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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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Horwitz, Levy: SCOTUS decision on Affordable Care Act "gave us the green light" to address high health care costs

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling Thursday upholding most aspects of the Affordable Care Act, Jill R. Horwitz and Helen Levy penned an op-ed for CNN.com, "Obamacare will help drive down health care costs."

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Raising HIV/AIDS awareness: alum continues dedication as White House intern

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Dilara Üsküp (BA '11) put in a lot of hard work in her final semester as a Ford School student—just not at the Ford School. The new alum spent her final semester as a White House intern in the Office of National Aids Policy (ONAP). While there, she helped co-author a presidential memo "Establishing a Working Group on the Intersection of HIV/AIDS, Violence Against Women and Girls, and Gender-related Health Disparities"—another step in President Obama's National HIV/AIDS Strategy to organize federal departments and agencies around a disease that is still widespread and disproportionately affects women of color.

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Mark your calendars: Worldwide Ford School Spirit Day is July 12

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

In the spirit of this summer's Olympic games, come celebrate your Ford School pride, blue and gold style, in a city near you. RSVP today!

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Ann Lin discusses SCOTUS immigration ruling for "Policy Points"

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Ann C. Lin discussed the significance of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling Monday on Arizona's immigration law for a Ford School video series, "Policy Points."

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Dynarski: "There's never been a worse time not to be a college graduate"

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The median income of college graduates has not increased significantly in many years, but it still pays to go to college in spite of rising costs, Susan M. Dynarski told the Lansing State Journal for its article on college finances.

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Courant surprised by ouster of UVa president Sullivan, his successor as U-M provost

Monday, June 25, 2012

The abrupt dismissal of University of Virginia president Teresa Sullivan has spurred students and faculty to rally for her reinstatement.

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U-M Regents formally approve James S. House as 2013 Henry Russel Lecturer

Friday, June 22, 2012

James S. House, a world-renowned scholar who has been a leader in recognizing and demonstrating that health and illness are influenced by psychosocial processes, has been selected as the Henry Russel Lecturer for 2013 — one of the university's highest honors for a senior member of its active faculty.

House is the Angus Campbell Distinguished University Professor of Survey Research, Public Policy and Sociology; professor of sociology, LSA; and professor of public policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

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CLOSUP poll on frequency of data-driven decision-making appears in Michigan news

Friday, June 22, 2012

The results of a Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) poll of local government leaders on the incidence of data-driven decision-making within their administrations appeared in several Michigan news sources, including CBS Detroit and Detroit City and Press, as well as several science news sources, including MyScience and PhysOrg.

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Yu Xie quoted in Christian Science Monitor article about growth in Asian-American immigration

Friday, June 22, 2012

Yu Xie commented on the American economy's shift away from manufacturing and the impact of that shift on immigrant demographics in a Christian Science Monitor article, "How Asians displaced Hispanics as biggest group of new U.S. immigrants."

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Thomas Ivacko quoted in Crain's Detroit Business article on small businesses

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Thomas Ivacko discussed economic gardening in Michigan in Crain's Detroit Business: "How government and business scrambled to save a U.P. paper company." The article focused on Manistique Papers, a paper company in Manistique, Michigan.

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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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