State & Hill

Spring 2022
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Dear Fordies, IPPSters, and friends,

What a great five years it has been, in so many ways. I’ve loved being your dean. I’ve learned so much from you—our students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends. At the same time, it’s been a hard five years for so many people, for so many reasons. There’s no place, no purpose, no collection of people that I’d rather have been a part of for the last five years.
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A program like no other

Parthasarathy and the Science, Technology, and Public Policy program chart a course for impact
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Science and technology research in brief

Raimi, Rohde, and Hausman are among school’s dynamic STPP core faculty
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Observing climate change policymaking up close in Glasgow

“A lot of the biggest criticism is that it is all rhetoric. But it does provide an opportunity for smaller countries and indigenous people to have a voice.”
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IEDP students get a close-up view of economic development in Puerto Rico

The International Economic Development Program (IEDP) took a COVID-required turn in 2022, exploring the economic, environmental, and cultural circumstances of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory.
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No time to rest on our laurels

Diversity, equity, and inclusion work continues at the Ford School.
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A conversation with Ann Chih Lin

In November 2021, Lin was appointed as director of the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies
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The Last Word

Calvert and Ford School students worked on digital access with Detroit's Parkside community
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“More is more”

Michael S. Barr’s first term as dean
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Hope for the future

Weills’ new gift will fund another three graduate fellowships
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First two Copeland Fellows named

Hông (MPP/MS '24) and Wallick (MPP/MURP '23) share Copeland’s commitment to health equity
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Lantz defends critical race theory

Widely-read Milbank Quarterly op-ed explains CRT’s importance to population health
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Discourse

In the news: Amb. Melvyn Levitsky (ret.), Brian Jacob, Natasha Pilkauskas, Katherine Michelmore, Justin Wolfers, and Barry Rabe
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Soundbites

Overheard at Policy Talks @ the Ford School with Don Graves, Elizabeth Warren, Molly Ball, and Jeb Bush
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Faculty Findings

Yang and Montero on religious festivals; Gerber, Agrawal, and Liu on disaster recovery; and Morenoff, Farley, Neidert, and Cooney on a more accurate census count
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Dean: Michael S. Barr; Associate Dean for Academic Affairs: Celeste Watkins-Hayes; Associate Dean for Research and Policy Engagement: Luke Shaefer; Director of Communications/Executive Editor: Laura K. Lee (MPP ’96); Art lead: Nicholas Pfost (MPP ’15); Content strategist: Rebecca Cohen (MPP ’09); Contributors: Olivia Bradish (BA ’23), Jennifer Conlin, Katee Cole, David Pratt, Daniel Rivkin; Class Notes Editor: Elisabeth Johnston; Photographers: Austin Thomason, Peter Smith, Scott Soderberg, Philip Dattilo, Michigan Photography, Isaac Nico (MPA ‘22); Design: Savitski Design; Printer: University Lithoprinters, Inc.

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IEDP students in Puerto Rico’s Bosque La Olimpia rainforest. Photo by Isaac Nico (MPA ‘22).