Trachtenberg Professor Jasmine McGinnis Included in Stanford Social Innovation Review
On February 12, The Stanford Social Innovation Review published a blog post entitled "The State of Diversity" by Dr. Jasmine McGinnis, a professor in the George Washington University's Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration. The post highlights the need for objective data on the demographic makeup of both organizations and communities benefiting from philanthropic investments.
Read Dr. McGinnis' post in this prestigious publication.
Fall 2012 GW Students Ensure Homeless Doesn't Mean Voteless
In an election season that's been noted for the initiatives to restrict voter registration, George Washington University students sought opportunities to educate and enfranchise an often overlooked group.
Homeless individuals vote at the lowest rate in the country. Many people don't realize that homeless individuals can register to vote using the address of a shelter, park or street corner as their residence.
That information spurred graduate students and alumni of GW's Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration to partner with the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH) in educating and registering voters during its National Homeless and Low-Income Voter Registration Week.
The group registered 132 new voters and provided information on voting locations and procedures to another 100 to 200 voters.
These student efforts were noticed by people visiting the library as well as readers of Street Sense, the D.C. area street newspaper that is by, about and for homeless people. The Oct. 10-23 issue of the paper features a story, "Groups Rally to Improve Low-Income Turnout Rate," with pictures and quotes from George Washington students involved in the voter registration effort.
Read more about the student experiences in GW Today.
Policy Forum Discusses 2012 Farm Bill and Food Security
The Trachtenberg School held a policy forum at the Jack Morton Auditorium on March 1, 2012 to discuss the crucial elements of the 2012 'farm bill' and its far-reaching impact on U.S. food production and environmental sustainability. The keynote speaker was Kathleen Merrigan, Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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Professorial Lecturer in Public Policy and Public Administration, commented on a recent release from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP). You can read additional discussion of the topic here.
Kathryn Newcomer, Director of the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, was named the Non-resident Senior Fellow in the Government Studies Program at the Brookings Institution.
Gregory Squires, professor of sociology and public policy and public administration, authored “Professors Stand with Occupy Protesters” in the Washington Times.
In April, 2011, Professor Bill Adams was featured as one of the speakers in the "Tahrir Dialogues" sponsored the American University of Cairo. He also presented a workshop for Egyptian journalists regarding media coverage of elections, and was interviewed on a popular morning TV talk show. Read more at GW Today, and for photographs of his Cairo experiences, including the mass demonstrations at in Tahrir Square, go to http://quasi-blog.blogspot.com.
Professor Lori Brainard was recently featured at meetings in England and Japan. In February, she participated in an invitation-only conference near Oxford hosted by the Ditchley Foundation. Several dozen faculty, think tank researchers, and politicians discussed "Democracy and Power of the Individual," with an emphasis on social media. A summary of the proceedings can be found here.
In Kyoto, Japan, Prof. Brainard gave the keynote address for a conference on capstone programs. Japanese MPA and MPP programs are considering moving from a thesis to a capstone format. Faculty, program directors, students, potential clients from the public, private and non-profit sectors, and officials from the Ministry of Education attended.
Welcome to our new faculty!
In fall 2010, three new faculty members joined the Trachtenberg School: our first Amsterdam Senior Faculty member Burt S. Barnow, Stuart Kasdin, and Elizabeth Rigby. They bring years of experience and expertise to benefit the school community. (Read more here)
In March 2011, Deborah Trent presented "Exploring Diaspora Diplomacy through the Case of U.S. Public Diplomacy toward Lebanon" at the International Studies Association Annual Conference "Global Governance: Political Authority in Transition" in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Travis St. Clair presented a paper at the Urban Affairs Association Conference in New Orleans in March 2011. The paper, "Economic Shocks and Regional Economic Resilience," was co-authored with Hal Wolman and Howard Wial.
In June 2010, Peter Linquiti traveled to Rome, Italy to present "Using Real Option Techniques to Assess Government R&D Programs: An Application to U.S. DOE´s Industrial Technology Portfolio" at the 14th Annual International Real Options Conference: Theory Meets Practice, hosted by LUISS Guido Carli University.
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Kathryn Vesey (MPP '12) is the recipient of the 2012 Marykathryn Kubat Award for Graduate Student Research, presented by the American Association for Budget and Program Analysis (AABPA). With the Kubat Award, AABPA seeks to encourage student research and critical thinking that will prepare students for the budget and program issues they will encounter in their careers, particularly those in the public service. Kathryn is conducting research in the federal budget treatment of capital spending.
Congratulations to Brooke Bohnet (MPA '12) and Nicole Stein (MPA '12) for having their paper entitled "A Case Study on the Use of Performance Measurement: Pollution Prevention Information Network Grant Program," selected for presentation at the Center for Accountability and Performance Panel at the upcoming ASPA Conference on May 4th in Las Vegas.
Congratulations to Vanessa Forsberg (MPP'12) for winning the Herbert Roback Scholarship, awarded to exemplary master's students in public administration, public and international affairs, and political science.
New PAFs, including Jessica Mann (3rd from right)
and Eric Thibault (far right)
Congratulations to Rebecca Hinze-Pifer and Allyson Criner, the 2010 winners of the prestigious Herbert Roback Scholarship.
(Read more here)
Allyson Criner and Rebecca Hinze-Pifer
Since fall 2010, our students have been making a difference in the Wiki world of public policy through the Wikipedia Public Policy Initiative. The Trachtenberg School is among the first in the nation to participate in this pilot project. (Read more here)
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Nonprofit Management News
Grantmakers for Effective Organizations established the Kathleen P. Enright Scholarship to support a student in the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration concentrating in nonprofit management.
The Trachtenberg School is pleased to announce that Jody L. Herman will become the Manager of Transgender Research at the Williams Institute, at the UCLA School of Law. Jody holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Public Administration from The Trachtenberg School. She served as a co-author on the groundbreaking report Injustice at Every Turn, based on the National Transgender Discrimination Survey conducted by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality. In this new role, Jody will lead the Williams Institute's research related to gender identity.
After many years pursuing a successful career as an academic and researcher, Dr. Demetra Smith Nightingale was selected as the Trachtenberg School Distinguished Alumna for 2011, and was honored at the school’s Alumni Reception held on February 25. Dr. Nightingale, who attended GW as an undergraduate over 40 years ago, also received her PhD in Public Policy from the Trachtenberg School in 1998.
From left: Trachtenberg School Director Kathryn Newcomer, Demetra Nightingale, and Columbian College Dean Peg Barrett
Jaime Spilken, CCAS BA '07, TSPPPA MPA '08, is using the knowledge and skills she gained at GWU to serve the Washington, DC community. (Read more here)
Business-Community Synergies, founded by Trachtenberg PhD alumnus Dr. Rani Parker, has been named one of the top minority-owned companies in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Washington D.C. (Read more here)
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