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News January 25, 2019

New Aging & Longevity Center to address future needs of Texas’ growing elderly population

To improve the longevity and well-being of aging individuals across all demographics, The University of Texas at Austin will launch the Texas Aging & Longevity Center (TALC) on Friday, Jan. 25. University partners are the LBJ School of Public Affairs, College of Liberal Arts, Moody College of Communication, School of Human Ecology, College of Natural Sciences, Office of the Vice President for Research, School of Information, Human Development and Family Sciences, Population Research Center and School of Nursing. Jaqueline Angel, an LBJ School professor and leading aging researcher, sits on TALC's executive committee.

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LBJ School Professor Jacqui Angel spoke on a 2018 SXSW panel on city solutions to aging
News January 23, 2019

Policy on Purpose: Presidential historian and author Michael Beschloss

In this episode of "Policy on Purpose," presidential historian and best-selling author Michael Beschloss joins Dean Angela Evans to talk about why and how drawing on history to illuminate and improve politics and policy is critical, and what he's learned from approaching history through issues and circumstances rather than biography.

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Presidential historian and author Michael Beschloss with LBJ School Dean Angela Evans
News January 15, 2019

DeFrancesco Soto named LBJ School Director of Civic Engagement to lead diversity and inclusion efforts

Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto has been appointed Director of Civic Engagement at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, LBJ School Dean Angela Evans announced today. DeFrancesco Soto, a lecturer at the LBJ School, is a nationally recognized expert on underrepresented communities and immigration and a nationally renowned public thought leader on race and politics.

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Dr. Victoria DeFrancesco Soto during the 2018 Barbara Jordan Forum
News January 10, 2019

Drs. James and Claudia Richter establish three endowments at the LBJ School

Drs. James and Claudia Richter have generously established three endowments at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, focused on solving issues in global health policy that are of highest impact and priority of the day.

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Drs. James and Claudia Richter, who established three LBJ School endowments
News December 18, 2018

Fall 2018: Semester in Review

We asked students, faculty and staff to share their favorite LBJ School memories from fall 2018. From exclusive access to top policymakers to the inaugural In the Arena Award to cutting-edge policy research, the semester was jam-packed with unforgettable moments. Can you picture yourself here? Learn more about how to apply.

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Three female LBJ students take photos and selfies during Gone to Texas 2018
News December 17, 2018

LBJ's Varun Rai named New UT Energy Institute director

Varun Rai, associate dean for research at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, has been named the next director of the Energy Institute at The University of Texas at Austin effective Jan. 1, 2019.


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Varun Rai (right) talks with fellow LBJ Professor Josh Eisenman at Innovation Bound, the annual celebration of LBJ School policy research, on Feb. 8, 2017
News December 12, 2018

LBJ student researchers recommend phasing out controversial plutonium fuel in first-of-its-kind energy study

Nuclear power plants traditionally use uranium fuel, which is relatively safe and uncontroversial. However, seven countries around the world have also used fuel made of plutonium, which is controversial because it causes cancer, may be used in nuclear weapons, and is very expensive to purify and manufacture into fuel. So why do these countries produce and use such dangerous fuel and what has been their experience?

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LBJ Professor Alan Kuperman (center) after presenting the findings of the policy research project on plutonium to local citizens' groups in Daejeon, South Korea in November. (Photo courtesy of Alan Kuperman)
News December 12, 2018

Policy on Purpose: Former LBJ School Dean, Deputy Secretary of State (2009–11) James Steinberg on globalization

In this episode of "Policy on Purpose," former LBJ School dean and Obama administration Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg joins Dean Angela Evans for a conversation on globalization, U.S.-Chinese relations and an international-facing public policy education.

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Former LBJ School Dean Jim Steinberg presents at the Texas National Security Forum
News December 10, 2018

LBJ Washington Center graduates DC Fellows class of 2018

The LBJ Washington Center hosted the third LBJ School of Public Affairs DC Concentration graduation ceremony in Washington, DC on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. LBJ School Dean Angela Evans and LBJ Washington Center Executive Director Tom O'Donnell presented remarks during an intimate ceremony for family and friends. 

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The LBJ DC Fellows Class of 2018 at their graduation on Dec. 8, 2018
News December 7, 2018

LBJ School hosted Volcker Alliance government-to-university initiative

The LBJ School hosted a regional collaborative design session Dec. 5-6 as part of the first phase of the Volcker Alliance's Government-to-University (G2U) Initiative. The G2U Initiative focuses on building connections between government and universities to strengthen alignment on recruitment, skills development and research.

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Group of men, women in business suits gathered around a round table in front of the LBJ window.