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New site on the development of human rights standards and advocacy launches

Thursday, October 17, 2013

"Working on this site has been a labor of love," said Susan Waltz, Ford School faculty member and practitioner in the field of human rights policy. The Human Rights Advocacy and the History of Human Rights Standards website provides a valuable resource for students, instructors, researchers, and advocates.

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Gerber updates Ann Arbor City Council on progress of Regional Transit Authority

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

On October 14, Elisabeth Gerber spoke at a city council work session covering regional transportation initiatives. Gerber is one of two Washtenaw County representatives on the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) for southeast Michigan, which also includes Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties.

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Levy explains why ACA unlikely to impact health care coverage provided by employers

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

In a UPI article, Helen Levy addresses concerns about how health care reform will impact coverage provided by employers. Levy argues that the changes stemming from the ACA should not be a major cause for concern for those who rely on employers for coverage and will actually be a competitive advantage for small firms.

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Yellen has most Fed system experience, Whitman explains

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Marina Whitman was quoted by the Yahoo! Finance blog The Daily Ticker about the nomination of Janet Yellen as the next head of the federal reserve bank.

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'Ford School feed'— new faculty and staff members, Alumni Board self-nominations, Ford School centennial button contest winners and more.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The latest edition of the Ford School feed, an email news source for alumni and friends of the school, arrived in inboxes today.

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Ford School launches alumni-in-residence program

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Graduate Career Services and Alumni Relations have launched an alumni-in-residence program where graduates spend a half-day at the Ford School providing professional development support for students through resume reviews, mock interviews, career conversations, and/or office hours.

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Self-nominations now being accepted for Ford School Alumni Board

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Ford School Alumni Board members Elle Beard (BA '09), Kate Brady-Medley (MPP '01), and Daniela Pineda (PhD '10) issued a call for self-nominations for six open board seats. The Alumni Board supports the activities of the Ford School through alumni networking, career services, student recruitment, and fundraising activities. Self-nomination forms will be accepted for the five graduate program alumni seats and the one undergraduate program alumnus seat through October 23, 2013 at 5 p.m. EST.

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Ford School faculty leading the way on Affordable Care Act discussion

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Two Ford School professors, Helen Levy and Dr. Matthew Davis are using online platforms to provide clarity on the latest reform to the U.S. health care system.

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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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