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Thursday, March 26, 2009
Sidney Brown, an Environmental Justice dual degree student, and seven School of Natural Resources peers were named 2008-2010 fellows because they show outstanding promise as future leaders in nonprofit or governmental conservation.
Established in 1997, the Doris Duke Conservation Fellowship Program supports graduate students enrolled in master's programs at eight leading U.S. environmental schools. The fellowships provide tuition assistance and cultivate leadership skills through internships, professional and career development programs, and ongoing alumni networking activities.
[Read full press release]
Ford School student Kathleen Ludewig and her U-M Health Office of Enabling Technologies teammates were selected to participate in the Clinton Global Initiative University
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Nejay Ananaba, School of Dentistry; Stephanie Munz, School of Dentistry; Matt Simpson, Medical School; and Kathleen Ludewig, School of Information and Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy were among eleven U-M students selected to participate in the Clinton Global Initiative University, which was held at The University of Texas at Austin from February 13–15, 2009.
Building on the successful model of the Clinton Global Initiative, which brings together world leaders to take action on global challenges, the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) hosts a meeting for students, national youth organizations, and university officials to discuss solutions to pressing global issues. Out of 3,500 applications, nearly 1,000 students were invited to implement their proposed "Commitments to Action" in five focus areas: education, energy & climate change, global health, peace & human rights, and poverty alleviation.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Gary Graca, Nate Sandals and Ben Simon discovered a comforting community when they joined the staff at The Michigan Daily. Common interests and a dedication to informing the University of Michigan campus quickly came to characterize The Daily's community for Graca, Sandals and Simon. Three years later, each of the men became a part of another campus community when he was welcomed into the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy's first class of undergraduates—this time finding a community defined by academic excellence and intellectual curiosity. Leaders at The Daily and leaders at the Ford School, Graca, Sandals and Simon are now helping to connect the Ford School with The Daily in unprecedented ways.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
As a second-year MPP student at the Ford School, John Schurrer expected to be knee-deep in data when his summer internship with Santa Barbara, California-based nonprofit Direct Relief International (DRI) began in early May. Less than three weeks later, however, John was examining the rubble left by a devastating 8.0-magnitude earthquake in China, searching for ways Direct Relief could aid in a massive humanitarian effort.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Gary Graca, a senior in the undergraduate public policy program, was awarded the 2008-09 Stanford Lipsey Journalism Award for Public Service Reporting. Graca received this award for an article he wrote as the Associate Editorial Page Editor for The Michigan Daily titled "Abandoning the Bully Pulpit." Graca was named the Editor in Chief of beginning in January 2009.
[Read Michigan Daily article]
[Learn about Stanford Lipsey]
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Public policy is often thought of as dynamic field—one in which issues shift and decisions must be instantaneous. Academia, on the other hand, is traditionally viewed as more consistent, reflective, and deliberate. Though it may seem difficult to align these two different arenas, with the creation of practicum courses the Ford School has given students a chance to explore new possibilities. In the 2007-08 academic year, the Ford School offered two practicum classes, each of which encouraged students to put their skills to the test with real-world policy work.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
The MJPA is published each year and serves as a forum for presenting and discussing policy innovations and ideas. Since 2003, graduate students from the Ford School have solicited articles from all over the world. The 2008 edition will touch on such timely topics as emissions control policies and Congressional oversight of the Iraq war.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
"Take full advantage of wind's potential" written by Ford School student Sara Margaret Gilbert addresses the recently passed Michigan energy bill. Gilbert questions the legislature's decision to not include a statewide renewable portfolio standard that could potentially bring new manufacturers to Michigan.
Sunday, September 2, 2007
Once the capital of the industrial world, Detroit has for the past four decades become one of the nation's pre-eminent symbols of urban decline. Globalization, deindustrialization and "white flight" ravaged once-proud neighborhoods and turned much of the city's tax base to rubble. But vital signs of a new post-industrial urban ecology in Detroit are now becoming visible. In neighborhoods where blight, arson and poverty have leveled houses and left vacant lots in their places, vegetable and flower gardens, local commerce and vibrant community cultures are starting to flourish.
Saturday, September 1, 2007
Over the past few centuries a strange and intricate tradition emerged in Europe: building labyrinths out of shrubbery. These "hedge mazes" became potent symbols of aristocratic privilege and idle leisure. In the long years since the implosion of the European aristocracy they became popular curiosities and profitable tourist attractions. Recently, a folksy competitor has sprouted from the rich soils of the Midwestern United States. All along the maize belt from Pennsylvania to Nebraska farmers are carving navigable images into the tall stalks of their green-golden fields of corn.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Ford School student Ben Falik was interviewed by the Detroit Free Press about the service organization he co-founded, Summer in the City, "Energized, Giving Back."
[U-M Affiliates can read the full, archived article through the U-M library system]
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
New Orleans knows about starting over. When the storm surge from Hurricane Katrina breached the city’s levees and floodwalls, at least 1,800 people throughout the Gulf Coast died in the subsequent floods, with more than 1,500 of them in Louisiana. This one-two punch of catastrophe also left more than 100,000 more displaced—many of whom have never returned. As a result, New Orleans is both a very old place and a very new one. Some of its problems, entrenched government bureaucracy among them, predate Katrina but have nevertheless made building post-hurricane momentum difficult.
Friday, April 20, 2007
In the fourth year of the Ford School's class gift program, the Class of 2007 raised over $15,000 and gathered support from 70% of the graduating class. The total raised exceeded the campaign goal, as well as the amounts raised by previous class gifts.
Monday, April 2, 2007
Out of over 200 applicants from the top public policy and international relations programs in the country, two first year Ford School students were selected to spend their summers this year in Washington, DC as recipients of the prestigious Harold W. Rosenthal Fellowship in International Relations. Roland McKay will serve as the Egypt Desk Officer in the State Department's Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs where he will assist with managing the bilateral relationship between the US and Egypt. John Chin will work in the East Asia division of the Treasury Department's Office of International Affairs, focusing on energy and environmental policy reform for the Strategic Economic Dialogue with China.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Normally a place for quiet study, the 3rd floor reading room in Weill Hall was full of activity this past February 13th. Dozens of students packed in among tables laden with Asian foods, mahjong games, and cultural poster displays for two hours to celebrate the first annual Ford School Lunar New Year festival.
Lindsay Benstead, (MPP/PhD, Ford School of Public Policy and Department of Political Science) featured in the Ann Arbor News
Sunday, October 8, 2006
In its Sunday, October 8th issue, the Ann Arbor News featured on article on the Ford School's own Lindsay Benstead. A joint degree PhD student with the Department of Political Science, Lindsey has been hard at work for the past 11 months in Algeria and Morocco testing the progress of democratic institutions in the Islamic world.
Friday, September 1, 2006
Never let it be said that Ford School students shy away from manual labor. This past August about 40 Ford School students packed into a steamy yellow school bus bound for the Burns Park section of the Huron River to aid members of the Huron River Watershed Council. Community Service Day has become an annual bonding ritual at the Ford School—a time to meet and catch up with fellow classmates while doing some good for local public institutions. This year, armed with hacksaws, high-tension clippers, herbicide, gloves and goggles, students threw themselves into a day of dirty and sweaty but fulfilling community service work clearing invasive species from Burns Park.
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