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Matching and mobilizing private investments in conservation

Monday, December 16, 2013

Jason Weller (MPP '99) was just out of college, with a still-crisp undergraduate degree, when the native northern-Californian took an unlikely summer job on a family ranching operation in Big Timber, Montana. He was expecting a "Brad Pitt, Legends of the Fall experience," he recalls with self-deprecating humor; instead, he wound up working harder than he'd ever worked in his life. He fixed the fences, shoveled the manure, stacked the hay, and dodged the bulls and rattlesnakes; but his most important responsibility was irrigation.

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Not your typical physician - Dr. Matt Davis uses policy to tackle health disparities

Monday, December 16, 2013

Dr. Matthew Davis is not your typical physician. Sure, he attended medical school and completed a residency, just like his peers. But while continuing his studies as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of Chicago, Davis also earned a master's degree in public policy. Davis still sees and serves primary care patients through his practice with the University of Michigan Health System, but his public policy training, and what he's done with it over the years, is allowing him to serve the health needs of much larger communities, in much broader ways. These days, he's doing that as chief medical executive for the state of Michigan—a role he took on in March of this year.

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From dreaming to doing - tuition equality now

Monday, December 16, 2013

On April 17, 2013, at approximately 6:00 p.m., 50-60 people gathered outside the Michigan Union, at the intersection of State Street and South University. U-M student activists and Ann Arbor community members had come to protest the University's in-state tuition policy, which at that time excluded undocumented Michigan high school graduates. By 7:00 p.m., the protesters had blocked the intersection. "What do we want?" they chanted, in a classic protest call and response. "Tuition equality! When do we want it? Now!" Eight were arrested, including Ford School alumna Marisol Ramos (MPP/MA '13) who, despite her youth, has been an immigrant rights activist and organizer for nearly a decade.

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Yes, you! - The unlikely and absolutely inspiring career of Eunice Burns

Monday, December 16, 2013

Eunice Burns (MPA '70) holds up a photograph taken at her 90th birthday celebration. It's of her children—Catherine's the oldest; then there's Laurie, Robert, and Tamara. In the picture Burns beams with pride, as she does now. Over the years, Burns' children have organized small tributes on her birthday to honor her lifetime of dedication to the city of Ann Arbor; on a number of occasions she has received proclamations from the mayor.

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The People's House - Gerald Ford's congressional legacy

Monday, December 16, 2013

Before Nixon's fall, before Agnew's fall, Gerald R. Ford spent 25 years in the U.S. House of Representatives. But while everyone remembers his presidency, and the "extraordinary circumstances" under which he assumed the post, too few recall the influential role he played as a moderate Republican in Congress.

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Sausage-making for charity - Student-led auction wins Forever Go Blue award

Monday, December 16, 2013

Want to learn to curse in Bulgarian? Experience mixing, grinding, and stuffing your own sausages before you launch your career in DC? Challenge your school's dean to a game of Whirly Ball? Enjoy a momofuku-style Bo Ssam dinner with six of your closest friends? Just attend the Ford School's annual Charity Auction.

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Ford School 100: centennial stories

Monday, December 16, 2013

The launch of the Institute of Public Administration (IPA) in 1946 was a turning point for the school now known as the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Originally established in 1914 to prepare graduates for careers in municipal government, the IPA was designed to prepare graduates for careers at the state level, and to serve the rising demand for well-trained public administrators—a demand brought on by the close of WWII and the growth of American cities.

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Our next century

Monday, December 16, 2013

As the University launches a major fundraising initiative, "Victors for Michigan," State & Hill speaks with the co-chairs of the Ford School's campaign, Jim Hudak (MPP '71) and Jim Hackett (BGS '77).

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Crowdfunding guides prepared by Ford School students circulated by Crowdfund Insider

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Documents prepared by Christopher Falcone (MPP '14), Matthew Papadapoluos (MPP/MA '13), Erin Sullivan (MPP '14), and Jessica Teng (MPP '14) detailing the basics of equity crowdfunding and a framework for potential investors and businesses to consider circulated after crowdfunding legislation is passed in the Michigan Senate.

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Wolfers and McIntyre featured in roundup of most important economic stories of 2013

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Ford School professor Justin Wolfers and current masters student Adrianna McIntyre (MPP/MPH '15) among 43 economists, journalists, and think-tankers asked by The Atlantic to select charts they think best represent the year in economics.

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Whitman praises "pioneering" selection of Mary Barra as General Motors CEO

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

In an interview with Business Insider, Marina v.N. Whitman explains why choosing Mary Barra as the first female chief executive of a major auto company was a brilliant move by General Motors. Whitman was vice president and group executive of Public Affairs for GM in the 1980s, at that time the highest-ranking female in the traditionally male-dominated industry. She notes that the choice of Barra shows that GM "is pioneering again" and gives women "a goal to strive for."

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Give the people a centrist party, says Whitman

Monday, December 9, 2013

Marina v.N. Whitman, professor at the Ford School and the Ross School of Business, likes to say that she didn't leave the Republican Party, it left her. She and a vast number of her fellow Americans want a more centrist political party. So what about a Moderate Majority party?

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Stevenson quoted in Detroit Free Press article on impact if emergency unemployment benefits are not extended

Thursday, December 5, 2013

An article in the Detroit Free Press outlines the impact for Michigan if federal emergency unemployment benefits are not extended. The program is set to expire on December 28th unless Congress takes action. House and Senate Democrats have proposed a one-year, $25 billion extension. In the article, Betsey Stevenson, a Ford School professor and member of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, notes that the long-time unemployment rate is 2.6 percent, which is more than double "any other time that we have allowed benefits" to end.



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Alyssa Mouton heads to U.N. to learn advocacy skills at Commission on the Status of Women Conference

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Alyssa Mouton (MPP/MPH '14) will gain experience in the art of advocacy at a practicum held March 8 – March 15, 2014 in conjunction with meetings of the United Nation's Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), the principal global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to gender equality and the advancement of women. Mouton is one of 20 women students chosen from across the nation to participate in the practicum, which offers an opportunity to observe how the United Nations works to address issues requiring multilateral engagement and coordinated action.

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Jacob receives Walton Family Foundation grant to study online learning

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Brian Jacob, Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Education Policy and co-director of the Education Policy Initiative, has received a $200,000 grant from the Walton Family Foundation to study the effectiveness of online learning in the K-12 sector.

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Online ordering now available for Ford School apparel

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Like to surf the web? Online ordering for a select number of Ford School Spirit Store items is now available via Michigan-based Underground Printing. Orders can be placed online through December 8 and all items will be shipped in time for the holidays.

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Wolfers hired for New York Times data driven website

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Justin Wolfers will be brought on as a contributing columnist for an upcoming New York Times venture focused on analytical coverage of opinion polls, economic indicators, politics, policy, education, and sports. The new site will be overseen by David Leonhart, who will move from his current position as Washington D.C. bureau chief. In addition to Wolfers, the site has hired Amanda Cox, who will anchor the graphics coverage, Michael Beschloss, a historian who will serve as a contributing columnist, and Nate Cohn, who will join as a correspondent from The New Republic.

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Gerber co-writes op-ed on potential for investment crowdfunding in Michigan

Friday, November 22, 2013

In a Detroit Free Press opinion article, Elisabeth Gerber writes that pending legislation that would allow nonaccredited investors to purchase shares of Michigan companies could provide a great tool to help small businesses raise capital and spur local economic development. The op-ed was co-written with Daniel Gilmartin, executive director and CEO of the Michigan Municipal League, and Chris Miller, downtown development authority and economic development coordinator for the city of Adrian, Michigan.

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Levitsky interviewed on implications of relaxed marijuana restrictions

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

On an episode of Michigan Radio's Stateside program, Melvyn Levitsky discusses the history of relaxed marijuana restrictions, as well as the federal and global implications of this trend. Levitsky, who has served as Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics Matters and on the International Narcotics Control Board, argues that the federal government's failure to challenge changes in marijuana laws at the state level means the United States is ignoring its constitutional and international obligations.

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Whitman speculates about the priorities of a political party appealing to moderates

Thursday, November 14, 2013

In Detroit Free Press op-ed , Marina v. N. Whitman asks "what would a political party that appeals to moderates look like?" Whitman writes that a party representing the moderate majority would stand for fiscal responsibility and social inclusiveness and restore the language and behavior of bipartisanship.

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