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Thursday, December 10, 2009
Higher Education and Economic Growth in Michigan: Looking Back and Looking Ahead on the Fifth Anniversary of the Cherry Commission
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

In 2004, Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm charged the Lieutenant Governor's Commission on Higher Education and Economic Growth with identifying strategies to improve postsecondary attainment and completion in Michigan.

To mark the five-year anniversary of the Cherry Commission, leaders of the education and business communities in Michigan will address the past, present, and future of higher education and economic growth in Michigan.

Higher Education in Michigan: Looking Back and Looking Ahead on the Fifth Anniversary of the Cherry Commission
All Day Event

In 2004, Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm charged the Lieutenant Governor's Commission on Higher Education and Economic Growth to identify strategies to improve postsecondary attainment and completion in Michigan. The Cherry Commission issued its report in December 2004, setting out a wide-ranging set of recommendations to improve the education and training of Michigan's citizenry.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Segregation Anew? The Rise of Pharmacogenomics and the Implications for Race in America
4:30 PM -  6:00 PM
This event is part of the Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of Personal Genomics Seminar Series.

Pharmacogenomic research offers the potential benefits of personalized medicine and targeted therapies, but it also raises the risk of reinforcing racial differences and stereotypes. Will pharmacogenomics increase the importance of race in American society? This panel explores how racial concepts and categories are influencing scientific, medical, and industrial development in this arena. It will also investigate how policy interventions may allow us to exploit the potential of pharmacogenomics, while avoiding its pitfalls.

Monday, December 07, 2009
Bioequivalence: The Regulatory Careers of a Medical Concept
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Daniel Carpenter, Freed Professor of Government and Director, Center for American Political Studies, Harvard University

Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Beyond Cape Wind: The Challenge of Siting Renewable Energy Facilities
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Robert Whitcomb:
Vice President and Editorial Page Editor, Providence Journal and Goldring Family Distinguished Visiting Lecturer

With Commentary by:
Matthew Wagner:
Manager, Wind Site Development, Detroit Edison

Sally Churchill: Vice President and Secretary of the University of Michigan

Sponsored by:
Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP)
Program in the Environment (PitE)
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

Thursday, November 19, 2009
Immigration, Public Policy, and the Skills Debate
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Immigration is increasingly changing the composition of the American population. From 1970 to 2003, the foreign-born share of the U.S. population increased from less than 5% to more than 12%. Though this dramatic increase has occurred disproportionately in a few regions, the effects of immigration are increasingly felt across the country. Alongside this rapid increase, debate regarding the effects of immigration has also ramped up. Key issues in this debate include the possible economic impacts of low-skill immigration on the low-skill native population, and the potential benefits of selective or high-skill immigration to fill key employment gaps.

Experts differ markedly in their beliefs regarding the effects of immigration (economically and culturally) and the appropriate goals of U.S. immigration policy. In Immigration, Public Policy and the Skills Debate two distinguished scholars will present work addressing this important topic. The Ford School engages in this conversation with the goal of furthering a balanced and thoughtful U.S. immigration policy.

Friday, November 13, 2009
Midwest v2.0: New Innovations, Re-energized Workforce, Sustainable Future

'Midwest v2.0: New Innovations, Re-energized Workforce, Sustainable Future' (a Roosevelt Institution Conference). More information.

Thursday, November 12, 2009
Addressing Poverty in Troubled Times: an International Perspective on the U.S., North America and the World
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Mary Jo Bane is the Thornton Bradshaw Professor of Public Policy and Management and Academic Dean, Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She is also the Chair of the Management, Leadership, and Decision Sciences (MLD) and Leadership at the Kennedy School. Prior to that she was Assistant Secretary for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Bane is the author of a number of books and articles on poverty, welfare, families, and the role of churches in civic life. Her current research is on poverty in the United States and international context.

Co-sponsored by the School of Social Work, the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, the National Poverty Center, and St. Mary's Student Parish.

Monday, November 09, 2009
Science and Technology Investments and Policy in the Obama Administration
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Kei Koizumi, Assistant Director for Federal Research and Development, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President

Thursday, November 05, 2009
Washington DC Alumni Reception during the annual APPAM Conference
6:30 PM -  8:00 PM

Thank you to all who came to APPAM Conference reception in DC, it was great to see so many people! Nearly 80 alums attended representing all three programs of study – BA, MPP/MPA, and PhD. Click through the slideshow below to see some photos from the event.

Monday, November 02, 2009
Budgeting for National Security: How Much Should We Spend?
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
2009 Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence Lecture Series

Douglas A. Brook, former Acting Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)/Chief Financial Officer, is a distinguished graduate of the Ford School (MPA '67) and will be the 2009 Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

His lecture will address questions about how the U.S. investment in national security should be determined. He will trace the history of defense budgets relative to overall federal spending, then explore the sensitivity of defense budgets to externalities such as presidencies and historical events as well as competition from other discretionary programs and entitlements. Using this base, Brook will then argue that we should consider budgeting for 'national security' rather than 'national defense'.

Monday, October 26, 2009
Synthetic Genomics: Options for Governance
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

STPP 2009 Fall Lecture Series

Michele Garfinkel, Policy AnalystJ. Craig Venter Institute

Thursday, October 22, 2009
U.S. Macroeconomic Policy: Steps Toward Recovery
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Peter Borish is Chairman and CEO of Computer Trading Corporation, an actively managed hedge fund which focuses on macroeconomic investing.

Charles L. Evans is President, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and an expert on the effects of US monetary policy on economic activity and inflation.

Matthew Shapiro is Lawrence R. Klein Collegiate Professor of Economics at the University of Michigan.

Allen Sinai is President of Decision Economics, Inc. (DE), a global economics, policy, strategy, and financial market information support and advisory firm.

Co-sponsored by the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the Department of Economics

Wednesday, October 21, 2009
The Role of Urban Food Retail in Detroit's Economic Development and Revitalization
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

This panel discussion will present a number of different approaches to urban food retail in the city of Detroit, including: a program that touches on the conventional grocery industry; a program to develop grocery sector entrepreneurs; a new model for community grocery stores; and alternative formats/vehicles for urban residents to get fresh food.

Friday, October 16, 2009
Quantitative Analysis of Newly Evolving Patterns of Japanese and U.S. International Trade: Fragmentation; Offshoring of Activities; and Vertical Intra-Industry Trade Conference
8:30 PM -  5:15 PM

Robert M. Stern, Professor of Economics and Public Policy in the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and Department of Economics of the University of Michigan, is the conference director. The co-directors are Kyoji Fukao, Professor of Economics, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, and Kozo Kiyota, Associate Professor of Economics, Yokohama National University. The objective of the conference is to develop new methods and data to measure the factor contents of emerging new modes of international trade. The conference is open to interested faculty members and graduate students. Registration is requested, with a deadline of October 9, 2009. For more information go to

Co-sponsored by A Global Centers of Excellence (COE) Program, Hitotsubashi University; and Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan.

Thursday, October 15, 2009
Health Care Reform: Proposals, Politics, and Prospects
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

As of October 12, the U.S. Congress has passed out of committee five health care reform bills, and members are poised to begin debating and reconciling these bills into one that may emerge for signing by President Barack Obama within the end of the year.

This panel features five experts in the area of health care and health insurance reform. The panelists span the fields of public policy, medicine, sociology, political science, economics, and public health. The invited panelists will focus on their own areas of expertise to answer two questions: (1) what are the most important things that we need in health care reform, and (2) why getting to any kind of health care reform has been and continues to be so difficult in our country, and what they see as the prospects for reform in this round.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Senator Chuck Hagel, Georgetown University and the University of Nebraska at Omaha
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
A 2009 Citigroup Foundation Lecture from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the International Policy Center

Chuck Hagel is a Distinguished Professor at Georgetown University and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He is Chairman of the Atlantic Council and a Member of the Secretary of Defense's Defense Policy Board. He serves on the Advisory Boards of Deutsche Bank Americas; Corsair Capital; is a Director of Wolfensohn and Company; Senior Advisor to McCarthy Capital Corporation; and a member of Pfizer's Emerging Markets and European Advisory Boards.

Saturday, October 03, 2009
Friday, October 02, 2009
Paul Krugman, Princeton University and The New York Times
3:00 PM -  4:30 PM
A 2009 Citigroup Foundation Lecture from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the International Policy Center

Keynote speaker for the Festschrift in Honor of Alan Deardorff.
Paul Krugman

Paul Krugman is an economist and prolific writer who divides his energies among many pursuits: he is professor of economics and international affairs at Princeton University, a centenary professor at the London School of Economics, and, perhaps, his best-known job, an op-ed columnist for The New York Times.

Krugman was recently honored for his work on global trade patterns by winning the 2008 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. In recognition of his influence The Washington Monthly called him 'the most important political columnist in America.'

Comparative Advantage, Economic Growth, and the Gains from Trade and Globalization: a Festschrift in Honor of Alan V. Deardorff
All Day Event

The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and Department of Economics will host a Festschrift titled 'Comparative Advantage, Economic Growth, and the Gains from Trade and Globalization' in honor of Alan Deardorff on Friday and Saturday, October 2-3, 2009.

Friday, September 25, 2009
95th Anniversary and Alumni Weekend
7:00 PM -  8:30 PM

On September 25–26, 2009 the Ford School will be hosting an all alumni reunion in conjunction with the school's 95th birthday. Please check back periodically for more event details and travel information.

Monday, September 21, 2009
The Politics of Precaution: A Comparison of Consumer and Environmental Regulation in Europe and the United States, 1970 - 2008
4:00 AM -  5:30 PM

STPP 2009 Fall Lecture Series

David Vogel, Professor of Business Ethics and Political ScienceHaas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley

Monday, September 14, 2009
Who Owns Your Genes? Intellectual Property, Innovation Policy, and the Future of Genetic Medicine
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Should there be boundaries to patentable subject matter? What happens if the patents stifle innovation, rather than promoting it? How should we proceed if patents negatively influence health care, rather than enhancing it? The panel will discuss these questions by focusing on the controversy over patents on the breast and ovarian cancer (BRCA) genes, which led to a current ACLU class-action lawsuit against the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and Myriad Genetics. This panel discussion is a part of the Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of Personal Genomics Seminar Series.

Panel discussants are:
Shobita Parthasarathy, Assistant Professor, Ford School of Public Policy, author of 'Building Genetic Medicine: Breast Cancer, Technology, and the Comparative Politics of Health Care.'

Sofia Merajver, Professor of Internal Medicine, Director of the Breast and Ovarian Cancer Risk and Evaluation Program, University of Michigan.

Rebecca Eisenberg, Professor, Law School, University of Michigan, and lecturer about the role of intellectual property in biopharmaceutical research.

Co-sponsored by Office of the Vice President for Research, Center for Ethics in Public Life, School of Public Health, and the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education.

Thursday, September 10, 2009
The Foreign Policy Agenda of the Obama Administration: The Practitioner's Perspective
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Ambassador Thomas Miller, U.S. Ambassador Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1999-2001, Greece, 2001-2004, and President of the United Nations Association. More about Ambassador Miller.

Co-sponsored by Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies, the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, and the International Policy Center.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009
The Economy, Public Policy and Poverty in the U.S.: What Changes Can President Obama Make?
4:00 PM -  5:00 PM

Professor Danziger is the Henry J. Meyer Distinguished University Professor of Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and Research Professor at the Population Studies Center. His research focuses on social welfare policies and on the effects of economic, demographic, and public policy changes on trends in poverty and inequality. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, Director of the National Poverty Center, and Director of the Research and Training Program on Poverty and Public Policy. Professor Danziger received his Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Monday, June 15, 2009
Summer Institute on Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models (EITM)
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

The University of Michigan will host the eighth annual Summer Institute on EITM: Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models this summer, June 15 through July 10, 2009. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), this program seeks to leverage the complementarity between formal models and empirical methods.

EITM is training a new generation of scholars to integrate theoretical models more closely, effectively, and productively with empirical evaluation of those models. The Summer Institutes are highly interactive training programs for advanced graduate students and junior faculty. They are led by teams of scholars from across the discipline who are working at the forefront of such empirical-theoretical integration.