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The University of Texas at Austin

Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs

August 4, 2008

LBJ School Welcomed to APSIA Membership

The Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) has welcomed the LBJ School as its newest member. APSIA comprises 33 (34 now) member schools in North America, Asia and Europe dedicated to the improvement of professional education in international affairs and the advancement thereby of international understanding, prosperity, peace, and security. “This is a terrific opportunity for the LBJ School, especially as we inaugurate our Master of Global Policy Studies degree and welcome its first entering class this fall,” said Dean James B. Steinberg. APSIA member schools are the primary sources of education for international affairs professionals in their respective countries. These schools prepare students for the global workplace of the 21st Century by combining multidisciplinary, policy-oriented, intercultural studies with career development. The APSIA schools are proud of their reputations for producing diverse, well-educated, and sophisticated international affairs professionals, many of whom hold leadership positions in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors throughout the United States and the world. As an additional benefit, APSIA.org serves as a clearinghouse of information for prospective students and employers. For more information about APSIA, please visit the organizational Web site: http://www.apsia.org.

Alumni Reception
Alums Gather to Network at Washington, D.C. Event

More than 80 Washington D.C.-area alumni were joined by Dean James B. Steinberg, Lynda Johnson Robb, Assistant Dean Jeffery Patterson, and Office of Student and Alumni Programs Director Megan Murphy to the annual Washington D.C. Alumni Reception on Tuesday, June 24 in the Congressional Rayburn House Office Building. The event gave alumni and friends of the LBJ School an opportunity to reconnect with each other and learn more about the initiatives that are shaping the School’s future. Guests included alumni from years spanning 1977 to 2008, current students, members of the incoming class of 2008, and prospective students. The evening’s honored guest, Mrs. Robb, shared stories of the experiences that shaped her father’s career in politics and his motivation for creating the LBJ School to prepare graduates to effectively face the challenges of careers in public service.

Inman Scholars Completes Third Successful Year
Inman Scholars

The third annual Inman Scholars Summer Leadership Program was another tremendous success. Fifteen undergraduates from different Texas university gathered for the seven-week program to explore the environment of a public policy graduate school. Students enrolled in two undergraduate-level courses (Introduction to Quantitative Skills for Public Policy and Global Issues in Public Policy) and received leadership training through various workshops, attended guest presentations, and received graduate school preparation and career planning. The Inman Scholars were paired with LBJ School students or alumni mentors who provided information about the broad range of public policy careers and gave first-hand advice on the benefits of graduate school and on strategies for approaching the graduate application process. It is the goal of the program that this experience will help the participants develop a plan for the future and consider careers in public policy. The Inman Scholars Program was made possible through the generous funding of Admiral Bobby R. Inman and his family foundation.

LBJ Journal Call for Papers Deadlines Announced

The LBJ Journal of Public Affairs is soliciting contributions for its 2008-2009 editions. Submissions for a special edition on global policy—to be published concurrent with the launch of the LBJ School’s new degree program—will be accepted until September 19. Submissions for the regular issue will be accepted until October 10th. This year, the journal is offering LBJ students the option of working with an editor while writing or substantially revising their papers for submission, in order to give students additional support and feedback. Please do not hesitate to contact the LBJ Journal Editorial Staff at lbjjpa@uts.cc.utexas.edu with any questions.

Strauss Center’s Awards William Crook Chair Fellowships

This summer, the Strauss Center for International Security and Law sponsored William H. Crook Fellowships for students working for nonprofit organizations in developing countries. The fellowships came from the Crook Endowment, named for President Lyndon B. Johnson’s national director of Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), a national program to fight poverty, and the former ambassador to Australia. Students in the program this summer include: Akram Al-Turk who is conducting field research assessing the effectiveness of loans to microfinance clients for FINCA International in Amman, Jordan; Shannon Dugan who is working with an emerging non-governmental organization called Operation O.F. to prevent, treat, and reintegrate victims of obstetric fistula; Benjamin Ford who is researching public policy issues related to the mining industry in Mongolia for the Asia Foundation’s Securing Our Future program; Nirav Shah and Rebecca Carson who are developing a micro-health insurance program for the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children in Uganda; Todd Smith who is working with Impumelelo Innovations Award Trust in Cape Town, South Africa, to fund and promote good governance and poverty reduction through grants to public sector programs or public-private partnerships; and Joyce Zhao who is focusing on improving energy efficiency and environmental protection for the Institute for Sustainable Communities in its China branch located in Guangzhou.

Welcome New Graduate Coordinator Kristen Hotopp

The School welcomes Kristen Hotopp as the new graduate coordinator in the Office of Student and Alumni Programs. Kristen earned a Bachelor in Social Work from UT-Austin in 1998, and previously served as an academic advisor for the College of Liberal Arts and the Department of Theatre and Dance. Kristen picks up from Cristina Zambrano, who left the LBJ School to pursue her law degree. OSAP will host a reception in the fall so everyone will get the chance to meet Kristen and get to know her better.

LBJ Faculty Summer Tour 2008. . .

Cynthia Osborne has been named the state-wide evaluator for the “parenting and paternity awareness” (PAPA) curriculum that is now a mandatory part of the high school health curriculum in Texas.  She is also helping evaluate the Texas Healthy Marriage Initiative by conducting focus groups with unmarried mothers who have participated in the relationship skills training programs offered in Texas.  Along with Jane Lincove, Osborne is completing their evaluation of the Raising Texas initiative, which is a statewide initiative to coordinate services for children ages 0 to 6 across the state in an effort to promote school readiness. . .

Congratulations to Chip Groat, who has been appointed interim dean of the Jackson School of Geosciences at UT-Austin. . .

In early June, Frank Gavin hosted the Next Generation Project’s National Assembly at the Woodrow Wilson Center “The Next Generation Project: U.S. Global Policy and the Future of International Institutions” a nonpartisan initiative to discuss the global challenges of the 21st century The Assembly’ report U.S. Global Policy and the Future of International Institutions can be found here http://www.nextgenerationproject.org/  More importantly, Gavin added a new member to his family, with daughter Olivia who arrived at 8:35 p.m. on Sunday, July 13, weighing seven pounds. . .

Keeping his usually frenetic schedule, Jamie Galbraith undertook a European tour this summer. In June, he gave a presentation on "Inequality in the Americas" at a conference at the University of London, gave two lectures in Brussels to the European Regional Development Association and the European Parliament, and attended the third formal meeting of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue Task Force on China at Manchester University in England, organized by Joe Stiglitz and David Kennedy.  Prior to the trip, Galbraith participated in the inaugural symposium of the Center for Dialogue and Analysis on North America at the Tech de Monterrey in Mexico City and presented a paper entitled, "Macroeconomics and Inequality: a Marriage Made in Data" at the Canadian Economic Association meetings in Vancouver, BC.  In addition, Galbraith’s paper, co-authored with PhD student Laura Spagnolo and Master’s student Daniel Murevar entitled “Pay Inequality in Cuba: the Special Period and After” has been published in the journal America Latina Hoy. . .

This summer, the  University of Notre Dame Press published Robert Wilson’s, Peter Ward’s and Victoria Rodriguez’s book  Governance in the Americas: Decentralization, Democracy, and Subnational Government in Brazil, México, and the USA., Ward completed his University Faculty Research Assignment in the spring as a Visiting fellow at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. . .

Robert Auerbach signed copies of his book Deception and Abuse at the Fed: Henry B. Gonzalez Battles Alan Greenspan’s Bank at Capitol Hill landmark Trover’s Book Shop in Washington, D.C. on July 23. . .

Eugene Gholz’s PRP on the Strait of Hormuz was presented to Washington D.C.  policymakers the week of July 20.  

The Impact of Service Learning

The RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service has contracted with the United Jewish Communities to examine the impact of short- and long-term service programs on the development of Jewish identity among Jewish young people. With this study, the Jewish Peoplehood and Identity division of the United Jewish Communities and the RGK Center hope to gain a much clearer understanding of the relationship between short- and long- term service programs and the ways in which these programs build a connection to Jewish identity, Jewish community and the mission of the Jewish federation system. For more information contact Sarah Jane Rehnborg at rehnborg@mail.utexas.edu.

Conferences and Training Host Indian Summer Program

In June, the Office of Conferences and Training hosted 11 students from the Electrical Resources Institute (TERI) of New Delhi, India, for its third annual two-week fellows seminar program.  These mid-level career bureaucrats are exposed to how local, state, and federal governments function in the United States in order to generate ideas that the fellows can implement back in Indian.   LBJ School faculty hosted workshops on topics ranging from Strategic Planning and Project Management by Kenneth Matwiczak, Creating an Ethical Climate and Establishing a Leadership Development Culture by Howard Prince, Program Development by David Eaton, and Environmental and Transportation Policy by Shama GamkharSherri Greenberg led a site visit to the Texas State Capitol and a brief discussion of Texas State Government.  For more information on this program, visit the Office of Professional Development Web site: lbj.utexas.edu/profdev/index.php

Alumni News and Updates. . .

Alumnus Charles Patton (Class of ‘86) was promoted to senior vice president of regulatory and public policy for American Electric Power. . .the Washington D.C. alumni chapter started the D.C. Summer Speaker Series on May 20 of this year, featuring alums Ken Apfel (Class of ‘78), Austin Smythe (Class of ‘80), David Bertau (Class of ‘81), and the long-time LBJ School friend and benefactor the Honorable Ben Barnes. . .Alumnus David Lara (Class of ‘05) was named the 2008 New Administrator of the year by the Empire State Chapter of American Society of Public Administration.  

In the Media. . .

Professor Galbraith’s most recent book, The Predator State, was recently reviewed by both the Reuters News Agency and the Austin American Statesman.  To read:
Reuters review:
Statesman review:

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"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.