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Elisabeth Gerber to represent Washtenaw County on Regional Transit Authority

Monday, January 28, 2013

Elisabeth R. Gerber, the Jack Walker Jr. Professor of Public Policy, is one of two representatives for Washtenaw County on the newly instated Regional Transit Authority (RTA) for southeast Michigan. County Commissioner Conan Smith made her appointment, along with that of fellow representative Richard Murphy, program director of Michigan Suburbs Alliance, official in December.

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Terrorist networks and deadly force

Friday, January 25, 2013

When violent non-state organizations form alliances with each other, do they become more lethal? Ford School Assistant Professor Philip B. K. Potter and Associate Professor Michael Horowitz of the University of Pennsylvania seek to answer this question in their article Allying to Kill: Terrorist Intergroup Cooperation and the Consequences for Lethality, published in The Journal of Conflict Resolution this month. The article explores the networks of violent non-state actors, and how these connections bolster their deadly acts.

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Global repercussions: The impact of today's U.S. economy

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A conversation with Ted Truman, Marina Whitman, and Susan Collins as part of the Ford School's annual DC event/reception on Feb. 7. Alums, RSVP by Feb. 5.

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"Black and Blue" documentary kicks off celebrations of President Ford's centennial year

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

On January 23, the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP), the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, and the Center for Public Policy in Diverse Societies will present the documentary Black and Blue: The Story of Gerald Ford, Willis Ward, and the 1934 Michigan-Georgia Tech Football Game. The film will screen at 4 p.m. in the Ford School's Annenberg Auditorium and will be followed by a panel discussion featuring son of President Ford, Steven Ford, and grandson of Willis Ward, Buzz Thomas.

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Black and Blue documentary film screening and panel discussion

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy, the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the Center for Public Policy in Diverse Societies will host a screening of the documentary titled Black and Blue: The Story of Gerald Ford, Willis Ward, and the 1934 Michigan-Georgia Tech Football Game, followed by a panel discussion featuring former Senator Buzz Thomas (grandson of Willis Ward) and Steve Ford (son of President Gerald R. Ford) on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 in conjunction with the Martin Luther King Day events.

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Michigan Chronicle interviews Rabe on fracking in Michigan

Monday, January 21, 2013

The Michigan Chronicle interviewed Barry Rabe for its story on hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking." Fracking is a process by which oil and gas companies inject chemical fluids or sand into underground shale rock formations in order to free deposits of oil or natural gas. The article, "Fracking Put Pennsylvania on Top of the U.S. Gas Boom—Is Michigan Next?" considers how growth of fracking techniques may impact the economy and environment in Michigan.

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Wolfers quoted in Marketplace segment on Fed transcripts

Monday, January 21, 2013

Justin Wolfers was quoted in a segment on American Public Media's Marketplace about Federal Reserve Board deliberations in the run-up to the Great Recession. The Fed recently released transcripts for its 2007 meetings that show substantial disagreement among its members about the status of the U.S. economy.

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Kristin Seefeldt speaks with New York Times, NPR on debt in America

Friday, January 18, 2013

Kristin Seefeldt spoke with The New York Times and National Public Radio's On Point about her research following the debt burdens of single mothers in Detroit.

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Three Ford School master's students named among first Dow Sustainability Fellows

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Cassarah Brown (MPP '14), Adrianna McIntyre (MPP/MPH '15), and Betsy Riley (MPP/MS '14) are part of forty master's and professional degree students selected to receive the Dow Sustainability Fellowship at the University of Michigan.

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Chairman Bernanke's Policy Talks @ the Ford School remarks widely covered by local, national media

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Monday's Policy Talks @ the Ford School conversation with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke was widely covered by local and national media with more than 3,196 mentions since January 1.

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Ford School alum Manny Teodoro to receive 2013 ASPA Book Award

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Ford School alum Manny Teodoro (PhD '07) has been named the recipient of the 2013 Book Award presented by the Section on Public Administration Research (SPAR) of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA). The award is given to new works with the potential to make a lasting contribution to literature on public administration. Teodoro's book, Bureaucratic Ambition: Careers, Motives, and the Innovative Administrator, uses case studies and quantitative analysis to advance the view that institutional design can lead to more entrepreneurial public administration executives.

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Michigan Today article on Policy Talks @ the Ford School guests Ornstein and Mann

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

A new article in Michigan Today recounts the career paths of Norman Ornstein (PhD '74) and Thomas Mann (MA '68/PhD '77), who recently returned to the Ford School to discuss their book, It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism.

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Today.com quotes Justin Wolfers on public concern over debt, government

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Justin Wolfers was quoted in a Today.com article looking at growing public concern surrounding national debt and political dysfunction in America. The article points to a January Gallop poll in which 20 percent of respondents said they view the federal deficit as the biggest problem facing America and 18 percent of respondents identified politicians and government as the biggest issue—both numbers represent dramatic increases since late 2012.

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Students flex policy muscles in Integrated Policy Exercise

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Now in its 13th consecutive year, the Integrated Policy Exercise (IPE) has become a signature activity of the Ford School master's program. For three days during the first week of January, MPP and MPA students role play stakeholders in a large-scale, intensive, and continually evolving simulation of a real policy issue. The exercise allows students to experience first-hand the complexity of policymaking, hone much-need skills, and interact with real policy experts.

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MPP/MPA applications due today, January 15

Friday, January 11, 2013

All application materials for the Master of Public Policy and Master of Public Administration program are due January 15. Applicants can view checklists and apply online.

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Cohen, Dynarski, and Jacob ranked among most influential academics in education debates

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Rick Hess of Education Week included David K. Cohen, Susan M. Dynarski, and Brian A. Jacob in a list of university-based academics who made the greatest contribution to national discussions around education in 2012. Of those listed in the ranking, Cohen and Dynarski were also placed among the top ten academics within their respective disciplines working on education, government/policy and economics respectively. The rankings are based on the overall public impact of academics on education debates as measured by published scholarship, commentary on developments in education, and public profile.

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An alum to watch: Naomi Goldberg (MPP '08)

Monday, January 7, 2013

A Chicago-based policy researcher for think tank Movement Advancement Project (MAP), Naomi splits her time between what she calls "movement" research—analyzing the capability of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) movement to create and effect change—and policy research that provides tools to advocates and organizations working toward LGBT equality.

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Time cites Kevin Stange study on outcomes of differential tuition

Thursday, January 3, 2013

As college tuition prices skyrocket and interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) majors remains stagnant, can lowering the price of tuition for more technical majors garner increased interest? That's the proposition currently being considered by Florida Governor Rick Scott's task force on higher education, according to an article at Time.com. The proposal includes freezing tuition costs in technical "strategic fields" while letting tuition rise in the humanities and other fields.

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Setting priorities: Kim Stone (MS '94, MPP '93)

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Kim Stone wants to make life in her community better. That's why she's chosen to run for public office.

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Helen Levy co-authors Detroit News op-ed on Medicaid expansion in Michigan

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

As lawmakers develop Michigan's budget for 2013, they would do well to consider expanding Medicaid coverage to those at or below 138 percent of poverty as called for by the Affordable Care Act, opine Ford School's Helen Levy and Thomas Buchmueller in the Detroit News.

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