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News September 4, 2019

#TribFest19: LBJ faculty, alumni and students hit the stage, audience and social media

The LBJ School is a proud sponsor of the 2019 Texas Tribune Festival, an annual buzzworthy event on politics and public policy in the heart of downtown Austin. The 2019 festival, which will take place in downtown Austin Sept. 26–28, will include panels and keynotes with leading policymakers including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice.

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LBJ students Kat Sisler, Annie Henson, Terri Parlett and Lucia Montes at the 2018 Texas Tribune Festival
News August 30, 2019

LBJ School, Foundation host forum on Austin Homelessness

On Aug. 29, the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the LBJ Foundation hosted a public forum featuring to discuss the city's plans to move forward with solutions for individuals experiencing homelessness in Austin. 

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The panel at the Public Forum on Homelessness in Austin in the LBJ Auditorium on Aug. 29, 2019
News August 28, 2019

LBJ School of Public Affairs welcomes new faculty

The LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin welcomes several new faculty appointments for the 2019–20 academic year. New faculty specializations span policy areas and include energy policy, national security and economic development in cities.

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New LBJ faculty, 2019–20: Aldo Flores-Quiroga, Celeste Ward Gventer, Steven Pedigo
Feature August 28, 2019

Why public policy? New LBJers talk about why they're here

Welcome to the 2019–20 academic year. Your decision to invest in a public policy education could not be more important or more timely.

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LBJ students Caitlin Casassa, Stephen Fox, Megan Morris, Jaime Cabrera and Fred Rodriguez
Feature August 18, 2019

Giving back to the future: Mario Espinoza (MPAff/MBA '87) has a message for fellow alumni

"As soon as I stepped onto the Forty Acres, I began bleeding orange," said LBJ School alum Mario Espinoza (MPAff/MBA '87). "UT has such an amazing reputation and I was humbled to be part of this life-changing university."

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Mario Espinoza (MPAff/MBA '87)
News July 25, 2019

Access to reproductive health care in Texas: Rosie's Law and the Hyde Amendment

Access to reproductive health care in Texas is an issue for many living in the state. Many abortion clinics in Texas have closed since HB 2 took effect in 2013. More broadly, rural areas of Texas have faced widespread closures of health facilities, leaving many without nearby access to care. Barriers to care can also include financial barriers: If someone does not have insurance, or if their insurance doesn’t cover a procedure to the extent that they can afford to get that procedure, they will be unable to access that care.

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Blurry image of a hospital hallway
Media Mention July 17, 2019

What ‘metering’ really looks like in South Texas

Stephanie Leutert,  director of the Strauss Center’s Central America / Mexico Policy Initiative, writes about her experiences seeing the "metering" program along the Mexican border, noting that 18,000-people are waiting along the border due the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) metering policy. 

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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
June 17, 2019

2019–20 LBJ Mentorship Program registration now open

We are excited to invite you to participate in the 2019–20 LBJ School Mentorship Program, which provides LBJ students with an opportunity to be coached by an alum who works in the industry or policy area in which the student has an interest.

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LBJ School Mentorship Program 2019-20
Media Mention June 1, 2019

At the Helm: Varun Rai examines the social, institutional, economic and technological components of energy systems

Dr. Varun Rai, associate dean for research at the LBJ School and director of the Energy Institute at The University of Texas at Austin, talks with Span Magazine about his work at the Energy Institute. 

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