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LBJ School of Public Affairs ranks top 10 in 2023 USNWR best grad schools

The LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin has seven top-ranked programs among graduate public affairs schools in the nation, with three in the top 10, according to U.S. News & World Report's (USNWR) 2023 edition of "Best Graduate Schools."

Feature May 9, 2022

Alyssa Goessler (MGPS/Middle Eastern Studies '22) finds her place in space policy

Alyssa Goessler has never been shy about trusting her instincts and leaping into new territory. "There's a small handful of folks, myself included, who would identify as space environmentalists," Goessler said. But there was a time when she didn't give much thought to space — until a chance encounter at the LBJ School opened it up as a new path.

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Feature May 2, 2022

Derreck DaSilva (MPAff '22) discovers a new direction: from nursing to public policy

Derreck DaSilva began his career as a registered nurse at St. David's Medical Center, less than a mile from the LBJ School. Driven by his desire to help people, he'd specifically chosen to become a nurse rather than a doctor, because he wanted to be closer to the patients he'd be caring for.

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Derreck DaSilva (MPAff '22)
Feature April 25, 2022

Nina Nomura Nibling (MGPS '22) finds community, confidence and a passion for development

Nina Nomura Nibling was teaching English in Japan when she started thinking about going to graduate school. She'd earned her undergraduate degree in education and followed parental advice about taking a career path with a stable income. But after a couple of years that stability just didn’t feel fulfilling.

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Nina Nomura Nibling (MGPS '22)
News April 4, 2022

Ambassador Vilma Martinez named 2022 graduation speaker at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs

Vilma Martinez, the first woman to represent the United States as ambassador to Argentina and a UT graduate, returns to The University of Texas at Austin to deliver the graduation address to the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs class of 2022 on May 21.

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Media Mention May 4, 2022
Abortion pills by mail pose challenge for officials in red states

"The need for abortion will not go away," said Abigail Aiken, an associate professor of public affairs at the University of Texas at Austin who was the lead author on the research. The result of state restrictions on medical abortions, she said, will lead to "an increase in self-managed abortion, outside the formal health-care setting. What we have seen is that every time states move to restrict abortion, there is an increase in self-managed abortions."

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Media Mention May 4, 2022
President Biden Taps Nationally Renowned Criminal Justice Researcher Nancy La Vigne to Lead National Institute of Justice

LBJ School alumna Nancy La Vigne ('91), was appointed by President Biden as the director of the National Institute of Justice, which is a part of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Media Mention May 3, 2022
Texas' restrictive abortion law previews a post-Roe America

When Politico published a draft opinion leaked from the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, the nation confronted the reality that Roe v. Wade and constitutional protections for abortion may be overturned as soon as this summer. But for many in Texas, that day is already here. The second-largest state in the country has been living under the nation's most restrictive abortion law since Sept. 1, when legislators managed to skirt judicial precedent and ban all abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy. ...

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News May 11, 2022
Class of 2022: Chelsi Chang chosen as student speaker

It is the Graduate Public Affair Council's pleasure to announce that Chelsi Chang will be our LBJ School Class of 2021 Student Commencement Speaker! Chelsi will be sharing the stage with Ambassador Vilma Martinez, who has been named our Commencement Keynote Speaker.

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News April 25, 2022
CONNECT Program Manager Alyssa Studer recognized with Outstanding Staff Award

Alyssa Studer, Program Manager for the CONNECT program, received the Outstanding Staff Award from the President's Office. The award recognizes non-teaching UT Austin employees who have made outstanding contributions to the continuing success of the university. Alyssa received the award due to her outstanding service to the CONNECT program, which Alyssa has managed since its beginning in Spring 2019. 

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News April 13, 2022
Alumni Spotlight: Pedro Conceição (Ph.D. '00)

In this installment of the LBJ School Alumni Association Board's LBJ School Alumni Spotlight Series, Special Projects Committee Chair Rama Singh Rastogi (EMPL '18) interviews Pedro Conceição (Ph.D. '00). Conceição is director of the Human Development Report Office and lead author of the Human Development Report with the United Nations Development Programme.

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