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The University of Texas at Austin

Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs

April 13, 2007

Martha Harrison Chosen for Staff Council

Congratulations (we think) to staff member Martha Harrison, who has been selected as the LBJ School's representative to the University of Texas at Austin Staff Council. Martha will serve a two-year term on the university-wide board to help promote a positive and collaborative work environment within the University. Congratulations Martha!

Honors Day Celebrates Academic Achievement at UT-Austin

Dean James B. Steinberg will deliver two convocation addresses on April 14 during the 59th Annual Honors Day celebration honoring the academic accomplishments of 1,200 Distinguished College Scholars and about 4,800 College Scholars at the University of Texas at Austin. The first ceremony will honor Distinguished College Scholars and College Scholars from the School of Architecture, McCombs School of Business, College of Education, Jackson School of Geosciences, College of Liberal Arts and the School of Nursing. The second ceremony will honor Distinguished College Scholars and College Scholars from the College of Communication, College of Engineering, College of Fine Arts, College of Natural Sciences, College of Pharmacy and the School of Social Work. Introduced in 1948, Honors Day is the occasion when students who have achieved academic excellence are honored by administrative officials, academic deans and members of the faculty.

LBJ Field Day is April 14

On April 14 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., the LBJ GPAC Social and Alumni Committees will host a field day for students, faculty and alumni. Ladybirds, families, friends and pets are welcome too! The event will take place at Patterson Park, 4200 Brookview Road. Free picnic food will be provided. For more information, contact Sandra Menjivar at 832-654-8677 or sandra.menjivar@mail.utexas.edu.

World Bank Staffer to Speak About Rwanda

On Monday, April 16, the Dean's Office will present Alfred Watkins, of the World Bank. Watkins, the bank's science and technology coordinator, will speak about his work in assisting Rwanda at 12:15 p.m. in the student lounge. Pizza and drinks will be provided. For more information, contact Brendan Lavy at 232-4004 or blavy@austin.utexas.edu.

UC San Diego Professor to Discuss China as a "Fragile Superpower"

Susan Shirk will give a presentation on her newest book, China: Fragile Superpower on Thursday, April 19 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Batts Hall, room 5.108. Shirk is the director of the University of California system-wide Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation and a professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego. Shirk has served as deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs, with responsibility for China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Mongolia. The event is free and open to the public. For more information about this event, contact Brendan Lavy at 232-4004 or blavy@austin.utexas.edu.

On the Web. . .
New LBJ Journal Now Online

New articles include: "POINT: Coming out as Conservative," by Marti Bier; "COUNTERPOINT: This Is What an Activist Sounds Like," by Bren Gorman; "The Obamamania Phenomenon is Mystifying," by Michael Paulos; and "Messy is the New Black," by Felice Trirogoff. These and other articles are available at www.lbjjournal.com.

Great Society Fund Seeks to Make a Social Entrepreneurship Splash

One thing that sets Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs students and alumni apart from the crowd is the amazing amount that they care about the world around them. The Great Society Fund is one way in which the school makes the world a better place. Created by the graduating class of 2005, the GSF provides resources and support for innovative social entrepreneurship projects started by LBJ students and alumni. For the full article, visit: http://lbj.utexas.edu/news/spring2007/gsf.php.

In the Media. . .

Assistant Professor Alan Kuperman wrote an op-ed entitled "How Can We Deprive al-Qaeda of an Iraqi Base? Arm Moderate Sunnis" for the April 4 edition of USA Today. Kuperman contends that the way to create a stable Iraq is to withdraw support from the Shiite-controlled government. For the full article, see: http://lbj.utexas.edu/news/spring2007/kuperman_oped.php.

Assistant Professor Eugene Gholz co-authored a policy analysis piece published by the Cato Institute, a Washington, D.C. based libertarian policy research group, entitled "Energy Alarmism: The Myths That Make Americans Worry about Oil." The article argues that the United States does not need to be "militarily active or confrontational" in order to guarantee continued access to oil because market forces mediate the supply. The policy paper, which was co-authored by Daryl Press of Dartmouth University, was the focus of a United Press International news wire story.

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.