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Brian A. Jacob helps city schools become data driven

Monday, April 22, 2013

In an era of shrinking public education budgets, school districts cannot afford to make the wrong decision when they hire a teacher or cut a program. To make sure they reach the right answers, administrators are turning to Annenberg Professor Brian A. Jacob, whose data analysis has helped guide urban public school reforms across the country.

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A look back at Grutter v. Bollinger

Monday, April 22, 2013

Ten years after the U.S. Supreme Court heard Grutter v. Bollinger, we look back at President Ford's defense of affirmative action in higher education

This June marks the 10th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court's decision in Grutter v. Bollinger, which upheld the use of affirmative action by the University of Michigan Law School.

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After war

Monday, April 22, 2013

Zouheir Al Ghreiwati looks toward the future of Syria

Zouheir Al Ghreiwati's (BA '14) native land is a warzone.

Hailing from Damascus, Syria, Al Ghreiwati lived in the now war-torn nation until his junior year of high school. Despite the mainstream media's portrayal of Syria as a country divided by sectarian lines, Ghreiwati believes the civil war is driven not by religious hatred, but by the Syrian people's desire for democracy.

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Alumna combats violence against women with GenderHopes

Monday, April 22, 2013

Knowledge is power for combatting violence against women

"So far, there aren't reliable statistics on domestic violence in Monaco," says Vibeke Brask Thomsen (MPP/MA '06), founder and director of GenderHopes. "It doesn't mean they don't exist, we just haven't found them yet." Finding accurate information–and using it to educate women, policymakers, and the public at large–is one of the central aims of this Monaco-based non-profit dedicated to combatting violence against women.

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Improving urban health through the power of community

Monday, April 22, 2013

Ruth Browne (MPP/MPH '83) just did the happy dance. She's celebrating a gift to the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, an institute she's directed since its founding in 1992 by the legendary African American tennis star and humanitarian. This moment of unguarded delight is particularly endearing in Browne because her public persona is all polish and professionalism. It has to be. As CEO of an internationally recognized nonprofit leader in community-based health interventions, Browne knows how important the institute's work is to economically disadvantaged communities of color and poverty, which suffer a disproportionate share of preventable illnesses like heart disease, asthma, and diabetes.

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Comparing the advantages in international trade

Monday, April 22, 2013

In March 1990, Associate Dean Alan V. Deardorff shivered in a cold passenger jet on a runway in Alpena, MI. He was seated with his son and his son's friend, in the midst of a plane full of people anxious to escape. They were all waiting for the signal that it was OK to slide down the inflatable emergency chute to the tarmac.

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It is a big tent after all: Don Borut and the National League of Cities

Monday, April 22, 2013

Public protests were common; drugs and riots weren't uncommon; and crowds of young people spent their summers in tents on city grounds - no jobs, no parents, no plans - simply because Ann Arbor was a happening place to be. "It was a very different time," says Ford School alum Don Borut (MPA '65) of Ann Arbor in the '60s. That's a bit of an understatement.

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Fifth Annual Public Policy Connects conference welcomes students from Washtenaw International High School

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Public Policy Connects (PPC) stepped up to a new challenge in 2013. Held on Saturday, April 13, the 5th Annual student-led conference has for the last several years aimed at introducing high school students from southeast Michigan to public policy and demystifying the college application process. This year, the Ford School's Students of Color in Public Policy (SCPP) and co-host Association for Public Policy about Learning and Education (APPLE) amplified that goal when they welcomed sophomores and juniors from Washtenaw International High SchoolIPE (Integrated Policy Exercise) style simulation, "Online Learning: The Next Frontier?"

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Brent Scowcroft dedicates statue of President Ford

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

On Tuesday, April 16, Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft (ret. USAF), former National Security Adviser for the Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush administrations, dedicated the new bronze statue of President Ford that now stands in the Great Hall at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. The statue is a scale model, created by sculptor J. Brett Grill, of the statue of President Ford that stands in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda. Grill, a U-M alumnus and Grand Rapids native, also attended the festive dedication ceremony, along with many members of the Ford School and U-M communities and speakers Ford School Dean Susan M. Collins; Mike Ford, son of President Ford; and Ingrid Tighe (MPA '13)—a U.S. Army veteran—who introduced Scowcroft.

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Ford Centennial button contest urges Fordies to wear one, share one

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Gerald R. Ford centennial celebration is gaining steam, and a great way to show school pride and commemorate President Ford's 100th birthday is to wear a centennial button and share one with a famous or influential policy figure.

The Ford 100th button contest offers a chance for students, staff, faculty, alumni, and friends to share news of President Ford's legacy with—potentially—the world. Encourage a policy figure to don our commemorative button, get a photo, and send it in.

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Graduation Open House

Friday, April 12, 2013

Join us on Friday, May 3 at 3 p.m. for the Ford School's annual Open House. All students, families, and friends are welcome. Live music, food, Spirit Store, photo booth, and giveaways.

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Ciorciari joins UN General Assembly debate on global criminal justice

Friday, April 12, 2013

John Ciorciari's participation in a thematic debate before the UN General Assembly was discussed in a press release from the United Nations as well as an article on BalkanInsight.com. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, heads of state, and justice ministers attended the event that focused on the "Role of International Criminal Justice in Reconciliation."

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Ford School students travel to Cape Verde for 2013 IEDP

Friday, April 12, 2013

In March, graduate students from the Ford School and other programs at the University of Michigan spent ten days exploring development issues in Cape Verde as part of the Ford School's 2013 International Development Program (IEDP). The research trip included meetings with government ministries, including the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Tourism; aid institutions like the Millennium Challenge Corporation; and the U.S. Ambassador to Cape Verde, Adrienne O'Neal, a former Ford School Diplomat in Residence.

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Danziger receives School of Social Work faculty award

Friday, April 12, 2013

The Distinguished Faculty Committee of the University of Michigan's School of Social Work has unanimously selected Sandra Danziger as the recipient of the school's 2013 Distinguished Faculty Award.

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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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