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News August 18, 2022

Bird Runningwater, Chris Rodriguez to be honored for public impact during LBJ School outstanding alumni awards

The LBJ School at The University of Texas at Austin has named the winners of the 2022 outstanding alumni awards: filmmaker and producer Bird Runningwater (MPAff '96) and disability advocate Chris Rodriguez (MPAff '12). The school will recognize Runningwater and Rodriguez on September 15 during

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Bird Runningwater and Chris Rodriguez
News July 26, 2022

Become a federal policy leader in Washington DC

The LBJ School offers two pathways to policy leadership in our nation’s capital: the first is a 15-month DC Concentration within the MPAff and MGPS degree programs, and the second is the option to study foreign policy in DC for one semester. Learn more about opportunities to live, study and

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Two LBJ students in suits engage in conversation in front of the US Capitol
News July 6, 2022

LBJ School welcomes Latino policy researcher Sergio Garcia-Rios to its faculty

The LBJ School of Public Affairs is thrilled to welcome Dr. Sergio

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New faculty member against burnt orange background
News July 5, 2022

2022 Policy Apprenticeships

The seventh cohort of graduate students in the LBJ School of Public Affairs's unique and accelerated DC Concentration have begun their Policy Apprenticeships in Washington, DC!

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Collage of 14 headshots with the LBJ Washington Center logo. text: DC Concentration 2021-2022
News June 13, 2022

UT researchers aim to get one step further in helping reduce falls and depression among homebound older adults

Namkee Choi from UT School of Social Work is principal investigator and LBJ health economist Todd Olmstead serves as a co-investigator. 


Falls are the leading cause of injury-related death among adults age 65 and older (

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LBJ Professor and health economist Todd Olmstead
News June 1, 2022

LBJ School health economist studies programs designed to promote addiction recovery

Todd Olmstead will serve as co-principal investigator and co-investigator on two NIH grants totaling $15M


With colleagues from the University of Massachusetts, Todd Olmstead from The University of Texas at Austin LBJ

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Todd Olmstead on UT campus
News May 11, 2022

Class of 2022: Chelsi Chang chosen as student speaker

It is the Graduate Public Affair Council's pleasure to announce that Chelsi Chang will be our LBJ School Class of 2021 Student Commencement Speaker! Chelsi will be sharing the stage with Ambassador Vilma Martinez, who has been named our Commencement Keynote Speaker.

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Chelsi Chang
News May 3, 2022

CONNECT Community Showcase celebrates program impact in the community

On Thursday April 21, graduate students, community members, UT faculty and staff, and other supporters attended the CONNECT Community Showcase event at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. For the first time since its beginning in 2019, participants in the CONNECT program gathered to learn about the impact current and former CONNECT fellow work has made on organizations that have a data challenge.

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RGK Center Director David Springer and RGK fellows at the CONNECT event
News April 25, 2022

CONNECT Program Manager Alyssa Studer recognized with Outstanding Staff Award

Alyssa Studer, Program Manager for the CONNECT program, received the Outstanding Staff Award from the President's Office. The award recognizes non-teaching UT Austin employees who have made outstanding contributions to the continuing success of the university. Alyssa received the award due to her outstanding service to the CONNECT program, which Alyssa has managed since its beginning in Spring 2019. 

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Alyssa Studer with CONNECT Project Manager for Data Initiatives Ethan Tenison (left) and CONNECT faculty lead Dr. Patrick Bixler.
News April 13, 2022

Alumni Spotlight: Pedro Conceição (Ph.D. '00)

In this installment of the LBJ School Alumni Association Board's LBJ School Alumni Spotlight Series, Special Projects Committee Chair Rama Singh Rastogi (EMPL '18) interviews Pedro Conceição (Ph.D. '00). Conceição is director of the Human Development Report Office and lead author of the Human Development Report with the United Nations Development Programme.

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Pedro Conceição (PhD '00)