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The University of Texas at Austin

Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs



April 3, 2007

Renovation of Sid Richardson Hall Takes Major Step

Planned renovations of the LBJ School portion of Sid Richardson Hall received official endorsement from the University Administration last week, with plans to incorporate the initial phases of the construction with the ongoing Plaza project so as to speed and integrate the design and construction. The process will move much more quickly once the University of Texas System Board of Regents approve it—which could be as soon as its next meeting in mid-May. A number of scheduling and procedural decisions remain to be made, but this is a major milestone on the path to achieving this important priority. In making the announcement, Dean James Steinberg expressed his gratitude to President Bill Powers, Vice President and Provost Steven Leslie, and Vice Presidents Kevin Hegarty and Pat Clubb for helping move this to the next stage.

LBJ School's Matwiczak named as UT's Graduate Adviser of the Year

Congratulations to Ken Matwiczak, who has been named as the University of Texas at Austin's Outstanding Graduate Adviser for 2007. Nominated by the LBJ School, Matwiczak received the award in recognition of his attentiveness and dedication to the students of the LBJ School, including recruiting and retaining high quality students, enriching students' professional and academic development, and his tireless work with faculty and other administrators on issues pertaining to graduate education at the LBJ School. "It is a tremendous credit to 'Dr. Mat' that he was chosen from among a well-respected number of graduate advisers across the University of Texas at Austin for this honor," said James B. Steinberg, dean of the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Matwiczak will officially receive the award at the Graduate School/University Co-op Awards Banquet in May 2007.

Concession Machines Moved to Third Floor

In the interests of giving credit where it is due, Trampes Crow has performed tireless service in negotiating with University concessions to have the snack machines that once occupied the basement level moved into the third floor student study spaces beside the Wasserman Media Room. The snack vending machine has already been moved to the new location, and a second soda machine is scheduled to be moved there on Thursday. If you get a chance, please thank Trampes for making this possible before basement construction began.

Student Think Tank Founder to Speak

Kai Stinchcombe, executive director of the Roosevelt Institution, will speak at a brown bag for newly admitted and current LBJ students on Wednesday, April 4 at 12:15 p.m. in the LBJ Student Lounge. Stinchcombe completed his master's degree in political science at Stanford in 2005. He left Stanford's Ph.D. program to help found the Roosevelt Institution, the nation's first student-run think tank. Lunch will be provided.

State Department Official's Take on International Views on Anti-Terrorism Efforts

Matthew Waxman, deputy director of policy planning at the U.S. State Department, will talk about "Transatlantic Perspectives on the 'War on Terror'" from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 9 in the LBJ Library's Brown Room. The lecture will be followed by a question-and-answer session. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Eugene Gholz at 512-471-5882.

AIDS Crisis is Focus of Upcoming Speaker

David Gartner, the policy director of the Global AIDS Alliance, will tackle the AIDS crisis and efforts to advocate internationally for public health on Tuesday, April 10 at noon in SRH 3.109. He is the next speaker in the RGK Center's Global Civil Society Speaker Series. Gartner will address the limits of NGO influence, changes in the advocacy landscape, and how advocacy on global public health may differ from other issue areas. Delicious sandwiches will be served! For more information, contact Professor Josh Busby at busbyj@austin.utexas.edu.

Register Now for the Gender, Globalization and Governance Conference

The conference, which has been organized by grad students from the LBJ School and other departments, takes place on April 12 and 13. Panel topics will include the HIV/AIDS crisis, immigration policies, informal labor markets, and gendered war crimes. Ambassador Arvonne Fraser, Dr. Irene Tinker, and the Honorable Sissy Farenthold—three incredible women who are pioneers of the international women's rights and human rights movements—will serve as keynote speakers. For more information about the conference and to register, visit: www.utexas.edu/lbj/genderglobalization.

LBJ Field Day is April 14

On April 14 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., the LBJ GPAC Social and Alumni Committees will host a field day for students, faculty and alumni. Ladybirds, families, friends and pets are welcome too! The event will take place at Patterson Park, 4200 Brookview Road. Free picnic food will be provided. For more information, contact Sandra Menjivar at 832-654-8677 or sandra.menjivar@mail.utexas.edu.

UC San Diego Professor to Discuss China as a "Fragile Superpower"

Susan Shirk will give a presentation based on her newest book, "China: Fragile Superpower," which is being published by Oxford University Press, on Thursday, April 19 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Batts Hall, room 5.108. Shirk is the director of the University of California system-wide Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation and a professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego. Shirk has served as deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs, with responsibility for China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Mongolia. The event is free and open to the public. For more information about this event, contact Brendan Lavy at 232-4004 or blavy@austin.utexas.edu.

On the Web. . .
New LBJ Journal Now Online

New articles from the student publication are now available on the web, including: The Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Contest Winner: "Clifton Griffin, Pioneer for Literacy," by Beverly Hope; "If You Build It, They Will Come?" by John R. Losinger; "UT's Banal Museum of Art," by Kevin Priestner; and "An Angola Without dos Santos?" by Rusty Rothenbuescher. Check them out at: www.lbjjournal.com.

In the Media. . .

Alan Kuperman's op-ed entitled "How Can We Deprive al-Qaeda of an Iraqi Base? Arm Moderate Sunnis" was published in the April 4 USA Today.

James Lindsay of the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law wrote a book review entitled "The Superpower Blues" for the March 25 edition of The Washington Post. The book he discussed was Second Chance: Three Presidents and the Crisis of American Superpower by Zbigniew Brzezinski, which addresses post-Cold War American foreign relations.

Sometime LBJ School instructor Mathew Dowd was featured in a page one article of The New York Times Sunday, April 1, "Ex-Aide Says He's Lost Faith in Bush."

Frank Gavin served on a panel entitled "Watergate and Presidential Accountability" with famous Watergate reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein at a March 23 program entitled at "The Legacy of Watergate: Why It Still Matters" at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center. The program generated a number of media stories, including two articles in the Austin American-Statesman "Watergate talk turns to Bush" and "The scandal that keeps on giving." The Daily Texan headlined the program "Woodward, Bernstein discuss government corruption, faults." Also audio for the panel discussions can also be heard online through the KUT-FM radio Web site.

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.