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Associate Dean Alan Deardorff to lead International Policy Center on interim basis

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The Ford School's International Policy Center has a new interim leader, as Associate Dean Alan Deardorff has agreed to serve as Interim Director.

Founding IPC director Jan Svejnar will leave the University of Michigan to join the faculty of Columbia University as director of the newly-established Center for Global Economic Governance. Jan founded the International Policy Center here at the Ford School in 2005, with input and support provided along the way by a number of University of Michigan faculty. The Ford School is grateful to Jan for his hard work, vision, and leadership.

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Scott Atran interviewed by CNN in article, "North Koreans grief-stricken over Kim's death"

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Scott Atran spoke to CNN about the intense North Korean reactions to the death of Kim Jong-il.

Upon hearing the news of Kim Jong-il's death many North Koreans began hysterically sobbing and bawling, and television crews captured people so grief-stricken they could barely speak. As the article's author explains, this outpouring of emotion is so intense that many question its sincerity.

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Tom Ivacko quoted in Bridge magazine article, "Merger bills won't change names on fire trucks—yet"

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

In light of six new Michigan merger bills, Tom Ivacko spoke to Bridge magazine about cost sharing findings from the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy's Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS).

These new bills, signed by Governor Rick Snyder on Dec. 14, were designed to remove real or perceived roadblocks that might have prevented local governments from consolidating services—such as employee salary provisions.

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Military Minds

Monday, December 19, 2011

John Stanczak, who is still active in the U.S. Army, served in Iraq for 15 months. He will be serving with the 1st Armored Division at Ft. Bliss in El Paso, Texas, following graduation.

Ingrid Schuster Tighe is a former Army communications officer with leadership experience during wartime in Baghdad, Iraq, and peace-keeping missions in Macedonia and Kosovo. After her military service, Ingrid worked in commercial real estate and founded her own leadership consulting business.

2011 Bromage Intern George Stankow spent 13 years in uniform as an active and reserve U.S. Army officer, including tours in Korea, Germany, Kosovo, Egypt, and Iraq. He also spent two years in Iraq as a civilian contractor.

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Alan Deardorff speaks with National Public Radio about China's increased tariffs on U.S. vehicles

Friday, December 16, 2011

Reacting to China's announcement that it will increase tariffs on large American-made cars and SUVs, Alan Deardorff told Michigan Radio that the World Trade Organization could make such disputes less frequent in the future.

"These things working their way through the system I think is much better than working outside the system, which is what used to happen before we had the WTO," Deardoff said.

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Sheldon Danziger interviewed for Associated Press article, "Census shows 1 in 2 people are poor or low-income"

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Sheldon Danziger was quoted in an Associated Press article about the latest census data, which indicates that poverty is on the rise, with a record number of Americans classified as low-income earners.

"Safety net programs such as food stamps and tax credits kept poverty from rising even higher in 2010, but for many low-income families with work-related and medical expenses, they are considered too 'rich' to qualify," said Danziger, director of the National Poverty Center.

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Research by Brian A. Jacob quoted in Muskegon Chronicle article on school start times

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Muskegon Chronicle reported on a study co-authored by Brian A. Jacob that suggested pushing back middle school and high school start times would improve student performance.

The Hamilton Project, a Brookings Institution study Jacob co-authored with Jonah E. Rockoff of the Columbia School of Business, encourages schools to make start times a "prominent part of the conversation on how to raise student achievement."

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Ford School master's student selected for Festival of Thinkers conference

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Michael Yates, a dual MPP and MBA student, was one of three U-M master's students selected to attend the November 2011 Festival of Thinkers at the United Arab Emirates' Higher Colleges of Technology.

As described by organizers, the Festival of Thinkers provides an opportunity for the Middle East's young scholars to interact formally and informally with Nobel Laureates and the world's leading thinkers in business, science, technology, culture, and economics.

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Melvyn Levitsky appears in Inter-American Dialogue's Latin American Advisor, answering the question: Is Brazil the New Dominant Power in South America?

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Is Brazil the New Dominant Power in South America?

Question from "Latin American Advisor"

With a booming economy and financing from its giant state development bank, Brazil has been implementing infrastructure and other projects across South America. However, the country is also beginning to face pushbacks from its neighbors, which worry that Brazil's interests may come at a high domestic cost. Bolivian President Evo Morales recently canceled a high-profile road that was financed by Brazil after major protests. Other projects in Guyana, Ecuador, Peru and elsewhere have also stalled, The New York Times reported. How do you see Brazil's influence in South America? Is it slowly replacing the United States as the new dominant power in the region, as some have suggested? Is Brazil promoting its own economic development at the expense of its neighbors?

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Tom Ivacko pens second Dome op-ed about declining health of Michigan cities

Friday, December 9, 2011

Dome magazine published the second op-ed from a two-part series by the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy's Tom Ivacko about the challenges facing Michigan's cities.

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Center for Public Policy in Diverse Societies announces call for funding proposals

Friday, December 9, 2011

The Center for Public Policy in Diverse Societies is hosting a call for proposals for collaborative projects that contribute to academic research on diversity or enrich the broader community's engagement with issues of diversity. Two types of proposals will be funded:

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Research by Susan M. Dynarski on gaps in college entry and completion discussed in Education Week blog

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

A recently released working paper, "Gains and Gaps: Changing Inequality in U.S. College Entry and Completion," by Susan M. Dynarski and Martha Bailey, was discussed in an Education Week blog titled "Income and Gender Gap in College Attainment Widens."

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Three Ford School students elected to Michigan Daily's 2012 class of editors

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Congrats to three Ford School BAs—Joseph Lichterman, Bethany Biron, and Zach Bergson—on their election to the Michigan Daily's 2012 class of editors. Junior Joseph Lichterman was elected the new editor in chief, junior Bethany Biron was elected the managing news editor, and Zach Bergson, also a junior, was named the paper's online editor.

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Inside Higher Ed interviews Susan M. Dynarski in "The 'Boy Problem' Examined"

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Susan M. Dynarski spoke to Inside Higher Ed about her research on the widening gap between the college entry and completion rates of the rich and poor. The data Dynarski and co-author Martha Bailey used from the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Longitudinal Surveys of Youth also revealed an interesting gap between men and women.

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Growing income and gender gaps in college graduation

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

A new study shows that the gap in rates of college completion between students from high-and low-income families has grown significantly in the last 50 years.

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Two Ford School students interviewed in Michigan Daily article, "Peace Corps alumni discuss AIDS education"

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Two Ford School students, Scott Burgess (MPP '12) and Christina Hajj (MPP '13), were interviewed by the Michigan Daily in an article about their Peace Corps work with HIV/AIDS education and the commemoration of World AIDS Day.

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Ford School announces results of Alumni Board elections

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Six new members have been elected to the Ford School's Alumni Board. The Alumni Board strives to help increase the visibility of the Ford School; strengthen the alumni network; and assist the school with student recruitment, career services, and alumni relations activities.

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CLOSUP's Michigan Public Policy Survey cited in Center for Michigan article, "'Shadow tax cut' deepens local budget crises."

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Data from the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy's (CLOSUP) latest Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS) report was cited in a Center for Michigan article, "'Shadow tax cut' deepens local budget crises."

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New Ford School spirit store item available for online purchase

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Alumni, want to help "spread the word" about the Ford School? Then order a new, embroidered quarter-zip sweatshirt from our online store and wear it proudly!

The Ford School is offering this new item via an online spirit store for one week only. This warm quarter-zip sweatshirt arrives just in time for the holidays and is available for order only until Thursday, December 8, so make your purchase today.

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