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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?

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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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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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“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.


As Japan’s ……

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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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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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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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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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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’s online community for breaking news on science research and policy, “The Great Beyond”. posts Parthasarathy op-ed, “Gene Patents and Democracy”

Shobita Parthasarathy’s opinion piece, “Gene Patents and Democracy,” was posted to’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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Hot off the press! STPP Newsletters are in the mail

Transferring technology in the public interest and sharing knowledge on a world scale are the themes resonating in our Winter 2011 Newsletter, as well as what’s new in the STPP community.
Hard copies available by request.

Download here

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Jim Duderstadt, New Chair of Policy and Global Affairs Committe, National Academies

Please join in Congratulating Jim Duderstadt who as been ratified as the next Chair of Policy and Global Affairs Committee at the National Academies

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A Vast Machine: was just named as one of the best for 2010 by the Economist!

Please join us in congratulating Paul Edwards (STPP Steering Committee) as his new book, “A Vast Machine: Computer Models, Climate Data, and the Politics of Global Warming,” was just named one of the best for 2010 by the Economist!

“Not enough intelligent, scholarly and critically minded history of contemporary science gets published, ……

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Latest edition of ‘the Ford School feed’: Now accepting self-nominations for the Alumni Board

The latest edition of the Ford School feed, an email news source for alumni and friends of the school, arrived in inboxes today.

Readers will learn about the Ford School Alumni Board’s call for self-nominations, a new Detroit-focused fellowship sponsored by the Bohnett Foundation, the wide variety of Ford School and U-M activities celebrating the 50th ……

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Barry Rabe co-authors NOAA climate report for the U.S. Congress

Barry Rabe

Department of Commerce, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the U.S. Congress. The report,“Building Strong for Tomorrow: NOAA Climate Service,” was written at the formal request of the U.S. Congress to study, analyze, and make organizational recommendations for a Climate Service line within NOAA.

Rabe was inducted as a ……

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Barry Rabe quoted in Grist article, “Michigan governor’s race”

Barry Rabe spoke to Grist in an article about Michigan’s gubernatorial race between Republican Rick Snyder and Democrat Virg Bernero.

In discussing how best to use federal stimulus funds to strengthen Michigan’s economy, Rabe told Grist, “Michigan loves Joe Biden because he’s always showing up with checks, and they’re usually for something related to ……

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2010 edition of student-run Michigan Journal of Public Affairs published

The Michigan Journal of Public Affairs (MJPA) published its 2010 edition featuring articles about: the relationship between institutional capacity and insurgent movements in Pakistan, U.S. dependency on foreign oil, tourism as a strategy for economic growth in developing countries, forest and fire management in U.S. pine forests, and the public policy impacts of ……

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New book by Barry Rabe examines climate change through public policy lens

A new book edited by Barry Rabe, Greenhouse Governance: Addressing Climate Change in America features a number of America’s preeminent public policy scholars examining some aspect of governance and climate change. The book, published by the Brookings Institution Press, explores public opinion, feasibility, and managerial issues around several specific environmental policies, including renewable ……

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Techno-fixes for climate change? Not so fast…

Shobita Parthasarathy

You walk into your office, find it unbearably hot, and jack up the AC. Your office mates may complain when they have to dig out their cardigans in July, but the act itself is easily reversed with the flip of a switch and, at worst, you’ve only annoyed a few people.

Picture, however, ……

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Barry Rabe speaks with the New York Times about impact of elections on climate change policy

The New York Times interviewed Barry Rabe about the dimming prospects in several Midwest states for climate initiatives such as renewable energy programs and emissions regulation.

Governors have significant power to set state energy policy in several Midwest states, notes Rabe. The article, “Will the Midwest Turn Its Back on Addressing Climate Change?” explores ……

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Joy Rohde quoted in Boston Globe article about avatar-based ‘human terrain mapping’

Joy Rohde was quoted in a Boston Globe article about the U.S. military’s use of reality-based computer modeling for intelligence analysis. Also called ‘human terrain mapping,’ this type of research creates models based on the behavior, beliefs, and habits of real people.

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania received $500,000 in federal funding to ……

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Making the Most of Genetic Testing

By Shobita Parthasarathy

The field of genetic testing is at a crossroads. This arena of medicine, which helps us assess an individual’s risk of contracting disease before symptoms are present, has great potential to improve preventive health care. Indeed, with the recent passage of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, meant to protect Americans against discrimination based ……

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Challenging the Military Use of Social Knowledge for Counterinsurgency Policy

By Joy Rohde

In 2007, the first members of the U.S. Army’s Human Terrain System (HTS) arrived in Iraq and Afghanistan. Led by soldiers with experience in special operations, intelligence, and civil affairs, these small teams of five are armed with conventional military weapons. But more importantly, they ……

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Intelligence, Diplomacy, and the Management of Credibility

By Dan Plafcan

In early December, U.S. intelligence about Iran’s nuclear program appeared to have taken a dramatic turn. The U.S. government released an unclassified version of the “Key Judgments” section of a recent National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran’s nuclear program (n. 1). As a part of the previous NIE on Iran in 2005, the ……

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Scientific Uncertainty and Public Policy: Moving on Without the Answers

By Henry Pollack


Science is the foundation of modern society: telecommunications, the Internet, transportation, medicine, public health, agriculture, and much more. As a cornerstone of modern society, scientists are called upon to inform and advise elected and appointed officials who formulate public policy. Recent examples of difficult scientific topics and contentious public debate include embryonic stem-cells, ……

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The Politics of Counting Dead Iraqis

By Paul Erickson

On October 10, 2006, at the height of the American midterm campaign season, the distinguished medical journal Lancet published an article on the internet that suggested a statistical estimate of the number of Iraqis who died as a result of the American invasion of their country in 2003. The estimate – ……

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Analysis of Pluto’s Redefinition

By Monamie Bhadra and Shobita Parthasarathy

On August 24, 2006, after hours of careful and often acrimonious deliberation, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) meeting in Prague redefined the concept of “planet” when Pluto became a dwarf planet because it could not “clear the neighborhood” with its own mass. Pluto became the lightning rod for criticism of ……

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An Inconvenient Truth: Reorienting the Discourse of Global Warming from the Scientific and Technical into the Moral and Political

By Monamie Bhadra

An Inconvenient Truth, directed by Davis Guggenheim, featuring Al Gore and his one-man “traveling global warming show” succeeds in making an emotional, and more importantly, a moral case for reducing global warming. Rendering any issue into one of ethics and morality can be dangerous, because the issue at hand often loses credibility ……

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