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News July 14, 2021

JR DeShazo appointed dean of the LBJ School of Public Affairs

The University of Texas at Austin has named JR DeShazo as the next dean of the LBJ School of Public Affairs. DeShazo’s appointment begins Sept. 10, 2021.

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JR DeShazo
News July 14, 2021

A federal tax credit could incentivize (and accelerate) the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions

A current federal tax credit to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by storing carbon dioxide from industrial sources could be critical to help the U.S. reach end of decade carbon neutrality targets while yielding economic benefits, particularly on the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast, according to a study by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin published today in Energy Policy.

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Andrew Waxman, Energy Policy Journal, power plants
News July 9, 2021

In Memoriam: Montgomery C. Meigs

Montgomery C. Meigs, a former adjunct professor at the LBJ School and retired general who led the U.S. Army in Europe from 1998 to 2002, died on July 6, 2021 after a long illness. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann, and their sons William and Matthew.

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Montgomery Meigs, General, U.S. Army (Ret.)
News July 8, 2021

LBJ School professor to serve as climate advisor for Biden administration

Josh Busby, an associate professor in the LBJ School of Public Affairs, has joined the Biden administration as a senior advisor for climate in the U.S. Department of Defense. He will spend a year working on climate change and national security at the Pentagon, where he will be involved in the Biden administration's prioritization of climate change including the National Defense Strategy.

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LBJ Professor Josh Busby will study climate change and national security in the Biden administration
News July 1, 2021

UT health policy expert and pediatrician Dr. Michael Hole joins Council on Foreign Relations

Michael Hole, founder and executive director of The Impact Factory at The University of Texas at Austin, was recently named a Stephen M. Kellen Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Hole is an assistant professor of pediatrics, population health and public policy at Dell Medical School and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. 

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A photo of Dr. Michael Hole by Emily Hines at Captured Austin
News June 30, 2021

Horowitz Foundation awards grants to 25 scholars for social policy research

The Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy has selected Maria-Elena Giner, Ph.D. candidate at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, as one of 25 scholars to receive grants for research in the social sciences for the 2020 award year.

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Maria-Elena Giner receives Horowitz Foundation Awards
News June 23, 2021

Inaugural Juneteenth Summit celebrates a new birth of American freedom, racial justice and equity

The LBJ School of Public Affairs and The Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at The University of Texas at Austin explored the history and honored the legacy of Juneteenth with the inaugural Juneteenth Freedom Summit on June 19, 2021.

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News June 18, 2021

Sheila Olmstead, Andrew Waxman, Ben Leibowicz lead team awarded $850,000 to study the economics of carbon capture and storage

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has awarded a team led by LBJ School Professor of Public Affairs Sheila Olmstead a $850,000 grant to study the economics of carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS). The three-year project is a unique collaboration between social science scholars at The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Wyoming, supported by physical science experts at UT's Bureau of Economic Geology. It will not only develop and complete four projects on the economics of CCUS, but will also create an interdisciplinary research network to engage further study.

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Smokestacks. Credit: Andreas Felske, Unsplash
News June 17, 2021

Texas winter blackout analysis sheds light on ERCOT's summer warnings

The recent Texas freeze left more than 10 million people without electricity at its peak, some for several days, and economic losses from lost output and damage are estimated to be as high as $130 billion in Texas alone. Now, high summer temperatures and drought-induced water limitations for cooling have forced the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) to issue a warning to Texas to reduce electricity use through the rest of the week.

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Powerline image, Texas Freeze analysis by Josh Busby
News June 17, 2021

68 people approved for parole died in Texas prisons over the last two years while awaiting release. COVID-19 accounts for only a fraction of these deaths.

A troubling number of people in Texas prisons and jails who have been approved for release on parole are dying in custody before they ever step foot outside prison gates, according to a new report from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. Researchers also found

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Barbed wire on top of a prison fence. Credit: Hedi Benyounes, Unsplash