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July 25, 2012 - News

BY Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, LBJ School Adjunct Professor

The political implications of the Supreme Court’s SB 1070 ruling are a wash as far as the November election is concerned. On the one hand, the President can point to three out of the four provisions being blocked. On the other hand, Romney and the GOP can point to the heart of SB 1070, the “show me your papers” clause, standing intact.

July 25, 2012 - News

BY David Warner, Wilbur J. Cohen Professor in Health and Social Policy

The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act means that changes already implemented will remain and projected changes in availability of insurance, penalties for those who do not obtain coverage, changes in taxes and fees and optional expansion of state Medicaid programs will all proceed as legislated in 2010.

July 25, 2012 - News

BY Michele Deitch, LBJ School Senior Lecturer

The Supreme Court’s welcome decision in Miller v. Alabama, the case dealing with juvenile life without parole, was no surprise to anyone who has been following the Court’s jurisprudence in recent years. Miller is the latest in a line of cases that have ruled, essentially, that children are different from adults and that the criminal justice system must take account of these differences.

July 23, 2012 - News

Sherri Greenberg, Director of the Center for Politics and Governance and a former Texas state representative, shares her thoughts on what voters can expect from the Texas primary election run-offs.

July 23, 2012 - News

The Climate Change and African Political Stability program has offered 82 students over three years the opportunity for field research in Africa, focusing on the role climate change may play in political stability in African countries. Three students share their experiences with the program.

July 16, 2012 - Event

Event Date: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

A networking event for LBJ School alumni and students in Washington, D.C.

July 9, 2012 - News

In June 2012, Bobby R. Inman, Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.) and Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Chair in National Policy, delivered a speech at a colloquium on Chinese-U.S. Relations at an event sponsored by the China Energy Fund Committee in Hong Kong.

July 2, 2012 - News

For more than a year, LBJ School Lecturer Sherri Greenberg and 17 of her students researched exactly how and why members of Congress use social media and examined its policy implications and best practices.

To their surprise, they found that the elected officials use social media most often to stake out their positions on issues and not necessarily to campaign or tout their media appearances. Their research, funded by the Library of Congress, will be shared with members of Congress as they try to use new media as effectively as possible.

June 28, 2012 - News

BY:  Sherri Greenberg, Director of the LBJ School's Center for Politics and Governance

In the Olympic trial that was the June 28 Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act, health care reform won this heat. Just as sports enthusiasts have been waiting with eager anticipation for the 2012 Summer Olympics, many Americans have been waiting for this Supreme Court ruling. Crowds assembled in Washington and across the nation, as the Supreme Court ruled in a momentous 5-4 decision that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional.

June 27, 2012 - News

In a project designed to expose students to real-world policymaking, LBJ School students produced sample briefings for the next presidential transition. The project was part of a course on strategy and decision-making in global policy, which showcased the blending of scholarly study and policy relevant exercises that are the hallmark of education at the LBJ School.

June 22, 2012 - Event

Event Date: Monday, June 11, 2012 - 7:00pm

Hot Talk, the Summer in the City Speaker Series, begins with the first program on Wednesday, June 27 at 7 PM. Each event in the three-part series features a moderator and multiple speakers representing the diverse points of view on the issue at hand. The series is sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), the Austin American-Statesman, and the Center for Politics and Governance at the LBJ School of Public Affairs.

June 20, 2012 - News

We know an industry is in crisis when its top institutions cannot establish stable leadership. That is the case with some of our nation's best public universities today.

When the Board of Visitors at the University of Virginia pressured President Teresa Sullivan to resign on June 10, she became the fourth leader of a flagship public university to leave office under a cloud of controversy recently.

The other casualties included the highly respected leaders of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Illinois and the University of Oregon. The president of the University of California at Berkeley has also announced that he will step down in December. Leaders of public universities in other states face equally strong pressures to go. The men and women in these jobs seem to have a target on their backs.


This can't go on.


June 13, 2012 - News

Young social innovators convened in Austin during the past several days as part of the Dell Social Innovation Challenge (DSIC), the flagship social entrepreneurship initiative of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. At last night’s awards ceremony held at ACL Live at the Moody Theater in downtown Austin, Essmart Global was announced as the winner of the $50,000 grand prize. Essmart Global was selected from five teams for the prize, which recognizes undergraduate and graduate students who envision, create and implement social innovation projects that help communities around the world.

June 12, 2012 - News

The 2012 edition of the Thinkers and Doers Summer Internship Blog has launched with 12 student bloggers focusing on policy issues for a variety of governmental, non-governmental and non-profit organizations around the world. From domestic criminal justice policy issues in Texas, to issues of poverty and outreach in Guatemala, these student interns will share their on-going stories as they develop the skills to become change agents in the world of public affairs. We invite you to meet our bloggers and learn about their various policy interests and then follow along as they describe their fieldwork.

June 11, 2012 - News

The recent international Public Management Research Conference held at Fudan University in Shanghai brought together over 150 scholars from 22 countries to discuss global issues of governance, fiscal policy and social policy.

According to LBJ School Professor Carolyn Heinrich, one of the conference organizers, hosting the event in China was an important step to including a growing population of Chinese academics in international public affairs discourse.

June 7, 2012 - News

Professor Jacqui Angel’s article on women and health coverage was awarded the Charles E. Gibbs Leadership Prize for the best paper published in Women’s Health Issues in 2011.

In her article titled “A Window of Vulnerability: Health Insurance Coverage Among Women 55 to 64 Years of Age”, Angel focuses on one particularly vulnerable group of women, those who find themselves without adequate health insurance coverage when their older husbands retire.

June 1, 2012 - News

LBJ School Assistant Professor of Public Affairs Varun Rai led a team of students from The University of Texas at Austin to the finale of the national Startup America Policy Challenge on May 21.

May 31, 2012 - News

On May 7, LBJ School Professor Peter M. Ward delivered a keynote address at an international United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UNHABITAT) conference in Kuwait.

May 24, 2012 - News

In a day of celebration, family and friends were invited to watch a new generation of game changers and policymakers receive their graduate degrees at the 2012 LBJ School Commencement ceremony.

May 18, 2012 - News

LBJ School student Savin Ven Johnson is the recipient of a prestigious $24,000 Boren Fellowship, which will support Savin in her study of Japanese and a master’s degree in Environment and Resource Economics.

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