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Having an impact now

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

When Jeff Kessner (MPP/MUP '14) joined the Nonprofit and Public Management Center (NPM) last year, he knew he would learn a lot about how nonprofits work. But he didn't know that he would soon be on the board of one.

"I was a Board Fellow last year, and this year they asked me to join the board as a full voting member. So I am actually on the board now as a member and as a peer mentor for the five new Board Fellows."

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BA alum works to ensure prisoners' civil rights

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

For Gary Graca (BA '09), a degree in public policy was about seeing what happens out of public view. As a paralegal in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Graca visits the inner workings of state-funded prisons and mental health facilities to ensure compliance with civil rights laws. Much of Graca's work is based on Olmstead v. L.C., a 1999 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that prohibits states from institutionalizing people with disabilities if they could be accommodated in community care settings. Failure to follow the Court's "integration mandate" would be a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Everyday innovation

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Ford School alumni 'work smart' on international development at USAID

"Just imagine the communities you came from if, within a six-week period of time, your schools had to double in capacity to take in refugees from a neighboring country," proposed Rajiv Shah (BS '95), Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) at a late September talk sponsored by ONE and hosted by the Ford School, "and you get a sense of both the scale of the challenge—and the potential—for real partnership between the United States and Jordan."

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The heart of security

Monday, December 17, 2012

New IPC director Allan Stam is taking the research center in bold new directions. His latest project on the 1994 Rwandan genocide shows, for him, what's really at stake: how to improve the lives of citizens.

Allan C. Stam, the new director of the Ford School's International Policy Center, has been officially on duty for 27 days, and confides that he's feeling a little behind. He doesn't seem behind to an outsider though. He seems energetic, effusive, funny, and ambitious. He seems like he's got his head in the game and is just about ready to reinvent it. And he seems like someone who throws himself, body and soul, into whatever he undertakes, whether that's goose hunting in Manitoba, tackling the Himalayan range in Nepal, investigating ongoing caste-based discrimination in India, or, as is now the case, running an international policy center.

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Former dean and Acting U.S. Secretary of Commerce Rebecca M. Blank returns to the Ford School

Friday, December 14, 2012

The Ford School welcomed former dean and Acting U.S. Secretary of Commerce Rebecca M. Blank back to Weill Hall on Monday, December 3, where she held a community conversation with students, faculty, and staff. At the event, Dr. Blank delivered remarks then fielded audience questions.

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Justin Wolfers speaks with Marketplace on gift-giving

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

American Public Media's Marketplace spoke with Justin Wolfers for the program's holiday edition of the Freakonomics podcast. In a playful segment about gift-giving, Marketplace asked Wolfers and other economists for advice on choosing that perfect holiday present.

Many gift-givers, Wolfers told Marketplace, actually spend more than they need too.

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Ford School Dean Collins appointed to Detroit Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Susan M. Collins, dean of the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, was appointed Wednesday to the board of directors of the Detroit Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

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Rabe, Ruff speak with The Detroit News on right-to-work

Saturday, December 8, 2012

The Detroit News interviewed Barry Rabe and Craig Ruff about the decision by Governor Rick Snyder to endorse right-to-work legislation in Michigan.

The decision, Rabe said, could be a defining moment in Snyder's political career, potentially branding him as an unusually partisan political figure.

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Stevenson speaks with Marketplace on November jobs numbers

Friday, December 7, 2012

Betsey Stevenson spoke with American Public Media's Marketplace about the significance of jobs figures in the Labor Department's November employment report. While it is expected that jobs figures worsened in November, Stevenson cautioned against reading too much into the results. For one, Stevenson said, the numbers are subject to a significant margin of error.

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Congratulations to John Chamberlin, Elena Delbanco as they retire

Friday, December 7, 2012

As the semester draws to a close, as John grades his last paper and Elena ties up her final student conference, we congratulate them once again, thanking them for all they've contributed to our Ford School community, and wishing them marvelous retirement adventures.

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Battle Creek Enquirer interviews Joe Schwarz on right to work

Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Battle Creek Enquirer interviewed Joe Schwarz about the possibility of new right-to-work legislation after a week of events indicating that the Michigan legislature could soon take up the issue. After the Michigan Chamber of Commerce voiced support for right to work and Governor Rick Snyder stated it was on his agenda, Schwarz commented on the potential dangers of taking up the issue now.

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Informed Relief: Andrew Schroeder (MPP '07)

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Part of what can make a hurricane deadly is the storm surge that follows: high winds that cause the sea level to rise significantly above the average high-tide line. Storm surges caused devastation in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina and, most recently, during Hurricane Sandy, when more than 8,000,000 East Coast residents lost power.

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"The Political Viability of Carbon Taxation," Barry Rabe's latest blog post

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Political Viability of Carbon Taxation
by Barry Rabe

Economists of nearly all methodological and ideological stripes concur that the best way to attempt to stave off the worst impacts of climate change is through some form of taxation on the carbon content of fossil fuels. This idea has been around for a long time. Its latest manifestation includes some form of carbon tax in order to raise government revenue as part of a grand bargain to avoid the pending fiscal cliff.

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Barry Rabe: Majority of Americans want feds to address climate change

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Just over half of Americans believe the federal government should address climate change, according to a University of Michigan survey.

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Community is an intervention: NPC panel on recession and recovery emphasizes collaboration across sectors

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

On November 19 at the U-M Detroit Center, the National Poverty Center (NPC) in conjunction with the C.S. Mott Foundation, hosted the panel discussion, "Michigan's Recession and Recovery: Opportunities for the Research, Non-profit, and Civic Engagement Communities."

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Online ordering now available for Ford School apparel

Friday, November 30, 2012

Like to surf the web? Online ordering for a select number of Ford School Spirit Store items is now available via Michigan-based Underground Printing. Orders can be placed online through December 9 and all items will be shipped in time for the holidays.

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Justin Wolfers discusses Intrade with NPR's All Things Considered

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Justin Wolfers spoke with National Public Radio's All Things Considered about Intrade, a website that invites users to place bets on the likelihood of various events, from current affairs to pop culture. Intrade recently announced it could no longer serve U.S. customers after it was sued by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission for functioning as an unregistered exchange.

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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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