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Kids and screen time, too much says Davis

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Young children in the U.S. get too much screen time is the chief finding of a new poll directed by Professor Matt Davis. More than one-quarter of parents with young children report that their kids get more than three hours of screen time per day, well above the National Institutes of Health guidelines. More than 10 percent of parents report no limits on screen time.

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CNN interviews Stevenson on Beantown plan to eliminate gender pay gap

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Most people would recognize that it's unfair to pay women less than men for the same level and quality of work. But Boston leaders see something more: pay equity is attractive to women, who make up more than half of the highly educated labor force.

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Former ambassador to Brazil analyzes president's reelection odds

Friday, May 16, 2014

On May 16, Inter-American Dialogue's Latin America Advisor published comments by Melvyn Levitsky, former U.S. Ambassador to Brazil, describing the challenges President Dilma will face in her reelection bid. "Growth is down, inflation and unemployment are up, and corruption in the Workers' Party continues to make headlines," says Levitsky. "It's no wonder that President Dilma's standing has suffered."

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"What's the counterfactual?" asks Sue Dynarski of student loans

Friday, May 16, 2014

In a May 15 Chronicle of Higher Education article, Beckie Supiano explores the tricky question of how student loans affect long-term financial well-being. "Paying off student loans is a fact of life for a growing number of American households," writes Supiano. "So it's important to understand how student debt matters in borrowers' financial lives."

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Wolfers for Upshot: Labor Market Dented, Not Broken

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

In his May 13 Upshot blog post for the New York Times, "Labor Market Seems Dented, Not Broken," Ford School Professor Justin Wolfers argues for a sunnier outlook on labor market prospects.

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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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