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News September 22, 2020

State's top policy researchers to collaborate on Texas Blueprint for Urban Policy

"Texas urbanism must be developed by Texans, and the time is now." — Steven Pedigo, LBJ Urban Lab director


AUSTIN — A coalition of the state's top public policy research institutions will work together to create the Texas Blueprint

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News September 22, 2020

When missions align, community-based organizations can lead the way on community solar in Texas, new study finds

"This roadmap represents a promising deployment strategy for solar in Texas." —Varun Rai, LBJ School

(Texas)­ — Affordable solar energy can create significant benefits to energy consumers, but Texas is behind the nation in bringing these benefits

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Array of solar panels aligned on green grass with a cloudless blue sky — credit: Zbynek Burival, Unsplash
News September 17, 2020

CityTalk Podcast Series with LBJ Urban Lab

The LBJ School leads dialogue on urban policy at the Texas Tribune Festival

The LBJ School Urban Lab Director Steven Pedigo has partnered with the Texas Tribune Festival 2020 and Kinder Institute to produce five CityTalk podcasts on urban

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CityTalk — The voices and ideas shaping urbanism
News September 15, 2020

New policy guide to help state leaders strengthen health of infants and toddlers

A first-of-its-kind state policy road map for children prenatal-to-3 will soon help guide state leaders as they develop and implement the most effective policies to strengthen their state’s early childhood system of care.

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News September 2, 2020

LBJ School students advise Austin Mayor on transportation policy

The LBJ School's female graduate students are invited to apply for the Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS) policy fellowship in the City of Austin Office of the Mayor. Policy fellows support the mayor's office in research and analysis of transportation options to help formulate effective policy for Austin residents.

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News August 28, 2020

LBJ School at Texas Tribune Festival 2020

Alumni and faculty from the LBJ School of Public Affairs will lead conversations on urban policy, state and local government and more at the 2020 Texas Tribune Festival. LBJ School students are part of the festival’s social media insider team, which comes with access to 30 days of online programming with more than 250 speakers and 100 engaging conversations. Find out more at 

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LBJ School is a 2020 Texas Tribune Festival sponsor.
News August 26, 2020

LBJ's commitment to public service and safety

LBJ School Dean Angela Evans discusses how the school is continuing its work and carrying forward the commitment to care — outlining the factors informing the school's decision-making, the steps school leaders are taking to keep students, faculty and staff safe, and the ways in which LBJ will look different this year.

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News August 19, 2020

LBJ School of Public Affairs generates new educational strategies for the online era

As schools across the country rethink online education, the LBJ School has already discovered new strategies to engage students through its Summer Stretch online learning program for incoming students. Summer Stretch, which took place June to early August, fostered community, stymied "summer melt" — when some students get detoured from college between acceptance and the first day of classes — and prepared students for their upcoming experience at the school. Summer melt affects up to 40 percent of students and disproportionately impacts low-income students. 

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News August 19, 2020

Skills training, affordable housing and wage growth key to community inclusion in Dallas

Dallas is successful in some elements of immigrant incorporation, but the city falls short on others, according to new research from the Lyndon B. Johnson School (LBJ) of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. Researchers looked how it compares with other major U.S. cities on immigrant inclusion and found that Dallas achieved its highest score in government leadership but scored at the bottom for livability — and they offered recommendations for how the city can improve. 

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Dallas skyline — credit Erin Hervey, Unsplash
News August 4, 2020

UT announces COVID-19 testing strategy for fall 2020

The University of Texas at Austin has announced a comprehensive testing strategy for COVID-19 during the fall semester. "Robust and rigorous testing will be needed to monitor and limit the presence of COVID-19 on our campus and keep our community members as safe as possible as we continue to navigate the pandemic," wrote Jay Hartzell, interim president; Terrance Hines, executive director and chief medical officer of University Health Services; and Amy Young, vice dean of professional practice at Dell Medical School and chief clinical officer of UT Health Austin in a message to the UT community.

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