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Faculty Research and Achievements

Faculty Research and Achievements

Media Mention June 22, 2021

Gov. Abbott says he'll build his own wall at the border, enforced by state police

Gov. Abbott recently announced that he'll build a wall at the Texas-Mexico border, and that state police will arrest undocumented immigrants attempting to cross it, following a regional disaster declaration and moves to strip state licenses from shelters housing migrant children. Ruth Wasem

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Media Mention June 21, 2021

Feeding the world without wrecking the planet

The year is 2050. With 9.7 billion residents on Planet Earth, how will we feed everyone? In what ways will our lifestyles, and our global food system, adapt to meet the needs of a changing, warming and expanding planet? Today, we already have food shortages and the pandemic has revealed just how

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News June 18, 2021

Sheila Olmstead, Andrew Waxman, Ben Leibowicz lead team awarded $850,000 to study the economics of carbon capture and storage

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has awarded a team led by LBJ School Professor of Public Affairs Sheila Olmstead a $850,000 grant to study the economics of carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS). The three-year project is a unique collaboration between social science scholars at The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Wyoming, supported by physical science experts at UT's Bureau of Economic Geology. It will not only develop and complete four projects on the economics of CCUS, but will also create an interdisciplinary research network to engage further study.

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Smokestacks. Credit: Andreas Felske, Unsplash
Media Mention June 18, 2021

18 died of COVID-19 in Texas prisons after winning parole: report

A new study found that there's a fatal delay built into the Texas prison system.

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News June 17, 2021

68 people approved for parole died in Texas prisons over the last two years while awaiting release. COVID-19 accounts for only a fraction of these deaths.

A troubling number of people in Texas prisons and jails who have been approved for release on parole are dying in custody before they ever step foot outside prison gates, according to a new report from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. Researchers also found

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Barbed wire on top of a prison fence. Credit: Hedi Benyounes, Unsplash
News June 17, 2021

Texas winter blackout analysis sheds light on ERCOT's summer warnings

The recent Texas freeze left more than 10 million people without electricity at its peak, some for several days, and economic losses from lost output and damage are estimated to be as high as $130 billion in Texas alone. Now, high summer temperatures and drought-induced water limitations for cooling have forced the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) to issue a warning to Texas to reduce electricity use through the rest of the week.

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Powerline image, Texas Freeze analysis by Josh Busby
Media Mention June 3, 2021

Watch what's happening in red states

Don Kettl spoke to The Atlantic about what’s transforming the Republican Party post-Trump.  

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Media Mention May 31, 2021

New attention on abortion pill dispensing amid challenge to Roe v. Wade

The FDA decision to allow patients to receive the pills via telemedicine or through the mail during the pandemic has galvanized both sides of the abortion wars.

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Media Mention May 27, 2021

'Welcoming committee': Leaked video shows officers beating handcuffed Florida prisoner

Michele Deitch's research on the need for independent oversight of prisons and jails was cited in the Miami Herald.

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News May 26, 2021

Report assesses hotspot mapping as a way to prioritize climate-related security risks

A new policy paper by the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin maps current and prospective hot spots of climate-related security concerns around the world. Prepared for the Social Science Research Council as part of a wider report for the United Nations Environment Programme, the paper attempts to help security and humanitarian organizations concentrate resources and attention.

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Drought. Credit: Markus Spiske, Unsplash