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News October 6, 2021

Meet the 2022 LBJ DC Fellows

The seventh cohort of graduate students — the largest yet — in the LBJ School of Public Affairs's unique and accelerated DC Concentration have begun their coursework in Austin, and they'll be in Washington before we know it.

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Collage of 28 headshots with the LBJ Washington Center logo. text: DC Concentration 2021-2022
News October 5, 2021

LBJ student: Open House reassured me I was making the right choice

MPAff student Irving Calderon talks about why Open House convinced him that LBJ was the right place for him. The LBJ School's 2021 Fall Open House is Nov. 5 — about a month before the Dec. 1 application deadline for priority funding for the 2022–23 academic year — and the perfect opportunity to get all of your questions answered. Learn about our curriculum, culture, professional development and career services in sessions with the deans, graduate coordinators, students, alumni and faculty. REGISTER NOW for this year's virtual Open House. 

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MPAff student Irving Calderon
News September 27, 2021

Faculty address gaps in dementia care in U.S. and Mexico

In the United States and Mexico, pandemic and climate-related news headlines have demonstrated a lack of preparedness for vulnerable populations, especially the number of seniors over age 65. In Texas, the number of seniors is expected to more than double from 3.9 million in 2020 to 8.3 million by 2050. In Mexico, it is nearly the same story. These increases are driven by longer life spans resulting from improved medical care and higher quality of life. But there are also new challenges emerging from the rapid growth in the number of older individuals, particularly those living with dementia.

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Elderly woman's hands. Credit: Eduardo Barrios, Unsplash
News September 24, 2021

Strauss and Clements announce the launch of the Asia Policy Program

The Strauss Center for International Security and Law and the Clements Center for National Security are pleased to announce the launch of a new joint program at The University of Texas at Austin: the Asia Policy Program.

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News September 24, 2021

CONNECT students help develop climate resilience handbook for Dove Springs neighborhood

The rainwaters in Dove Springs were rising, the clock ticking as flood water rose on residents' property — 1, 2, 3 inches. Frances Acuña stood in the street with residents as they moved the elderly and children out of harm's way and used cars as a barricade to prevent more water from rushing into their homes. Dove Springs residents had been preparing for a moment like this in Climate Navigator trainings, where Acuña taught them how to anticipate and respond to various emergencies. In the trainings on flood preparedness, residents were told to call first responders once waters reached 3 inches in their backyards, and on this rainy day in May 2020, the call was made.

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News September 10, 2021

LBJ School announces 2021 alumni award winners

Each year, the LBJ School National Alumni Board honors two outstanding alumni for exceptional public service and action-oriented leadership. The 2021 recipients are Shamina Singh (MPAff '97), who received the school's highest alumni honor, the Distinguished Public Service Award (DPSA), and Erol Yayboke (MPAff '06), who received the Rising Leader Award.

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Shamina Singh (MPAff ’97) and Erol Yayboke (MPAff '06)
News September 9, 2021

LBJ School partners with Hobby School of Public Affairs to expand data evaluation program to Houston-area nonprofits 

Five Houston-area nonprofits have joined a university-based pilot program to build greater data, measurement and evaluation capacity while providing graduate students with hands-on experience. The program, called CONNECT, is a collaboration between the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin and the Hobby School of Public Affairs at the University of Houston.

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RGK students discuss nonprofit consulting
News August 28, 2021

Baines Report: Clearing up expectations

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently made headlines around the world with the release of its Sixth Assessment Report on the state of the global climate. The report presents a variety of potential scenarios for the future based on how much the planet warms in the coming years, and the findings are stark.

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Flooding in Bingley, Bradford UK, in 2015. Credit: Chris Gallagher, Unsplash
News August 19, 2021

Immigrants face inclusion challenges in Austin, analysis shows

As immigrants move to Austin, they may face several challenges. A new analysis from public policy researchers at The University of Texas at Austin shows that although measures of legal support, government leadership and community put Austin at 43 out of the 100 largest cities in 2020 for immigrant incorporation, the city falls below average on measures of civic participation, livability and job opportunities. Additionally, Austin's naturalization rate is one of the lowest among its peers.

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Austin downtown skyline. Credit: Marsha Miller, UT
News August 11, 2021

Raj Patel releases new book on the social, environmental causes of ill health

Award-winning author, filmmaker and The University of Texas at Austin research scientist Raj Patel, with co-author and physician Dr. Rupa Marya, examine the social and environmental causes of ill health in their latest book,

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LBJ's Raj Patel and his new book, "Inflamed"

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