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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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Dynarski comments on proposals to offset the high cost of a college education

Monday, February 24, 2014

In an NPR article, Susan Dynarski asked to explain the viability of proposals out of Oregon and Tennessee aimed at alleviating the cost of college. Both states are asking legislators to consider very different strategies for increasing college enrollment by aiding with funding.

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Levitsky shares his views on marijuana legalization with Mainstreet.com

Monday, February 24, 2014

On February 19, Ambassador Melvyn Levitsky was quoted in a Mainstreet.com article on the push for marijuana legalization. Levitsky, a former member on the United Nations International Narcotics Board, voiced his opposition to marijuana legalization.

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Danziger speaks with Al Jazeera America on the U.S. poverty rate

Monday, February 24, 2014

On February 20, Professor Sheldon Danziger was interviewed in an Al Jazeera America article about the relationship between poverty and inequality. Danziger discussed his research on how factors such as the racial composition of the U.S., shifts in family structure, education, growth and inequality have influenced the rate of poverty in the U.S. since 1980.

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Ambassador Richard Boucher and Margo Picken to teach two new public policy courses

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Announcing TWO exciting half-semester public policy courses taught by our Winter 2014 Towsley Foundation Policymakers in Residence, Ambassador Richard Boucher and Margo Picken!

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A conversation on leadership and foreign policy

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The focus of this Ford Policy Union will be on leadership and on specific examples from Ambassador Negroponte's experience. What makes a good leader and how do leaders make decisions? How do leaders handle dissent and divergent views? What lessons have we learned from successes and failures in national security and foreign policy? Has traditional American diplomacy been sidelined because of dominance by our military in post-Cold War conflict and in counter-terrorism since 9/11? The Ford School's Professor of International Policy and Practice, Ambassador (ret) Melvyn Levitsky will conduct the discussion with Ambassador Negroponte and moderate a question and answer session with the audience.

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Quick online survey open for one week: please provide your input

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Ford School of Public Policy has engaged Hile Creative and The Linux Box to undertake a major project that is critical for the school's continued success: a complete redesign of the school's web presence. The school is focused on creating a site with a design and functionality that best meets the needs of all users, from current and prospective students to alumni, faculty, staff, potential employers, policymakers, and more. Your input is critical to this process.

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Let states tailor immigration policies to boost economic growth, says Lin

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

In a new Ford School Policy Points video, Ann Lin analyzes Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's plan to bring 50,000 highly skilled immigrants to the state over five years. She states that Governor Snyder's numbers are likely unrealistic under the current system and that she would rather see him work with fellow governors to promote a plan where states get to set their own priorities and select their own immigrants with approval from the federal government.

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Victors for Michigan: the Ford School launches its next century with a bold vision

Monday, February 10, 2014

On November 7, 2013 the Ford School joined with schools and colleges at the University of Michigan to kick off the Victors for Michigan campaign.

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When it comes to the tax code, it's time to simplify, says Whitman

Saturday, February 8, 2014

In a Detroit Free Press op-ed, Marina v.N. Whitman calls for tax code reform as its current complexity often results in chaos. Whitman notes that tackling the 73,000 pages of the tax code is often insurmountable for individuals or organizations, which leads her to wonder "what would happen if, all the time, talent and money expended in making sure we pay what the law requires, but not one penny more, were put to more productive uses?"

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Dynarski appointed as a Brookings Institution Nonresident Senior Fellow

Thursday, February 6, 2014

In 2014, Susan Dynarski will serve as a nonresident senior fellow in the Brookings Institution's Economic Studies program. The Brookings Economic Studies program analyzes current and emerging economic policy issues facing the United States and aims to increase understanding of how the economy works and what can be done to make it work better. Throughout her appointment, she will be participating in the prestigious research institution's new Economic Studies working paper series.

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Agreement between the U.N. and Cambodia to continue to cooperate on the Khmer Rouge genocide trials positive sign, says Ciorciari

Monday, February 3, 2014

In a Voice of America article, John Ciorciari says the new commitment from the United Nations and Cambodia reinforcing their support of the Khmer Rouge genocide trials should restore confidence from international donors and push the tribunal to move on to new cases. The court has faced financial struggles in recent months as it seeks to conclude its initial trial, as well as criticism of mismanagement, corruption and political interference.

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University of Michigan poll: Detroit bankruptcy was the right decision

Monday, February 3, 2014

Despite concerns about Detroit's bankruptcy, 56 percent of local government officials in Michigan said it was the right thing to do, according to a poll by the University of Michigan's Ford School of Public Policy.

More than half of local leaders said the bankruptcy would hurt the state's reputation, 43 percent expected costs to rise for other local governments 
to borrow money, and 32 percent predicted a negative impact on tourism in the state.

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Strategy to reduce infant mortality rate in Detroit must have strong medical and social component, says Davis

Thursday, January 30, 2014

In a Detroit News article on Detroit's high infant mortality rate, Dr. Matthew Davis discusses the challenges to making progress on infant deaths, as well as the potential impact of expanded insurance coverage for low-income mothers. Detroit's infant mortality rate (which in 2010 was 13.5 for every 1,000 live births) is the worst among U.S. cities and rivals that of some countries in the developing world.

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