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  • London, Hoy examine same-sex sexuality and divorce risk in new study

    "Same-Sex Sexuality and the Risk of Divorce: Findings from Two National Studies," co-authored by Professor Andrew London and Aaron Hoy '14 M.A. (Soc)/'18 Ph.D. (Soc), was published in the Journal of Homosexuality. London and Hoy use data from the 1992 National Health and Social Life Survey (NHSLS) and the 2011–2013 National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) to examine the likelihood of divorce among the once-married. Specifically, among those who are or were married once and only once to a person of a different sex, they ask whether the components of same-sex sexuality—desire/attraction, behavior, and identity—are associated with an increased risk of divorce, net of demographic and early-life controls.



    Maxwell MPA alumna Mallie Prytherch named a Schwarzman Scholar

    Mallie Prytherch G’19, an alumna of the Master of Public Administration Program in the Maxwell School, was named as a Schwarzman Scholar. Prytherch is one of 154 scholars selected from more than 3,600 applicants from around the world. The Schwarzman Scholars Program was created in 2016 to respond to the geopolitical landscape of the 21st century. The program provides scholars the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and professional networks through a one-year master’s degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing.



    Alumna Kristen Patel named Gregg Professor of Practice at Maxwell

    Kristen (Kris) Patel, a distinguished alumna of the Maxwell School (’90 Econ, PSt) with more than 25 years of experience leading intelligence and analytics programs in the public and private sectors, is the new Donald P. and Margaret Curry Gregg Professor of Practice in Korean and East Asian Affairs. In her new role, Patel will serve as faculty member in the Policy Studies Program and teach undergraduate courses in policy studies and graduate courses in public administration and international affairs. Patel will be a research associate in Maxwell’s PARCC and contribute to Syracuse University’s Intelligence Center Community of Academic Excellence.



    New study examines age‐at‐death disparity, people with and without IDD

    "Evidence of continued reduction in the age‐at‐death disparity between adults with and without intellectual and/or developmental disabilities," co-authored by sociologists Scott Landes and Janet Wilmoth, along with social science PhD student Erika Carter Grosso '10 MA (PSc), was published in the Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. Evidence from the study demonstrates that the age‐at‐death disparity between adults who did or did not have an intellectual and/or developmental disability reported on their death certificate continues to decrease, but the magnitude of the remaining disparity varied considerably by type of disability.



    Harrington Meyer discusses new book on Colgate University podcast

    University Professor Madonna Harrington Meyer and alumna Ynesse Abdul-Malak ’13 MA (Soc)/’17 PhD (Soc) of Colgate University discuss their research related to grandparents caring for grandchildren with disabilities in an episode of 13, a bi-weekly podcast from Colgate University.



    New threats, familiar challenges: Maxwell responds to COVID-19

    Last summer, amid the peak spread of the pandemic in the United States, a team of Syracuse University professors led by Professor Colleen Heflin conceived of a new MAX100 course: Interdisciplinary Perspectives of COVID-19, a cross-disciplinary introductory course for undergraduate students considering a major in the social sciences. The class pairs a different Syracuse University professor and Maxwell alumnus each week to examine an urgent challenge—from food insecurity, to education disruption, to health disparities, to the equitable distribution of resources, to relationships between nations.



    Singleton study on labor unions, workplace safety published

    "Labor Unions and Workplace Safety," co-authored by Associate Professor of Economics Perry Singleton, Ling Li '17 MA (Econ)/'18 PhD (Econ), and Shawn Rohlin '06 MA (Econ)/'09 PhD (Econ), was published in the IRL Review. The study findings indicate that unionization had no detectable effect on accident case rates at the mean, but shifted downward the case-rate distribution below 2 cases per 100 full-time equivalent workers annually. The downward shift is most evident among larger bargaining units and manufacturing establishments



    Duncan protects the electrical grid from cybercrimes at NERC

    Matt Duncan ’09 MAIR is now director of intelligence for the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s Electricity (NERC) Information Sharing and Analysis Center (E-ISAC). As the new director of intelligence, Duncan will lead NERC’s design, planning and implementation of new strategies to protect the grid. He will also steer collaboration between university researchers, government entities and power companies to innovate for the betterment of NERC’s and E-ISAC’s security.



    Maxwell sociologists examine grandparenting children with disabilities

    In their new book, Grandparenting Children with Disabilities (Springer Publishing, 2020), professors Madonna Harrington Meyer of Syracuse University’s Maxwell School and alumna Ynesse Abdul-Malak ’13 MA (Soc)/’17 PhD (Soc) of Colgate University explore the complex dynamics of how U.S. grandparents, though often invisible, play a vital role in caring for children with disabilities, often placing their physical and financial well-being at increased risk.



    Mitchell joins Procyon Partners as managing director

    Steven J. Mitchell ’90 BA (Econ) brings almost 30 years of financial advising experience with him as he joins Procyon Partners, a financial management firm headquartered in Shelton, Connecticut, as a new managing director. Procyon Partners is an independent, employee-owned financial management firm and affiliate of Dynasty Financial Partners.



    Zorn appointed to oversee undergraduate education at IU Bloomington

    Kurt Zorn ’79 MA (Econ)/’81 PhD (Econ) was appointed acting vice provost for undergraduate education for Indiana University Bloomington in July. He was previously associate vice provost for undergraduate education and a professor in IU’s Paul H. O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs.



    Latest Maxwell Perspective previews public affairs issues for voters

    The new edition of Maxwell Perspective — the School's magazine for alumni, students, parents, and other members of the Maxwell community — features faculty experts who provide background and context for many of the issues that will be influenced by this fall’s national elections. In the eight essays, scholars draw in historical background and larger trends to help explain the likely legacy of choices that citizens will make in the voting booth this November.



    Choi promoted to full professor at Korean public policy school

    Changyong Choi ’11 PhD (SSc) has been named to a full professorship at the Korea Development Institute’s School of Public Policy and Management, effective July 1. Choi’s appointment is in international development and public policy.



    Arras authors book on cultural impact of Seinfeld sitcom

    Paul Arras ’04 BA (Hist)/’11 MA (Hist)/’16 PhD (Hist) has written Seinfeld: A Cultural History. The book was recently published by Rowman & Littlefield, as part of its Cultural History of Television series. Arras’s book explores the history of the still-popular late-1990s sitcom Seinfeld — how the show’s ideas are woven into popular thought and behavior, and how it challenged previous conventions of television comedy.



    Ames made communications director at FDA Regulatory Affairs

    Jeremy Ames ’04 MPA is the new director of the Division of Communications in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Regulatory Affairs. The appointment took effect last month. Ames’s appointment follows 10 years of service to the Environmental Protection Agency, where he was chief of the Communications Services staff and, before that, a communications specialist and web content coordinator.



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