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The power of philanthropy to transform Arkansas communities

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

"I want change now," says Sherece West-Scantlebury (MPP '89). "I want the solutions now to solve old and difficult problems that keep Arkansas in the bottom five on indicators of children and family well-being. I want us to be number one on those indicators today." The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation (WRF) in Little Rock does the kind of philanthropic giving that can help Arkansas' many nonprofit organizations make that goal a reality. West-Scantlebury, WRF's president and CEO, is happy to pilot the ship.

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Dynarski and Hyman receive APPAM's Raymond Vernon Memorial Award for excellence in research

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

"Experimental Evidence on the Effect of Childhood Investments on Postsecondary Degree Attainment and Degree Completion" by Susan Dynarski and postdoctoral fellow Joshua Hyman, as well as Northwestern University associate professor Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, has been selected to receive the Raymond Vernon Memorial Award. The Vernon Award is given to the best research paper published in the current volume of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (JPAM), the Association of Public Policy and Analysis Management's (APPAM) flagship journal.

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Wolfers praises nomination of Janet Yellen as Federal Reserve Chairman

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

President Barack Obama has announced that he plans to nominate Janet Yellen as the next chairman of the Federal Reserve Board. In a Bloomberg View column, Justin Wolfers explains why he is enthusiastic by the historic selection.

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Ciorciari quoted in TIME on free trade negotiations at Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit

Sunday, October 6, 2013

World leaders at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Bali, Indonesia touted the benefits of a new free trade agreement but expressed doubts on the likelihood of the U.S. agreeing to the deal. TIME magazine quoted John Ciorciari, assistant professor of public policy, on why there is hostility toward U.S. policies at the summit and opportunities for reversal.

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CLOSUP poll on Michigan's fiscal health covered by multiple news outlets

Friday, October 4, 2013

A recent survey of local government leaders conducted by the Center for Local, State and Urban Policy on the financial state of local jurisdictions appeared in a wide variety of Michigan news sources.

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Dr. Matthew Davis launches free online course on understanding the Affordable Care Act

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Answering questions raised by the latest reform to the U.S. health care system—the Affordable Care Act—is the goal of a new University of Michigan free online course created by Dr. Matthew Davis, professor of medicine and public policy. Dr. Davis, with backing from the U-M Medical School, launches the course titled "Understanding and Improving the U.S. Healthcare System" on Oct. 7 on Coursera.
Coursera is a massive open online curriculum, or MOOC, that U-M helped launch last year. It provides free courses on a wide variety of subjects for learners from any background.

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Ford School alumna recognized for outstanding performance by a public sector employee in New Orleans

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Jennifer Cecil (MPP '09) received a Merit Award at the Bureau of Governmental Research's Excellence in Government Awards in on September 24 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Establish in 1994, the annual program recognizes government employees for outstanding performance and creative problem-solving.

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Recent BA graduate named one of the "Top 35 under 35" foreigners working in Africa

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Madelynne Wager (BA '13) was selected as one of top young foreigners making an impact on the continent of Africa by Young People in International Affairs (YPIA). With this year's list, YPIA is honoring people who provide a counter narrative to the established and expected story of social migration out of Africa towards the West.

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MPPS report: more local leaders say finances on upswing, but struggles remain

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The fiscal health of Michigan's local government units has improved, but many—particularly small jurisdictions—still struggle to meet their financial needs, according to a University of Michigan survey.

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Axelrod awarded 2013 Johan Skytte Prize

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

On September 28th, Professor Robert Axelrod was presented the 2013 Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science. The Skytte Prize is one of the most prestigious awards in political science and recognizes outstanding academics for their contribution to the discipline.

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Alumnus Alan Cohen selected by the president for key administration post

Monday, September 30, 2013

President Obama announced his intent to nominate Alan Cohen (MPP '75) as a member of the Social Security Advisory Board.

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Cross-sector partnerships fuel new breakthroughs in affordable housing

Monday, September 30, 2013

"It's Maslow's hierarchy of needs," Paul Weech (MPP '81) says. "Cover the basics—food and shelter—and you allow people to focus their time and energy on work, family, education, and all the rest."

A self-proclaimed "houser," Weech is fervent about the need for affordable housing in the United States, and has dedicated much of his professional career to the cause, including ten years with Fannie Mae and four with the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. For the past four years, Weech has continued that work as executive vice president of policy and member engagement for the Housing Partnership Network, a Boston-based network of the nation's 100 largest and most active nonprofits in affordable housing and community development.

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Joshua Hausman awarded 2013 Allan Nevins Prize in American Economic History

Monday, September 30, 2013

Assistant Professor Joshua Hausman has won the 2013 Allan Nevins Prize in American Economic History for his dissertation titled "New Deal Policies and Recovery from the Great Depression."

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Three Ford School students awarded CEW scholarships

Sunday, September 29, 2013

The Center for the Education of Women selected Adrienne Call (MPP/MSW '13), Colleen Campbell (MPP/MA '14), and Kristin van Ausdal (MPP '14) among its 2013-14 scholarship recipients, honoring the academic performance and potential of women.

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New faculty members join the Ford School in fall 2013

Saturday, September 28, 2013

The Ford School is delighted to welcome five new members to its faculty, starting this fall: Anmol Chaddha, Catherine Hausman, Joshua Hausman, Mara Otstfeld, and Joy Rohde.

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Rabe pens op-ed on changing public opinion concerning climate change

Friday, September 27, 2013

Professor Barry Rabe, along with Christopher Borick from Muhlenberg College, writes opinion article for Orange County Register on the policy implications of fluctuating public opinion on global warming. Rabe and Borick explain that the last three years have seen a rebound in American acceptance of climate change, but that public willingness to pay for the types of efforts that are necessary to reduce carbon emissions remains minimal.

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Marina Whitman to be inducted into Michigan Women's Hall of Fame

Friday, September 27, 2013

Marina v.N. Whitman has been selected as a member of the 2013 class of the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame. Honorees are chosen based on their service and accomplishments which have significantly advanced the status of women.

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Recent BA graduate begins research in Kenya as inaugural Wallenberg Fellow

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Zachary Petroni (BA '13) is one month into his study of the relationship between conservation governance and human rights in Kenya. Petroni was interviewed by the Michigan Daily about his experience so far and his overall objectives.

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Danziger comments on lack of economic growth for the poor in Michigan

Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Detroit Free Press reports that new census data for Michigan shows an increase in households receiving retirement pay, while overall household income and poverty rates remain stagnant. Sheldon Danziger, former director of the National Poverty Center at the University of Michigan, notes that these new statistics are not surprising, given that economic growth has not benefited the poor for decades.

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Fed's choice to hold steady on monetary policy "right decision," says Justin Wolfers

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

After months of debate over a potential taper, Chairman Bernanke announced that the Fed will hold off tightening the quantitative easing policies enacted after the Great Recession.

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