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The University of Texas at Austin

Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs



January 22, 2007

Admiral Inman Receives University's Presidential Citation

The University of Texas at Austin will award one of its most prestigious honors—the Presidential Citation—to Admiral B.R. Inman, USN (Ret.), the Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Chair at the LBJ School, at an awards dinner tonight at the Blanton Museum of Art hosted by President William Powers, Jr. The Presidential Citation recognizes the extraordinary contributions of individuals who personify the University's commitment to transforming lives. In honor of each recipient, a Presidential Citation Endowed Scholarship will be awarded to three students. Inman graduated from UT-Austin in 1950 and began a distinguished career in the U.S. Navy. He was director of the National Security Agency and deputy director of Central Intelligence. He was named an adjunct professor at The University in 1987 and was appointed to the Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Chair in National Policy in 2001.

Brown Bag Hosts Burka; ISSS Brings Peacekeeping Expert; Veterans on Panel; Dean's Office Presents...Emerging Markets

The Student Brown Bag Committee will host Paul Burka, a senior executive editor of Texas Monthly Magazine as its first speaker of the spring semester on Wednesday, January 24 at 12:15 p.m. in the LBJ Student Lounge. Lunch is being provided by Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant. . .International Security Speaker Series will host Jane Holl Lute, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping, to discuss "Current Challenges in UN Peacekeeping" from 5 - 6:30 p.m. in the Brown Room, on the tenth floor of the LBJ Library and Museum. For more information, contact Eugene Gholz at 1-5882. . . A new student organization, the UT Hate Free Campaign is hosting "What is a Veteran at UT?- An Open Dialogue on Wartime Experiences and Life After" Wednesday night, Jan. 24 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Santa Rita Room (3.502) of the Texas Union. The panel will feature LBJ School faculty and students Howard Prince, director of the Center for Ethical Leadership, U.S. Marine Corps Lt. General Jefferson Davis Howell, Jr.; and LBJ master's degree candidates Trampes Crow and Timothy Riley. The Dean's Office Presents...Antoine van Agtamael on Thursday, January 25 at 5:15 pm in room 3.109 discussing his recent book, The Emerging Markets Century: How a New Breed of Companies is Overtaking the World. For more information contact Brendan Lavy at 2-4004.

Public Affairs Library Changes Public Access Hours

Changes in usage patterns, and the recent 24-hour electronic access to the LBJ School community, has prompted University Libraries to change the public access hours to Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the spring 2007 semester.

LBJ Plaza Renovation Undergoing Changes

The plywood platforms constructed atop the fountains in the LBJ Plaza have drawn interesting speculation—everything from a skateboard park to a stage for outdoor musicals. The reality is that the structures are a rudimentary mock-up of a newly proposed plaza renovation design. The original plans to replace the plaza with an amphitheater-style garden drew objections from the Texas Historical Commission (THC). The University and the THC have agreed on a new plan that replaces the fountains with planters elevated above ground (similar to those on the east side of the School) that will be filled in with vegetation. UT's Facilities and Planning Services will schedule a town hall meeting in the next few weeks to describe the new design and the construction schedule.

LBJ School Opens Fiber Optic TV Broadcast Studio

The LBJ School has opened a new TV broadcast studio that makes possible live television interviews with broadcast news networks around the globe. The studio—built in partnership with the UT Office of Public Affairs and the LBJ Library—will allow LBJ faculty to comment on breaking news and public policy debates. The studio is temporarily located in the basement of the LBJ Library (to be relocated once the plaza renovation is completed) and employs a state-of-the-art fiber optic technology system called Vyvx to link with the television networks. To utilize the new studio, contact Assistant Dean Jeff Patterson at jeffpatterson@austin.utexas.edu or Information Technology & Media Services Manager Caren Troutman at troutman@austin.utexas.edu.

University Channel Rolled Out by Public Affairs Consortium

On January 3rd, the charter consortium of public affairs schools and policy research centers—including the LBJ School—publicly rolled out the University Channel, an Internet platform that is rapidly becoming a leading source of reliable policy information for state, national, and international policymakers. The site was developed in 2005 by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and already has had a tremendous impact, generating more than 650,000 visits a month, with nearly 100,000 downloads a month in podcasts alone. The success of the site was validated when it was chosen among the Top Ten Podcasts of 2005 by Slate magazine, and was named among the "100 Best Practices of 2005" by Campus Technology. The site also provides a potential TV viewing audience of more than 5 million, through the University Channel's TV redistribution partners, for viewers who watch the programs on their local access, on-demand, or IPTV channels. To learn more about the University Channel, check out the feature on the LBJ School website.

In the News. . .

The opening of the Texas Legislature and brief rivalry for the Speaker of the House prompted a number of television interviews for Sherri Greenberg, former state representative and current faculty member. Greenberg was interviewed by local television station KVUE for the 6 p.m. broadcast on Dec. 28, and by both KVUE News and Fox 7 News in the Morning at 6 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. on the Texas House Speaker's Race & Issues for Legislature.

Assistant Dean for Operations Jeff Patterson was quoted about the opportunities and benefits afforded by the University Channel for Princeton University's Daily Princetonian.

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.