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Faculty Research and Achievements

Faculty Research and Achievements

News April 13, 2022

RGK Faculty Fellow Becky Lentz selected as city fellow

Dr. Becky Lentz has been selected as one of several City Fellows (three university-based and several community-based) for the 2021–22 academic year affiliated with UT Austin's Equitable and Regenerative Cities Flagship Project. City Fellows join a team of more than 150 researchers as part of Planet Texas 2050, one of three Grand Challenge research grants at The University of Texas at Austin supported by UT's Bridging Barriers program. The Planet Texas 2050 team works across disciplines to find ways to make our state more resilient, "adapting to thrive" in the face of climate change and population growth.

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UT Tower at sunset
Media Mention April 4, 2022

Longevity Partners appoints two department heads to build and train workforce in push toward U.S. decarbonization

Longevity Partners, one of the world's fastest-growing ESG advisory businesses, just announced the appointment of two new department heads in the U.S. to support the firm's rapid expansion stateside. Dr. Molly Polk is now Head of ESG Strategy USA and Dr. Varun Rai is now Head of Net Zero Carbon USA. Since opening its U.S. headquarters in Austin just over a year ago, Longevity's U.S. workforce has more than tripled with the goal of growing to 50 people by 2023.

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News March 31, 2022

The U.S. can get close to deep decarbonization by 2050, study finds

The United States will get only partially toward deep reductions in greenhouse gases with the policy tools currently available even in the scenario most favorable politically to decarbonization. That's the finding from a recent study published in Energy Policy by a team of interdisciplinary researchers from The University of Texas at Austin that looked at the political feasibility of deep decarbonization in the United States. The results suggest that new policies and tools will be needed to reduce greenhouse gases from sectors like heavy industry.

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Solar array in Indiana. Credit: American Public Power Assn., Unsplash
Media Mention March 28, 2022

How will the war in Ukraine affect global hunger?

Raj Patel is a research professor in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. He spoke with Texas Standard about the potential, international consequences of Russia's invasion on the global food supply. Listen to the interview or read the transcript.

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Media Mention March 18, 2022

Raj Patel: Global South faces soaring food prices amid war in Ukraine

Raj Patel, author of "Stuffed and Starved" and a research professor at The University of Texas at Austin, explains how farmers and working-class people around the world will face the brunt of the impact of growing food prices. He notes the coronavirus, climate change, conflict and capitalism are working to compound one another and underscore the necessity to transition to sustainable, agroecological farming.

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Media Mention March 16, 2022

Sheena Chestnut Greitens analyzes China's tightrope walk amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine

Sheena Chestnut Greitens joined "St. Louis on the Air" to discuss these and other questions. The former first lady of Missouri teaches foreign policy as an associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin. Her focus is East Asia, authoritarian politics and American national security.

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News March 15, 2022

LBJ faculty, students present research on environment and energy, COVID and learning, equity, reproductive health at APPAM

Professors and students from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin will lead conversations and present research across an array of policy areas at APPAM, the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Fall Research Conference in Austin March 27–29.

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LBJ Faculty presenting at #2021APPAM: Flamm, Waxman, Abner, Aiken, Pavon, von Hippel
News March 14, 2022

Essential workers faced higher risk of infection and hospitalization during pandemic lockdown

Essential workers, low-income earners and people living in dense environments faced higher risk of COVID-19 infection and hospitalization, even amid COVID-19 shelter-in-place policies, according to a new study from public policy researchers at The University of Texas at Austin. The study, appearing in Plos One, showed that these individuals faced more challenges to comply with pandemic lockdowns.

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A masked transportation worker cleaning a subway car. Credit: Robinson Greig, Unsplash
Media Mention March 13, 2022

The Ukraine conflict is a war 'we cannot win militarily' against Russia, says professor

Alan Kuperman of The University of Texas says this is because Russian President Vladimir Putin would be willing to exercise his "escalatory trump card" of nuclear weapons, while the West would not.

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News February 22, 2022

Report reveals the devastating impact of COVID-19 on staff in Texas prisons

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) has lost 78 staff and had over 20,000 employee infections between the onset of the pandemic and Jan. 31, 2022, according to a new report from the Prison and Jail Innovation Lab at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. The report also shows that Texas has the highest rate of infection of all the country's largest prison systems.

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PJIL report on COVID in TX prison system