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The University of Texas at Austin

Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs

February 13, 2007

Tonight: LBJ School and Deloitte & Touche to Host Tom Ridge

The Elspeth Rostow Distinguished Lecture Series for Public Policy Leadership will welcome former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Tom Ridge on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 5 p.m. at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 North Congress Avenue. Ridge will discuss how state leaders can strategically address the long-term and structural issues facing state government today while also anticipating the daunting new challenges of the 21st century. After the presentation, he will take audience questions. The event is being sponsored by the LBJ School and Deloitte & Touche USA. For more information, contact Brendan Lavy at blavy@austin.utexas.edu.

Environmental Policy Topic of Wednesday Brown Bag

Michele Hallahan, a specialist from UT's Health and Safety Environmental Operations Division and the Vice-Chairwoman of the Texas Solar Energy Society, will discuss environmental sustainability at the next student Brown Bag at noon on Feb. 14 in the student Lounge. The event is being co-hosted by the Environmental and Facilities Committee and the brand new LBJ Sustainability Work Group. Thundercloud subs and cookies will be provided.

New LBJ School Alumni Speaker Series Welcomes Rieff as Inaugural Guest

The LBJ School is partnering with the LBJ School Alumni Association to launch a new speaker series featuring prominent alumni and special guests on topical issues in politics, policy, and the LBJ School. The inaugural speaker will be Susan K. Rieff, executive director of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and a graduate of the LBJ School. Rieff will talk about her work at the Wildflower Center and about the changes the center is undergoing after its September 2006 acquisition by the University of Texas at Austin. For more information, contact Brendan Lavy at 2-4004 or blavy@austin.utexas.edu.

New Statistical Software Package Installed on Lab Computers

Stata, an increasingly popular statistical software package for economic and sociological research, has been installed on 15 computer stations in the computer lab in the Public Affairs Library and on three computers in the PhD. Lab on the third floor. The School's license for the software package limits its use to instructional purposes in the full range of capabilities for data management, statistical analysis, graphics, and custom programming. Its simplicity in design and usage of drop-down menus means that people have found it easier to use compared to many other statistical software packages (e.g. SAS, SPSS). If you have questions, or need assistance in accessing the software, contact the Information Technology and Media Services helpline at 1-0229.

Syracuse University Professor to Address International NGO Accountability

Hans Peter Schmitz, the first speaker in the RGK Center's Global Civil Society Speaker Series, will discuss "Activists Beyond Scrutiny? The Politics of NGO Accountability" on Thursday, February 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. Schmitz is author of Transnational Mobilization and Domestic Regime Change: Africa in Comparative Perspective and an assistant professor at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. His research suggests that transnational NGOs should embrace the accountability discourse and define standards appropriate to their efforts. For more information, contact Professor Josh Busby, at busbyj@austin.utexas.edu.

On the Web. . .
LBJ School Alumni Take Lead in Developing City Park

LBJ School alumnus Doug Whitworth has taken the lead with some of his classmates in making the Gus Garcia Park in Northeast Austin a reality. The story is posted to the LBJ School website at http://lbj.utexas.edu/news/spring2007/garcia_park.php

New Edition of the LBJ Journal is Available Online

The student journal is back with articles such as: Do You Take Her To Be Your Lawfully Wedded Wife?... I Can't., by Marti Bier; Perry Takes Bold Stand on HPV Vaccine, by Bryan Hadley; Can a Lib Work in a Con Office?, by Nissa Brown; and RFID: Ripped-Off ID?, by Jonathan Weldon. To read the new articles, visit: www.lbjjournal.com.

In the Media. . .

The Washington Post published Alan Kuperman's letter to the editor entitled "Targeting Iran's Nuclear Weapons," on Feb. 12 arguing that bombing Iranian nuclear facilities would not necessarily cause another war. The letter is at lbj.utexas.edu/news/spring2007/kuperman_letter.php. Kuperman was also quoted in a recent MSNBC cable news story on Darfur.

RGK Center Executive Director Peter Frumkin was featured in the Austin American Statesman on Feb. 11 in Andrea Ball's column on the "It Factor" that motivates nonprofit leaders to undertake the work that they do.

Student Alison Hart that was quoted in a recent Daily Texan article on cultivating the local art community.

About News@LBJ

"News@LBJ" is a regular electronic newsletter distributed by the Dean's Office to keep faculty, staff, and students informed about news and events at The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. We encourage everyone to share their news, events, and suggestions with us via e-mail to kerri.battles@mail.utexas.edu.