Some University of Texas at Austin researchers are recommending the city take steps to continue investing in the Rundberg area after federal grant funding for the "Restore Rundberg" project ran out. LBJ Professor and RGK Center Director David Springer served as the principal investigator of Restore Rundberg, a three-year, $1 million grant from the Department of Justice to improve the quality of life, health, safety, education and well-being of individuals living and working in the Rundberg neighborhood.
Abigail Aiken, with an interdisciplinary bacground in medicine, public health, demography and public affairs, is in the running for an appointment on the Central Health Board of Managers.
The Restore Rundberg project has led to a 15 percent reduction in violent crime and 50 percent reduction in aggravated robberies.
The LBJ School's David Springer lands a spot on the NonProfit Times' list of top influencers in the nonprofit sector.
Student researchers from the LBJ School, under the leadership of Professors Raj Patel and Erin Lentz, released a report this past week on food related issues in the Austin community in collaboration with the city's Office of Sustainability.
Students found that 25 percent of Austin households were food insecure, a number greater than the national average of 15.8 percent. A key component of the report included feedback from Austin residents on ways to combat hunger, resulting in policy recommendations to the City.