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September 3, 2014 - News

The LBJ School of Public Affairs welcomed its newest incoming class of students with a week of orientation activities that culminated with "Gone to Texas," which featured a reception hosted by Dean Robert Hutchings and a march to the UT Tower for a special presentation of music, student videos and inspirational speakers. The LBJ School orientation week featured a series of events ranging from information sessions on academic and research opportunities to social events, all with the aim of providing an opportunity for new students to become comfortable as the newest members of the LBJ School community.

August 29, 2014 - Event

Event Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Biennial networking event for alumni and students of the LBJ School working with the Texas Legislature.

August 28, 2014 - Event

Event Date: Friday, September 19, 2014 - 8:15am

As America begins to recover from our country's two longest wars, there is an urgent need to reassess how we prepare the next generation of global leaders to address the changing diplomatic landscape. To address some of these critical issues, the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the American Academy of Diplomacy will convene eminent diplomats, intelligence officers and military officials for a one-day conference analyzing successes and failures in American diplomacy. "Reinventing Diplomacy for the 21st Century" will take place Friday, September 19, at the LBJ School of Public Affairs' Bass Lecture Hall. This event is free and open to the public but registration is required.

August 22, 2014 - Event

Event Date: Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 12:15pm

Please join the LBJ School of Public Affairs for a special bilingual lecture featuring Argentinian Minister of Defense Agustín O. Rossi, who will discuss the role defense plays in Latin America. This event is free and open to the public but registration is required.

August 19, 2014 - Event

Event Date: Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 11:30am - 2:30pm

Annual alumni tailgate for LBJ School students and alumni

August 5, 2014 - News

Researchers at the LBJ School of Public Affairs have released a report that offers an in-depth analysis of the rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in Texas. This report, which is part of a national effort, provides detailed background information on the history of the Affordable Care Act in Texas. In addition, it focuses on the impact of the ACA on Medicaid, CHIP, immigrant workers and the self-employed.

July 14, 2014 - News

Fifty years after President Lyndon Johnson launched his “war on poverty” there is still much to be done on the policy front to help those who have been most affected by slow economic recovery—especially those with the least education, limited or spotty work experience, and those living in areas with low overall growth.

July 14, 2014 - Event

Event Date: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Austin Alumni Chapter monthly happy hour event.

July 8, 2014 - Event

Event Date: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Happy Hour for New York alumni

July 2, 2014 - Event

Event Date: Friday, July 18, 2014 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Join fellow LBJ Houstonians for a casual happy hour at Queen Vic's Pub on Friday, July 18.

June 25, 2014 - News

AUSTIN, Texas, June 25, 2014 – Dr. David Springer has been named as the new Director of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, it was announced today by LBJ School Dean Robert Hutchings. Springer, who began his professional career as a clinical social worker, has been a member of The University of Texas at Austin’s School of Social Work since 1997 where he is a University Distinguished Teaching Professor.

June 25, 2014 - News

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.

June 17, 2014 - Event

Event Date: Monday, June 23, 2014 - 10:30am

ADAPT of Texas and the LBJ School of Public Affairs will host an event to mark the 15th anniversary of the Olmstead Decision on June 23 at 10:30 AM. The event will feature a brief press conference where members of the community who have benefited from the Olmstead Act will share their personal experiences followed by light refreshments.

June 10, 2014 - Event

Event Date: Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Annual Welcome Back event hosted by the Austin Area Alumni Chapter

June 10, 2014 - Event

Event Date: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Austin Alumni Chapter monthly happy hour event.

June 6, 2014 - News

Assistant Professor Sam Richardson was awarded a grant of $19,250 by the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health to head a unique project that will effectively map the mental health workforce shortage in Texas. Using ArGIS software to create interactive maps that combine census data with addresses of licensed mental health providers, as well as incorporating data on income and race/ethnicity, Richardson’s study aims to provide a more detailed understanding of mental health workforce shortages in the state.

May 22, 2014 - News

The LBJ School announced today that six LBJ School students have been selected to participate in the School’s international exchange program with Israel’s Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya.

May 22, 2014 - News

Johnie Jones graduated from the LBJ School in 2011 and was hired by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) where he works on strategic partnerships for the department. Recently profiled by The Pacific Standard in their "30 Thinkers Under 30" series, Johnie has distinguished himself as a rising leader in the federal agriculture policy arena. In this Q&A, Johnie discusses some of the greatest policy challenges currently facing our nation, as well as other activities taking place at USDA.

May 20, 2014 - Event

Event Date: Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

LBJ School annual alumni reception in Washington, D.C.

May 19, 2014 - News

In a day of celebration, the newest graduating class of the LBJ School enjoyed inspirational remarks by San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, Dean Robert Hutchings and Peter La Fountain, the student class speaker.

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