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Barry Rabe quoted in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about role of Public Utility Commission in regulation of shale gas drilling

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Barry Rabe was quoted in a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article about the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission's (PUC) potential new role in the regulation of shale operations. In legislation awaiting the governor's approval, the PUC would be responsible for reviewing local gas extraction ordinances to determine if any community has overstepped their regulatory boundaries.

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The New York Times cites Dynarski study in article on the education gap between rich and poor

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The New York Times referenced a study co-authored by Susan M. Dynarski in an article that discusses the widening achievement gap between students from high- and low-income families.

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MPPS report on Gov. Snyder's Economic Vitality Incentive Program gives insight into what local leaders may expect from his second budget announcement

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Local governments who saw their funding level from the state decrease under Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's Economic Vitality Incentive Program in 2011 sometimes regained portions of that funding by enhancing accountability tools.

The latest Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS), published February 1 by the Center for Local, State and Urban Policy (CLOSUP), suggests many of them would be prepared to do so again as the governor prepares to announce his second budget this week.

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Ford School, STPP student Jasmine Crumsey joins in Climate Science Day on Capitol Hill

Thursday, February 2, 2012

University of Michigan ecology graduate student Jasmine Crumsey joined nearly 30 other scientists from across the country in Washington, DC, this week to brief congressional staff members about climate change research.

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Sheldon Danziger comments on safety net for very poor following Romney's remarks

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Sheldon Danziger, director of the National Poverty Center and professor of public policy, commented on the strength of programs for the very poor following controversial remarks by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

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MPPS report about Economic Vitality Incentive Program appears in Associated Press, more

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The latest Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS), published Wednesday by the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP), was detailed in an Associated Press story that was published in a number of papers, including the Chicago Tribune.

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Barry Rabe's work cited in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article on President Obama's shale gas endorsement.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

President Obama's message in the State of the Union in support of shale gas drilling likely found a receptive audience in parts of Pennsylvania—a state considered essential to his reelection effort in 2012, according to an article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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Michigan Radio interviews Helen Levy about health insurance exchanges

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Helen Levy spoke with Michigan Radio to discuss the health insurance exchanges currently being set up in Michigan under the Affordable Care Act.

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CLOSUP poll: Incentives working, but local officials in Michigan lukewarm about state funding reforms

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Only a small minority of local officials in Michigan believe that major reforms in the way they receive state funding that require adoption of "dashboard" reports will be very effective in improving the overall performance of their governments.

The sweeping policy changes began last year and require local governments that are eligible for funding to create dashboards—scorecards that measure their performance in key areas, such as fiscal stability, public safety and economic strength. State policymakers believe these dashboards will help improve the accountability and transparency of local governments.

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Revamped Applied Policy Seminar launches students into "real world" policy challenges

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

For the Winter 2011 Applied Policy Seminar (APS), Huron Consulting Group tasked Kim Dunham (MPP '11) and her team of MPP students with assessing the firm's ability to extend into a new market. The students were responsible for creating a series of memorandums, developing a final report, and presenting their findings in front of the company's chief executive officer.

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January edition of 'the Ford School feed' - New Alumni Board takes office, new research from NPC's Great Recession study, tales from the Applied Policy Seminar, and more

Monday, January 23, 2012

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

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Ford students "exercise" to open 2012 with policy simulation

Monday, January 23, 2012

The Ford School's MPA and MPP cohorts quickly turned their attention at the start of 2012 from "NYE" to "IPE."

The Integrated Policy Exercise is an intensive, three-day simulation in which students work en masse on a number of policymaking scenarios that are simultaneously evolving.

"You have to come up with solutions at the same time other crises are happening around you," said Professor Ann Lin, who organized the IPE this year. "The IPE really gives students a chance to see what working in a dynamic policy environment looks like."

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Employers: hire a Ford School intern or grad

Monday, January 23, 2012

Is your organization looking to fill a summer internship or full-time position? Then consider a Ford School student or graduate.

Ford School students develop a unique combination of skills relevant to the needs of organizations in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors. Through the MPP program, students are taught theories and problem-solving techniques for a global marketplace, developing expertise in economic and policy analysis, international affairs and diplomacy, program evaluation, public management, and more. BA students earn a social science-based liberal arts degree that gives them substantive knowledge and analytical skills to understand policy problems—and help create solutions.

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Tom Ivacko pens two-part Dome op-ed about declining health of Michigan cities

Monday, January 23, 2012

The Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy's (CLOSUP) Tom Ivacko wrote a two-part column for Dome magazine about the declining health of Michigan cities and what is being done to combat this decline.

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National Poverty Center researchers: perceived job insecurity impacts mental health

Monday, January 23, 2012

Mental health consequences of the Great Recession may extend to workers who perceive job insecurity, even if they have avoided unemployment, according to researchers working with data from the National Poverty Center's Michigan Recession and Recovery Study.

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Tom Ivacko quoted in Bridge Magazine article, "Big Township Bank Accounts Draw Concern, Defense"

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Tom Ivacko, administrator for the Center of Local, State and Urban Policy, was quoted in a Bridge Magazine article that suggests townships are generally in much better shape financially than other local units of government.

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Susan M. Dynarski elected to Policy Council of the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Susan M. Dynarski was one of seven new representatives elected to the Policy Council of the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management. Her term expires in 2015.

An Associate Professor at both the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the School of Education, Dynarski is the third member of the Ford School faculty to join the APPAM Policy Council. Sandra Danziger was elected last year, while Brian A. Jacob's term expires in 2012.

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Doug Brook (MPA '67) honored with Naval Postgraduate School teaching excellence award

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Ford School alumnus Doug Brook (MPA '67) was awarded the prestigious 2011 Naval Postgraduate School's Louis D. Liskin Award for Teaching Excellence.

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