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The Ford School welcomes Ambassador Richard Boucher as Winter 2014 Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The Ford School community is delighted to welcome Ambassador Richard Boucher as the Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence during Winter 2014.

The Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence program (T-PMR) was established in 2002 to bring individuals with significant national and/or international policymaking experience to campus to interact with students and faculty. The T-PMR program enhances our curriculum and strengthens our ties to the policy community.

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Ford School's National Poverty Center hosts major event on anniversary of LBJ's 'War on Poverty'

Thursday, January 16, 2014

January 8, 2014 marked the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson's declaration of "unconditional War on Poverty." Yet 15 percent of Americans live in poverty today, and no presidential administration or Congress since the Johnson era has made fighting poverty a top priority.

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Causes, consequences & potential solutions to the problem of educational disparities in the US: Perspectives from psychology, sociology & economics

Thursday, January 16, 2014

This seminar will feature speakers from sociology, psychology and economics giving their perspectives on the causes, consequences and potential solutions to the problem of educational disparities in the United States. Each speaker will discuss their own work as it relates to educational disparities in the United States, also drawing on existing work from the field that has bearing on this topic.

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Master's application deadline extended

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Due to technical difficulties the University of Michigan experienced on January 15, the Ford School is extending the Fall 2014 master's application deadline through Friday, January 17, 2014. The Ford School Admissions Team looks forward to reviewing your application!

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Students tackle Great Lakes policy challenges in Integrated Policy Exercise

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Now in its 14th year, the Integrated Policy Exercise (IPE) has become a signature component of the Ford School master's program. For three days during the first week of January, MPP and MPA students play stakeholders in in a large-scale and continually evolving simulation of a real policy issue. The exercise allows students to experience first-hand the complexity of policymaking, hone analytic and negotiating skills, and interact with policy experts.

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Axelrod and Iliev introduce model to better predict timing of cyber attacks

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Robert Axelrod and postdoctoral research fellow Rumen Iliev have created a mathematical model to better understand internet security risks by analyzing when attackers are most motivated to exploit vulnerabilities in a target computer system. By defining the ideal time for an attack, the model can contribute to security strategy by helping identify high-risk targets that require special protection and inform government decisions on cyber operations.

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Danziger chart highlights underlying relationship between poverty and inequality

Monday, January 13, 2014

A graph by Sheldon Danziger showing that increased inequality is a factor in persistently high poverty rates was featured in the New York Times' Economix blog. The column uses charts to illuminate the relationship between poverty and inequality, which has changed significantly since the mid 1960's.

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Murphy seeks to put a face on new suburban poverty

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

In an article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Alexandra Murphy, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Ford School's National Poverty Center, comments on the invisibility of and unique challenges facing the suburban poor. In 2009, Murphy moved to Penn Hills, a suburb of Pittsburgh, in order to research and put a face on new suburban poverty.

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Whitman quoted in article on gender disparity in college economic departments

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

In a Wall Street Journal article on the persistent gap between men and women at all levels of academic economics, Marina v.N. Whitman commented on the increased competition for tenure and pressure to publish faced by young academics. The article highlights that, while female economists have a rising profile in prestigious positions and institutions, women make up a considerably smaller percentage of economics PhD's, undergraduate majors, and professors. For example, in 2012, women constituted just 11.6% of full tenured professors.

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Davis quoted on health impacts and growing appeal of e-cigarettes

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

In a story for Michigan Radio, Dr. Matthew Davis explains that no studies have been done on the long-term health impacts of e-cigarettes, which are unregulated and increasingly popular with teens.

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The Real Problem with Citizens United: Campaign Finance, Dark Money, and Shadow Parties

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Few cases have generated as much controversy as Citizens United. The story told by reformers and reporters is that Citizens United ushered in a new era of dark money, with wealthy corporations spending wildly, saturating the airwaves, and taking over American politics. Most of that story is wrong, and some of it is nonsense. There is a bigger story about the relationship between Citizens United and American politics; it's just not the one we've been told.

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States and localities need to work together to tap the potential of shale deposits, writes Rabe

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

In a blog post for the Brookings Institution, Barry Rabe and Christopher Borick, a professor of political science at Muhlenberg College, explain how a Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision highlights the state and local governance challenges facing regions with accessible shale deposits. The Court voted to sustain a lower court decision to overturn key provisions in 2012 legislation that put fracking largely under state control. The case was brought by a series of local governments.

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Alumni Board Members Elected to Serve January 1, 2014-December 31, 2016

Friday, December 20, 2013

This past fall, Ford School alumni elected six of their peers to serve on the Alumni Board. Those elected to serve from January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2016 are Peter Fritz (MPP/MBA '10), Keith Fudge (MPP '09), Tres Fuller (BA '10), Catherine Lomax (MPP '01), Jomo Thorne (MPP/MBA '08), and Paul Weech (MPP '81).

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Legacies of the war on poverty, lessons for the future

Friday, December 20, 2013

January 8, 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson's declaration of "unconditional War on Poverty." Yet 15 percent of Americans live in poverty today, and no presidential administration or Congress since the Johnson era has made fighting poverty a top priority.

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Collins says Carmen Iezzi Mezzera will be a "strong advocate for international affairs education" as APSIA executive director

Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) announced the appointment of Carmen Iezzi Mezzera as its new executive director after a search led by Dean Susan M. Collins, current APSIA president.

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MPPS Report: One year after right-to-work legislation was enacted, local leaders have mixed views on the law change

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

A new survey conducted by the Center for Local, State and Urban Policy found that many local government leaders do not see right-to-work as a game-changer for their jurisdictions.

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Catalysts for change-themed Fall edition of State & Hill published

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

On critically important policy issues, members of the Ford School community have catalyzed real and lasting change—enriching understanding, building consensus, and mobilizing action. This edition of State & Hill features stories about the extended reach and impact of faculty, alumni and friends of the Ford School.

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A powerful public service

Monday, December 16, 2013

Scholarly CVs are long, there's no denying it, so it's not surprising that Paul N. Courant's CV stretches a good twelve feet from end to end. What is surprising is that what is likely to be Courant's single greatest contribution to scholarship isn't mentioned in his CV at all: development of the largest digital library in the world, the HathiTrust.

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BA alum among 'Top 35 under 35' foreigners making an impact in Africa

Monday, December 16, 2013

Madelynne Wager (BA '13), a first generation college student from the small town of Greenville, Mich., knew she wanted to make an impact. When she started her studies at the University of Michigan, she thought she could do that best by becoming a doctor. But during a summer medical internship in Venezuela, Wager became deeply troubled by the health disparities she witnessed between the wealthy patients at the region's spotless, upscale hospital, and what the poor confronted at the area's crowded, unkempt clinic. Why are poor people getting so much sicker in the first place, she wondered, and if poverty makes you vulnerable, can a living wage improve your health?

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Rare and powerful analysis

Monday, December 16, 2013

Latesha Love (MPP '02) was two weeks into her second year of graduate school in Ann Arbor, getting dressed for class and watching the news with an absent-minded interest, when she realized that "something was really, really, really wrong." It was the morning of September 11, and Love, like everyone else in America, quickly became riveted by the events unfolding on her television.

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