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Collins suggests investors may see more diverse opinions from Fed presidents

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Susan M. Collins was quoted in a CNNMoney article, "Four downsides of a chattier Fed," explaining why more communication from the Federal Reserve hasn't always added clarity.

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Dean Susan Collins quoted in Reuters on Fed bond-buying policy

Monday, August 26, 2013

Ford School Dean Susan Collins was quoted by Reuters at the 2013 Federal Reserve Jackson Hole Symposium on the central bank's bond-buying policy. With regard to speculation about when a tapering of assets purchases might occur, Collins said, "I think September is too soon. I don't think it's a done deal."

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New Policy Points video features Dean Susan Collins explaining importance of annual Federal Reserve meeting

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Each year, policy leaders, academics, and financial industry experts from around the world gather in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, for the annual Federal Reserve Jackson Hole Symposium hosted by the Kansas City Fed. This year's theme is "Unconventional Monetary Policy in a Global Environment."

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No good reason to link food stamp assistance and drug tests, say Pollack and Danziger

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

In the Washington Post Wonkblog, Harold Pollack and Sheldon Danziger argue that there is no evidence to support a policy requiring that food-stamp recipients be tested for drugs. Nevertheless, House Republicans are proposing just that, as well as $40 billion in cuts to food-stamp assistance over time.

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Obesity still top concern, National Poll on Children's Health shows

Monday, August 19, 2013

Dr. Matt Davis was interviewed on WDIV Detroit, a local NBC affiliate, about the results of a C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health that asked adults to rank the top health concerns for children in 2013. The overall top three concerns for children were childhood obesity, drug abuse, and smoking/tobacco use, but the individual rankings among different races and ethnicities varied.

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Close to the heart

Monday, August 19, 2013

The statistics are sobering: nearly half of every 100 children born in Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state in India, will be underweight; six will die before their first birthday. More than 80 percent of all children report repeated physical abuse; some 44 percent of girls and 56 percent of boys report sexual abuse. Child labor is common and, for girls, so is marrying—and bearing children—while still in adolescence.

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Congratulations to Liam and Mike Householder

Saturday, August 17, 2013

A photo of Senator Debbie Stabenow earns top prize in President Ford button contest. [More]

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September 19: Policy Talks @ the Ford School with Olympia Snowe

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Join us for a Citi Foundation Lecture, "What's gone wrong in Washington, and why it doesn't have to be this way," with Senator Olympia Snowe at 4:00 p.m. [More]

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Want to see an end to sweatshops in Bangladesh? Shoppers will need to get involved says Marina v.N. Whitman

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

In the wake of the tragic factory fire that took the lives of 1,100 textile workers in Bangladesh, Marina v.N. Whitman, professor of business administration and public policy at the Ford School, writes about the steps that have been taken by American corporations and government leaders to improve factory conditions in Bangladesh, and why they're unlikely to work.

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Local leaders split over Gov. Snyder's job performance, state's direction

Monday, August 12, 2013

Just over half, or 51 percent, of Michigan's local government leaders say Republican Gov. Rick Snyder is doing a good or excellent job, while 45 percent say his performance is just fair or poor, according to a University of Michigan survey.

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Welcome to the Ford School!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

The Ford School is pleased to welcome its newest PhD, master's, and BA students.

Welcome Week and Orientation (August 26–August 30) marks the official start of the academic year at the Ford School and gives new PhD, master's, and BA students the opportunity to meet and engage with peers, faculty, and staff, and begin the process of preparing for the academic year.

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Thinking and doing

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Zenia Lewis (MPP '09) is just back from a whirlwind trip to Uganda and Ethiopia, but she doesn't sound the least bit jetlagged. In fact, her manner is lively and engaged—two attributes that must serve her well as a research analyst on the Africa Growth Initiative for Brookings Institution. The job isn't all about conducting research, crunching numbers, and writing reports, although there is a lot of that.

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In the midst of ongoing election disputes, John Ciorciari offers strategic suggestions for Cambodia's rulers, opposition

Friday, August 9, 2013

John Ciorciari, assistant professor of public policy and senior legal advisor to the Documentation Center of Cambodia, is one of a handful of experts tapped to discuss Cambodia's post-election impasse in the Voice of America article, "International Pressure Can Prevent Cambodian Political Stalemate, Analysts Say."

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Wolfers on the unintended consequences of the ongoing sequester

Friday, August 2, 2013

A recent New York Times article, "U.S. Cuts Take Increasing Toll on Job Growth," explores the sequester's dampening effect on the economy through emergency furloughs, hiring freezes, bid delays, contract cancellations, and more.

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Sheldon Danziger quoted on Detroit's skilled worker problem

Friday, August 2, 2013

Even when jobs return to Detroit, the city may lack enough skilled workers to fill available positions.

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Political leaders touched by trauma more willing to resort to violence

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Allan Stam, director of the Ford School's International Policy Center, is the focus of this week's University Record faculty spotlight. The article, "Political science professor breaks barriers as a contrarian," centers on Stam's ability to question, and eventually transcend, conventional wisdom, revealing new insights on critically important issues in political governance.

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Ford School alum wins coveted science teaching fellowship

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Nicole Fernandes (MPP/MS '08), has been awarded a five-year Science Teaching Fellowship by the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation.

Established in 1999 to improve math and science education in the United States, the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation has supported 250 Teaching Fellows over the past ten years, including 35 in 2013. The competitive five-year fellowship is designed to recruit, train, and retain exceptional teacher candidates in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

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Climate change continues to polarize congressional politics, says Barry Rabe

Thursday, August 1, 2013

The United States has experienced a staggering number of weather extremes in recent years—368 national disaster declarations since 2011. And polls indicate that the majority of Americans believe global warming is real. Despite this, Congress remains deeply divided over the issue of climate change.

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Arms Trade Treaty an important milestone, says Susan Waltz

Thursday, August 1, 2013

The Arms Trade Treaty, which would staunch the worldwide flow of military-grade weapons, passed easily at the UN General Assembly in April, by a vote of 154-3 with 23 abstentions. Opened for ratification on June 3, the treaty will go into effect once 50 countries have ratified it.

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No matter what: working for criminal justice reform in New Orleans

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Lelia Gowland (MPP '11) has New Orleans' back. Born and raised in the city, she left her hometown to attend college and always planned to return. Little surprise that she has spent the last few years doing social justice advocacy for youth in the criminal justice system—work that ultimately helps buttress New Orleans' communities.

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