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The University of Texas at Austin

Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs



February 1, 2007

CHASP hosts former HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson

The Center for Health and Social Policy will host former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson to discuss his plans for a "Medicaid Makeover" on Feb. 8 at 1 p.m. in the auditorium of the Thompson Conference Center. Thompson is the founder of the Medicaid Makeover organization which seeks to promote innovative strategies to make Medicaid more cost effective and efficient when delivering critical health care to millions of low-income Americans. As Secretary of HHS in the George W. Bush Administration, Thompson spearheaded the effort to pass the Medicare Modernization Act in 2003. He also played a major role in administering the Health Insurance Flexibility and Accountability Demonstration Program, which provides Medicaid waivers to states that develop innovative approaches to expanding the number of low-income families covered by health insurance. For information, contact Robin Pearson at robin.pearson@mail.utexas.edu.

Neighbors Honored with Staff Excellence Award for 2006-2007

Lucy Neighbors, admissions records coordinator for the Office of Student Affairs and Programs, was named to receive the LBJ School's Staff Excellence Award for 2006-2007. Lucy is the LBJ School's official nominee for the 2007 University of Texas at Austin Staff Excellence Award and will receive a cash award and a certificate of recognition from the School. In making the selection, the Award Committee cited Lucy's tireless dedication in helping students navigate the University. It was obvious from the accolades supporting her nomination that Lucy's peers consider her an invaluable member of the LBJ School community. To quote just one of many, "Lucy's number one priority is the student. Everything she does is to enhance the student's ability to succeed. . . For her, the word 'impossible' does not exist. Lucy will make it happen—making the impossible possible." Please communicate your appreciation to Lucy and congratulate her on her award.

Public Affairs Career Fair Scheduled February 9

The LBJ School's Career Services Office will host the annual Public Affairs Career Fair on Feb. 9 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Thompson Conference Center. The fair offers an excellent opportunity to meet and possibly interview with top public, private, and non-profit employers and allow students to explore potential jobs, internships, and career issues. Anyone interested in a career in public service is welcome. For information, contact the Office of Student Affairs and programs 1-4292.

LBJ School and Deloitte & Touche to Host Tom Ridge

As part of the Elspeth Rostow Distinguished Lecture Series for Public Policy Leadership, the LBJ School and Deloitte & Touche USA will welcome former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Tom Ridge on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 5 p.m. at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 North Congress Avenue. Ridge will discuss how state leaders can strategically address the long-term and structural issues facing state government today while also anticipating the daunting new challenges of the 21st century. After the presentation, he will take audience questions. For more information, contact Brendan Lavy at blavy@austin.utexas.edu.

In the Media
Boske PRP Featured in International Shipping Magazine

Leigh Boske and students of his PRP last spring were featured in an article of the London-based international trade and transportation magazine Fairplay discussing how the PRP on "Port and Supply-Chain Security Initiatives in the united States and Abroad," has persuaded the International Maritime Organization to change its port-security practices. The article is available at www.fairplay.co.uk.

LBJ School Faculty and Students Share Stories of Military Service

Dr. Howard Prince, LTG(R) Jefferson Davis Howell, Trampes Crow, and Tim Riley took part in a University panel on veterans at UT. The complete article from the Daily Texan can be found at: http://www.utexas.edu/lbj/news/spring2007/ut_veterans.php.

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.