In the Loop: The HDO Blog

You’re probably not planning enough for unlikely events

February 26, 2021
Art Markman, Ph.D.
Founding Director, HDO Annabel Irion Worsham Centennial Professor, Departments of Psychology and Marketing

In the wee hours of the morning on Monday, February 15, my house, like many others across the state of Texas, lost power during a winter storm. For the next 48 hours, we wore layers of clothes and huddled under blankets as temperatures indoors dropped to about 40 degrees. Even after the power came on, water supplies were low, and the city of Austin was under a boil-water order.

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Your brain loves routines. Here’s how to build new and better ones

February 25, 2021
Art Markman, Ph.D.
Founding Director, HDO Annabel Irion Worsham Centennial Professor, Departments of Psychology and Marketing

Routines are comfortable. When you’re stressed out, you tend to fall back on your habits. Why? There are two intersecting reasons why habits feel so good.

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Announcing: Increased Flexibility for Professional Training Participants

January 12, 2021

For the spring 2021 semester, we will be running our one-day courses on Wednesdays and Fridays from March 3 to May 7. Upon completion of their fourth course, participants will receive a certificate in the field of their choosing.

We hope this format provides increased flexibility and makes completing a four-day program less daunting.

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Congratulations to the HDO Class of 2020!

December 15, 2020
Lewis Miller, MPP
Assistant Director, HDO at UT Austin

Faculty, advisors, friends, and family gather — virtually — to celebrate the achievements of HDO’s seventh Master’s cohort.

This year’s celebration, as with all things 2020, was unique. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, large gatherings were not permitted to be held on campus.

In light of this, HDO students, faculty, and staff went to work to create a virtual event that combined elements of previous in-person graduations, including research presentations, faculty greetings, and student recognition.

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Architect Your Future: Self-Scripting

December 14, 2020
Michelle Jack, MA
HDO Alumna (Class of 2018)

We believe the past is the past, the present is the present and the future is unknown. What if we think of these concepts as a constant loop? How you can use what you know about the past and present to architect the future? Experiencing the unknowns of the future allows you to adjust and prepare for that future.

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Writing for Access

November 13, 2020
Dr. Casey Boyle
Director of the Digital Writing & Research Lab and Associate Professor in the Department of Rhetoric & Writing at UT Austin

As we communicate more through digital platforms, we have an opportunity to ensure that everybody, and every body, can access that communication. We typically think about access as availability, but access also includes providing the means by which people with disabilities may read/hear/see a communication.

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A Picture is Worth 125 Characters

October 27, 2020
Dr. Casey Boyle
Director of the Digital Writing & Research Lab and Associate Professor in the Department of Rhetoric & Writing at UT Austin

Communication is something that all of us encounter every day of our lives when interacting with someone else, working with a team, or communicating to the public. What does it mean to make communication accessible? Why must we make communication, especially digital media, accessible?

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HDO: The Human Experience

October 26, 2020
Miles Husid
Marketing Coordinator, HDO

Not only are HDO’s Master’s degree courses led by top faculty at UT Austin, they also feature some of the best and brightest students on The Forty Acres. Year after year, we continue to be grateful for how much we learn from our incredible students. Seven years in, I guess we should no longer be surprised.

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Reimagining the Humanities for the 21st Century

October 21, 2020
Steven Mintz, Ph.D.
Professor of History at UT Austin

As humanists grow ever more desperate for students, funding and public recognition, these scholars have attached the “humanities” label to an ever-expanding list of popular subjects — not just such old mainstays such as the legal humanities, the medical humanities or the public humanities, but to a host of less familiar areas of study, including the environmental humanities or the urban humanities and, of course, the digital humanities and the global humanities, each supported by a network of scholarly journals, book series and conferences.

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Strategy for Uncertainty

October 1, 2020
Miles Husid
HDO Marketing Coordinator

This year has been fraught with new challenges that have required both professional and personal adaptation and growth. The way in which businesses and employees communicate, manage, strategize, and function has changed dramatically these last several months, making resources on working and leading through change all the more vital.

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