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We are still accepting applications for the MPP

Posted on April 3, 2014 10:47 AM |Permalink

Thinking about applying for the MPP? Even though the official deadline has passed, the department is still accepting applications for the MPP for Fall 2014. There are also some limited funding opportunities available for full-time MPP students. For more information, contact Sally Helms (helms@umbc.edu).

In the News: Dennis Coates, Laura Hussey, Roy Meyers, Don Norris

Posted on March 4, 2014 2:18 PM |Permalink

The Daily Iowan referenced research by Dennis Coates (Economics) in an editorial urging the rejection of a tax break for the Iowa Speedway. Studies by Dr. Coates have concluded that such tax breaks do not benefit local inhabitants because most of the money generated by the stadium ends up going to the owners.

Laura Hussey (Political Science) discussed the public's anxiety about the NSA and the scope of its operations in an article in the Hagerstown Herald Mail.

The Austin-American Statesman PolitiFact quoted Roy Meyers (Political Science) in a story about how the Texas Liberty PAC erroneously blamed a Republican House member for sponsoring "a bill that funded Obamacare."

Donald F. Norris (Public Policy) talked about the impact of the Affordable Health Care Act on the upcoming Maryland gubernatorial election in an article in the Washington Times.

Position Opening: Assistant Professor in Public Management

Posted on February 12, 2014 4:08 PM |Permalink

The Department of Public Policy invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position (assistant professor) in public management to begin in the fall semester of 2014 or the spring semester of 2015. Go here for full announcement

Tim Brennan appointed chief economist at FCC

Posted on January 16, 2014 3:43 PM |Permalink

Public policy and economics professor Tim Brennan has been appointed chief economist for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. Dr. Brennan's appointment is part of an FCC program that brings in scholars from academia to provide outside perspectives and advice on challenging issues. He will hold this full-time position, which reports to the Chairman, at least until August 2014. Read more

Sherece West-Scantlebury is UMBC Alumna of the Year

Posted on September 27, 2013 10:54 AM |Permalink

The UMBC Alumni Association selected Sherece West-Scantlebury (Ph.D., '07) as the Outstanding Alumni of the Year in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. West-Scantlebury is president and CEO of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation. Her professional career includes nearly 25 years of experience in community development, public policy and advocacy, and public service. Sherece is the third Public Policy alumni selected for this campus-wide honor, joining Dr. Renato DiPentima (Ph.D., '84) in 2005, and Delegate Jon Cardin (M.P.P., '96) in 2009.

Eric Zeemering named Fulbright Canada Scholar

Posted on August 27, 2013 12:39 PM |Permalink

Eric Zeemering has been named a 2013-14 Fulbright Scholar by Fulbright Canada. He will spend five months at the University of Ottawa investigating how urban sustainability is defined in Canadian cities, with special attention on how social policy and programs are integrated with economic and environmental initiatives. Dr. Zeemering is an assistant professor of public policy at UMBC. His research and teaching interests focus on public management, intergovernmental relations and urban policy.

Stephen S. Johnston receives Judith A. Shinogle Memorial Award

Posted on June 25, 2013 3:00 PM |Permalink

The UMBC Department of Public Policy is pleased to announce that the inaugural recipient of the Judith A. Shinogle Memorial Award is Stephen S. Johnston, an outstanding Ph.D. student in health policy currently conducting research for his dissertation. Stephen will receive $1,500 to provide support for his scholarly advancement.

Stephen received his M.A. in Economic Policy Analysis from UMBC, where he was selected by the Economics Department as the Outstanding Graduating Student in 2007. His research interests include economics of health-related behaviors, pharmaco-economics, and mental health economics. Stephen is employed full time as a Senior Research Leader at Truven Health Analytics, assisting pharmaceutical clients with conducting retrospective observational research studies. He has co-authored a number of scholarly articles on pharmaco-economics, as well as other areas of health policy and economics.

The family of Judith Shinogle established the Memorial Fund in her memory following her untimely death in 2012 in order to provide support for Ph.D. students committed to health policy research. Dr. Shinogle had a distinguished and productive career as a health policy analyst and health outcomes researcher. She received a Ph.D. in Public Health Economics from the Johns Hopkins University, and a Master’s in Health Policy from the Harvard School of Public Health. She had held positions as an assistant professor at the University of Maryland College Park and the University of South Carolina, an economist with RTI International, and a NCHS/AcademyHealth Policy Fellow. At the time of her death, she was a Senior Research Scientist with the UMBC Maryland Institute for Policy Analysis and Research.

Donations to the Judith A. Shinogle Memorial Fund can be sent to UMBC, 8th Floor Administration, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250 (make checks payable to the UMBC Foundation), or online at umbc.edu/giving.

Video: John Rennie Short on his new book, Stress Testing the USA

Posted on May 31, 2013 3:10 PM |Permalink

Watch a video of Public Policy Professor John Rennie Short discussing his new book, Stress Testing the USA. In the book, Dr. Short analyzes four serious traumas the United States experienced at the start of the 21st century: the invasion of Iraq, Hurricane Katrina, the financial meltdown, and the BP oil spill. “For every event there was a small group of people who new exactly what was happening,” says Short, “we just didn’t listen to them. So the point of the book is we should be more careful and more attentive to alternative, dissident voices.” Click here to watch the video.

Don Norris receives UAA recognition

Posted on February 20, 2013 2:50 PM |Permalink

Professor and Department Chair Donald F. Norris has been named an inaugural honoree of the new Urban Affairs Association (UAA) Service Honor Roll. This award recognizes the contributions of Dr. Norris to the association and the field of urban studies. The UAA credits honorees with contributing to the current breadth and richness of the discipline. Dr. Norris will be recognized at an award luncheon for Honor Roll inductees on April 5 at the UAA conference in San Francisco.

Tim Brennan receives Distinguished Service Award

Posted on December 18, 2012 10:31 AM |Permalink

Timothy J. Brennan (Public Policy) was named 2013 recipient of the Public Utility Research Center (PURC) Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to the understanding of regulatory economics and finance. The Award recognizes the cumulative impact of an individual’s research and policy analyses on both the academic community and regulatory policymakers. Dr. Brennan received the award at the Annual PURC Conference on February 13, 2013 at the University of Florida.