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LBJ School Announcements

News November 16, 2020

LBJ School teams with Dell Med to train future physician leaders

Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin is focused on training what it calls "future physician leaders" — doctors who are as comfortable taking on systemic challenges in health as they are caring for individual patients. With that goal in mind, UT Austin will begin offering Dell Med students the opportunity to earn a dual degree in public affairs and medicine — a combination that's a rarity among medical schools — beginning in fall 2021. The interdisciplinary dual degree program will allow students to earn both a Master of Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs and a medical degree from Dell Med in approximately four years.

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LBJ Dell Dual Degree
News November 16, 2020

LBJ's Treisman receives James Bryant Conant Award from Education Commission of the States

Philip "Uri" Treisman, founder and executive director of the Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin, has dedicated his career to improving mathematics and science education on a national scale, leading to measurable gains in student performance in these subjects and improvements in course success for elementary school children through university undergraduates. Now he is the recipient of one of the most prestigious awards in American education, the 2020 James Bryant Conant Award from the Education Commission of the States.

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LBJ's Uri Triesman teaching a group of UT students
News November 10, 2020

LBJ School at UT COVID-19 Conference

The pandemic has presented us with some of the biggest problems of our generation, and scientists, data analysts, disease modelers, communicators and humanists are working overtime to understand and solve it. Today, The University of Texas at Austin kicked off a first-of-its-kind two-day conference, showcasing groundbreaking COVID-19 work from researchers from across campus. The virtual event includes keynote speakers, panels, lightning talks and networking opportunities and will cover topics ranging from mental health and the future of education to drug therapeutics, among many others. 

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UT COVID 19 Conference
News October 29, 2020

RSEA pledges fellowship support for students interested in Texas state government

The Retired State Employees Association (RSEA) has pledged to financially support LBJ School graduate students who are interested in state government careers.

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The inaugural RSEA fellows: MPAff students Sarah Dodamead, Molly Ellsworth, Brenna Lyles and Bethany Offer
News October 15, 2020

EPA appoints LBJ Professor Sheila Olmstead to the Science Advisory Board

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the appointment of new members to the Science Advisory Board (SAB) and its four subcommittees including: the Agricultural Science Committee (ASC), the Chemical Assessment Advisory Committee (CAAC), the Drinking Water Committee (DWC), and the Radiation Advisory Committee (RAC). Sheila Olmstead, a professor of public affairs at the LBJ School, is among the 16 new members.

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Professor of Public Affairs Sheila Olmstead
News October 13, 2020

Childcare and workforce realities create 'she-cession' amid COVID-19

The LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin and YWCA USA announced today the release of a new white paper entitled "America's Recovery from the 2020 "Shecession": Building a Female Future of Childcare and Work," which details how challenges and systemic inequities are contributing to this year's economic crisis and the disproportionate impact on women. The new report offers policymakers a blueprint for American economic recovery based on the intentional buildout of high quality, affordable and accessible childcare together with a concrete future-of-work plan for the female workforce.

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News October 13, 2020

RGK Director David Springer named interim dean-designate of the LBJ School

The University of Texas at Austin Interim Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Jaffe announced the appointment of RGK Center Director and University Distinguished Professor David Springer of the LBJ School of Public Affairs to serve as the school's interim dean beginning in January 2021.

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David Springer
News October 2, 2020

LBJ School at Texas Tribune Festival 2020

Alumni and faculty from the LBJ School of Public Affairs led conversations on urban policy, state and local government and more at the 2020 Texas Tribune Festival. LBJ School students were part of the festival’s social media insider team, which comes with access to 30 days of online programming with more than 250 speakers and 100 engaging conversations. Find out more at festival.texastribune.org. 

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LBJ School is a 2020 Texas Tribune Festival sponsor.
News September 22, 2020

State's top policy researchers to collaborate on Texas Blueprint for Urban Policy

A coalition of the state's top public policy research institutions will work together to create the Texas Blueprint for Urban Policy, an outline for the future focused on a comprehensive suite of new plans for economic development, housing, land use and transportation.

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Screen shot of urban blueprint steering committee
News September 22, 2020

When missions align, community-based organizations can lead the way on community solar in Texas, new study finds

Affordable solar energy can create significant benefits to energy consumers, but Texas is behind the nation in bringing these benefits to all energy consumers. Community-based organizations can help lead the way, according to a new roadmap for community solar in Texas from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.

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Array of solar panels aligned on green grass with a cloudless blue sky — credit: Zbynek Burival, Unsplash

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