AUSTIN, Texas, June 3, 2016 – Studying consumer energy behaviors and choices through the agent-based modeling (ABM) approach can inform the design of better policies and programs, according to new research from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.
LBJ School policy professor, Dr. Cynthia Osborne, and her research group, the Child and Family Research Partnership (CFRP), recently analyzed pre-Kindergarten data from the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Their analysis shows that in addition to the educational and developmental benefits for kids, the benefits of the Texas public prekindergarten program (Texas pre-K) also add up to short-term savings for schools.
The resources available through the Urban Program and International Program of the Policy Research Institute (PRI) are an important asset to the LBJ School. The Urban Program provides funding for research projects on public policy issues of metropolitan areas, regionalism and inter-governmental relations in the U.S. and abroad.
For the 2014-15 school year, Professor Todd Olmstead is running a Policy Research Project to benefit Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services (ATCEMS). Over the course of the year, students will participate in research and analysis including ridealongs, guest speakers, and listening to emergency calls to determine how to optimize ATCEMS in the face of a changing healthcare scene.
If you live in the South and have trouble exercising during the muggy summer months, you’re not alone. New research by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin has found that adults are less physically active — and more obese — in counties where summers are hot, especially if they are also humid or rainy.
The new study, which appears in the American Journal of Public Health, also found that adults are less active and more obese in counties where winters are especially cold, cloudy and dark.
Summer weather helps to explain why some parts of the U.S. have more obesity than others. As shown in the study’s maps, many of the counties with the people who are least active and most obese are in the Southeast, where the summers are hot and wet, while many of the most active, least obese counties are in the mountain West, where summers are cool and dry.