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Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Aligning Teacher Improvement Strategies: A Mixed-Method Study of Teacher Reform in Minnesota
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Presenter: Nathaniel Schwartz, Education

This seminar provides a space for doctoral students and faculty from the School of Education, Ford School of Public Policy, and the Departments of Economics, Sociology, Statistics, and Political Science to discuss current research and receive feedback on works-in-progress. Discourse between these schools and departments will create a more complete community of education scholars, and will provide a networking opportunity for students enrolled in a variety of academic programs who share common research interests.

Diversity Talks: Federal Border Policy, Migration, and the Desert Landscape
11:30 AM -  1:00 PM
Diversity Talks: A Seminar Series on Policy and Race

Glenn Loury (Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences at Brown University) gave a seminar on his research, titled: "The Simple Economics of Affirmative Action Policies."

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5th Annual Gramlich Showcase of Student Work
4:00 PM -  6:00 PM

An evaluation of the Affordable Care Act and its effects for the poor. An analysis of carbon taxation using the case study of British Columbia. A study of the risks that divorce poses to women's ability to afford health insurance. An analysis of efforts to contain Somali-based pirates. An appraisal of Grenada's waste management systems.

Each spring, Ford School faculty and staff nominate dozens of outstanding student research and service projects for recognition at the Gramlich Showcase of Student Work. Established in 2008 to honor internationally renowned economist and former Ford School dean, Ned Gramlich, this event features exceptional student work on a broad range of local, national, and international policy challenges.