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Public Policy Building
January 2012  

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Program Highlight: Public Management

Research People

Program Highlight: Public Management

Managers in public organizations are responsible for translating government policy into action within their own organizations and through interaction with external organizations and groups. The field of public management is concerned with the concrete skills and strategies that managers require to complete their work, as well as the operating environment of the public sector.  The public manager must understand not only organizational systems, but also how the political environment may shape or constrain approaches to management and implementation.
The public management concentration in the public policy program at UMBC introduces students to a toolbox of management skills drawn from management professionals in the public, nonprofit and private sectors. Students take courses in public management as well as budgeting, organizations and leadership, and program evaluation. Dr. Eric Zeemering is the track advisor.
New Research
Obesity Among Latino Youth
A new research brief, Obesity Among Young Latino Children: Disparities Over Time, reports on the results of a pilot project that studied factors and behaviors that may affect weight, nutrition and physical activity among Latino youth. The study, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for Salud America! found that Latino children are at a greater risk for weight problems when compared with white children. Latino children are also more likely to be obese than their African American and Asian peers, and these disparities increase with age. The research team was led by Dr. Claudia Galindo (Language, Literacy and Culture), with Dr. Sergio Prada (Public Policy Ph.D., 2010), Dr. Judith Shinogle (Maryland Institute for Policy Analysis and Research); and Dr. Adele Kirk (Public Policy).
Economic impact of the Baltimore Grand Prix
Revenue generated by the 2011 Baltimore Grand Prix was significantly less than earlier projections, according to a report
by UMBC Economics Professor Dennis Coates and Michael Friedman (University of Maryland, College Park). Based on estimates provided through surveys of patrons of the Baltimore Grand Prix, the gross spending impact of the event was about $25 million, compared with $70 million projected by event organizers. Because about 76 percent of the patrons in the sample came from Maryland, and about 64 percent from the Baltimore metropolitan area, the authors estimate that about $10 million of the dollars spent on the Grand Prix would likely have been spent in Baltimore or Maryland even without the event. The report, Not a Game Changer, is a Department of Economics Working Paper.

A new article by Dr. Sergio Prada (Ph.D., 2010) and colleagues examines the literature on data and statistical confidentiality in the heath care sector. Avoiding the disclosure of individually identifiable health care information: A literature review. (Sage Open, first published December 14, 2011).

Dr. C. Mustafa Unal (Ph.D., 2009) has published a book, Counterterrorism in Turkey: Policy Choices and Policy Effects toward the Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) (Routledge, 2011). The book, based on Dr. Unal's dissertation, examined counterterrorism policies from the perspectives of the government and the PKK. He evaluated whether the Turkish government's policy choices so far have been effective (and in what circumstances), and how they have affected both the level and nature of terrorist violence in Turkey.

Dr. Kathleen Wilson (Ph.D., 1995) was profiled in the January 2012 edition of the McKnight's Long Term Care News magazine. Dr. Wilson is currently deputy director of the Division of Nursing Homes at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). She was formerly a director at the American Medical Directors Association. The article includes a quote from her dissertation chair Dr. Cheryl Miller.

After 38 years of service to UMBC, Economics Professor Marsha Goldbarb retired at the end of the fall 2011 semester. Dr. Goldfarb was one of the founding faculty members of the Policy Sciences Graduate Program (now the Department of Public Policy) in 1974. Her research focused on health economics and the economics of education. She taught many public policy courses, including Policy Consequences of Economic Analysis (ECON 600) and Economics of Health (ECON 652).

Dr. Cheryl Miller is a member of the Howard County Redistricting Commission. The seven members of the Commission presented a redistricting plan to the Howard County Council in October 2011, based on population changes and shifts which had been identified through the 2010 Census data findings. The Council is reviewing the plan.

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.

Dr. Leslie Morgan (Sociology) was named the Lipitz Professor of the Arts for 2011-2012. The professorship, endowed by the Roger C. Lipitz and the Lipitz Family Foundation, recognizes and supports innovative and distinguished teaching and research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at UMBC. Among her other accomplishments, Dr. Morgan helped create, and is now co-director, of the Ph.D. program in Gerontology at UMBC.

Dr. Dave Marcotte has been appointed to the Policy Council at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM). APPAM is the principal academic association for the public policy field.

New Publications

Economics Professor Douglas J. J. Lamdin is the editor of a new book, Consumer Knowledge and Financial Decisions: Lifespan Perspectives (Springer, 2011). The book includes a chapter, "Individual Investments in Higher Education," by Dr. Lisa M. Dickson (Economics).

Dr. George LaNoue discussed possible court decisions that could reduce the number of state and local programs that create preferences for minority-owned businesses. "Pruning the overgrowth in government contracting preferences." Engage, the journal of the Federalist Society (Vol. 12, September 2011).

In "The Politics-administration continuum in American state governments: Administrative accountability as a positive-sum pattern," Dr. Cheryl Miller (with Deil S. Wright), explored the effect of political influence on bureaucracy. Diversity, Conflict, and Leadership: Current Topics in Management (Vol.15, 2011), pp. 225-240.

A paper by Dr. Dave Marcotte (Public Policy), Dr. Kenneth Maton (Psychology), Dr. Matea Pender (Ph.D., 2010), and Dr. Mario R. Sto.Domingo (Psychology) examined the role of practical research experience during the summer for talented minority undergraduates in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. "The STEM pipeline: The role of summer research experience in minority students' graduate aspirations." Education Policy Analysis Archives (Vol. 18, 2010).

Dr. Dave Marcotte and Dr. Steven W. Hemelt (Ph.D., 2009) examined tuition, fees, and student aid for all U.S. public 4-year colleges and universities in order to quantify the price impact of tuition increases on enrollment. “Rising tuition and enrollment in public higher education,” Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis (Vol. 30, n. 4, pp. 435-57). 

Dr.  Nancy Miller (Public Policy) examined socio-demographic and economic trends in the use of nursing homes by state. She concluded that states should adopt policies to expand home and community-based services to reduce nursing home capacity. "Relations among home and community-based services investment and nursing home rates of use for working age and older adults: A state-level analysis." American Journal of Public Heath (September 2011, Volume 101, No. 9).

Dr. Donald F. Norris discussed the development of e-government in an article, “E-government 2020: Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose.” Public Administration Review. 70 (Special Issue): S180.

Dr. Eric S. Zeemering authored (with Juan M. Romero) a chapter in a book about managing the complex systems of processes, systems and programs in government agencies today. "The evolution of sustainable cities as a metropolitan policy challenge." Networked governance: The future of intergovernmental management, edited by J. W. Meek and K. Thurmaier. Thousand Oaks, CA: CQ Press, 2011.

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