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Joint Michigan Public Policy Survey and MSU survey shows distrust of the federal government grows.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

As the nation prepares to celebrate its independence from British rule, trust in the government formed 237 years ago continues to decline.

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The Ford School welcomes Susan Guindi, the new director of Student and Academic Services

Monday, July 1, 2013

After a nationwide search, the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy welcomes Susan Guindi as the new director of Student and Academic Services. Guindi comes to the Ford School after an 18-year tenure at U-M Law.

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Henry Kissinger characterizes Syrian war as "ethnic and sectarian conflict," discusses other foreign policy issues at Gerald Ford centennial event

Monday, July 1, 2013

"In the American press, [the war in Syria is] described as a conflict between democracy and a dictator, and the dictator is killing his own people and we have to punish him," Henry Kissinger said at the July 19 Ford School Citi Foundation Lecture Series event. "But on the whole it is an ethnic and sectarian conflict. … I have to say, we have misunderstood it from the beginning."

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Kristin Seefeldt on facing and fixing rising child poverty

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

A new national survey released in June shows that child poverty is on the rise, with more than 23 percent of American children living below the poverty line. This comes as the nation's economy slowly recovers, but the survey shows that post-recession effects remain evident. In 2011, 16.4 million children lived in poverty—an increase of 3 million since 2005.

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Who really pays for the cost savings behind workplace wellness programs?

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

In March 2013, Jill R. Horwitz, Brenna D. Kelly, and John E. DiNardo published "Wellness Incentives In The Workplace: Cost Savings Through Cost Shifting To Unhealthy Workers," in which they examine how the Affordable Care Act may be affecting employer wellness plans and vice versa. The Affordable Care Act encourages such plans; employers use financial incentives to reward their employees for changing, or trying to change, their health-related behaviors—changes that might translate into lower healthcare spending for employers.

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Craig Ruff joins Snyder administration

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Craig Ruff has joined the administration of Gov. Rick Snyder as a policy adviser in education. Ruff is a senior policy fellow at Public Sector Consultants (PSC), a Lansing, Michigan, firm specializing in health, education, economic, environmental, and technology policy. He lectures in state politics and policies at the Ford School.

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An evening with Henry Kissinger and Paul O'Neill honors President Ford's centennial

Friday, June 21, 2013

It was the latest highpoint in a year filled with them: on Wednesday evening, as part of the Citi Foundation Lecture Series, the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy hosted a lively and insightful conversation between eminent statesmen and Ford administration alumni Dr. Henry Kissinger, 56th Secretary of State, and Paul H. O'Neill, 72nd Secretary of the Treasury.

Held in New York City at the McGraw-Hill Building, the event continued the Ford School's yearlong commemoration of President Ford's centennial and was attended by Ford School alumni, students, committee members, and a number of distinguished guests. The lively and wide-ranging exchange offered insights into the Ford administration, as well as current international and domestic policy issues.

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Winter 2013 has chilled Americans' acceptance of global warming, finds National Surveys on Energy and Environment

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

A complaint-worthy winter has led to a drop in the number of Americans who believe that global warming is real, according to a University of Michigan survey.

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Kay Kelly works in transportation policy. So how did she become an advocate for this important public health program?

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

It was a scene that began like so many others: Kay (Milewski) Kelly (MPA '05) and her husband had just brought home their three-day-old son from the hospital. Waiting to welcome the newest member of the family, along with a homemade birthday cake, was Kay's oldest son and a house full of relatives. But as everyone sat down to dinner and a round of "Happy Birthday," the phone rang. It was the pediatrician: not fully seventy-two hours old and her newborn had tested "off the charts" for what Kay and her family now know is MCADD.

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Recent BA graduate joins a growing cohort of Ford School Presidential Fellows

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Madelynne Wager (BA '13) spent her senior year at the Ford School participating in a program that—of the many thousands of undergraduates in the United States—only 71 other undergrads took part in this year.

She was named a Presidential Fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress (CSPC), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that seeks to create innovative solutions to current policy challenges and promote leadership in American government. Up to 75 students nationwide are invited to take part in the prestigious Presidential Fellows Program, a unique leadership seminar that meets in Washington, DC, for three-day conferences each fall and spring.

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2013 Class Gift Campaign, 100 gifts from 100 Fordies, surpasses its goal

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Congratulations to the Ford School Class of 2013 on a successful Class Gift Campaign. The campaign topped its goal of 100 gifts from 100 Fordies and raised more than $7,000, including partial matching funds from the Ford School.

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'Ford School feed'—Worldwide Ford School Spirit Day, Robert Axelrod and the Johan Skytte Prize, 2014 Bohnett Fellows, and more.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The latest edition of the Ford School feed, an email news source for alumni and friends of the school, arrived in inboxes today.

This late spring edition of feed celebrates the 2012-13 academic year with a recap of commencement and centennial activities, announces Robert Axelrod's Johan Skytte Prize and Betsey Stevenson's appointment to the Council of Economic Advisers, and welcomes the 2014 Bohnett Public Services Fellows. It also reminds alums to RSVP to a July 11 Worldwide Ford School Spirit Day near them, and mark their calendars for the Fall 2013 APPAM reception in Washington, DC and the Ford School's Centennial Reunion Weekend in October 2014.

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Elisabeth Johnston and Bonnie Roberts receive 2013 Staff Recognition Awards

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Congratulations to Elisabeth Johnston, alumni relations manager, and Bonnie Roberts, project coordinator for the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) for receiving Staff Recognition Awards! Now in its seventh year, the Staff Recognition Awards honor two staff members and are a highlight of the Annual Ford School Staff Retreat, held June 4. The two women were recognized for exceptional contributions to the Ford School team.

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2013 Ford School Staff Retreat scavenger hunt inspired by President Ford centennial celebration

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Before Gerald Ford was president, he was an undergraduate at the University of Michigan. This comes as no surprise to the U-M community, certainly not to the staff of his namesake school, the Ford School of Public Policy. But what building formerly housed this economics major's courses? What campus monument most closely recalls his wartime service in the U.S. Navy—although the monument itself is not to President Ford? Where is the original location of his fraternity, Delta Kappa Epsilon (DKE)?

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Daniel Steinborn: After 40 years with the EPA, alum reflects on some of the nation's most wicked water challenges then and now

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

When Daniel Steinborn earned his master's of public policy in the spring of 1971, he returned to Seattle to begin what would prove to be an exceedingly difficult search for work. Boeing had just laid off 60,000 employees in the area, Steinborn explains, and the dramatic rise in unemployment had plunged the entire region into recession. None of the local or state offices were hiring, but a federal employee shared a promising lead: the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had dozens of positions to fill.

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"A Grand Bargain on Fracking? Lessons from Springfield, Illinois," Barry Rabe's latest blog post

Monday, June 10, 2013

Editor's Note: A new Illinois statewide policy on shale development and the possible use of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) procedures was just passed with overwhelming majorities in both legislative chambers. Barry Rabe explains the significance of this legislation and how this aspect of the Illinois experience is worthy of national attention.

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Betsey Stevenson appointed to President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers

Monday, June 10, 2013

Today, the White House announced President Obama's appointment of Ford School economist Betsey Stevenson as a member of the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA).

Stevenson is an associate professor at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. She is also a Research Associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Fellow of the Ifo Institute for Economic Research in Munich, and serves on the Board of Directors of the American Law and Economics Association.

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U-M leaders congratulate Congressman John Dingell on his historic tenure

Friday, June 7, 2013

Dean Collins and other University leaders congratulate Congressman John Dingell on becoming the longest-serving member of Congress in American history.

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Gene patents limit availability of information, says Parthasarathy in New York Times op-ed

Thursday, June 6, 2013

In the article, "Ownership of Genes Stops Research," at the New York Times, Shobita Parthasarathy, associate professor of public policy, responds to the question of whether companies should be allowed to patent genes.

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