The trillion dollar COVID-19 relief package passed in March and it included an expansion of the child tax credit. Beyond the numbers, what changes and how will it benefit parents? Dr. Cynthia Osborne, Director of Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center at UT-Austin's LBJ School of Public Affairs, shares some insight.
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The Society for Research in Child Development will hold its Biennial Meeting virtually April 7–9, 2021. The meeting brings together thousands of developmental scientists from around the world to present and learn about the latest research in child development.
10 features from the week
Cynthia Osborne, the associate dean for academic strategies at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, was elected vice president of the governing board for the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) on Tuesday, Jan. 19. The governing board is responsible for setting policy and creating strategy for the association, which aims to improve public policy and management by fostering excellence in research, analysis and education.
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Twenty-nine LBJ School authors have come together to craft interdisciplinary and resilience-based policy solutions, published in one toolkit called Resiliency in the Age of COVID-19. This toolkit comes as researchers from across The University of Texas at Austin continue to offer first-of-its-kind groundbreaking research and discovery in the fight against COVID and its long-lasting impacts on public health, business and the future of governance.
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.
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.
On this week's LBJ In the Arena, the LBJ School welcomeed John B. King, the president and CEO of The Education Trust and the former U.S. Secretary of Education under President Barack Obama. King discussed his career in education and the work he's doing to close opportunity gaps for historically underserved populations. The conversation was led by the LBJ School's Dr. Cynthia Osborne, associate dean for academic strategies and the director of the Child and Family Research Partnership and the Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center.
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