a deep level of engagement with the Strauss Center, attending conferences and events. Fellows will be included in private sessions and meetings with policymakers and scholars who are brought to campus to collaborate on Strauss funded research, furthering networking opportunities.

There will be a monthly Graduate Fellow Colloquium, during which Fellows convene for a lunchtime discussion with a policymaker, practitioner, or visiting scholar to discuss current research work as well as career advancement and development. During these colloquia Fellows will also share their own research, and provide feedback on their peers’ projects. Fellows may also apply for travel funds to sponsor trips to conferences to present research, conduct research in archives, or present a lecture on another campus.

There will be an information session on the program Tuesday, February 24th from 12:15-1:30pm in SRH 3.122 (more information on our website). There will be an additional information session in late February or early March; stay tuned for more details.

For application information, click here or view the attached materials.


The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law

2315 Red River Street Stop E2700

Austin, TX 78712

P: 512 471 6267

F: 512 471 6961

New York Conference on Asian Studies (NYCAS) 2015

Global Asia: Social, Cultural, and Political Spaces
Vassar College
Poughkeepsie, NY
Friday October 16 – Saturday October 17, 2015
The Asian Studies program at Vassar College, in association with the New York Conference on Asian Studies (NYCAS), will host an international conference that thematically explores “Global Asia: Social, Cultural, and Political Spaces” in order to expand and deepen our understanding of enduring and changing relationships among societies across national boundaries in Asia and between Asia and the rest of the world.
We welcome proposals for traditional or non-traditional panels, individual papers, and roundtables. Graduate student participation is encouraged. We also welcome proposals for presentations of faculty research that involves undergraduate student participation.
Proposal topics may include, but are not limited to the following: colonial and post-colonial discourses, Pan-Asianism in the global age, environmental changes and sustainability, political technology and social movements, nationalism and collective memories, religious ideology and practices, urbanization, economic transformation, globalization and local identities, practices of popular culture and entertainment, gender and sexuality, globalization and reinvention/localization of food, and culinary knowledge and practices in various times and regions.
Dr. Laurel Kendall (Vice President Elected, Association for Asian Studies, and Chair of the Division of Anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City) and Mr. Liu Jianqiang (editor of China Dialogue – China’s earliest and most influential bilingual website on environmental issues) will give keynote speeches. Asian art and photograph exhibitions and Asian food workshops will be held in conjunction with the conference.
(Note: NYCAS does not provide travel funding for participants.)
Deadline for Proposal Submissions:
May 1, 2015 (new deadline)
Please submit proposals via the Proposal Submission Form located at
(ATTENTION: Due to the busy hotel season in the fall in New York’s Mid-Hudson area, hotel availability will be very limited. We encourage you to reserve a room as early as possible if you are considering attending the conference. Cancellation is possible up to 24 hours before scheduled check-in with no charge. NYCAS/VASSAR discount will be applied at the designated hotels.)

Council of Graduate Schools Resolution Regarding Graduate Scholars, Fellows, Trainees and Assistants

Council of Graduate Schools Resolution Regarding Graduate Scholars, Fellows, Trainees and Assistants


Acceptance of an offer of financial support (such as a graduate scholarship, fellowship, traineeship, or assistantship) for the next academic year by a prospective or enrolled graduate student completes an agreement that both student and graduate school expect to honor. In that context, the conditions affecting such offers and their acceptance must be defined carefully and understood by all parties.

Students are under no obligation to respond to offers of financial support prior to April 15; earlier deadlines for acceptance of such offers violate the intent of this Resolution. In those instances in which a student accepts an offer before April 15, and sub- sequently desires to withdraw that acceptance, the student may submit in writing a resignation of the appointment at any time through April 15. However, an acceptance given or left in force after April 15 commits the student not to accept another offer without first obtaining a written release from the institution to which a commitment has been made. Similarly, an offer by an insti- tution after April 15 is conditional on presentation by the student of the written release from any previously accepted offer. It is further agreed by the institutions and organizations subscribing to the above Resolution that a copy of this Resolution or a link to the URL should accompany every scholarship, fellowship, traineeship, and assistantship offer.

See for list of participating institutions.

“Grading Papers and Changing Diapers: Surviving Graduate School With A Family”

“Grading Papers and Changing Diapers:  Surviving Graduate School With A Family”
A talk by David McGhan, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Physics. 
When:  Friday, February 13, 3-4 pm
Where:  RLM 5.122 (map)
About the talk:  How can you be successful at graduate school and also have a family? Come to this talk, hosted by the Physics Education Forum and open to all, and learn some tips and tricks, as well as the realities of raising children while in graduate school. If you have children, or if you are thinking about having children while in graduate school, you don’t want to miss this.  The talk is open to all graduate students at UT.
About the presenter:  Dave is a doctoral candidate in the Physics Department in the College of Natural Sciences.  His research focuses on using physics based models to analyze K-12 science education.  Dave has a MS from UT in Quantum Physics, and a BS from North Carolina State University.   When not working as an Assistant Instructor or coding, Dave enjoys hiking and visiting local museums with his wife and two boys. 
Hosted by the Physics Education Forum and co-sponsored by the Graduate Student Writing Group.



Fri, April 10, 2015 • 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM • SAC 2.302

Breaking New Ground in the Science-Religion Dialogue Workshop

The objective of this workshop is to discuss cutting-edge research on the science and religion dialogue. Topics of discussion will include the psychological foundations for religious and scientific beliefs, cognitive impediments to understanding science, ideological biases against science and rejection of scientific concepts, biases against believers and atheists, and the portrayal of science and religion debates in the media.


Dr. Cristine Legare, Department of Psychology 

 Keynote address

Dr. Bruce Hood, University of Bristol
“Why do we believe in the unbelievable? The science of supernatural beliefs”
Hosted by Hot Science, Cool Talks, April 10, 7:00pm

 Invited speakers 

  • Dr. Paul Harris, Harvard University
  • Dr. E. Thomas Lawson, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Dr. Will Gervais, University of Kentucky
  • Dr. Andrew Shtulman, Occidental College
  • Dr. Tania Lombrozo, UC Berkeley
  • Dr. Azim Shariff, University of Oregon
  • Dr. Jesse Preston, University of Illinois
  • Dr. Bastiaen Rutjens, University of Amsterdam
  • Dr. Kelly James Clark, Grand Valley State University
  • Dr. Robert McCauley, Emory University
  • Dr. Konrad Talmont-Kaminski, University of Finance and Management in Warsaw
  • Dr. David Buss, UT Austin
  • Dr. Art Markman, UT Austin
  • Dr. Jacqui Woolley, UT Austin

Registration is free, but please RSVP by March 15, 2015