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Wednesday, March 07, 2012
10th Annual Depression on College Campuses Conference
12:00 PM -  6:00 PM

Many protective factors can help individuals at risk of depressive illnesses to maintain wellness and prevent relapse, including resilience, social connections, mindfulness, and positive thinking. How can we reframe the campus mental health mission to include prevention of depression through a focus on student strengths?

Join us for the 10th Annual Depression on College Campuses Conference to learn about new research findings and innovative strategies to help college campuses integrate prevention, resilience, and positive mental health into their ongoing efforts for students.

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Value-Added with Multidimensional Teacher Ability
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
Education Policy Initiative Seminar

We examine the theoretical and practical implications of ranking teachers according to a one dimensional value-added metric when teacher effectiveness is multi-dimensional. In particular, we consider the cases in which teachers teach multiple subjects or multiple student types. We outline the assumptions under which a standard value-added estimator correctly ranks teachers according to their social value. We demonstrate that these assumptions fail to hold empirically. This causes value-added based pairwise rankings of teachers to be often misleading, though the consequences of these ranking errors for students is small. We demonstrate that when teachers vary in ability across student types or subjects, student outcomes can be improved by matching teachers to students or subjects according to their comparative advantage. Our calibration suggests that these gains exceed those associated with firing the bottom 10 percent of teachers.

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Thursday, March 08, 2012
10th Annual Depression on College Campuses Conference
8:00 AM -  4:00 PM

Many protective factors can help individuals at risk of depressive illnesses to maintain wellness and prevent relapse, including resilience, social connections, mindfulness, and positive thinking. How can we reframe the campus mental health mission to include prevention of depression through a focus on student strengths?

Join us for the 10th Annual Depression on College Campuses Conference to learn about new research findings and innovative strategies to help college campuses integrate prevention, resilience, and positive mental health into their ongoing efforts for students.

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Friday, March 09, 2012
Making Science Policy Panel Discussion
2:30 PM -  4:30 PM
Making Science Policy

Many of the decisions facing legislators require a level of scientific or technical expertise that very few have. Examples of such decisions in the field of health include: stem cell research, vaccination programs, biotechnology funding, and soil and water contamination.

This workshop will focus on the underlying decision processes that Michigan policy-makers use to protect the public health of Michigan's citizens

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Aligning Teacher Improvement Strategies: A Mixed-Method Study of Teacher Reform in Minnesota
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Presenter: Nathaniel Schwartz, Education

This seminar provides a space for doctoral students and faculty from the School of Education, Ford School of Public Policy, and the Departments of Economics, Sociology, Statistics, and Political Science to discuss current research and receive feedback on works-in-progress. Discourse between these schools and departments will create a more complete community of education scholars, and will provide a networking opportunity for students enrolled in a variety of academic programs who share common research interests.

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Diversity Talks: Federal Border Policy, Migration, and the Desert Landscape
11:30 AM -  1:00 PM
Diversity Talks: A Seminar Series on Policy and Race

Glenn Loury (Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences at Brown University) gave a seminar on his research, titled: "The Simple Economics of Affirmative Action Policies."

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5th Annual Gramlich Showcase of Student Work
4:00 PM -  6:00 PM

An evaluation of the Affordable Care Act and its effects for the poor. An analysis of carbon taxation using the case study of British Columbia. A study of the risks that divorce poses to women's ability to afford health insurance. An analysis of efforts to contain Somali-based pirates. An appraisal of Grenada's waste management systems.

Each spring, Ford School faculty and staff nominate dozens of outstanding student research and service projects for recognition at the Gramlich Showcase of Student Work. Established in 2008 to honor internationally renowned economist and former Ford School dean, Ned Gramlich, this event features exceptional student work on a broad range of local, national, and international policy challenges.

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Thursday, March 15, 2012
SHARP Insights: The impact of journalistic norms on the framing of Title IX and women's sports
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
Lecture by Marie Hardin, Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Curley Center for Sports Journalism

Lecture by Marie Hardin, Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Curley Center for Sports Journalism

Marie Hardin teaches classes that focus on sports and society at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her research concentrates on diversity, ethics and professional practices in mediated sports.

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Monday, March 19, 2012
Michigan's Controversial Emergency Manager Law: A panel discussion on fundamental issues of governance
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
Policy Talks @ the Ford School

Michigan's new "Emergency Manager" law (Public Act 4 of 2011, the Local Government and School District Fiscal Accountability Act) has garnered national attention and ignited debate on fundamental issues of democratic governance. Among the law's most controversial aspects is the transfer of power from local elected officials to unelected Emergency Managers, providing them the ability to make sweeping changes to local government, including the power to terminate collective bargaining agreements. Proponents of the law argue that it encourages local actors to make difficult decisions themselves, negotiating local agreements in order to avoid a state take-over. In cases where that fails, proponents argue that the law provides critical alternatives to municipal bankruptcy. Opponents argue that the law is undemocratic and unconstitutional, and they have launched efforts to overturn the Act.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Teachers vs the Public? Mapping the Fault Lines in the Politics of American Education
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
Education Policy Initiative Seminar

The EdNext-PEPG Survey, conducted annually since 2007, provides unparalleled evidence on the public's understanding of and support for a range of prominent education policy proposals. Americans' evaluations of the nation's public schools are at an all-time low, but they continue to assign high ratings to the schools in their local community. Citizens tend to have more accurate information about school performance than about spending levels, and providing them with accurate information about current spending reduces their support for spending increases. Pluralities of the public support a range of current reform proposals related to teacher tenure and compensation, school choice and test-based accountability, but many of these ideas have less support among public school teachers. The overall cleavage between teachers and nonteachers is larger than that between other relevant subgroups, including members of the Democratic and Republican parties.

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Teachers vs. the Public? Mapping the Fault Lines in the Politics of American Education
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
Presenter: Professor Martin West, Harvard University

This seminar provides a space for doctoral students and faculty from the School of Education, Ford School of Public Policy, and the Departments of Economics, Sociology, Statistics, and Political Science to discuss current research and receive feedback on works-in-progress. Discourse between these schools and departments will create a more complete community of education scholars, and will provide a networking opportunity for students enrolled in a variety of academic programs who share common research interests.

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Thursday, March 22, 2012
The Escape Artists: How Obama's Team Fumbled the Recovery
2:30 PM -  4:00 PM
Public lecture and book signing with author Noam Scheiber
Noam Scheiber

From the publisher: "Facing the worst economy since the 1930s, President Obama hired a crack team of escape artists: financial wizards who had pulled off numerous white-knuckle getaways during the Clinton era and who were ready to do it again. To their credit, they prevented a depression. But, after three years of stagnation and grinding unemployment, it's clear that the escape fell short. This is the inside story of what happened.

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Friday, March 23, 2012
Third Annual United States-Canada Conference 2012
All Day Event
Prosperity and Partnership in the Great Lakes

Twenty Ford School students will participate in the 2012 U.S.-Canada conference, which will consist of a case competition designed to allow student-led teams to apply their analytical capabilities. In efforts to create an environment conducive to the exchange of ideas, teams will be composed of a mix of U.S. and Canadian students.

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Saturday, March 24, 2012
Sustainable Connections and Collaborations for Health & Human Rights
8:30 AM -  6:00 PM
University of Michigan Sujal Parikh Memorial Symposium for Health & Social Justice and the Physicians for Human Rights National Conference

A joint conference of the 2nd annual University of Michigan Sujal Parikh Memorial Symposium for Health & Social Justice and the Physicians for Human Rights National Conference

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Pakistan: A State in Crisis?
11:00 AM -  5:30 PM

The Pakistani Students' Association at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor is hosting a day-long conference on Pakistan with focus on United States-Pakistan relations, countering terror in Pakistan, and domestic political developments.

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Third Annual United States-Canada Conference 2012
All Day Event
Prosperity and Partnership in the Great Lakes

Twenty Ford School students will participate in the 2012 U.S.-Canada conference, which will consist of a case competition designed to allow student-led teams to apply their analytical capabilities. In efforts to create an environment conducive to the exchange of ideas, teams will be composed of a mix of U.S. and Canadian students.

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Sunday, March 25, 2012
Third Annual United States-Canada Conference 2012
All Day Event
Prosperity and Partnership in the Great Lakes

Twenty Ford School students will participate in the 2012 U.S.-Canada conference, which will consist of a case competition designed to allow student-led teams to apply their analytical capabilities. In efforts to create an environment conducive to the exchange of ideas, teams will be composed of a mix of U.S. and Canadian students.

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Monday, March 26, 2012
Kids v. Adults: How Politics and Policy Conspire to Leave Children Behind
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
Policy Talks @ the Ford School
Margaret Spellings

Lecture by the Honorable Margaret Spellings, Former U.S. Secretary of Education (2005-2009)

The seminal education law known as No Child Left Behind put critical pressure on our schools to dramatically improve education in America. Through accountability, testing, and consequences for failure, a more targeted focus on our neediest students has translated into measurable success for them. Since the law's passage ten years ago, we've learned much, including that more progress won't be made until we, as a nation, tackle the toughest issues: the use of people, time and valuable taxpayer dollars in more strategic and effective ways. Therein, lies the rub; will adults—policymakers, educators and parents—put the needs of students before their own? You be the judge as we discuss these urgent policy matters and the political dynamics at play.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012
American Inequality: A University of Michigan conversation on the growing income and education gaps in America
7:00 PM -  8:30 PM

Activism Among Us: The Michigan Tradition of Social Change Lecture Series

Moderator:
Paul N. Courant, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries; Harold T. Shapiro Collegiate Professor of Public Policy; Arthur F. Thurnau Professor; Professor of Economics; and Professor of Information

Panelists:
Sheldon H. Danziger, Henry J. Meyer Distinguished University Professor of Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy; Research Professor, Population Studies Center; Director, National Poverty Center

Susan M. Dynarski, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy; Associate Professor of Education, School of Education

Joel B. Slemrod, Paul W McCracken Professor of Business Economics, Professor of Business Economics & Public Policy, Stephen M Ross School of Business; Professor of Economics and Chair, College of LSA

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012
A Survival Model of Student Loan Defaults
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Presenter: Katharina Ley, Engineering

This seminar provides a space for doctoral students and faculty from the School of Education, Ford School of Public Policy, and the Departments of Economics, Sociology, Statistics, and Political Science to discuss current research and receive feedback on works-in-progress. Discourse between these schools and departments will create a more complete community of education scholars, and will provide a networking opportunity for students enrolled in a variety of academic programs who share common research interests.

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War in Afghanistan: Costs of Failure and Costs of Success
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
Ronald E. Neumann
President of The American Academy of Diplomacy

The war in Afghanistan is entering its eleventh year with the debate over continuing or withdrawing often reduced to little more than bumper sticker phrases. Former US ambassador to Afghanistan Ronald Neumann will discuss what is at stake, what may be possible and the political and strategic costs of both continuation and withdrawal.

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Saturday, March 31, 2012
2012 Ford School Charity Auction
5:30 PM - 11:30 PM

"The Magic of Motown"

Alumni Ticket Prices:

Dinner with open bar: $45

Dinner without open bar $40

The event will include silent and live auctions including items such as a vacation getaway to the Ford Plantation in Georgia, dinner with current Ford School faculty members David Thacher and Mel Levitsky, and much more!

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