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December 17, 2012 - News

Over the Holiday Break—December 23, 2013 until January 2, 2014—the University and the LBJ School will be officially closed. However, students, staff, and faculty with electronic swipe cards will still have access to the building. Should an emergency or problem arise during this time, please utilize the contact information below.


December 17, 2012 - News

I support gun ownership.  I believe in the Constitution, and I grew up in an area where people owned guns for hunting, recreation and protection.  As a family, my husband and I used to take our kids to a Travis County range for clay and skeet sport shooting.  However, gun ownership should not put an end to common sense.

December 13, 2012 - News

Every LBJ School student has a unique perspective on public service. Here are a few student stories from 2012 that highlight the diversity of our LBJ School student community, their research interests and commitment to public service.

December 10, 2012 - News

The most important aspect of research to LBJ School student Liza Getsinger is what it can accomplish for people in need.

“It’s wonderful to be able to move the research discipline forward but the goal is really how do you improve services on the ground,” said Getsinger about a study she was involved with while employed at the Urban Institute, a Washington, DC-based economic and social policy think tank.

Getsinger, a second-year MPAff student, conducted in-person interviews for an article that was recently published in Social Service Review, one of the leading social work journals. The article, “The Challenge of Targeting Services: A Typology of Public-Housing Residents,” provides a detailed look at the best ways to target services to residents of low-income housing.

December 6, 2012 - News

Congressman Jack Brooks, one of the longest serving members of the House of Representatives from Texas, died on Tuesday, December 4, 2012. Brooks earned national recognition for his major contributions to civil rights legislation. As a ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, he helped write the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and was one of the few southern congressmen to support civil rights legislation.

November 27, 2012 - News

The University of Texas at Austin and its LBJ School of Public Affairs will collaborate with the offices of Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst to host the Pre-Session Legislative Conference, an orientation for new members of the state Legislature taking place Nov. 27 through Nov. 30.

November 16, 2012 - Event

Event Date: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Austin Alumni Chapter 'Toys for Tots' Holiday Happy Hour

November 16, 2012 - News

Angela Evans, Clinical Professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, was introduced as the president-elect of the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) at the 2012 Fall Research Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.

November 16, 2012 - Event

Event Date: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 5:30pm - 8:00pm

Washington, D.C.-area alumni happy hour.

November 13, 2012 - News

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has selected The University of Texas at Austin to be a key partner in a five-year, $25 million grant to develop tools to more effectively target, monitor and evaluate foreign aid globally.

The grant will create an AidData Center for Development Policy (ACDP) and will include a faculty-student research program that will focus on producing and testing new methodologies for tracking aid in emerging areas of concern, such as food security and reconstruction in areas affected by war. This grant is the largest investment ever made into research aimed at mapping foreign aid on a global scale.

The program will be led by Catherine Weaver, associate professor of public affairs at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and Michael Findley, assistant professor in the Department of Government.

November 1, 2012 - News

Former astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn spoke to students and answered their questions about how to restore civility in politics on Oct. 30.

October 29, 2012 - News

Former presidential candidate and Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich discussed “Leadership Challenges Beyond the Election” at an event hosted by the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the LBJ Presidential Library on Oct. 25. His remarks focused on America’s challenges and opportunities regarding national security, technological innovation and governing.

October 29, 2012 - Event

Event Date: Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Alumni and students of the LBJ School working with the 2013 Legislative Session gather to network 'Under the Dome.'


October 16, 2012 - News

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 16, 2012 -- The LBJ School of Public Affairs will host the 2012 Annual National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) Conference in Austin Oct. 18-20. NASPAA is the accrediting body of 280 college, school and graduate programs in public administration, public policy and public affairs, which collectively award more than 10,000 public administration and public policy degrees each year.

October 10, 2012 - Event

Event Date: Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 6:00pm

The Honorable Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, discussed “Leadership Challenges Beyond the Election” on Oct. 25 at a public lecture in Austin, Texas. Gingrich addressed the crisis in strategic thinking for national security, American exceptionalism, the challenge of economic growth in a world market, rethinking government in the information age and effective leadership in a complex constitutional system.

September 27, 2012 - News

As Texas gears up for the 83rd Legislative Session this January, high-stakes testing may be one of the issues on the agenda. Carolyn Heinrich, Director of the LBJ School’s Center for Health and Social Policy, is doing everything she can to make sure lawmakers are informed prior to the start of this debate.

September 24, 2012 - News

From the rising cost of healthcare to financing Texas’ public education system, there’s very little Billy Hamilton didn’t touch on during his tenure as the Texas Deputy Comptroller. Hamilton (MPAff 1975) is known in the world of public service as an insightful and compassionate manager. A long-time employee of the Texas State Comptroller’s Office, Hamilton answered over 14,000 employee questions in six years on his “Ask Billy” blog. A member of the third graduating class of the LBJ School, Hamilton has risen through the ranks of state government with a reputation as a public servant dedicated to flattening communications between employees and top-level administrators. Hamilton currently operates his own consulting firm in Austin. We asked Billy to share his thoughts on several pertinent issues surrounding the state of public affairs, Texas politics and leadership.

September 21, 2012 - News

This issue of how to best prepare students is at the forefront of national and state debates. Global competitors continue to surpass the United States in areas of education and labor force measures. Growing high school drop out rates, among other striking statistics, bring the debate about how to objectively measure student achievement to the forefront. LBJ School faculty continue to inform the debate with rigorous and innovative education policy research.

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