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Policymakers in residence

A diverse array of policy leaders join our faculty to teach and mentor students through the U.S. State Department Diplomat in Residence, Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence, and Weiser International Policymaker in...
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Announcing winter 2023 Ford School events

Jan 11, 2023
 The Ford School is pleased to announce an exciting lineup for the winter 2023 Policy Talks @ the Ford School series and other special public events hosted with partners from across campus. Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise...
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El-Sayed critiques DeSantis's COVID-19 investigation

Dec 15, 2022 The New Republic
Abdul El-Sayed, The New Republic: "The evidence is clear. Vaccines have saved and continue to save lives. A new study from the Commonwealth Fund and Yale University (one of DeSantis’s two Ivy League alma maters, by the way) showed that two years...
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El-Sayed appointed as Wayne County health director

Dec 5, 2022
Last week, Wayne County tapped Abdul El-Sayed, Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence, to take over as health director in March, and, in the meantime, serve as a project consultant for its Health, Human & Veterans Services Department.  "But...
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El-Sayed shares story of America's first paramedics

Nov 29, 2022 America Dissected
Abdul El-Sayed, America Dissected: "Today’s episode is about exactly that kind of a set of heroes, a group of Black heroes that revolutionized emergency medical services. Everything from modern CPR to the ways ambulances look and operate. They had...
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El-Sayed analyzes results of midterms

Nov 15, 2022 Detroit Metro Times
Abdul El-Sayed, Detroit Metro Times: "Democracy was decidedly on the ballot these midterms. Dozens of election deniers were running for seats involving elections administration. Several won, just not in communities where they can influence important...
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El-Sayed discusses "tripledemic"

Nov 15, 2022 America Dissected
Abdul El-Sayed, America Dissected: "If you talk to any pediatrician, there’s one big thing on their mind, RSV. Short for respiratory syncytial virus, RSV is a common virus that can cause serious illness and even death in young children. And that’s...
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El-Sayed dives into the evolution of misinformation

Nov 1, 2022 America Dissected
Abdul El-Sayed, America Dissected: "Today, millions of Americans have yet to receive a first dose of a safe, effective vaccine that has saved millions of lives, all because they’ve been victims of the virality of information. And that leaves them...
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What the public can teach us about saving democracy - El-Sayed

Oct 30, 2022 Detroit Metro Times
Abdul El-Sayed, Detroit Metro Times: "The frontal assault on our democracy is truly shocking — and it ought to be the most important issue facing our country in these elections. Yet, the systematic starvation and misappropriation of our democracy...
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Meet our new faculty: Judge Laurel Beatty Blunt

Oct 20, 2022
New Ford School Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence Judge Laurel Beatty Blunt is a distinguished litigator, legal expert, and public servant. After serving many years as a litigator and judge, in 2018, Judge Beatty Blunt became the first...
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El-Sayed comments on state of political culture

Oct 12, 2022 Detroit Metro Times
Abdul El-Sayed, Detroit Metro Times: "It all comes back to power. After all, Herschel Walker is instrumental to GOP control of the Senate. And without Senate control, Republicans can’t keep passing policies that they themselves are immune from....
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El-Sayed comments on climate, elections and democracy

Sep 4, 2022
Abdul El-Sayed, Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence, has been sought out by the media to discuss a plethora of issues, from climate policy to the upcoming midterm elections. Additionally, El-Sayed regularly contributes to political discourse...
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Outstanding faculty join the Ford School, fall 2022 updates

Aug 26, 2022
This fall the Ford School welcomes a terrific group of new faculty members and visitors who will strengthen the connections between student education, rigorous academic research, and real-world policy impact. Sam Bagenstos has been appointed the...
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Supreme Court reform is complex but achievable - El-Sayed

Jul 23, 2022 Detroit Metro Times
"The Supreme Court has arrogated itself over the other branches of government — and trampled the rights of Americans. It’s time to fix that," Ford School Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence Abdul El-Sayed writes in Detroit Metro...
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El-Sayed comments on new COVID variants

Jul 18, 2022 What a Day
As cases of COVID continue to increase with the new Omicron sub-variant called BA.5, Ford School Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence Abdul El-Sayed told the "What a Day" podcast that public health officials are worried about a potential...
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El-Sayed: "In 10 days SCOTUS took us back decades"

Jul 12, 2022 Detroit Metro Times
Ford School Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence Abdul El-Sayed opines that the Supreme Court betrayed the public trust in its final rulings released at the end of June -- overturning of Roe v. Wade, limiting gun control measures, and...
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Ford School welcomes 41st class of PPIA fellows

Jun 16, 2022
Weill Hall buzzed with excitement this week as the Ford School kicked off the 41st year of its Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute – a program designed to build diversity in public service. Hailing from coast to...
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El-Sayed testifies to Senate Budget Committee on Medicare for All

May 23, 2022
On May 12, Abdul El-Sayed, the Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence, testified before the U.S. Senate Budget Committee hearing titled “Medicare for All: Protecting Health, Saving Lives, Saving Money.”  El-Sayed was...
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El-Sayed calls for auto and health insurance reform in new op-ed

Feb 25, 2022 Crain's Detroit Business
Abdul El-Sayed, Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence, urges lawmakers to stop making auto insurance double as health insurance in a recent op-ed for Crain's Business Detroit. "As Michiganders know all too well, we pay more for auto...
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El-Sayed hosts Parthasarathy on 'America Dissected'

Jan 12, 2022 America Dissected
How are issues of equity addressed in health care innovation and in particular the patent process? Shobita Parthasarathy, professor of public policy and director of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy program, addressed the question on...
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El-Sayed explains Michigan’s rising COVID-19 numbers

Nov 28, 2021
As Michigan becomes a COVID-19 hotbed, Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence Abdul El-Sayed unpacks what that means knowing what we know in 2021.  El-Sayed appeared on Detroit Today on WDET-FM to unpack what the recent surge in COVID-19...