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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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