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CLOSUP survey: More local governments in Michigan using data to make decisions amid fiscal crisis

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Just over two-thirds of Michigan's local governments say they use "data-driven decision making" as they try to cut costs and boost efficiency amid tough economic times, a new University of Michigan survey reports.

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Matthew Davis quoted in Live Science about top concerns in child health

Monday, June 18, 2012

Matthew Davis was quoted in a Live Science story about what American voters consider the highest priority in child health in the 2012 election. The article focused on the findings of a C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health of which Davis is the director.

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John R. Chamberlin quoted in AZCentral Article on costs of feuds in Maricopa County

Monday, June 18, 2012

John R. Chamberlin commented on a string of highly political investigations and lawsuits in Maricopa County, Arizona, for an article on AZCentral, observing that the investigations would damage voters' confidence in their elected officials. So far the investigations are estimated to have cost 28 million dollars.

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Michigan to recognize Gerald R. Ford as Michigan Football Legend

Friday, June 15, 2012

Former United States President and Ford School namesake Gerald R. Ford will be recognized, alongside Ron Kramer and Bennie Oosterbaan, as a "Michigan Football Legend" during the 2012 football season. Ford played center and linebacker while at Michigan as the star player in Michigan's undefeated 1932 and 1933 seasons, during both of which the team won national titles.

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June edition of 'the Ford School feed' - Alumni-led Worldwide Spirit Day on 7/12, refreshed Ford School website, the "hype" on college debt, more

Thursday, June 14, 2012

The latest edition of the Ford School feed, an email news source for alumni and friends of the school, arrived in inboxes today.

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CNNMoney publishes Susan M. Dynarski op-ed about college loan debt

Thursday, June 14, 2012

An op-ed co-authored by Susan M. Dynarski and University of Virginia economics professor Sarah Turner was published by CNNMoney. "Ignore the debt hype. College is a great investment," attacks the idea that avoiding student loan debt by skipping college completely is a sensible thing to do.

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Phil Potter awarded grant by DoD's Minerva Research Initiative

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Minerva Research Initiative, a Department of Defense-sponsored, university-based social science research initiative, has awarded funding for a research project led by Ford School assistant professor Philip B. K. Potter.

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Sarah Pendergast (BA '10) to attend United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Sarah Pendergast (BA '10) has been selected as one of 25 youth delegates to participate in the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, a conference to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from June 20-22. The conference will readdress issues and commitments brought up at the 1992 Earth Summit in the same city. Pendergast will attend as an "Agent of Change" through SustainUS, an environmental justice non-profit run entirely by youth and volunteers.

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Robert M. Stern co-edits Oxford Handbook on the World Trade Organization for Oxford University Press

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Robert M. Stern was one of a team of three editors of the recently published Oxford Handbook on the World Trade Organization. According to the publisher, the book that aims to provide "an authoritative and cutting-edge account of the World Trade Organization." Stern edited the book alongside Amrita Narlikar, the director of the Centre for Rising Powers at Cambridge University, and Martin Daunton, a professor of history at Cambridge University.

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Ford School launches visually refreshed website—the first phase of a two-part comprehensive site redesign

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Welcome to the Ford School's newly refreshed website. This cosmetic overhaul is just the first step in a project that will result in the complete redesign of the Ford School's web presence.

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David Harding to receive ASA's Outstanding Book Award

Friday, June 8, 2012

The American Sociological Association's (ASA) Section on Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility has named David Harding the recipient of its 2012 Outstanding Book Award. Harding will be presented the award at the 2012 ASA annual meeting, which will be held in Denver, CO in August.

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Service and teamwork mark 2012 Ford School Staff retreat

Thursday, June 7, 2012

The 2012 Ford School Staff Retreat is one for the history books, but most of the participants still felt it the next day. The June 5 retreat entailed a day of community service and teambuilding in Detroit, with 35 staff members in two groups volunteering at Earthworks Urban Farm, a program of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, and Gleaners Community Food Bank, both located on Detroit's east side.

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Horwitz, Levy: Argument against the Affordable Care Act based on shaky premise

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Jonathan Cohn, a senior editor at The New Republic, featured a blog post by Jill R. Horwitz and Helen Levy in his column, "Will Bogus Policy Arguments Swing the Supreme Court?"

Cohn challenges the veracity of an amicus brief filed by a conservative advocacy group that opposes the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which President Obama signed into law in 2010. The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the law's constitutionality in March, particularly the health insurance mandate. The brief argues that mandating health insurance would set a precedent requiring citizens to make other compulsory purchases.

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Brick by brick: building momentum in New Orleans

Friday, June 1, 2012

New Orleans knows about starting over. When the storm surge from Hurricane Katrina breached the city's levees and floodwalls, the subsequent floods killed more than 1,500 people in New Orleans and throughout Louisiana. This one-two punch of catastrophe also left more than 100,000 more displaced—many of whom have never returned. As a result, New Orleans is both a very old place and a very new one. Some of its problems, entrenched government bureaucracy among them, predate Katrina but have nevertheless made building post-hurricane momentum difficult.

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Research project led by Dean Yang receives USAID grant

Friday, June 1, 2012

Development Innovation Ventures, a competitive grant program by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has awarded a grant to a group of researchers led by Dean Yang.

Yang's project, "Honing help back home: Maximizing the development impact of migrant remittances," will examine whether migrants would be more generous in remitting their earnings if they could be sure of how the money would be used. Remittances that migrants send home are the
second largest cash inflow to developing countries.

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NSAPOCC: Americans are skeptical of geoengineering solutions to climate change

Thursday, May 31, 2012

The latest version of the National Survey of American Public Opinion on Climate Change (NSAPOCC), co-authored by Barry Rabe, has been published in the May 2012 edition of "Issues in Governance Studies" by The Brookings Institution.

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CNBC Asia interviewed Susan M. Collins during a trip to Hong Kong

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Susan M. Collins, dean of the Ford School of Public Policy, discusses the European financial crisis and the Chinese economy on Tuesday, May 29 as a guest on CNBC's popular financial news show "Squawk Box" in Hong Kong.

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Danziger: U.S. is exceptional in its tolerance of poverty

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

A new report by UNICEF found the United States had the second-highest rate of relative child poverty among 35 of the world's richest countries. Relative child poverty, which critics say may not necessarily reflect real hardship, refers to children living in households where disposable income is less than half of the national median income.

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Atran book includes interviews with jihadist leaders

Monday, May 28, 2012

Scott Atran has interviewed dozens of terrorist leaders and operatives, and he has collected his insights from those conversations in his book, "Talking to the Enemy: Faith, Brotherhood, and the (Un)Making of Terrorists." He discussed those insights on the National Public Radio program, "To the Best of Our Knowledge."

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Parthasarathy: Geoengineering patents could follow the U.S. atomic energy model

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Shobita Parthasarathy told Nature magazine that the geoengineering field "urgently needs" to define intellectual property rights for technologies that could have far-reaching consequences for the planet.

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