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e-News from the UMBC Department of Public Policy


December 2013

In this issue:

People
Research
David Salkever receives HUD grant New publications


Highlight - Meet our Public Policy Fellows

Stephen S. Johnston received the 2013 Judith A. Shinogle Memorial Award for an outstanding Ph.D. student in health policy at a presentation to faculty and students on November 15. Watch a video of his presentation. 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.

The family of Judith Shinogle established the Judith A. Shinogle Memorial Fund in her memory in order to provide support for Ph.D. students committed to health policy research. At the time of her dealth in 2012, Dr. Shinogle was a Senior Research Scientist with the UMBC Maryland Institute for Policy Analysis and Research.

   
Stephen Johnston with faculty
Dr. David Salkever (left), Stephen Johnston and Dr. Donald F. Norris (right)

The recipient of the 2013 Alumni Graduate Fellowship is Mark Bennett, an M.P.P. student in education policy. Mark received his undergraduate degree in political science at UMBC. He developed an interest in education policy after taking a class from Dr. George La Noue on law, education and policy. He co-presented a paper with Dr. La Noue, at the 2012 Southern Economic Association Conference, on the effects of desegregation on sports teams at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Mark is serving as a graduate research assistant for Dr. Roy Meyers in Political Science for the 2013-2014 academic year. The Public Policy Alumni Graduate Fellowship is supported by contributions from Public Policy alumni.


Faculty

After forty years at UMBC, Dr. George La Noue is retiring as Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Political Science at the end of December. He will remain on campus as Research Professor of Public Policy and Political Science and as Professor Emeritus. He will continue to mentor his Ph.D students and to write.

Dr. Dave Marcotte (Public Policy) is helping advise the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) in its allocation of 80 million euros available for large scale research infrastructure funding in the social sciences. The NWO is the national research council in the Netherlands. It promotes quality and innovation in science, and facilitates the transfer of knowledge from research initiated and encouraged by NWO for the benefit of society.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded a 3-year, $750,000 grant to the Maryland Institute for Policy Analysis and Research (MIPAR) and the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative™ (GHHI) to study how healthy housing interventions reduce asthma in low income children. The interdisciplinary research team includes principal investigator Dr. David Salkever (Public Policy), Michael Abrams (Ph.D. candidate) of The Hilltop Institute at UMBC, researchers from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Co-Principal Investigator Ruth Ann Norton, Executive Director of the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning/GHHI.

Dr. Eric Zeemering(Public Policy) 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. His research and teaching interests focus on public management, intergovernmental relations and urban policy.

Students

Cheryl Camillo, Ph.D. student and Senior Researcher at Mathematica Policy Research, authored Implementing Eligibility Changes under the Affordable Care Act: Issues Facing State Medicaid and CHIP Programs. This analysis, funded by State Health Access Reform Evaluation (SHARE), evaluates the Medicaid and CHIP eligibility changes that states will need to implement under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), identifying the most salient issues that states will need to consider in order to ensure that the new eligibility determination and renewal processes for these programs are effective. SHARE is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Ph.D. candidate Cheryl Harris received a Distinguished Service Award from the GAO-USACE chapter of Blacks in Governement for her work on their newsletter. Cheryl analyzes federal programs for the U.S. General Accountability Office.

Public Policy Ph.D. student Justin Vélez-Hagan wrote an article in Forbes, Default: Puerto Rico's Inevitable Option, that suggests that bankruptcy might be the only solution to reforming Puerto Rico's economy. Justin is founder and Executive Director of the National Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce. Forbes contributing writer Richard Finger co-wrote the article.

Alumni

Dr. Brent Gibbons (Ph.D, 2013) posted an article on the APPAM website, A Young Policy Professional's Thoughts on Publishing. Dr. Gibbons is currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Maryland Institute for Policy Analysis and Research.

The City of Baltimore selected Bess Keller (M.P.P., 2013) for the 2013 Graduate Internship in Budget and Management Research. The Baltimore Bureau of Budget and Management Research (BBMR) developed the internship to provide an experiential learning opportunity for graduate students interested in identifying ways to make Baltimore City services more efficient and effective.

Dr. Dale Thomson (Ph.D., 2001) is Director of the Master of Public Administration and Public Policy programs at University of Michigan-Dearborn. He is an associate professor of political science, and the former director of the Institute for Local Government.

The UMBC Alumni Association selected Dr. Sherece West-Scantlebury (Ph.D., '07) as the Outstanding Alumni of the Year in the Social and Behavioral Sciences.She was honored with other outstanding alumni at the Alumni Awards Ceremony on October 10, 2013. Watch the video of the ceremony here. 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. Dr. West-Scantlebury 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.

New Publications

Dr. Robert Alexander (Ph.D., 2005) co-authored a study of the effectiveness of a national three-month antismoking "Tips" media campaign. The study, Effect of the first federally funded US antismoking national media campaign, was published in The Lancet (September 9, 2013). Dr. Alexander is with the Office on Smoking and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. George La Noue outlined ways that faculty can play a role in the academic and judicial review of the Supreme Court decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, a case about the use of racial considerations in the University of Texas admission progress. After Fisher: Academic Review and Judicial Scrutiny was published in Campus Progressivism Top-down and Bottom Up (Springer Science-Business Media New York, October 11, 2013).

Dr. Richard Manski (Ph.D., 1993) co-authored a study that examined the extent to which limited dental coverage and high out-of-pocket costs reduce dental service use by the nonelderly privately insured and uninsured. The demand for preventive and restorative dental services was published in Health Economics (January 24, 2013). Dr. Manski is a Professor of at the University of Maryland Dental School, and is currently serving as a senior scholar at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Dr. Daivd Muhlhausen (Ph.D., 2004) analyzed large-scale evaluations of social programs for children, families and workers in his book, Do Federal Social Programs Work (ABC-CLIO Praeger, 2013). Dr. Muhlhausen is a Research Fellow in Empircal Policy Analysis at the Heritage Foundation.

Dr. Donald F. Norris is co-author (with Christopher Reddick) of a study that examined factors that explain top governmental officials' support for e-participation in American local governments, and to examine the impacts of e-participation adoption on local governments in the USA. E-participation in local governments: An examination of political-managerial support and impacts appeared in Transforming Government: People, Process and Policy, Vol. 7 Iss: 4, pp.45 –476.

Public Policy students and faculty presented posters and papers at two national conferences this fall. Presenters at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting in Boston included Public Policy faculty Dr. David Salkever, Dr. Nancy Miller, Dr. Adele Kirk, research scientist Dr. Brent Gibbons (Ph.D., 2012), Ph.D. student Lukas Glos and alumni Keith Elder, Richard Kimball, Yael Harris Goldwater and Yu (Sunny) Kang. Presenters at the Association for Public Policy and Management (APPAM) Fall Research Conference in Washington, DC included Public Policy faculty Dr. Dave Marcotte, Dr. Nancy Miller, and Dr. Adele Kirk, Dr. Tim Gindling (Economics), Dr. David Greenberg (Economics), Dr. Brent Gibbons (MIPAR), Ph.D. students Nadwa Mossaad and Shreyasi Deb, and Dr. Frances Carter-Johnson (Ph.D., 2011).

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