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News July 8, 2019

LBJ School announces new leadership at LBJ Washington Center

Bill Shute, former vice chancellor of federal relations with The University of Texas System, will serve as interim director of the LBJ Washington Center, effective today, July 8, 2019. It was announced by Angela Evans, dean of the LBJ School.

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News July 8, 2019

LBJ School, Dell Med Professor Michael Hole delivered remarks, introduced Presidents Bush and Clinton at Presidential Leadership Scholars commencement

Dr. Michael Hole, a pediatrician, social entrepreneur and joint faculty at the LBJ School and Dell Medical School, delivered the commencement speech at the ceremony honoring his class of Presidential Leadership Scholars at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas on June 27. He was voted speaker by his PLS class, and introduced Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton at the celebration, which also marks the program's fifth anniversary. 

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LBJ and Dell Med Professor Dr. Michael Hole delivers remarks at the Presidential Leadership Scholars commencement in June 2019
News June 28, 2019

LBJ Associate Dean Varun Rai named a 2019 Young Alumni Achiever by IIT Kharagpur

Dr. Varun Rai, associate dean for research at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and director of the Energy Institute at The University of Texas at Austin, has been honored with a 2019 Young Alumni Achiever Award by the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT). The award recognizes alumni age 40 and under for their creativity, innovation and success in their chosen fields of study and work.

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Dr. Varun Rai, associate dean for research at the LBJ School, director of the Energy Institute
News June 25, 2019

LBJ School, Dell Med Professor Michael Hole to deliver remarks, introduce Presidents Bush and Clinton at Presidential Leadership Scholars commencement

Dr. Michael Hole, a pediatrician, social entrepreneur and joint faculty at the LBJ School and Dell Medical School, will deliver the commencement speech at the ceremony honoring his class of Presidential Leadership Scholars at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas on June 27. He was voted speaker by his PLS class, and will introduce Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton at the celebration, which also marks the program's fifth anniversary. 

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Dr. Michael Hole, a member of the faculty at the LBJ School and Dell Med
News June 25, 2019

Reproductive justice for incarcerated Texans

Spoiled milk. Too-thin mattresses. Shackling. Stillbirths. These are some of the appalling examples of neglect and lack of dignity that pregnant people face in jails and prisons around the country and right here in Texas. It is well documented that the rate at which the United States justice system incarcerates people has grown exponentially over the last few decades. While most incarcerated people in this country — historically and currently — have been men, the population of women in state prisons has grown twice as fast as the male population since 1980. The dramatic rise in women being incarcerated has resulted in an increase of pregnant people being held in prisons and jails ill-equipped to accommodate them.

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News June 12, 2019

Rural entrepreneurship in Texas gets boost from UT Austin research projects

Four LBJ School faculty members are exploring entrepreneurship in Texas's rural areas and small cities around the world in a new initiative funded by the IC2 Institute at The University of Texas at Austin. Researchers in a variety of new IC2 projects will look at ways to promote economic development — including tracking regional entrepreneurship, promoting rural innovation networks and building economic resilience in areas where employment fluctuates with the cycles of the energy industry.

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News June 7, 2019

LBJ dean's reception brings together alumni, 2019 DC Fellows in nation's capital

On June 6, the LBJ School and LBJ Washington Center hosted the Dean's Annual DC Alumni Reception. The event gives LBJ alumni living in our nation's capital an opportunity to reconnect with fellow alumni, LBJ faculty and staff, and friends of the school, and to welcome the 2019 LBJ DC Fellows. It is also a time to celebrate the accomplishments of members of the LBJ Washington Center community.

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Angela Evans welcomes alumni and the 2019 DC Fellows
News June 6, 2019

LBJ School students honored for research on post-earthquake reconstruction in Nepal

A group of 12 students from the LBJ School and the Institute for Innovation, Creativity and Capital at UT investigated the challenges involved in reconstructing homes in rural areas damaged by the earthquake. Students produced a report, "Post-Earthquake Home Reconstruction in the Surrounding Hills of Kathmandu Valley, Nepal," in which they identified areas where the government could improve its assistance processes and recommended building technologies for earthquake reconstruction.

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LBJ student Leah Havens (MGPS '18) in Nepal, where she was part of a group doing research on post-earthquake reconstruction
News June 5, 2019

Policy on Purpose: PBS NewsHour White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor

https://open.spotify.com/show/4eH3bCEtjuq99Oum6pnoN3Before speaking to the LBJ School's class of 2019, PBS NewsHour's White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor joined Policy on Purpose.

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Dean Evans and Yamiche Alcindor record a new episode of the LBJ School's podcast
News June 4, 2019

Countering China’s security state: A bipartisan approach

Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, joined several scholars and experts in China policy studies to debate a bipartisan approach to countering China’s technologies of repression and influence during a one-day conference in Washington, DC. The event was sponsored by the Robert Strauss Center and the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin and the American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC). Joshua Eisenman, a professor of public affairs at the LBJ School, distinguished scholar with the Strauss Center and a senior fellow for China studies at AFPC, was the main conference organizer.

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