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WN 2014 STPP Info Session Coming up!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

735 S. State Street
Room 1230
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-3091

Energy use, fracking, stem cell research, vaccination and prescription drug regulations, intellectual property issues and support for biotech research –these are some of the science related issues that policymakers face.

The Science, ……

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An Interview with James Duderstadt and Chad Holliday: “Bank Chairman: Don’t Turn Schools into Businesses”

Research universities are floundering and while government must do more, academic and business leaders said Friday at TIME’s Education Summit, schools must also look inward to find solutions.

“What is unique about American higher education is a partnership between the university, government, states and business world. But what’s happening right now is ……

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FALL 2013 STPP Newsletter is HERE!

FAll 2013 STPP Newsletter hot off the presses….

In addition to upcoming STPP events, the feature article examines if US nuclear power plants are safer after deregulation; STPP student, Joe Dohohoe, writes about his experience at a policy immersion session in DC this past summer, meet two new science policy professors at the Ford School, and ……

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Dumping trash for cheap in MI – Public policy professor Barry Rabe gives interview

Barry Rabe, Gerald R. Ford School Public Policy Professor, talks about the history, governance and policies that has led to cheap dumping of trash from Canada into Michigan.

NPR’s stateside story: “Dump a ton of trash in Ottawa, pay $100; Dump a ton of trash in Michigan, pay $0.21.”

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Shobita Parthasarathy contributed to New York Times’ Room for Debate 6/6/2013

NY Times: Room for Debate: Can the Human Blueprint Have Owners?

http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2013/06/06/can-the-human-blueprint-have-owners

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Bob Axelrod will receive the Johan Skytte Prize

Congratulations to Bob Axelrod who will the prestigious Johan Skytte Prize to recognize his path setting work in cooperation. The Skytte Prize in political science is an international award bestowed annually by Uppsala University, the oldest university in Sweden, for “the most valuable contribution in political science.”

Johan Skytte, a scholar and diplomat, established an ……

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“Fracktopia” Listen and learn more about fracking

Is fracking a new technology? Why are people concerned that it might harm their drinking water? What are the economic benefits, both locally and globally? What are the impacts of shale/gas development? Learn more about fracking by listening/viewing/reading the documentary “Fracktopia.”

Congratulations to Nicole Casal Moore (STPP student) for her lead on the stories.

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Representative John Dingell discusses science policy at InSPIRE symposium on April 4th

View Press Release here: http://dingell.house.gov/press-release/dingell-discusses-science-and-policy-u-m%E2%80%99s-inspire-symposium

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4/4: Poster session with remarks from Congressman John Dingell, presented by InSPIRE

Thursday, April 4, 1-3pm
Vandenberg Room, Michigan League
911 N. University Ave.

You can RSVP HERE.

Join us for this unique opportunity to present and discuss current issues in science and technology policy with fellow graduate students from a variety of backgrounds, including health, life science, physical science, law, business, engineering and more.

The poster symposium will be followed ……

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Shobita Parthasarathy, associate professor of public policy, told NOVA Next, “There is a growing drumbeat of concern about whether the U.S. patent system serves the public interest.”

NovaNext article

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Katie Dumas appointed advisory member to 2013 Genetics Society of America’s (GSA) Board of Directors

Kathleen Dumas, PhD Candidate in Cellular and Molecular Biology and STPP grad, was selected to serve as an advisory member to the 2013 Genetics Society of America’s (GSA) Board of Directors. Congratulations, Katie!!

GSA Advisory Reps Release-FINAL reads:

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Congratulations to Betsy Palazzola, selected as one of 17 Fellows selected for Inaugural Strong Cities Strong Communities Fellowship

Betsy Palazzola (MPP 2012, STPP Grad) was selected as one of 17 Fellows for the Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) Initiative, a federal interagency pilot initiative that aims to strengthen neighborhoods, cities, and regions by enhancing the capacity of local governments to develop and execute economic visions and strategies.

Congratulations to Betsy!

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Join InSPIRE to see the movie “SWITCH” Thursday, 10/18

InSPIRE would like to welcome you to an exciting event combining energy science and policy.

FIRST: InSPIRE is hosting a discussion of energy policy and science communication with Dr. Scott Tinker – documentary film producer, Director of the Texas Bureau of Economic Geology, and University of Michigan alum. This discussion will be held ……

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Apply for the Dow Sustainability Fellows Program

Visit the Dow Sustainability Fellows Program: http://sustainability.umich.edu/education/dow

Established through a six-year expendable gift from the Dow Chemical Company, the Dow Sustainability Fellows Program at the University of Michigan supports full-time graduate students and postdoctoral scholars at the University of Michigan who are committed to finding interdisciplinary, actionable, and meaningful sustainability solutions on local-to-global scales. The ……

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Newly formed, student-led group InSPIRE holds first meeting: Wed., Oct. 3 at 6:00PM

InSPIRE organizers would like to welcome you to the inaugural meeting of the Interdisciplinary Science and Policy Initiative for Research Engagement. InSPIRE is a new workshop that brings together graduate students and postdoctoral to discuss policy issues, share research, gain interdisciplinary perspectives, and network with experts in a wide range of science and policy ……

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Congratulations to STPP grad Jessica Bell! After her defense in August in Medicinal Chemistry…

Jessica has taken a position as an assistant professor of chemistry at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, MI. She is teaching organic laboratories and introduction to organic and biochemistry for nursing.
She is also pursuing her executive masters in public health at U of M.
Congratulations, Jessica!

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Carl Simon (STPP Director) asked to serve on Board: Mathematical Sciences and Their Applications of the National Academies

Congratulations to STPP Director, Carl Simon has been asked to serve on the Board of Mathematical Sciences and Their Applications of the National Academies.

The Board provides expert advice to federal agencies about the best use of mathematical modeling and analysis, and it also advises agencies that fund research in the mathematical sciences. Some ……

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Chris Avery (STPP Alumus) is seen on Senate floor!

Great job, Chris Avery, for your work with Senator Coons and the Master Limited Partnerships Parity Act. Congratulations!
See YouTube: http://youtu.be/VSWMAVOIHB0 (Delivered on the Senate floor on June 7, 2012).

More on the Master Limited Partnerships Parity, a bill to level the playing field by giving investors in renewable-energy projects access to a decades-old ……

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Read the new Spring edition of the Ford School’s magazine “State & Hill”

“Spring edition of the Ford School’s magazine, State & Hill, explores American electoral politics, tsunami recovery in Japan, Marina Whitman’s forthcoming memoir, and more…

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El Salvador’s first comprehensive pharmaceutical regulation law was passed on April 5

El Salvador’s first comprehensive pharmaceutical regulation law, which Jason Cross helped design and consulted on in the final stages, just became law on April 5. STPP postdoc Jason Cross helped to design the law and provided consulting during its final stages. He says “It will go far in assuring quality access to medicines.”

Important provisions include ……

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“Health Technology Innovation In Japan: Challenges and Opportunities in Turbulent Times” Q&A with Kenichi Matsumoto, Sakura Global Holding Co. Ltd. and Sakura Seiki Co. Ltd.

National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) just released a new Q&A with Kenichi Matsumoto (Sakura Global Holding, Sakura Seiki) that examines the future of innovation related to Japan’s health sector:

“Health Technology Innovation In Japan: Challenges and Opportunities in Turbulent Times”
Q&A with Kenichi Matsumoto, Sakura Global Holding Co. Ltd. and Sakura Seiki Co. Ltd.

SUMMARY

As Japan’s ……

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Congratulations to STPP Director, Carl Simon!

Carl Simon is one of just 5 recipients of Rackham’s 2012 Distinguished Faculty Achievement Awards.

The annual awards “honor senior faculty who have consistently demonstrated outstanding achievements in the areas of scholarly research and/or creative endeavors, teaching and mentoring of students and junior faculty, service, and a variety of other activities which have brought distinction to ……

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Congratulations to Kevin Reed who accepted the AGU (American Geophysical Union) Congressional Science Fellowship for 2012-2013.

Kevin Reed (PhD, Atmospheric Science, 2012) accepted the AGU (American Geophysical Union) Congressional Science Fellowship for 2012-2013.

AGU is one of the the world’s largest Earth science organizations and offers an avenue for navigating science policy that is most relevant to Kevin’s background in meteorology and climate change. Kevin will be working in Washington, ……

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Dow Commits 10 Million Dollars to Post-Doctoral Work on Sustainability

Dow Chemical Co. and the University of Michigan will bring together 300 students from all areas of study to help solve some of the world’s most pressing sustainability challenges in a new and unprecedented fellowship program announced Monday.

President Mary Sue Coleman and Andrew Liveris, chairman and chief executive officer of Dow, announced Dow will provide ……

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NOW accepting applications: Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program

We are pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2012 session of the Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program.

This Graduate Fellowship Program of the National Academies—consisting of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council—is an ……

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FACTS, ARTIFACTS, AND THE POLITICS OF CONSENSUS A Midwest Conference for Science and Technology Studies May 4-5, 2012 at Northwestern University

FACTS, ARTIFACTS, AND THE POLITICS OF CONSENSUS
A Midwest Conference for Science and Technology Studies
May 4-5, 2012 at Northwestern University

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
Registration is free but requested

Northwestern University’s Science in Human Culture Program and the Interdisciplinary Graduate Cluster in Science Studies are pleased to host the first Midwest regional Science and Technology Studies conference, with ……

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Shobita Parthasarathy’s book is now out in paperback

Associate Professor (and former STPP Co-Director) of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Shobita Parthasarathy’s first book, which focuses on the comparative politics of health care, breast cancer technologies, and genetics in medicine, is out in paperback. Dr. Parthasarathy on sabbatical at the American Bar Foundation in Chicago, IL, where she has been ……

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Barry Rabe named next CLOSUP Director

Barry Rabe will become the next director of the Center for State, Local, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP.)

Barry’s term as CLOSUP director will start July 1, 2012. Congratulations Barry!

For more information on CLOSUP, visit: CLOSUP

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Eben Tisdale Public Policy Fellowship: FEBRUARY 15

This fellowship welcomes your interest and participation in our program, which we believe offers outstanding opportunities for students to learn about high tech public policy issues with hands-on experience in Washington, D.C.

The Fellowship has two components: a full-time 8 week public policy internship with a high-tech company, firm or ……

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California Science & Technology & Policy Fellowships, FEBRUARY 29

Offered by the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST), the California Science and Technology Policy Fellowships place professional scientists and engineers in the California State Legislature for one-year appointments. The fellowships are ideal for qualified applicants who are interested in improving the interface between science and legislative decision-making ……

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New Masters of Health Informatics Program Now Taking Applications

The inaugural class of the two-year program begins in fall 2012, and is the first master of health informatics program offered by a public university in Michigan.

The program offers distinctive emphases on leadership and consumer health informatics-a fast-growing field.

Laura Bailey writes: ”Health informatics is a growing field in which information is leveraged and information technologies ……

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Congratulatons to Barry Rabe!

The Regents of the University of Michigan have approved our recommendation to appoint Barry G. Rabe (STPP Steering Committee) as the J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy for a five-year renewable term, effective November 1, 2011 through October 31, 2016.

The Harris Professorship was established by a generous gift from the J. ……

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AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships: Application deadlines approaching!

The online application system opened 1 September 2011 with an application deadline of 5 December 2011.

AAAS offers fellowships in five programmatic areas:

1. Congressional – Spend a year on Capitol Hill helping to research, develop and draft legislation and provide input to policy review and oversight.
2. Diplomacy, Security& Development – Infuse scientific and technical expertise into ……

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STPP Newsletter Fall 2011 copies are in!

Feature Articles on Carl Simon and Irv Salmeen, new STPP Director and Associate Directors.

Also articles on summer internships by Jessie Mannisto and Alex Farivar

Download a PDF file here. FA2011Newsletter_Ver50

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President Coleman Outlines Sustainability Goals

University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman introduced an ambitious new set of sustainability goals that the University will start working toward this year and are projected to be completed by 2025, including changes to the University’s transportation, emissions and academic offerings.

Coleman announced a $14 million investment the University is making for several sustainability projects ……

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Presidential Management Fellowship, Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy, and Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowships: Application deadlines approaching

Presidential Management Fellowship, September 15-25
Flagship leadership development program at the entry level for advanced degree candidates; Two-year appointment will provide a fast-paced opportunity to gain experience and develop your talents. You will be challenged with opportunities to flourish into a problem solver, strategic thinker and future leader. In addition to working at a single Federal ……

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June, 2011, the STPP Program was awarded funding from the Social Sciences Annual Institute, sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Rackham School of Graduate Studies

Carl Simon and Irv Salmeen are already making their impression on STPP. In June, 2011, the STPP Program was awarded funding from the Social Sciences Annual Institute, sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Rackham School of Graduate Studies, is to support innovative new directions in the social sciences. Among ……

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Congratulations to Molly Maguire and her new position as a Government Relations Associate!

Congratulations to Molly Maguire who has accepted a position as a Government Relations Associate at Lewis-Burke Associates LLC in Washington DC. We wish you the best, Molly!

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Shobita Parthasarathy promoted to tenured Associate Professor of Public Policy!

The Ford School is proud to congratulate Shobita Parthasarathy (STPP Co-Director) on her promotion to an Associate Professor of Public Policy with tenure at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, which was approved at University of Michigan Board of Regent’s meeting on May 19.

For more, see the Ford School’s press release.

Congratulations, Shobita!!!

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Congratulations to Chris Avery who has been awarded the AAAS Congressional Fellowship!

Chris Avery (PhD, Chemistry, 2011) was awarded a AAAS Congressional Fellowship through the American Chemical Society, and will serve as a legislative advisor to a yet-to-be-determined member of Congress in the Fall, 2011. Congratulations, Chris!

Chris also has just finished a Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellow at the National Academies. He worked with ……

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Leah Nichols (STPP Postdoc) just accepted AAAS Fellowship….

Congratulations to Leah Nichols, who accepted the offer from the National Science Foundation’s Directorate of Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences. She is very excited about this opportunity and can’t wait to start in the fall. Best Wishes, Leah!

It should be noted that Leah was also offered the Hellman Fellowship at the American Academy of ……

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Congratulations to Erica Lanni who has accepted a position as Scientist in Babycare with Proctor and Gamble in Cincinnati, OH

Congratulations to Erica Lanni (PhD Chemistry) who has accepted a position as Scientist in Babycare with Proctor and Gamble in Cincinnati, Ohio. Best Wishes, Erica!

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Congratulations to Mitaire Ojaruega was offered and just accepted a AAAS Fellowship in Energy, Environment, and Agriculture

Congratulations to Mitaire Ojaruega (PhD Applied Physics 2009 and STPP) was offered and just accepted a AAAS Fellowship in Energy, Environment, and Agriculture. Starting in September, he will be working in the Department of Energy’s Nuclear Energy Office. Best Wishes, Mitaire!

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Congratulations to Ricky Buch who has accepted a position at GE Energy

Ricky, who is completing his Business Administration MBA at the Ross School in addition to his STPP certificate, will be joining GE Energy in their Experienced Commercial Leadership Program. Congratulations, Ricky!

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Congratulations to Alex Farivar, awarded the Tisdale Public Policy Fellowship

Alex Farivar (MPP, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy) was awarded the Eben Tisdale Public Policy Fellowship and will be working for the Government Affairs for Business Software Alliance in Washington DC this summer!

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Shobita Parthasarathy’s opinion piece, “Gene Patents and Democracy,” was posted to Nature.com’s online community for breaking news on science research and policy, “The Great Beyond”.

Nature.com posts Parthasarathy op-ed, “Gene Patents and Democracy”

Shobita Parthasarathy’s opinion piece, “Gene Patents and Democracy,” was posted to Nature.com’s online community for breaking news on science research and policy, “The Great Beyond”.

Parthasarathy penned the piece in advance of the April 4 U.S. Court of Appeals review of a case that challenges the patentability of ……

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Congratulations to Adam Swinburn, who has accepted a position as Health Policy Analyst with Mathematica Policy Research

Adam Swinburn, a Public Policy MPP and STPP student, is delighted to have accepted a position as a Health Policy Analyst with Mathematica Policy Research in Ann Arbor. He’ll be joining friends from the Ford School, including one with whom he shared one of his STPP optional classes, ‘Efforts at Health Care Reform in ……

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Congratulations to Jessie Mannisto who has been accepted into the Google Policy Fellowship Program

Jessie, who will be receiving her Masters from the School of Information, will be working at the American Library Association in DC this summer as part of the Google Policy Fellowship Program. Congratulations, Jessie!

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Barry Rabe named 2011 Arthur F. Thurnau Professor

Congratulations to Barry Rabe (STPP Steering Committee) was named one of six 2011 recipients of the prestigious Arthur F. Thurnau Professorship. The award, confirmed by the University of Michigan Board of Regents yesterday, honors just five or six faculty members each year for “outstanding contributions to undergraduate education.

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STPP Application Deadline: February 15, 2011. See new FAQs for help.

Check out our new FAQs to help answer your questions: http://www.stpp.fordschool.umich.edu/faqs/index.php

How to apply: http://www.stpp.fordschool.umich.edu/graduate-certificate/how-to-apply/index.php

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