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Welcome to the Ford School!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

The Ford School is pleased to welcome its newest PhD, master's, and BA students.

Welcome Week and Orientation (August 26–August 30) marks the official start of the academic year at the Ford School and gives new PhD, master's, and BA students the opportunity to meet and engage with peers, faculty, and staff, and begin the process of preparing for the academic year.

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Thinking and doing

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Zenia Lewis (MPP '09) is just back from a whirlwind trip to Uganda and Ethiopia, but she doesn't sound the least bit jetlagged. In fact, her manner is lively and engaged—two attributes that must serve her well as a research analyst on the Africa Growth Initiative for Brookings Institution. The job isn't all about conducting research, crunching numbers, and writing reports, although there is a lot of that.

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In the midst of ongoing election disputes, John Ciorciari offers strategic suggestions for Cambodia's rulers, opposition

Friday, August 9, 2013

John Ciorciari, assistant professor of public policy and senior legal advisor to the Documentation Center of Cambodia, is one of a handful of experts tapped to discuss Cambodia's post-election impasse in the Voice of America article, "International Pressure Can Prevent Cambodian Political Stalemate, Analysts Say."

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Wolfers on the unintended consequences of the ongoing sequester

Friday, August 2, 2013

A recent New York Times article, "U.S. Cuts Take Increasing Toll on Job Growth," explores the sequester's dampening effect on the economy through emergency furloughs, hiring freezes, bid delays, contract cancellations, and more.

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Sheldon Danziger quoted on Detroit's skilled worker problem

Friday, August 2, 2013

Even when jobs return to Detroit, the city may lack enough skilled workers to fill available positions.

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Political leaders touched by trauma more willing to resort to violence

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Allan Stam, director of the Ford School's International Policy Center, is the focus of this week's University Record faculty spotlight. The article, "Political science professor breaks barriers as a contrarian," centers on Stam's ability to question, and eventually transcend, conventional wisdom, revealing new insights on critically important issues in political governance.

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Ford School alum wins coveted science teaching fellowship

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Nicole Fernandes (MPP/MS '08), has been awarded a five-year Science Teaching Fellowship by the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation.

Established in 1999 to improve math and science education in the United States, the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation has supported 250 Teaching Fellows over the past ten years, including 35 in 2013. The competitive five-year fellowship is designed to recruit, train, and retain exceptional teacher candidates in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

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Climate change continues to polarize congressional politics, says Barry Rabe

Thursday, August 1, 2013

The United States has experienced a staggering number of weather extremes in recent years—368 national disaster declarations since 2011. And polls indicate that the majority of Americans believe global warming is real. Despite this, Congress remains deeply divided over the issue of climate change.

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Arms Trade Treaty an important milestone, says Susan Waltz

Thursday, August 1, 2013

The Arms Trade Treaty, which would staunch the worldwide flow of military-grade weapons, passed easily at the UN General Assembly in April, by a vote of 154-3 with 23 abstentions. Opened for ratification on June 3, the treaty will go into effect once 50 countries have ratified it.

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No matter what: working for criminal justice reform in New Orleans

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Lelia Gowland (MPP '11) has New Orleans' back. Born and raised in the city, she left her hometown to attend college and always planned to return. Little surprise that she has spent the last few years doing social justice advocacy for youth in the criminal justice system—work that ultimately helps buttress New Orleans' communities.

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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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