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To the city and the world

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Los Angeles-based David Bohnett is the founder and managing member of the early stage technology fund, Baroda Ventures. In 1994, he founded GeoCities.com, one of the original Internet success stories. He is chairman of the board of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association and a trustee of amfAR, The American Foundation for AIDS Research, and of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The David Bohnett Foundation funds a wide variety of innovative programs in major cities across the U.S. At the Ford School, the Foundation supports a prestigious, competitive fellowship that provides two years of tuition support and a paid summer internship in the City of Detroit's mayor's office.

The Bohnett Fellowship provides well-trained interns to mayoral offices in several cities and fosters a commitment among policy graduates to work in cities. Why are urban policy issues important?

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Public Service In The City

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Bohnett Fellows learn to devise policy inside Detroit mayor's office

Elizabeth Palazzola and Julie Schneider knew Detroit pretty well even before last summer. Then they learned a whole new side of it—the inside—as members of Mayor Dave Bing's administration.

"I've worked in Detroit in various capacities--with nonprofits, city agencies, state agencies, with the public on events and environmental issues-—but what was really missing was the mayor's office," said Palazzola, who spent three years as a research assistant at Wayne State University's Center for Urban Studies.

"That was what I was most excited about, filling in that blank. I think now having done so I have an even greater appreciation for the city."

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Joint PhD Program Reaches Ten Year Mark

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Founding director Mary E. Corcoran and others reflect on the program's success

When Mary E. Corcoran became program director of the Ford School's fledgling joint doctoral program 10 years ago, she didn't have a problem recruiting students.

They already were coming to her.

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Ten Years After No Child Left Behind

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Two alums reflect on school accountability

President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced a new waiver system in September, the latest attempt to alleviate the burden felt by the 20 percent of schools labeled "failing" under No Child Left Behind, the largest education reform of the decade.

First passed in 2001, NCLB is changing how our nation thinks about school accountability. It's also forcing us to reconsider "how we measure what it means to be a good school," says 2002 Frey Foundation Fellow Alexa Shore (MPP '04), deputy director for the Office of Accountability at the New York City Department of Education.

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On the front lines

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Teach for America a destination for service-minded Ford School undergraduates

Elam Lantz entered the Ford School with an eye on the biggest of policymaking stages, Washington, DC. But he soon reassessed his approach to making the world a better place. "I realized I needed to be on the front lines, in the trenches, for a few years," said Lantz (BA '10). "I needed to be able to affect change on a smaller level before I would feel comfortable or confident doing it on a bigger level."

Lantz decided to make an immediate impact with Teach For America (TFA), which trains recent college graduates of all disciplines to teach in low-income rural and urban school districts. He's now in his second year working with special-needs students at an elementary school in the Bronx. According to the organization's website, more than 9,300 TFA corps members will teach 600,000 students during the 2011-12 school year.

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David K. Cohen, Susan M. Dynarski, and Brian A. Jacob cited in Education Week's 2012 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Presence Rankings

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Three Ford School faculty members—David K. Cohen, Susan M. Dynarski, and Brian A. Jacob—were named to Education Week blogger Rick Hess' 2012 rankings of education scholars. The 2012 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Presence Rankings recognize the top academic contributors to public discussion about schools and schooling. The scores are based on researchers' 2011 footprint as measured by the number of books and articles written and cited within the year, as well as press, blog, and newspaper mentions.

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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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