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Shobita Parthasarathy proposal receives MCubed seed grant

Thursday, November 29, 2012

A proposal by Shobita Parthasarathy was selected as one of fifty projects to receive a $60,000 seed grant under the MCubed program for funding research. MCubed is a new program created to empower interdisciplinary teams of U-M faculty to undertake research with the potential for major societal impact.

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Remarks by Twitter CEO Dick Costolo ripple through blogosphere

Thursday, November 29, 2012

During his November 16 Policy Talks @ the Ford School lecture Dick Costolo (BS '85), Twitter's CEO, made waves by announcing that by year's end Twitter users would be able to download a complete archive of their Tweets.

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Justin Wolfers speaks with MSNBC on tax reform, fiscal cliff

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

With automatic federal deficit reduction measures set to take effect in January, Justin Wolfers appeared on MSNBC's "NOW with Alex Wagner" to discuss the role of tax reform in reducing the U.S. deficit. Wolfers discussed various perspectives on the effect of tax increases on the U.S. economy.

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Melvyn Levitsky appears in Inter-American Dialogue's Latin American Advisor, answering the question: Where is the Drug Policy Debate Headed Next?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Where is the Drug Policy Debate Headed Next?

Question from Latin American Advisor


Colorado and Washington state passed measures legalizing recreational marijuana in the United States' Nov. 6 election. Luis Videgaray, the head of President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto's transition team, said afterward that while the administration remains opposed to legalization, the measures could result in changes to its anti-drug strategies, The Washington Post reported. How will the measures in Colorado and Washington affect the federal government's relationship with Mexico in the ongoing fight against drug cartels? What effects, if any, would more widespread marijuana legalization in the United States have on Mexican criminal organizations? Where does the debate about drug policy in the United States and in the region appear to be headed?

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Marina Whitman spoke with Crain's Detroit Business on future of business, post-election

Monday, November 26, 2012

Marina Whitman spoke on a panel of nonprofit and private sector executives, organized by Crain's Detroit Business and Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, which focused on issues facing businesses in the wake of the recent presidential election.

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Brian Jacob speaks with Detroit Free Press about cheating among students

Sunday, November 25, 2012

The Detroit Free Press interviewed Brian Jacob about student cheating following the release of a new survey by the Josephson Institute of Ethics. The survey indicates that the percentage of high school students who say they have cheated in school fell in 2012.

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Detroit Free Press cites CLOSUP report, distrust of state as factor in tax reform

Monday, November 19, 2012

The Detroit Free Press cited a new Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS) published by the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) in an article on the possible elimination of Michigan's personal property tax.

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Southern California Public Radio interviews John Ciorciari on Obama's Asia visit

Monday, November 19, 2012

Southern California Public Radio interviewed John Ciorciari about the political context and motivations behind President Obama's five-day trip to Asia. The visit is part of a U.S. pivot to Asia that began when Obama first took office, Ciorciari explained.

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It's even worse than it looks: a conversation with Tom Mann and Norm Ornstein

Monday, November 19, 2012

Join us for this Policy Talks @ the Ford School lecture on Tuesday, November 27 at 4 p.m.

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Most local leaders say personal property tax is complex, but important to their budgets

Monday, November 19, 2012

A majority of Michigan's local government leaders believe revenue from the personal property tax is important to their budgets, according to a University of Michigan survey.

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Helen Levy interviewed by Michigan Radio on basics of health insurance exchanges

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Michigan Radio interviewed Helen Levy about the basic structure of the new state health insurance exchanges established under the Affordable Care Act.

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"Economics of Carbon Taxes," Barry Rabe's latest blog post

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Economics of Carbon Taxes
By Barry Rabe

The idea of enacting a carbon tax to address climate change and fiscal woes may be as plausible as relying on new leadership to steer the Chicago Cubs to their first world championship in over a century.

But now that another baseball season has come and gone with no changes on the North Side of Chicago, national fiscal season emerges with yet another return to the question of imposing some form of tax on some forms of fossil fuel. In this case, could such a tax be part of a fiscal cliff deal?

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"Martian's Daughter" at Hungarian embassy in DC

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Marina Whitman spoke with Bloomberg News at a book signing in Washington, DC hosted by long-time friends John and Debbie Dingell, Alan Greenspan, and Andrea Mitchell.

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Bloomberg quotes Betsey Stevenson on high-profile affairs

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Betsey Stevenson was quoted in a Bloomberg article about the growing attention given to affairs among powerful politicians and business people.

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Divorce costs thousands of women health insurance coverage every year

Monday, November 12, 2012

About 115,000 women lose their private health insurance every year in the wake of divorce, according to a University of Michigan study.

And this loss is not temporary: women's overall rates of health insurance coverage remain depressed for more than two years after divorce.

"Given that approximately one million divorces occur each year in the U.S., and that many women get health coverage through their husbands, the impact is quite substantial," says Bridget Lavelle, a U-M PhD candidate in public policy and sociology, and lead author of the study, which appears in the December issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.

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The Monkey Cage publishes guest column by Philip Potter titled, "The next four years: how the election will shape foreign policy"

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Monkey Cage, a blog about politics and political science research, published a guest column by Philip Potter, which looks at trends in the relationship between presidential elections and American foreign policy. Drawing on recent studies about electoral margins and presidential experience, Potter notes several foreign policy implications.

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Watch Policy Talks @ the Ford School conversation with Chairman Ben Bernanke

Monday, November 5, 2012

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will speak at Rackham Auditorium on 1/14. The event is free, open to the public, and will require a seating pass. More info will be posted here as it becomes available. Update 1/15: The video and transcript are now available.

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U-M launches $9 million effort to strengthen Great Lakes restoration while advancing research and education

Friday, November 2, 2012

A new $9 million University of Michigan Great Lakes research and education center will guide efforts to protect and restore the world's largest group of freshwater lakes by reducing toxic contamination, combating invasive species, protecting wildlife habitat and promoting coastal health.

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Justin Wolfers speaks with New York Times about polling voter expectation

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Justin Wolfers spoke with the New York Times about the effectiveness of polling voters about their expectations in order to forecast the outcome of elections.

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