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News March 20, 2019

LBJ's Olmstead on a team awarded a $2.8M grant to study HIV testing intervention

African-American and Latina women, as well as women living in poverty, are at disproportionate risk for contracting HIV. Prevalence is increased further in these women if they have other risk factors, including substance use, history of intimate partner violence, and homelessness. Despite the relatively high prevalence rates in these populations, many of these women have never been tested — and knowledge of one's HIV status is crucial for rapid access to treatment and reducing its spread.

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LBJ School Professor Todd Olmstead and image of test tubes
News March 14, 2019

Application deadline: March 15 — find out what the LBJ School is like, how to apply, how to pay for it and more

The March 15 application deadline for the 2019-20 academic year at the LBJ School of Public Affairs is fast approaching. There is time to gather the materials to apply — here's an overview of the LBJ School's programs and application requirements.

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A group of new LBJ School students with Dean Angela Evans in front of the UT Tower lit up for Gone to Texas 2018
News March 14, 2019

Policy on Purpose: The Power of Data-Driven Decisionmaking

In this episode of "Policy on Purpose," guest host Don Kettl, LBJ professor and academic director of the LBJ Washington Center, talks with former Mayland Gov. Martin O’Malley, former Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith and Robert Shea of Grant Thornton about how data-driven decision making can change the way governments serve people. 

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Donald Kettl, Martin O'Malley, Stephen Goldsmith and Robert Shea record at the LBJ School.
News March 12, 2019

USNWR 2020 Grad School Rankings: LBJ School ranks Top 10

The LBJ School of Public Affairs ranks in the Top 10 in graduate public affairs schools in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report’s (USNWR) 2020 edition of “Best Graduate Schools.”

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Commencement 2019 celebration outside the LBJ School, with US News & World Report rankings banner
News March 8, 2019

#LBJatSXSW 2019

Austin is home to South by Southwest (SXSW), a convergence of the interactive, film and music industries from March 8-17. LBJ School faculty, students and alumni are among the speakers, panelists and participants, bringing innovative ideas, hard questions and creative solutions to a community of leaders and engaged stakeholders.

Follow #LBJatSXSW and find @thelbjschool on social media for weekend updates.

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News March 6, 2019

Former senior counterterrorism officials Nick Rasmussen and Michele Malvesti join UT

Nicholas "Nick" Rasmussen, the former director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), and Dr. Michele Malvesti, a scholar and former White House counterterrorism adviser, will teach and advise students at the University of Texas at Austin. Rasmussen and Malvesti will hold joint appointments as Senior National Security Fellows at UT's Strauss Center for International Security and Law, Clements Center for National Security and the Intelligence Studies Project. The centers and their joint initiative are affiliated with the LBJ School of Public Affairs.

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Former senior counterterrorism officials Nick Rasmussen and Michele Malvesti join UT
News March 4, 2019

LBJ School roundup at the Texas Legislature 2019

The 86th Texas Legislature runs from Jan. 8 to May 27. While lawmakers, including LBJ School alumni, debate bills and bring policy to life, our students and faculty are working both behind the scenes and in front of the camera at the State Capitol. These LBJ School students, professors and researchers are delivering public testimony, informing politicians, reporting with the media and even interning in senators’ and representatives’ offices.

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A group of 6 LBJ School students at the Texas State Capitol
News February 27, 2019

Policy on Purpose: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel visited the LBJ School on Feb. 13, 2019, as part of the Dean’s Distinguished Leaders Series. In episode 13 of "Policy on Purpose," Mayor Emanuel — who has served as mayor, a congressman, chief of staff to the president of the United States, senior adviser and campaign strategist on local and national levels — talks about his pragmatic approach to policy and what he’s learned throughout his career.  

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel talks with students and LBJ School Dean Angela Evans in Bass Lecture Hall
News February 20, 2019

Policy on Purpose: Former President of Costa Rica Luis Guillermo Solís and Vice President of Nicaragua Sergio Ramírez

In this special episode of "Policy on Purpose," former President of Costa Rica Luis Guillermo Solís and Vice President of Nicaragua Sergio Ramírez join guest host Dr. Victoria DeFrancesco Soto to discuss the current crisis of democracy in Nicaragua, challenges and opportunities in relations between the Central American nations and their neighbors to the north and the ongoing migration crisis at the U.S.—Mexico border. This episode was recorded in Spanish.

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Former President Solís of Costa Rica (left), Vice President of Nicaragua Ramírez (center) and Professor DeFrancesco Soto (right) during a podcast recording.
News February 15, 2019

Citizenship and power are key themes of LBJ School’s 22nd Annual Barbara Jordan National Forum

Students at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin will pay tribute to the life and legacy of former congresswoman, distinguished public servant and teacher Barbara Jordan during the 22nd annual Barbara Jordan National Forum (BJNF), Feb. 18–25, 2019. Citizenship and power are central to this year's signature, student-led weeklong program. The theme, "Extending the Power of the People," is inspired by Barbara Jordan's words.

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Sarah Gonzalez Claytor, Joel Carter and Hanna Munin, co-chairs of the 2019 Barbara Jordan National Forum. (Photo by Brian Birzer)