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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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Sharon Maccini new director of Ford School BA program

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Congratulations to economist Sharon Maccini, who becomes the new director of the Ford School's undergraduate degree program in public policy on July 15. Maccini follows predecessor Edie Goldenberg after two significant years of leadership.

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Creating change

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

"I don't have day-to-day contact with the victims, but the most gratifying thing about the work I do is that it's affecting the lives of trafficking victims around the world," says Jennifer K. Hong (MPP '11). Hong is reports and political affairs officer at the Department of State Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons and is responsible for diplomatic engagement around the issue of human trafficking in 19 Asian and Pacific Island countries.

From July to February of each year, Hong travels to these countries and works with government officials, as well as civil and international organizations, to further the U.S. agenda to eradicate modern-day slavery. Her work entails advocating for new laws, increase in prosecution and convictions of trafficking offenders, better protection for trafficking victims, and awareness campaigns among vulnerable populations.

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Joint Michigan Public Policy Survey and MSU survey shows distrust of the federal government grows.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

As the nation prepares to celebrate its independence from British rule, trust in the government formed 237 years ago continues to decline.

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The Ford School welcomes Susan Guindi, the new director of Student and Academic Services

Monday, July 1, 2013

After a nationwide search, the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy welcomes Susan Guindi as the new director of Student and Academic Services. Guindi comes to the Ford School after an 18-year tenure at U-M Law.

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Henry Kissinger characterizes Syrian war as "ethnic and sectarian conflict," discusses other foreign policy issues at Gerald Ford centennial event

Monday, July 1, 2013

"In the American press, [the war in Syria is] described as a conflict between democracy and a dictator, and the dictator is killing his own people and we have to punish him," Henry Kissinger said at the July 19 Ford School Citi Foundation Lecture Series event. "But on the whole it is an ethnic and sectarian conflict. … I have to say, we have misunderstood it from the beginning."

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Kristin Seefeldt on facing and fixing rising child poverty

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

A new national survey released in June shows that child poverty is on the rise, with more than 23 percent of American children living below the poverty line. This comes as the nation's economy slowly recovers, but the survey shows that post-recession effects remain evident. In 2011, 16.4 million children lived in poverty—an increase of 3 million since 2005.

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Who really pays for the cost savings behind workplace wellness programs?

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

In March 2013, Jill R. Horwitz, Brenna D. Kelly, and John E. DiNardo published "Wellness Incentives In The Workplace: Cost Savings Through Cost Shifting To Unhealthy Workers," in which they examine how the Affordable Care Act may be affecting employer wellness plans and vice versa. The Affordable Care Act encourages such plans; employers use financial incentives to reward their employees for changing, or trying to change, their health-related behaviors—changes that might translate into lower healthcare spending for employers.

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