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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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Illustration for IC2 Institute research projects on entrepreneurship in rural Texas
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 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

Is summer learning loss real?

It's that time of year again — we'll soon hear warnings about summer learning loss, which disproportionately affects low-income students and is responsible for an astounding two-thirds of the achievement gap by the end of eighth grade. These stories are remarkable. But the most remarkable thing about them is that they may not be true, says the LBJ School's Paul von Hippel.

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Illustration of young schoolchildren for Education Next by Chris Payne
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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Map of China with flag overlay
News May 30, 2019

Austin team to deliver mainstage keynote on affordable housing app at Code for America Summit 2019

Austin CityUP, the Housing Authority of the City of Austin, the City of Austin Neighborhood Housing and Community Development and the LBJ School of Public Affairs today announce that the Affordable Housing Solutions project team will serve as a mainstage keynote at Code for America Summit 2019 on May 31, 2019 at the Marriott City Center in Oakland, California. Code for America is a nonpartisan and nonprofit group that uses tech to make government services simpler and easier to access. The annual Code for America Summit is the premier event for public servants, advocates, entrepreneurs, technologists and volunteers to tackle some of government’s biggest challenges in the digital age.

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A view of Austin from Ladybird Lake
News May 30, 2019

Innovation Bound, the annual celebration of LBJ School policy research

Core to the LBJ School's mission is "getting it done" — developing solutions to policy problems through scholarship and public discourse. Every year, faculty and students take on research that melds the theoretical and the practical, exploring the world through hands-on field work and data analysis to address issues critical to the health of American democracy and global society. Innovation Bound celebrates the impact, quality and range of the published works of our distinguished scholars.

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Innovation Bound 2019 poster
News May 26, 2019

LBJ celebrates Class of 2019 in its 48th commencement

On Saturday, May 25, 2019, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs proudly graduated its 48th class of students with inspiring words from Dean Angela Evans, commencement speaker Yamiche Alcindor of PBS NewsHour, and class speaker Wayne Holstine (MPAff '19).

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Commencement 2019 — LBJ grads Hook 'em
News May 6, 2019

Policy on Purpose: Policymaking in theory and practice

Austin Smythe (MPAff '80), who served as policy director to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) from 2015 to 2019, visited the LBJ School for a special Admitted Students Weekend session of the Dean's Distinguished Leaders Series.

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LBJ School Dean Angela Evans (left) with Austin Smythe (MPAff '80) during his visit to the school