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News June 10, 2020

CONNECT fellow assists AYC with COVID-19 data analysis

Austin Young Chamber has partnered with the RGK Center's CONNECT program to release key findings from their COVID-19 survey for employees. Data from the survey highlights employees' concerns about the pandemic and gives government and business entities a snapshot of who is most affected.

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ZIP code heat map from Austin Youth Chamber
News June 4, 2020

Taylor Lewis (MPAff '20): 'The Dean's Certificate in State and Local Finance program was the best decision I made as an LBJ student'

During the 2019–20 academic year, the LBJ School introduced the inaugural Dean's Certificate program, offering students the opportunity to delve deeper into two areas: state and local finance, and data science and policy analysis. Just before commencement, Taylor Lewis (MPAff '20) took a moment to tell us about his experience with the Dean's Certificate in State and Local Finance program.

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Taylor Lewis (MGPS '20)
Feature May 22, 2020

The Graduating Class of 2020: Tahar Hichri (MGPS '20)

"I learned several frameworks at LBJ, but most importantly I earned a valuable network of friends who are passionate and expert about several topics ranging from international energy policy to food aid in the developing world," said LBJ student Tahar Hichri (MGPS '20). "The LBJ experience goes beyond class. It's an international community of policy wonks that I feel proud to be part of!"

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LBJ student Tahar Hichri (MGPS '20)
Feature May 22, 2020

LBJ's 49th commencement celebrates the Class of 2020

On Saturday, May 23, 2020, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs proudly sent its 49th cohort out into the arena. WATCH: Dean Angela Evans's words of encouragement and inspiration; reflections by class speaker Mohamed Abufalgha (MGPS '20) on his experiences and his hopes for the future; and commencement speaker Colin Crowell, Twitter's former VP of global public policy and philanthropy, on life in policy and business.

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Scenes from the socially distanced LBJ School 2020 commencement
Feature May 21, 2020

The Graduating Class of 2020: Brandon Podojil (MPAff '20)

"Dive in head first," said LBJ student Brandon Podojil (MPAff '20) in advice to incoming students. "LBJ offers so many great opportunities for learning, networking, and growth. Push your limits, tackle challenges that make you uncomfortable, speak up in class, and say 'yes' to as many unique experiences you can! Grad school is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to pursue your passions, expand your perspective and grow."

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Feature May 20, 2020

The Graduating Class of 2020: Charlotte Gorman (MGPS)

"Being able to chat with faculty about their professional experiences in public service has been so fascinating," said MGPS student Charlotte Gorman. "I've taken classes with the former chair of the National Intelligence Council (Ambassador Hutchings) and former director for Cybersecurity on the National Security Council (Eric Greenwald). The two economics professors I had, Sheila Olmstead and James Galbraith, completely changed my view of that discipline for the better."

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LBJ MGPS student Charlotte Gorman during the 2020 Crisis Simulation
Feature May 20, 2020

The Graduating Class of 2020: Nathan Oey Bumagny (MGPS)

"As an immigrant, I feel really privileged to earn a master's degree from a school like LBJ," said Nathan Bumagny. "Thank you mom and dad for everything you've done for me!"

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LBJ student Nathan Oey Bumagny (MGPS '20)
Feature May 18, 2020

The Graduating Class of 2020: Mohamed Abufalgha chosen as class speaker

"I had the privilege of learning from some of the most experienced, smartest professors around... yet, despite their experience, knowledge and fame they were all very humble, generous and kind to me," said MGPS student Mohamed Abufalgha, who was chosen as the 2020 class speaker. "I learned a lot just from observing the way they act, let alone what they taught in class."

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LBJ MGPS graduate Mohamed Abufalgha, the 2020 class speaker
News May 18, 2020

RGK's CONNECT program gives graduates valuable consulting experience

As the spring semester comes to a close, 29 CONNECT graduate fellows from across campus wrap up their data and evaluation projects and prepare to present their work. The CONNECT program, developed and spearheaded by LBJ Professor Patrick Bixler, identifies nonprofit and public-serving organizations in the Austin area that have scoped a data project and matches them with graduate students seeking applied evaluation or measurement-related experience.

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LBJ Professor Charlee Garden works with LBJ students in the CONNECT program
News May 15, 2020

LBJ Ph.D. student Francisca Bogolasky wins the 2020 Alma H. Young Emerging Scholar Award

Francisca Bogolasky, a Ph.D. candidate at the LBJ School, has been selected as the recipient of the 2020 Alma H. Young Emerging Scholar Award, which is given by the Urban Affairs Association (UAA) to a promising Ph.D. candidate or early career researcher whose work demonstrates a commitment to rigorous and impactful research and service.

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