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The Trehan Family Ford School Fund

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Trehans came to the University of Michigan from India in 1964 with about $1,000. Mrs. Adarsh Trehan, now a Ford School Committee member, received a master's degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan. Ranvir Trehan, who studied operations engineering, went on to start SETA Corp. as a one-man information technology solutions provider in 1987. By 2004, when it merged with Apptis Inc., SETA had more than 600 employees and annual sales of about $86 million.

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Worldwide Spirit Day marks Ford School centennial

Monday, July 21, 2014

Ford School students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends around the world celebrated the hundredth anniversary of the school's founding on July 10, 2014. Major celebrations took place in Ann Arbor, Washington D.C. and Chicago, and smaller Spirit Days went on in places as diverse as Tokyo and Malawi. Ford School professor John Chamberlin held a single-person Spirit Day in London.

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The Centennial Reunion

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A major celebration of the Ford School's centennial held during University of Michigan Homecoming Weekend. Activities include featured panels, keynote speaker, reception, tailgate, football game and opportunities to network with alumni, faculty, staff, students, and guests.

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Meet our 2015 David Bohnett Foundation Leadership and Public Service Fellows, Detroit

Monday, June 30, 2014

Incoming master's of public policy candidates Megan Foster, Brittney Foxhall, and Zach Ormsby have been named recipients of the 2015 David Bohnett Foundation Leadership and Public Service Fellowship.

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Lindsay Price and Tom Cook receive 2014 Staff Recognition Awards

Monday, June 23, 2014

Congratulations to Lindsay Price, academic advisor, and Tom Cook, instructional services/computing technician, for receiving Staff Recognition Awards! Now in its eight year, the Staff Recognition Awards are a highlight of the Annual Ford School Staff Retreat, which was held this year on June 19. Both staff members were recognized for exceptional contributions to the Ford School team.

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Read 'the Ford School feed'

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The latest edition of the Ford School feed, an email news source for alumni and friends of the school, is now available.

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Major league fun for Ford School alums, students

Monday, June 2, 2014

Founding Ford School Dean Ned Gramlich was an avid baseball fan, and directed Major League Baseball's economic study commission in 1992, so we could think of no better way to cap our May 30 conference, "Honoring Ned Gramlich and the Importance of Policy Research," than to host a reception for DC-area alumni and students at Nationals Park.

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Introducing…the 2014 undergraduate student yearbook

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

To our knowledge, the Ford School has never prepared a yearbook for students and new graduates, but we decided this was a tradition worth breaking. Undergraduate students from the classes of 2014 and 2015 shared their photos and memories with us this spring, and we compiled them in an electronic yearbook that celebrates the energy and engagement of the Ford School's BA students and alumni.

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Barr argues for regulation of systemically important firms

Friday, May 23, 2014

Professor Michael S. Barr makes an appearance in "Financial Crisis, Over and Already Forgotten," a May 22 New York Times article by Floyd Norris. Norris writes that Barr is "working on a book titled, "Five Ways the Financial System Will Fail Next Time." The first way, Norris says of Barr's list, "'Amnesia, willful and otherwise,' regarding the causes and consequences of the crisis."

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Honoring Ned Gramlich and the Importance of Policy Research

Friday, May 23, 2014

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Ford School (which of course had a different name 100 years ago), the Ford School and Federal Reserve Bank host "Honoring Ned Gramlich and the Importance of Policy Research," a conference that brings together leading practitioners of public policy analysis to illuminate current issues in the spirit of Ned's guiding principle: that good analysis is essential to making and implementing good policy.

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Soundbites

Friday, May 9, 2014

Overheard this semester: Policy Talks @ the Ford School

"It seems to me that our efforts to narrow racial differences in schooling and other things, if applied too late, are almost doomed to fail."

Kerwin Charles, deputy dean and Edwin and Betty L. Bergman Distinguished Service Professor, Harris School of Public Policy Studies. January 20, 2014.

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U-M ranks eighth in nation for Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Joy Rohde

The University of Michigan ranks eighth in the nation as a Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows destination in 2014. Some 25 returned Peace Corps volunteers are currently pursuing graduate degrees in public policy or natural resources at the University of Michigan through the Coverdell Fellowship program.

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Bon voyage, and best wishes to the graduating class of 2014

Monday, May 5, 2014

"You are not just graduates of a great university," Senator Carl Levin told the Ford School's centennial graduating class. "You are graduates of a school of public policy, which implies that you—your ideas and passions, your hard work and drive and grit—can help shape the policies that government adopts." Senator Levin, who gave the keynote speech at the Ford School's centennial commencement ceremony, spoke about the difficult challenges policymakers face, and the rewarding nature of the work.

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Zachary Petroni, inaugural Raoul Wallenberg Fellowship recipient, discusses the flawed conservation equation for Kenyan forest

Monday, May 5, 2014

By Zach Petroni (BA '13)

Kenya's Arabuko-Sokoke Forest (ASF), the largest remnant of a hardwood forest that once spanned East Africa's coast from Somalia to southern Mozambique, is a refuge for dozens of endemic and endangered flora and fauna—the Sokoke Scops Owl, Amani Sunbird, and Golden-Rumped Elephant Shrew among them.

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Hauling charcoal, studying conservation in Kenya

Monday, May 5, 2014

By William Foreman

Zach Petroni (BA '13) believes that to truly know something, you have to experience it. So that's why he spent some time working as a charcoal hauler in Kenya, loading huge bags of the fuel on a rusty fixed-gear bike and pedaling it 20 miles into town.

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Historical timeline celebrates centennial, more detailed online version in the works

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The spring 2014 edition of State & Hill magazine features a ten-page, photo-rich historical timeline highlighting the history of America's first graduate-level training program in public administration. The Ford School is now preparing a longer, web-based version for launch this fall, and seeks input and suggestions from Ford School students, faculty, alumni, and friends.

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Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy 2014 Commencement

Thursday, April 24, 2014

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. The Charge to the Class will be delivered by U.S. Senator Carl Levin (D-MI).

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Khmer Rouge Trials: Serving to End or Compound Cambodia's Culture of Impunity?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

In a conversation moderated by Susan Waltz, Margo Picken and John Ciorciari will discuss the positive and negative effects of the UN-backed Khmer Rouge trials that began several years ago in "extraordinary chambers" of the courts of Cambodia. Will they bring "closure" to the country's dark past? What impact have they had on the situation of human rights in Cambodia today?

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Ford School celebrates the legacy of Margaret Ann (Ranny) Riecker (HLLD '05)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Margaret Ann (Ranny) Riecker (HLLD '05), who passed away in Midland, Mich., on April 7, was among the Ford School's most generous volunteers and supporters. Her philanthropy through the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation (where she was president), the Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation (where she was chair), and personal giving with her late husband John Riecker (AB '52, JD '54), has been instrumental in the Ford School's advancement over the years.

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Public less supportive of state fossil fuel taxes, says CLOSUP, still strong for renewable electricity

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

CLOSUP's March report from the National Surveys on Energy and the Environment reveals declining support for state fossil fuel taxes levied to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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