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Dean’s Update – September 2012
Dean’s Monthly Update
Welcome to fall semester. Our enrollments throughout SPPUA are great—many of our courses are filled to capacity. And as I noted in my last update, we will be developing new curricula and courses this year. I hope to see everyone at the SPPUA reception tonight at 5:00 in 440 Egan.
I am pleased to announce that the Center for Social Science Statistical Computing will begin this fall. Directed by LPP and CJ professor Jamie Fox, it will provide statistical computing support services for faculty and graduate students and assistance in using SPSS, SAS and Stata. Jamie and Alan Clayton-Matthews will be offering open walk in hours—look for an announcement on their hours for fall semester and workshops on various topics Jamie and Alan will offer this semester. In addition to one-on-one support activities, the center will develop a Website that will offer tutorials and links to valuable data resources.
We will have a full kitchen with a nice table for gathering in the new space in Renaissance Park. Until then, I would like to institute a weekly brown-bag lunch in the Dukakis Center conference room. I hope students and faculty will join me at noon every Wednesday for informal conversation about our work or whatever else inspires us.
We will discuss a topic of interest at each of our faculty meetings this fall (9:00 on September 12, October17, November 14, December 12). The first topic is how to incorporate online learning into the curriculum. The second is creative use of Power Point. Please let me know of other topics you would like to discuss.
All the Best,
Interim Dean, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs
Professor Richard Daynard visited the Philippines to help push for the passage of the bill increasing the excise tax on tobacco and alcohol. He met with the members of academe, media, Congress, government executives and the anti-tobacco movement to discuss global trends in tobacco regulation and the strategies of tobacco companies to undermine these regulations. He also emphasized that increasing the excise tax is an effective tool in discouraging people from smoking.
Three articles by Professor Steve Nathanson were recently published:
“John Stuart Mill on Economic Justice and the Alleviation of Poverty,” Journal of Social Philosophy XLIII, no. 2 (Summer 2012), 161-76.
“Partiality,” in D. Chatterjee, ed., Encyclopedia of Global Justice, Springer, 2012.
“Are Attacks on Civilians Always Wrong?,” in D. Lovell and I. Primoratz, eds., Protecting Civilians during Violent Conflict: Theoretical and practical issues for the 21st Century, Ashgate, 2012, 17-35.
This summer, Professor Tom Vicino led the Dialogue of Civilizations Program to Rio de Janeiro. The Program, Brazil in the 21st Century, brought 43 students to the “Marvelous City” to study urban development as the city prepares for the World Cup and Olympics.
Imad Abukishk LPP PhD ’11 was promoted to Executive Vice President of Al-Quds University. He recently started a political science department with a public policy track at Al-Quds. http://dops.alquds.edu/index.php/en/
Jeff Doggett MPA ’03 is serving as Chief of Staff to the President of Merrimack College, Chris Hopey MPA ’91 .
Mahfuzul Chowdhury PhD LPP ’92 is professor of political science and director of the Social Science Research Institute at the University of Chittagong in Bangladesh.
Elizabeth Giardano MURP ’12 successfully transitioned from a health care program management position to a new job as a social and economic policy analyst at Abt Associates shortly after graduation.
Bob Holmes LPP PhD ’07 was recently appointed to the faculty at Worcester State University’s Department of Business and Economics as an Assistant Professor in their Master’s Degree Program in Health Care Administration. He will teach courses in health policy, organizational behavior and legal and ethical issues in health care.
Professor Holmes will also be doing research in accountable care organizations and patient-centered medical homes. He has already published an article in the Journal of Gerontological Nursing with associates in the UMASS Lowell School of Nursing.
LPP PhD student Erin Rae Hoffer presented a paper on her dissertation research project “The Response of Capital Investment Decision-Makers to Green Building Policy Change” at the Ph.D. colloquium of the annual meeting of the System Dynamics Society at St. Gallen University, Switzerland in late July.
This past June 12th, LPP PhD student Robert Schleipman presented an invited lecture, Communicating Radiation Risks to Research Participants: Principles and Practicalities, at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging’s Annual Conference in Miami.
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Greenovate Boston Fellowship
About the Fellowship: In April 2012, Mayor Thomas Menino launched Greenovate Boston, a brand and campaign that will unify the city’s drive toward sustainability, including a 25-percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. The Greenovate Boston Fellowship Program will link imaginative, energetic proponents of urban sustainability with opportunities for expanding sustainability in the Boston community. Fellows will report to the Mayor and the Chief of Environment and Energy, who oversees the City’s sustainability programs, and interact with all segments of the Boston community. Click HERE for more information.
Application Information: The deadline is September 7, 2012. Completed s and requests for additional information should be sent to: Patricia Boyle-McKenna at Patricia.BoyleMcKenna@cityofboston.gov.
Jobs, Fellowships, and Internships
Did you know that we regularly receive and post job, fellowship, and internship opportunities?
Michael S. Dukakis, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy
Barry Bluestone, Founding Dean, School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs
Sonia Chang-Diaz, Massachusetts State Senator
Robert DeLeo, Massachusetts Speaker of the House
Setti Warren, Mayor, City of Newton
Each semester we select one graduate-level seminar and open it up to the public. Each session features prominent guest lecturers with real-world expertise and experience.
Participation is free and open to the public. After registering for the semester, you may attend whichever sessions you are interested in. Registering helps us manage expectations about attendance. In addition, being on the class roster allows you to receive timely information through class announcements.
CitySMARTS (Students Making A Revolutionary Transformation in urban Society) is a graduate student group founded by members of the MURP program.
CitySMARTS provides a forum for students – both in and outside of the Policy School – to get together and discuss classes, share research ideas, work on projects to improve the community, and get to know each other better. For instance, a research project that a public policy student is working on can sometimes benefit from the input of an architect or civil engineer. Similarly, a student may not know that he or she is applying to a job where another student works. CitySMARTS attempts to provide linkages between students that would be otherwise unavailable.
The group also has a community service focus. Many members are connected to programs that have a focus on public policy or public service, and therefore the students tend to be interested in community improvement initiatives. Some students have attended local campaign events together, while others have organized community projects such as a massive recycling drive when students move back on campus in early September. One of the strengths of the group is its interdisciplinary nature, assuring that almost everyone will find shared interests with others.
• Nathan Peyton, President
• Michelle Lydenberg, Vice President
• Zak Patten, Treasurer
• Lindsay Morgia, Communications Representative