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Cast your vote for the 2013 Ford School Alumni Board

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Voting for the six open seats on the Ford School Alumni Board open through November 19, 2013.

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Catfish inspection program could impact ability for U.S. to get trade concessions, says Ciorciari

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

John Ciorciari was quoted in a New York Times article on the potential for a pending catfish inspection program to complicate a major trade agreement between the U.S. and 11 Pacific nations, known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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Davis quoted in New York Times article on effects of warning labels on children's medicines

Monday, November 11, 2013

A new study from researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that reforms made surrounding children's cough and cold medicines, including labels which warning that they should not be given to children younger than 4, have had a strong positive effect. Since 2007 when the labels were enacted, there has been a significant decrease in emergency hospital visits by toddlers and infants with suspected medical problems after using these medicines. In a New York Times article on the labels, Dr. Matthew Davis comments that the curb in misuse of cough and cold medicines for children under 4 is the first part of positive story but that there is more progress to be made.

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Danziger pens Huffington Post op-ed on persistent effects of the Great Recession

Thursday, November 7, 2013

In a Huffington Post opinion article, "Ravages of the Great Recession," Sheldon Danziger writes that Congress's dysfunction, in particular its preoccupation with slashing the federal deficit, is prolonging economic pains. Danziger cites a new study in the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science which finds that, for many Americans, the impact of the recession will last through their working lives and into retirement.

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Danziger comments on what we can learn from change in poverty rate under revised census measure

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Sheldon Danizger quoted in Associated Press and CNN Money articles on the release of the 2012 poverty rate under the supplemental poverty measure, which calculates the number of poor people in America as 3 million higher than the official count.

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Dynarski-Kreisman plan for student loan repayment reform cited in Wall Street Journal

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

A proposal by Sue Dynarski and Education Policy Initiative postdoctoral research fellow Daniel Kreisman for a single loan repayment system was highlighted in the Wall Street Journal article "How to Overhaul the Student-Loan System." Under the Dynarski and Kreisman plan, each borrower's monthly payments would be set as a percentage of income.

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Ford School senior wins seat on Trenton City Council

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Steven Rzeppa (BA '14) hopes to bring a fresh perspective to city government in his hometown of Trenton, MI.

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Potter quoted in The Washington Post on recent Beijing attack

Friday, November 1, 2013

Security officials in China have blamed the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), a little-known militant group, for the October 28th suicide car crash in Tiananmen Square that killed five people. While some groups are questioning the connection, Phil Potter notes that the Pakistan-based ETIM leadership could be gaining in sophistication.

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Where in the world do Ford School grads work?

Friday, November 1, 2013

A Ford School MPP prepares graduates for careers in domestic and international affairs across a wide range of policy areas. Visit our interactive map to read profiles of MPP alums working around the world.

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Potter interviewed in New York Times on growing risk of terrorism in China

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Following the explosion in Tiananmen Square on October 28th, which Beijing police have labeled a terrorist attack, Phil Potter was interviewed by Sinosphere, the China blog of The New York Times, on the history of separatist violence in the region, the divide between the "two Chinas" and the likelihood that further crackdowns would exacerbate resentment.



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Archiving mass atrocities gives victims a chance to uncover the truth

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Egyptian protesters feared security agents were shredding and burning documents of abuses under the Hosni Mubarak regime, so in March 2011 they stormed the former headquarters of the secret police to seize them.

Such documents have immense power to shed light on the workings of deposed regimes and the abuses they perpetrated, said John Ciorciari, assistant professor of public policy and senior legal advisor to the Documentation Center of Cambodia.

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2014 Ford School MPA/MPP resume books now available electronically

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Employers can now request the resumes of Master of Public Policy and Master of Public Administration students to find candidates for 2014 summer internships and full-time job openings. The books include updated resumes from all current Ford School master's students and are indexed by career interest, policy area, and language skills. The books are a valuable resource for identifying candidates who best fit the needs of an organization.

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Rising child poverty long trend in the making, says Danziger

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Sheldon Danziger was quoted in a Fox News article about rising child poverty. The article covers a study by the Southern Education Foundation which found that the majority of public school students in 13 southern and four western states are living at poverty levels, as well as a study by Opportunity Nation which found that one in seven young adults between the ages of 16-24 are neither in school nor working.

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Dynarski presents policy proposal on making borrowing work for today's students

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

On October 21, The Hamilton Project hosted a forum on the evolving role of higher education in American society. At the forum, Susan Dynarski presented a paper titled "Loans for Educational Opportunity: Making Borrowing Work for Today's Students," which served as the focus of a roundtable discussion. The paper was co-authored by Education Policy Initiative postdoctoral research fellow Daniel Kreisman.

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Chamberlin comments on Governor Snyder decision to close NERD Fund

Monday, October 21, 2013

On October 20, Governor Rick Snyder announced he will close his nonprofit, the New Energy to Reinvent and Diversify (NERD) Fund, saying that the fund, which has come under fire for not disclosing donors, has become "an unnecessary distraction." In a Detroit Free Press article, John Chamberlin stated that the NERD Fund was a bad idea in the first place and that the announcement is "a major step in the right direction."

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MPPS report: local leaders say unions again made most of the concessions in contract negotiations

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Local government leaders in Michigan report their employees' unions made more concessions in negotiations this year than the jurisdictions did, according to a University of Michigan survey.

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Hyman awarded Spencer Foundation grant to study the effects of targeted information on college enrollment decisions

Friday, October 18, 2013

Education Policy Initiative postdoctoral research fellow Joshua Hyman will use the Spencer Foundation grant to study the effect of information about college financing on students' enrollment decisions. The project, a collaboration with the Michigan Department of Education, is titled "Information and College Enrollment: Evidence from Two Statewide Experiments in Michigan."

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Levy remarks on impact of ACA subsidies and rollout glitches

Friday, October 18, 2013

Nearly one month into the rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Helen Levy responds to criticisms about the potential fallout from ACA subsidies, as well as questions about the program's current technical issues.

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Wolfers comments on 2013 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science winners

Friday, October 18, 2013

On October 14, Eugene F. Fama, Lars Peter Hansen, and Robert J. Shiller were awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science. Fama and Shiller are leading proponents of opposing views about the rationality of financial markets. Justin Wolfers was quoted by both the New York Times and NPR News on how the contradictory views of this year's winners "encapsulates the state of modern economics."

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Ford students testify in Lansing on equity crowdfunding legislation

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Christopher Falcone (MPP '14), Matthew Papadapoluos (MPP/MA '13), Erin Sullivan (MPP '14), and Jessica Teng (MPP '14) appeared in front of the House Commerce Committee to testify on House Bill (HB) 4996 which would allow equity crowdfunding in Michigan. The students have been working on this issue as part of their Applied Policy Seminar, taught by Professor Elisabeth Gerber. Their project has focused on the possibility of using crowdfunding to spur economic development in Michigan.

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