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The University of Texas at Austin

Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs



October 25, 2006

LBJ School Unveils New Website

Many of you will notice that the LBJ School has renovated the look and architecture of the web site. This is a "soft launch"—with the broader announcement coming in the next week—so that faculty, staff and students have a chance to offer ideas and suggestions about improving the site. One of the great advantages of the web is that it is constantly open to improvement. This remains a work in progress, so you may find a handful of pages still in the old style as we continue the transition. This is a significant improvement over the current site and tremendous credit and our gratitude belongs to Caren Troutman, Paul Grotevant, Brendan Lavy, Doug Marshall, Megan Murphy, and Dave Holston and his staff at the University's Office of Creative Services.

Please send any suggestions or changes you may have to jeffpatterson@austin.utexas.edu. Remember, this is the first step—not the end product—toward a more inviting and functional site.

OSAP Streamlines Fellowship Check Distribution Process

Beginning this month, students who were awarded fellowship funds in their letters of acceptance will receive a check for half of the annual award approximately one week prior to registration. This gives students full responsibility for how their funds are applied to the costs associated with their education. Students will want to check their UT contact information to ensure that their check is sent to the correct address. If students have set up direct deposit, the funds will be sent directly to that bank account. If you do not have this arrangement, the check will be mailed to your primary mailing address. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Megan Murphy at megan.murphy@mail.utexas.edu.

"Bush Doctrine as Partisan Wedge Issue" Presented at ISSS

The International Security Speaker Series will host Columbia University professor Jack Snyder on Thursday, October 26, at 5 p.m. in the Brown Room at the LBJ Library. Snyder's presentation, "The Bush Doctrine as a Partisan Wedge Issue," provides a preview of his forthcoming article in the journal World Politics which discusses his exciting new work on the domestic political effects of America's new national security strategy. Snyder is the Robert and René Belfer Professor of International Relations in the political science department at Columbia, and is also appointed in Columbia's Institute of War and Peace Studies. He is the acting director of the Harriman Institute at Columbia, a research center on Russia and Eastern Europe. He edits the W. W. Norton book series on world politics, and he himself has published a number of award-winning books.

Health Policy Expert Jeanne Lambrew to Speak October 31

Dr. Jeanne Lambrew, a possible candidate to fill the vacated Sid Richardson Chair in Public Affairs will present a lecture on children and health insurance on Tuesday, October 31 at 12:15 in Room 3.109.

Lambrew is a nationally recognized health policy researcher and associate professor at George Washington University where she teaches and conducts research on health policy. She was associate director for health at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the senior health analyst at the National Economic Council. From 1993-1994 she also worked at the Department of Health and Human Services on health care reform. Prior to serving at the White House, Dr. Lambrew was an assistant professor of public policy at Georgetown University (1996). She received her masters and Ph.D. from the Department of Health Policy, School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and bachelor's degree from Amherst College.

Author Recalls Hungarian Survivors Who Made a Mark on the World

Kati Marton, chairwoman of the International Women's Health Coalition, will discuss her recent book, The Great Escape: Nine Jews Who Fled Hitler and Changed the World, at 5 p.m. on October 30, in the 10th Floor Atrium at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum. The event is being cosponsored by the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and is open to the public. Marton's book tells the story of a remarkable group of men who came of age in Budapest's "Golden Age", survived the Nazi terror, and went on to play vital roles in shaping the twentieth century. Marton is an author and journalist who escaped to the United States with her parents after the failed Hungarian Revolution of 1956. She currently serves on the board of directors of the International Rescue Committee, Human Rights Watch, and the New America Foundation and was a foreign correspondent for ABC News and National Public Radio. Her previous best-selling books include Hidden Power: Presidential Marriages that Shaped History and A Death in Jerusalem: The Assassination by Extremists of the First Middle East Peace Maker. For more information about this event, please contact Brendan Lavy at blavy@austin.utexas.edu.

Coffee Shop Aids Nonprofit for Dominican Republic

LBJ alums Sharla Megilligan and Mehul Patel, both Class of 2004, recently created and opened Dominican Joe, a coffee shop located in the heart of Austin at the corner of South Congress and Riverside. Dominican Joe imports coffee through Makarios, an Austin-based nonprofit organization. Both organizations support educational and economic development programs in the Dominican Republic. For more information, visit http://www.dominicanjoe.com/ and http://www.makariosinternational.org/.

In the Media & Academe

Dean James B. Steinberg's speech to the meeting of the Association of Texas Colleges and Universities is available at: http://www.utexas.edu/lbj/news/fall2006/steinberg_atcu_remarks.html . . .On October 15, Harvard University's Economics Department and its John F. Kennedy School of Government co-hosted a conference entitled John Kenneth Galbraith and the Future of Liberalism. The conference featured a wide array of distinguished participants, and especially including our own Dean Steinberg and Professor Jamie Galbraith, along with Alan Brinkley, E.J. Dionne, and Peter Galbraith. The program is available at http://ksgaccman.harvard.edu/iop/events_forum_video.asp?ID=3028. . . Admiral Bobby R. Inman was the featured interview on the Center for International Relations' International Affairs Forum on the United States' response to terror and the effects of partisanship on national security. The interview is available at http://www.ia-forum.org/Files/LMYBSG.pdf.

About News@LBJ

"News@LBJ" is a regular electronic newsletter distributed by the Dean's Office to keep faculty, staff, and students informed about news and events at The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. We encourage everyone to share their news, events, and suggestions with us via e-mail to kerri.battles@mail.utexas.edu.