Public Policy News
Laura Hussey (Political Science) was quoted in the Herald Mail about the significance of the attorney general in Maryland.
The Washington Times quoted Dave Marcotte (Public Policy) on whether moving the start date for school to after Labor Day would disadvantage students academically.
Donald F. Norris was interviewed several times about the upcoming Maryland primary election, which is June 24. He talked to the Washington Post about the tight race for attorney general, and about the commanding lead held by Anthony Brown for governor. Both stories reported the results of a new Washington Post poll. He was also quoted in a Baltimore Sun story about fundraising by the gubernatorial candidates.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Public Policy assistant professor Eric Zeemering has been named the 2012 recipient of both the Clarence Stone Young Scholar Award and the Norton Long Developing Scholar Award from the Urban Politics Section of the American Political Science Association, in recognition of his scholarship, teaching and public service.
Two UMBC professors have released the results of a cost-benefit analysis of the Maryland Dream Act, which is subject to a referendum vote in the November 6 election. The Dream Act would allow undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition at public universities in Maryland if they meet certain conditions. The estimates from a cost-benefit analysis prepared by Dr. Marvin Mandell (Public Policy) and Dr. T. H. Gindling (Economics) suggest that the net economic effect of the Maryland Dream Act will be positive, and the benefits will be substantial. The estimated total net economic benefits of each annual cohort of students who take advantage of the Dream Act are approximately $66 million in 2011 dollars. That estimate includes increased lifetime earning for students, as well as higher income and property tax payments to federal, state and local governments, and public savings from lower rates of incarceration.
The study, "Private and Government Fiscal Costs of the Maryland Dream Act," has received extensive press coverage, and was the basis for editorials in the Washington Post and Baltimore Sun. A summary of the press coverage can be found here.
- In the News: Laura Hussey, Dave Marcotte, Don Norris
- Tim Brennan appointed chief economist at FCC
- Sherece West-Scantlebury is UMBC Alumna of the Year
- Eric Zeemering named Fulbright Canada Scholar
- Stephen S. Johnston receives Judith A. Shinogle Memorial Award
- Video: John Rennie Short on his new book, Stress Testing the USA
- Don Norris receives UAA recognition
- Tim Brennan receives Distinguished Service Award
- Eric Zeemering receives APSA award
- Professors release study on economic impacts of Maryland Dream Act
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