News Releases & Featured Events
July 2, 2012 - News
For more than a year, LBJ School Lecturer Sherri Greenberg and 17 of her students researched exactly how and why members of Congress use social media and examined its policy implications and best practices.
To their surprise, they found that the elected officials use social media most often to stake out their positions on issues and not necessarily to campaign or tout their media appearances. Their research, funded by the Library of Congress, will be shared with members of Congress as they try to use new media as effectively as possible.
June 28, 2012 - News
BY: Sherri Greenberg, Director of the LBJ School's Center for Politics and Governance
In the Olympic trial that was the June 28 Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act, health care reform won this heat. Just as sports enthusiasts have been waiting with eager anticipation for the 2012 Summer Olympics, many Americans have been waiting for this Supreme Court ruling. Crowds assembled in Washington and across the nation, as the Supreme Court ruled in a momentous 5-4 decision that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional.
June 27, 2012 - News
In a project designed to expose students to real-world policymaking, LBJ School students produced sample briefings for the next presidential transition. The project was part of a course on strategy and decision-making in global policy, which showcased the blending of scholarly study and policy relevant exercises that are the hallmark of education at the LBJ School.
June 22, 2012 - Event
Event Date: Monday, June 11, 2012 - 7:00pm
Hot Talk, the Summer in the City Speaker Series, begins with the first program on Wednesday, June 27 at 7 PM. Each event in the three-part series features a moderator and multiple speakers representing the diverse points of view on the issue at hand. The series is sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), the Austin American-Statesman, and the Center for Politics and Governance at the LBJ School of Public Affairs.
June 20, 2012 - News
We know an industry is in crisis when its top institutions cannot establish stable leadership. That is the case with some of our nation's best public universities today.
When the Board of Visitors at the University of Virginia pressured President Teresa Sullivan to resign on June 10, she became the fourth leader of a flagship public university to leave office under a cloud of controversy recently.
The other casualties included the highly respected leaders of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Illinois and the University of Oregon. The president of the University of California at Berkeley has also announced that he will step down in December. Leaders of public universities in other states face equally strong pressures to go. The men and women in these jobs seem to have a target on their backs.
This can't go on.
June 13, 2012 - News
Young social innovators convened in Austin during the past several days as part of the Dell Social Innovation Challenge (DSIC), the flagship social entrepreneurship initiative of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. At last night’s awards ceremony held at ACL Live at the Moody Theater in downtown Austin, Essmart Global was announced as the winner of the $50,000 grand prize. Essmart Global was selected from five teams for the prize, which recognizes undergraduate and graduate students who envision, create and implement social innovation projects that help communities around the world.
June 12, 2012 - News
The 2012 edition of the Thinkers and Doers Summer Internship Blog has launched with 12 student bloggers focusing on policy issues for a variety of governmental, non-governmental and non-profit organizations around the world. From domestic criminal justice policy issues in Texas, to issues of poverty and outreach in Guatemala, these student interns will share their on-going stories as they develop the skills to become change agents in the world of public affairs. We invite you to meet our bloggers and learn about their various policy interests and then follow along as they describe their fieldwork.
June 11, 2012 - News
The recent international Public Management Research Conference held at Fudan University in Shanghai brought together over 150 scholars from 22 countries to discuss global issues of governance, fiscal policy and social policy.
According to LBJ School Professor Carolyn Heinrich, one of the conference organizers, hosting the event in China was an important step to including a growing population of Chinese academics in international public affairs discourse.
June 7, 2012 - News
In her article titled “A Window of Vulnerability: Health Insurance Coverage Among Women 55 to 64 Years of Age”, Angel focuses on one particularly vulnerable group of women, those who find themselves without adequate health insurance coverage when their older husbands retire.
June 1, 2012 - News
LBJ School Assistant Professor of Public Affairs Varun Rai led a team of students from The University of Texas at Austin to the finale of the national Startup America Policy Challenge on May 21.
May 31, 2012 - News
On May 7, LBJ School Professor Peter M. Ward delivered a keynote address at an international United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UNHABITAT) conference in Kuwait.
May 24, 2012 - News
In a day of celebration, family and friends were invited to watch a new generation of game changers and policymakers receive their graduate degrees at the 2012 LBJ School Commencement ceremony.
May 18, 2012 - News
LBJ Student Receives $24,000 Boren Fellowship to Study Japanese and Energy Development at Hiroshima University
LBJ School student Savin Ven Johnson is the recipient of a prestigious $24,000 Boren Fellowship, which will support Savin in her study of Japanese and a master’s degree in Environment and Resource Economics.
May 15, 2012 - News
MGPS Student Allison Ramirez has journeyed to El Salvador many times, once as a Fulbright Scholar to work on a documentary about the history of oppression and injustice in the country, always with the aim of supporting the families of missing migrants through advocacy work. After graduation, Ramirez plans to continue her work in advocacy, with a focus on migrants’ rights, either in El Salvador or in the United States.
May 8, 2012 - News
LBJ School Senior Lecturer Michele Deitch has released a new report titled “Conditions for Certified Juveniles in Texas County Jails,” the second in her series on juveniles in the adult criminal justice system in Texas.
This report provides a comprehensive picture of the conditions for certified juveniles awaiting trial in adult county jails based on a survey of 41 jails across the state of Texas. Deitch worked with the Texas Commission on Jail Standards, a state agency responsible for oversight of county jails, to collect and analyze the data.
May 8, 2012 - News
One LBJ School faculty member and 10 students received awards and accolades at the annual Public Service Recognition Week ceremonies held by the Central Texas Chapter of the American Society of Public Administration (CenTex ASPA) May 10.
May 8, 2012 - News
Recently, five LBJ School students led a panel discussion to share their experiences working on juvenile justice issues and start a conversation about how to conduct new research on criminal justice at the School.
May 1, 2012 - News
The LBJ School of Public Affairs’ Washington, D.C. Program enters its second year with three new summer graduate courses and the addition of two new nationally recognized practitioners as adjunct faculty.
April 30, 2012 - News
Members of the LBJ School student organization Public Affairs Alliance for Communities of Color (PAACC) recently held an outreach event on UT’s campus to introduce public affairs to undergraduate students underrepresented in the field.
April 30, 2012 - News
LBJ School Professor Kevin Bacon Named 2012 Robert A. Fox Executive-in-Residence at UC Davis Graduate School of Management
Kevin Bacon, Adjunct Professor of Public Affairs at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, has been named the 2012 Robert A. Fox Executive-in-Residence at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management.