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Axelrod highlighted in Vox on Republican Benghazi dilemma

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Ford School Professor Robert Axelrod's research was cited by Zack Beauchamp in the May 12 Vox article, "Benghazi is a prisoner's dilemma, and the Republicans are the prisoners." Beauchamp argues that the newly formed House Republicans' special committee on the Benghazi attacks is a political prisoner's dilemma.

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NYT Upshot cites Brian Jacob's work on gender differences

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

In his May 10 story for the New York Times' Upshot, Harvard economist Sendhil Mullainathan argues that the gender pay gap can reverse by 2064. Mullainathan draws evidence from education, citing the work of Ford School Professor Brian Jacob in his argument.

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Soundbites

Friday, May 9, 2014

Overheard this semester: Policy Talks @ the Ford School

"It seems to me that our efforts to narrow racial differences in schooling and other things, if applied too late, are almost doomed to fail."

Kerwin Charles, deputy dean and Edwin and Betty L. Bergman Distinguished Service Professor, Harris School of Public Policy Studies. January 20, 2014.

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Wanted: Alumni to join Centennial Reunion Committee

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Remember the days of Lorch Hall? Or holiday skits? Or dreaded problem sets? The Centennial Reunion is the perfect occasion to come together as alumni and friends to remember times past, and look to the future.

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Matt Johnson's American Bureaucrat blog highlights the people and ideas public policy is meant to serve

Thursday, May 8, 2014

By Thomas O'Mealia (BA '14)

As deputy director of the Global Security Contingency Fund, Matt Johnson is doing what many Ford School alumni do—serving the public with innovative policy solutions.

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U-M ranks eighth in nation for Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Joy Rohde

The University of Michigan ranks eighth in the nation as a Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows destination in 2014. Some 25 returned Peace Corps volunteers are currently pursuing graduate degrees in public policy or natural resources at the University of Michigan through the Coverdell Fellowship program.

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Potter publishes op-ed in The Guardian on increasing threat of terrorism in China

Thursday, May 8, 2014

In the wake of three terrorist attacks by Uighur militants in China in the past two months, Assistant Professor Phil Potter authored an op-ed in The Guardian arguing that although the attackers may "have only carried knives and crude bombs…they and their kind have the potential to reshape both Chinese and international politics."

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The Last Word

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Jennifer Niggemeier, director of graduate career services and alumni relations, and Elisabeth Johnston, alumni relations manager, sit down with State & Hill to preview The Centennial Reunion (October 31 – November 1, 2014).

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Yu Xie study in LA Times, Washington Post, NPR

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Max Ehrenfreund of The Washington Post reports on Yu Xie's recent study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which sheds recent light on the causes of Asian-American academic success.

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What every alderman should know (about endowments)

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Two new endowed funds for the next century of student support

We all know how tough it is to save—to choose between immediate needs and future ones. At the Ford School, we face a similar challenge in asking alumni to contribute to endowments rather than annual funds. But endowments have tremendous power. Like savings, they're investments in the future. Case in point? Our very first endowment for student support, The Arthur W. and Mary C. Bromage Fund.

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Detroit Free Press publishes Matthew Davis op-ed; Davis argues for regulating e-cigarettes as tobacco products

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Michigan's regulators agree that highly addictive e-cigarettes shouldn't be sold to minors. The question they now face is how to regulate them.

"The simplest way to prohibit the sales of e-cigarettes to minors is to classify e-cigarettes as tobacco products," writes Ford School Professor Dr. Matthew Davis, chief medical executive for the State of Michigan. "Writing special rules for e-cigarettes unnecessarily complicates state law." Davis's remarks are part of a pro/con op-ed piece on e-cigarette regulation published by the Detroit Free Press on May 5.

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Barry Rabe interviewed on Marketplace Morning Report about the challenges Obama faces on climate change

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

"Attorney General Greg Abbot, perhaps the most likely person to be the next governor of Texas, routinely says, 'I wake up in the morning, I sue the federal government and then I go home,'" Barry Rabe told Sally Herships during a May 6 interview for Marketplace Morning Report.

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Three reasons why Gregory Holman (MPP/MUP '11) is listed among Crain's Detroit Business "Twenty in their 20s."

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Why did Gregory Holman (MPP/MUP '11), age 29, make Crain's Detroit Business's list of "Twenty in their 20s"? Reporter Chad Halcom explains.

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Hybrid Justice and Armed With Expertise

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Two new books from Ford School faculty members John D. Ciorciari and Joy Rohde deepen our understanding of international criminal justice systems and the role social scientists have played, for better or for worse, in American national security.

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Bon voyage, and best wishes to the graduating class of 2014

Monday, May 5, 2014

"You are not just graduates of a great university," Senator Carl Levin told the Ford School's centennial graduating class. "You are graduates of a school of public policy, which implies that you—your ideas and passions, your hard work and drive and grit—can help shape the policies that government adopts." Senator Levin, who gave the keynote speech at the Ford School's centennial commencement ceremony, spoke about the difficult challenges policymakers face, and the rewarding nature of the work.

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Zachary Petroni, inaugural Raoul Wallenberg Fellowship recipient, discusses the flawed conservation equation for Kenyan forest

Monday, May 5, 2014

By Zach Petroni (BA '13)

Kenya's Arabuko-Sokoke Forest (ASF), the largest remnant of a hardwood forest that once spanned East Africa's coast from Somalia to southern Mozambique, is a refuge for dozens of endemic and endangered flora and fauna—the Sokoke Scops Owl, Amani Sunbird, and Golden-Rumped Elephant Shrew among them.

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Hauling charcoal, studying conservation in Kenya

Monday, May 5, 2014

By William Foreman

Zach Petroni (BA '13) believes that to truly know something, you have to experience it. So that's why he spent some time working as a charcoal hauler in Kenya, loading huge bags of the fuel on a rusty fixed-gear bike and pedaling it 20 miles into town.

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Fighting poverty like an IPPSter

Friday, May 2, 2014

Peter Borish applies analytics and creativity to for-profit and not-for-profit endeavors alike

By Jeff Mortimer

"I was like every other kid," says Peter Borish (AB '81, MPP '82). "When I was growing up, I wanted to become a professional baseball player."

Like almost every other kid, he didn't. But if he wasn't the Rookie of the Year in his chosen field, he came close. Five years after earning his master's at the Ford School, the hedge fund he co-founded with Paul Jones, Tudor Investments, was already so successful that he, Jones, and another hedge fund executive were able to create the Robin Hood Foundation, now the largest anti-poverty organization in New York City.

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Matthew Davis finds two out of three support Affordable Care Act's contraception coverage

Friday, May 2, 2014

In an April 28 Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) article, Ford School Professor Matthew Davis and colleagues released the results of a recent survey on public support for the Affordable Care Act's coverage requirements. Davis found that two out of every three surveyed support the act's controversial mandate for health plans to cover birth control.

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Phil Potter quoted by Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Business News on Chinese terror attack

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Philip B.K. Potter, assistant professor at the Ford School, was quoted in a May 1 Wall Street Journal article on the recent deadly bombing by violent separatist groups in the Xinjiang region of China. In "China President Xi Vows to Crush Separatists after Xinjiang Attack," reporters Brian Spegele, Jeremy Page, and James T. Areddi describe the train station attack that left three dead and 79 injured.

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