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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

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 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 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.
News December 6, 2018

Winter Break Schedule 2018: Dec. 24, 2018—Jan. 2, 2019

Over the Holiday Break—Dec. 24, 2018 until Jan. 2, 2019—the University and the LBJ School will be officially closed. 

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President Lyndon Johnson walks with an aide at a snowy White House, 1967
News December 5, 2018

Bollinger Fund helps international LBJ students explore the U.S.

The LBJ School of Public Affairs is fortunate to have a cohort of international students from all over the world who help bring fresh perspectives to public and social policy work. But earning a graduate degree is about more than attending classes and doing research. Thanks to the William and Judith Bollinger International Student Enrichment Fund, a group of nine LBJ masters students headed to Chicago Nov. 2-4 to get a taste of life outside of Austin.

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A group of LBJ international master's degree students visit the Art Institute of Chicago as part of a weekend sponsored by the Bollinger Fund.
News December 3, 2018

LBJ School to host Volcker Alliance government-to-university initiative

The LBJ School will host 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.
News November 30, 2018

LBJ’s Michele Deitch joins the U.S. Supreme Court Bar

The Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States welcomed Michele Deitch, an award-winning teacher and senior lecturer at the LBJ School and The University of Texas School of Law, into its ranks on Nov. 6.

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LBJ Senior Lecturer Michele Deitch in the courtroom at the U.S. Supreme Court on the day of her admittance to the Supreme Court Bar Association

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