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CLOSUP survey: Most local leaders want residents engaged, but see limits

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Most local government leaders in Michigan believe residents should provide input into policymaking, but relatively few think they should be deeply involved, according to a University of Michigan survey.

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Latest issue of MJPA now online

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The spring 2013 issue of the Michigan Journal of Public Affairs (MJPA) is now online. This issue includes articles on using decision science for prison reform; the ethics of harm reduction policy regarding female circumcision; a study on the factors associated with the participation of U.S. cities in the United States Conference of Mayors' Climate Protection Agreement; and much more.

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July 11: Worldwide Ford School Spirit Day

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Join us in a city near you to celebrate your Ford School spirit and President Ford's centennial year! [More]

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"Public Opinion on Fracking: Perspectives from Michigan and Pennsylvania" garners local, regional media attention

Friday, May 24, 2013

The results from a public opinion survey on fracking from the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy and the Muhlenberg Institute of Public Opinion was picked up by a number of local and regional news services.

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Poll finds a dangerous 'mismatch' between actual student stimulant use and parental suspicion of drug abuse

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The National Poll on Children's Health from U-M's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital found that only 1 percent of parents believe their teens use stimulants—ADHD drugs such as Adderall, Ritalin, and Vyvanse—to boost their academic performance, while by the end of high school, 12 percent of students admit to having taken such drugs, but not to treat ADHD.

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John Ciorciari quoted in TIME article about factory conditions in Cambodia, Bangladesh

Monday, May 20, 2013

John Ciorciari was interviewed by TIME in an article—"A Tale of Two Factory Disasters: What Cambodia Can Teach Bangladesh"—comparing factory conditions in Cambodia and Bangladesh.

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Fracking brings economic boost, but risks raise concerns

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Most Michigan and Pennsylvania residents say fracking is good for the economy, but have concerns about chemicals used and other environmental risks, according to a University of Michigan survey.

The results come from the National Surveys on Energy and Environment, a joint effort of the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) at U-M's Ford School of Public Policy and the Muhlenberg Institute of Public Opinion at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa.

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Matthew Davis quoted in Wall Street Journal about children's medicine

Monday, May 13, 2013

Matthew Davis, MD was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article about warnings on the use of cold and cough medicine for children.

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Education Policy Initiative dialogues with community college partners about how their students fare in the labor market

Monday, May 13, 2013

As part of "Educational Pathways and Employment Outcomes of Community College Students," a major research project led by Peter Bahr, Susan M. Dynarski and Brian A. Jacob, the Education Policy Initiative (EPI) held a dialogue on Wednesday, May 7, at the Ford School with administrators, research analysts, and student service professionals from five Michigan community colleges.

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Alum Kristen Schultz (MPP/MBA '13) profiled in Washington Post story about college graduates in DC

Friday, May 10, 2013

Recent Ford School grad Kristen Schultz (MPP/MBA '13) was profiled in a Washington Post story about college graduates and the choice to live in the Washington, DC region.

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Inflation rate hovers at half of target, Wolfers weighs in on Fed's next move

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The current inflation rate is at half of its 2 percent target, Reuters reports, which is a "major test" for the Federal Reserve. The article also reports that the inflation rate is likely to remain short of target for several years.

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Susan Waltz reflects on United Nations General Assembly international Arms Trade Treaty

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

This April, the United Nations General Assembly finalized the text of an international Arms Trade Treaty designed to staunch the flow of weapons to countries where they're likely to fuel human rights abuses. Ford School Professor Susan Waltz, who has been deeply engaged in efforts to develop an Arms Trade Treaty for the past 16 years, reflects on the treaty's origins and what will be required before it's recognized as international law.

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Megan Tompkins-Stange's research on charter school funding cited in Education Week

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

A study by Megan Tompkins-Stange about the influence of grant giving foundations on charter schools was described in an Education Week article, "Ed. Funders Giving More to Same Few, Studies Show."

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U-M ranks seventh for Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

U-M ranks No. 7 in the nation as a Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows university in the 2013 rankings of top Peace Corps Master's International and Coverdell Fellows graduate schools.

U-M has 20 Returned Peace Corps Volunteers currently enrolled in the Coverdell Fellows graduate program.

The Coverdell Fellows Program provides returned volunteers with scholarships, academic credit, and stipends to earn an advanced degree after they complete their Peace Corps service along with professional internships helping underserved American communities. The Peace Corps Master's International program allows students to earn their graduate degree while serving in the Peace Corps. U-M offers both Peace Corps Fellows and Master's International programs.

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Inaugural Wallenberg Fellow to study conservation practice in Kenya

Saturday, May 4, 2013

The first-ever $25,000 Raoul Wallenberg Fellowship will be awarded to Zachary Petroni, a senior graduating from Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, for his plan to study conservation governance in Kenya.

President Mary Sue Coleman announced the award, among the largest for a graduating senior, at 2013 Spring Commencement ceremonies Saturday.

"Because he best exemplifies the commitment to human rights embodied by Raoul Wallenberg, Zach is the inaugural recipient of the University of Michigan's new Wallenberg Fellowship," Coleman said. "He wants to better understand the connections between human rights and environmental conservation, and the university is going to help him with his goals."

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Justin Wolfers in New York Times article examining unemployment rates for college graduates

Friday, May 3, 2013

Justin Wolfers was quoted in a New York Times article, "College Graduates Fare Well in Jobs Market, Even Through Recession," which discusses data from a recent U.S. Department of Labor report.

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Open House photo booth images online

Friday, May 3, 2013

Visit the Ford School's Flickr page to view and download photos from Friday's 2013 Graduation Open House. Directions for downloading will be in the album description field. Enjoy!

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Ford School names incoming MPP/MBA students Brian Garcia and Brian McMillan as 2014 Bohnett Public Service Fellows

Friday, May 3, 2013

Incoming MPP/MBA candidates Brian Garcia and Brian McMillan have been selected to receive the prestigious David Bohnett Foundation Leadership and Public Service Fellowship. The foundation will pay full tuition for two years for both Garcia and McMillan and will provide a $6,000 summer internship stipend. Both Garcia and McMillan commit to completing a ten-week, full-time summer internship with the City of Detroit Mayor's Office.

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Gen. Scowcroft receives Ford Medal for Distinguished Public Service

Thursday, May 2, 2013

"Working for President Ford was a pivotal point in my service to our country," stated Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft (ret. USAF) upon the announcement that he would be honored with the 2013 Gerald R. Ford Medal for Distinguished Public Service. "I watched and learned as he led our country through unprecedented and very difficult times. I carried the lessons I learned while working with President Ford into all I have done."

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Matthew Davis quoted in Ann Arbor Journal about National Voices Project

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Matthew Davis was quoted in an Ann Arbor Journal article about the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's National Voices Project, which he directs. The National Voices Project is a five-year study designed to determine the health care opportunities available to children and teens as measured by the perceptions of adults who work and volunteer with these kids.

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