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Michelle Jones joins the Ford School as Diplomat in Residence

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Ford School is pleased to welcome new Diplomat in Residence (DIR), Michelle Jones, for the 2013-14 academic year. Jones is a seasoned Foreign Service officer whose most recent post was in Kabul, Afghanistan, where she oversaw the Fulbright academic and International Visitors Leadership programs and 18 Lincoln Learning Centers throughout the country.

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Helen Levy helps set the record straight on Obamacare at Michigan Public Radio

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Mired in politics before and since it was signed into law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, is still largely misunderstood. The Ford School's Helen Levy and Thomas Buchmueller of the U-M's Ross School of Business spoke with Michigan Public Radio to separate fact from fiction in anticipation of the insurance program's open enrollment in October of this year.

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Carbon tax shift working in Canada, Barry Rabe tells ClimateWire, but hasn't spread elsewhere

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

An upcoming issue of Canadian Public Policy includes a study by the environmental think tank Sustainable Prosperity that shows British Columbia's carbon tax shift, now five years old, has contributed to an overall decline in fossil fuel use and lower personal and corporate tax rates.

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A Ford School tradition and a glimpse at the future of public policy: PPIA 2013 Summer Institute

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

When she was a University of Texas junior, Cortney Sanders, as a member and chair of the Black Student Alliance and in conjunction with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, filed an amicus brief in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin—a recent Supreme Court case challenging the legitimacy of affirmative action. The Ohio State University student William Crawford spent a semester as a White House intern in the Office of Scheduling and Advance. And now that Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Summer Institute has ended, Patrick Smith is going to leave University of California, Berkeley, for a semester to study French literature and international policy in Lyon, France.

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Ban smoking when kids are in the car, survey says, but few states have laws that actually do

Monday, July 22, 2013

According to the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health, although 87 percent of adults agree that adult drivers and passengers shouldn't smoke when kids are in the car, only seven states have laws that actually prohibit the practice. The poll also found that 82 percent of adults support no smoking in vehicles with children under 13, and 75 percent support no smoking in homes where children have asthma or other lung illnesses.

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Lelia Gowland discusses the Youth Promise Act on New Orleans television

Monday, July 22, 2013

Ford School alumna Lelia Gowland (MPP '11) discussed the newly introduced Youth Promise Act (YPA) on WGNO's "The 411," a local New Orleans news and information television program. Gowland, the communications and development director for the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana, explained how the YPA bill would help prevent juvenile delinquency by funding, implementing, and evaluating crime prevention and intervention practices.

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Michigan Daily names Kevin Mersol-Barg (BA '14) a Student of the Year

Monday, July 22, 2013

The Michigan Daily has named Ford School BA senior Kevin Mersol-Barg (BA '14) a Student of the Year. Each year, the campus paper's managing editors cull eleven finalists from dozens of nominated students who have had a positive impact at the University.

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John Chamberlin quoted in USA Today on caucus payments

Sunday, July 21, 2013

USA Today reports that none of the early voting states—Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, or Nevada—have laws or ethics rules on whether legislators and other elected officials can receive payments from campaigns. That's a problem that prompts questions about the integrity of early votes and about the influence of politicians.

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Jeff Barnes applauds U-M Board of Regents for new tuition policy

Friday, July 19, 2013

In a letter to the editor of the Michigan Daily, Ford School alumni board member Jeff Barnes (MPP '09) applauds the July 18 decision by the Board of Regents to extend in-state tuition access to honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. armed forces. The new policy will offer in-state tuition rates to veterans originating from any state.

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Kevin Stange's research on the effects of tuition increases discussed in a number of media outlets

Monday, July 15, 2013

Kevin Stange's research on the impact higher tuition rates may have on student enrollment in high-cost disciplines is being discussed by a number of news outlets.

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Education Policy Initiative launches new website

Monday, July 15, 2013

The Education Policy Initiative (EPI) has launched a new website that now makes its applied policy research even more accessible to lawmakers, education practitioners, and other researchers. From the website, EPI disseminates information on current and recent projects within the broad areas of K-12 education, postsecondary education, and the social context of schooling.

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NPR explores defining moment in the life of the young Gerald Ford

Sunday, July 14, 2013

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Gerald Ford, Don Gonyea of NPR's "All Things Considered" examines an incident at the U-M in 1934. Ford was a student and football player at the time, and the incident—and its outcome—not only reveals the character of the future president but also served as an ethical benchmark for his thinking, decades later, on affirmative action.

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A year of reflection, engagement at the Ford School characterize President Ford centennial

Sunday, July 14, 2013

July 14 is the 100th anniversary of the birth of President Ford, and throughout the year, the Ford School has celebrated the legacy of his remarkable life.

After decades of public service in the U.S. Congress, Gerald Ford took on the role of president during a politically tumultuous era. He led the country through that tumult with values that became the enduring hallmarks of his presidency: integrity, humility, and courage. This year-long celebration at his namesake school has provided a number of opportunities to reflect on President Ford's impact on public life and to engage with his family, friends, and colleagues.

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Marina Whitman on learning to climb the jungle gym without falling off

Saturday, July 13, 2013

In a July 13 op-ed, Marina v.N. Whitman admits that before she had read "Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead," the new book by Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, her impression concurred with other critiques that Sandberg must be "out of touch" with the lives of working women. Now that she has read the book, however, Whitman writes, "I can't think of a better self-help guide."

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Photos, video from Ford Centennial celebrations

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Click the links below to watch videos of President Gerald R. Ford from the school's naming ceremony, Weill Hall site dedication, and see recent videos and photos honoring his legacy.

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Fordies turn out for 3rd Annual Worldwide Spirit Day celebrations in 11 cities

Friday, July 12, 2013

They raised a glass in San Francisco. They networked in Detroit. They shared a laugh in Tokyo.

July 14 is President Ford's centennial, and on July 11 Fordies from around the country and the globe came together in their respective cities to show school pride during the 3rd annual Worldwide Ford School Spirit Day. This year, Spirit Day gatherings were held in 11 cities—Ann Arbor, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Lansing, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, Tokyo, and Washington, DC—with informal get-togethers and well wishes coming in from several other locales (including Bulgaria!).

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Ford Centennial button contest ends Aug. 23

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Wear one, share one, and send us a photo with a prominent policymaker to win 2 tickets to a 2013 U-M home football game plus $500 cash! [More]

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Direct Relief recognized for outstanding use of mapping in humanitarian work

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Ford School alumnus Andrew Schroeder (MPP '07), director of research and analysis for Direct
Relief
, accepted the Esri President's Award on behalf of the nonprofit on July 8 in San Diego, California. Direct Relief was recognized for its outstanding use of GIS (geographic information system) to improve its operations and promote transparency in humanitarian work.

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Mel Levitsky discusses U.S.-Russia relations on 1320 WILS-AM radio

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

It's not in the best interests of Russia to award asylum to NSA leaker and fugitive Edward Snowden, Melvyn Levitsky told Michael Cohen of 1320 WILS-AM in an interview on July 2. Ambassador Levitsky, a retired career minister in the U.S. Foreign Service, served as officer in charge of U.S.-Soviet bilateral relations from 1975 to 1978.

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Get the student loan matter out of the political arena, according to Dynarski

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

As of July 1, Federal student loan interest rates doubled to 6.8%—a matter that could be fixed retroactively by Congress. That's little consolation for students whose debt might increase by thousands of dollars over the life of the loan.

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