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Pennsylvania court ruling raises the debate on fracking, land-use governance, Rabe says

Monday, August 6, 2012

In a blog for The Brookings Institution, Barry G. Rabe said a state appellate court's decision to strike down key provisions of Pennsylvania's shale gas legislation could be a sign of things to come.

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Barry Rabe's research on public opinion and climate change cited by Discovery News

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Discovery News quoted Barry Rabe, co-author of the National Survey of American Public Opinion on Climate Change (NSAPOCC), in a recent article, "Extreme Heat Waves Becoming the Norm."

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Maturu: Making clothes, making a difference

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Two things about which Nina Maturu (MPP/MBA '13) is passionate? Economic development and sewing—so much so that she combined them in a social enterprise she's named Maturu. "There doesn't have to be a trade-off between fashion and socially conscious production," Nina observes. And when she discusses the underlying goals of the business—which seeks a sustainable economic model for making fashionable clothes while teaching job skills and providing work for chronically unemployed women—Nina's enthusiasm and commitment are palpable.

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Ford School names DeLeeuw and McIntyre as its third annual Bohnett Public Service Fellows

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Incoming MPP candidates Andrew DeLeeuw and Adrianna McIntyre have been named the 2013 recipients of the David Bohnett Foundation Leadership and Public Service Fellowship.

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Professor Robert Schoeni's battle with ALS inspires friend to world-record swim across the English Channel

Sunday, July 29, 2012

A group of six women from Michigan took turns swimming in the frigid waters of the English Channel last Friday and became the fastest group ever to cross it. According to the Detroit Free Press, the women's roundtrip swim from Dover, England, to the French coast covered 42 land miles in 18 hours, 55 minutes – bettering the world record by four minutes.

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PPIA 2012 Summer Institute: Now a 31-Year Ford School Tradition

Friday, July 27, 2012

For 31 summers in a row, the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy has hosted top students from colleges across the United States as part of the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute, a national program that encourages diversity in public service. Launched by the Sloan Foundation in 1981, the highly competitive PPIA program helps students from underrepresented minority groups prepare for graduate school and, ultimately, taking leadership roles in the public sector.

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Bloomberg View op-ed by incoming Ford School economists Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers argues "The U.S. Economic Policy Debate Is a Sham"

Friday, July 27, 2012

Highly regarded economists Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers have opined in a column for Bloomberg View that the divisive rhetoric between Democrats and Republicans on the U.S. economy is rooted in political posturing, not economic reality.

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MSNBC, Inside Higher Ed quote Susan Dynarski on higher education tax breaks

Friday, July 27, 2012

Media coverage of Wednesday's hearing by the U.S. Senate Finance Committee on higher education tax breaks included testimony from Susan M. Dynarski, a professor of public policy and a professor of education.

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Dynarski to Congress: College tax credits should work like a grant

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Testifying Wednesday morning before the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, Susan M. Dynarski advocated for a simplification of the financial aid process that would allow families to better understand exactly how much the federal government can help pay to send their child to college.

"We have very strong evidence that if you were able to streamline and simplify the process for applying for aid, we would get a large boost to college attendance right away," said Dynarski, citing a study by the National Bureau of Economic Research, where she is a faculty research associate.

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In the news: Michigan Public Policy Survey on job performance of Governor Snyder, Michigan Legislature

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy released a new Michigan Public Policy Survey about the popularity of Michigan's governor today. The survey, which polled 1,329 county and municipal officials, has quickly attracted media attention from outlets such as the Detroit News and Michigan Radio.

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CLOSUP survey: Michigan's local leaders more positive about Gov. Snyder, state's direction

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Local government leaders in Michigan gave Gov. Rick Snyder a significantly higher job approval rating in 2012 compared to a year ago, and the officials were much more optimistic about the state's direction, a University of Michigan survey says.

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Dynarski to testify Wednesday before U.S. Senate Finance Committee

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Susan M. Dynarski will be among five witnesses to testify Wednesday morning before the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance. Dynarski's testimony on the college financial aid system will come during a full-committee hearing titled, "Education Tax Incentives and Tax Reform."

Dynarski has studied the impact of grants and loans on educational attainment and the distributional consequences of tax incentives for college saving. Her current research focuses on charter schools, demand for private schooling, historical trends in inequality in educational attainment, and the optimal design of financial aid.

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Duderstadt: "Big-time college sports have become the 'credit-default swaps' of higher education"

Monday, July 23, 2012

President emeritus of the University of Michigan James Duderstadt told Inside Higher Ed that the high-risk, high-reward philosophy that dictates spending by universities on intercollegiate athletics undermines the mission and values of those institutions. Even in light of the child sex abuse scandal at Penn State, the power dynamic between university presidents and their drastically better-compensated coaches is unlikely to change soon, according to the article.

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"Lovenomics" power couple joins Ford School faculty

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Highly regarded economists Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers have agreed to join the Ford School faculty. Stevenson joins the Ford School as an associate professor of public policy on September 1. Wolfers, who will split his appointment between the Ford School and the University's Department of Economics, begins on January 1, 2013.

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2012 Worldwide Ford School Spirit Day celebrations

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

From Dominick's in Ann Arbor to Sign Kasumigaseki in Tokyo, on July 12, 2012, Fordies around the world showed their school spirit as they celebrated President Ford's birthday—he would have been 99—and raised a glass in his honor. The second annual Worldwide Ford School Spirit Day was also an opportunity for alumni, current and incoming Ford School students, faculty, staff, and community members to gather and catch up, network, and share the latest school news. This year's alumni-organized event had an even greater turnout than last year's, with Spirit Day gatherings held in nearly a dozen locations around the country and overseas, including Ann Arbor, Lansing, Chicago, Detroit, New York, Tokyo, Boston, Washington, DC, Seattle, and San Francisco. Even alum Jonathan Shepard (MPP '09), on assignment with USAID, waved a Ford School pennant all the way from Baghdad.

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Danziger: "We live in the gilded age of inequality"

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Sheldon Danziger joined Michigan Radio's first live call-in show for its State of Opportunity project to discuss perceptions of poverty within the state.

Danziger, director of the Ford School-based National Poverty Center, said long-held perceptions that able-bodied poor could easily support themselves are inaccurate and do not reflect today's economic conditions.

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Ciorciari: American investors seek profit, safety in Cambodia

Thursday, July 5, 2012

With a group of U.S. business owners joining U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton on a trip to Cambodia, Voice of America Khmer spoke with John D. Ciorciari about the
prospects for American investment in the country.

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Feds must decide where to "flex its muscle" on marijuana policy, says Amb. Levitsky

Monday, July 2, 2012

Amb. Melvyn Levitsky discussed the friction between state and federal laws regarding medical marijuana on "The Vic McCarty Show."

Levitsky, who sits on the board of directors for the Drug Free America Foundation, said Michigan's state law permitting dispensaries for medicinal marijuana, while federal law still classifies marijuana as a narcotic with no medical benefit, creates unnecessary confusion.

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Barry Rabe quoted in Detroit Free Press article on renewable energy issues in Michigan

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Barry Rabe commented on the costs and benefits of changes to Michigan's renewable energy policy in a Detroit Free Press article on the debate surrounding a proposed amendment to the state constitution. The amendment would require utilities to produce 25% of electricity from renewable sources by 2025.

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New Facebook page provides preview, supplement to Marina v.N. Whitman's forthcoming memoirs

Friday, June 29, 2012

Many know the Ford School's Marina Whitman as an accomplished economist, business executive, and professor. But before she began her own impressive career she was Marina von Neumann, the only daughter of John von Neumann, who was often hailed as the greatest mathematician of the 20th century and even as the greatest scientist after Einstein.

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