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2022 USNWR best grad schools: LBJ School of Public Affairs ranks #7

The LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin ranks No. 7 in graduate public affairs schools in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report's (USNWR) 2022 edition of "Best Graduate Schools," released Tuesday morning.

News July 8, 2021

LBJ School professor to serve as climate advisor for Biden administration

Josh Busby, an associate professor in the LBJ School of Public Affairs, has joined the Biden administration as a senior advisor for climate in the U.S. Department of Defense. He will spend a year working on climate change and national security at the Pentagon, where he will be involved in the Biden administration's prioritization of climate change including the National Defense Strategy.

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LBJ Professor Josh Busby will study climate change and national security in the Biden administration
News June 30, 2021

Horowitz Foundation awards grants to 25 scholars for social policy research

The Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy has selected Maria-Elena Giner, Ph.D. candidate at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, as one of 25 scholars to receive grants for research in the social sciences for the 2020 award year.

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Maria-Elena Giner receives Horowitz Foundation Awards
News June 14, 2021

LBJ DC Fellows start their six-month Policy Apprenticeships in Washington

The sixth cohort of graduate students in the LBJ School of Public Affairs's unique and accelerated DC Concentration have begun their Policy Apprenticeships and coursework in Washington, DC.

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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 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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Media Mention July 15, 2021
Why more women are dying in jails

Michele Deitch said jails and prisons can work to be more responsive to women inside while public officials address systemic challenges women face in society overall that lead to incarceration.

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Media Mention July 14, 2021
Senate committee approves EPA, Commerce nominees

LBJ alumna Alejandra Castillo's nomination for assistant secretary for economic development at the Department of Commerce was approved, moving closer to a full Senate confirmation. Castillo, a '98 graduate, received the LBJ School's highest alumni honor in 2020. 

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Media Mention July 14, 2021
How Texas keeps trying to block Biden on immigration

Ruth Wasem spoke to CNN about how lawmakers in Texas are trying to block the Biden administration on immigration.

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News July 14, 2021
JR DeShazo appointed dean of the LBJ School of Public Affairs

The University of Texas at Austin has named JR DeShazo as the next dean of the LBJ School of Public Affairs. DeShazo’s appointment begins Sept. 10, 2021.

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News July 14, 2021
A federal tax credit could incentivize (and accelerate) the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions

A current federal tax credit to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by storing carbon dioxide from industrial sources could be critical to help the U.S. reach end of decade carbon neutrality targets while yielding economic benefits, particularly on the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast, according to a study by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin published today in Energy Policy.

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News July 9, 2021
In Memoriam: Montgomery C. Meigs

Montgomery C. Meigs, a former adjunct professor at the LBJ School and retired general who led the U.S. Army in Europe from 1998 to 2002, died on July 6, 2021 after a long illness. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann, and their sons William and Matthew.

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