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Alum announces new UN strategy for fuel, energy

Monday, June 30, 2014

On May 13, Steven T. Corliss (MPP/JD '88) formally announced the UN Refugee Agency's Safe Access to Fuel and Energy (SAFE) strategy, a global initiative that will help meet the energy needs of refugees living in camps in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Corliss, who earned his master's of public policy in 1988, is director of the UN Refugee Agency's Division of Programme Support & Management.

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Internship Field Report: Michele Majors @ UNHCR, Geneva

Monday, June 30, 2014

An email interview with Michele Majors, interning with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in Geneva, Switzerland.

Q. What do you love about interning with the United Nations Refugee Agency?

A. The UN Refugee Agency assists some of the world's most vulnerable people. I can't imagine doing something more worthwhile with my summer than working for this organization in any capacity—particularly now when worldwide displacement is at a post-WWII era high.

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Wealth inequality doubles among US households

Friday, June 27, 2014

By Diane Swanbrow

Wealth inequality among U.S. households roughly doubled between 2003 and 2013, according to a new analysis by University of Michigan researchers.

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Internship field report: DuoDuo Zhang @ Washington, DC

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

"Hello. Congressional Management Foundation….How may I help you?" So begins DuoDuo (Doris) Zhang's days as a research assistant at the DC-based Congressional Management Foundation (CMF), which works to enhance interactions between Congressional leaders and constituents. "But don't think answering phone calls is all there is to my internship," says Zhang. "Life in CMF is much more exciting."

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Staebler: call for nominations

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Ford School Alumni Board seeks nominations for the Neil Staebler Distinguished Service Award.

The Staebler Award is a program of the Neil Staebler Fund for Political Education at the Ford School. The Staebler Fund was established in 1987 to honor Neil Staebler (AB '26), one of Michigan's leading political figures. Staebler, who passed away in 2000, devoted his public life to improving democratic government by increasing the participation of citizens in all aspects of public affairs.

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Chamberlin on Michigan's lax charter school laws

Monday, June 23, 2014

"In September 2005, Emma Street Holdings bought property on Sibley road in Huron Township for $375,000. Six days later, Emma Street sold the parcel to Summit Academy North, a charter school, for $425,000." So begins Jennifer Dixon's Detroit Free Press feature, "Weak Michigan charter school laws enable scams, insider dealing."

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Stevenson speaks at White House Summit on Working Families

Monday, June 23, 2014

Betsey Stevenson, a member of President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers, will offer a plenary speech during the June 23 White House Summit on Working Families in Washington, DC. Her topic: A 21st century economy that works for businesses and workers. The summit is expected to receive broad media attention, and early features ran today in The New Republic and Washington Post.

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Lindsay Price and Tom Cook receive 2014 Staff Recognition Awards

Monday, June 23, 2014

Congratulations to Lindsay Price, academic advisor, and Tom Cook, instructional services/computing technician, for receiving Staff Recognition Awards! Now in its eight year, the Staff Recognition Awards are a highlight of the Annual Ford School Staff Retreat, which was held this year on June 19. Both staff members were recognized for exceptional contributions to the Ford School team.

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Ford School mourns the loss of Kenneth Furlough

Friday, June 20, 2014

Kenneth Furlough, who began his MPP studies at the Ford School in the fall of 2013, passed away early last week from hypertensive heart disease. Kenneth was a warm, kind, gregarious person, with a lasting commitment to public policy. The Ford School community is deeply saddened by the news of his death.

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NY Times publishes "answer on a postcard"

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo) have proposed a bipartisan bill to dramatically simplify the college financial aid form. They announced their proposal in the op-ed column, "An Answer on a Postcard," published by The New York Times on June 18, which heavily cites Susan Dynarski's research and policy recommendations. Dynarski first introduced the concept in a policy proposal published in 2007.

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"No legitimate, fact-based reason" to deny gay marriage

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

On June 17, both MLive and the Detroit Free Press reported on amicus briefs filed with the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (covering appeals from Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee) in Michigan's landmark gay marriage case.

Amicus briefs were filed by more than 50 corporations, 16 states, and a group of 25 Republicans. Among the Republicans to stand in favor of gay marriage is Dr. John J.H. (Joe) Schwarz, a long-time lecturer at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

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The Guardian features Courant study: Top U's pay too much

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

"Top universities are paying too much for scores of academic journals provided by major publishing companies," writes Ian Sample, science editor of The Guardian, in the June 16 article, "Universities 'get poor value' from academic journal-publishing firms." Sample is citing the work of Paul Courant and colleagues, "Evaluating big deal journal bundles," published June 16 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Obama EO on student loan relief doesn't go far enough

Monday, June 16, 2014

In her Economic View "Finding Shock Absorbers for Student Debt," published June 15 in the Sunday business section of The New York Times, Susan Dynarski explains why President Obama's recent executive order aimed at easing the debt burden for millions of student loan borrowers doesn't go far enough. Student loan payments should be adjusted automatically, just like Social Security contributions and tax payments, argues Dynarski.

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No job, no welfare, no good

Friday, June 13, 2014

A recent report authored by Kristin Seefeldt and colleagues from The Urban Institute is the subject of Olga Khazan's article for The Atlantic, "What Happens If You Have No Welfare and No Job?"

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Student loan market regulation, the urgency of reform

Friday, June 13, 2014

"Remember the Problems with Mortgage Defaults? They're Coming Back with Student Loans," writes Professor Susan Dynarski in The Upshot, The New York Times' curated blog on politics, policy, and economics. "The parallels with the mortgage crisis are striking," writes Dynarski, who goes on to describe the delays distressed borrowers encounter, and the policies and practices that create and exacerbate them.

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Dr. Schwarz speaks with Stateside on care of veterans

Friday, June 13, 2014

Cynthia Canty of Stateside, a Michigan Radio program, interviewed Dr. John J.H. "Joe" Schwarz, a physician and former Republican Congressman, about the Veterans Affairs Administration audit that flagged three Michigan VA medical care facilities—in Ann Arbor, Lansing, and Muskegon—for a close review of practices.

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The Atlantic cites Jacob's teacher tenure study

Thursday, June 12, 2014

As a California judge rules that the state's teacher tenure system is disproportionately harmful to children from low-income families, Dana Goldstein explores the origins and impacts of the state's teacher tenure system—both positive and negative—in The Atlantic.

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One in three say no solid evidence of global warming

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

By Greta Guest

While a majority of Americans still believe that global warming is occurring, the cold and snowy winter of 2014 created more disbelievers, according to a newly released survey by the National Surveys on Energy and Environment. The survey is a joint effort of the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy 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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Read 'the Ford School feed'

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The latest edition of the Ford School feed, an email news source for alumni and friends of the school, is now available.

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Money magazine interviews Wolfers on money and happiness

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

In the June 9 Money magazine article, "Does Money Buy Happiness," Susie Poppick interviews Justin Wolfers on the research he and Betsey Stevenson have done to illuminate the complex relationship between money and happiness.

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