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2013 Commencement

Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Ford School's 2013 Commencement begins at 5 p.m. at Rackham Auditorium with the Charge to the Class by the Honorable Paul O'Neill, a member of President Ford's administration.

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BBC's Business Matters interviews Stevenson on declining female happiness

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Business Matters, a program of the BBC World Service, interviewed Betsey Stevenson about the disparity between happiness of women and men around the world. According to data on the changing happiness of women during the last three decades, Stevenson says, women have experienced a decline in happiness relative to men.

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Stevenson opinion article on minimum wage in Washington Post

Friday, April 5, 2013

The Washington Post published an op-ed by Betsey Stevenson, entitled "Five Myths about the Minimum Wage." The topic has been widely discussed since President Obama proposed increasing the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 per hour in his February State of the Union Address. The article addresses several popular misconceptions about the minimum wage, beginning with the belief that minimum wage covers all employees.

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Mapping the future of the Arctic

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

This March, 40 students from the Ford School and University of Toronto's School of Governance & Public Policy (SGPP) met to discuss the future of the Arctic during the 4th Annual U.S.-Canada Conference. In mixed teams, students imagined what policy situations and challenges would occur if the Arctic ice completely melted by 2050.

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Preventing vote-selling in the Philippines

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Are reciprocity and the negative effects of breaking promises key factors in an individual's vote-selling behavior? Prior to the Philippines' May 2013 elections, Dean Yang, professor of public policy and economics, and his colleagues will test this theory.

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Rabe quoted in NPR article on political polarization of states

Monday, April 1, 2013

Barry Rabe was quoted in an NPR article about the deepening political divide between U.S. states. The article, which is titled, "A State Apart and, Politically, A World Away," considers the polarization of states on both economic and social issues, like the environment.

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David Bohnett Foundation gift supports prestigious fellowship

Friday, March 29, 2013

A $374,000 gift from the David Bohnett Foundation will extend and expand the David Bohnett Public Service Fellowship at the Ford School for three additional years.

The Bohnett Fellowship is a prestigious, competitive award that provides incoming Ford School master's students with two years of tuition support and a paid summer internship in the city of Detroit mayor's office. The fellowship enables recipients of the award to apply the academic training they receive at the Ford School to benefit the people and government of Detroit, MI. The expansion of the program will include a third fellow in another Michigan city.

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Ford School Charity Auction receives U-M award for excellence in philanthropy

Friday, March 29, 2013

In recognition of its annual event to raise funds for nonprofits in Michigan and around the world, the Ford School Charity Auction has been selected to receive the Forever Go Blue Award for Excellence in Philanthropy Beyond the University of Michigan.

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Wolfers quoted in Reuters article on income inequality

Friday, March 22, 2013

Reuters quoted Justin Wolfers in an article about a new Brookings Institution report about rising income inequality.

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Annual charity auction to raise funds for Detroit Action Commonwealth

Friday, March 22, 2013

The 2013 Ford School Charity Auction will take place on April 6 at the Kensington Court Hotel in Ann Arbor. The theme for this year's fundraiser is "The Roaring 20s" and will involve a jazz-era gala. The beneficiary of the event will be Detroit Action Commonwealth, a nonprofit in southeast Michigan which supports homeless communities in Detroit.

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Parthasarathy quoted by PBS's NOVA Next in story on gene patents

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Shobita Parthasarathy was interviewed in an article from PBS's NOVA Next about the effects of the U.S. patent system on scientific research and medical treatment.

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National Poverty Center cited in article on global poverty

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

CBS Detroit cited research from the National Poverty Center (NPC) in a story about changing levels of poverty throughout the world. The article used NPC statistics about poverty in the U.S. in order to provide context to a new Oxford University study showing decreasing global poverty.

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Davis appointed Michigan's chief medical executive

Monday, March 18, 2013

The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) announced the appointment of Matthew M. Davis as chief medical executive for the state. In his new role, Davis will provide MDCH with professional medical expertise on public health issues and development of related policy.

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Former Ford School dean Rebecca M. Blank to become the next chancellor of University of Wisconsin-Madison

Monday, March 18, 2013

Former dean of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and Acting U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Rebecca M. Blank, will serve as the next chancellor of University of Wisconsin-Madison. Blank was named to the post by UW System President Kevin P. Reilly and a special committee of the Board of Regents. She will assume the new role on July 1.

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Ford School MPP student among winners of 2013 Social Impact Challenge

Monday, March 18, 2013

Ford School student Lauren Sheram's (MPP '14) team won the 2013 Social Impact Challenge, a case competition organized by the Nonprofit and Public Management Center.

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Welcome new students

Saturday, March 16, 2013

To all newly admitted BA and MPP/MPA students - welcome to the Ford School community! Master's students, be sure to register for the 2013 Spring Preview Weekend by this Thursday 3/28.

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Funding local government in Michigan: A broken system?

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Join us at the Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids for presentation and discussion about CLOSUP's Michigan Public Policy Survey on Thursday, March 28 at 7 p.m.

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Gramlich Showcase

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Join us today for the 6th Annual Gramlich Showcase of Student Work from 4-6 p.m. today in Weill Hall.

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Local leaders: In residents we trust

Friday, March 15, 2013

Local government leaders in Michigan are more likely to trust their residents than their residents are to trust local governments, according to a University of Michigan survey.

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Employers can now access 2013 Ford School resume books electronically

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Employers can now request the 2013 resumes of Master of Public Policy and Master of Public Administration students to find candidates for summer internships and full-time job openings. The books include updated resumes from all current Ford School master's students and are indexed by career interest, policy area, and language skills. The books are a valuable resource for identifying candidates who best fit the needs of an organization.

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