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Students, faculty win APHA Honorable Mention

Posted on December 23, 2011 10:07 AM |Permalink

Public Policy faculty Dr. Nancy Miller and Dr. Adele Kirk, along with Dr. Michael Kaiser (Ph.D., 2010) and Ph.D. student Lucas Glos, received honorable mention for their paper, "Potential and realized access among middle-aged and older adults with disabilities," presented at the 2011 American Public Health Association annual meeting.

Eric Zeemering receives IBM Business of Government grant

Posted on January 10, 2012 11:25 AM |Permalink

Eric Zeemering has received a research award from the IBM Center for the Business of Government. Through this grant Dr. Zeemering and colleague Daryl Delabbio will develop, “A County Manager’s Guide to Local Government Service Collaboration.” The IBM Center’s goal for the highly competitive award is “to help public sector executives and managers address real-world problems by supporting leading researchers who produce empirical evidence to inform the debates about whether particular management approaches will improve government performance.”

Marv Mandell receives Charles Woolston Award

Posted on February 7, 2012 3:34 PM |Permalink

Public Policy Professor Marvin Mandell received the UMBC Athletics Department’s Dr. Charles Woolston Award at the Athletic Hall of Fame Ceremony on February 4, 2012. The Athletics Department gives the award to an individual who provides outstanding service to the department and strives to improve the student-athlete experience. Dr. Mandell has served as the university’s NCAA Faculty Representative for the past nine years.

Eric Zeemering talks about Baltimore's "strong mayor" system on WYPR

Posted on June 27, 2012 12:22 PM |Permalink

Sheilah Kast of WYPR's Maryland Morning interviewed Dr. Eric Zeemering on June 27 about Baltimore's "strong mayor" form of government, and how that system compares to others around the country. Go to story

Professors release study on economic impacts of Maryland Dream Act

Posted on October 12, 2012 12:24 PM |Permalink

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.

Eric Zeemering receives APSA award

Posted on November 28, 2012 3:45 PM |Permalink

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

In the News: Laura Hussey, Don Norris, and John Rennie Short

Posted on April 15, 2014 10:17 AM |Permalink

Donald F. Norris talked to the Washington Post, the Diamondback and the Baltimore Jewish Times about Maryland politics and legislative priorities. Laura Hussey (Political Science) was quoted by MarylandReporter.com about the impact of millennials on elections. John Rennie Short (Public Policy) talked about dealing with disasters and his book, Stress Testing the USA: Public Policy and the Reaction to Disaster Events in an interview on the national radio show Writer's Voice.