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GM penny-wise and pound-foolish says Marina v.N. Whitman

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

In an interview with reporters, Marina v.N. Whitman, once the highest ranking female executive in the auto industry and a former vice president and group executive at General Motors, discusses the company's lengthy delay in recalling cars with faulty ignition switches that have been blamed for at least 13 deaths.

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Armed with Expertise: The Militarization of American Social Research during the Cold War

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Joy Rohde will remark on major points of her book Armed with Expertise and answer questions from the audience. The event includes remarks from Alan Deardorff and Gabrielle Hecht.

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Public policy students respond to Kevyn Orr's Ford School lecture

Friday, March 28, 2014

On March 26, 2014, Detroit's Emergency Manager, Kevyn Orr, spoke at the University of Michigan as part of an event put on by the Center for Local, State and Urban Policy and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Public policy student Harsha Nahata was quoted in Rochelle Riley's Detroit Free Press column on her thoughts about Orr's speech and about the future of the city of Detroit.

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Ford School survey informs leaders on fiscal health and economic development

Friday, March 28, 2014

Five years ago, the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy launched an ongoing survey of the chief elected and appointed officials in every one of Michigan's 1,856 counties, cities, townships and villages, large and small. Among the survey's goals? Identifying their most pressing governance problems, including the impact of cuts in state revenue-sharing, tax-revenue losses, and troublesome barriers to economic development, as well as the innovative steps local leaders are taking to effectively overcome them.

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20 years after the Rwandan Genocide - with Paul Rusesabagina

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

This Keynote lecture is part of the IPC commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide. Rwandan Event Registration.

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Kevyn Orr speaks at the Ford School

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Over 400 people turned out on March 25th to hear Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr deliver a lecture as part of the Policy Talks @ the Ford School series.

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Peace Corps in the 21st Century

Friday, March 21, 2014

Carrie Hessler-Radelet is acting Director of the Peace Corps as of July 2013. She was initially appointed deputy director of the Peace Corps on June 23, 2010. She is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Western Samoa, 1981–83) with more than two decades of experience in public health focused on HIV/AIDS and maternal and child health.

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Hausman's Brookings Institution paper analyzes Japan's new economic policy – "Abenomics"

Thursday, March 20, 2014

A recent Brookings paper published by the Ford School's Joshua K. Hausman and University of California, San Diego's Johannes Wieland analyzes Japan's new economic policy experiment – "Abenomics." Hausman and Wieland claim that if Japanese policymakers are able to convince the public, the policy has the potential to boost the economy.

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The Center for Public Policy in Diverse Societies hosts calls for proposals

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Center for Public Policy in Diverse Societies will give out funding for up to five project proposals. The Center is seeking proposals that "contribute to interdisciplinary and collaborative research on issues related to diversity in public policy or enrich the broader community's engagement with issues of diversity." The Center's vision aims "to create an intellectual environment that will foster dialogue and debate and lead to concrete policy solutions which address the opportunities and challenges of diversity."

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Five Ford School faculty were nominated by students for this year's Golden Apple Award

Friday, March 14, 2014

The Golden Apple Award, recognizes outstanding university teaching, and is the only award where nominees are chosen by students. This year, about 300 faculty in total were chosen, and out of this five were from the Ford School. This year's winner for the Golden Apple Award is Victor Lieberman, a Raoul Wallenberg Distinguished Professor of History and Asian and Comparative History. The award ceremony will take place on April 2, 2014 in Rackham Auditorium.

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Obamacare and Beyond: How To Reform the U.S. Health System

Friday, March 14, 2014

Avik Roy, opinion editor at Forbes, Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, and former health policy adviser to then presidential candidate Mitt Romney, will debate senior editor at the New Republic and author of Sick, Jonathan Cohn over the viability of the Affordable Care Act.

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Levitsky shares his view on Russia-Ukraine with U.S. News and World Report

Friday, March 7, 2014

On March 7, Ambassador Melvyn Levitsky was quoted in a U.S. News and World Report article on the emerging crisis between Russia, Ukraine, and the West. During his tenure as ambassador, Levitsky held posts as officer-in-charge of U.S.-Soviet relations and political officer at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.

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Times of India reports on Dean Yang's new study: short financial literacy seminar improves migrant saving decisions

Friday, March 7, 2014

"More than 200 million workers travel abroad to work as maids, construction labourers and at other low-wage jobs," writes Hemali Chhapia for the Times of India. "The money they send back home is often essential to their families' survival and homeland's economy."

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Electronic cigarette liquid is extracted from tobacco; let's regulate them as we'd regulate other tobacco products says Michigan's chief medical executive

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Dr. Matthew Davis, a Ford School faculty member and chief medical executive for the state of Michigan, calls on legislators to regulate e-cigarettes just as they regulate tobacco products.

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Curtiss Lusher wins Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Ben Curtiss Lusher, a dual-master's candidate in business administration and public policy, has been recognized by the Rackham Graduate School with the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) Award.

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Short seminar on financial decision-making yields impressive results for migrants who don't save

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Dean Yang, speaking in a Ford School Policy Points video, shares results from a recent microfinance study of the impact of modest financial literacy training on migrants' decisions to save. Yang and colleagues conducted a microsavings study of Indian migrants in the Arab Emirate of Qatar to find out how they made spending and saving decisions before the start of the study, and how their behavior changes in response to a three-hour motivational seminar on financial decision-making.

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7th Annual Gramlich Showcase of Student Work

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

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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Potter comments on the large-scale knife attack at a train station in Southern China

Saturday, March 1, 2014

In a LA Times article on the March 1 attack, Philip Potter states that, although knives are low-tech, the attack showed sophistication because of the significant coordination and power projection. The attack occurred in Kumming, the capital of Yunnan province, when a group of assailants wielding large knives stormed into a railway station and attacked people at random.

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Ford School MPP student among winners of 2014 Social Impact Challenge

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Noelle Polaski (MPP, MA '16) is among four U-M graduate students whose team, Le Rouge, won the 2014 Social Impact Challenge based on their recommendations for Detroit Future City. The Social Impact Challenge asks multidisciplinary teams of graduate students to collaborate on addressing real issues for an organization that delivers social impact. Teams receive a Challenge statement, investigate the context and social issues, and develop strategic recommendations for action.

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Paul Krugman and Ben Bernanke to sit on panel for Hausman paper

Monday, February 24, 2014

At Brooking Institution's spring conference next month, Joshua Hausman and Johannes Wieland will have their paper on Japan's attempts to break free from deflation and slow growth critiqued by Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman and former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. Hausman and Wieland were classmates at the University of California, Berkley and both earned their doctorates this year.

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