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Colleague Scott Atran cites Axelrod's work on symbolic gestures in Middle East conflicts

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Robert Axelrod was cited in an op-ed for Science and Religion Today titled, "How Can a Better Understanding of Sacred Values Help Us Resolve Intergroup Conflicts?" The op-ed was written by Scott Atran, a research scientist at the University's Research Center for Group Dynamics and a frequent collaborator of Axelrod's.

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Wightman: Even higher-income families are reducing financial support for college-age children

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A National Poverty Center study led by postdoctoral fellow Patrick Wightman found that 62 percent of children ages 19 to 22 receive some financial assistance from their parents. A recent article by Reuters examined the reasons the remaining 38 percent did not receive any.

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Annie Maxwell: A lifetime of engagement

Sunday, May 13, 2012

From hosting summer interns to hiring quality Ford School graduates, Annie Maxwell, Chief Operating Officer of the Skoll Global Threats Fund, has made a steadfast commitment to the success of current Ford School students and shows no signs of stopping. While an MPP student, Annie interned with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. When she needed support for everything from resume writing to identifying career goals, she got the help she needed from Graduate Career Services.

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Making a mark: Taurean Brown (MPP/JD '11)

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Taurean Brown figured out early on that the best policy often starts with one good idea. Add hard work, the commitment to see it through, stir, repeat. During her first year as a Ford School student, Taurean founded Public Policy Connects (PPC), a program that introduces southeast Michigan students from diverse backgrounds to the field of public policy. Now in its fourth year at the Ford School and well on its way to becoming a school tradition, this one-day conference teaches students what public policy is, its impact on their lives, and how they can make a difference in their communities.

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Prepared to lead: Jeff S. Barnes (MPP '09)

Saturday, May 12, 2012

It's a sure bet that running a political campaign isn't as difficult or dangerous as leading 500 soldiers into combat during two tours in Iraq. But when former army captain Jeff Barnes was offered the chance to join Rick Snyder's Michigan gubernatorial bid, he found that what he'd learned during military service was relevant on the campaign trail. The same was true of his experience as an MPP student in the Ford School. After nearly a decade in the military, Jeff threw himself into his classes and the Ford School community.

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Engaged alums: Claudia Muñoz (MPP '09)

Saturday, May 12, 2012

For Claudia Muñoz, the collegial working atmosphere at LMI Government Consulting isn't a far cry from her experience in the Ford School community. At the Ford School, she received a well-rounded policy education in a culture and curriculum that emphasizes teamwork—something she relies on every day working with LMI. As a consultant, Claudia works from the Pentagon as Director of the Ministry of Defense Advisors Program, which sends civilians to aid Afghan defense officials.

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James S. House receives University of Michigan 2013 Henry Russel Lectureship

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

James S. House has been selected to receive the University of Michigan's 2013 Henry Russel Lectureship.

The Lectureship, which was established in 1926, is the highest honor the University bestows on a senior member of its faculty. While the award primarily recognizes exceptional scholarship, those chosen to hold the Lectureship are also expected to be outstanding citizens of the University with exemplary records of teaching, mentoring, and service.

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Schwarz: Residence, fundraising and age all factors against run at old U.S. House seat

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Ford School lecturer and former U.S. Representative Joe Schwarz has decided not to challenge incumbent U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg in the 2012 election, Mlive.com reported last week.

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Recent MPP graduate honored for distinguished service in Afghanistan

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Two days before receiving his Master of Public Policy, Neal Carter (MPP '12) received another well-deserved honor: the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal.

The commendation dates back to World War II and has been known as the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal since 1994. It is awarded to a person serving in a capacity with the Navy or Marine Corps who distinguishes himself with meritorious achievement or service. A platoon commander in Afghanistan, Capt. Carter was recognized for replacing a senior officer who had transferred to another unit and serving above his pay grade for several months.

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Ford School launches new video series, Policy Points

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Ford School Policy Points is a new series featuring short videos of Ford School faculty members discussing recent research or current events. Policy Points is emailed to journalists and analysts worldwide for use in decision making-, research, or media-related activities. Each video is produced by U-M News Service and includes captions and transcripts.

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Graduate students tackle real-world policy problems with Applied Policy Seminar

Monday, May 7, 2012

Could your organization use the analytic, problem-solving, and communication skills of top-notch MPP students? Join the distinguished list of clients to take part in the Applied Policy Seminar (APS).

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"NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams" broadcast includes NPC research

Friday, May 4, 2012

A new study by the Ford School-based National Poverty Center on the financial assistance college-age adults receive from their baby-boomer parents swept across the national airwaves Thursday, receiving mention on "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams" and Fox News Radio.

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NPC: Three in five young adults receive financial support from parents

Thursday, May 3, 2012

A new study by the Ford School-based National Poverty Center headlined a USA Today article on the financial assistance college-age adults receive from their baby-boomer parents.

The study, lead authored by postdoctoral fellow Patrick Wightman, found that 62 percent of young adults receive financial help from their parents. Eighty-two percent of high income-earning parents provided some assistance, while 47 percent of lower-income parents did as well. Both groups transferred about the same share of their overall income to their children, about 10 percent.

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How much money parents give to college-age kids: U-M study

Thursday, May 3, 2012

More than 60 percent of young adults between the ages of 19 and 22 received some financial help from mom and dad, according to a new University of Michigan study. The average amount they received—including help with college tuition, rent, and transportation—was roughly $7,500 a year.

The study is the first to use nationally representative data to calculate parental assistance to young adults and to analyze how help varies by family and individual characteristics. It is based on data from 2,098 interviews conducted between 2005 and 2009, with young men and women and their families, part of the Panel Study of Income Dynamics Transition to Adulthood Study at the U-M Institute for Social Research (ISR).

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MJPA's ninth volume features five Ford School authors

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Michigan Journal of Public Affairs has published its Spring 2012 volume, featuring six articles that address state, national and international policy topics. This marks the ninth edition since the student-run journal was founded by Ford School graduate students in 2003.

"The Michigan Journal of Public Affairs is dedicated to publishing innovative public policy related articles from a wide range of policy professionals and graduate students," said Brendan Egan (MPP '12), one of two editors in chief in 2012 along with Eamonn Scanlon (MPP '12). "This year's articles range from archival research to stakeholder analysis to econometric modeling."

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Dynarski: Complexity of paying for college discourages potential students

Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Wall Street Journal quoted Susan M. Dynarski in a recent article about the barriers to education attainment in the U.S. and how that will impact the U.S. economy in the long term. According to the article, the current generation of Americans will accrue less formal education than their parents, breaking a longstanding trend.

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Spring edition of the Ford School's magazine, State & Hill, explores American electoral politics, tsunami recovery in Japan, Marina Whitman's forthcoming memoir, and more

Thursday, April 26, 2012

In this issue of the Ford School's magazine, State & Hill, readers will learn about American electoral politics through the eyes of the Ford School: faculty studying campaign financing and gerrymandering, students interning in Washington, DC, and alums running for office or working on campaigns. Click through the magazine below to read an interview with Marina Whitman about her forthcoming memoir (with a passage from her book), a story about an MPP's work with the tsunami recovery effort in Japan, an examination of the impact of divorce on health insurance for women, and Barry Rabe's reflection on Gerald Ford as "The Global President."

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Battle of the Super PACs: Campaign financing impacts American electoral politics

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Much of America is mesmerized by the recent and remarkable torrent of money flowing into the 2012 elections by organizations with buoyant names like Restore Our Future and Make Us Great Again. These contributions have dramatically overshadowed expenditures by the candidates and political parties that have traditionally run campaigns. It wasn't always so, explains Ford School Professor Richard L. Hall, who has written extensively on the influence of money in politics and policy.

Prior to the rise of Super PACs, Political Action Committees (PACs) "could contribute such small sums of money to candidates that it was hard to imagine these contributions had much of an impact at all," says Hall. "The better hypothesis was not that PAC contributions were buying something from members, but that they were signaling something to them."

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Down to earth: Marina Whitman talks life and work in "The Martian's Daughter."

Thursday, April 26, 2012

In The Martian's Daughter: A Memoir, economist Marina Whitman talks candidly about her life, her work, and stepping outside of her famous father's shadow

In the fall of 1970, Marina von Neumann Whitman, unnerved by a tight deadline, burst into the office of Paul McCracken, then chairman of the president's Council of Economic Advisers (CEA). McCracken had invited the rising young economist to join his staff for a year—in a position that would set the stage for a series of increasingly prominent government appointments. Faced with a routine finance report and a conflicting personal obligation (her brother's wedding), Whitman sought reassurance from her mentor that she was up to the job—an unfounded insecurity that belied her professional achievement.

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Gerrymandering, then and now

Thursday, April 26, 2012

It was the summer of 1971 when the first mandated round of redistricting was taking place across the nation. A series of Supreme Court decisions in the '60s had directed states to create new legislative districts every ten years to reflect population shifts revealed in decennial census counts. The goal was honorable enough: one person, one vote; but so little instruction was offered on how to accomplish the task that it practically invited abuse.

A group of faculty and graduate students led by Ford School instructor and U-M research professor Steve Pollock spent the summer experimenting. The challenge they addressed: could linear programming help craft districts with population equity and contiguity, as well as objective qualities like compactness or competitiveness?

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