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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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Sue Dynarski's research discussed in congressional hearing with Education Secretary Arne Duncan

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Ford School Professor Susan Dynarski's research on student loan default rates was cited by Representative Tom Petri while Secretary Duncan was testifying to the House Education and the Workforce Committee on Department of Education goals for 2014.

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Skin in the game

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Applied Policy Seminar puts students to work for local governments, NGOs

By Jeff Mortimer

When Susan Pollay, executive director of the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority (DDA), wanted to document the economic impact of her organization and others like it around the state of Michigan last fall, she sought help from the Ford School.

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Historical timeline celebrates centennial, more detailed online version in the works

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The spring 2014 edition of State & Hill magazine features a ten-page, photo-rich historical timeline highlighting the history of America's first graduate-level training program in public administration. The Ford School is now preparing a longer, web-based version for launch this fall, and seeks input and suggestions from Ford School students, faculty, alumni, and friends.

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Bloomberg features Yu Xie's research, reporting Chinese income inequality surpasses that of the U.S.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

"The income gap between the rich and poor in China has surpassed that of the U.S. and is among the widest in the world," write Lorraine Woellert and Sharon Chen, reporters for Bloomberg, in the April 29 article, "China's Income Inequality Surpasses U.S., Posing Risk for Xi."

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Bachelor's of public policy student off to serve Google Dubai

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

As Zouheir Al Ghreiwati prepares to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in public policy from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, he pinpoints what drew him to Michigan. There were two things, really: being able to switch majors and the tsunami of team spirit.

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Undergraduate class uses $55,000 grant to study the art and impact of philanthropy

Monday, April 28, 2014

Students in Public Policy 475: "Philanthropic Foundations in the Public Arena" spent the semester getting a taste of what it means to be a philanthropist in a nonprofit organization. Taught by Lecturer Megan Tompkins-Stange, the class used a $55,000 grant from the Once Upon a Time Foundation to support a semester-long project, in which students collaborated to determine which nonprofit organizations to support, how to allocate and award the funding, and how to evaluate the impact of the gifts.

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Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy 2014 Commencement

Thursday, April 24, 2014

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. The Charge to the Class will be delivered by U.S. Senator Carl Levin (D-MI).

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Matthew Davis discusses short- and long-term benefits of investments in lead abatement

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Ford School Professor Matthew Davis, who serves as chief medical executive for the State of Michigan, joined Michigan Radio on April 23 to discuss the continuing public health threat that lead poising poses to children in Michigan, and especially Detroit, where lead paint remains prevalent. Scientists have shown that lead poising is connected to diminishing intelligence, behavior problems, and even an increase in the likelihood of serving time in prison.

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Isaac McFarlin discusses his research on Texas Top 10 Percent Plan with NPR

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Isaac McFarlin, assistant research scientist at the Ford School, discussed his research on the Texas Top 10 Percent Plan with NPR's Dallas affiliate on April 22. The Texas plan is simple: if you graduate in the top 10 percent of your high school class in Texas, you're guaranteed a spot in one of the state's flagship universities—the University of Texas or Texas A&M. McFarlin's research, however, demonstrates that the plan impacts students differently, based on their high school.

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Collins Vereen family kick-starts new funds with $25,000 gift

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

New endowed funds for student support

The Ford School has created two new permanent endowment funds to help commemorate the Ford School's Centennial; 100 years of public policy at UM. These funds give alumni and friends the chance to contribute endowed student financial aid and shape the next century of the school.

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Wolfers to contribute to New York Times politics and policy website The Upshot

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Professor of Public Policy Justin Wolfers will be a regular contributor to the New York Times venture The Upshot, which launched on April 22. Per the New York Times release, "the goal of [The Upshot] is to help readers better navigate the news using data, graphics and technology."

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Collaborative research effort shows pollution top concern for citizens around Great Lakes

Monday, April 21, 2014

The Ford School joined a research team including faculty and graduate students from Ryerson University in Toronto and Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania to survey public opinion on issues related to the Great Lakes basin.

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Ford School's Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy hosts Ann Arbor mayoral candidates

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) hosted the four declared candidates in Ann Arbor's mayoral race on Wednesday, April 16. The forum focused on the future of public transportation and prospects for economic development of Ann Arbor's downtown. Mayor John Hieftje, who is stepping down after 14 years in office and is a longtime lecturer at the Ford School, moderated the event.

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Inaugural Dow Sustainability Fellow Cassie Brown helps city establish revolving loan fund for A2 energy efficiency upgrades

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The first cohort of Dow Sustainability Fellows has recently partnered with the City of Ann Arbor on a pilot project establishing a new, low-interest revolving loan fund for landlords and renters seeking to improve the energy efficiency of rental properties. Cassie Brown, who is seeking a dual degree in engineering and public policy and a Science, Technology, and Public Policy certificate, is among the Dow Sustainability Fellows engaged in the project. Others include Alicia Chin and Amy Eischen from the Ross School of Business, Efrie Friedlander from the Taubman College of Art and Architecture, and Emily Taylor, who is affiliated with the Erb Institute, the School of Natural Resources, and the Ross School of Business.

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CLOSUP illuminates local leaders' perceptions of tax-exempt properties

Thursday, April 10, 2014

"It's no overstatement to say that property tax revenues are really the lifeblood of local government. So what do local leaders think about the tax-exempt properties within their borders—the ones that take up municipal services, but are exempt from paying taxes?" asks Cynthia Canty of "Stateside," the Michigan Radio program, during a recent interview with Tom Ivacko (MPA '93), administrator and program manager of CLOSUP.

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