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Chamberlin comments on Governor Snyder decision to close NERD Fund

Monday, October 21, 2013

On October 20, Governor Rick Snyder announced he will close his nonprofit, the New Energy to Reinvent and Diversify (NERD) Fund, saying that the fund, which has come under fire for not disclosing donors, has become "an unnecessary distraction." In a Detroit Free Press article, John Chamberlin stated that the NERD Fund was a bad idea in the first place and that the announcement is "a major step in the right direction."

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MPPS report: local leaders say unions again made most of the concessions in contract negotiations

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Local government leaders in Michigan report their employees' unions made more concessions in negotiations this year than the jurisdictions did, according to a University of Michigan survey.

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Hyman awarded Spencer Foundation grant to study the effects of targeted information on college enrollment decisions

Friday, October 18, 2013

Education Policy Initiative postdoctoral research fellow Joshua Hyman will use the Spencer Foundation grant to study the effect of information about college financing on students' enrollment decisions. The project, a collaboration with the Michigan Department of Education, is titled "Information and College Enrollment: Evidence from Two Statewide Experiments in Michigan."

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Levy remarks on impact of ACA subsidies and rollout glitches

Friday, October 18, 2013

Nearly one month into the rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Helen Levy responds to criticisms about the potential fallout from ACA subsidies, as well as questions about the program's current technical issues.

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Wolfers comments on 2013 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science winners

Friday, October 18, 2013

On October 14, Eugene F. Fama, Lars Peter Hansen, and Robert J. Shiller were awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science. Fama and Shiller are leading proponents of opposing views about the rationality of financial markets. Justin Wolfers was quoted by both the New York Times and NPR News on how the contradictory views of this year's winners "encapsulates the state of modern economics."

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Ford students testify in Lansing on equity crowdfunding legislation

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Christopher Falcone (MPP '14), Matthew Papadapoluos (MPP/MA '13), Erin Sullivan (MPP '14), and Jessica Teng (MPP '14) appeared in front of the House Commerce Committee to testify on House Bill (HB) 4996 which would allow equity crowdfunding in Michigan. The students have been working on this issue as part of their Applied Policy Seminar, taught by Professor Elisabeth Gerber. Their project has focused on the possibility of using crowdfunding to spur economic development in Michigan.

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New site on the development of human rights standards and advocacy launches

Thursday, October 17, 2013

"Working on this site has been a labor of love," said Susan Waltz, Ford School faculty member and practitioner in the field of human rights policy. The Human Rights Advocacy and the History of Human Rights Standards website provides a valuable resource for students, instructors, researchers, and advocates.

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Gerber updates Ann Arbor City Council on progress of Regional Transit Authority

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

On October 14, Elisabeth Gerber spoke at a city council work session covering regional transportation initiatives. Gerber is one of two Washtenaw County representatives on the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) for southeast Michigan, which also includes Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties.

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Levy explains why ACA unlikely to impact health care coverage provided by employers

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

In a UPI article, Helen Levy addresses concerns about how health care reform will impact coverage provided by employers. Levy argues that the changes stemming from the ACA should not be a major cause for concern for those who rely on employers for coverage and will actually be a competitive advantage for small firms.

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Yellen has most Fed system experience, Whitman explains

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Marina Whitman was quoted by the Yahoo! Finance blog The Daily Ticker about the nomination of Janet Yellen as the next head of the federal reserve bank.

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'Ford School feed'— new faculty and staff members, Alumni Board self-nominations, Ford School centennial button contest winners and more.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

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 School launches alumni-in-residence program

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Graduate Career Services and Alumni Relations have launched an alumni-in-residence program where graduates spend a half-day at the Ford School providing professional development support for students through resume reviews, mock interviews, career conversations, and/or office hours.

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Self-nominations now being accepted for Ford School Alumni Board

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Ford School Alumni Board members Elle Beard (BA '09), Kate Brady-Medley (MPP '01), and Daniela Pineda (PhD '10) issued a call for self-nominations for six open board seats. The Alumni Board supports the activities of the Ford School through alumni networking, career services, student recruitment, and fundraising activities. Self-nomination forms will be accepted for the five graduate program alumni seats and the one undergraduate program alumnus seat through October 23, 2013 at 5 p.m. EST.

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Ford School faculty leading the way on Affordable Care Act discussion

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Two Ford School professors, Helen Levy and Dr. Matthew Davis are using online platforms to provide clarity on the latest reform to the U.S. health care system.

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The power of philanthropy to transform Arkansas communities

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

"I want change now," says Sherece West-Scantlebury (MPP '89). "I want the solutions now to solve old and difficult problems that keep Arkansas in the bottom five on indicators of children and family well-being. I want us to be number one on those indicators today." The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation (WRF) in Little Rock does the kind of philanthropic giving that can help Arkansas' many nonprofit organizations make that goal a reality. West-Scantlebury, WRF's president and CEO, is happy to pilot the ship.

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Dynarski and Hyman receive APPAM's Raymond Vernon Memorial Award for excellence in research

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

"Experimental Evidence on the Effect of Childhood Investments on Postsecondary Degree Attainment and Degree Completion" by Susan Dynarski and postdoctoral fellow Joshua Hyman, as well as Northwestern University associate professor Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, has been selected to receive the Raymond Vernon Memorial Award. The Vernon Award is given to the best research paper published in the current volume of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (JPAM), the Association of Public Policy and Analysis Management's (APPAM) flagship journal.

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Wolfers praises nomination of Janet Yellen as Federal Reserve Chairman

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

President Barack Obama has announced that he plans to nominate Janet Yellen as the next chairman of the Federal Reserve Board. In a Bloomberg View column, Justin Wolfers explains why he is enthusiastic by the historic selection.

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Ciorciari quoted in TIME on free trade negotiations at Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit

Sunday, October 6, 2013

World leaders at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Bali, Indonesia touted the benefits of a new free trade agreement but expressed doubts on the likelihood of the U.S. agreeing to the deal. TIME magazine quoted John Ciorciari, assistant professor of public policy, on why there is hostility toward U.S. policies at the summit and opportunities for reversal.

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CLOSUP poll on Michigan's fiscal health covered by multiple news outlets

Friday, October 4, 2013

A recent survey of local government leaders conducted by the Center for Local, State and Urban Policy on the financial state of local jurisdictions appeared in a wide variety of Michigan news sources.

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Dr. Matthew Davis launches free online course on understanding the Affordable Care Act

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Answering questions raised by the latest reform to the U.S. health care system—the Affordable Care Act—is the goal of a new University of Michigan free online course created by Dr. Matthew Davis, professor of medicine and public policy. Dr. Davis, with backing from the U-M Medical School, launches the course titled "Understanding and Improving the U.S. Healthcare System" on Oct. 7 on Coursera.
Coursera is a massive open online curriculum, or MOOC, that U-M helped launch last year. It provides free courses on a wide variety of subjects for learners from any background.

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